Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday's Wanderings: The Wonderfu, Remarkable, Frustrating World of Websites: Part Two

Today I'm going to add some more websites that I hope will be of use to my readers. Without further ado, here they are:

Two agents, Jessica Faust and Kim Lionetti, have a great site with a large array of posts on proposals, contracts, editing, story conflict, and a lot more. Their advice is good and it's free!

This is the best place in the world to go if you are at the point of wanting to find an agent. Much of the site is free, but if you are really serious about agenting, pay the $40 yearly fee, at least for a year, and take advantage of all the premier things you can do here.

The Market List:
For those of you who want to make some extra money doing freelance writing. If you're writing genre fiction, there are hundreds of market listings here for you to look into.

Ed 2010:
There are young magazine editors here who offer excellent advice about writing for magazines. There is a section called "WhisperJobs" that is a great resource for both freelance and full time magazine jobs.

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing:
J.A.Konrath is a thriller-writer who isn't the least bit shy about sharing his opinions on the best way to seek out traditional publishers, as well as those for self-publishing ebooks. He also offers an array of good writing-related resources.

Writer Beware Blog:
This is a writing watchdog who tracks, exposes, and raises awareness about scammers and the other many questionable activities in and around the publishing industry. A good place to visit, to see what is the latest "worry spot" in our business.

Stephie Smith's Writers' Resources:
There aren't any articles here, just links to everything imaginable concerned with writing. They are all broken down by category, including a list of resources especially valuable to writers of historical fiction. ( That's me, guys!)

Once Written:
This site gives a lot of solid information, writing prompts, contests, and allows writers an opportunity to have their books reviewed.

Pimp My Novel:
This is one site that many of you already know about, but it's worth repeating here. It is authored by a publishing sales rep who gives the inside scoop on what happens to books after they've been acquired. Be sure to check out the Profit & Loss ( P&L) series, which tells about a little-known aspect of how book publishing really works.

Resources for Children's Writers:  www.resourcesforchildren'
Rachelle Burk's site links to hundreds of articles for children's writers who are trying to improve their writing skills, network with other writers, and get published and sell their work. It's a great site for us!

Mystery Writing Is Murder:
Mystery writer Elizabeth Spann Craig uses her blog for good, not evil...except when she is explaining how to craft antagonists.

Murder By 4:
Great tips on writing the thriller genre by four masters of suspense.

Don't be afraid to check out some of the sites about genres you haven't thought of writing. You might find just the spark you need to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

Until next time,
That's a wrap.


  1. Most of these are new to me, Mikki. I'll have to come back when I have time to click on the links. Thanks for rounding them up and posting them all in one place =)

  2. These are new to me, too. Thanks for the links!

  3. Thanks for the links. And I strongly recommend a paid membership in Query Tracker. It's a great way to keep track of an agent search. Also, you can customize QT for a publisher's search. They don't list many publishers, but you can add a private listing for any company you want. I've done this with my last two books, and it was a huge help.

  4. Mikki, here's another good one: It's Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Blog. I love it. He does new agent alerts too, so he's very on top of changes in the industry.

  5. Ruth and Claudine,

    You can pick and choose which ones will work the best for you, but I've used most of them at least once. Hope some of them are helpful to you.

    Anne and Kelly,
    For anyone who is ready for an agent, I think Query Tracker is a great investment of $40, too. Since I haven't found one yet, I'll be renewing my membership for next year!

    Yes, I should have remembered about Chuck. I follow his blog and get his New Agent Alerts all the time.

    Thanks, Kelly, Anne, Claudine, and Ruth!