Celebrating 1 Year: An Interview & A Giveaway

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Melissa Crytzer Fry for being selected by a random number sequence generator to win a copy of Chuck’s book!


Today is my one-year blogiversary! One of my main goals when I started this blog was to write more—and without any hesitation I can say I met my goal. I posted my first blog last year on this day, you can read it here and this is my 210th post. I’ve written another 100 blogs I never posted, and I once figured out I’ve written over 100,000 words for my blog. I also finished a novel and wrote parts of two others. 

I’ve been thinking about how to celebrate—not only my accomplishment but more especially how to show my appreciation of you—my blog readers. When I started blogging, I honestly did not believe anyone would ever read my blog! Thank you for reading my blog!

As I considered my options for this post, the answer fell into my lap last week when I got an email from Chuck Sambuchino, the editor of the Guide to Literary Agents. Chuck told me the great news that I’d won a copy of the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents from a comment to his post on Writer Unboxed. It was a little bittersweet because two days earlier I’d purchased a copy of the book (I’m starting to research where to query!).

But then it hit me. What if I had a giveaway for my blogiversary and offered the same contest to my wonderful blog readers!? And then another idea hit me: what if along with the giveaway, I interviewed Chuck? I knew this was a longshot because he’s such a busy writer and editor (see his bio at the end of this post), but I got up my courage and sent Chuck an email introducing myself. I told him I was going to be querying soon, and I was interested in this: do agents pay attention to what querying writers are blogging about…or is it all about the manuscript? Chuck graciously agreed to give the book to one of my blog commenters and also to an interview!
First I’d like to say: Thank you Chuck! And now, without further ado, here are Chuck’s answers to my questions. And please remember to leave a comment before midnight (EST) on Friday to be entered into the drawing for the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents! I’ll draw a name on Saturday, February 11th!
When a writer queries an agent: do agents pay attention to the content bloggers post on their blogs or is it simply a matter of checking how large a following a blogger has? Or do they ignore the blogs and think only about the manuscript under submission?

If the writer is a novelist, I think the agent clicks through out of curiosity and checks out their blog. Most of the time, these writer blogs won’t be sizable and that is A-OK. However, if you have a sizable blog and Twitter following, that is a good sign, and may influence the agent. If the writer is penning nonfiction (a book proposal), then the web presence and social media presence is crucial. There has to be some impressive things going on different levels. This is what’s called writer platform. When a nonfiction author contacts Writer’s Digest Books to sell us a book, we examine their platform in depth before considering the idea and sample chapters. In order words, without the ability to sell a nonfiction book, the book itself matters little.

When a blogger is in the midst of the querying process, is it a good idea or a gaffe to post about the progress they’re making in the querying process?

I really can’t see how this helps too much. I understand people want to blog and have to find something to blog about, but they could write more entertaining and informative posts than, say, a status update on querying. That said, this kind of thing doesn’t hurt, per se. It just does little good, in my opinion, and people’s energies could be spent elsewhere.

From an agent’s point of view, are there some topics that are better to blog about than others? Should some topics be completely off limits? Do you think blogging about writing is best or is it okay (or preferable) to post about whatever you’re interested in?

Obviously, avoid boring stuff or TMI. For example, don’t blog about what you had for lunch or how your dog is constipated.

If you’re writing nonfiction, you are hopefully blogging in your area of specialty. For novelists, there is no “correct” subject matter to tackle. Ideally, you’ve chosen something (anything) and are addressing it well enough to get page views, followers and an occasional discussion.

As for the typical “starter writer blog,” I do not think these help much. The problem is that there are 10,000 of these out there—blogs where aspiring writings chronicle their writing and querying journey. The writing in these posts is not bad, it’s just not unique enough to capture attention. So my advice is to set yourself aside by adding some value. Garden variety example: What if you only wrote about your writing journey SOME of the time, and the rest of the time you interviewed up-and-coming science fiction writers? Those interviews give your blog unique value; people will come back to read the interviews, and said interviews will also show up on Google, and that means more page views. This is just an example. Add value to your blog by doing what others are not.

I read on your website: “Building and expanding a platform is part of being an author in today’s market. Even if you’re not published, platform construction and maintenance help you cultivate a relationship with readers who will eventually buy your book.” You named giveaways as one way to do this. What are some other ways bloggers can demonstrate they have cultivated a relationship with their readers?

Again, give value—and try to have a clear theme.

What is the theme of my Guide to Literary Agents blog? How to get an agent and build your platform. Bam—done. What value do I give? I alert people of new agents, I do agent interviews, I post lots of guest content, I advise people on upcoming writers conferences where they can meet agents, I share stories of how people got their agents, I pass along platform tips, and more.

Here’s a general tip in building your blog and online presence: It should not be easy. Most people never get over that platform hurdle because they are afraid to put in the time. Doing it right takes time. It means a TON of e-mails to people. It means linking to people. It means researching online. It’s hard work—but the hard work pays off.

Most blogging writers I know are also on Twitter. Are there topics writers should avoid tweeting about, especially while they’re in the midst of sending out queries? Do you think agents pay attention to what writers tweet? Might agents consider a writer’s tweet history when deciding if they want to represent a writer?

This concern is very similar to an agent examining a blog while looking at a writer. Again, if it’s a nonfiction author, then social media takes on a very serious role in choosing to sign a writer. If it’s a fiction writer, this stuff is taken with a grain of salt. If you’ve got 2,500 followers, that’s great—bonus. But if you only have 75, that will not sink your submission. I doubt an agent has time to look through a writer’s tweeting history much, unless that writer has a lot of followers and the agent wants to examine what they’re doing right.

Follow on question about Twitter: I always feel a little uncomfortable the first time I tweet anyone new—but especially an agent who I might be querying at some point. How do agents feel about an unknown writer tweeting with them?

I don’t think it’s any big deal. Most people tweet to engage in a worthwhile way or just to say something nice. Agents and editors can get dozens of new tweets and followers each day, so it is no big deal to get a tweet from anyone about practically anything. Most people are smart enough not to tweet something useless like “Hey I got a great book—are you an agent? Wanna rep me plz???”

Again, THANK YOU for the interview, Chuck, and thank you for the giveaway! Please leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for the 

2012 Guide to Literary Agents!

Cheers,

Julia

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor and a writer. He works for Writer’s Digest Books and edits GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS as well as CHILDREN’S WRITER’S & ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET. 

His humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK, was released in Sept. 2010 and has been featured by Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times and AOL News. The film rights were recently optioned by Sony and director Robert Zemeckis. 

In addition, he’s also written two other writing-related titles: the third edition of FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT (2009), and CREATE A WRITER PLATFORM (Fall 2012). Besides that, he is a produced playwright, magazine freelancer, husband, cover band guitarist, chocolate chip cookie fiend, and owner of a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham.

Comments

  1. Emma Pass says:

    Happy Blogoversary, Julia, and thanks to you and Chuck for such a great interview! I won’t enter the contest, but just wanted to say how great your blog is – I can’t believe it’s only been going a year. It’s always interesting and you have a great mix of content on here. Wishing you continued blogging and writing success, and the very best of luck when you start querying. xx

  2. Congratulations on your first year blogging, Julia! A fantastic milestone to reach, and with success in surpassing your goals, too! I hope you’re blogging for many years to come. It’s been so wonderful getting to know you, and I’m really glad we’ve met. :)

    Please don’t include me in your giveaway draw; I’d rather your prize goes to someone who would really enjoy and use it!

    ~Ashlee
    http://ashleesch.com
    http://theDragonsHoard.bigcartel.com

  3. Interesting that your first few commenters are taking themselves out of the running for the book prize… (you can take me out, too!) What a great idea to connect with Chuck! Well done. I think his comments are spot on. I’m an agent who DOES check out fiction writers’ blogs. It’s a way to get a little feel for the type of person the author is. I also don’t care for lots of tweeting and blogging about the query process. It’s kind of boring to read. I love reading about how authors are researching their characters or settings; the ins and outs of character development; struggle with plot construction; and everyday happenings (even tv, movies, shopping, etc) that are somehow related to the writing process. Ok, I’ve got to go put these ideas up on my blog!

  4. Nina B says:

    Julia! What a year. I love that we’ve been there for each other since nearly the beginning. You’ve built something here you should be so proud of.

    This was a great interview–both the questions and Chuck’s generous answers. Don’t enter me in the drawing because I’m nowhere near the query stage. Just wanted to say congratulations and kudos!

  5. Marisa Birns says:

    Goodness! Feel I should say not to enter me in the drawing as everyone has said so far. BUT, please throw my name in the hat! Hah.

    Wonderful questions and answers. Enjoyed – and learned – a lot.

    Thanks to you and Chuck for taking the time to share with us.

    Happy blogoversary!

  6. I often worry that my blog and tweet presence aren’t good enough. It’s a relief to read that for fiction writers, it really is still the writing that matters. That will help me enjoy blogging and tweeting as a way to connect while I focus my energy on my novel. Thanks, Julia!

  7. Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary! I have enjoyed seeing Maine through your eyes, as well as the writery discussion.

    Cheers, Julia!

  8. coutry wife says:

    Yay for a year of blogging! Thanks for the interview read and giveaway opportunity.

  9. Wow, Julia! One whole year. I can’t believe you haven’t been blogging longer, frankly – you’re such a pro! Wonderfully insightful questions and fabulous giveaway! The one question about whether agents read bloggers’ posts made me wonder if queries should INCLUDE blog addresses. I have never seen that recommendation in the advice books/articles I’ve read before, but maybe it only needs to be added simply with the contact information? Is that what you’ve heard?

  10. What a wonderful way to celebrate your one year anniversary, Julia! And thank you, Chuck, for the great publishing insights. I will now try to avoid blogging about what I had for lunch. 😉

  11. Emma, Thanks for your well wishes, and I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. I’m so happy you enjoy my blog — what kind words you’ve left for me! Honestly, aside from the incentive it’s given me to write, the very best part is connecting with writer friends like you! Thank you!

    Ashlee, Thank you for your lovely compliments! I’m so glad to have met you as well, Ashlee — agreed, here’s to many blogging years ahead for both of us!

    Linda, Thank you for dropping by my blog and glad for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed Chuck’s interview. And I am so glad to hear the point of view of an agent who reads fiction writers’ blogs as a way to get to know an author; it’s generous of you to offer your insight. It’s also nice to know what agents don’t like to read about! Thanks again for your comment and for your visit to my blog.

    Nina, I think you hit the nail on the head — making the connections with other writers like you, creating that writing community, has really been what it’s all about! Thank you for your kind words, you’re so sweet!

  12. Barb Riley says:

    Congrats on the one year mark (what a pleasure to read your first post, too). I agree with Melissa: you’re a true pro, indeed! But even better than admiring your blogging talent is the fact that when I read your blog, I very much feel like I’m sitting down for coffee with a friend. Here’s to many more years of blogging success and friendship, Julia. *raises glass*

    Thank you, Chuck for the awesome advice. It’s a relief to know that novelists’ blogs are not as highly scrutinized as non-fiction writers. The whole platform thing is a constant worry of mine. Now for the mystery question of the day: which cover band do you play in? Inquiring music-lovers want to know. :)

  13. Chris Fries says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! You’ve created a fun and fabulous blog here!

    And also a hearty “Way to Go — Atta girl!” on a very productive writing year! I know this will lead to great things and much success.

    And heck yeah — enter me in the drawing. I never turn down the opportunity to win free stuff. ;^)

  14. Julia, congratulations! The one-year blogging anniversary is big. You’ve posted a ton in that time too. You should be very proud. Very interesting interview too. I’ve put my book writing ambitions on the back burner for now, but it’s helpful to see how a literary agent feels about our blog and social media presence. Thanks for the helpful advice!

  15. Erika Marks says:

    A whole year!? Say it ain’t so!

    What a year for ALL of us, Julia–your wonderful posts and videos and experiments (I’m looking at you, crows) and now THIS giveaway. Since I am a proud winner of an earlier giveaway, I will step out of this round (did I mention lately that the Legos are STILL in heavy rotation?)

    Thank you, my dear, for infusing a relocated Mainer’s days with the wonderful reminders of home, and heart.

    Hope you and MEH and Abby are celebrating with something warm and toasty!

  16. Happy anniversary, Julia!

    Nice interview–thanks to you for your great idea, and Chuck for kindly obliging!

  17. Anyes says:

    Congratulation Julia, Looking forward to many more blogging and writing years ahead :-)

  18. Happy Blogiversay, Julia! Great job with the interview, too. I’m so excited that you’re beginning to query soon! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you :)

  19. Beth Hoffman says:

    Happy Blogiversary, Julia!

  20. Happy Blogaversary, Julia! It’s been a wonderful year following your adventures. I love your “breathing space” videos. Ahhhaaa.

    This interview is terrific. Thank you for asking questions that most writers on social media are wondering.

  21. Great interview, Julia. You asked the questions we really want to know!
    I can hardly believe you’ve only been posting for one year, your blog is so very polished and interesting. It’s truly one of my favs (as I’m certain you know). Happy Anniversary, Julia, and many more years of successful blogging to YOU!

  22. Marisa, Glad you enjoyed the interview and you are definitely entered into the drawing! Thanks for your visit to my blog!

    Shary, I’m glad you found the interview helpful! I feel so fortunate that Chuck answered these questions for us — and I agree it will help me enjoy blogging and tweeting while finishing the work and writing at hand! You’re so welcome!

    Karen, Thank you! Glad I can provide you with a glimpse of Maine and writing discussion!

    Country Wife, Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the interview!

    Melissa, You are too kind and very sweet to say such nice things to me! I’m glad you enjoyed Chuck’s interview — and I wonder the same thing as you: should we include our blog addresses? I don’t know the answer to that one, but I’m guessing it wouldn’t hurt to add it to the contact information… maybe if Chuck or an agent is reading this they can answer for us!

  23. Happy Blogoversary Julia! One whole year! How lovely. Always enjoy your posts and today’s is no exception – really interested to hear those questions asked and to read Chuck’s responses – very useful to know. I have another 7 months until my Blogoversary – may have to celebrate with cheesecake!

  24. Jolina, Thank you for your well wishes; so glad you enjoyed the interview. p.s. No post about what you had for lunch? I was looking forward to that one! ;-(

    Barb, Thank you for your congrats, my friend. I’m glad you enjoyed my first post — thanks for reading that! Wouldn’t it be great if we really could sit down for a cup of coffee together? That would be one very long cup of coffee! Cheers!

    Chris, Thanks so much for your congrats and more, for enjoying my blog! You are so entered in the contest! And here’s to a productive writing year for all! :-)

    Jen, Thank you for the congratulations, and especially for your sweet words. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview — I thought it was interesting and helpful, too. Never hurts to gather as much information and advice possible, does it!?

    Erika, It really has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I am so happy to have met you — you’re such a role model for me! I’m very glad the Legos continue to be in favor, and I’m especially glad to keep you in touch with your Maine roots — I still say that one of the best parts of blogging is the connections we make, and ours is such a wonderful one! Thanks for your sweet comment, Erika!

  25. Sherry, Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and your comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview with Chuck!

    Anyes, Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and for your well wishes!

    Natalia, Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed the interview — and here’s to querying soon and querying often! I appreciate your support and encouragement!

    Beth, THANK YOU! :-)

    Jacki, Thank you for your comment and your well wishes; glad you have enjoyed the videos and the adventures! I’m so happy you liked the interview and that I was able to ask some good questions!

    Cynthia, Thank you for your kind words about my interview questions! I’m so glad they were helpful! And especially thank you for your kind words about my blog — the feeling is ever so mutual, my friend! Here’s to many more years of successful blogging and writing all around!

    Abi, Thank you for your well wishes! It’s hard to believe it’s really been a year I’ve been blogging! I’m so happy you enjoy my posts and that Chuck’s interview was useful. I think cheesecake would be a wonderful blogaversary celebration — I better buy one or get busy baking, only 5 hours to dessert time! :-)

  26. That was an excellent interview, Julia, great questions! And great answers from Chuck! It’s funny the Q&A would have all been incomprehensible to me 10 or 15 years ago, pre-social media.

    And this is an awesome giveaway, too, :-)

  27. Congratulations Julia! I really enjoyed reading this post and thank you Chuck for your insight into the blogger’s world. As a writer I have wondered these same questions.

  28. Happy blogiversary! I love that you are giving back to your readers and can’t think of a more timely interview post for me personally. I am in the midst of finishing my first novel and truly enjoyed Chuck’s insight on the difference between fiction and nonfiction authors and how they are viewed by agents in the social media space.

    For the past four years, I’ve written a food blog and have developed a friendship with my readers that has brought a lot of fun and excitement to my life. It’s great to know that as a fiction author, it’s less about what you blog about (my novel isn’t exactly food-driven!) and more about the community you’ve cultivated. Thanks for the great insight!

  29. ND says:

    What a great interview; informative and full of great questions and answers. It was really helpful to me.

    Congratulations on your first year! I hope you have many more to come!

  30. Great interview and so informative! Happy Bloggaversary! I can’t believe you’ve written another 100 posts you haven’t posted! Wow, I’m impressed!

  31. Ira says:

    congrats for your blogiversary :)

  32. missusem says:

    Conrats on the blogging anniversary! :) Thanks for the chance to win this!!

    The interview is helpful indeed!

  33. Would love to win the 2012 Literary Agents guide. Great post!

    (I submitted a previous comment, but the blogger program didn’t ask for my name or url.)

  34. Eric Fehr says:

    Thank you for the great tips and insightful interview. I’m beginning the process of looking for a literary agent, but I still have much work to do!

    Eric

  35. Mahesh, Glad you enjoyed the interview! Agreed — 10 to 15 years ago this all would’ve been incomprehensible to me too!

    Justadreamer, Jenn, ND, So happy for your visit to my blog! Glad you enjoyed Chuck’s interview! Thanks for your comments and good luck with the giveaway… Nice to meet you all!

    Leah, Thank you for your congrats and sweet comment! Glad you enjoyed Chuck’s interview; I agree, so informative!

    Ira, missueem, Janice, Eric, Thank you for your visit to my blog! So glad you enjoyed the interview and found it helpful. Good luck with the giveaway — nice to meet you all!

  36. TCWesley says:

    Happy Blogiversary to you, Julia!

    The more I learn about the business of writing, the more it seems I need to learn. Thanks so very much for lending your expertise and also for the Chuck Sambuchino interview.

    And I simply cannot sign off without saying “Bravo!” for your courageousness in asking for the interview.

  37. Ada says:

    Happy Blogiversary to you! What a great informative interview. thanks so much for sharing!!

  38. Happy Blogiversary!

    This was some great advice from Chuck. As a blogger sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re writing the write stuff. Good to know it’s not a make or break scenario for fiction writers.

    Thanks for the great content!

  39. TCWesley, Thanks so much for your kind comments and for your visit to my blog — glad you found the post helpful! (p.s. I feel the same way about always having more to learn!)

    Ada, Thanks for the congratulations on the blogiversary, and I’m glad you enjoyed the interview! So happy you visited my blog!

    Sarah, Thank you for your congratulations and for your visit to my blog! So glad you enjoyed the interview and found it helpful!

  40. My 1st blogoversary was Feb. 1. It’s been amazing to see the growth – not just in followers and commenters, but in me, too. My writing still has a ways to go, but establishing my (nonfiction) platform has paid off in spades already. And yes, I’m querying, too. Good luck to us both!

  41. Kelly Weaver says:

    I’m new to following you on twitter and reading your blog, but already I’ve learned some valuable information for building my own writing platform. Thank you for the great interview with Chuck and congratulations on your anniversary as a blogger.

  42. drjenny88 says:

    This is my first visit to your blog, but from what I’ve read, I’ll definitely be back! I found the interview with Chuck very refreshing – it’s great to hear that for fiction novelists, the manuscript matters more than the online presence. However, in our changing world, I think it makes sense to limit social media comments you would be unhappy being called on. Regardless of whether agents look at your history, there is still the chance that – if you are published – readers will look through your online backstory.

    Thank you for all the advice & interesting information on your blog. I intend to return to read a lot more in future.

  43. Victoria, I so agree — in the year since I started I see such a change in my blogging and my attitudes toward it as well. I am so glad you stopped by, and I wish you well on your querying! (p.s. thank you for your well wishes as well!)

    Kelly, I’m so happy to have you drop by my blog and follow on Twitter — nice to meet you! I’m glad you enjoyed Chuck’s interview, and that it’s been helpful!

    drjenny88, Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and for your kind comments! I agree, Chuck’s interview was both reassuring and refreshing — but, like you, I’m constantly worried about my backstory (great way of putting it!!). I’m so glad to meet you and look forward to seeing you more in the future!

  44. Bravo on your first year! I like the insight in this post because It’s so difficult to find the right approach to get noticed or even get people interested.

    I post excerpts of my writing project on my blog and I get a few responses every once in a while, a few followers here and there. I began with the mindset of doing it for myself, and often…that’s exactly what I experience!

    Congratulations again….

  45. Congratulations on your first year!
    What an amazing effort.
    Loved Chuck’s comments on Social media and platforms.
    Could do with a copy of “Lit Agents”.
    All the best for your next year of blogging and submitting!

  46. Congratulations on one year! Thanks for such an insightful interview. I think you asked many of the questions on the minds of your fellow aspiring authors. Good luck on your future blogging and writing.

  47. Loved the interview and Happy Anniversary to the blog.

    Thanks for putting up useful information for those of us about to start querying work.

    All the best.

    Samantha

  48. Margo Rowder says:

    Great interview and happy blogiversary, Julia!
    I’m in the midst of querying, myself. Just last week I considered blogging about my status, but it just seemed odd. It’s comforting to see that Chuck agrees.

    I’d love to be considered for the giveaway. Super-cool idea. :)
    Thanks and cheers!
    Margo

  49. Kevin says:

    Congratulations! I began blogging almost a year ago, and I appreciate the work and dedication you’ve given to your site. I also enjoyed your interview — lots of information and more. Cheers!

  50. Congratulations on one year! This was a really engaging post – with good tips too. Thank you!

  51. Anne Norup says:

    Happy First Year! I’ve followed Chuck’s blog for almost two and always get good info. Now I’ll need to follow yours too!

  52. Citizen of Ville Joie, House of Prowse, nicolealexander, Samantha, Margo, Kevin, Amanda, & Anne, Thank you for your well wishes, and I’m glad you found Chuck’s interview helpful! I’m so happy to meet you all! Happy Blogging, Julia xo

  53. CMSmith says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary, Julia. I had about five things that I wrote in a quite long comment that didn’t go through. They have all left my mind except this one:

    Thank you for finding me on the blog and at Twitter. You have made all the difference.

  54. CMSmith says:

    I think I just figured out what’s been going on with losing my comments. Blogger sometimes asks me to sign in. I assumed it wanted me to sign in to my Blogger account (that I never use), but I noticed today it wants me to sign in to my google account (even though I’m already signed in to it on this computer).

    Hopefully no more screw ups from me.

  55. CMSmith says:

    Except for this one. I forgot to click the email box.

    Do I get more chances for posting the most annoying comments?

  56. Christine, Thank you for coming back to try again to comment. My answers:
    1. I feel exactly the same way.
    2. I just figured that one out myself!
    3. No.
    I love that our senses of humor are so similar! :-) xo Julia

  57. Congratulations, Julia! I’m very new to the author platform/social networking idea. It’s a little scary, truth to tell. Your interview answered questions I didn’t even know I had. Thank you!

  58. Blogging has forced me to focus more on my writing and marketing efforts, whether I’m writing about an event, writing woes, or just how awesome my cat is. I’ve come to discover that even if I don’t have a huge following (I really have no idea), it’s a great personal journey that helps me follow the right path.

    Thanks for the tips and insight!

  59. Thanks for the insight into how agents are thinking about such things! As a new writer, it is hard to juggle writing time and social media time, and so any tips certainly help. And congrats on the blogiversary!

  60. Great interview, Julia. Keep up the good work. Stop by and visit sometime at my Cyber-bistro for writers. I’m one of your twitters peeps.

    http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/

  61. Envelope Bimbo, Kristina, Stephanie, Michael, Thank you so much for well wishes for my blogiversary. I’m glad you found Chuck’s interview answers as helpful as I did, and I’m happy it helped you find my blog, and I hope you’ll be back!

  62. Kate A says:

    Happy Blogiversary Julia! I would love to be included in your Blogiversary giveaway. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog, but am not sure what I can say that isn’t being said already, and well, by people like you and Chuck. Very nice interview, good questions and insightful and encouraging answers. I like the idea of blogging about something other than the writing process–I guess that should have been obvious, but as a writer, I thought maybe that was what was expected. Thanks Julia an Chuck

  63. Barbara J. says:

    Congrats, Julia! You are an inspiration to me and, I’m sure, to all the other new bloggers out there! What an interesting interview. It’s such a new, puzzling world out there for writers who want to be published–confusing but also intriguing and appealing. So much to learn and explore–thanks for adding some clarity!

  64. Kate, Thank you for your well wishes! And I’m so glad that you found Chuck’s interview helpful like I did. I agree, quite insightful and encouraging! When I first started to blog I also thought I’d only blog about writing — then I just followed my heart and wrote what I wanted to, it was pretty unexpected but also has been a lot of fun! Let me know if you start a blog, I’d love to see it! Thanks again for your visit to my blog!

    Barbara, Thank you so much for your congratulations — and I appreciate you saying I’m an inspiration, although I definitely think I’m still finding my own way — I feel the same way, that it’s a puzzling world out there — I think for all of us right now. I’m with you: just tyring to put the pieces together. I’m so happy to have added a little clarity and information to your exploration. It’s nice to meet you, and thank you again for your kind words!

  65. Splendidme73 says:

    Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary! I am looking forward to my first blogiversary in 8 mos. (:
    Many Thanks for your latest post and interview with Chuck – very insightful!

  66. Splendidme73, Thank you for the congratulations and the comment! (And early congrats on your blogiversary in 8 months :) Glad you found Chuck’s post insightful! And thank you for your visit to my blog.

  67. Ado says:

    Well happy Bligh dreary Julia and I am amazed you have only been at it for 1 year! Wow! Also what a great and informative interview.
    I have an agent and she and I friended each other on FB. – it was interesting b/c I began posting some of my rejection letters there and she cautioned me not to in a public forum. might give other editors ideas. Doh!
    Anyway happy blogiversary! (-;

  68. Ann says:

    Julia – Congratulations! Happy Blog-o-versary! You are a wonder! I love, Love, LOVE your blog and look forward to many more years!

    GREAT post and interview – no surprise there! I wish you lived near – I’d bake you a blog-o-birthday cake!

    Hugs to you, my friend~ Ann

  69. Ado, Thank you for the congratulations — and how the time does fly, I agree! I always wondered how posting rejections and talking about progress in public forums would be perceived; good information! Glad you enjoyed the interview.

  70. Ann, Thank you for your congratulations — I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview! My party would not be complete without you as a part of it, so thank you for showing up. You are always welcome with or without cake (but cake baked by you must be sublime!). Thank you for the well wishes, good friend. Hugs back! xo Julia

  71. Jamie says:

    What a great post. Of course, I’m doing most things wrong, but alas I have no book to shop. Not that I don’t have dreams. And congrats on the year. You must be doing something right to have such a great following.. I’m guessing it’s part writing and partly because you’re a great person and that comes through in your blog. Take care as always.

  72. Jamie, Thank you for the well wishes and lovely compliments! However, I do have to disagree when you say you’re doing “most things wrong” with your blog–I love your blog and it’s content, precisely because you’re a great person and it comes through! Glad you enjoyed this post!

  73. Patrick Ross says:

    I just wanted to say congrats on your blogiversary! I don’t need to be entered in the drawing, though.

  74. Patrick, Thank you for the congrats! I appreciate the comment and well wishes!

  75. Happy belated anniversary, Julia! What a wonderful year of writing for you.

    Great interview, too. (Thank you, Chuck, for your insights.)

    Looking forward to another productive and successful year for all…

  76. Amanda, Thank you for the congratulations — I so appreciate your comment. I agree, here’s to a productive and successful year for all of us. Cheers to our community of writers, friend! xo Julia