Useful Links for Writers
Of course, the kinds of links that are useful to you will depend on what you’re writing. But here are some of my favorites.
I often answer writers' questions on my blog,
Follow the tag labeled Young Writers Q & A.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America
Their web site is packed full of useful content, from information
about writing techniques to member web pages, to warnings about
unscrupulous and predatory editors and agents.
You don’t have to write science fiction to benefit from this
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Even if you’re not a member, this web site delivers. The links
alone are worth the price of admission (free!) Join the SCBWI, and
you can benefit from their publications and member message boards.
The Authors’ Guild
This organization is an advocate for writers of all kinds. You need
to meet publication standards to join, but the web site posts publishing
news, information about book contracts, and other information. The
Authors’ Guild provides free web design to members and inexpensive
web site hosting.
Another member organization with a site that is useful to non-members,
Publishing news, interviews with editors and authors.
Information About Agents
Keep in mind that agents can submit themselves for placement on
many sites. Thus a listing on a site is no guarantee of quality
a searchable list of agents who represent a wide range of
tips for avoiding fraudulent agents
list of agents whose clients have complained to SFWA
model agent contract
Association of Authors’ Representatives includes list of members
and suggested questions for an agent you are considering. AAR members
must meet standards including adherence to a code of conduct and
a minimum number of sales.
A list of literary agents. Agents can post their own information,
so do your research.
SCBWI offers a listing of agents to its members. If you write for
children, it’s well worth joining.
The Purple Crayon
Site focused on Children’s Publishing. By Harold
Write4Kids is the web site of the Children’s
Book Insider, a subscription service, but includes lots of free
articles and info.
Homework for Aspiring Writers
Visit Cynthia Leitich-Smith's information-packed writer resource
information on agents, marketing, and craft.
Great Advice for Teenage Writers from John Scalzi
Award-winning Ohio author and teacher Scott Lax's Advice for Serious Writers
Lisa Firke at HitThoseKeys.com specializes in web site development for authors and illustrators
Specifically targeted at science fiction, fantasy, and horror markets.
Subscription site; continuously updated, affiliated with the hardcopy
Writers Market. Can search agents and publishers, by a variety of
Children's and Young Adult Author Cynthia Leitich Smith
Official author site features biography, bibliographies, articles,
interviews, links, etc. Smith's books include Jingle Dance
(Morrow/HarperCollins, 2000), Rain Is Not My Indian Name (Harper
Collins, 2001), Indian Shoes (HarperCollins, 2002), Tantalize
(Candlewick, 2007), and Santa Knows (Dutton, 2006).
You will notice that a lot of these resources are related to science
fiction and fantasy writing. That’s because SFF writers have
a long history of workshop critiquing.
Longridge Writers Group
This site covers rules of critique as well as guidelines for managing
critique group problems
Turkey City Lexicon
Site directed at science fiction and fantasy writers, but all writers
will see themselves here (and have a good laugh too)
Tips for the actual process of critiquing
James Patrick Kelly’s article on Writing Workshops
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