Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Even More Great Resources for Writers

Great resources help make great writers
Literary Agent's Directory: This comprehensive listing of U.S.-based agents includes locations, phone numbers and websites.

LitReactor: LitReactor enables writers to improve their craft, gives readers a place gab about books and provides a platform to jump-start your writing goals. Offerings include monthly online classes, a great writers' workshop and a magazine filled with interviews, reviews and columns.

National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW): The NAMW is a member-based organization for memoirists worldwide. This targeted memoir-writing community works on writing, marketing and publishing skills through events, teleseminars, articles and resources. The goal is to empower memoirists to develop and publish their stories in various venues.

PressBooks: Built on WordPress, PressBooks allows users to create e-books for any device, Web books for accessibility and promotion, and PDFs for print books and print on demand. The aim is an easy blogging-style way to get books into Kindle, Apple iBooks, Nook and other venues. This site gives bloggers a chance to collaborate, learn and network in a private forum. Whether you're looking to find readers, make money, write content, design a blog, collaborate, find technology help or get a critique, this eclectic site offers a bit of everything.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

More Great Resources for Writers

Resources for writers
Byliner: Byliner is a digital publisher of compelling fiction and nonfiction written to be read in one sitting. Stories range from 5,000 to 30,000 words, and are sold as Kindle Singles at Amazon, Quick Reads at Apple's iBookstore and NOOK Snaps at

Find a Literary Agent: This tool helps writers and agents cut through the red-tape of making a match

GalleyCat: Part of Media Bistro, this site helps writers, agents and publishers connect, and is building a directory of best agents on Twitter.

Help a Reporter (HARO): Looking for free PR? Nearly 30,000 media members have quoted HARO sources. Founded in 2008, HARO is one of North America's fastest-growing social media services, and is free to sources and reporters.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Great Resources for Authors and Publishers

Best resources for 2013
Here is the next installment of the January writers' resource list.

Association of American Publishers (AAP): AAP's 300 members comprise premier publishers of entertainment, education, scientific and professional content, and deliver that content to global audiences through the latest technology. Writers in various genres can use the site to find valuable contacts.

Association of Author's Representatives (AAR): While primarily for agents, the AAR is a site writers can use to confirm that the agent of interest has a solid reputation.

aStore: For writers seeking their own store featuring Amazon products, this site is worth investigating. aStore by Amazon is a quick way to create a professional online store that can be embedded in, or linked to or from, your website. Writers can choose products to complement or augment their current offerings.

Author Buzz: Founded in 2005, this fee-based marketing service links authors with booksellers, librarians, readers and reading groups. It gets the buzz out through key online publications, such as Book Movement, Dear Reader, Kindle Nation Daily, Publishers Marketplace and Shelf-Awareness. Author Buzz works with fiction, nonfiction, young adult, middle grade and picture book authors, and tailors its programs to their needs and budget.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Year, New Information

Welcome to 2013. This month, we'll feature some great online resources for writers and editors. Some you may be aware of, and some not.

Archway, a venue for emerging writers
This comparatively new venue for emerging writers comes from mega-publisher Simon & Schuster (S&S). S&S teamed up with Author Solutions, a leading self-publishing company, to create Archway, which offers a specialized approach to design, formatting, editorial and marketing services through packages tailored to meet each author's objectives and audience.