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

Cataromance--all about category romance; opportunities for reviews/promotion, and their newsletter sometimes offers links to writing contests for category romance and workshops for writers

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)

"Dear Lucky Agent" contest over at Guide to Literary Agents blog--just subscribe to the blog Guide to Literary Agents for the heads-up, but be quick! They go up randomly throughout the year, and the submission window is generally about two weeks. They rotate the genres between romance, mainstream, children's, etc.

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 Lunch--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--Annual writing contest and so much more. Newsletter, classes and workshops, critiques and critique groups. (One of my picture book manuscripts took second place last year, and the crit notes were fantastic. I highly recommend.)

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. Sign up for the "First Look Access" for blog posts sent to your email.

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

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

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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