Resources for Writers

Here are links to associations, blogs, magazines, websites, and articles for writers, as well as blogs by other writers that I have found helpful, fun, or both.

Organizations, Online Resources, Magazines

Absolute Write Water Cooler

Anthologies Online  An online forum for writers in all genres/age groups

Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR)  Professional association for agents

Children’s Writers & Illustrators Message Board  Online forum aka “Verla Kay” or “The Blueboards”

The Horn Book Magazine  Essays, interviews, reviews of PB through YA, including nonfiction

Preditors & Editors

Publishers Marketplace

Romance Writers of America (RWA)

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)

Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Members-only online forum

The Writer (magazine)

Working Writers of Wisconsin

Writer Beware

Writer’s Digest (magazine)

Reality Checks

How Many Rejects Before It’s OK to Quit?

The Rueful Truth About Royalties (author Rhonda Hayter dispells any illusions you might have about earning out your advance)

What Authors Really Earn (agent Mandy Hubbard’s LiveJournal post of May 4, 2011)

The Truth about Six-Figure Book Deals (2015 blog post by agent Jenn Laughran)

The Process of a Book: A Primer for Newbies 

A Shorter Take on The Process of a Book (turn on the sound for this one)

Why Not to Look Down on Romance Novels

The Fantasy Novelist’s Exam

The SCBWI/Harold Underdown “How Do I Get It Published?” Quiz

Agent Blogs*

Mandy Hubbard

Jennifer Laughran

Nathan Bransford (no longer an agent but he still blogs about the industry and his site has lots of good info about what agents are looking for)

Pub Rants

Query Shark

*Most of these agents are open to YA and MG books, but check for most recent guidelines before submitting.

Some Writer Blogs I follow

Resident Alien (Mary Whitsell)

Whatever (John Scalzi)

Meg Cabot

Mia Thermopolis

Cynthia Lord

Critically Yours (Anne M. Leone)

McQuestionable Musings (Karen McQuestion)

The World According to Maggie (Stiefvater)


Just for Fun

xkcd Usually math and science cartoons, sometimes general observations on life

Ohio is a Piano (requires Flash player; turn up your sound!)

The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks

The Backyard Arthropod Project  (I so wish I’d thought of this!)

2 Responses to Resources for Writers

  1. Mike Starr says:

    A writer blog that I visit regularly is science fiction writer John Scalzi’s blog *Whatever* at


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