If you know me, then you know I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I could not resist the opportunity to nominate other terrific bloggers I admire and respect. If it wasn’t for their guidance and encouragement there is no way I would have ventured down this freelance writing path. As per the rules, I have to limit my selections to six, which has proven to be difficult. As an added bonus, the award requires you to share ten things about yourself that others would not know, so hopefully I’ll learn something new about these fine people. My six nominees—go visit their sites!
Lori Widmer- Words on the Page
Lori is one of those rare people you feel so fortunate to meet. Her willingness to share and help is endless. I reached out to her a year ago for a profile feature on my blog. She did not hesitate a second, even though I had just started out and she really did not “know” me. Anytime I have a question she responds immediately with great guidance. Recently, she started a writing forum with Anne Wayman called About Writing Squared, which epitomizes what Lori, is all about; giving.
Sean Platt- The Digital Writer
Sean is one of those guys that just blows you away. Aside from the fact that he is pumping out great books weekly with his coauthor David Wright over at Collective Inkwell, he also provides epic content to help writers on his blog. If you want to know what it means to be a writer in today’s world, then Sean is your guy. His generosity with other writers is unbelievable. Sign up for his feed and you receive numerous titles for free. At times, I felt like I was stalking him with all my questions, but he always provided an encouraging word and sage advice. One last little thing, if you want to know about self-publishing, then you must check out the Self Publishing Podcast with Sean, David and Johnny B. Truant. I know it’s not about blogging, but it is terrific material I highly recommend.
Cathy Miller- Simply Stated Business
If a blog title ever fit the author, then Cathy’s is spot on. Her clarity for the business world shines on her blog. She takes her experience and explains in ways that make perfect sense. I find myself nodding my head in agreement as I read her posts. Cathy is a genuine person who is quick to lend a hand.
Emily Suess- Suess’s Pieces
Emily is a champion for writers everywhere. She gives solid advice and points out when others are trying to snow you. She hosts a writer’s week in September that show cases writers and builds awareness for the business. Her blog is a must read for writers.
Anne Wayman- About Freelance Writing
Like that famous advertisement, when Anne speaks I listen. She knows the business of freelance writing and provides worthy guidance on her blog. Anne’s approachable style makes you feel like you’re talking to an old friend even if you just met. As I mentioned earlier, her and Lori started the writer’s forum About Writing Squared. I’m an active member and recommend the forum as a great place for support and learning.
I would be amiss if I didn’t mention Linda. Her site has so much great information. I spent weeks going through the archives reading every post. You can literally start a career with Linda’s advice. She takes time to interact with her readers and answer questions. Linda’s resume is impressive, but she remains humble and down to earth. I attended an online beginning writer class from Linda and Carol Tice. I credit that course for convincing me to pursue writing. A year later I still refer to notes and check past posts for guidance.
I’m cheating a little here, but I don’t believe there is a rules committee. Check out these blogs:
Okay, I’ll stop now. Leave a comment with other great bloggers you know. I almost forgot, here are 10 things that you may not know about me.
I played professional golf for about 7 years. (Never made it to the show)
I’m a huge Motley Crue fan. (Seen them live over a dozen times)
My favorite movies are Caddy Shack and National Lampoon’s Vacation
I have had seven major surgeries.
I cannot swim, not even doggy paddle.
My last name is also street name here in town.
My first car was a 1975 Dodge Dart. (Man, I miss that car)
I’m a certified Reading Specialist. (Whatever that means)
The first book I “loved” was the Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth.
My middle name is Wade. (Take a guess at my first)