Last May 3rd, I picked up this dusty old blog, gave it a makeover and started writing about writing. A lot. I've slowed down in recent months, but you guys keep me in the loop. I've learned a TON from you this past year. Through blogfests, twitter hash tags, and the interblog consciousness, I've become a slightly better writer :) and absorbed the nuances of an entire industry: the publishing industry.
My goal this coming year is to pay it forward.
My year at a glance: Last summer, I became a contributor at The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog, which is an eclectic source of writing tips and publishing news. A few months later, my critique partners and I started Operation Awesome, home of the Mystery Agent contest. We've had the joy of seeing multiple success stories, including two agent-author signings who found each other via the M.A. contests (finalists on the blog today, btw). Beginning in April, several bloggers, authors, and readers have banded together to start Afterglow Book Reviews, to share the books that stunned and satisfied us with an incredible afterglow.
We've had book reviews, agent-led contests, giveaways of new and previously released books in all genres, and interviews with some of the most exciting literary rock stars, including authors and agents. But in paying it forward, we can always do more.
So my question to you guys on this day of anniversary is:
What can I do better?
On that note, I have a book giveaway. There will be three winners, and you can tell me what you prefer to win in the comments.
1) Follow and 2) comment with an answer to the above question to win one of these three prizes:
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Break by Hannah Moskowitz
and The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Thanks again for being fabulous blog buddies!!