Help For Writers

Happy Writing!
In 2009, I decided to try my hand at getting a novel traditionally published. But two years later, after multiple rejections, I moved on to indie–publishing, with no regrets! However, along my journey down both paths, I've found (and continue to find) lots of links worth sharing! Venturing into writing is an overwhelming endeavor, but there really is a great deal of free information available to help!

Great links (with FREE info) for Craft, Marketing and Promotion:

We Grow Media - Helps grow your online community, also helps your work have a greater impact

Book Cover Cafe - Assists authors in building their platforms and getting their marketing edge

The Creative Penn - Helps you write, publish and market your book

Nail Your Novel - Practical advice on writing and marketing

Writer's  - Great articles for writers

Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent - Practical advice for published and aspiring authors

Babbles From Scott Eagan - Writing and publishing advice from a literary agent 

Writing - Articles, resources and tips to become a better writer 

Write and Publish Fiction - Information and resources for writing fiction

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing - Useful advice to writers from self-published author J.A. Konrath

Fiction - Writing tips for writing novels

Jane Friedman - Writing/publishing advice from former Writer's Digest editor Jane Friedman

Holly Lisle - Provides writing how-tos and free workshops

Angela Booth's Writing Blog - Helps writers of fiction and nonfiction become better at their craft

Novel Writing Help - The free and in depth online writing guide

Helpful Books on Craft:
On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels
On Writing by Stephen King
The Elements of Style by William Strunk
Novelists's Boot Camp by Todd Stone 
Robert's Rules of Writing by Robert Masello
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon

Writing for Stage and Screen
Theater Street Store (Contains a great blog for writing for stage and film)
Money-Saving Guide for Authors and Writers ( This source contains practical advice and scholarships for aspiring writers

Helpful Guides on Marketing and Promotion:
The Tricked-Out Toolbox by Tonya Kappes
The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe by Jeff Bennington

Find An Agent:
Guide to Literary Agents
The Writer's Market 

The Query Process 
Crafting a Query:
For You, is it Scary to Write a Query? 
Crafting a Synopsis:
Synopsis: Friend or Foe? 
Crafting an Author Bio: 
Writing Your Author Bio

Self Publishing: 
Help From Author Barry Eisler's Blog
Resources for Indie Authors
Carey Corp's Indie Publishing Posts:
Indie-Curious? Self Publishing Made Easy   
Why You'll Need Other Writers:
Going Indie? Enlist the Help of Others 
Avoid These Mistakes: 
Why Indie Authors Don't Get No Respect 
Make Your Own eBook Cover:
Do-It-Yourself eBook Cover Design 
Promoting Your Indie Book:
Book Marketing Floozy
Reviewers of Indie Books:
The Indie Book Reviewers List

Advice From Dan Blank of We Grow Media:
How to Become a Superstar Blogger 
The Value of Blogging

Writing Tips
Research: Utilizing Human Resources
Know When to End Your Scene