This page is designed to be an organic list of blogs that I follow or have found helpful. I am creating it for myself but am happy to share. If you have any suggestions, or would like your blog or website added, please let me know below.
I love this quote from Neil Gaiman: “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” — Neil Gaiman
I still believe the “rules” are really guides, and what works, go with it!
Blogs with writing advice
- iWriterly Blog official blog of Meg LaTorre. She also has a YouTube series iWriterly and a newsletter, plus other tools and tips for querying and participating in pitch contests.
- Savvy Authors – Another site that is more than just a blog. A collaborative site where guest authors write articles on a variety of topics to help get you published.
- https://www.dailywritingtips.com/ Short read with some tips, good for an early writer or ESL writer.
- https://www.nownovel.com/blog/ The webpage is for a novel write course called Now Novel, so they want you to buy their book and their course, so there is a popup while you are reading, but that’s kind of common. The blog has nice tips.
- Writer’s Digest The Writer’s Dig – From the site: “The Writer’s Dig, which covers everything writing—from grammar rules to publishing—is one of the most popular in the writing community. It is curated by writer, multimedia journalist and editor Jess Zafarris. Follow her on Twitter @jesszafarris.”
- Jane Friedman’s blog – advice on writing, querying, publishing and more. Definitely a blog every writer should follow, IMHO.
Blogs with Publishing tips
- Just Publishing Advice – More than just a blog, the site has tips and advice on self-publishing, promotion, eBooks, and writing/editing. The article on lay vs. lie was very good.
- Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents Blog – Posts about and by literary agents with tips on what they do, how get an agent and pitfalls to watch out for.
Writing Tips Articles
- 5 Tips on writing multiple points of view while keeping the reader in suspense by T.R. Ragan
- 34 Writing Tips That Will Make You a Better Writer
- Brilliant Writing Tips by copyblogger (from 2010 but still good)
- Simple Writing Tips (nice visual, can use in a class or as a poster)
- Writing tips from authors who won the Nobel
- 20 Writing Tips from 12 Fiction Authors (more like quotes, take what works, leave the rest)
- Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel by Meg LaTorre (she also has a video on her iWriterly blog, if you prefer to listen Video: Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel)
- How to write specific vs vague conflict in a query by Meg LaTorre
- How to Write a Novel Synopsis by Jane Friedman.
- Placing Too Much Importance on Passion by Jane Friedman (something I needed to read).
- Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published by Jane Friedman. Focuses primarily on the traditional route.
- Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book by Jane Friedman
- 16 Blogging Tips for Beginning Writers
- 18 Tips for New Bloggers
- Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle: How to Maximize Existing Content, Generate Quick Ideas and Cut Your Blogging Time in Half
- How to Start Blogging: A Definitive Guide for Authors
- Fantasy Author’s Handbook – Philip Athans
- Neil Gaiman’s Journal – He posts infrequently, and it isn’t often about writing tips, but I admire his writing (and I met him when I worked at a comic store in Philadelphia and he was signing autographs, way back when Sandman was new!) so I have to include his blog.
- https://readingbookswithcoffee.com – Daily book reviews.
- Victoria Griffin’s Blog
- https://www.writerswrite.com/authorblogs/ – A collection of author blogs, I haven’t gone through them all, but I will pick out the ones I like as I go (some are old/no longer valid).
- Shannon Ferretti’s blog – Another wonderful author, also on twitter @ShannonFerretti
- No Wasted Ink – She posts a weekly collection of links to writing tips. Also author interviews.
Publisher Submission pages
- Fantasy publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts Publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts! I pulled out a few and listed them bellow, some with additional links.
- Baen publisher submission guidelines and the submission form. They publish only science fiction and fantasy that is unique and 100,00 to 130,000 words. 9-12 month turn around time.
- Jo Fletcher Books in the UK guidelines on emailing unsolicited manuscripts of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Not YA or MG.
- Tor accepts manuscript submissions, see the guidelines on the page. 6 month reply window.
- Tirgearr Publishing in Ireland accepts manuscripts most of the year. Guidelines here. Adult only.
- TCK Publishing accepts fiction and non-fiction. This page gives some information about their fantasy submissions and a contact form. Contact them in order to receive instruction on how to submit your manuscript. Guidelines for submissions are found here. They say 30-60 day turn around on reviewing manuscripts.
- DAW, an imprint of Penguin Random House, accepts submissions from authors without agents, see this page for information. (Agents can connect with acquiring editors or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Hydra, a digital only imprint of Random House, accepts science fiction, fantasy, and horror. (As of 11/7/18, the page says it is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts. I will update this note if that changes.)
- Calls for submissions https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/calls-for-submissions.html
- Monday markets and Jobs for writers (every Monday -not necessarily flash fiction https://www.erikadreifus.com/2018/11/monday-markets-and-jobs-for-writers-128/