Writers Resources and Self Publishing

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This is a brief outline of writer’s resources in terms of publishing, self publishing, books to help you hone the craft of writing, as well as a few miscellaneous sites. This page is designed to merely get you started. Enjoy the journey!

JaneFriedman

Jane Friedman,A.K. Andrew

Jane Friedman at http://janefriedman.com

The best website for writers is without a doubt Jane Friedman’s. Her resource pages are the most comprehensive you will find on the internet.

It covers virtually all aspects of writing and publishing that you will need, whether you’re looking to improve your craft, write a query letter , find an agent or editor, Jane has you covered. Her blog posts are always interesting, and if you want more personal guidance , she can provide that for you too.

Writers And Artists Year Book – UK Publishing

Keep an up to date copy!

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50th anniversary – IV (Photo credit: Peter Denton)

The Writers & Artists Yearbook is a must have for anyone trying to get UK representation. Their website is packed with information on all aspects of the business- check out this page:

http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/artists/advice/stage1/resources

Whether you’re looking for advice, ideas, online tools or writers’ communities, you’ll find plenty of links to useful websites on this page. Be sure to check the online sites of any agencies you might want to submit for update information on both submission guidelines and their current agents.

Writer’s Market –  USA Publishing

This is the US equivalent of Writers and Artists Year book. Essential if you are thinking of publishing in the US. Unfortunately most of the site requires subscription. They do have a free newsletter, and some free info on the site. Check out the FAQ’s page. As I noted above in the UK section,  be sure to check the online sites of any agencies you might want to submit for update information on both submission guidelines and their current agents.

BBC Writer’s Room

This site has a wealth of information for both beginning and established writers. Alongside tutorials on prose and screenplays, they regularly have calls for submissions. The BBC is always looking for new talent in short story, and screenplays for both radio and TV. Sign up for their newsletter to keep up to date with what’s happening there.

 The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn’s site is awesome.

She has a great blog, a fabulous series of podcasts and is a huge resource for writers in general, especially those considering self publishing. Voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers 3 years running, and one of the Top 10 Blogs for Self-Publishers 2012.

Joanna Penn

Joanna Penn (Photo credit: TheCreativePenn)

 

JeriWB.com

Jeri Walker’s site is a treasure trove for writers and readers alike. Her weekly posts are a mix of word craft , author interviews and posts of general interest to writers and readers.

But her real skill is as an Editor. Jeri is extremely meticulous, provides a variety of services and her rates are reasonable. She’s successfully worked with a broad range of self published authors.

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SELF PUBLISHING

See  blog post  ‘To E- or not to E – that is the question‘  for some of the issues involved. The blog is in no way a complete assessment of the pro’s and con’s. The websites listed below give a good overview of the practical aspects of what is involved in both ebooks and Print on Demand. Please note their listing is for the purpose of  resource, rather than an endorsement.

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/05/cover-design-tips-in-review/

Fantastic list of 15 resources for cover design /self publishing. Joel Friedlander at  The Book Designer is a great ‘go to’ resource for self publishing.

JaneFriedman

The Creative Penn

 CreateSpace

Smashwords

lulu.com

kdp.amazon.com

Bookbaby

 http://www.publishyourownebooks.com/

 http://www.ebookit.com/index.php

http://www.xinxii.com/en

http://www.fastpencil.com/

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BOOKS ON WRITING

There are endless books on how to hone the craft of writing, or find inspiration to carry on.

These are ones I have found useful.

MISC. LINKS FOR WRITERS

http://onlinephdprogram.org/thesis-dissertation/   (NEW LINK)

This is a fantastic blog from Leslie Hanson. Although it’s focus is Thesis and Disseration resources for writers, it’s applicable to any writer. Be sure to check it out .

http://www.newwritingsouth.com/home/introduction.php

Great resource for writers particularly, but not exclusively, in the south of England –classes , how to info, setting up writing groups etc.

http://www.etymonline.com/

Perfect for keeping things in their write time frame.

http://how2beawriter.blogspot.com

Sally O’Reilly, Author of  “How to Be a Writer – the definitive guide to getting published” also has a great blog with excellent writerly links. Check out the list of blogs she follows.

http://www.newpages.com/

Publishers Marketplace

Triquarterly

http://agentquery.com/

 

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