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Writer's Digest: 2013 Best Writing Websites (2013)

  • By Victoria Mixon












    We all know that writing and publishing a book properly costs money.

    Far more than most aspiring writers can afford.

    You’ve also heard me talk here about our current literary era—the history and changes, the growing bottleneck to traditional publication, the drop in quality in traditionally published works, and the mind-boggling potential of self-publishing, a threshold upon which we’re all standing together right this minute.

    And you’re also probably all familiar by now with Kickstarter and the number of self-publishing authors using it these days to raise funding for the editing, cover design, interior design, publication, and marketing of their works. Kickstarter is helping to dramatically improve the face of self-publishing, while creating an overwhelming sense of community among those who help.

    It’s grassroots in action, and it’s having a very real effect upon today’s literature.

    So I’m pleased to announce today the Kickstart project of S. Cody Barrus to fund his steampunk adventure novel Discovering Aberration.

    Many of you know Cody from the online writing community and his blog Away & Away. Steampunk is a fascinating and extremely lively genre, bringing together the best of fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, technology, and our collective literary nineteenth-century roots.

    I’ll be editing Cody’s novel, while the folks at The Book Designers will be doing his cover.

    If you’re not familiar with The Book Designers, by all means check them out. I worked in graphic design for many years, but I could never do what these guys are doing. Graphic design is such a very specific skill and relies so enormously on native talent and sheer imaginative brilliance that, although there are plenty of acceptable book designers working in self-publishing these days, the cream of the crop are absolutely worth discovering.

    The Internet has brought us an extraordinary era for creativity, and self-publishing is one area in which that creativity is really beginning to shine.

    We’re all a part of this Literary Renaissance.

    It’s a wonderful era for writing.

    So please, spread the word on this fellow writer, help us add to the flowering of our Renaissance:

    S. Cody Barrus and Discovering Aberration

    UPDATE: Cody’s Kickstarter novel, Discovering Aberration, was funded! Congratulations, Cody—and cheers all round!

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Authors


MILLLICENT G. DILLON, represented by Harold Ober Associates, is the world's expert on authors Jane and Paul Bowles. She has won five O. Henry Awards and been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner. I worked with Dillon on her memoir, The Absolute Elsewhere, in which she describes in luminous prose her private meeting with Albert Einstein to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb. Read more. . .


BHAICHAND PATEL, retired after an illustrious career with the United Nations, is now a journalist based out of New Dehli and Bombay, an expert on Bollywood, and author of three non-fiction books published by Penguin. I edited Patel’s best-selling debut novel, Mothers, Lovers, and Other Strangers, published by PanMacmillan. Read more. . .


LUCIA ORTH is the author of the debut novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, which received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Booklist, Library Journal and Small Press Reviews. I have edited a number of essays and articles for Orth. Read more. . .


SCOTT WARRENDER is a professional musician and Annie Award-nominated lyricist specializing in musical theater. I work with Warrender regularly on his short stories and debut novel, Putaway. Read more. . .


STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield's second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .


ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .


TERISA GREEN, represented by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, is widely considered the foremost American authority on tattooing through her tattoo books published by Simon & Schuster, which have sold over 45,000 copies. Under the name M. TERRY GREEN, she writes her techno-shaman sci-fi/fantasy series. I am working with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. Read more. . .


GERALDINE EVANS is a best-selling British author. Her historical novel, Reluctant Queen, is a Category No 1 Best Seller on Amazon UK. I edited Death Dues, #11 in Evans' fifteen popular Rafferty and Llewellyn cozy police procedurals, which received a glowing review from the Midwest Book Review. Read more. . .


JUDY LEE DUNN is an award-winning marketing blogger. I am working with Dunn to develop and line edit her memoir of reconciling liberal activism with her emotional difficulty accepting the lesbianism of her beloved daughter, Tonight Show comedienne Kellye Rowland. Read more. . .


LISA MERCADO-FERNANDEZ writes literary novels of love, loss, and friendship set in the small coastal towns of New England. I edited Mercado-Fernandez' debut novel, The Shoebox, and her up-coming The Eighth Summer. Read more. . .


LEN JOY is the author of the debut novel, American Past Time. I worked with Len to develop his novel from its core: a short story about the self-destructive ambitions of a Minor League baseball star, which agents had told him to throw away. Read more. . .


JEFF RUSSELL is the author of the debut novel, The Rules of Love and Law, based upon Jeff's abiding passions for legal history and justice. Read more. . .


In addition, I work with dozens of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this literary art and craft.

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