Writing Resources: (I’ve used em. I love em.)
- Read. Read everything.
- Author Veronica Roth’s blog – Anything and everything about writing, revising, landing an agent, submissions, book deal, publishing, movie deal…Veronica Roth is my first stop.
- Livia Blackburne’s Writing Blog – She’s a NEUROSCIENTIST, y’all. BRAINS.
- Wordcount Dracula – Wordcount questions? Literary Agent Jennifer Laughran has ALL THE ANSWERS.
- The Big Ol’ Genre Glossary – Genre questions? Agent Jennifer Laughran again. Lots of opinions about genre distinctions, but this is a good place to start.
- Pub Rants – From Nelson Literary Agency. SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE HERE!
- Jody Hedlund’s For Writers – When I decided to seriously pursue writing, I found this author’s blog first. Very helpful!
- Rachelle Gardner – The second writing site I came across long ago. From an agent perspective, with tons of industry posts and helpful links!
- The Daily Dahlia – Just go look around. Seriously.
Writing Resources that appear helpful: (I can’t vouch for em but maybe someone else can.)
- Basics of Plot Development
- Rachel Simon’s The Writer’s Writing Guide – An online free book. This link takes you to the table of contents.
- Calculating Reading Levels
- Absolute Write – Forums anyone can post in. Wade through, see if anything helpful pops out.
- How to Write the Ending
- How to Pull off a Plot Twist by Livia Blackburne – Based on WHEN YOU REACH ME, by Rebecca Stead
Agent / Author Interviews
- Writers Like Us Series – Interview series by Valerie Cole, YA author represented by Agent Lauren MacLeod
- Agents Like Us Series – Samesies as above. But with agents.
- Literary Rambles – Agent information galore! (Check out the sidebar on the left!) Of course, do your research on the agent/agency websites for most current information!
- Perpetual WIPs – Anonymous interview series. Pick your category! Agents? Check. Querying writers? Check. Published Writers? Check. And everything in between. From YA Author, Dahlia Alder.
- Agent Interviews – A compilation of agent interviews listed by agent name from YA Author, Dahlia Alder again.
- Query. Sign. Submit. – Author Dee Romito‘s series of interviews with both agents and authors.
Successful Query Letters
- Rachel Hawkins – Author: Hex Hall series (and more). Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell.
- Natalie Lloyd – Author: A Snicker of Magic. Agent: Suzie Townsend.
- Writer’s Digest Successful Queries Series – Interviews with agents about Successful Query Letters
- List of Successful Query Letters by Genre – Galleycat. (My friend Jen Malone is number 9 for her Middle Grade novel!)
- Query Shark – Agent Janet Reid dissects queries and writers until revision SUCCESS. <–Like how I phrased that? I do. I’m leaving it. Janet Reid is a SHARK. Maybe she really does dissect writers.
- Agent Suzie Townsend’s Blog: Queries Section – Everything from her clients’ successful queries, to critiques, to status updates on her query inbox.
- Nathan Bransford’s How to Write a Query Letter – This site has a TON of tips for everything writing and publishing.
- QUERY: Everything you need to get started, get noticed, and get signed. – Author CJ Redwine’s super helpful e-book that includes everything from researching agents to her own successful query letter.
- HUGE list of “How I Got My Agent” stories. – Dee Romito’s blog
Publishing Organizations / Sites
- SCBWI – Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Check for local chapters!
- MWA – Mystery Writers of America
- AAR – Association of Authors’ Representatives
- RWA – Romance Writers of America
- PM – Publisher’s Marketplace
- Publisher’s Weekly