How to Start a BlogThis page has lots and lots of resources for writers: from writing, to publishing, to self-publishing, to book marketing, to tools. As I find new helpful blogs or tools, I’ll add them.
And as links break and sites change, if you try a link and it doesn’t work, PLEASE let me know with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put “Broken Link” in the subject box and include which link is broken. I’d sure appreciate it. Now, off we go:
Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi (you’re already here!)
Writing and book marketing tips
Former agent Mary Kole discusses writing for children
Excellent writing, publishing, and book marketing tips
Writing and Publishing
Write, Query, Publish (WQP)
Former editor of Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents, Chuck Sambuchino, along with Brian Klems and Cris Freese (also from Writer’s Digest), created a new writing blog.
Helping Writers Become Authors
Tips on outlining and structure
One Stop for Writers
Amazing resource of writing tips for writers
Writers Helping Writers
Group of writers discussing writing
Funds for Writers
Tips for the Freelance Writer, C. Hope Clark, Editor
Writers on the Move
Group of experienced authors giving writing and book marketing tips
The Winged Pen
Group of writers writing about writing
Sharing with Writers
Carolyn Howard-Johnson: writing and promotion
Writer’s Digest Questions and Quandaries
Online editor Brian A. Klems covers writing-related questions
Larry Brooks talks about the craft of writing
Best selling author with 190 books gives writing advice
Grammar – Quick and Dirty Tricks
Grammar Girl: For better writing
Straight talking and humorous editor gives advice on queries, synopses, and the first pages of books.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi offers tips, tools, inspiration, and links for writers of all kinds.
New York Times Best Seller Cynthia Leitich Smith has lots of resources for children’s and YA writers.
Tools and advice to DIY your master’s in writing
Better Novel Project
Deconstructs best selling novels
Daily Writing Tips
Grammar and freelance writing tips
Tips on writing a novel
From craft and skills to the business end of writing to the writing life
Write That Book
Podcast interviews with authors, agents, editors, poets, and illustrators
Writers in the Storm
Information on all aspects of writing and surviving writing
An industry watchdog
A free, searchable database of agents with article and formatting tips
Association of Author’s Representatives
Lists over 400 agents who are members
Guide to Literary Agents
Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents blog
Query Shark critiques fiction queries. You have to send a query to the shark for it to be considered.
Rachelle Gardner’s Rants and Ramblings
Life as a Literary Agent
Former agent blogs about children’s books and much more
Agent critiques fiction queries (for free). Submit your query and she may review it.
Literary agent Kristin rants about queries, writers, and the publishing industry
Literary Agency Blog
Books and Such
Literary agents talk about writing and publishing
Literary agent rants
Publishing and Marketing Blogs
Author Marketing Experts
Book marketing tips and advice from Penny Sansevieri
Publishing pro (and Thomas Nelson CEO)
The Creative Penn
Self-publishing, book marketing, and writing
Great info on Kindle marketing
Writing and publishing tips
The Book Designer
Self-publishing and book marketing
Book marketing and author publicity
WordPress tips for beginners and on
Book Marketing Tools
Tips and tools
Note that when it says “no upfront costs,” it means you don’t have to pay anything upfront, but the company gets a percentage of each sale.
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
Allows you to create and sell e-books through the Kindle format – no upfront costs
Create and sell ebooks – no upfront cost – they get a percentage of the sales
Amazon’s imprints for self-publishing
Dog Ear Publishing
Good one for picture books
Golden Box Books
Good one for picture books
Allows you to create and sell ebooks in several formats with no upfront cost
Packages offered. Also offers writing, publishing, and book marketing articles
Get a paperback published – they do picture books also – no upfront costs
Similar to Createspace – not sure about picture books.
Self-Publishing Advice Center
Tips on all things self-publishing
Please research any self-publishing company you’re thinking of going with. Make sure they’re reputable and know exactly what you’ll be getting for your money.
Resources and Online Tools for Writers
The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Answers readers’ questions
United States Copyright Office
Learn about copyrights
This is an excellent starting point for gathering information. It is NOT an end-all for fact checking though.
Self-Publishing Services Reviews
Alliance of Independent Authors review of self-publishing services / this site has excellent information for self-publishers
Resources for poets and writers
Online dictionary and thesaurus
Names of people and places for research
Offers info on different cultures, folktales, etc
A program that helps you write better, by highlighting passages in your text that are either clichés, other overly-used common expressions, or phrases of your own that you have repeatedly used within the same document. ClichéCleaner includes a list of nearly 7000 unique clichés and common expressions that are compared against your text.
A robotic copy editor to help you refine your writing by finding common mistakes. To get started, paste a chapter of writing into the box below and click Edit! Don’t paste too much or the script will stop responding. This is still in the Beta stage.
Dolch Word List
Finding age appropriate words
Alchemist Name Generator lists forty random names (first and last) at a time.
Fantasy Name Generate lists dozens of names at a time
A FREE downloadable one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia.
The Institute of Children’s Literature
Teaches children’s writing
Resource Guide to Writing Basics
Unique webpage that offers wrist bands with writing inspiration, writing ideas, and writing tips.
Dropbox (FREE 2 GB Online Data Storage Backup Service)
This is probably one of the most valuable tools you will have for your writing. Saving your work, and/or your clients work is an absolute must for all writers. Although zip drives are great, they do fail, so having an offsite service that will back up only the files you want is like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow . . . to writers anyway.
Free step-by-step instructions on how to create a WordPress website.
Make a Website Hub
Tips and guide to create your own website.
To market effectively, you need to use graphics / images. They have lots and lots of options to create your own unique images, headers, and even social median banners. I use Laughingbird and like it so much, I’m an affiliate for the product.
Library of book cover templates to help you create the perfect cover.
How To Make a Website
Step-by-Step Guide From a Web Developer
How to Start a Blog: A comprehensive guide on creating a blog.
Writing and Marketing Groups, Programs, and Services
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Has a yearly fee, but is a worldwide organization focusing on children’s writers and illustrators. It’s a great place for beginning and intermediate writers to ask questions, find lots of information, and find quality critique groups.
Where authors and readers come together.
Connects you to the work of more than 200,000 authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of books for Children and Young Adults
Probably the largest site of readers discussing books and giving reviews.
Find places to sell your writing, whether you’ve got a book, manuscript, or article idea. Use information specific to your writing needs–whether you’re interested in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, scriptwriting, or agents–with their niche-specific pages.
Submission service for Authors
Track deals, sales, reviews, agents, editors, and publishing news
The Literary Marketplace
Find information about book publishers, literary agents, illustration agents, and marketing
Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi
Specializing in ghostwriting and rewriting children’s picture books through middle-grade. The site also has great articles on writing – check out the blog.
Build Your Author/Writer Platform
4-week, in-depth eclass through WOW! Women on Writing that shows you how to start and build your author online platform: your website, blogging, social media, and email marketing
Things to Watch For in Your Writing and Book Marketing Journey
FINALLY, if you know of a site that should be on this list, please let me know. If I think it’s a good fit, I’ll include it! You can let me know at email@example.com