WRITING LINKS

I’ve received several emails from aspiring authors about writing, so I thought I’d compile a list here for anyone who might be interested.

My one piece of writing advice is to believe in yourself and to keep working to improve your craft (Read and write. Every. Single. Day). No matter how long you’ve been writing, there’s always something you can learn. The day I believe there’s nothing more to learn, is the day I need to put down my pen. 🙂                                  

 

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

AGENTS

Pub Rants– Blog of Agent Kristin Nelson (Romance and YA)
KidLit – Blog of Agent Mary Kole (YA)
Nathan Bransford – Nathan has moved on from agenting, but there is TONS of information in his archives. Plus, he still keeps up with the industry, so he’s worth following.
Query Shark – Blog of Agent Janet Reid

AUTHORS

JA Konrath – Great blog if you’re considering going Indie
Dean Wesley Smith – Another great blog if you’re considering going Indie
Kristine Rusch – Another great blog about the writing industry – talks a lot about Indie

TWITTER

Go here on Twitter for a list of agents, editors, reviewers and librarians who tweet!

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Romance Writers of America (RWA)
Novelists, Inc
(NINC)
YARWA– Young Adult RWA Chapter *
Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) *

* These are YA specific websites

WRITING COMMUNITIES

TeenLitAuthors – A YA Yahoo Group of Authors and Aspiring Authors*
Verla Kay Message Board (Blueboards) – A very supportive message board of published and aspiring YA authors *
The Kindle Boards – A forum of self-published (Indie) authors
Romance Divas – A great community of published and aspiring authors of romance of all genres and sub-genres (from adult to YA)

* These are YA specific websites

INDIE PUBLISHING COMMUNITIES

Kindleboards – Talk to other authors who’ve indie-published
IndieRomanceInk – A community of authors who are in all stages of indie-publishing.

INDUSTRY INFORMATION

Publishers Market Place – Agents’ Sales

AGENT INFORMATION

Agent Query – How to Query Agents/What agents are looking for/Agent contact info
Query Tracker – One of the best sites with agent contact info. The site also has a log-in for you to keep track of your queries. It also has a great forum and blog!
Absolute Write – Forum where you can search about agents/ask questions of other authors and “join” a community of authors and aspiring authors.

COVER ARTISTS/WEB DESIGNERS/ADVERTISEMENT AND PROMOTIONAL ITEMS

Keith Draws
Cover it Designs
Croco Designs
Hot Damn Designs
Forever Design Studio

 

Note: Though I have used some of the resources listed above, I have not utilized them all. This list will be periodically updated and is meant for informational purposes only.