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Recommended Writing Resources

For a while, I’ve been wanting to get the best of writing resources I’ve found and share them.  I have them bookmarked on various computers, saved in different reader and feeds programs, and generally disorganized all over the place. I’m trying to find a good home for them and will be adding to this list as I filter through everything.

I’d also like to hear about experts or writing and publishing sites you have run across that you think others would benefit from reading.


Editors (read more books than the rest of us)

Behler Blog – news, advise for writers, and beagles with margaritas
Query Shark – if you want to go the legacy publishing route, a good query is a must
Pub Rants – polite rants about queries, writers, and the industry
Rachel Gardner –  wide variety of topics of interest to writers

Other Industry Professionals (giving the inside scoop)

Janet Reid – one of the best known and most respected agents
Nathan Bransford – great source for industry news, also just published his third book
Publishing Perspectives – good site for news and industry trends
Miss Snark – no longer updated, but the archives shine light on the industry

Authors (who share the wisdom of their experiences)

Barry Eisler – author with experience on both sides of the legacy/self-publishing fence, co-wrote Be the Monkey with Joe Konrath
A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing – Joe Konrath gives great advise for authors, also co-wrote Be the Monkey with Barry Eisler
David Farland’s Writing Tips – check out his weekly blog called Kick in the Pants
Michael Stackpole – successful science fiction and fantasy author who educating the next generation of writers. Check out his post on Seven Traits of Enduring Characters.
Janice Hardy – Fiction University website with over 1000 articles to take your writing to the next level FOR FREE!

Technical Stuff

Kindle Pitfalls – Chris McMullen shared his wisdom about formatting books for the Amazon Kindle platform

Videos and Other Resources

Absloute Write – great advise, interviews, and updated publishing news (recommended by Ronica)
Goodreads – you should be doing research about books like yours and what people are saying
Writer Beware – great warnings about scams that often target writers
Writer’s Digest – write better, get published, advise about everything writerly (recommended by Katie)

The Future of Publishing (recorded 12/18/2012)

Please share your favorite writing sites in the comments below. I would love to create a master list that is helpful to everyone.

13 comments on “Recommended Writing Resources

  1. Katie
    February 22, 2013

    I like the online Writer’s Digest, too. I like to read their interviews and they have lots of helpful tidbits whatever your stage of writing is.

    • tracycembor
      February 22, 2013

      That is a great suggestion. I will add it to the list.

  2. pishnguyen
    February 22, 2013

    What a great resource. Thanks for posting and sharing. Also, I love the picture you used in this entry. Fantastic!

    • tracycembor
      February 26, 2013

      Glad you enjoyed it. I am planning to continue adding to the list.

  3. gabrielablandy
    March 1, 2013

    Love posts like this, which are full of great info. Thanks, Tracy!

  4. Jess
    March 2, 2013

    There’s so much info out there so this is very helpful! Thanks.

  5. Jessica
    March 6, 2013

    Mmm. Good idea. I should pay more attention to online sources. If I think of anything, I’ll come back and let you know. :D

  6. Ronica Stromberg
    March 7, 2013

    I’ve used most of these resources and found them helpful. Writers can be glad of all the free information available online to help them improve their craft and sell their work. I’ve blogged on this topic before also, and a couple of sites not mentioned here that I really like are Absolute Write and Writing World.

    • tracycembor
      March 8, 2013

      Ooo, thank you very much for the great suggestions. I just mentioned Absolute Write and Writer Beware yesterday. I’ll be sure to add them to the list. :D

  7. lauralyexx
    March 9, 2013

    This is an amazing resource for anyone who wants to write or work in the publishing industry! I’m about to go bookmark half of these! :)

    I also really recommend following leaders in the industry on Twitter – Publishers are constantly tweeting information about new book releases, advice for authors, and links to other helpful websites!

  8. Meglena Ivanova
    April 26, 2013

    Good article – worth the time and application! :)

  9. seisig
    July 28, 2014

    What a great resource! Thanks for putting so much time and effort into this list.

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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