My top sites on the craft and biz of writing & getting published

How to get from writing THE END to published. We’re all following the same road, so let’s learn from the masters.  A sampling of sites I cruise on a regular basis for help (umm..that’s every day!). I have so many, there’s sure to be another post with another list in the near future!

Somedays it feels like this...

Need info on agents? Get the scoop and their interviews!
Casey McCormick
Many of these YA/children’s agents also do adult.

Chuck Sambuchino
He just recently switched his blog to a new format, so takes time getting used to but can search on right hand side for blog categories.

Publishers Marketplace
A must have subscription. For $20 a month search for agents, editors, authors, publishers, new deals, jobs and more.

Free to join. Find agents and also find out who reps whom.

Query/synopsis/pitch help:
Agent Query
Hailed as the largest, most searchable database of literary agents. There AgentQuery Connect has great forums to post queries/synopsis for feedback. Helps to critique others. Good spot for info on agents and publishing process.

Public Query Slushpile
Open forum for critiquing with good, constructive feedback.

Great query writing resource and fun to read queries gobbled up, don’t expect to get yours in the fray though – easier to get a request for a full MS!

Pitch University
Get help on crafting your novel pitch.

Piers Anthony
Tracks industry news on publishers and other writing services. Take with a grain of salt.

Top 101 Indie Book Publishers
Title says it all, I think.

Blogs I visit often for advice on the general business, craft and industry news of writing:
Publishers Weekly
A must read to get hottest industry news in the publishing world.

BookEnds Literary LLC
Fantastic blog by agent, Jessica Faust, about – well – everything! Scroll on right side for must read posts, categories to search, resource links.

Jody Hedlund
Author who posts 3x a week with stuff you need to know about on writing, marketing and getting published, as one who has been in the trenches.

An annual online writing conference for children’s writers but tons of info useful across genres. Access to last year’s conference transcripts as well. Free but donations welcome! They just wrapped up this year’s conference.

Nathan Bransford
Agent turned author. Tons of valuable info here. Scroll left for publishing essentials, resource links and more.

Philly Liars Club
Great bunch of authors with real advice on making it in the world of writing. They also host a great monthly writer’s meet-up (local to Willowgrove, PA) and writing classes (I am taking the Write a YA Novel in 9 months with Author Liars Marie Lamba and Jonathan Maberry)

Blog by agent, Kristin Nelson with Nelson Literary Agency.

Joe Konrath
Not much introduction needed here. Successful writer with much to say about the industry goings-on.

Miss Snark’s First Victim
Regular online contests to win critiques and to garnish helpful feedback of your work by the community.

Rachelle Gardner
Scads of tips/advice from this literary agent with Word Serve Literary Group.


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One response to “My top sites on the craft and biz of writing & getting published

  1. Hey Donna, You just saved some new author a ton of research! Helpful list.

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