Would you happen to know of online venues where novelists hang out?
Yep, head over to Backspace. For a nominal annual fee (I think it's $35), you'll find a lot of bestselling authors hanging out in the forums, offering up advice and support. There are plenty of aspiring writers on the forums as well, so it's a nice balance of elders (in experience, not age!) and newbies, all of whom co-habitate well and bounce ideas, queries and questions off one another. I've gleaned a lot of invaluable knowledge from the forums. So far, it's the best online meeting place for authors that I've come across. But if readers have other suggestions, I'd love to hear them!