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Whether you're a beginning writer seeking basic self-education or a mid-career professional in need of specific information, this page contains a wide variety of recommended resources that may be useful to you. There's also a section below that's specifically for teenage writers.

What follows is a long list of books, blogs, articles, services, organizations, workshops, and websites that I recommend. I am personally familiar with some of the resources on this page; all of the others were recommended to me by other working writers and publishing professionals.

Scroll down to browse the whole page, or click on a specific link in the contents list to go straight to the secton that interests you. I update this page regularly, so be sure to keep checking back here for new resources.

June 3, 2014: I'm overhauling this website and should have the new one up and running by end-summer--at which time I'll start updating the Writer's Resources Page, which is almost a year out of date. In the meantime, there are valuable resources here, but just be aware that this page hasn't been updated in a while.

* Literary Lawyers Directory
* Publishing-Related Blogs by Lawyers
* Self-Publishing Resources

Books That I Recommend

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How to Be Your Own Literary Agent
An Insider's Guide to
Getting Your Book Published
ISBN: 0618380418
by Richard Curtis

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Good introduction to how the business works, albeit rather out of date now, by a longtime literary agent.

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How I Write
Secrets of a Bestselling Author
ISBN: 0312354282
by Janet Evanovich

Buy it online

A friendly, casual book in which one of the most successful novelists of the decade talks about her craft. (It's been years since one of Evanovich's novels was not a New York Times bestseller, and a number of her hardcovers have made #1 on The List.)


The Outlandish Companion
ISBN: 0385324138
by Diana Gabaldon

Buy it online

This companion book to Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander series is aimed at fans of her novels. However, the book includes several interesting essays in which Gabaldon discusses developing characters, doing research, and making time to write while raising children.


How To Publish Your Articles: A Complete Guide to Making the Right Publication Say Yes
by Shirley Kawa-Jump

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The author gives solid, methodical advice on writing and selling freelance articles, which she did for years before also becoming successful novelist Shirley Jump.


Thinking Like Your Editor
How to Write Great Serious
Nonfiction—And Get It Published

ISBN: 0393324613
by Susan Rabin & Alfred Fortunato

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A very solid book about writing and selling non-fiction, written by a longtime editor and an agent. The focus is fairly narrow, i.e. "serious" non-fiction, but the broader principles here apply not only to other kinds of non-fiction, but also to selling fiction (ex. the author must think about the market if she wants to sell a book).

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Rejection, Romance, & Royalties
The Wacky World of a Working Writer
ISBN: 0977808645
by Laura Resnick

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Read excerpts

This is a collection of columns and essays I've written for various publishing trade journals on living and working as a professional novelist. Using anecdotes from my own career and the experiences of dozens of writers who shared their stories with me, the book explores creative and professional strategies and adventures, surviving numerous publishing mishaps, what it's really like to do booksignings and public appearances, and many other topics.

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I Have This Nifty Idea,
Now What Do I Do With It?

Writers Show You How They Sold Their
Books From Outlines

ISBN: 1587154811
ed. Mike Resnick

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What does a professional synopsis, proposal, or pitch look like? This book shows you real examples. Contributors include Robert Silverberg, Kevin J. Anderson, Walter Jon Williams, Robert J. Sawyer, Joe Haldeman, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Katherine Kerr, me, and many others.


Putting It Together
Turning Sow's Ear Drafts Into
Silk Purse Stories

ISBN: 1587151758
by Mike Resnick

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Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer Mike Resnick (my dad) walks you through the process of writing and revising a short story. Good material even if you're strictly interested in novels

The Elements of Style (Fourth Edition)
ISBN: 020530902X
by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White

Buy it online

The classic, indispensable style guide.


The Writer's Journey
Mythic Structure for Writers
ISBN: 0941188701
by Christopher Vogler

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Vogler combines the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell with his own experience as a screenwriter in this highly readable discussion of storytelling and structure. Not a how-to manual; rather, good food for thought. A favorite of mine.

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Writing the Blockbuster Novel
ISBN 0898795982
by Albert Zuckerman

This book is out-of-print now, and the material is very dated; but there's a section where this longtime literary agent presents and analyzes the successively-improving drafts of outlines that Ken Follett wrote for what became his first international bestseller. Given that writing a book outline is one of the skills a writer is supposed to know, yet can't readily find available for study, this is worth reading.


On Agents

How do you hire an agent? Should you hire an agent? (I, for example, no longer work with agents; see my blog essay, The Author-Agent Business Model, for a quick explanation.) What makes an agent good—or good for you? To find the answers to these and other burning questions, check out my 3-part series on agents, posted elsewhere on this site.

Additionally, there are various agent-related entries right here on this page. So keep scrolling!

Books Recommended by Other Writers

Spider, Spin Me a Web: A Handbook for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block

Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card

The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines, Sixteen Master Archetypes
by Tami D. Cowden, Carolyn LaFever, & Sue Viders

Goal, Motivation & Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction
by Debra Dixon

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Publishing Science Fiction by Cory Doctorow

The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lagos Egri

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field

The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide To Freelance Writing Success by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

The ASJA Guide To Freelance Writing: A Professional Guide to the Business, for Nonfiction Writers of All Experience Levels by Samuel F. Freedman

Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood

Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias

Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends: The Elements of Fiction Writing
by Nancy Kress

Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin

Robert's Rules of Writing: 101 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs To Know
by Robert Masello

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
by Robert McKee

The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons About Writing and Publishing
by David Morrell

Making A Good Script Great by Linda Seger

Wishcraft by Barbara Sher

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain

Writing A Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger

On Packaging

How does a book get a cover? What makes a cover good—or good for your book? How can the writer productively influence the cover process? To find the answers to these and other burning questions, check out A Book By Its Cover, my 5-part series on cover art, cover artists, and the cover process.


Directory of Literary Lawyers

Since I work with a literary lawyer rather than a literary agent, I often get asked for referrals by other writers who have decided to do the same, or who have a legal problem in their professional careers. In fact, I've been getting so many questions about this lately, I decided to post this directory.

(Are you wondering Why Should A Writer Hire A Lawyer? Read the essay to find out.)

The people listed below are all attorneys whom I recommend. I've either dealt with them myself, or I have a friend who's dealt with them and recommends them. To learn more about them, click on each lawyer's name; the link will take you to their professional profiles and information. Consider all of these individuals my personal referrals to you. On that basis, feel free to use my name when contacting them. (I don't get anything for it, but it does make them think kindly of me.)


Michael A. Kahn

Alan J. Kaufman

F. Robert Stein

Daniel N. Steven

David B. Wolf

You may also want to read Laura's Advice About Literary Lawyers.


Publishing-Related Blogs By Lawyers**

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Attorney C.E. Petit blogs about "law and reality in publishing (seldom the same thing) from the author's side of the slushpile," as well as other subjects that interest him.

Attorney Lloyd Jassin, who focuses on publishing, entertainment, and intellectual property law, maintains this interesting blog.

**To clarify, these attorneys are not in my (above) referrals for the specific reason that, at this time, I don't have direct experience with them or referrals from people whom I know personally.


How does a hardworking fantasy writer research slaying dragons, banishing ghosts, beheading bad guys, and saving the world? Have a look at my Research Library to see if any of the books recommended there might help you in your research quest!



Some Online Posts & Pieces That I Recommend Reading

On Advances
Sf/f writer Tobias Buckell ran a survey several years ago about what advance levels were being paid in science fiction and fantasy. Participation was voluntary, so the sample set is necessarily skewed, but his analysis of the data is good. And although the survey is now several years old, things haven't changed much. So if you're wondering what first-time writers get paid in sf/f, take a look at Toby's Author Advance Survey report.

On Agents and Other Subjects
Three excellent articles by novelist and longtime Writer Beware volunteer, Victoria Strauss. Under the "Articles" link on her homepage, look for these articles, in particular:

* The Safest Way To Search For An Agent
* Researching An Agent's Track Record
* Literary Contests: Facts and Fakes
* Writer Beware

On Debunking Publishing Myths

Novelist and writers advocate Victoria Strauss explains why, contrary to popular myth, you do not need to "know someone" to break into publishing, and she provides some figures to support her argument.

YA novelist Megan Crewe discusses poll results, based on her survey (in which 270 novelists participated) about first-time book sales; among her findings, most respondents had no publishings contacts prior to making a sale, and 55% made their first book sale without an agent.

In a March 2010 blog post, Jim Hines analyzes the results of his First Novel Sale Survey (247 participants), whichdebunks several common myths about publishing and provides some interesting data.


On Earnings
SF/F writer John Scalzi posts frank figures about his writing income in The Money Entry of his blog. In a separate entry, he also offers Money Advice to New Writers.


On Memoirs
If I had a dollar for every person I meet who wants to write their life story (or who wants me to write their life story), I'd be so rich I wouldn't need to write for a living anymore. This series of blog posts by literary agent Kristin Nelson explains what most people don't realize about selling memoirs or autobiographies: The Most Popular Genre; Memoir Therapy; "My Memoirs"; But It Could Be; and Story.


On Profit & Loss
When deciding how much to pay for your book and/or when deciding whether to buy your book at all, a publisher runs a profit-and-loss calculation (P&L). On a blog called Pimp My Novel (now on hiatus), an employee in the sales department of a publishing house explained P&Ls in a four-part series which is well worth reading: Part I: The Basics; Part II: The Details; Part III: Exceptions; Part IV: The Future.


On Reality
Keeping a promise she made years ago, novelist Lynn Viehl's mythbusting blog post The Reality of a Times Bestseller shares her royalty statement and discusses the monies, marketing activities, and shipping logistics involved (and not involved) in her first appearance on the New York Times bestseller list.


On Rejection
Two blog pieces by editors explaining rejection, Anna Genoese's Rejection Letters and Teresa Nielsen Hayden's Slushkiller. They cover various common terms, reasons for rejection, and typical misunderstandings.


On Selling Books
This blog-post entitled Genre Thoughts, by NYT bestseller Diana Gabaldon, explains why so many books on the stands seem to be like so many other books on the stands, as well as what the challenges are in selling a book that can't be easily categorized.


On Submitting
Editor Anna Genoese writes about Genre As A Marketing Category, explaining why it's important to figure out what you're writing, if your goal is to be published. Also read her If You Don't Follow the Rules, You Don't Get To Play In the Sandbox on why following submission and formatting guidelines is a good idea.


On Vanity and Subsidy Publishing
Self-publishing has become a viable alternative or addition to traditional publishing, thanks to changes in book production and distribution technologies. Vanity and subsidy publishing, however, are just scams. These terms are all explained by Writer Beware, as well as by these articles posted on Writing-World.com and Ezine.

"Will you read my manuscript?"

No, I won't. And there are many, many reasons for this.

One is that I'm not an editor; although a few people are good at both things, writing and editing are not identical skills. Moreover, there are plenty of award-winning, criticially acclaimed and/or bestselling novels which, had I seen them in manuscript form, I'd have said were unpublishable—so do you really want my self-evidently useless opinion of your book, for goodness sake?

I cover my reasons in more detail on my FAQs page. Many other people have also expressed positions about this subject, such as Hugo Award winner John Scalzi, bestseller Orson Scott Card, award-winning novelist Robin McKinley, novelist and screenwriter David Gerrold, bestselling thriller writer Tess Gerritsen, and novelist Jennifer Roberson. Before asking any writer to read your manuscript, please click on these links and read these pieces about the subject, since you'll be asking a much bigger favor than you may realize.

If you want feedback on your work or help with your craft, then I recommend you do any or all of the following: Join or start a good critique group of serious aspiring writers, whether in person or online. Participate in an active writers group, in person or online, where you might find a critique partner or a mentoring program. Take some classes or workshops. Hire a reputable freelance editor who provides professional critiques of manuscripts. Note: There are ample resources on this page for pursuing these various possibilities.

Finally, submit your work to professional markets. Ultimately, the feedback that really matters, after all, is an editor saying, "I'll pay you for this."

Recommended Resources On the Web

Agent Query
A "one-stop writer's resource" about literary agents and publishing. Named one of the Best Websites for Writers by Writers Digest Magazine in 2005 and 2006.

A reputable, for-profit business that offers a variety of services and information. Good newsletter available for annual subscription fee.

April Kihlstrom
The author of thirty novels, April teaches writing workshops and offers various coaching services for writers. A writer who had benefitted from April's coaching advised me to consult her; this turned out to be excellent advice, and now I am pleased to pass along the recommendation!

Association of Authors Representatives
Check their member list, read their code of ethics, don't get scammed by someone claiming to be an "agent" who does not meet these standards.

Book In A Week
Named among the 101 Best Websites For Writers by Writer's Digest Magazine, this online community focuses on achieving writing goals via the Book-In-A-Week method. They've also got a blog, a long list of writing-book recommendations, and a good links-and-resources page.

The Cherry Forums
Originating as a small group of aspiring and professional writers discussing the craft, the Cherries expanded and grew into this forum.

Thomas Christensen on Editing and Publishing
This author and editor provides a webpage with links to various resources and information about the business, as well as a very amusing "glossary."

Crossing the Threshold
This website, maintained by Melinda Rose Goodin, offers good weblinks and articles for writers. In particular, Goodin compiles and posts an annual spreadsheet showing which science fiction and fantasy novels/writers were acquired by which editors at which publishing houses, and (where applicable) via which literary agents. An excellent resource for anyone researching agents or editors.

Jennifer Crusie Essays
Bestselling and award-winning novelist Jenny Crusie has posted more than a dozen of her essays about the writing craft, the writing life, and the publishing business.

Richard Dooling Writers Page
Articles and links for writers.

Duotrope's Digest
A free online resource with information about hundreds of fiction and poetry markets.

Charlotte Dillon's Resources for Writers
Dillon specifically lists this page as resources for romance writers, but there are so many great links here, this is a terrific resource for every sort of writer—information on research sources, manuscript formatting, computer stuff, writing craft, etc. Named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers.


Forward Motion
Online workshops, chats, information. Named a "Top 101 Websites for Writers" by Writers Digest. Founded by writer Holly Lisle.

Freelance Writing Jobs Network
An online community focused on freelance writing and editing.

Diana Gabaldon's Writer's Corner

The author of the New York Times bestselling Outlander series devotes the "Writer's Corner" portion of her website to sensible essays that answer questions frequently posed by aspiring writers.

Good publishing-news site. This isn't aimed at publishing professionals in general, not just writers, and it contains a lot of current information about industry business.

Gila Queen's Guide to the Markets
Fiction and non-fiction market guide. Sample articles free. Subscription fee for regular access.

Karen Harbaugh's Writing Archives
Craft articles by successful novelist.

Tara K. Harper Homepage
This novelist's FAQs, Workshops, Contracts, and Links pages are all excellent resources.

Verla Kay's Website for Children's Writers and Illustrators
On various portions of this website, authors and illustrators share information and learn about the craft and business of writing children's books.

Stephen Leigh a.k.a. S.L. Farrell On Writing
Essays about writing by a longtime sf/f writer. In particular, I recommend Steve's "Writing With A Life," which is about writing while having a day job, a family, and a life.

Literary Markets
Writer Mary Anne Mamohanraj's compilation of markets for short fiction.

Novelists, Inc.
Ninc is an international organization of professional novelists. I'm a past-president of Ninc; and I currently write an opinion column for its monthly journal, Nink, a complimentary copy of which you can download from the website.

On Creative Writing Exercises
Writer Christian Green offers free creative writing exercises and tips to help you work on your craft. I was the first guest contributor to this site, with a writing exercise that helped me enormously in the early years of my career.

The Passionate Pen
Novelist Jenna Petersen maintains this excellent site of information and links about the craft and business of writing romance novels.

Preditors and Editors
Aimed at providing information and helping writers avoid scam artists.

Publishers Marketplace
Excellent website that tracks deals, agents, editors, reviews, and publishing news. Their e-newsletter "Publishers Lunch" is widely read.

Ralan's SpecFic & Humor Webstravaganza
Author provides extensive listings of sf/f and humor markets.

Ravenscroft Castle's Treasury
Click on novelist Rebecca Brandewyne's essays about the realities of the writing life and tips for the writing profession.

The Romance Writers of America
Home page of the RWA.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
This link goes directly to SFWA's Information Center For Authors. The entire SFWA website was completely overhauled and relaunched in August 2009, so poke around the whole site to see what else they've got.

SF Editor Index
This site is actually maintained as an infobase for the purposes of nominating editors for the Best Editor Hugo award, but it's a terrific resource for writers to study which editors are at which houses, and what they acquire.

Show Me the Money!
Novelist Brenda Hiatt collects and analyzes data about advance levels paid to romance writers. Results posted on this page. On a related link, she's now also collecting information about royalties earnings from self-published ebooks.

Dan Simmons On Writing Well
On his website, multi-award-winning author Dan Simmons writes essays about the craft of writing well.

Douglas Smith's Foreign Markets
This sf/f writer maintains an enormous online list of foreign markets for short fiction.

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
Excellent organization for writers and artists who work in, or want to work in, the field of children's books.

Writer Beware
A shocking number of aspiring writers lose thousands of dollars to professional scam artists every year. Don't be one of them. This watchdog group educates writers about the publishing business and exposes unscrupulous con artists who pose as literary agents and publishers.

Writer's Knowledge Base: The Search Engine For Writers
Prolific mystery writer Elizabeth Spann Craig a.k.a. Riley Adams scours the web in search of the best articles on writing and publishing, postings links to them on this excellent resource site.

(See also: Publishing-Related Blogs by Lawyers)

I have no connection whatsoever to the literary agents/agencies in this section, and I am not hereby recommending them as agents. I list them here because these are reputable agencies that use their blogs to educate people about the business.


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
This blog interviews quite a few agents each month, which is a good opportunity to see what a variety of agents are saying about the market, about agenting, and about queries and submissions.


Nelson Literary Agency
Literary agent Kristin Nelson's blog offers nuts-and-bolts business advice, as well as her perspective on current industry news and events.


The Novelists, Inc. (Ninc) Blog
Ninc is a national organization consisting entirely of professional, multi-published novelists in all genres of popular fiction, many of whom post on this blog. On Wednesdays, the blog hosts a related industry professional (editor, agent, bookseller, etc.).


The Passive Voice
This blog does a daily round-up of interesting items about publishing and writing from around the Internet.


Publishing in the 21st Century
Longtime literary agent Richard Curtis, author of numerous articles and books about the industry, discusses current and changing conditions in the publishing world.


Writer Beware Blog
This publishing watchdog group—sponsored by the Science Fiction Writers of America, with additional support from the Mystery Writers of America—exposes literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls. To avoid being scammed and to learn more about how legitimate publishing works, read their blog.


Writing Workshops and Courses

April Kihlstrom
Author and writing coaching April Kihlstrom teaches various online and in-person writing workshops.

This prestigious, long-running sf/f workshop recently moved from Michigan to San Diego.

Clarion West
This prestigious, long-running sf/f workshop is held in Seattle.

Clarion Writers South
The respected Clarion workshop goes Down Under in Brisbane, Australia.

Critters Workshop
Online workshop run by sf/f writer Andrew Burt.

Six-week New Hampshire workshop in fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

Romance novelist Lani Diane Rich teaches online workshops on writing and revising.

Taos Toolbox
Respected writers Walter Jon Williams and Nancy Kress host this advanced science fiction/fantasy writing seminar in New Mexico.

Uncle Orson's Writing Class
Online writing lessons presented by bestselling, award-winning science fiction writer, Orson Scott Card.

Viable Paradise
A one-week residential workshop in writing and selling science fiction and fantasy.

The Writers Center
Offers online and face-to-face classes and workshops.

Writers College
Online writing courses.

Online writing courses.

For Teenage Writers

Aaron Shephard's Young Authors Page
Advice about writing and publishing for kids and teens.

Alpha Youth Workshop
Annual workshop for young people (age 14-19) interested in sf/f writing

Cassandra Clare's Tips for Teen Writers
Novelist offers advice to teen writers.

This online and print journal is written for teens, by teens. Ages 13-19.

Merlyn's Pen
This resources for teachers, writers, and readers offers fiction, essays, and poems by teens.

This imprint of Scholastic Books has an annual novel-writing contest for teens.

Resources for Teen Writers
This website offers links to contests, markets, articles, magazines, and workshops for teen writers interested in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Shared Worlds
An on-site summer creative writing workshop for teens.

Teen Ink
A national magazine for teens, featuring writing and art by teens.

Teen Voices
"Changing the world for girls through media," this online magazine published for teenage girls that's written by teenage girls.

Ten Things Teenage Writers Should Know About Writing
This blog post by bestselling sf/f novelist John Scalzi offers constructive, experienced advice.

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
Completely free online writing course in sf/f, offered by SFWA member Jeffrey Carver, aimed primarily at young adult aspiring writers.

Want Help With Your Manuscript?
Freelance Editors

Freelance editing is a profession plagued by scam artists. The freelance editors listed here may or may not suit you as individuals, but they are all reputable, respected professionals. (No, I have no idea which of these editors might be right specifically for you. I suggest that you study their websites and contact them with your questions.)

Before hiring a freelance editor, I recommend that you read the following two webpages: Writer Beware's Independent Editors and Manuscript Services; and Preditors & Editors' Some General Rules For Spotting A Scam page.

*Note to editors: If you and I are not acquainted, then if you're interested in being listed here, someone whom I know needs to recommend you to me. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this further, but only if you can provide viable references—and please note that anonymous endorsements are not viable references.

Maya Bohnhoff
Freelance writer, editor, ghostwriter.

Book RX
Novelist and workshop instructor Toni Andrews offers this manuscript analysis service.

DYMK Productions, Laura Anne Gilman
Gilman spent 15 years as an editor at several major New York publishing houses before switching to a full-time freelance career.

Editorial Freelancers Association
A good place to research services, standards, and fees for legitimate freelance editors.

Joshua Essoe
Experienced in working with traditionally-published and self-published writers, Essoe focuses mostly (though not exclusively) on speculative fiction (sf/f/h).

The Prose Polisher
Judy Griffith Gill, author of over fifty published novels, fiction writing teacher, editor, and proof reader offers a variety of services to fiction writers.

Lesley Marshall
Experienced freelance editor. Based in New Zealand, but also works with Americans.

Betsy Mitchell Editorial Services
Mitchell has more than 30 years of experience as a science fiction and fantasy editor, and she has worked at publishing houses such as Baen, Bantam, Warner, and Del Rey. The writers she has worked with include Dan Simmons, Mary Jo Putney, Octavia Butler, Michael Chabon, and Naomi Novik.

The Queen of English
Noël Kristan Higgins offers proofreading and copy editing services.

Hilary Ross
Ross was an editor as Penguin USA for over 25 years. The writers she edited include Stephen King and Ken Follett, as well as my friends Catherine Coulter, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, and Edith Layton.

Stray Cat Productions
In addition to being a novelist, Deni Dietz is a professional freelance editor. She also gives workshops on self-editing and a variety of other subjects.

Leslie Wainger, Book Doctor
Wainger has spent almost thirty years as an editor at Harlequin-Silhouette, and now she's also editing freelance.

Lucky Bat Books
Writer and editor Cindie Geddes co-founded Lucky Bat, which offers a variety of services to writers, including editorial services offered by experienced professionals.

Write By You
Detailed website, with list of services, prices, and affordable initial consultation by reputable novelist and writing coach Kathryn Jensen.

Written Dreams
Founder Brittiany Koren worked for years alongside the late Martin H. Greenberg, the legendary anthologist for whom I wrote many stories. During her years with his company, Brittiany worked on every aspect of the book process, from idea to finished story. The website details her extensive experience, as well as the range of editorial services and price plans that she and her colleagues offer at Written Dreams.

Self-Publishing Resources

The age of digital publishing and onlline distribution, as well as increasingly affordable POD (print-on-demand) technology, has made self-publishing a fiscally and professionally viable choice, alternative, or addition for a wide range of authors, from experienced veterans of the traditional publishing world to brand new writers with entrepreneurial spirit.

Unfortunately, this exciting new era has also predictably spawned plenty of costly incompetents and greedy scammers promoting their "services" to writers. For that reason, the only recommendations which appear here are businesses with which I am personally familiar or which have been recommended to me by people I know. These are certainly not the only good businesses and services out there; but they are all legitimate, fair, client-oriented businesses and services recommended by savvy, experienced writers.

*Note to businesses and services: If you and I are not acquainted, then if you're interested in being listed here, someone whom I know needs to recommend you to me. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this further, but only if you can provide viable references—and please note that anonymous endorsements are not viable references.

The Booknook.biz
This company provides formatting and conversion production services from almost any format to almost any format for almost any sort of book (poetry, novels, textbooks, graphic novels, children's books, etc.). See their website for production details, services, and pricing.

The eBook Artisans
This company's services include copy editing, formatting and conversions, interior book design, and cover art. Their website provides additional details, including their pricing menu and client testimonials.

eBook Prep and ePublishing Works!
Billed as "The Author's Backlist to eBook Solution," this company, founded by my friend Nina Paules, offers e-publishing services to previously-published writers. For various flat fees, eBook Prep can scan, convert, and/or proofread your old manuscripts, as well as package, format, and convert your word processing files into professional-looking ebooks ready to be uploaded to e-vendors. On the ePublishing Works! side of the business, they can upload and manage your eBooks in various e-stores and promote your titles via their company.

Hot Damn Designs
Run by designer Kim Killion, this company provides high quality book covers, as well as a range of other design services, and a straighfoward pricing menu. The company's emphasis is mostly (though not exclusively) on romance novels.

Lucky Bat Books
Several of my friends have used this reputable company, which provides a wide range of self-publishing services to clients, including editing, formatting and conversions, uploads, and book covers.



Bad Agent Sydney T. Cat
Absolutely anyone can hang up a shingle, call him/herself an agent, and start trawling for clients. There is no licensing, no requirement, no degree, and no standard training. There is also precious little oversight on the profession. Therefore Sydney, a cat who lives with writers J. Steven York and Christina F. York, decided to become a literary agent. Sydney blogs and makes an occasional public appearance.



How To Write Badly Well
Joel Stickley's blog creates amusing examples of the most common writing mistakes that one should avoid replicating.


Mind Meld

This blog, which is part of the larger SF Signal site, poses questions every few days to sf/f writers and editors. Some of the questions are lighter fare (Ex."What book first introduced you to fantasy?"), and some are educational (such as a 3-part series on how short fiction anthologies are put together). If you read sf/f, you'll probably find writers whom you read appearing regularly on Mind Meld.


Slushpile Hell

"A grumpy literary agent wades through query fails." This site posts an amusing example each day of what not to say in a query letter to an agent.


Will Write For Chocolate

Author and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the creator of this ongoing comic strip about writers and the writing life. Be sure to check the archives for the previous installments!


The Word Wenches Blog

About half a dozen historical novelists blog regularly on the Word Wenches. Many of the essays they post are about fascinating aspects of their research. I'm an Honorary Wench, and this blog is a personal favorite of mine.



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