WRITING HERO: Jami Gold

Well after an insanely busy May which featured the release of The Emotion Thesaurus, an awesome Random Acts of Kindness Blitz for Writers, two kids birthday parties, one new house, and a class camping trip that the school forgot to tell me about...Becca and I are getting back into a routine again. And, along those lines, we're also returning to our Writing Heroes Series, where we acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. These heroes really make an impact, and deserve recognition for all they do.

So with that, I'd like to tell you about my Writing Hero, JAMI GOLD. 

I met Jami through Twitter, where I quickly discovered that not only was she super friendly, she also had a treasure trove of writing information at her blog, Beach Reads With Bite. From there I found out that she had a zombie cat, and this reaffirmed what I suspected--she was one of the most awesome people ever. 

One thing I love about Jami is that she really pays attention to the mood in the writing community. She always posts timely articles on what's happening, how writers feel about it, and what her take is. Some people stay away from topics that are sensitive or might cause friction, but Jami knows that writers need to understand the climate we all work in in order to navigate the ups and downs. Whether on writing life or the how-to's of writing craft, her posts always offer sound ideas and advice. 

I had an opportunity to read some of Jami's work, and I really loved it. I won't post spoilers, but her premise took on high fantasy idea which she then re-genred (probably not a word, but it fits) as a contemporary romance. Brilliant!

Anyone who knows Jami will not be surprised to see her featured here. She is always willing to help, advise, and offer encouraging words to those who need it. She works hard to forge friendships and stay connected to writers. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more!

Thank you Jami, for being one of my WRITING HEROES. You inspire me, woman!

To pay it forward, I will give a 1000-word critique to Jami. She can then choose to keep it for herself or offer it as a giveaway on her blog! As a resident writing hero, she will also have a permanent link in our header.

So tell me Musers...do you know Jami Gold? Has she helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate this amazing WRITING HERO!  

35 comments:

angelaquarles.com said...

YAY!!! Yes, Jami totally deserves this!! I also met Jami through Twitter last fall and she's all you say and more! I was privileged to Beta read the same book (it sounds like) and loved it! She's always there with great advice for writers and willing to help newbie writers. I'm also excited, because we'll be roomies at RWA :)

Daniel Swensen said...

Not only does Jami consistently produce germane, informative posts about writing, she also engages with her audience. I don't think I've ever left a comment that hasn't gotten a kind, thoughtful, informative reply from her. I truly think Jami's a great role model for what a writing blogger should be.

Matthew MacNish said...

I've loved every hero featured here, but the best posts are when I discover someone new (like today). My only complaint is that she has a self-hosted blog, so no GFC to follow her with. Oh well, at least there's Twitter!

cleemckenzie said...

I didn't know Jami before, but now I do. Thanks. I'll stop in at her blog and say hello.

Jami Gold said...

Oh my gosh! Wow! Thank you so much. I'm... I'd say I'm speechless, but I have to say something here. :)

You always inspire me with every post here at The Bookshelf Muse, so I'm psyched to be highlighted *here* and touched by your comments. *hugs* Thanks for being one of *my* writing heroes too!

Angela Ackerman said...

I am so happy to profile you, Jami! I think Daniel hit it right on the mark--you provide great insight and always have a thoughtful response for everyone who comes by your blog. :) You are a great asset to the writing community, and I am lucky to know you :)

Angela

Ava Jae said...

Yay! I second what Daniel said--Jami's posts are hugely informative and thoughtful and she definitely deserves this mention. Another great pick, ladies! :)

KarenG said...

I second that. Jami's blog is one I rarely miss. I've RT'd more of her posts than anyone's, I think!

Lena said...

Such a sweet gesture. Thanks for introducing Jami to us. Will drop by her blog soon.

Becca Puglisi said...

Yay, Jami! Another great pick!

Marcy Kennedy said...

I can't think of anyone who deserves this honor more than Jami. I love her blog for the practical, diplomatic way she does handle hot topics in the writing world. And as you said, she's just a genuinely nice person :)

maureen said...

Jami is awesome! She always has something intelligent to say on her blog....much appreciated! WE ARE SO LUCKY!
Thank you Jami

Shelley Munro said...

Congratulations, Jami. I'm off to visit your blog.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for highlighting Jami - off to check out her blog!

Gene Lempp said...

You could not have picked a better person - yay for Jami!

Without Jami I'd still be an egg on Twitter and I wouldn't have such an excellent collection of colored markers and index cards. She is always a friend, even on the busiest of days. A true gem :)

Gina Fava said...

Becca and Angela,
I connected with Jami Gold over a month ago after Googling a writing topic that took me to her blog. After reading the post on my topic of interest, I could not stop reading her other posts--all informative, concise,fun,and engaging...just like her. We've connected on Twitter and Facebook, and she's lovely--helpful, kind, and thoughtful.
I am so pleased that you're recognizing her contribution to the writing community--well done, you two!

SP Sipal said...

I definitely want to add my voice to all the praise being heaped on Jami! She is definitely one of my writing heroines. Not only do I love her Tweets and have learned so much from her blog, but have found her to be such a warm, caring, generous person. She's one of the biggest reasons the writing community is as awesome as it is.

Thanks Angela for honoring her and thanks Jami for being so awesome!

Susan

Bish Denham said...

I don't know Jami, but I'm happy to have been introduced. Thanks Angela!

Traci Kenworth said...

Great choice!! Congratulations to Jami!!

Angela Ackerman said...

I am loving reading all these nice things about Jami--she so deserves it! And I'm glad a few new people are finding her blog and connecting with her on twitter, too! :)

Angela

kittyb78 said...

I've read some of her blog articles. Interesting stuff.

Jami Gold said...

Wow, everyone! Now I feel speechless *and* have moisture in my eyes. :)

You all are the best! The writing community is what makes the rejections and insane news we sometimes get from the publishing industry worth it all. *hugs* to everyone!

David Purse said...

I've never heard of Jami Gold, but she sounds like an awesome person. Anyone who has a zombie cat has to be awesome. But the fact that she's a writer who is friendly and approachable, plus reimagines genres has to be pretty cool too. Bravo for highlighting her.

Febe Moss said...

Jami has the best blog! I found her blog while researching the Save the cat technique! She's so friendly on twitter too! great person with a great writing voice.

Melinda S. Collins said...

Yay!!!! Jami is *definitely* a writing hero and I absolutely CANNOT imagine the writing community without her. You and Daniel absolutely covered the top reasons to why she is an incredible asset to the writing community, and she's absolutely amazing in craft. I had the opportunity to read some of her work as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed every. single. word!

Congratulations, Jami!!! :)

Melinda S. Collins said...

Yay!!!! Jami is *definitely* a writing hero and I absolutely CANNOT imagine the writing community without her. You and Daniel absolutely covered the top reasons to why she is an incredible asset to the writing community, and she's absolutely amazing in craft. I had the opportunity to read some of her work as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed every. single. word!

Congratulations, Jami!!! :)

Lisa Gail Green said...

Yay Jami!!!! She's awesome. I have to go visit her. I haven't in a while. SHAME ON ME.

Leslie S. Rose said...

Jami sounds really cool. I shall go a-visitin'.

Susan Roebuck said...

I love to meet new people in the writing community. I'll definitely check her out - the name of her blog is just right for me :-)

Tamara Heiner said...

Hi Angela! You won an ebook! Stop by my blog and tell me which one you'd like!

Miranda Hardy said...

Yeah! Jami is awesome. I love reading her views.

Pk Hrezo said...

Sounds like my kind of girl! I'm headed over to her blog and check it out right now. THanks for sharing!

E. Arroyo said...

Awesome. And thanks Jami for all the great info you share. =)

Janet B Taylor said...

When I first ventured--like a frightened baby deer--into the writing world a couple of years ago, Jami was the first person to reach out to me. She was sweet and supportive and such an inspiration. It's writers helping writers that makes this sometimes ecstatic, sometimes excruciating journey worthwhile. And Jami is one writer who embodies that philosophy. :)
Thanks Jami!

Jemi Fraser said...

Great choice - Jami is awesome!! :)

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