Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass - Another highly recommended writing book. Maass helps take your manuscript to the next level with wonderful advice on every aspect that makes a book a big seller. I've noticed other published authors whose books I love mention this book as one they used or highly recommend. There's definitely something there.
Writing Irresistible KidLit by Mary Kole - I added this one to my list when I bought it, before I had read it simply because of all the wonderful things I had heard about this book. And seriously, they are spot on. This is such an invaluable writing book if you are writing for the under 18 crowd. I highly suggest reading this one. Mine is filled with highlighter markings and I've created a list of things to keep in mind when writing and editing based on the wealth of information included.
The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi - Another great one and part of a double feature from the writing duo. As with the one above I have this in print version. When editing these three books are always at my fingertips. So helpful.
The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi - As you can tell, I love these books. Pretty much every thing I've said above about the other two is the same for this one. Now go get them, all three. lol
Agents, Agents, Agents:As any writer knows you need to do your homework first before finding an agent. Here are some great places to
- Babbles from Scott Eagan - Agent and Founder of Greyhaus Literary - scotteagan.blogspot.com
- Bookends - Run by Jessica Faust and Kim Lionetti - bookendslitagency.blogspot.com
- Kidlit.com - Agent Mary Kole - kidlit.com
- Rants & Ramblings on Life as a Literary Agent - Rachelle Gardner - cba-ramblings.blogspot.com
- SlushPile Hell - slushpilehell.tumblr.com <- Seriously a must follow!
- Query Shark - Agent Janet Reid - queryshark.blogspot.com
- Nathan Bransford - blog.nathanbransford.com
- QueryTracker - They have a blog, a great agent database, and a community. Go. There. Now!
Writer's Communities:Writer's communities are great places to go mingle with other writers and find critique partners. If you don't have a critique partner/group, go find one now. They are absolutely invaluable to every writer. Even Stephen King has people who read his work for mistakes.
- QueryTracker - Didn't I say they had a community in the previous section. Well, they do, so head on over and make some friends.
- SheWrites - If you are a woman this place is for you. I am a member, I just don't do much there. Check it out and see if it's right for you.
- SCBWI - The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - I found my face to face critique group through this site. I absolutely love them!
- Ladies Who Critique - They are exactly what their name says. Great location to create partnerships and network.
- YALitChat - I definitely do not utilize this site as much as I should. Great place to socialize and join groups. I have yet to do this.
Fun Writer Sites:
- National Novel Writing Month - Where writers come together and cheer each other on while writing a 50,000 word novel between November 1st and 30th each year.
- InkyGirl.com - Debbie Ridpath Ohi is amazing. You can follow her on just about every social media outlet. Visit her website for her musings, blog, and especially her comics for writers. I love so many of them.