General Writing Support
- Writer Unboxed – About the craft and business of writing fiction
- Writer’s Digest – On the business of writing and publishing, including workshops, podcasts and help querying agents.
- Jane Friedman – On all aspects of authorship, including a lecture series on how to get published
- Publisher’s Lunch – A comprehensive free daily email newsletter covering the latest publishing industry news, gossip, and publishing deals. To subscribe, go to the Publishers’ Marketplace Web site and complete a subscription form.
Books On Creativity and the Writing Process
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Write Naked – A Bestseller’s Secrets to Writing Romance and Navigating the Path to Success by Jennifer Probst
- Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
You’ve finished your book– now what?
The following articles provide tips on looking like a professional when you send your work out to publishers.
- How To Write a Synopsis by Rebecca Sinclair
- Dos and Don’ts: How to Write the Perfect Query Letter by Gail Eastwood
- Perfect Your Pitch by Carol Lynn Stewart
Publishers and Agents Online
Wondering where to send the book of your heart? The following sites offer information about reputable publishers and agents. Before putting your manuscript in a box and schlepping it down to the Post Office, it’s a good idea to check out the submission guidelines.
- Preditors and Editors Web site for information on who’s reputable and who’s not.
- Romance Publishers listed at Romance Writers of America
- Literary Agents listed at the Association of Author’s Representatives site
- Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) – Association for self-publishing writers
- The Creative Penn – Joanna Penn’s site and blog on writing, successful self-publishing, and making a living writing as a writer
- Elizabeth Spann Craig’s Blog – Trial-and-error journal of a cozy mystery writer’s testing of self-publishing tools and ideas
- JA Konrath’s Blog – “A Newbie’s Guide to Self-Publishing”
Self-Promotion for Authors
You’ve sold your book– now what? Here are some tips on successfully promoting yourself and your book, from an SFA workshop given by bestselling author Pamela Britton.
- Promotion Checklist: From “The Call” to the Bookstore by Pamela Britton