Twenty-five years ago, I stood at the edge of a flowery meadow and realized that the mailing list of thirty-five writers that I’d been given by a site that was closing, could be the start of something big. The thought came unbidden and felt powerful. I’ve never forgotten that moment.
At the time I was single, caring for my mother, and writing author interviews. I wanted to write a book someday. Today, I’ve written three books and a fourth is with the publisher. I’ve written flash pieces, articles, and reviews.
I get joy from helping writers work on their manuscripts, interviewing authors, answering questions, and sharing information. Writer Advice has become a source for writers seeking ideas, inspiration, and feedback. Today, the Internet gives us many ways to reach readers—ways we hadn’t dreamt of 25 years ago.
Of course, there’s plenty of room for us to keep growing. My husband, whose been in my life half as long as Writer Advice, encouraged me to find a partner – someone who would eventually take over Writer Advice.
Since my tech skills are weak and my publicity efforts are sometimes lethargic, I’d like to work with a person who’s who’s skilled in those areas. If you think writing matters and you have a penchant for tech and publicity, I hope you’ll write to me using the contact box on Writer Advice or this e-mail. You might also pass this along to someone looking for this kind of opportunity.
If this is right for you, I look forward to hearing from you. We should talk about what Writer Advice could become if we worked together.
Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com, has always been a resource for writers. Since 1997, it has grown from an e-mailed research newsletter for writers into an e-zine that invites reader participation. Our quality fiction, memoirs, interviews, reviews, and articles reach readers around the globe.
The primary focus used to be author interviews, and editor B. Lynn Goodwin has had the privilege of corresponding with over 100 well-known and debut authors who have shared their experiences, insights, and inspiration with readers. Recent interviews are archived.
While Goodwin continues to interview authors, the primary focus has moved to contests. We run four contests a year and give feedback to everyone who enters. Goodwin, who won awards for both her YA, Talent, and her memoir, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, sends personal feedback to everyone who submits an entry to each contest.
WriterAdvice also publishes the work of volunteer reviewers. Click on Guidelines to learn more about both. Please write to us if you would like to contribute.
BIO OF EDITOR:
Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. Her memoir, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 won a National Indie Excellence Award a Human Relations Indie Book Award, and a Pinnacle Book Award as well as being an Honorable Mention in other contests.
Her YA, Talent, won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, was short listed for the Literary Lightbox Award and was a finalist for a Sarton Women’s Book Award. Her first book, You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers is still used by caregiving groups.
Shorter works have appeared in Hip Mama, The Sun, GoodHousekeeping.com, PurpleClover.com, and Flashquake among other places. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network as well as Writer Advice and is available to write guest blogs for your web site. She lives east of Berkeley and west of the San Joaquin Valley with her energizer-bunny husband and their exceptional terrier.