Updated October 2016
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.
The Best of My Advice
Editing and Coaching
- Writer and editor Andi Cumbo offers a wide range of budget-friendly services for all types of writers. I recommend her manuscript review, where you can get big-picture feedback before investing in a comprehensive editing job.
- Rebecca Faith offers developmental editing, coaching, and manuscript critique for all types of narratives.
- Mehta Book Editing can help with both children’s and adult work, including young adult, middle grade, commercial women’s fiction, literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and more.
- Lexi Services (Melanie Bishop) offers editing and manuscript consulting, and can also help with doctoring novels, short stories, YA fiction, and screenplays.
- Ginger Moran offers novel coaching, memoir coaching, and more.
- BubbleCow offers professional book editing and proofreading. They’re geared toward self-publishing authors, but any author would find their help valuable.
- Author Accelerator is a formal coaching and editing program for writers who want guidance while working on their manuscript.
- NY Book Editors is a premiere affiliation of editors with extensive experience from New York’s major publishing houses.
- The Book Doctors offer top-shelf editing services, as well as consulting and publishing assistance.
- The Editorial Freelancers Association is a national, nonprofit professional organization of writers and editors, with 2,500 members nationwide. You can post your job to their JobList for free.
Book Design and Production
- Book Design Templates from Joel Friedlander is the most economical resource for producing an interior design for print (POD) book; his templates can also produce EPUB files.
- Sophia Wiedeman provides book design and illustration assistance to all types of authors. She publishes her own illustrated books and previously worked for a major New York house.
- BookConnectors provides design, production, and marketing assistance to authors who self-publish.
- For strategic social media marketing help, check out Andrea Dunlop, an author and former publicist.
- If you need help with print and ebook formatting/conversion, check out Brady Typesetting or eBookPartnership.
Research, Permissions and Legal Issues
- If you need to hire legal counsel or consult with a lawyer who specializes in the publishing industry, try Alan J. Kaufman.
- If you need assistance or guidance with research or permissions, try Kelly Figueroa-Ray.
- Want someone who can research which agents and publishers are appropriate for your project? Kelly Figueoroa-Ray also helps with that.
A Few More of My Favorite Folks
- Want to start a freelance writing career? Take a class with a stellar coach who helps you get results: Christina Katz
- Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers newsletter lists semi-pro or higher paying markets and contests as well as grants, crowdfunding, contests, publishers, agents and employers.
- Writing a script? Jeanne Bowerman & Scriptchat
- Want to share your work with other writers and get feedback? Try one of these communities: Wattpad, Scribophile, or Figment
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.
Can’t find what you need? Search The Writer’s Knowledge Base for an answer; it’s curated by someone in the business you can trust.
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. Try these resources to better navigate your way to success and learn about the changes facing the industry: