Publishing Information Sites for Beginning Authors
William Shunn's Guide to Standard Manuscript Formats for Short Stories and Novels
Publishing Dictionaries by Bookends, LLC. Common publishing terms defined.
How the Publishing Process Works by Nathan Bransford
What Authors Do and Do Not Control About Their Books by Cherie Priest
Publishing, Printing, or Scam by Laura Resnick. The definitions and differences between publishing, self-publishing, and vanity presses.
Sussing Out Legitimate Publishers by Rachelle Gardner How to find out if a publisher is reputable
Writer Beware: Avoiding Contest and Awards Scams
How Long Should You Keep Trying to Get Published? by Jane Friedman
Being good can be a shortcut. There is no shortcut to being good by Scott Lynch
Craft of Writing/the Writing Life
Judith Tarr's Workshops and Mentoring an all-purpose mentor and writing coach for fiction.
BookLife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer by Jeff VanderMeer
First Novel Survey Results by Jim Hines A survey on how over 200 published writers made their first novel sale.
The Myth of the Evil Editor by Victoria Strauss
An Open Love Note to Debut Authors About Hurtful Online Reviews by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Dear Gentlebeing...no thank you by Gregory Frost. Dealing with rejection.
Promoting Your Work at Conventions for SF/F Authors Science fiction and fantasy conventions ("cons") are a great place for authors of fantasy
and science fiction to promote their work among genre readers. Most cons are "fan" conventions which attendees, including program participants, generally attend primarily to participate in the
convention experience. This fan convention culture is unlike higher-profile for-profit media shows where nearly all program participants are there to sell or promote themselves or their work
and where attendees are primarily audience members.
Business of Writing Information
Writer Beware: Articles on Self-Publishing: the Need for Balance
Pimp My Novel: Hammered By Thor An explanation of the Thor Power Tools decision and how it's hurt sales for midlist authors.
The Nervous Breakdown: 12 Common Misperceptions About Publishing by J.E. Fishman
Writer Beware: Distributor vs. Wholesaler--Getting Your Book on the Shelf Explains the difference between a distributor and a wholesaler.
Rachelle Gardner: Sell-in, Sell-Through, Earn-Out (and Returns)
Inkpunks: The Dos and Don'ts of Your Online Presence
Submitting Stories to Magazines
William Shunn's Guide to Standard Manuscript Formats for Short Stories
How to Submit a Short Story by Marie Brennan
Market List For Short Fiction: Ralan.com
Always check the magazine or publishers' submission guidelines, and follow them carefully.
Read This First: Writer Beware's Thumbs Down Agency List. Also lists abusive practices that are the signs of a disreputable agency.
Researching an Agent's Track Record by Victoria Strauss
Preditors and Editors: How Agents Work.
AgentQuery.com: Submitting to Agents and
How to Query an Agent
A Successful Agent Hunt by T.L. Morganfield
Always look for specific submission guidelines for agents and follow them carefully.
Nathan Bransford: Query Letter Mad Lib the basic query letter formula.
The Swivet: Dissection of a Query Letter
Rachelle Gardner: How to Write a Query Letter
Nathan Bransford: 101 Things in Queries that Catch My Eye
Janet Reid: How to Make Sure Your Query is Instantly Rejected
Query Wars Posts from Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Query Shark. Learn from others' mistakes.
What is a Book Proposal? by Bookends, LLC.
The Synopsis by Bookends, LLC. How to write a synopsis.
Nathan Bransford: How to Write a Synopsis
Writing a Synopsis: Part 1 and Writing a Synopsis: Part 2 by Gordon Carroll
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