Resources for writers

I get asked a lot of questions by writers on how to get published, and they all essentially come down to:

I wrote a book. Now what do I do?

First, look at this: The Publishing Process in GIF Form We chill now? Good.

I’ve created a list of links to helpful articles and blogs to help you cut through the crap and get some good, solid advice. Of course, this isn’t the end-all-be-all list of things you must do now or you’ll never ever get published and you’ll end up alone on the side of the freeway fighting raccoons for some half-eaten Big Macs. Take what works for you and ignore what doesn’t apply to your situation.

So here are invaluable (and free!) online resources for writers, divided into the five major phases of writing & publishing. I try to update it regularly, though it tends to be more sporadic than not, so check back later for more links.

Some general resources for writers to get you started:

Absolute Write Water Cooler
AgentQuery Connect
QueryTracker Forums

For children's writers and illustrators:

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Previously known as the Verla Kay Blueboards, the SCBWI forum has tons of great info, much of which applies to writers in general, and not just for children's books. And no, you don't have to be a member of SCBWI to access most of the boards, although some forums are set aside for members only.

Ideas & Writing

 

Editing & Revision

 

Synopses & Querying

 

Design & Publication

 

Booksellers & Publicity

 

To see a list of helpful tools that require a subscription or purchase, visit the Stuff for Writers page.

Books and manuals I’ve found especially useful are on the Resourceful Books page.