• Debbie Rasure

Blog review: Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity

Are you looking for an agent?

Do you struggle to find reviewers for your novel?

Would you like to enter a contest but don’t know how to find them?

Have you been thinking about submitting a piece to a literary magazine, but you don’t know which to approach?

Then stick around.

Today I’m telling you about a fantastic blog I found that has BLOWN MY MIND! And yes, all caps are warranted for this one.

In Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, author/blogger Erica Verrillo brings together a host of resources to help her readers learn how to manage the business of being a successful author. She posts frequently (typically every few days) and offers up-to-the-minute news on contests, conferences and other time-sensitive opportunities as well as in-depth pieces on all aspects of becoming a successful author. She is Ah-M-A- A- A-Z-I-N-G and is undoubtedly one of the smartest, most generous, most fantastic writing bloggers in the blogiverse. So, here’s a quick description of the treasure trove of writing resources and information you’ll find on Ms. Verrillo’s blog, Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

  • Agents seeking clients

  • Publishers accepting unagented manuscripts

  • Where to get reviews

  • Free contests

  • Writing conferences

  • Speculative fiction resources

  • Self-publishing

  • Calls for submissions

  • Paying markets

There’s also a tab for recipes – hey, a writer’s gotta eat, right? And the “Contact Us” tab takes you to a contact form on Ms. Verrillo’s personal website, so you can learn more about her there! I’m so impressed with the variety of topics Ms. Verrillo covers in her blog and the depth of the coverage. She offers a lot of value in each post, going into sufficient detail but not going so deep as to overwhelm us.

The other thing I really like about Ms. Verrillo’s blog is that she allows the information to be “the star.” She doesn’t rely on bright colors, fancy layouts or zippy graphics. Her site is easy to navigate, and she presents the information in a plain, direct way that makes it a snap to find the treasures we seek. Her blog takes seriously the pursuit of successful authorship, so we can benefit from her knowledge and experience.

Ms. Verrillo provides three ways to access her blog, and while this is definitely another benefit, I also found it a bit confusing at first. Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity is hosted on Blogger, on Bloglovin’ (a platform that allows you to read all of the blogs you follow in one place), and you can find it on her personal website. I first discovered it on Blogger – and this is what was most confusing – the name in the URL is Published to Death, so, that’s what I thought the name of the blog was. I like both titles, but I think the actual blog title is most accurate.

The other difference you’ll find is that on her personal blog, you can search for content by month OR by specific category. I really like this feature as it allows me to go directly to what I’m looking for, but I also like how it’s organized on Blogger (the link I’m providing). Here, her content is grouped according to broad category, which allows you to browse deeper into the topic. For example, when I click on the “Agents seeking clients” tab, I not only get a list of agents who want to hear from me (and you), but also links to several of Ms. Verrillo’s posts that offer all kinds of helpful advice about the whole topic of agents – researching, contacting, schmoozing, etc. So, her sites allow you to customize your browsing experience.

One thing’s for sure, if you’re serious about your writing career, you owe it to yourself to visit Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, and subscribe. I did, and I’m certain I’ll be reaping the benefits for years to come!

Have you discovered a blogger you really admire? Someone who has a lot to offer? Then share the wealth! Tell us about him or her in the comments.


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