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.
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
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.
#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!
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.
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
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.