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The Twitter Job Search Guide Book – written for the job search but equally useful to a writer wanting to use social media effectively and strategically. LOVE. Love. love.
The Twitter Job Search Guide Resource Page -a page with everything from mobile apps to scheduling tweet to how to meet followers with a common interest! Lots of great info.
The Ultimate Guide to Twitter Marketing – a great compilation of tips and resources for using Twitter- for the noob to the tweepspert!
My Twitter Lists
(who I follow, categorized 🙂 )
Musicians (okay, not related to writing per se, but every writer needs good music, right? And music is written so…. 🙂
Great Websites for Writers (in no particular order)
*Disclaimer: I do not necessarily support all of the views or comments of these websites. 🙂 I have simply found them to be informative to the field of writing, whether I always agree or not. 🙂
- Guide To Literary Agents
- Slush Pile Hell – “One grumpy literary agent, a sea of query fails, and other publishing nonsense” – Some serious humor for your day!
- Jennifer Represents: – “Where book news, agentish advice, party planning, cute animal pictures and general shenanigans collide”
- Rants & Ramblings: On Life as a Literary Agent
- Janet Reid, Literary Agent
- The Swivet by Colleen Lindsay
- Ask a Literary Agent – “Noah Lukeman, President of Lukeman Literary Management and author of The First Five Pages, answers aspiring authors’ questions about writing and getting published.”
- Agent Savant – “Publishing Morsels from Laurie McLean”
- The Forest for the Trees – Betsy Lerner
- Ya Highway – “nomadic novelists celebrate fiction’s most exciting age group: young adult”
- Creative Trust, Inc.
- Louise Fury – “A Literary Agent with a Marketing Background.”
- Weronika Janczuk– “Musings from a literary agent on publishing, and other things.”
- Maureen Johnson Books – “My name is Maureen Johnson. I am a writer of books and things.” – She’s hilarious… follow her on Twitter! lol 🙂
- The Knight Agency Blog
- Red Sofa Literary Blog
- Kristin Miller, Literary Agent – “Literary agent with D4EO Literary Agency representing Young Adult and Children’s novels”
- Adventures in Agentland – “One literary agent’s adventures through the world of publishing.”
- Elana Roth – “a dweller of Brooklyn, an agent of children’s books, a copywriterly type at Squarespace, a purveyor of snark, an employer of awkwardness, a lover of coffee, a mistress of bourbon, and an enforcer of comma-placement.”
- Jill Corcoran Books – “Live. Love. Write.”
- Dana Newman – “Little moments and big ideas”
- Kathleen Ortiz – “Publishing + Digital + Chai = My Life”
- Confessions of a Wandering Heart
- Rapid-Progressive – “A new literary agent’s blog”
- Kid Lit – ALSO a super resource!
- The Agent Game
- Glass Cases – “I am an associate literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. and a writing enthusiast. I like talking about books, publishing, pop culture, and promoting up-and-coming authors. Hence, “Glass Cases” was born!”
- Authorial, agently and personal ramblings
- Coffee. Tea. And Literary
- Mandy Hubbard – “Author and Agent”
- Pimp My Novel – “My name is Eric, and I work in the sales department of a publishing house. There are a lot of blogs out there that cover the agenting and editorial aspects of book publishing, but here you’ll find out what happens to your book after it’s been acquired.”
- Editorial Anonymous: A Blog of a Children’s Book Editor
- Rights of Writers
- Ten Block Walk: A Children’s Book Editor Wanders and Ponders
- Ryan Bolton’s Notebook – “Journalist. Writer. Editor. Scribbler”
- The Intern: – “The straight dope on publishing from publishing’s most fearsome figure—THE INTERN”
- Good Reads
- Bloomabilities – “I’m a children’s book editor living and working in Manhattan. BLOOMABILITY by Sharon Creech is one of my favorite children’s books, and in it, “bloomability” is a word created by one of the characters to mean “possibility.” I am all about bloomabilities.”
- Read Roger: – “The Horn Book Editor’s Rants and Raves”
- Martha Mihalick: – “Curiosities from a children’s book editor”
- Cheryl Klein: – “I’m Cheryl Klein, Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic), and this is a small repository of information about writing, publishing, the books I’ve edited, and my editorial tastes. Please poke around and make yourself at home.”
- Stacy Whitman’s Grimoire: – “Thoughts on writing, editing, and publishing books for children and young adults”
- The CBI Clubouse – “The online home for children’s book insider readers”
- Alexandra Bracken – “Writer, dreamer, memory-keeper”
- S. Jae-Jones – “I am an editorial assistant, a writer, an artist, and an avid skydiver.”
- The Purple Crayon – by Harold Underdown: Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books
- Scarletta Books
- Literacy Notes from Patricia Newman – (my California SCBWI RA)
- There Are No Rules by Jane Friedman – (a super resource, go here!)
- Hazel & Wren – Love them!
- Mira Reisberg: – Exploring art, environment, kid’s books and culture – Mira is another AMAZING resource for writers. Take one of her classes or get a Skype critique!
- Get Published Coach: – Rhonda is UH-MAY-ZING! 🙂 If you can, get some coaching with her!
- Alice Pope’s SCBWI blog
- Society of Children Book Writer’s and Illustrators – a MUST if you want to publish in kidlit! Such a great place for networking, resources, support, etc.
- Paula Yoo: – “Write Like You Mean It” – Founder of NaPiBoWriWee
- Tara Lazar: – “Writing for Kids, While Raising Them” – Founder of PiBoIdMo
- A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
- A View from the Top: – Interviews with industry experts offering insights into what it takes for a new writer to catch the attention of an agent, editor, or publisher.
- Adventures in Children’s Publishing
- From the Write Angle: – “Offering multiple perspectives on writing and the publishing industry – from first draft to final product, and everything beyond”
- Publisher’s Weekly
- Upstart Crow Literary – “We’ve gathered here some of our talks and handouts on various aspects of the craft of writing fiction that we think may help writers who are considering submitting to us. And we will add to this page as we add to our talks and workshops.” A really great collection of tips for writers!
- Query Tracker – “Organize and track your query letters to literary agents and publishers.”
- Monster List of Picture Book Agents: by Heather Ayris Burnell
- Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories – It’s nice to see a brand working to improve literacy and partnering with writers!
- Write On Con – an online children’s writer’s conference
- Book Country – “A place to discover and share fiction”
- Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) – create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days – November
- National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)– write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.
- Five-Minute-Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker – a fun writing prompt every Friday!
- Verla Kay’s Website for Children’s Writers and Illustrators (an excellent community message board!)
- Ingrid’s Notes – Writing Conference Junkie Shares All
- This Kid Reviews Books (and he does!)
- Rachel Brooks – A great source of humor & other writing antics!
- Jessica McCann – a very generous author (as many are), willing to invest time in helping other writers! Follow her!
- Nathan Bransford
- Read It Forward
- Hey, There’s A Dead Guy In The Living Room: – Mystery Publishing from Idea to Bookshelf
- Rachel Held Evans – the journey of one author and her story
- The Rabbit Room – “The Rabbit Room is a place for stories. For artists who believe in the power of old tales, tales as old as the earth itself, who find hope in them and beauty in the shadows and in the light and in the source of the light.”
- Barry Eisler: For Writers
- Suzanne Collins – Couldn’t leave off the brilliant author of the Hunger Games (coming to a theater near you!)
- The Book Maven’s Haven
- Musings of a Penniless Writer 🙂
- Must Love Books
- My Little Place in the Woods – (by a children’s book author and illustrator)
- The Paper Wait: – “A critique group chats about writing for children. join the conversation!”
- Chersti Nieveen: – “Learning more about the world, one book at a time”
- Perched in a Tree with Bethany Telles
Great Books on Writing and Publishing
Pub Speak, A Writer’s Dictionary of Publishing Terms by Tracy Marchini. Tracy is an editorial consultant and children’s author. She has provided an excellent resource for those writers new to the publishing field who would love a summed up list of the lingo! This is great go-to and is available for your Kindle too (Mine is on my iPhone! 🙂
Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott
How to Write a Children’s book and Get It Published by Barbara Seuling. I found this book in my mother-in-law’s collection. It’s a little dated (1991) but has still proven to be super helpful (at least to me 🙂
The Art and Craft of Writing by Shaun Roundy