Writing Heroes: Elizabeth Spann Craig

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.

She inspires, gives back, and truly is a writing hero. Do check her blog and books out! Find her on Twitter & try out the WDB for yourselves--it's such a great tool for writers.

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!

27 comments:

Ben Woodard said...

I didn't know about The Writer's Knowledge Base. Thanks Elizabeth. And, as always, thanks to Becca and Angela. You are my heros.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Oh wow!

Thanks so much for featuring me today on your blog--what an honor!

Wish I did have a clone--ha! Mike Fleming has been a tremendous help in establishing the Writer's Knowledge Base, so maybe he's a quasi-twin? :)

I love your idea for the 1000 word critique! I'll accept with pleasure and think I may tweet it as a giveaway on my blog? Then we can both pay it forward. What a generous thing for you to offer!

Thanks, Becca and Angela, so much for everything you do for writers. You're heroes, for the rest of us!

Traci Kenworth said...

A Writers Knowledge Base--what a
fantastic idea!! I'll be sure to
check it out as well as follow
Elizabeth on Twitter. Always love to
meet new friends!! Love these
introductions, Becca and Angela.

Laura Pauling said...

Great choice! And yes what a wonderful contribution the Writer's Knowledge Base is. She's def. one of my writing heros too!

Matthew MacNish said...

Another great choice!

Ava Jae said...

Such a fantastic choice! Elizabeth is one of my early Twitter follows and she's such a brilliant resource. I agree 100%! Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Kim Van Sickler said...

Elizabeth,

Kudos to you for all that you do. You truly are a remarkable writer and resource.

Angela,
Well-written post!

Stacy Green said...

What a much needed post. I don't do a very good job of commenting at Elizabeth's blog, but I always read it. She offers such great advice, and the time she puts into organizing Twitter links is just amazing. She makes life easier for the rest of us.

Thank you, Elizabeth, and great post, ladies!

Bluestocking said...

Elizabeth was one of the first people I discovered in the writing blogosphere, and I've come to rely on her posts and tweets to stay on top of the ever changing publishing landscape. So glad to see her getting recognized here!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Elizabeth is amazing. Thank you for highlighting her as a writing hero. What a great series.

Deb Salisbury said...

Elizabeth is one of my writing heroes, too. :-)

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Elizabeth constantly amazes me - both with the quality of her work and the quantity!

Marcia said...

Wow, her site is amazing. Thanks for spotlighting this!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I had never visited that site! Amazing. You know how to pick 'em. :)

April Brown said...

I think Elizabeth Craig runs an excellent complimentary site for your site. I look forward to her tweets everyday, and save a lot of the links in my various resource folders.

Debra Eve | Later Bloomer said...

Couldn't agree more. The Writer's Knowledge Base is the first place I go for inspiration and solid craft advice. Thank you for profiling Elizabeth, Angela and Becca!

Angela Ackerman said...

I love Elizabeth's posts and her thoughtful viewpoint on so many topics. She is such a great contributor to the Writing Community and I love creative thinkers. She saw a problem with Twitter and helped bring about an excellent solution that allows all writers to benefit.

Love hearing all these comments about Elizabeth and glad to see more people finding out about her and her amazing sites!

Have a great week, everyone!

Angela

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Y'all have made my day. Thanks so much again for the feature and the kind comments! :)

Lisa Gail Green said...

Elizabeth is amazing! Great choice. :D

Becca Puglisi said...

What a great choice for a writing hero! That WDB is great in itself, but Elizabeth's blog looks like good stuff, too. Thanks, Ange!

Heather said...

Elizabeth is one of my writing heroes too! Her books are fantastic, she gives out fantastic advice, and her Twitterific blog posts make my Sundays. :)

Melinda S. Collins said...

What an excellent choice for a Writing Hero, Angela! LOVE her!

Elizabeth truly is an amazing and awesome resource for writers (and I still can't believe we're within driving distance from one another)!!!

Congrats to Elizabeth for being your writing hero this week! :))

Julie Musil said...

Holy cow, Elizabeth is THE person to follow onTwitter. She puts the best stuff out there. And I've used her Writer's Knowledge Base lots of times. Just like I've used your thesaurus's (thesauri? thesaurus'?) Thank goodness for generous writers like Elizabeth, Angela, and Becca!

Jemi Fraser said...

Fabulous choice! Elizabeth was one of the first writers I met when I started blogging & tweeting. She is amazing. I learned so much from her just by watching the way she comports herself with such class. I also LOVE her books! :)

Elizabeth said...

Great blog...awesome content.

NEW FOLLOWER.

Elizabeth

http://silversolara.blogspot.com

David said...

Great resource, but what is the twitter account of this blog? I cannot find any reference to it, nor find you in twitter.

David

Becca Puglisi said...

Hi, David. The blog doesn't have a Twitter account. Angela and I have our own separate accounts (@beccapuglisi and @angelaackerman), but no joint one.

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