Donna L. Turello, Writer Resources for Writers


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A few of my favorite writing sites

Resources for Children's writers

Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)--great resources for writers, as well as a long list of writing grants

WriteForKids--presented by the Children's Book Insider, lots of informative articles and resources for children's writer

Children's Book Insider--tons of articles and resources

Julie Hedlund--children's book author Julie Hedlund offers a great newsletter with tips and inspiration, plus she heads up the 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge

12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge--basically, the challenge is to write--draft and/or polish--twelve picture books in twelve months. Joining the challenge as a paid subscriber gets you access to resources, and after the first year, agents

Resources for Romance writers

Romance Writers of America (RWA)--professional organization for writers of romance

Contest Listings

Stephie Smith Contest Board--author Stephie Smith offers a great, concise contest board listing contests, many of them romance, in an easy-to-keep-track-of format

Funds For Writers--Free newsletter listing contests and publisher calls, plus great articles on writing
General Resources

Flash Fiction Flash--Free newsletter listing contests and markets for flash fiction (short stories generally under 1K words, or thereabouts), plus articles on writing

Writer's Digest Competitions--Listing page for all the Writer's Digest contests (love Writer's Digest--yes, I've placed several times)

Writers-Editors Network--Lots of contest listings, plus they hold their own contest every year

PitMad / Pitch Wars-- Author Brenda Drake's battle of the manuscripts contest

General Writing Resources

Guide to Literary Agents Blog--over at Writer's Digest. Don't let the name fool you, there's tons of info on this blog, about the industry as well as craft. Invaluable. Plus, several times a year they run the "Dear Lucky Agent" contest, in different genres, for a shot at getting your manuscript in front of a top agent.

QueryTracker--Free database of literary agents and publishers; plus, they send out a fantastic newsletter chock full of articles

Publisher's Marketplace--Free newsletter chock full of industry news about publishing, and who's publishing what. (There's also a "deluxe" paid membership option for more news.)

The Passive Voice--terrific blog written by a lawyer concerning self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Incredibly thought-provoking. A must read.

Book Gorilla--Free daily email listing free and bargain ebooks, tailored to your interests. Fascinating collection of books!

Southwest Writers--Newsletter, classes and workshops, critiques and critique groups.

Abilene Writers Guild--I've placed in their annual contest over the years.

Pacific Northwest Writers Association
--workshops, conference, and annual writing contest

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America--To join, you do need to meet eligibility requirements, but the website/blog does host Writer Beware, accessible to all, with tons of information on the publishing industry, pertinent to all genres.

Writers Guild of America West--For those writing for movies, TV, and the new media (internet and mobile phones).
Steven Pressfield--fascinating, thought-provoking blog on the craft of not only fiction/novels, but screenplays.

WOW! Women on Writing--Love this site! Free newsletters with tons of articles on writing; blog; contest listings; workshops and classes; and their fabulous quarterly flash contests

The Authors Guild--advocacy and more for writers

MSWL (Manuscript Wishlist)--list of what agents are looking for in submissions

Brenda Hiatt's Show Me the Money--Author Brenda Hiatt's list of what survey respondents made at different publishers


Jane Friedman's Electric Speed-- lots of great stuff for writers about industry news

Nelson LIterary Agency--tons of info from an agent's perspective

Publisher's Lunch-- free newsletter from Publisher's Marketplace, chock full of industry news, deals being made

Marketing and Promotion
(not necessarily specifically for writers, but helpful nonetheless)

The Publicity Hound--great email newsletter with tons of ideas for marketing and promo

Marcia Yudkin--Marketing for Introverts, No Hype Marketing--great newsletter with ideas and tips on no-bull marketing

Copyblogger--Content Marketing Advice--great blog with ideas about marketing, which can be applied to more than just copywriting


Page Awards--annual screenwriting contest and more

Blue Cat -- screenwriting contest and tips on screenwriting

A few of my favorite articles/blog posts

How To Be More Interesting-- while not necessarily about writing, per se, I thought this blog post over on Forbes totally applied to writers as well!


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