I feel it's important to keep my fingers on the pulse of the literary movement. In my career as a writer, I've discovered hundreds of useful links to help me keep on top of the "writing game". On this page, I want to pass some of my resources along to you.
I will be updating this page on a consistent basis to include links to resources that may be of interest to my site visitors. Resources might include archived copies of newsletters, educational websites, professional associations, online reference materials, other authors or government agencies.
Useful Web Sites:
Spokane Authors & Self-Publishers - Meets on the FIRST THURSDAY of the month at the Timbercreek Buffet, Argonne Village, Spokane Valley, WA. The meeting room opens at 11AM for us to eat lunch. Our formal meeting starts at NOON with our featured speaker or other event. We break for about 15 minutes at 1PM for coffee and dessert and then reconvene for club business and reports from members and guests about their writing and publishing. We encourage members to bring their published books to the meetings. There is display table space at the front of the room where you can place your books for sale.
www.craigslist.org Craigslist - Free listings for writing jobs, both nationally and internationally. Specifically, look in two sections: Jobs column: Writing/Editing and Gigs column: Writing.
Tip: Search for jobs in major U.S. cities. Do your due diligence. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This is a good place to find freelance work and build writing credits and relationships.
http://groups.yahoo.com PayingWriterJobs (Yahoo Group) - Enter PayingWriterJobs and you can sign up with the group. Criteria: You must submit at least one job posting per month to remain on the list. (I am one of the Moderators for this group.)
www.fundsforwriters.com Funds For Writers - Hope Clark puts together this great newsletter. The free edition, Funds for Writers, comes out weekly and offers writing opportunities in a variety of areas: contests, grants, magazines, writing jobs, agents, and publishers. There is also a deluxe edition of the newsletter, Total Funds for Writers, $15/year. (A great buy)
Publishing Industry Resources
www.publishersweekly.com Publisher's Weekly - This magazine is known as the ‘bible’ of the publishing world. There is a print edition, very expensive, available at the Spokane Public Library and also offers free email newsletters. This is a great way to keep up on publishing industry news. Authors run ads offering Advance Reader Copies in exchange for a book review. (PW Daily and Children’s Bookshelf, Religion Bookline, Comics Week, and Cooking the Books)
Agents - Writers are always looking for the ‘magic formula’ to find an agent. There isn’t one except hard work, a little luck, and timing. Here are links to a couple of agents I really respect. KEY: When searching for an agent, make sure that your book fits the genre that they represent.
http://www.larsenpomada.com Michael Larsen - Michael is the author of “How to Write A Book Proposal” and his website is filled with resources and author info from his 37 yrs in the business.
http://www.andreahurst.com/ Andrea Hurst - Andrea is a great agent with good resources on her website.
http://www.theebookcoach.com Ebooks: Ellen Violette, The Ebook Coach - Ellen is THE source when it comes to learning how to write an ebook. She has proven methods that work.
Marketing Professionals: There are several people who have gained a reputation for their expertise within the writing community. Here are a few of them:
www.johnkremer.com John Kremer - Author of 1,001 ways to Market Your Book. Offers a FREE weekly email newsletter with marketing opportunities.
http://www.author101.com Rick Frishman - One of the publicity gurus. His website and ezine are good information sources.
http://www.rtir.com: Steve Harrison, Radio-TV Interview Report - Producers read this to find interesting guests.
http://www.nationalpublicitysummit.com National Publicity Summit - This offers an amazing opportunity to meet producers and journalists from top media outlets. (These are more expensive methods of promotion, but are well-known for results throughout the industry.
http://yodiwan.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/whats-a-book-blog-tour/ What is a Book Blog Tour? Blog Tours are one of the new low-cost promotion methods that authors are using.
www.fionarobyn.com For example, check out Fiona Robyn. Fiona is an author from the U.K. Her promotion tools include newsletters, blogs, and book giveaway contests. Recently, a United Kingdom publisher picked up three of her novels for publication. She went on a blog tour to promote her book.
www.jajance.com One of my favorite authors that still does book tours is J.A. Jance. Check out her website for her schedule and also blog entries from her latest book tour.
A new facet of online communication for the young and young at heart.
www.facebook.com FaceBook - You need to sign up as a member to view the pages of other members. Several authors use FaceBook to hold book launch parties.
http://www.robingunn.com/ FaceBook Example: Robin Gunn Jones - For the release of Engaging Father Christmas, she hosted a tea party online, chatted with her fans, and had a contest to give away an autographed copy of the book.
www.twitter.com Twitter - messages must be 140 characters or less.
www.youtube.com YouTube - posting video clips.
Great tool to create an online presence and have others access information about you and your work.
www.prillboyle.com Prill Boyle - Prill writes about late bloomers (Defying Gravity). She has a blog, website, and writes a guest column in the NAABW newsletter.
Authors often have blogs on their web page. It’s like writing a journal entry. Good way to update your fans about your life and writing projects.
Newspapers are using reader blogs to cover a variety of topics for free. You can become a citizen journalist. I write a blog for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Apartment Living.
http://blog.seattlepi.com/apartmentliving/ NOTE: The Seattle P.I. doesn’t allow you to use the blog for promotional purposes.
http://www.dearreader.com/ Suzanne Beecher - Suzanne offers a 5-minute read per weekday in each of her book clubs, Business, Fiction, Good News, Mystery, Teen, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Audio Books, Pre-Publication. She works with over 100 publishers, and over 350,000 book club members. A list of publishers is on her website.
I will be highlighting a special set of links and photos that depict some of the trade shows, book signings, presentations, readings, etc. where I have taken an active role. I hope you will enjoy some of my real life experiences as an author as I share my most memorable moments!
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