You've probably never heard of Jody Hedlund. That's because she's a debut author just getting started in her career as a published writer. But if you're hoping to become a debut author in the future, wouldn't it be nice to follow the ups and downs of someone walking that path right now?
Jody worked hard on her book, and was rewarded when she placed as a double finalist in a writing contest. This brought her to the attention of agent Rachelle Gardner, who helped Jody secure a three-book contract. Besides writing, Jody is married, with five children she teaches at home (a woman after my own heart!).
I had already bookmarked Jody's site as a great example of an author website--which I hope will become a reality for me someday. But even though she's busy with family, writing, and marketing, she takes the time to share with writers. I love that. If you want to read how she manages, check out My Chaotic Writing Life.
Jody's website has a fantastic list of fifteen articles of interest to writers on topics like 5 Ways to Get an Agent's Attention, What Does It Really Take to Get Published? and 5 Ways to Increase Querying Success.
Here are a few more articles you shouldn't miss:
Want to avoid writer pitfalls? Read 3 Mistakes Writers Make in the Quest for Publication.
Step into the world of a newly-published author in A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Published Author Life.
What is the number one thing you'll need to see your book in print? Find out in Writers Need this Quality to Reach Publication.
Having trouble fitting writing into your life? So does Jody. She shares what she's learned in When Writing Demands Cut Into Other Priorities.
And I love Jody's 4 Steps for Organizing Plot Ideas Into a Novel.
Scrolling through Jody's blog, I keep bookmarking one after the other. Really, you must check it out for yourself, because I've only scratched the surface.
Have you found an excellent author website that writers would enjoy? I'd love to hear about it.