Search the Association of Authors’ Representatives database to find
vetted agents and their contact info. Check out the FAQs for a wonderful
breakdown on what an agent can (and can’t) do for you.
Author Carol Denbow shares excellent writing, publishing and marketing
tips on her blog. If we have one complaint, it’s that she squeezes too
much info on one page.
Looking into a new agent? Log on to check agents’ public records for any
Spend less time looking for an agent and more time writing with this
free searchable database.
Preditors & Editors provides writers with information and contacts, as
well as warnings about potential scams.
This site discusses the business side of writing and offers free
downloads on marketing, research and career planning.
This chart comparison of print-on-demand publishers helps you learn the
basics about each company. (Remember, prices and services change, so
don’t rely on this exclusively. Just use it as a starting point.)
Are 101 resources not enough for you? Swing by Carol Kluz’s site for a
few dozen more.
The pop-up ads are a bit aggravating, but worth putting up with for the
valuable info on this site. “Becoming a Better Writer: A 10-Step Guide”
is a perfect place to start browsing.
Former WD Editor Maria Schneider helps writers by sharing her expertise
and writing tips, as well as providing interviews with high-profile
Updated in blog fashion, this site has great advice on fiction writing.
Be sure to take its Figurative Language Quiz.
This author offers more than 100 free writing exercises.
Miss Snark may be gone, but her victims live on. And this victim—the
first of many—returns the favor by passing along (not-so-snarky, but
useful) advice in her Secret Agent contest.
This invaluable free blog provides news, information and guides to
literary magazines, alternative media and more.
Page ONE is a one-stop shop for author interviews, contest news,
inspirational quotes and writing resources.
We love this blog’s name. We also think it offers great plot tips for
In one place, you can search for agents, view example query letters and
schedule e-mail reminders to follow up on queries and submissions. What
else do you need?
Sign up for VS Grenier’s SFC Newsletter for Writers. It contains writing
success stories (and trial-and-tribulation stories), tips, contests and
markets. Plus, all the newsletters are archived so you can go back and
Gain access to 150 poetry contests just by subscribing to Winning
Writers’ free e-newsletter. Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t
mention the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (for the “best humor poem
that has been sent to a ‘vanity poetry contest’ as a joke”).
Read up-to-the-minute news for writers about the publishing industry.
Jump at the chance to connect with authors—bestsellers and up-and-comers
alike—during live chats. And don’t miss Celebrity Sundays.
A great place for self-publishing resources and new writer tips, this
site also offers a substantial bank of reprinted articles on writing.
Often updated multiple times a day, this site hosts info about any and
every writing contest its editor can find.