So Many Writers, So Little Time

Since my Twitter obsession began I’ve followed many writers. That was my goal. To connect, to learn about other people’s creative process, discover the sites they were using, where they were selling (ebooks? print copies?) and how they were marketing themselves and their books. I wanted to find out what was working.

What I absolutely did not expect was the abundance of talent out there. Hundreds of Twitter bios have made me chuckle and yearn for the time to get to know them all. One by one I follow these Rock Stars, and promise myself I’ll return and learn more about each as time allows. So many bright, funny, talented, interesting people, writers all. I wish I had their autographs, because I just know someday every last one will be famous.

Another result has been the virtual river of sincerity, generosity and unsolicited support that has me literally floating. People reach out, too many to name in this space, with kind words and retweets and lovely comments. Here are a few of the standouts.

Before I really “knew” the talented Christine Nolfi (@christinenolfi), author of Treasure Me, she read the first three chapters of my debut novel, Mark of the Loon, and emailed the loveliest message I have ever received IN MY LIFE. She said she felt I had a gift and sincerely hoped I hadn’t stuck the pages away in a drawer and given up. I want to be like you, Christine. You’re all about taking others with you as you make your way through the process of becoming a top-notch author. One who sells lots and lots of books!

Wonderful author of In Leah’s Wake, Terri Giuliano Long (@tglong) is a busy lady and a great twitter friend and advisor. Although I haven’t even finished my book – much less published – she’s asked if I would be interested in discussing a Writer’s Support Group this fall. Somebody thinks I have what it takes. Terri, I want to be like you: generous, supportive, a believer in others.

I’ve mentioned the awesome Tess Hardwick (@tesshardwick), author of Riversong, often in my posts. She reached out weeks ago when I was a newbie and tweeted about my meager little website, then passed me the Versatile Blogger award. I was touched and astonished, and still haven’t gotten over the gesture. I want to be like Tess, a friend among friends, committed to her craft and her peers.

The list goes on and on. I’m about the luckiest person I know right now. Wonderful women writers are reaching out to pull me along. They’ll be there to advise me when I’m ready to format, have a cover designed, seek a publicist, set up a blog tour, schedule book signings. All I have to do is follow the trail they’ve forged, and I see them ahead of me, beckoning, urging me to catch up. Here I come! I’m on my way.

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31 Responses to So Many Writers, So Little Time

  1. Jennifer Bogart July 13, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    Molly – you’re right – there’s a wealth of knowledgeable, wonderful, giving women writers out there lending a helping hand to so many of us “newbies”. Wouldn’t it be great if we could put everyone in one room and meet them outside of the virtual world? Of course, one room might not be big enough to hold all that talent – we would have to find a rather large venue.

  2. Stacy Jensen July 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Twitter may take some time to use, but like you – I have found great connections. The growing online community of writers makes it feel less lonely and offers all kinds of advice. Best of luck.

  3. Tess Hardwick July 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    We’re all so lucky to have you in our lives, Molly. I cannot wait until your first novel is out. I know it will be as wonderful as you. Thanks for this beautiful post. I’m honored to be included in your group of special women writers. Hugs.

  4. Elizabeth Ann West July 14, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    I know how you feel 🙂 I feel like I have made so many friends. It really is the best career it seems…I get along with all of my co-workers!

    • Molly Greene July 14, 2011 at 1:19 am #

      Hi Elizabeth! Thanks so much for the read and comment, you’ve one of the wonderful women I wrote about!

  5. Christine Nolfi July 14, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Molly, I believe absolutely that lives lived with love bring a wealth of treasures, including good people to illuminate the circle of one’s private world. I’m grateful that, on the heady electronic stream of the Internet, you stepped into my circle. There have always been women novelists–even when they were forced to disguise gender behind a male pseudonym–but recently something marvelous has opened up. A rainbow of words from every region of the planet as colorful and unique as the women who write them. You’re in the act of becoming: a novelist, a thinker, the artist you were meant to be. You’re now part of that ever-increasing light. Finish the WIP and send it over, lady. I can’t wait to read!

    • Molly Greene July 14, 2011 at 1:18 am #

      Love you, Christine Nolfi!

  6. Christine Nolfi July 14, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Jennifer, I’ve fallen in love with social media for that reason: so many talented writers are willing to help others. Some men in the group, of course, but I find myself wandering into conversations with other women novelists who struggle with the same issues of juggling kids, writing, relationships, etc. Love hearing when they increase sales, win awards–love cheering them on!

    • Molly Greene July 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

      Agreed, Christine – sisters in almost all things!

  7. The number of talented writers out there is overwhelming, isn’t it? Thank goodness that so many are willing to share their experience with those of us coming up through the ranks. Their advice is particularly useful right now, when the publishing business seems to change daily. One of my favorite authors who provides useful information is Kristine Rusch at

    • Molly Greene August 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

      Yes, so many wonderful friends, writers, mentors. I’m overwhelmed at their talent, their strength and their generosity! Aren’t we lucky?

  8. Cindy O. Herman August 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Hey, Molly, you’re right up there with the rest of them, helping writers (me) feel better about their work. And giving a good laugh every now and then, to boot! THANK YOU.

    • Molly Greene August 4, 2011 at 12:26 am #

      My sister, you are a gift, an inspiration and a delight. So glad to have you around, and you made my day!

  9. Eddie Louise Clark August 4, 2011 at 12:55 am #


    I agree with everything you say in this post, but there is one glaring omission – how many wonderful male writers also join the conversation. @misterkristoff and @jchutchins are two shining examples! I am sure that many more will be added to the awesome list.

    I am a writer, my husband is a composer and he is terminally green over the camaraderie and support in the writing community that is conspicuously absent in the classical music community. He plans on following the example of my circles of friends and acquaintances and introducing his world to the joy of mutual encouragement and support.

    • Molly Greene August 4, 2011 at 1:02 am #

      You are SO right! I’ve planned a follow up post just for the boys. @threecifer and several others I can think of — just trying to keep the posts down to a manageable size. Thank you SO much for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment, I deeply appreciate it!

  10. Such a wonderful post. Articulates exactly what I feel, before I even realised I felt it. Thank you Molly. Cathy x

  11. bridgetstraub October 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    You’re a newbe? I thought you were leading the charge! You are who I have been following.

    • Molly Greene October 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

      Bridget, you made me laugh! This post was put up earlier this year – still trying to find my way but now have lots of people alongside me on the path, like you. I love your comments, thank you so much!

  12. Joanna Aislinn November 5, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    Don’t you love the pay-it-forward attitude of the writer-world at large? I’m forever humbled by it. Thanks for an insightful post. The only thing that can consistently bring me down is that I can’t possibly take advantage of every single wonderful author out there and gain every shred of knowledge each has to offer.

    • Molly Greene November 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      Hi Joanna! Agreed re: writers are givers, and I think over time we’ll be able to connect with lots of them – especially on twitter! Thanks so much for the read and comment!

  13. Sue Roebuck February 2, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    Absolutely, Molly. Authors do stick together, we have to because the publishing world can be a total snark. Nice post (and I love Terrie too!)

  14. Sarah L Fox April 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    I’ve only recently started connecting with other writers through Twitter and am already astounded by how many kind and talented writers there are out there. I’m looking forward to getting to know more of them and continuing to learn from their experiences and words of wisdom. You included, Molly! I enjoy your blog! =)

  15. Ileandra Young April 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Its wonderful isn’t it? The far reaching network of people willing to share and help and coach and support. I feel honoured to be swept up and looked after so fully and hope to be able to do the same for others.

  16. Amy Lundebrek August 12, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    This is a wonderful post, and I agree with you, Molly! I have also been amazed at all the talented and wonderful writers I have met since joining Twitter.

  17. Rinelle Grey June 9, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    I know what you mean! I’ve been so surprised at the generosity of other writers I’ve met on twitter. It really is such a great place to hang out.

    • Molly Greene June 9, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      Rinelle, Twitter is my favorite of all the social media platforms! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  18. Tom O'Connor May 6, 2014 at 2:58 am #

    Well said Molly and I hope you get the success you deserve, continue, continue.

    • Molly Greene May 6, 2014 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks so much Tom, and same to you!

  19. Vivian Towers December 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    I just started reading the first four chapters and am in love with your prose, descriptions and sharp dialogue. Also love the twins. Can’t wait to finish it!

    • Molly Greene December 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      SO sweet of you, Vivian – thank you so much!