Happy New Year all! First, I am so thrilled to share the money raised toward the Pearl S. Buck Welcome House Adoption Program. For two weeks in December, I promised to donate $1 from each book sale of A Human Element, print or ebook. With your help I sold 71 books and am donating $71 to this wonderful program! Thank you!
Now here’s a look back at 2012!
Top visited guest posts on my blog in 2012:
Looking at my blog stats also got me thinking about my own top 5 list. The people or organizations who have made a difference in my writing and personal life this year. These are the folks who not only support me by taking the time to share their knowledge and provide valuable advice but make me feel part of a bigger community. These are the “wonder ones” who have helped me become the writer I am today. In no particular order!
1. Kathryn Craft
Amazing developmental editor, writing teacher, cheerleader, and friend. She’s now embarking on a new path with her recent book deal through the Donald Maass Agency for THE ART OF FALLING, coming winter 2014. She is a testament to never giving up on the road to publication. Check out her developmental editing services at Writing-Partner, her blog on Healing Through Writing, and her articles on editing and writing at The Blood Red Pencil.
2. Janice Gable Bashman
A supportive writing peer, lovely lady, and good friend who is above generous with her time and advice. Being a fiction and non-fiction author as well as an editor, she’s got the chops to help you out. She also runs a fantastic blog showcasing tips and advice on the writing life from today’s best selling authors. Plus she is the editor of International Thriller Writers’ newsletter The Big Thrill, full of news and information on the latest thriller authors and books. Sign up today for Janice’s blog and The Big Thrill!
3. Philly Liars Club
Especially members: Jonathan Maberry, Marie Lamba, Gregory Frost, Dennis Tafoya, Jon McGoran, Keith Strunk, Don Lafferty, and Kelly Simmons.
Aspiring and published authors can’t get any better support than from this bunch of super-power authors who are very accessible. Their advice on the craft and business of writing in free forums, classes, and workshops is priceless. Tons of advice on their website. Check em’ out!
4. International Thriller Writers (ITW)
I was honored to be accepted into ITW in 2012 as part of their Debut Author Program and had the experience of a lifetime presenting my novel, A Human Element, at ThrillerFest. ITW is made up of an amazing group of authors (many of the world’s best selling authors) that helps support first-book members with an interactive community and opportunities for networking, mentoring, promotion, and camaraderie. Check out this great organization!
5. A combo list of supportive, talented writers you’ll want to get to know!:
James Scott Bell
A final top 5 list! My top visited written posts. I thought it funny the ones people navigated toward, and still do. They represent a mix of what we are drawn to: laughter, knowledge, self-reflection, and stories to escape into. And here there are, in case you missed them.
My top visited blog posts in 2012:
#1 I Like Big Butts: Real not Fake
My comic experience in a lingerie shop. This post reigned #1 last year too! In my 9 year old’s eyes, anything with “butts” in it is tops for him.
#2 Writers Corner
Top visited page. Do you dream of writing a novel? Have you started or still dreaming? I hope here you can find some inspiration, advice, tips, and techniques here to make your dream come true.
#3 What tales do your scars tell: real or fake?
Scars. Visible marks that hide the tales of our life. What do yours say?
#4 A Human Element excerpt: Can Ben be saved?
Ben Fieldstone faces a night of terror at the Pali Lookout in Hawaii. Can he be saved? More importantly, can he be saved from himself?
My experience this year as a 2012 International Thriller Writers Debut Author.
Happy New Year! Do you have many wonderful people to support you in making your dreams come true? I hope so, but remember to enjoy making your own fun too!