Updated December 2013
I’ve probably read, reviewed, or at least seen every single advice book, website, and service for writers. I could recommend dozens of resources, but I’ll just focus on the most helpful for new writers.
- Self-doubt and motivation (am I good enough? am I wasting my time?): Page After Page by Heather Sellers
- On the long-term psychological battle: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- The kindest servant I know to other writers (poets, take special note), and one of my former colleagues: Robert Brewer
- Want to start a freelance writing career? Take a class with a stellar coach who helps you get results: Christina Katz
- Writing a script? Jeanne Bowerman & Scriptchat
The Business Side
- Need to build your author platform? Check out my class in January 2014. Or, try a class from Christina Katz.
- Looking for the right self-publishing or e-publishing service? The best resource is The Independent Publishing Magazine by Mick Rooney
- Looking for social media training? Alexis Grant
- On the intersection of writing and money: subscribe to Scratch (that’s my magazine)
- If you need to hire legal counsel or consult with a lawyer who specializes in the publishing industry, try Alan J. Kaufman.
- Need to get an author website up and running. Check out Bald Guy Studios. It’s run by a fellow I know and trust.
General Industry Resources
- Especially good for sussing out scams and not-quite-legitimate publishers and agents: Writer Beware. It’s also a great 101 site for learning about the publishing industry.
- Wondering how to get published? Read my “start here” post.
- Wondering how to find publishers and agents? Here are free resources.
- Check out my special Amazon lists, where I detail my favorite books on writing.
Get Paid or Free Feedback on Your Writing
- Looking for freelance editorial help? I recommend Nicole Klungle, who has a background in traditional publishing, and is especially talented at professional development and content editing. You will also find her affordable for most budgets. For writers working on their very first manuscript, consider editor and author Dave Malone, who also offers affordable rates and respect for your voice.
- You can also try these organizations and collectives: NY Book Editors, Consulting Editors Alliance and the Independent Editors Group. You can also consult the MediaBistro guide to freelance editors, but it is not a vetted list (be careful).
- Want free feedback? Try one of these online writing & reading communities: Book Country, Wattpad, or Figment
Attention Self-Publishers & Indie Authors
The best concise education on how to self-publish (whether in print or online) can be found in these 3 places:
- The Book Designer website & blog by Joel Friedlander
- Self-Publishing a Book: 25 Things You Need to Know by David Carnoy
- How to Self-Publish an E-Book by David Carnoy
You also should refer to The Independent Publishing Magazine by Mick Rooney to help you vet self- and e-publishing services.
News & Trends
Writers tend to get frustrated and bitter in their attempts to publish—usually because they don’t understand how the publishing industry works, or they have expectations that will never be met. Read these blogs to better navigate your way to success and learn about the changes facing the industry: