I’ve traveled an incredibly long learning curve over the past few months, and what’s helped me the most along the way has been—hands down—the bloggers I follow. It doesn’t matter to me if they’re unpublished or have no agent yet or already have books out or deals made. Even teachers can still be students and vice versa.
This business of getting published is pretty darn tough so to me being unpublished alone says nothing about the writing, although I love to see writers I follow get their agent or their book deal. What counts to me most though is the step up you offer freely to your fellow writers with no signs of backstabby bitchassedness to be found (in public anyway, lol). I’ve improved my writing incredibly because of what you guys give.
I haven’t even begun to talk about what I’ve learned about agents, querying, publishing, synopses, pitching, etc., but I’m out of space for now. What's been most valuable to you? Does a blogger's advice carry more weight if they're published or agented or does it depend on what the advice is? How do you feel about offering writerly advice yourself?