Writers’ Resources

Writers are tasked with a phenomenal research project before the entire industry, and I always appreciate a list to help me get started.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of creating and compiling a number of resources about the publishing industry, query letters, and good fiction and non-fiction writing, among other things.

The below is not a comprehensive list, by any means, but provides select resources–first about the publishing industry, then about the querying-agenting process, and finally about craft, all essential theoretical bodies for the best of writers.

Pub Industry: An Intro

  • Former literary agent Nathan Bransford has one of the best scaffolds for wrapping your mind around the entire industry. Check out this blog, and if you have the time, read through everything, left to right, top to bottom.

Pub Industry: Cont.

  • Literary agent Kristin Nelson has another terrific blog about publishing, including theory about agents and contracts, the vetting of query letters, and otherwise. Literary agent Rachelle Gardner also covers a huge amount of publishing turf on her blog, found here. Another agency, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, has a great archived blog, which covers many questions of the publishing industry.
  • In a particular way, former-literary-agent-turned-freelance-editor Mary Kole has one of the industry’s best blogs about kidlit (or books for kids: picture books, middle grade novels, young adult novels).

Writing Trivia

  • Check out Scrivener, a downloadable/purchasable writing platform that aides manuscript development.
  • NaNoWriMo is an annual event hosted for writers, the challenge undertaken to complete 50,000 words over the course of a month.

Queries, First Pages & Agents