These sites are filled with advice, workshops, prompts, publishing outlets, contests, editing resources, and more things then you can shake a stick at. Enjoy browsing. If you come across sites you think belong on this list comment below and we’ll be sure to add them. If any of the links become dead links, we would appreciate a comment as well so we can remove it. Also, check back regularly because we will update this list as resources become available.
Author, Editor, and Agent Blogs
Remember most authors sat just where you are sitting right now. Many authors, agents, editors want to help you become the best writer you can be.
This editor will answer your questions about writing and publishing. She’s funny and pithy. You’ll be entertained and edified by this blog. Warning: Read the FAQs. DO NOT under any circumstances query or submit a manuscript on this site or she will vet it right on the site. This site is like having a sit down with an industry pro and learning everything they know for free!
This wonderful mystery writer has a blog with musings and tips for becoming the best writer you can possibly be. A special shout out to her for her new book “Secret Lives and Private Eyes” Check it out. She is dedicated to helping emerging writers. Check out our interview with her in July’s issue of New Zenith Magazine.
This site belongs to Piers Anthony. He is the very successful author of many Sci-fi/Fantasy books. He has done his best to give helpful information about the writing process but mostly in the arena of publishing.
This site belongs to Rob Bignal. He offers articles to help the self-publisher. The site is incredibly insightful. He also offers editing services at a very reasonable rate. Thanks Rob, for all of the excellent editing you have done for us.
KidLit is a blog written by Mary Kole. Mary was previously a literary agent. Her blog is a comprehensive and entertaining resource for everything having to do with writing, submitting and publishing children’s literature.
Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity
This blog belongs to YA author, Erica Verrillo. It has just about everything you need to know to get published. There are articles on building an author platform. Every month she lists contests, calls for submissions, and paying markets. She often lists new agents looking for clients.
The Purple Crayon
Harold Underdown is an amazing author and freelance editor. He has a lifetime of incredibly valuable knowledge to share. If he has time and you have the money, I challenge you to find a better picture book editor. He is the author of the “Purple Crayon” and my hero. I spent years drawing pictures of imaginary worlds with purple crayons. Now my children do it – on the walls.
Are you prepared to jump straight into the shark tank? Here a famous editor helps authors refine their query letters. Warning: Read all site FAQs before getting started. Also, read all of the query critiques available on the site. If your query letter is too similar to another one, then it won’t be critiqued. There is everything to gain on this site and nothing to lose. Gain an edge and learn to write a stellar query.
General Catch All Sites
This site is chock full of various articles on the subject of writing. It’s a good mixture. It contains writing tips, prompts, interviews, projects and more.
Authors Publish Magazine
This is an email subscription magazine. Within its electronic pages you will find articles slanted towards helping writers get published. They list markets seeking submissions.
This site takes the guess work out of submitting. They have thousands of listings for calls for submissions and lit mags. This should definitely be a stop on your web train.
This site is an excellent page to find calls for submissions. There are a variety of other resources. It’s worth bookmarking.
Poets and writers
This site is a great resource for writers and poets, hence the name. You can find educational resources, calls for submissions, and crits.
This site is also a wealth of information about writing. It also allows you to create an online writer’s portfolio.
This site is a hoard of resources. You could spend days and not see everything they have to offer. They have a magazine to which you can subscribe.
Daily Writing Tips
This blog publishes a new article every day on a variety of topics useful to writers, ranging from grammar to types of fiction.
Chicago Manual of Style
This site is not free, but no writer worth their salt should go without this book. This site is the online equivalent to the complete 15th and 16th Editions of the book. They do offer a free trial.
If you write, you have most likely already visited this site. It’s a full-service online dictionary. It also contains a tab for Thesaurus.com
Visit this site to give your grammar skills a kick in the butt. This site will have you dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s with the upmost grammatical eloquence. There is no more complete nor easy to understand grammar site out there.
Grammarly is a grammar spellchecker program that exists online. It’s a good back up for standard spell check. There’s no replacement for carefully reading and checking your document visually, but this is a helpful tool.
This site is Purdue’s online writing workshop. There a wealth of grammar helps here.
This site takes the guess work out of rhyming.
This site is an online thesaurus. It is available on dictionary.com.
No man is an island as they say. Likewise no man is the best judge of his own work. Famous authors such as Stephen King and Ursula K. LeGuin use peer editing. If you don’t have a writing circle or even if you do and need a wider range of critiques here are several sites that will help you refine your writing. no first draft is publishable and no one is the best judge of their own story. Use peer editing and become the best author you can be. Give each of these sites a try they are all different what works for one writer may not work for another. It’s a pretty safe bet though one of these will fit your needs.
This is a peer to peer editing group. The group polices itself and trolls and otherwise unhelpful people can have their accounts revoked. Many members are writers, editors and other very experienced at giving constructive criticism. There are many helpful groups , writing classes, and writing contests. This is the best peir editing group I’ve come across. They are free but you can pay for a feature rich membership for a reasonable annual rate.
Writer’s Cafe is another peer to peer editing group. While you can post work and get it critiqued you can also met other writers find publishing outlets, free writing classes, and participate in contests.
This is a peer editing group. It is a nice group because the editing and critiques come 1 for 1 – you only initially need to critique two works to post your own for critique.
While I have never used this group myself it comes highly recommended by other writers as a good place to get crits on your work.
Here is another versatile critique site.
Here are sites that are generally lists of agents, publishers, editors, and other such resources. In some cases, these sites will warn you against companies that have proven to be scams or illegitimate.
Here is a site which is a veritable gold mine when it comes to being published Here is a list of literary agents. There is no better resource. This is for the most part a safe place to find an agent. You’re a lot less likely to find a predator here. There is a wealth of information about agents and the process of querying as well.
Predators and Editors
This site is just as the name suggests. There is a great deal of information about predators seeking to take advantage of new writers. Also, it has lists of helpful facts such as current or defunct contests. They also have a variety of helpful newsletters.
Here you’ll find jobs for writing, proofreading, ghostwriting, and other freelance work.
Writers Clubs and Societies
It is highly recommended to writers to join a writing association. Joining such a group can help you find invaluable resources. It makes an author look more serious. It can help you fill out your author bio, especially when you have very few writing credits to your name. You can network with other authors and learn from them.
Mystery Writers of America
This association is a group for all individuals involved in the craft of mystery writing.
SCBWI stands for Society of Children’s book Writers and Illustrators. As you may have guessed this is a site where writers of children’s books can network. The site provides services of all types for authors of children’s lit. They charge a membership fee.
SFWA Stands for Science fiction/Fantasy Writers of America. This is much like any other writer’s society except – you guessed it again – it’s geared towards Sci-fi and Fantasy writers.
The American Society of Authors and Writers is dedicated to helping you find the right publisher or agent for your project. The free membership includes their Scribe! Media Magazine which contains writing tips, news, book market listings and other useful information.