Resources for New Authors

Since I’ve been asked many times, a few links to my favorite writing resources on the web, the places I keep coming back to. Most of these are geared more toward people who have a finished manuscript and are preparing to submit it to agents or contests.

I feel like I can’t really tell you how to accomplish the actual writing process. If you want to know more about how I personally write a book, I have written several posts about that, the first of which can be found here.

The first thing to keep in mind is that fiction and nonfiction are two completely different ball games when it comes to publishing. Most of my experience is geared toward fiction, but I do have some experience with nonfiction.

The first thing to keep in mind is that nonfiction books require a proposal before you ever start working on the book. Most publishers like to see sample chapters and a complete outline included with the query/proposal. Fiction agents/publishes need to see the completed manuscript.

For nonfiction writers:

 How to write a nonfiction book proposal

Along this same line, I heavily referenced the Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design. While it is geared at knitting books, a lot of the information carries over into other nonfiction subjects as well.

For fiction and nonfiction authors: 

How to write an author bio

How to write a back cover blurb

How to write a 1 pg synopsis, and another resource for synopsis writing. These are mostly aimed at novelists, but some of the information may be useful for those looking to pursue nonfiction.

Querytracker.net is also aimed a novelists, but can be used by nonfiction writers. It allows you to search for agents and publishers by genre, and track who you have submitted to and their responses. It also gives you a jumping off point to start your agent research with links to agency web pages, submission guidelines, and additional links to other sources.

Another thing all authors need is a good query letter. Here is my favorite source: How to write a query letter.

For fiction writers: 

A basic beat sheet helps you plan out the pacing for your novel and create a story arch. It’s very basic and you can adapt it to your needs.

How to write a query letter

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I don’t have any nonfiction tags I follow at the moment, so if there’s one you are fond of, leave me a comment below!

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