Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Cobwebs Of The Mind Blog Review: Kristen King's "Inkthinker" & Etc.

I have been really bad with Cobwebs Of The Mind. Truth be told there are quite a few topics I really want to cover, but sometimes just no time. Though I have promised this before, I do hope to get back to a more normal posting schedule.

Kristen King - Cobwebs Of The MindThis blog review is really long overdue. Of all the blogs I have reviewed Kristen King's "Inkthinker" is probably the most famous (and we are going to get to her other sites as well!). Kristen King's Inkthinker was named one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers by white-paper guru Michael Stelzner. It also has a Google PageRank as of this review, of 5, which is impressive for a writer and freelancer. That simply means people visit her site and link to it again and again, which tells us that Kristen has information others are truly interested in.

And first thing is first though. Truth be told Kristen sent me two photographs. Of course, being me, I forgot which one she wanted me to use. So we are going to use both! (Hey, I write the reviews I get to post the pics!)

Now let us get down to our review shall we?

Kristen does not just sell herself, but wants to help others in the process. That folks is the most commendable thing of all about Kristen. A few things strike the reader of Inkthinker. First off, Kristen knows what she is writing about. This is not a fly-by-night blog with possible tips and tricks. This is a writer who knows her business of freelancing. You do not get put in the top 10 blogs for writers for just having a cute smile. Kristen knows her stuff.

The second thing that strikes the reader of Inkthinker is the wealth of information and possibilities that Kristen offers her readers. It covers the world of freelancing. She brings together the sources of conferences, courses, ideas and article possibilities. Not only in freelance but in creative writing as well.

Talk is cheap. Good writing is priceless. The third thing that strikes the reader of Inkthinker is the fact that Kristen is real. No anonymous junk here. No spewing from the mouth. Acceptance is acceptance and rejection is rejection and Kristen does not hesitate to share both feelings with her readers.

The final point that struck me, as an author of not just one blog, is how incredibly accessible Kristen makes herself to her reading public. Email addresses and even phone numbers are posted in the blog.

Kristen also has a professional newsletter which is well worth the price of signing up for since it is totally free. (And just two minutes on this blog you know that Kristen will never spam you either!) As she writes:
Kristen's Notes in the Margin newsletter for free tips, tricks, and resources for writers, editors, and the people who hire them.
Notes in the Margin also has its own web site where you can read archived back issues and articles.

Think I am done? Not by a long shot. If you are into submissions and writing the perfect query (something I have long ago given up on - my queries will forever bite the dust!) then the following is for you. For the benefit of readers here at Cobwebs Of The Mind I am quoting this in full, with the links intact, from Inkthinker:
The 2007 Inkthinker Query Challenge is in full swing, and the only thing that's missing is you!

Join a group of writers determined to get out 120 queries before the end of the 2007 calendar year.

All you have to do is e-mail me your name and blog or website URL and let me know you're in, and I'll add you to the list of Query Challenge participants.

Not only will you have the satisfaction of giving yourself 120 opportunities for writing success, but as an active participant, but you'll also be automatically entered for random prize drawings throughout the year, and you'll be eligible for the grand prize in December, awarded to the participant with the most queries.

What are you waiting for? Read the official kickoff and FAQs.
In the sidebar at Inkthinker take a look at the "The Word on the Street About Kristen King". It is impressive.

The final point that struck me, as an author of not just one blog, is how incredibly accessible Kristen makes herself to her reading public. Now we move on to another web site - "kristen king freelancing" where the header is: "talk is cheap. good writing is priceless." If you need a freelancer for your business this editor/freelancer is for you.

Need an editor? Well then take a look at "editing for everyone" where Kristen is one of the editors on staff and is her own academic editing business.

In short anything to do with writing, editing and freelancing - Kristen King is willing and able and talented enough to do it. She has established a niche in the market and she certainly has not only presented her capabilities to the public, but she has gone one step better. Kristen offers advice, tips, ideas to all those writers out there. She does not just sell herself, but wants to help others in the process. That folks is the most commendable thing of all about Kristen.

Kristen King - Cobwebs Of The MindOops! Hits head. Almost forgot. I promised the other picture of Kristen. Well some things are just fun to do!

Inkthinker gets an easy Five Stars if not Ten!

Put Inkthinker on your list of blogs to visit at least once a week. At the very least! You want to write? You want to earn money writing? This is one place you must visit - constantly.


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8 comments:

Karen M. Lynch said...

Nice review Teddy -- so well timed, I might add, for her anniversary. I also read Kristen's blog. She's a gem in the industry.

Kristen King, Inkthinker said...

Aww, you think I have a cute smile? Thanks! Now I'm really blushing. ;]

Thanks for the awesome review, Teddy.

kk

Kristen King, Inkthinker said...

P.S. This is great timing, because yesterday was Inkthinker's first anniversary!

Ted W. Gross said...

my pleasure to write the reviews...
both you and Karen were absolute pleasures to write it for..

AND

Karen... I am sure you are going to place first in the Bloggies..fingers are crossed for you!

Susan said...

Kristen is such an inspiration to aspiring writers and seasoned ones who need inspiration. Thanks for giving her the recognition she deserves!

Kristen King, Inkthinker said...

Thanks, Karen and Susan! And thanks again, Teddy. :]

kk

Laura said...

Kristen is one of those writers I go to time and again and always find myself learning something new. Thanks for giving her such a comprehensive review.

I learned about a few additional projects of hers from your review that might provide me with even more information.

gem said...

Very nice review. I'm inspired by her focus. Her Query Challenge has been very successful for me. It's encouraged me to send more work out with great and unexpectec results.