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Finding Online Support

Hi guys! I had some downtime, so I'm back to blogging for a bit as a way to keep busy and continue exercising my writing muscles. I'll post a few questions and answers, and I'll try my best to keep this up until one of my projects gets the green light. So if you have questions that you'd like me to answer, feel free to post them in the comments section, tweet me or post them on FB. Thanks!

Question of the day: Which which writers' groups/associations would you recommend joining? As an aspiring women's fiction writer, I'm not sure if I fit in with many of the mainstream groups. I'm looking to find my tribe, beta readers, and a critique group, yet everything seems skewed towards straight romance, YA, or paranormal/dystopian/fantasy now. Which networks have helped you and provided the most support?

I wanted to post this on the main blog rather than answer it on the FB thread because I'm sure that there are some amazing resources out there about which I'm unaware. When I was heavily freelance writing, I found to be INVALUABLE. Truly. Possibly the best freelance resource and support network around. I do know that many of their members are dabbling in fiction these days, so it may be worth checking out - last I checked, there was a free week of access available to their forums. If you're looking to break into magazines or websites, I highly recommend FLX.

As far as fiction/books, I used to be a member of Backspace, which has a slew of both aspiring and established authors who weigh in and offer advice/support on the forums. Definitely worth checking out. The administrators often have agents and editors stop by and answer questions, which is obviously very cool and provides a lot of added value.

Those are my two favorites. I'm sure that there are many others that have cropped up since I really relied on forums and networking. Anyone want to weigh in on other great options for critiques and overall support?

Reader Comments (3)

Allison, You are a wonderful person and I hope your life is blessed in return for your kindness toward other writers. I recently discovered your blog (through Jen Lancaster's blog) and I'm enjoying reading all of your old posts and learning a LOT. Thought you'd like to know that posts you wrote in say, Sept. '06 are still helping careers today!

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranniem

Romance Writers of America has a women's fiction chapter - I would highly recommend checking it out!

November 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Yeah! Allison is back. Even if it is for a little while.


December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlice
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