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Traditionally, Friday is Interview Day here at Writer Unboxed, but we’re taking a break today as we finish putting the polish on several interviews and prepare for the holiday. We also thought this might be a great time for a mini year-in-review!
Kath and I started Writer Unboxed mid-January of this year. Since then, we’ve written nearly 160 posts related to the craft of writing–we’ve talked books, we’ve talked movies, we’ve talked NaNoWriMo. We’ve posted 18 times on research (click HERE) and over 100 times on real-world (but writing-related) issues, like carpal tunnel syndrome, influential characters, and Linktopia!
In September, we moved the site from Blogger to the user-friendly WordPress (we so don’t miss our posts disappearing on us or spending 30+ minutes trying to load a picture!). When we made the move, some wonderful partners joined us: women’s fiction author and wordmith extraordinaire, Marsha Moyer, and the multi-talented Victoria Holmes–editor of the super popular Warriors series for tweens and author of her own YA novels. Sadly for us, Jack Slyde, who began with us in September as well, left shortly thereafter to focus on his new baby, new manuscript and new site. (We wish you all the best, Jack–AKA Lee Carlon!) We had our very first WU contest and gave a brand spankin’ new AlphaSmart (plus Godiva) away to unboxed writer and fellow blogger, Kelly Boyce!
Kath and I are particularly proud of the interviews we’ve brought to Writer Unboxed. Since January, we’ve posted 25 interviews–many of them two- and three-parters. Unboxed authors have spanned the genres, including fantasy (Juliet Marillier, Sarah Micklem, Patricia Bray & Anne Harris), romance (Lydia Joyce, Allison Brennan & Deidre Knight), crime fiction (Jason Starr), literary fiction (Audrey Niffenegger & Hal Duncan), women’s fiction (our own Marsha Moyer) and children’s literature (Cornelia Funke, Erin Hunter & our own Victoria Holmes).
We’ve also interviewed a slew of industry pros, including translator Anthea Bell, publishers Barry Cunningham and Working Partners, listserve goddess Charlotte Dillon, screenwriting consultant Michael Hauge, publicist Theresa Meyers, agent Deidre Knight, online romance critics Smart Bitches who Love Trashy Books, scam-avoidance professionals Writer Beware!, and editors Ray Rhamey and again our own Victoria Holmes.
Kath and I have enjoyed doing these interviews immensely, and though we intend to keep them coming we’d like to ask you a few important questions: [Read more…]