I did not get where I am today without the help of other authors along the way. Each suggestion or resource opened another door. Building upon every new nugget of information led me to my destination: publication. I hope my resources will help you, too!
1. Writing Coach
At first, I turned my nose up at the idea of a writing coach. But then, someone reminded me that even the greatests of all time have them. Tom Brady, quarterback coach. Simone Biles, gymnastics coach. Venus Williams, tennis coach. You get the idea. If you’re looking for a fantastic coach and a highly supportive writing community, click the link to check out Mary Adkins’ program, THE BOOK INCUBATOR
Here are some great workshops to check out:
3. Querying Tools
QueryTracker is a web-based database in which you can search for thousands of agents and editors. You can track to whom the query was sent, the date, how it was sent (email, letter, QueryManager [a predetermined form to fill out]), and date and type of response. In other words, it’s a database where not only can you find who to submit to, but you can keep record. And the best part? It’s free. There is an upgraded premium plan if you want more intricate data about the agent(s) or if you want to track a second manuscript.
Manuscript Wish List is another excellent resource to search for and research agents and editors. It is a comprehensive database where you can search by keyword, genre, and name to seek out agents/editors compatible with your work. And it’s also free!
Yes, you read that right, Twitter. Twitter runs all kind of pitching events as well as thousands of agents post their wishlists and whether or not they’re open to submissions. You can use the hashtags like #MSWL, #literaryagent, or your genre (#fiction, #YA, #womensfiction) to help narrow your search. I found a few agents that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
You can sign up for this free e-magazine that will send you reviews of publishers seeking submissions.
4. Professional Organizations
Click on the organization’s name to learn more (some do have a nominal annual fee).
- Women’s Fiction Writing Association
- International Women’s Writing Guild
- Romance Writers of America
- National Writers Association
There are numerous organizations based on your specific genre. For example, Horror Writing Association, Children’s Books, etc. A simple Google search will yield the organization you’re looking for.
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