For a long time now, Becca and I have wanted a way to acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. As a new feature here at The Bookshelf Muse, Becca and I will take turns giving well-deserved recognition to some of the people who really make an impact…people who truly are Writing Heroes.
Elizabeth is one Writing Hero who has accomplished so much, and given back so much, that I really will need to practice word economy in order to fit it all into a single post. I’ll begin by stating the obvious: Elizabeth is amazing.
She’s the author of not one, not two, but three mystery series! Her specialty is cozy mysteries flavored with good food and quirky, unique characters. Now you would think this would keep her crazy busy, pounding out all these books and then marketing them, but no, she does so much more!
Most writers know that Twitter is an excellent networking tool, allowing us to stay up-to-date with the concerns of the industry and gain information on timely writing topics. However, with the wide reach of twitter, none of us can possibly keep up with all the great articles week-to-week. Round ups help of course, but once the week is over, most links are lost…or they were until Elizabeth came along.
Along with the ever-brilliant computer wizard Mike Fleming of Hiveword, Elizabeth found a way to collect this trove of links in a way that it can always be accessed. The Writer’s Knowledge Base was born: a search engine just for writers! Every week, Elizabeth scours the Internet for great blog posts on writing, publishing and marketing and tweets them to the #amwriting hashtag. Then Mike collects these bits of goodness to add to the WKB database. Like I said, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
I admit, at this point, I have to suspect that Elizabeth may have a clone. Or six. And I can’t even tell you that this is it, the end of the line. In addition to all this, Elizabeth runs a fantastic blog, Mystery Writing Is Murder, a great resource for writers, and offers her help and experience whenever it’s needed. She’s also created a e-book database for people looking to take advantage of the growing demand of ebooks.
To pay it forward, Becca or I will give a 1000 word critique to each Writing Hero we profile. These writers can then choose to keep it for themselves or offer it as a giveaway on their blog! All writing heroes will also have a permanent link in our header.
So tell me Musers…do you know Elizabeth? Has she helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate this amazing WRITING HERO!