Essential Writing Links

  1. Writers and Editors – Brainchild of Pat McNees. This is a treasure trove of information. It should blow your mind. This is what every writer needs, an informed friend to help you through the maze that is the modern day publishing multiverse. The website is in, Pat’s words, “I launched this website to provide frank information both for people who want to know the basics and for those who want to dig deeper in a particular field…You will find links to websites and organizations useful for writers and editors, both general and specialized, with an emphasis on North America. The range of specialty organizations is astonishing. For now, think of this as a useful reference library that probably needs a makeover.” Pat McNees
    • Why you would want to access it:
      • You are writing a book
      • You are an editor
      • You are a writer
      • You realize that there are only ten things you do know and 100,000 things you don’t.
  2. Aliventures – – The brainchild of Ali Luke, “Aliventures covers the art, craft, and business of writing (both fiction and non-fiction). You’ll find specific tips and techniques in posts like The Four Essential Stages of Writing and more motivational content in posts like Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You….Aliventures is where [Ali helps] you master the art, craft and business of writing.”
    • Why you would want to access it:
      • You want to learn more about the craft of writing.
      • You don’t know where to begin in today’s digital marketplace.
      • You are a writer. You might also be an entrepreneur.
      • You are looking for an online community who are serious about the business and craft of writing.
  3. Editorial Freelancers Association  “EFA is a national not-for-profit —501(c)6— organization, headquartered in New York City, run almost entirely by volunteers. Its members, experienced in a wide range of professional skills, live and work in the United States and a variety of other countries, including Canada, England, France, India, Ireland, Israel, and Japan.”
    • Why you would want to access it:
      • You want to join the organization and become a freelancer.
      • You’re an Artisan Publisher (in old speak this is self-publishing).
      • You need to hire a freelancer.
      • You want to compare a freelancer’s bid with going rates.
  4. Goodreads – If you don’t know Goodreads you need to. I consider Goodreads a social media site for authors, publishers, books, and book reviewers. It is a virtual library. It is an archive where you can store proof of what books you own and which books you’ve read. It is a place to get book recommendations.
    • Why you would want to access it:
      • You love books.
      • You love tracking the books you read and have read.
      • You like the idea of archiving all of the books you own in case of a fire, flood, or other natural disaster.
      • You want to discover the hottest trends in your genre.
      • You want to connect with other readers.
  5. New Pages – “ is news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.”
    • Why you would want to access it:
      • You are a literary writer.
      • You want to learn about literary writing.
      • You want to enter contests.
      • You are looking for submission opportunities.
      • You are looking for grants.
      • You are looking for residencies.
      • You are looking for writerly opportunities.
  6. Reedsy – “a marketplace of professional editors, designers and marketers, who can assist authors and publishers through every stage of the publishing process. However, we don’t just allow any-old-freelancer onto our roster. So far only the top 3% of applications have been accepted, ensuring that our professionals are a community of the best the industry has to offer.”
    • Why you would want to access it:
      • You are self-publishing your book and need to hire and editor, designer, or marketer.
      • You want professional help before you send your manuscript to a publisher.
      • You are being published by a traditional publisher and need help with marketing.
  7. The Creative Penn – The home of Joanna Penn – best-selling author, publisher, entrepreneur, professional speaker, podcaster, and self-publishing guru. She describes her site this way, “The Creative Penn offers information and inspiration on writing, self-publishing, book marketing and how to make a living with your writing through articles, podcast episodes, video, books and courses.”
    • Why you would want to access it:
      • You want to learn more about writing.
      • You want to learn more about editing.
      • You want to know more about the overwhelming and sometimes daunting world of self-publishing.
      • You want to learn more about growing your own writing, publishing business.
  8. The Write Life – The Write Life is dedicated “to [helping] writers create, connect and earn [money.” Yeah, money. You want that, right? Good. Me too.
    • Why you would want to access it:
      • You want to learn more about making a living as a writer.
      • You need to learn more about making a living as a writer.
      • You believe that there are good resources out there for writers.
  9. Write Nonfiction Now – Listed as one of the 101 best websites for writers in 2015 & 2016. This is the site of Nina Amir. From the About section, “This mission of this blog is to motivate nonfiction writers, entrepreneurs, and even non-writers to create publishable and published products. It also strives to provide you with the high performance strategies, tips and tools you need to achieve the success you desire, to develop a careers as an authors, and to build a businesses around your books and writing. Additionally, this site addresses the special needs and concerns of nonfiction writers of all types….”
    • WWhy you would want to access it:
      • You are a nonfiction writer.
      • You are interested in self-publishing.
      • You are interested in a writing coach.