15 Web Resources for Writers and Readers – Part 2

09 Mar

Mac Mouse



Reading, Writing, Publishing and Best-Selling are the topics of these popular websites, no author should miss. They offer a cornucopia of news for writers and publishers, valuable tips, encouragement and fun for readers. Enjoy and bookmark! (see also the first part – 15 sites – from February 18)
This site focuses on e-Book Publishing by independent authors, e-book business and marketing. The owner Gary McLaren, located in New Zealand, has been writing ebooks for the past decade, since well before ebooks and ebook readers, as we know them today.
Discussions on the business side of novel writing Blogger Robin Sullivan is a small press publisher,
publicist for author Michael J. Sullivan, and a well-known public speaker on publishing.
For some it’s a pleasure (writers) to read his blog and some really dread it (publishers). He writes
bluntly and in detail about his experiences with “legacy” publishers and his success with self-
publishing, mostly e-books. He even shows his royalty numbers. Makes for an interesting read and
encouragement to self-publishers.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s website offers news, notes and writing tips for all
writers in these genres. Really famous are they through the “Writer Beware” section, all wealth of
important info for anyone with a manuscript, no matter if self-publishing or trying to find a publishing
house. A must-read for every author before signing any contracts!
If you are subscribing only to a handful of blogs – make sure to choose this one, it is the most widely
read and respected blogs in the world – for readers, writers and all aspects of the web. To find articles
about writing type keywords in the search function on top of the home page.
In one place, you can search for agents, view example query letters and schedule e-mail reminders to
follow up on queries and submissions. Their database allows information to be collected and shared.
This gives access to useful statistical information about literary agents and publishers.
Find every day a vocabulary, grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, vocabulary or Freelance Writing tip.
Mark, is a freelance editor, writer and a former editing instructor for UC Berkeley’s Extension program.
A vibrant group of writers whose work spans all genres, who join together to encourage one another
and to share important information regarding the profession of writing. Tune in to Celebrity Sundays at
7pm EST to listen and chat with celebrity and upcoming writers.
A great place for self-publishing resources and tips for emerging authors, Writers Weekly also offers a
substantial bank of reprinted articles on writing. Operated by BookLocker, a POD Service company.
An extremely valuable blog, Often updated several times a day, this site shows info about any and
every writing contest its editor can find – and they are very good at that!
The online Magazine for fiction writers. Every month they feature tips on writing better fiction, articles on
improving your writing, tips on fiction writing, learn to write a novel and get stories published, promoting
and marketing your fiction and much more! You will also find genre-specific links.
Helpful book marketing and publicity blogs and interviews with authors, who give advice to fellow
writers. Sign up for their newsletter to receive useful tips and techniques for writing, publishing and
selling books, plus member-only exclusives such as free webinars and tele-seminars.
Alyssa, the women behind Writers Block is also the co-founder of the WM Freelance Writer’s
Connection with similar topics, such as How to Get Writing
Again When You Are Stuck. They also have a scam section to fight unethical behavior, freelance
writers can run into.
“Helping freelance writers to succeed since 1997”. Tutorials, Freelance Writing Job Listings, Salary
Comparisons and 870! How-to articles about everything freelance writing.
Jane Friedman is a former publishing & media exec who now serves as a full-time assistant professor
of e-media at the University of Cincinnati. Her blog is frequently updated with the most relevant and best
advice (free and online) for writers. Check out her archive, which is chockfull of good advice for authors.



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