Sunday, January 04, 2009

So, who are you?

A conversation on Twitter about the audience for publisher's websites got me wondering. Who's reading this blog?


Take a survey and let me know who you are!

47 comments:

P. Bradley Robb said...

I'm guessing that I'm one of your many RSS readers. I found your blog through Google Reader and found your query letter reviews over the holiday break to be a wonderful asset.

Sarah Jensen said...

I write, and am constantly on the search to hone my craft, therefore, I go to those whom hold the keys. :)
I read those who have found success, and try to learn from them. I find your blog very useful.
So thank you.

Annette Lyon said...

Can't pick more than one? Fine. I wanted to mark #1 AND #2 but settled on #1. In case you were wildly curious or something.

Kerry said...

what? "I just like to stalk people" isn't an option?

CJ Raymer said...

I'm just a writer on a journey to a place of representation and publication. I'm honing my craft, dealing with rejection, finding acceptance and growing in endurance.

I get a lot out of your blog, and have been a fan for a while now. Thank you!

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

I'm e-pubbed and have enjoyed your blog for a long time. Who knows, maybe someday I'll write something you represent!

Mystery Robin said...

I choose number one, but there's lots of places to get publishing info. I read your blog because I like your voice and I like you - at least your cyber persona. ;)

Just_Me said...

I voted for the first one, but I'm really more of a writer following the publishing industry while I work my way toward query letters.

I read quite a few agent blogs, most of them for people I will never query because they don't represent my genre. I like the way they (and you) write.

Hélène Boudreau said...

I have you on my Google reader and could probably just read your blog that way, but end up clicking over here 90% of the time anyway.

Me?

Writer/queried Joanna with my last project/and I agree, she's amazing/ hope to query her with my next YA novel in a few weeks

Jim Lamb said...

Alice Pope gave a talk at the Writer's Digest Editor's Intensive a short time ago on the importance of blogging, and the value of twitter to an aspiring writer. After that talk, I was directed to your blog by one of the attendees.

I'm quite pleased that I took her advice. Blogs have given me insight into this industry, over what retreats and conferences have already provided.

Janet, thanks for your time. Your lessons and knowledge reach a lot of people.

Rachael King said...

How about "I'm a published writer sitting at my desk procrastinating by reading about the business."

McKoala said...

Or 'you make me smile'?

Colorado Writer said...

I write middle grade and read your blog on JacketFlap.

bunnygirl said...

I started coming here after following Query Shark for awhile. I don't write mysteries and you don't appear to represent comic urban fantasies or spec fiction, but your blog isn't heavily biased toward just one genre, so I find it interesting and helpful.

Becky Mushko said...

I also came here after reading Query Shark for a while. However, when I saw your post announcing that you liked my "Vile Pun" winner in the 2008 Bulwer-Lytton contest, I became a DEVOTEDreader.

Haste yee back ;-) said...

It's a mystery - a vile black tale of neuropathological abduction and pirating of a unctuous soul - as to why I'm here!

(Actually, I was looking for another Miss Snark to play with)!

Haste yee back ;-)

Anne-Marie said...

I voted for #1 but wanted to add #2 as well. I also like reading your blog for the posts that aren't about the business even though that's what lured me here in the beginning.

BJ said...

I attended your master class at Surrey, and loved it (including my A+ - have I mentioned that before?). I'd read your blog a few times before then, but after that I became a devoted reader.

Thanks, Janet!

Sarah said...

Ooooh! I like the procrastinating option.

Miss Snark was the first writing blog I came across. After I went through her archives, I started looking for other blogs to read. This was one of those blogs. As much as I appreciate the information, I mainly read it because I like your writing.

Rants are some of my favorite entries, in that small souled so-glad-it-wasn't-me way. I also like the links to other blogs.

Janet said...

You're the best substitute for Miss Snark I've found. :o)

Marjorie said...

I am here because I have a blog (that is a memoir) that I think is hilarious. I want people to see it. I am a NYC retired teacher/stand-up comic. The blog with the memoir is: "marjorie-pentimentos."
I also enjoy reading your entries. Yes, it's "time to move into the millennium"... that's why I am considering self-publishing my blog/memoir.

jjdebenedictis said...

I am a writer, moderately clue-endowed (thanks to Miss Snark), and I mostly just find you enormously entertaining. (Both on the blog and at SiWC.)

JJ Cooper said...

I'm with Rachael: "I'm a published writer sitting at my desk procrastinating by reading about the business."

Thanks.

JJ

JES said...

I am looking for information, sure, and am looking for representation. But that doesn't say yeah, but why HERE? Which is why I went with "none of these but still here."

The viewpoint here is edgy but amiable, and JR (IMO) doesn't post on uninteresting topics, and she doesn't mince words. I suspect, having found it for reason #1, now I'd come by anyhow.

And oh yeah, the NYC-ophilia helps!

Linda Adams said...

I'm a writer who will have my urban fantasy finished and in submission by June. I started reading this blog after you posted an entry about having another book in the works while submitting the previous one (which I plan to do :))

Scott said...

Just a writer lost in the blogsphere! I follow the blog because it's interesting, a little bit quirky at times, fun, and full of useful information.

AC said...

I voted No. 1, but I really keep coming back because like your writing voice, and your posts are always entertaining.

acpaul said...

I also voted number one, but wish it could be number two. But alas, you don't represent SF&F. Even so, your posts are entertaining and informative.

Aimless Writer said...

I clicked looking for info about you and Find Print but thats only what brought me here in the first place. I keep coming back for information about Publishing.

Haste yee back ;-) said...

I also have another reason for being here. (My meds just kicked in and I have this idea for a book).

TEACHING YOUR AGENT TO SIT AND FETCH - No choke collar required!

I figure, if it'll work on Miss Janet. It'll work on any agent from NY City to... well, Bee Sting, Arkansas!

Haste yee back ;-)

Crimogenic said...

I come to this blog because you're entertaining and a great resource for me. I'm another one of those author-type, seeking representation. I think you know the kind. :)

Maniac Scribbler said...

I am a YA author looking for all different perspectives in the writing market.
ManiacScribbler =^..^=

Jael said...

Well, I started reading as a writer looking for an agent, and now I have an agent, but old habits die hard.... so I still read you and Kristin and Nathan and Colleen and everybody. Because yer awesome.

Renee said...

I'm a writer and I found you when I began looking for an agent. After I realized you prefer mysteries to historical romance, it was too late. I was thoroughly addicted.

Pepper Smith said...

Another procrastinating writer. Hmm. Maybe we should start poking each other with sharp sticks so we can get some work done?

Leeann said...

Poke me now, Pepper! I'm a new author, and my memoir will be published in March. Facebook usually comes in a close second to your blog when I'm in desperate need of a diversion. Thanks for the sparkle in an otherwise mundane day!

Nerd Goddess said...

Nice to know I'm in the majority.

Besides being helpful, your blog is also entertaining.

Julia Weston said...

I'm an aspiring writer. I found you last summer when I began researching agents to query. Turns out, you don't represent my genre (darn it all!) but you DO represent all things agent-y. I've learned a great deal from you. So...thanks.

Elissa M said...

I am one of those who found this blog through Miss Snark withdrawal. I read it because it's informative, entertaining, and a good way to avoid actually writing. ;)

BJ said...

Writers do not procrastinate -- it's called 'letting the ideas percolate at the back of one's mind'.

I keep telling myself that.

Fran said...

I feel I know you. I like the idea that my manuscript is only a click away from you.

When I publish this year (confidence is high), there will be a tribute to you on the 'Acknowledgements' page, because you are just so darned down-to-earth, like an old friend.

Megan Frampton said...

Like a lot of the other folks, I'm a writer what loves your voice, as well as finding the info you dispense very useful.

Sharla said...

Been following your blog for a while now, I can't help myself. I write women's fiction leaning toward the humorous side, so I can't query you (darn it), but I have learned so much from hanging out here. Like the others have commented, you have a quirky fun voice, and I'm always drawn to that. It's how I write and it sucks me in. It's always interesting!

Ulysses said...

Alight, so here's the thing:
I'm a writer, and I started reading here for the information about publishing.

HOWEVER, now I'm here just because it's bloody entertaining.

Thanks, Janet.

Jen said...

Voted for number one. I don't write in the genres you represent(or haven't yet), but I do like to read them. So your blog does double duty for me: I get insights from someone in the industry, and a heads up on books I might like to read.

Win-win!

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

I've been in publishing 25 years, the first 11 years as an in-house production editor and the last 14 as a freelance copyeditor. I will love the book biz (in whatever form it takes) for the rest of this life and on into my next several lives. ;-)

lovemotherhood said...

And this is why I love this blog . . .

"Remind me to never ever try to be nice to anyone ever again."

A quote out of one of your more recent post.