Book writing and publishing sites
There are countless sites related to book writing and publishing that offer all kinds of information for readers and writers. This page links to sites chosen for the breadth and reliability of their content and for their suitability to the needs of my clients and other authors seeking publication.
- The ABCs of Book Writing
Patricia Anderson's blog series for emerging and re-emerging book authors. The series, which includes infographics and other visuals, offers a mix of insights, reflections, personal anecdotes, and practical advice about creating a functional, commercially viable book. Let me smooth your progress along the bumpiest stretches of the road to book writing and publishing success.
- Amy Harrop's Blog
A one-woman university degree in marketing for book authors. Among many more related topics, the blog covers writing nonfiction books quickly and efficiently, finding affordable (even free) options for book cover design, getting book reviews, optimizing social media efforts, making money beyond selling books, and mastering content marketing—including the author website, blogging, email marketing, SEO (search engine optimization), and "the power of 'Free.'" In addition to the blog, Harrop offers such products and services as writing and publishing guides, software, and coaching.
- Angie's Diary | eMagazine
Online magazine, featuring original stories and essays, along with staff-written blogs on politics, technology, art, and pop culture.
- Association of Authors' Agents
The professional association of British literary agents. The AAA provides a forum for member agents to discuss industry matters, to represent the interests of agents and their clients, and to uphold a code of good practice. Site includes a directory of member agents. Cross-check this directory with guides listed in Information Sources to find out each agent's requirements and preferred genres.
- Association of Authors' Representatives
The professional association of American literary agents. Like its British counterpart, the AAR is the professional association for established agents who operate according to a high standard of professional ethics. Site includes a directory of member agents. Cross-check this directory with guides listed in Resources to find out each agent's requirements and preferred genres.
Award-winning news, information, and marketing service for editors, literary agents, writers, and readers.
- The Authors Guild (U.S.)
"The oldest and largest association of published authors in the United States." Membership is limited to freelance journalists and book authors published by established (not vanity) American publishers within the past seven years. Offers assistance and associate membership to authors who are not yet published but have contracts with established publishers. Now accepts self-published authors.
- Book and Periodical Council
"Umbrella organization for Canadian associations . . . involved with the writing, editing, translating, publishing, producing, distributing, lending, marketing, reading and selling of written words."
"The right site"—if you are into book marketing, book promotion, free publicity, or selling your books.
Reviews, interviews and more—this is the editor and reviewer Norm Goldman's unique world of book reviews, author interviews, and links to information on writing, publishing, book reviewing, promotion, and many related topics . . .
- Book Web
Sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, this is the place to go for trade news. Site includes up-to-the moment press releases, a media guide, bookstore classifieds, notices of book fairs, trade shows, and conventions, a bookstore data base and links to home pages, bookselling statistics, and book-related web sites.
A guide to book trade and writing information, with lists of trade and specialty publishers, booksellers, and libraries, as well as links to writer's resources and organizations, news and reading groups, authors' web sites, and book reviews.
- Canadian Authors Association
An association of writers formed to help one another at all stages of the writing and publication process. Membership is open to both published and unpublished writers.
- Canadian Booksellers Association
Membership information, news of the annual convention and trade show, calendar of book fairs, and links to bookstore home pages providing news, reviews, and listings of local interest.
- Elements of Style
The online version of William Strunk's classic on correct grammar and clear style.
- January Magazine
For author profiles, interviews, book news, and reviews, this ezine is right up there with the New York Times Book Review.
- The Market List
Wide-ranging list of markets for genre writers in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Includes articles, interviews, and reviews.
- New York Times Book Review
Read reviews of the latest and best in both fiction and nonfiction, get acquainted with featured authors, check out some of the most important bestseller lists, read first chapters of selected books, and more . . . The NYTBR is a weekly guided tour of the world of noteworthy books.
- Publishers Lunch
The industry's "daily essential read," with stories from all over the web and print that are of interest to the professional trade book community.
- Publishers Weekly
The online version of the principal trade periodical of the US publishing industry.
- Quill & Quire
The online version of the monthly magazine of the Canadian book trade. An excellent resource for writers aiming at the Canadian market.
- Tax Tips for Kindle Self-Publishers
A useful "cheat sheet," especially for US authors. Thanks to Alexa of the CreativeGirlsAdventureBookClub.net for suggesting this link. Note to Canadian authors: as an alternative to applying to the IRS for a tax number, you may provide your SIN number and fill out the form provided by Amazon.
- The Times Literary Supplement
The online version of the London Times' famous weekly book review paper. A personal favorite!
- Writers Conferences & Workshops
The ShawGuides listing of upcoming writers conferences—where you can attend workshops on the business and craft of writing, network with other writers, and meet one-on-one with editors and agents.
- Writer's Digest
"The Insider's Guide to the Writing Life" has articles, writer's guidelines, and current news about contests, conferences, and markets.
- The Writers' Union of Canada
"To qualify for membership, you must have had a trade book published by a commercial or university press. You must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant." Though membership is restricted to published writers, the union and its site also offer services and information to nonmembers. Now accepting self-published authors.