Tag Archives: agents

Writer’s Resource: Writer Beware

Writer Beware

Writer Beware is dedicated to educating writers, established and aspiring, of questionable practices within the publishing world. It is operated by the previously mentioned Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with support from Mystery Writers of America and Horror Writers Association.

There may be some overlap with a site I mentioned a while ago, Preditors and Editors, but Writer Beware covers a wide range of topics, from publishing scams, advise on the realistic expectations of publication, and resources for legal action.

May the Muse be With You,


Writer’s Resource: Brandon Sanderson Lectures

Write About Dragons

Brandon Sanderson, a SF/F writer most known for his Mistborn series and finishing the late Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Series, is also a teacher at BYU.

The link brings you to a series of lectures recorded over a semester’s course.  It is not Sanderson’s website, but a former student’s, Scott Ashton, who made the recording as a part of gaining his Masters.

There are actually two sets of lectures, one from 2012, the other 2013, but from different courses. Since Sanderson does teach both, expect some overlap on topics.

The site does not work well with IE, so if you don’t have/want to download Mozilla Firefox or Chrome, here is a link to the YouTube versions.

May the Muse be with you,


Writer’s Resource: AWP

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

According to their own statement, AWP “provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 125 writers’ conferences and centers.”

Within their pages, you can find links for jobs, conferences, writing programs, and contests. A lot of the information is free. There are some things that are available only to those that have an account, which is different from being a member.

As a part in their efforts in education, they publish a magazine and provide links to articles about industry news.

May the Muse be with you,


Writer’s Resource: Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers works along the same lines as Writer’s Digest. They are all about providing tools for writers.

They publish a magazine six times a year. Articles are also available through the website. They offer a place to connect with other writers as well as listings for conferences.  Need an agent or some inspiration? There are links for those, too, among many other things.

May the Muse be with you,


Writer’s Resource: Publishers Marketplace

Publishers Marketplace

Publishers marketplace is the place to go for current publishing news.  They offer a newsletter, industry news, contact information, a job search, and sales tracking.

There’s a catch.  Some of it is free, some of it is only available to members.  Members pay for the privilege of being members.

May the Muse be with you,


Writer’s Resources: Query Tracker

Query Tracker

A few weeks ago, I shared a link that would help keep track of short story submissions.  This time around, it’s all about the agents.

Now that you have a well written query letter, all that is needed is a handy list of agents; as well as a way to keep track of where all those letters have gone. Voted Top 101 Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest, Query Tracker helps do both.  Even better, it’s free.

May the Muse be with you,


Writer’s Resource: Query Shark

Query Shark

If you have decided to go the traditional publishing route, an agent is a very useful person to have on your side.  To get an agent, you need a query letter, that thing that says pretty please, will you read my story.

Agents go through oodles of query letters a day.  You want yours to stand out, but in the proper way.  A good place to figure out how to do this is to check out Query Shark, a blog hosted by literary agent Janet Reid of Fine Print Literary Management.  The archive includes years worth of critiques.

May the Muse be with you,


Writers Resource: Preditors and Editors

Preditors and Editors

Preditors and Editors is most well-known for its list of legitimate literary agents and those that have a not-so-stellar reputation. But it offers much more than that.

The menu that runs along the side provides links to job search engines, publishers, writers conventions, writing software, as well as a chat and forum space.

May the Muse be with you,


Writer’s Resource: MSWL

Because I took such a long hiatus, I’m back with a couple links all centering around one idea.  What do editors and agents want to see?  What is on their manuscript wish list?

You could go to twitter and check out #MSWL.  This is convenient because not only are you getting information on what would interest them, but you are getting their twitter name.  Take that first step in stalking researching them.

There is also a tumbler account that collects the twitter information and organizes it all with handy tags.

May the muse be with you,