Monday, December 26, 2011

100 sites for fiction writers: #93 - Writer Unboxed

This is an ongoing series looking at websites that can be of help to fiction writers with their craft and career.


Writer Unboxed


In 2006, writers Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton came together to create a website that would allow them to "broadcast their observations" about ... well, just about everything, especially concerning writing and books and literature. Over the years this site, Writer Unboxed, has grown, and now it hosts regular contributors who are professional writers or who work in the publishing industry in some fashion.

What one ends up with is a rather extensive blog where novelists, educators and editors and others provide their thoughts on myriad subjects, but also spill here and there about what's going on in the industry. Those with business interests in book and e-book publishing should pay attention.

But Writer Unboxed isn't just about the business end of writing. For those who are working on their craft, this site offers plenty of posts and articles that can prove helpful, such as The Secret to Finding the Time to Write, Market, Promote, and Still Have a Life by media and writing professor Jane Friedman. If you want to get slightly different perspective on books and publishing, it would be worth checking out the sister site, Reader Unboxed.

At Writer Unboxed, there is a little bit of everything for everyone, from information to humor to news to talk about everyday minutia and sometimes silliness. Writer Unboxed is not only informative, but it's also a fun blog to read, with lots of different viewpoints, almost like a smaller version of Huffington Post just for writers, without all the politics.

2 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I don't know if you have included Novel Spaces as a site for fiction writers. It tends to keep the focus on the writing and particually about writing techniques.

Ty Johnston said...

Thanks, Charles, for the reminder. Rest assured, Novel Spaces will make my list before I'm finished. Things are winding down for this series, and while part of me will be glad when it's finished, another part of me has had fun meeting people I otherwise might not have known, kind of like doing a blog tour.