One question I like to ask during blogger interviews is "How has your blog improved your writing/ helped your path to publication?" Most bloggers answer in a similar way: we meet other writers through blogging and feed off of their knowledge and support.
Especially because I started my blog around the theme of breaking into the literary world, I thought it might be interesting to share specifically how I think that knowledge and support has benefitted me these last few months.
1. Stumbles upon two greatest blogs ever: Literary Rambles and Nathan Bransford's blog. They introduce me to the literary world.
2. Sends first small round of terrible, horribly vague queries.
3. Rejection, rejection, rejection and ONE lovely, personalized rejection.
4. Sends out second round of newly revised queries. Receives first full request. ;)
5. Full request rejected. Enters first state of depression/realization that this will be hard.
6. Enters contests. Nothing.
7. Submits query for public critique. Query publicly RIPPED apart. Enters second state of depression/realization that sometimes this process sucks.
8. Pulls MS to revise, restructure, polish.
9. Enters contests, sends another newly revised query...rejection, rejection, rejection.
10. Starts blog!!
11. Enters The Writer's Voice competition. Gets some feedback and even a bit of encouragement.
12. Starts reading other blogs. Gets inspired.
13. Enters Sharon Bayliss's Editor competition. Gets more feedback and great advice.
14. Enters contests. Requests. ;)
15. Meets a few CPs through blog. Gets more feedback, more great advice.
16. Sends out newly polished MS and newly polished query. More requests. ;)
17. Still working.....
Hmm...not sure I adequately depicted the amount of depression and rejection in there...
I don't think my journey has by any means culminated. Clearly, I still have a long, long, long, long...long way to go. Nor do I think that simply by starting a blog, requests starting piling in my inbox. There's definitely been a learning curve, elbow grease...did I mention rejection? But I don't think I would have made the same progress without joining the blogosphere, visiting your blogs, being inspired by your journeys and learning from the tips you've all generously shared.
If I could do it all over again, my step #10 would have been step #2. I would have started my blog, met fabulous writerly people, entered several contests, collected as much feedback as possible and learned as much as I could before sending out that first batch of queries.
What about you all? Any blogs that you've found particularly or resourceful? Any contests that you think have led to you improving your writing, pitch or query?