Resources for Writers

Through my volunteer work with SCBWI and because friends know I write, I occasionally get emails asking for advice or information about the publishing industry. While I’m by no means an expert, here are some of the resources that I find to be gold mines of information:

Agent blogs:

  • Janet Reid, Literary agent who gives great business and writing advice
  • New Leaf Literary, who answer questions on their Tumblr account
  • Pub Rants by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency has every thing from successful query letter examples to business info

 

ReadingCat

There has to be some useful publishing advice in here.

Note: there are additional amazing agent blogs. These are just three I appreciate because they all give advice/answer questions for followers. Note that quite a few agents are on Twitter and interact with authors frequently. Using hashtags such as #askagent on Twitter allows you to ask general writing questions and get answers from a variety of agents. Just read all advice with a grain of salt.

 

Blogs on Writing and/or for Writers:

 

Queries:

  • Query Shark  will show you how to write a query that will get noticed.
  • QueryTracker has a searchable database of literary agents.

 

Conferences, workshops, and organizations for writers and illustrators:

Advantages of attending events: Conferences, retreats, and workshops are a great way for writers to learn about the industry. Getting a 15-minute critique at a conference is an amazing way to see if that novel you’ve been writing is as close to being publishable as you think it is. Just remember to go with an open mind and have questions about how to make your work better. Plus this is a great way to meet people and start building your own network of writer-friends.

Here are some well-known organizations. Note that the regional chapters of these organizations hold their own events and/or conferences.

 

 

Do you know how to recognize a scam? 

There are plenty of amazing people in the publishing and writing communities. But there are also plenty of scams you can fall for. Remember to do your research before signing any contracts. Here are some resources to start with:


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