If you’re a writer looking for advice on craft or publishing, here are some of my favourite resources.
These are all resources I use/have used and love/have loved.
Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Art-Making by David Bayles and Ted Orland
YA author Sarah Enni interviews authors and other bookish types about writing craft, publishing, and everything in between. This is truly one of my favourite places to hang out on the internet.
I’ve just discovered this podcast, and, though it’s not entirely about writing and writers, there are many writers interviewed on it. Successful people talk about their failures, basically. It’s fascinating and encouraging. My favourite episode is the one with Jessie Burton.
Yin Chang interviews authors and agents about writing, querying, and publishing. This is one of the most practical, in depth podcasts about the business of writing, and it’s certainly worth a listen.
All About Query Letters
Susan Dennard’s website has an incredible arsenal of tools on how to write a query letter.
Query Shark showcases critiques of real query letters so you can learn what to do (and what not to do).
Check out Manuscript Wish List to find out what kinds of projects literary agents are actively searching for.
Literary Rambles has loads of interviews with literary agents.
The SCBWI is a wonderful organisation for writers of picture books, middle grade, and young adult, and they have a chapter in pretty much every city in the world.
Check out the hashtags #querytip, #amquerying, and #mswl on Twitter for querying advice and tweets from agents about what sorts of books they’d like to see in their inboxes.
Blogs & Articles
This post about word count standards by literary agent Jennifer Laughran
This interview with Franny Billingsley about writing fantasy
Pop! Goes the Reader features personal essays by MG and YA authors, as well as book reviews, cover reveals, and interviews. Plus, it’s one of the prettiest places on the internet.