Monday, February 13, 2012

Where and Who Are You?

When I began blogging and writing fiction about four years ago, I had a lot to learn. I still have a lot to learn. But four years of paying careful attention to how the publishing industry works and is changing, and how to put together a book, and writing lots of stories has put me in a good place. I'm not an expert. But I feel a little less clueless than I did four years ago.

In the writer blogosphere, much has changed in four years. I've watched many fellow bloggers--many of them friends--sign with agents and then get book deals.  Even better, I've seen their books come out. It's been so exciting. Everyone is in a different stage of their writing journey, and for a while when I started blogging it was a very specific set of other writers whose blogs I read and who commented on my blog.

Now, there are new people. Who may or may not have just started out writing. I largely have no idea! I'd love to know, though. Can you do me a favor? Tell me more about yourself. I want to know who and where you are. Leave a comment telling me:

1. Your name and your blog address.

2. What genre you write.

3. Whether you have written a novel, and whether you're published.

4. When you started writing.

5. What your ultimate plans are (traditional publishing, self publishing, just writing for fun, or wherever the wind takes you).

Hope to hear from you. Happy Monday.


Laura Pauling said...

What a great question. I'm a new follower.

Laura Pauling
young adult/ middle grade - anything to do with spies, murder, and mystery
I've finished several novels and started writing more seriously about 7 years ago.
My plans were to trad. publish but I made the decision last fall to self publish. My YA, A SPY LIKE ME, will be released in spring of this year.

Thanks for asking! :)

MJones said...

1. Melinda Jones or MJ or MJones, whichever. My website (that I finally got to look presentable) is My blog is

2. I write Contemporary Fiction

3. I am writing my first novel. I have written novel and novella length fanfiction and short stories which have been posted at, and

4. I began seriously writing in 2007, but have been a writer all my life. I won awards for my writing when I was in high school, then fell away from it when I was in college and was forced to write. It became cathartic for me after the untimely death of my brother.

5. I'm planning on a mix of traditional and self publishing if I can manage it and I'll continue to write fanfiction for fun.

Jessica Lemmon said...

2) I write contemporary romance
3) I have completed 6 novels, submitted two of them, and have yet to be
4) have always written, but began seriously pursuing (i.e., finish a story!) in January 2010
5) traditional publishing, with a focus on Harlequin

Thanks for asking! :)

Jessica Lemmon said...

3) ...yet to be PUBBED. Sorry, my iPad must have eaten that last word. *nom*

Marta Szemik said...

What a nice post:)

1. Marta Szemik

2. I write YA urban fantasy and fiction

3. Published first novel in Nov.2011, publishing a novella this March and working on three other projects at the same time:)

4. I began writing in March 2009 after an inspiration and found my new passion. Now, I write everyday, even if it's just a little, and one day aspire to be able to write full time.

5. I self-published for a number of reasons, but mostly because not many agents accepted novels like mine and because I have control issues :)

Diane Henders said...

Hi, Sierra - thanks for asking!

1. Diane Henders -

2. Suspense/thriller: Consider what would happen if a kickass middle-aged bookkeeper got sucked into a spy's life.

3. I've written and published 4 novels, currently half-way through writing the 5th in the series.

4. I wrote non-fiction for at least 20 years, and I always swore I'd never write fiction. I lied. Two years ago, the story and characters burst into my head and wouldn't leave until I wrote them down. I never intended to publish them. But apparently I lied about that, too. I guess it's true: fiction writers get paid to lie.

5. I decided to self-publish because I'm too impatient and too much of a DIY-er to wait for somebody else to give me permission to put my books out there. :-)

Anonymous said...

1. Veronika Walker,

2. Currently fantasy, but I have ideas for some scie-fi, contemporary, and literary genres too.

3. No fiction yet (working on submissions now), though I have published a few short articles on and some academic essays on

4. When I was nine. :D

5. My plans? Definitely traditional publishing. I'm hoping to finish my urban fantasy novel by the Fall, and begin the query process during edits. Hope to find my agent soon after.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I also wrote lots of fanfiction as a teen. That was probably where most of my current style and voice developed. Great fun!

Diana said...

I write suspense mostly (3 finished novels)
I am not ready to publish--perfectionist who is her own worst critic. I'm not sure if I answered them all, but I don't tend to follow instructions very good. :)

Meghan Ward said...

You know who I am! :)

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