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Self Publishing School – I am a member of SPS and HIGHLY recommend it for anyone wanting to self publish. I did everything they said, 90 days after having NO idea for a book, my published book was a best seller. They are, hands down, the best. Use my link so they know I’m giving out SPS love. 🙂
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 – Writer’s Digest
- Slush Pile Hell – “One grumpy literary agent, a sea of query fails, and other publishing nonsense” – Some serious humor for your day!
- Jennifer Represents Archive: – “Where book news, agentish advice, party planning, cute animal pictures and general shenanigans collide”
- AKA Literaticat (Jennifer’s current site)
- 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. -“Building brands and developing audiences”
- Louise Fury – “A Literary Agent with a Marketing Background.”
- Red Sofa Literary Blog
- 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.”
- Dana Newman – “Little moments and big ideas”
- Kid Lit – ALSO a super resource!
- The Agent Game
- Monster List of Picture Book Agents: by Heather Ayris Burnell
- Editorial Anonymous: A Blog of a Children’s Book Editor
- Rights of Writers
- Ten Block Walk: A Children’s Book Editor Wanders and Ponders
- 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”
- 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 – Former editorial assistant, a writer, an artist, and an avid skydiver.
- The Purple Crayon – by Harold Underdown: Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books
- Mighty Media Press – Formerly Scarletta Press
- Flashlight Press
- 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: – National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee)
- Tara Lazar: – “Writing for Kids, While Raising Them” – Founder of PiBoIdMo
- A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing– Jo Konrath
- 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.”
- Five Minute Friday – Equipping and Encouraging Christian 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 – a fun writing prompt every Friday!
Great Books on Writing and Publishing
Chandler Bolt has a handful of GREAT books on writing and publishing. See my link to his course under “Self Publishing” which took me to being an Amazon best seller in 90 days. Published, Book Launch, How to Not Suck at Writing -> ALL GREAT.
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 – one of my ALL time favorite books on writing and creativity.
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
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…. 🙂