RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

Informative Publishing Industry Information, Blogs & Groups (SP & Legacy):

The Future of Ink

Writing On the Ether

Gutsy Indie Publishers (FB Group)

ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors)

A Newbie’s Guide To Publishing

The Book Designer

Let’s Get Visible

Bookbub Partners

Reedsy  (New to publishing? This resource list will help!)

 Platform, Marketing & Promotion Advice:

Kristen Lamb: We Are Not Alone

Problogger

Jane Friedman

The Creative Penn

Molly Greene

WHW Marketing Posts That May Help:

The Path to 10K: Strategy, Luck & Mistakes: Hard numbers & The Emotion Thesaurus’ marketing plan

Creative Book Launches That Command Attention: A breakdown for hosting a successful event

Asking For Online Exposure: The do’s and don’ts when approaching top bloggers for visibility

Hand Selling: How Savvy Are You?: Observations on what works and what doesn’t

A Book Marketing Truth Few Experts Will Admit: 6 reasons why following expert advice may still not yield results (and what to do about it)

5 Steps to Finding Your Ideal Audience: Write a book, have a plan…it’s about understanding who your exact audience is & connecting with them

Marketing For Introverts: Putting yourself out there can be tough, so here are tips to make it easier.

 Protect Yourself & Your Writing:

Writer Beware: Find scammers before they find you

Preditors & Editors: Writers, before you sign anything, check the person/service here first!

Copyscape: Think maybe someone’s stolen a blog post? See if you’re right.

Viper Plagiarism Checker (free): Check the net for plagiarism

 Professional Business Services & Tools For Writers:

Reedsy: a marketplace of vetted professionals to help authors publish

Gumroad: sell PDFs via your own online store

Booktrakr: track your digital sales, bestseller rank & more

TechSurgeons: One stop shop for hosting & website design (specializes in author sites)

Big Blue Button: A virtual classroom & party room for book launches

Anti Social: Shut off social media or internet for a specific time to focus on work

Siteliner: Search for broken website links and more

YASIV: See what book purchases are tied to your book at Amazon

MailChimp: easy to use, professional newsletter creator

Canva: very easy-to-use image creation service which is free and works terrific for marketing materials. They also have book cover templates.

 Recommended Editing Services:

C.S. Lakin (has edited several thesaurus books)

Marissa Graff (The Darling Assassin)

Gloria Singendonk

Michael Dunne (has proofread for us–highly recommended)

Polgarus Studios (formatting & more): Jason is excellent to work with!

 Unique Writing Tools:

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One Stop For Writers®: Elevate your storytelling through tools, resources and descriptive thesaurus collections with this online library that must be seen to be believed. If you like the types of books Becca and Angela create, you will love this site they have built with Lee Powell, the creator of Scrivener for Windows.

Autocrit: Search for grammar, weak words, overused language, etc.

Wordle: Create word cloud from your story text. Helps you find overused words, theme & key words that might make a good title

Scrivener: An excellent “does it all” writing & organization tool

QueryTracker: Great organization & information software for your agent search (free)

The Writers Helping Writers® Toolbox: Lots of writing/editing tools created by Becca & Angela + new marketing handouts

AIYAP Worksheets & More: worksheets on just about everything to do with writing fiction

Hiveword Online Fiction Organizer: great little online organizer & writing tool

Save The Cat Tools: Must have printable sheets that work on Save The Cat principles

Jami Gold’s Worksheets for Writers: A plethora of excellent writing & editing tools

Writing Pacemaker: A completely customizable way to track word count progress and set word count  goals to fit your writing style and productivity schedule.

Story Structure Database: Movie structure breakdowns to help you master story structure.

Word Frequency Counter: Find your overused words quickly with this counter.

 Recommended Online Learning Centers

WANA International – excellent online classes & recording on writing craft, social media management & more via webinar technology

Write Now Mastermind

Writer’s Digest University

Author Accelerator: customized book coaching and an array of programs for serious writers wanting to shorten their writing craft learning curve and get their book into the hands of their readers

Author accelerator

 Writing Heroes Blogs (Advocates for Writers)

Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing Gang
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Elizabeth Spann Craig
Donna Gephart 
Gene Lempp
Jami Gold
Janice Hardy
Julie Musil 
K.M. Weiland 
Kristen Lamb
Laura Pauling
Matthew MacNish
Martha Alderson (The Plot Whisperer) 
Operation Awesome
YA Confidential

 Recommended Writing Communities

The Critique Circle – give and get critiques by your peers, growing and learning together. (This is where Becca and I met…terrific people here!)

SCBWI Message Board (Formerly Verla Kay’s Blue Board) – # 1 place to be if you are a writer of Kidlit or YA. Tons of information about publishing, agents and the writer’s road.

Query Tracker Forums – helpful community for writers on the query trail–share knowledge, strategies and make new, supportive friends.

NaNoWriMo – The “write a novel in a month club” that keeps on trucking all year long. Even if you don’t Nano, this is a treasure trove of writing resources and links!

WANA Tribe – a community for all creative types, but populated mostly by writers. Friendly and supportive, here you’ll find people wanting to connect, not promote!

Writers Support 4 U (Facebook Group) – a great collection of writers intent on support, knowledge sharing & collaboration, not promoting to one another.

Seekerville – a writing blog with a big community heart. Excellent articles on writing and tons of encouragement and support.

Writer’s Carnival – a wealth of articles, prompts, contests and critiquing here at this supportive community – worth checking out!

#ontheporch – this twitter-based group hosts helpful writing chats, and is a great place to ask about critique partner matching, feedback and advice on queries and blurbs, and so much more. Very supportive group.

 Angela’s Vault of Wonders

Writer’s Games: Compete in a fun series of writing challenges for a chance to be published in an anthology (and bragging rights)! All proceeds are donated to The Office of Letters and Light (NaNoWriMo) and every entry receives valuable feedback.

Rainy Mood: Write to the sound of rain

Blade Play & Incised Wounds: A primer on knife wounds to insure accuracy

Reverse Dictionary: know related words, but not quite the word you need? Meet your new best friend.

Visual Thesaurus: Displays words and meaning, connecting like-concepts

Action Verb List: Lose the bland and get specific!

Tough Issues For Teens Write gritty YA? Find a huge list of Issue books broken down by topic for research

Spezify: An unusual way to search for information (hint: try your name)

Serendipity: Need inspiration or ideas? This is generator nirvana.

Silk: Self doubt gnawing at you, or you’re feeling stuck? Get inspired and create something beautiful as you think your way through any writing problem.

The Skeptic’s Dictionary: A perfect place for story inspiration on the weird and wonderful

Author Name Pronunciation Guide: Meeting an author and don’t know how to say their name? Help is here

Writing for Beginners 101: New to writing? You might find these tips helpful.

Onomatopoeia Dictionary: Need to write a sound? Here’s how.

Writing Realistic Injuries: Don’t wing your injury descriptions after battles and mishaps–write it accurately

The Character Therapist: Put your characters on the couch!

World Building Research: So many great topics of time period-specific research…let’s just call this WOW for short

The Writer’s Knowledge Base: A search engine built just for writers? You better believe it!

The One Stop For Writers® Pinterest Board: The best of the best when it comes to writing articles, broken down by specific topic. Shorten your learning curve with this virtual learning center!

The Writers Helping Writers® Pinterest Board: All of our most popular articles in one place for easier sharing

One Stop For Writers’ MASSIVE Checklist and Tip Sheet collection: All of One Stop’s hugely popular checklists on all areas of writing craft are now hosted on a public page of the site. Download and print for your own use, or share them online to help other writers better navigate the trickier areas of writing craft.

 

Terrific Podcasts For Writers

The Joined Up Writing Podcast:   (Listen to an interview with Angela)

Create a Story You Love Podcast:  (Listen to an interview with Becca or with Angela)

TV Writer Podcast (Listen to an interview with Angela)

Always Write Podcast (Listen to an interview with Angela)
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22 Responses to RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

  1. Leslie Foster says:

    The Dick Tracy watch for writers.
    Thank you!! 🙂

  2. Amy Snyder says:

    What an amazing collection of resources! Thank you so much!

  3. Stephen Milano says:

    Thanks. That is a lot of good info. I appreciate you! 🙂

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  6. Rita Bailey says:

    Thanks for a very helpful post.

  7. Jeff Ezell says:

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  8. Sue Coletta says:

    What a great resource! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Wow! Great lineup of resources. Thanks so much for sharing them!

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  11. I am constantly looking for resources for writers and I must say that this is such an amazing list. Thank you for taking the time to put this together!

  12. Rhonda says:

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  15. Lata says:

    This is such a helpful list. thank you so much. I will check them out.

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  17. Richard Freeze says:

    I love everything about your site. Lots of info for a newie!
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  18. Thank you so much for this massive list.

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