My Getting Published Story:

Read it here

Recommended Blogs for Writers

If you are seeking information on the traditional publication process, the best way to get that information is by following the blogs of agents and certain writer blogs geared to the publication process. Even if they are no longer active, read through the archives.

Agent Chip MacGregor

Agent Rachelle Gardner

Go Teen Writers Blog


Steve Laube Agency Blog

Books and Such Agency Blog

Ask a Literary Agent

Writer Unboxed

Writer Beware

Jody Hedlund’s Blog

There are blogs for self-publishing too, but I don’t know of very many since I didn’t go that route, but I am subscribed to a Self-publishing Yahoo Group, though this is a secular group with erotic writers in the mix, etc.

Self Publishing Info Swap

Recommended Craft Books

Craft books are great, but they’re even better when you’re working with a critique group or partner who is learning these things as well for it’s so much easier to see the problem in other people’s work than your own, and when someone points it out in your work, it starts to be clearer than just looking at examples in the text.

Techniques of the Selling Writer-Swain

First Five Pages-Lukeman

Self Editing for Fiction Writers – Browne and King

Rivet your reader with Deep POV-Nelson

Moral Premise-Stanley

Believable Characters – Schnebly

Writing the Breakout Novel-Maas

Plot and Structure – Bell

Susan May Warren Craft books

and From the Inside Out – Warren

Tax Tips for Authors – Smith & Lynley

Professional Organizations

This is the organization I’ve joined, but joining one that fits the type of writing you intend to do will get you into a group of serious writers who share and learn with each other. There you can find conferences online or in the real world, critique groups, resources, etc.

ACFW – American Christian Fiction Writers


Enter contests to get feedback on your writing. Once your writing gets to a point you start to consistently, narrow your focus to contests that have the agents or editors of particular publishing houses you are targeting.

Stephanie Smith’s Contest Chart – do a find of the web page to look for the kind of contests you want, there are a lot on this page!

Romance Writing (RWA) Contests

Seekerville blog has a monthly contest update, look in the archive for the month and it will give you the upcoming contests. But be quick! Sometimes there isn’t much time from the beginning of the month update before the deadline.


Query Shark – critiqued Query Letters

Katie Ganshert’s Synopsis Template.

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: Meeting an Agent at a Conference:

this article at Bookends was nice to read about face to face pitching.

Recommended Websites for Writers

Agent Query

Recommended Web Posts

On Striving for Perfection

How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day

Romance Beat Sheet

The Magical Midpoint Moment
Write Using the Snowflake Method
Show me the Money!
Detailed post on the individual steps an author readied a book and herself for selling ebooks
CPFs Finding and Keeping a Critique Partner Forever
How Thanking Contest Judges Can Benefit Unpublished Writers

Character Resources:

Watch the heroes of your favorite movies (and books) and what is it that you love about them? This writer wrote out her thoughts which I thought were nice. Read the comments too.

Virtue and Vice List

Word Count

CJ Darlington’s Word Count Tally

Writer’s Digest Word Count:Definitive Post

Pithy Writing Helps

More Trouble=More Sympathy

If the character’s goal doesn’t work out, can he/she return to her normal life? Yes? Then it’s not compelling enough.

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Reading/Writing Quotes I love:

“Avenge yourself; write well enough that someday your reviewers will look like fools.” Anthony Brandt
“When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.” — Elmore Leonard
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” –Atwood H. Townsend
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly.” C.J. Cherryh
“A professional writer is an amateur who never quit.” – Richard Bach
“Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.”Hesketh Pearson
“An author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”—Colette
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” Robert Frost
“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” Samuel Johnson
“In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the things you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us the thing is “terrible,” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers “Please, will you do my job for me.”   C.S. Lewis
“Fail again, but fail better.” 
“Readers want to predict what will happen, but they want to be wrong. They’re only satisfied when the writer gives them more than they anticipate, not less.”-Steven James
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” ~Earl Nightingale
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”-Oscar Wilde
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin
“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” Shannon Hale
“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” ― Dorothy Parker