Better Novel Project | Better Novel Project is all about deconstructing bestsellers, discovering what elements they have in common, and using those elements to create a versatile story structure. Yes, using research to write a better novel.
Fantastic Maps | If, like me, you are obsessed with cartography, look no further. Contains tips, tricks, and tutorials on making your map—well—fantastic.
Goodreads | the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations!
How to Publish a Book | This guide provides background tips on getting to know your audience, and the many variables authors should consider before trying to get something published. It then describes the various publishing options available for authors today, and some of the hoops they might have to jump through to get published..
Manuscript Wish List | The official website of Manuscript Wish List ( MSWL) and the #MSWL hashtag, supported and run by dedicated people in publishing. MSWL was designed to answer one crucial question in the submissions process: “What do you wish you had in your inbox?” Here agents and editors post their #mswl to let writers know what they are looking for.
Marissa Meyer | Author of the Lunar Chronicles, Heartless and Renegade. She has a trove of wisdom on the writing process and you can follow her journey from newbie writer to New York Times Bestselling Author and beyond . Check out her 9 step writing process.
Miss Snark| where Miss Snark vented her wrath on the hapless world of writers and crushed them to sand beneath her T.Rexual heels of stiletto snark. The blog is dark--no further updates after 5/20/2007.
NaNoWrimo | an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world.
National YoungArts Foundation | The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.
Pitch Wars | Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine for an agent showcase. The mentor also helps edit their mentee’s pitch for the contest and their query letter for submitting to agents.
#PitMad | a quarterly pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a 280-character pitch for their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts.
Publisher's Marketplace | marketplace for publishing professionals to find critical information and unique databases, find each other, and to do business better electronically.
Query Shark | how To Write Query Letters ... or, really, how to revise query letters so they actually work.
Query Tracker | A database of literary agents. QT analyzes user's query and agent experiences to provide insights into individual agent's actions.
Well-Storied | Here, you will find the tips, tools, and communities you need to help craft sensational novels and build your very best writing life. Current resources include workbooks — such as Crafting Incredible Characters and The Pre-Write Project — an expansive archive of writing tutorials and discussions, The Well-Storied Podcast, #StorySocial, a weekly Twitter chat for writers, and much more.
Writer's Digest | aimed at beginning and established writers. It contains interviews, market listings, calls for manuscripts, and how-to articles.
Writer's in the Storm | helping writers weather the storm within: self doubt, rejection, deadlines, and balancing our writing passion with everyday life. Not to mention the storm raging outside - the paradigm shift in the publishing industry.
Writers on Writing | A space for writers to address their craft. It's filled with tips about creative writing, freelancing, and writing in general.
Writer's Market | the Internet's most comprehensive guide to getting published. Since 1921, Writer's Market has been the "freelance writer's bible", providing contact information for thousands of editors and agents, tips on manuscripts formatting, query letter clinics and more.
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