Resources for writersLif Strand author holding two of her books

Links that writers may find useful from first draft to the publishing stage. Most of these listed are free, some with limited access unless subscribed to. It’s worth looking at them all just to see what they offer.  In the photo at left one book is traditionally published, the other is self-published.

Downloads:  A 2022 article I wrote about the specifics of self-publishing, focusing on KDP.  A 2023 workshop talk on traditional vs self-publishing.

Reedsy many free resources on this site
> many free resources on this site
> Write, collaborate, and format your book in Reedsy’s free writing tool
> book manuscript formatting including a template
Writers Digest many free resources on this site but even more if you subscribe
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America more than just for SFF
Duotrope  agent & publisher search (subscription service)
Query Tracker  agent search, keep track of queries (subscription service)
Agent Query  free searchable database of literary agents
Query Shark  a blog that critiques fiction queries (be prepared for brutal but honest critiques)
Query Manager  query management tools for agents and publishers
Literary Agencies free literary agent searchable database
Manuscript Wish List #WMWL agents and editors to post what they are currently looking for
Publishers Marketplace databases, tools, news, and analysis for and about agents, editors, publishers, writers, and industry members (subscription)
Association of American Literary Agents free searchable database of an organization of professionals working at literary agencies
Jericho Writers literary agent searchable database (free for 7 days, then subscription)
Authors Publish free emails with reviews of publishers seeking short stories, poetry, essays, and books
Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear, if that’s what you want
Grammarly  free grammar checker (other services available with subscription)
Computer Tools and Editing Software for Writers a bunch of links to useful tools (thanks Annie & Willow)
Submittable an online platform that many publishers, agents,and other entities (e.g. contests, writer’s retreats, etc.) use to collect and review submissions and applications  
Goodreads find comparables for your book
Book Riot  find comparables for your book (subscription service)
ReadUpNext  find comparables for your book
BookBub  find comparables for your book
Ask your librarian to help you with comparables! It’ll let you practice your blurb skills at the same time!

Publisher’s Rocket App to help get books in front of more Amazon shoppers

Author’s Guild  the oldest and largest professional organization for published writers in the US

Note: I’m not affiliated with any of the above resources.

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