Writers 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 I was getting started. 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.

Books:
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
William Strunk and E.B. White,  The Elements of Style
Debra Dixon, GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict

Websites:
Writers Digest – It really is the one stop shop for classes and information.
Romance Writers of America – Membership, contests, and writing groups support. Truly amazing. This is romance specific.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America -- Organization that supports Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers.
National Novel Writing Month--- Sign up and write a novel each November.

Agent Querying Resources:
Query 101: The Basics: Where Do I Begin -- A nice article to get you started.
AgentQueryConnect.com-- Resources for writers.
Query Sharkor Nathan Bransford’s Query Forum -- Both let you post queries, get feedback.
Twitter – I’m serious, there are a bazillion places to connect and get critiques.

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:
@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.
Special mention to
Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Auction where there are unlimited donated treats for authors for a good cause!

Critique groups:
Yes, you do need one. There is #cpmatch done about every 6 months. Always get a second pair of eyes looking at your MS. My group is full of awesome people: @patchi_writes, @earthrelic,  @chellewrites,  @ainsleywynter
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.

Editors:
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:
For using Pintrest:
34 Strategic Ways You Can Use Pinterest to Market Your Book and Your Author Brand
For writing a synopsis: 
 How to Write a 1-Page Synopsis
For shortening your URL links:
TinyURL and Bitly

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

Happy writing!