Authors are, in my experience, so generous with their time. I’ve been working on my novel for a few months and have come across incredibly helpful tips and blogs from authors. A lot of these have valuable advice, particularly when it comes to finding an agent and the publishing process.
I approach writing my novel like I approach any task at work. I research it as much as I can. I spend a lot of time researching what makes agent submissions successful with the hope that one day I will be successful too. Quite a few of these are from thriller writers (because that’s my genre) but the tips are useful no matter what genre you are writing in.
I’ve rounded up some of the best blogs below:
Phoebe Morgan is an editor at Harper Collins and an author in her own right (in the thriller genre). Her most recent novel The Wild Girls is due to be published later this year and is fantastic (I read an ARC via NetGalley). Her blog has useful tips detailing her journey and how she got published. My favourite articles are those demystifying the editing process here and how to get a literary agent here.
She doesn’t update it anymore but Charlotte has some great posts on her blog. Charlotte is also a thriller writer. Her most recent novel is The Perfect Father. My favourite posts are How I got my book deal here and Things that make me cry about publishing (and things that don’t!) here.
Allie is a recent debut thriller writer (her novel Shiver is great). Allie has a great post on how she found her agent and includes the query letter she sent (incredibly valuable!) here.
Laure has a debut novel, The Downfall, coming out in 2022. Laure’s blog has some super useful posts such as How to find an agent here and Submitting to agents here.
The Story Grid, created by Shawn Coyne is a model of story telling. It’s really useful for learning about how to structure your novel and there are some great posts (and podcasts) where they look at the method in practice.
6. Holly Craig
Holly is a writer who has a very helpful blog about the writing process. She is currently in the process of editing her novel with her agent. My favourite posts of hers are Who should edit your work? here, From MS Submissions to Contracts: How I made it there here and a useful post on submitting to agents with a template query letter here.
Stephanie is the author of The Recovery of Rose Gold. Her website has some useful posts for writers including where to get query letter / novel feedback here and a whole series on how she found her agent here.
Nicola is the author of Dead Ringer. She publishes some super helpful posts on writing. My favourites are 6 Things to know if you want to write a novel this year here and How to get your book published here.
If you know any other helpful writing blogs, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list. I hope this post proves useful for any other aspiring writers.
Until next time,