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.

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.

General writing and publishing advice from the blog: 

The KnotMagick Guide to Pattern Writing
Best Book/Writing podcasts on Youtube (2017)
Writing and a Day Job
10 Steps to Take After Finishing Nanowrimo
Spotting Scams for Authors
KnotMagick Guide to Getting Book Blurbs
Author Convention Kit

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

Twitter chats and hashtags:

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  • #weeknightwriters

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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If you would like to work with them, please please PLEASE check their websites (linked) for their guidelines, what types of work they do, and what their availability is. Some of them get booked months in advance, so keep that in mind.

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