Writer's Resources

I thought about all the things I ended up stumbling onto as a new writer and decided to try to make a decisive yet somewhat short list of things I found useful  as a new author. I include links to articles but not the articles themselves. If anyone has any articles or links they want to add, please send me an email on the contact page.


  • William Strunk and E.B. White,  The Elements of Style
  • The Chicago Manual of Style: one stop shop for your grammar needs
  • Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  • Debra Dixon, GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict


Agent Querying Resources:

Twitter hashtags:

  • #amwriting,  #askagent,  #tenqueries,  #querytip,  #pubtip #MSWL (manuscript wish list)
  • Contests:  #pitmad,  #pitchmadness,  #qeurykombat,  #pitcharama 
  • #writeclub – someone always doing word sprints here -- or #1k1hr

Twitter peeps to follow:

  • @ColleenSMyers - me of course! Come say hi.
  • @brendadrake – She runs pitmad/pitchmadness – Awesome lady
  • @MKDB – Margaret Bail, literary agent, queen of tenqueries
  • @michelle4laughs -- Michelle Hauck, author and host of Query Kombat
  • @sc_author -- Blogger, founder of #WriteInclusively.

Critique groups:

  • Yes, you do need one. Always get a second pair of eyes looking at your manuscript, especially when you are starting out. Facebook also has a lot of resources for this. Check it out.
  • Go local. Yahoo has lots of groups where you can find local groups or meet ups. I moderate my local RWA chapter Three Rivers Romance Writers.


  • When writing your first novel, I recommend you get an editor. Mine was Mary Harris.
  • Another editor I had look at my query letter and synopsis was @Cslakin

Useful articles:

Social Media:

  • You will need to use social media. In this day and age it is a must!  Try out Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, GooglePlus, Goodreads, Snap Chat. The list goes on and on!


  • If you are truly serious about writing, you will need a website. There are many different hosting sites. I use GoDaddy and Wordpress, but don't limit yourself.  Here is a begining site to look at for starting your page. https://sitebeginner.com/.


  • Again, like above. If you are serious, email marketing is a very good investment and way to contact your readers. To sign up for my list, Please go to my Blog/Newsletter page. My hosting service is Mailchimp but there is also Mailerlite and many others.

This is a work in progress as I learn more. I deliberately kept the list short so it would one page, but if you have anything to add, please contact me.

Happy writing!

Updated 1/13/18