Writers’ Tool Box

Tool_ChestOn this page I offer a listing of useful Writers’ Resources.  Feel free to bookmark this page and refer back as often as needed, I will be adding new resources as they are discovered.  If I’ve missed one of your favorites: feel free to e-mail me.  I will investigate and add it if warranted. Naturally, spammers will be shot.

Writing Magazines

Freelance Market News For all writers, established and new, Freelance Market News is an excellent source for the most up to date information about the publishing world. It is packed with news, views and the latest advice about new publications – plus the trends and developments in established markets, in the UK and around the world. We tell you about publications that are looking for new writers and even warn about those you should avoid.

Leaf Writers’ Magazine The Leaf Writers’ Magazine was first published in print and online in Spring 2010, with the view of being a practical guide and lively read for all writing and literature enthusiasts. Each issue focuses on a couple of writing practices, genres or themes, and sets well-known authors alongside those just starting out.

Mslexia The magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and (we hope) inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond. In addition to our quarterly magazine and Writer’s Diary, Mslexia runs workshops and events, and a series of high-profile competitions for poets, novelists and short-story writers.

Press Gazette Press Gazette magazine was relaunched in November with a smart new design and many popular new sections. Now more than ever it contains all the insight, advice, analysis and investigations which are essential for anyone seriously interested in reading the inside story about British journalism.

The Writer Magazine Here you’ll find hundreds of articles and columns on the writing craft, plus information on thousands of markets, agents, contests and conferences. Be sure to check out our staff blog and forums. Enjoy!

Words with JAM The FREE e-Mag for Writers.

Writer’s Digest Each issue of Writer’s Digest brings you the must-know tips and publishing secrets you’ll need such as: Technique Articles geared toward specific genres, Business Information specifically for writers, Tips & Tricks for rekindling your creative spark, Inspirational Stories of writers who are living the dream, and how they got there, The Latest (and Greatest!) Markets for print, online and e-publishing, Tools of the Trade, including the latest advice and info on software, books and Web resources.  Get your hands on this vital writing tool today!

Writers’ Forum Magazine Each month Writers’ Forum helps thousands of new and aspiring writers to achieve their dreams. It’s packed with up-to-date market information, advice from experts in the publishing industry and inspiring stories and tips from fellow authors and writers.

Writers Services Magazine Web site & E-Zine with services and resources for writers.

Writers Weekly features original market job listings, received from and approved by the editors at each publication. The highest-circulation freelance writing eZine in the world.

Writing.ie an online magazine site for writers and readers of all ages – if you are an author and feel you could contribute to our Resources pages, or would like to discuss your genre in our Magazine section do please get in touch! If you have a book review you can upload it directly to the site for approval, or if you are an author and feel there is any other part of the site you can contribute to, drop us an email.

Organizations for Writers

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) The Voice of Christian Fiction – a professional organization devoted to the craft of Christian Fiction.

American Christian Writers Locating, educating and motivating writers and speakers.

Association of British Science Writers The (ABSW) exists to help those who write about science and technology, and to improve the standard of science journalism in the UK. We are an association of science writers, journalists, broadcasters and science-based communications professionals.

Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society  is a not-for-profit membership organization, run by writers, for writers.Our purpose is two-fold: We collect secondary royalties on behalf of over 80,000 writers across the UK and abroad and pay them directly to our Members, twice a year. We campaign and lobby on issues of importance to writers both at a national and international level, to ensure that writers’ rights are both recognized and rewarded.

British Association of Journalists a non-political, industrial union for journalists which seeks to protect and improve pay, conditions, pensions and fees for its members.  To defend and promote freedom of information. To support the Code of Practice of the Press Complaints Commission.

British Guild of Travel Writers is the UK’s premier association of media professionals who focus on travel. Our members include journalists, authors, editors, photographers and broadcasters, all of them men and women who are adept at bringing places alive and communicating their own enthusiasm for journeys and for destinations.

Christian Authors Network operates as a cooperative, Christ-centered marketing organization, to encourage and teach one another.

Christian Writers Association (of Nigeria) join the Christian Writers’ Association of Nigeria (CWAN) and enjoy the benefits of group support.

Christian Writers’ Group International. “We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Christian writers worldwide reach their writing potential through support, education, scholarships, and submission opportunities via our website and e-mail discussion list.”

Creators’ Rights Alliance brings together the major UK organizations representing copyright creators and performers throughout the media – particularly, television, radio and the press.

English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, the worldwide fellowship of writers promoting free expression and the literature across frontiers.

Freelance Writing Organization contains a vast variety of authoritative writing resources inside a searchable database. Free.

Garden Media Guild formerly the Garden Writers’ Guild, is an association that brings together professional garden writers, authors, photographers, broadcasters, editors, lecturers and allied trades. The Garden Media Guild’s aims are to raise the quality of garden writing, photography and broadcasting, and keep members up-to-date with events in the world of gardening and horticulture.

Garden Writers Association the non-profit association that provides leadership and opportunities for education, recognition, career development and a forum for diverse interactions for professionals in the field of gardening communications.

Guild of Agricultural Journalists represents editors and journalists, broadcasters, photographers and PR/marketing specialists working in agriculture, commercial horticulture and other rural industries.

Guild of Food Writers is the professional association of food writers and broadcasters in the United Kingdom. Established in 1984, it now has over 400 authors, broadcasters, columnists and journalists among its members.

Guild of Health Writers is a national, independent membership organization representing Britain’s leading health journalists and writers. It was founded in 1994 to encourage the provision of readable and accurate health information to the public.

InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Stated purpose: “We exist to stimulate, encourage and support Christians across Canada who write, to advance effective Christian writing, and to promote the availability and influence of all Christians who write.”

The International Women’s Writing Guild Building a community among women who write.

Irish Writers’ Centre has long been a hub of literary activity, supporting established and aspiring writers throughout Ireland from its base at the heart of Dublin’s cultural quarter. It is a non-profit organisation, a registered charity, with the remit of promoting Irish writers and literature at home and abroad.

National Association of Science Writers NASW has 2,254 members and 363 students. Above all, NASW fights for the free flow of science news.

National Association of Writers in Education NAWE’s mission is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Creative Writing and to support good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.

National Association of Writers’ Groups when  joining, you  will be sent a copy of  “Running Good Writing Groups” which we hope you will find informative and helpful.  A very useful tool to help set up and run a writing group.  For those already established it becomes a way of injecting new life into your meetings.

Northwest Christian Writers’ Association. Their mission is three-fold: Develop writing skills, teach others, and encourage one another. Puget Sound area.

Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild meets the needs of publishers, commissioning editors, public relations companies and picture researchers.

Poets & Writers is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.

Publisher’s Marketplace – The biggest and best dedicated marketplace for publishing professionals to find critical information and unique databases, find each other, and to do business better electronically. A service of Publishers Lunch, the most widely read daily dossier in publishing and known as “publishing’s essential daily read,” Publishers Marketplace really works in part because it is driven by the attention of over 40,000 publishing professionals who read Lunch every day.

Society for Editors & Proofreaders a professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and readable.

Society of Authors is a membership organisation which has over 9,000 members writing in all areas of the profession. Whatever your specialisation, you are eligible to join as soon as you have been offered a contract from a publisher, broadcaster or agent.

SPAWN (Small Publishers And Writers Network) provides information, resources and opportunities for everyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether you are an author, freelance writer, artist or you own a publishing company.

Truck Writers of North America TWNA’s main goals include improving communications within our industry, and ensuring that the industry is portrayed in a balanced, accurate manner in the mass media.  The organization is composed of writers, editors, freelance journalists, public relations and communications specialists, sales and marketing personnel and others involved in the business of producing information related to the world of trucking.

Voices of Christ Literary Ministries International. This association’s mission is “to break the strongholds of entertainment, comparison, compromise and competition in the worship arts by preaching truth to believers; to restore the ministry of the literary arts to the body of Christ; and most of all to save souls for Jesus Christ.”

Literary Agents’ Blogs

Ashley Grayson  The Ashley Grayson Literary Agency was founded in 1976 by Ashley Grayson.It is a full service literary agency for authors of both fiction and non-fiction books.  We do not handle screenplays, television projects or stage plays.  Both of the principals, Ashley Grayson and Carolyn Grayson are members of the AAR.  For full information on the agency, visit the agency web site at www.graysonagency.com

Book Cannibal Cameron McClure is a literary agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency. But this isn’t an Agent Blog. I don’t want to talk about the industry or what I do all day. Because there are already a lot of great blogs that have it covered. This is mostly about what I’m reading and what is working for me in fiction.

BookEnds  continues to operate with the same attitude as when we started: We’re about achieving dreams and doing what we love. Representing fiction and nonfiction primarily for the adult, young adult and middle grade markets, BookEnds agents continue to live their dreams while helping authors achieve theirs.

Crowe’s Nest Sara Crow is an agent at Harvey Klinger, Inc. where I represent children’s fiction and adult fiction. My clients include NYT Bestselling authors Jonathan Maberry and Dan Wells, USA Today Bestselling author Jeff Hirsch, as well as Megan Frazer Blakemore, Laura Marx Fitzgerald, Nina LaCour, Michael Northrop, Lisa Schroeder, Robison Wells, and Kristen Tracy. My authors have been nominated for Edgars and the Morris Award and have been on the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults list and in the Top Ten. I am consistently ranked among the top three YA and MG agents in Publishers Marketplace.

Dystel & Goderich Dystel & Goderich Literary Management was founded in 1994 by Jane Dystel, who has been a respected figure in publishing for over 30 years — first as an editor, then as a publisher, and finally as a savvy and successful agent. The agency is the product of her innovative vision of author representation as a full-service enterprise.

Janet Reid  is a literary agent with FinePrint Literary Management. I specialize in crime fiction and narrative non-fiction (history and biography.) I’ll be glad to receive a query letter from you; guidelines to help you decide if I’m looking for what you write are below. There are several posts labelled “query pitfalls” and “annoy me” that may help you avoid some common mistakes when querying.

The Knight Agency Established in 1996, The Knight Agency has gained worldwide recognition for the success of our authors in the fiercely competitive publishing marketplace. Our philosophy is simple: what you give is what you get. As a company, we are dedicated to cultivating prosperous, long-term writing careers by giving clients unparalleled service.

Nelson Literary Agency As a Denver-based agency, we pride ourselves on being exceptional yet just a little bit different. Look around our site and discover just what we mean.

Noah Lukeman Please feel free to ask Mr. Lukeman your questions about publishing (or about the craft of writing) by posting them in the “comments” section of the blog. He cannot answer every question, but will pick questions to respond to periodically. Please be advised that he is providing this service simply to give back to the writing community and that he is not accepting new clients, so please don’t use this blog to query him.

Pub Rants A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry.

Rachelle Gardner  I’m an agent with Books and Such Literary Agency.  I’m also an experienced book editor, publishing and writing coach, and speaker.  I love books, authors, publishing, and talking incessantly about them. My passion is partnering with authors to bring worthwhile books to publication.

The Swivet  is maintained by Colleen Lindsay; an Associate Director Marketing, Social Media and Reader Experience at the NAL/Berkley Publishing Groups, divisions of Penguin Group (USA).

The Zack Company is a full-service literary agency representing works of commercial fiction and nonfiction.  While a small literary agency, our client list includes some of the best and brightest authors in their genres and subject areas.  Unlike other literary agencies, we really do focus on quality versus quantity.  While some literary agencies take on new clients willy-nilly, only to discard them if their work doesn’t sell in the first ten submissions, The Zack Company prides itself on sticking with clients until their work finds a home.

Editors’ Blogs & Sites

Anna Louise Genoese I am a professional editor. For many years I worked at Tor Books; now I am available for freelance and contract work. Visit my website at www.annagenoese.com for more information.

Behler Blog Publishing from my side of the desk.

Editorial Anonymous a blog of a children’s book editor.

Editorial Ass I’m a recovering editorial assistant. I’m like most of my kind: impoverished coffee-and-gin survivalists, underpaid but ambitious, bitter but hopeful. Painfully self-conscious, woefully self-congratulatory, willfully self-indulgent. Yes, I’m white, but I’m trying to get over it. Accurate spelling (to the dismay of my boss) is not among my interests. So read forgivingly.

Evil Editor Why you don’t get published.

Publishers & Publishing Services

BookLocker Unlike the other POD firms, BookLocker is not into up-selling you on products and services.  Our goal is to get a quality book quickly into the market (usually in a month or less) with the lowest out-of-pocket cost to you.

Small Press Publisher Database – A list of approximately 1000 book publishers by category. All of these publishers are currently accepting book submissions.

Createspace – Amazon’s POD book department.  Does in-house printing. They offer competitive royalties, affordable book copies, library-quality books, a free ISBN, and a wide range of publishing options from do-it-yourself to professional services for design, editing and marketing. Check out their book production page for more information.

Kindle Direct Publishing – eBook submissions to Amazon.com for Kindle

Lightning Source – POD printer affiliated with Ingram and used by most POD services.

Lulu – Print books, eBooks, calendars, photobooks.

Open Submissions – An extensive list of publications accepting submissions on an ongoing basis.

Outskirts Press – Vanity Press

Smashwords is an online site for writers who want to publish their work in eBooks and for readers who are seeking quality eBooks. Writers with a short story, novel, or poem can put it up for sale on Smashwords in eBook format, allowing them to test their work with a receptive readership.

Fearsome Scam Busters

Writer Beware® Writer Beware’s mission is to track, expose, and raise awareness of the prevalence of fraud and other questionable activities in and around the publishing industry.  We maintain and continually update the Writer Beware website with the latest information on literary schemes, scams, and pitfalls, and the most current information on what writers can do to protect themselves.

Predators and Editors P&Es sole purpose is to provide writers with information and contacts for the purpose of seeking publication of their work. Because artists, composers, and game designers often face the same challenges, they have been included in our coverage. It’s hoped that they won’t take offense when we use the term “writer” most of the time.


Directory of Writers’ Circles 58 page listing, 600+ UK groups, courses, and workshops – with hyperlinks.

The Writers Bureau Home study courses that help you get published.  27 years of success.

Writer’s Market – online version of the print book.

General Writers’ Resources

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing – J.A. Konrath

A Writer’s Life – Lee Goldberg

About Freelance Writing  – Anne Wyman

Absolute Write a comprehensive informational Website for writers of all levels. Absolute Write offers articles and information about fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, freelancing, and copywriting. In addition, we provide information about editing, publishing, agents, and market research. You’ll find links to classes, software, and a large and active online community of writers and publishing professionals.

Academi Celebrating and Supporting the Written and Spoken Word.

Agent Research & Evaluation At Agent Research our job is to direct you to the literary agent who is right for your work at this stage in your career, whether you’re writing your twentieth book or your first.

AgentQuery.com offers one of the largest searchable database of literary agents on the web—a treasure trove of reputable, established literary agents seeking writers just like you. And it’s free (not because there’s a catch, but simply because not enough things in this world are free).

Author Assist turns book writing into a joyful collaboration-celebrating your creativity and respecting the integrity of your ideas. For more than a decade, we have helped hundreds of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir writers bring their materials to a higher literary level. We look forward to working with you.

Backspace is predicated on the idea of writers helping writers, which we accomplish by means of discussion forums, an online guest speaker program in which agents, acquisitions editors, and bestselling authors regularly conduct question and answer sessions with the group, advice and how-to articles from publishing experts on this website, as well as our real-world conferences and events.

Book Buzzr – Promote your book

The Book Designer – Joel Friedland discusses proper design and lay-out.

Bookslut Jessa Crispin founded Bookslut in 2002 while living in Austin, Texas. She has written for many publications, some of which are still in business. She has lived in Kansas, Ireland, Texas, Chicago, and Berlin, and she currently lives out of a suitcase. Her library resides in Berlin.

Booksquare In addition to ensuring that you get your regular dose of BS, Kassia is a founding partner of Medialoper, where she applies her natural love and skepticism to the ever-changing world of entertainment media.

Buzz, Balls, & Hype a one stop book marketing solution for authors and publishers. Reach 600,000 readers (and up), leaders of more than 35,000 book clubs, 3000 booksellers & 12,000 librarians via AuthorBuzz notes. Reach millions more via blog ad or Goodreads or Facebook campaigns. We work with all the top publishers and hundreds of wonderful writers every year and do over 70% repeat business.

Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Children’s and YA Resources is a portal into the world of literary trade books for children and young adults. It’s designed to serve young readers, teachers, librarians, child caregivers, undergraduate and graduate students, university professors, writers, and literature enthusiasts of all stripes.

Dear Author a blog for readers by readers (but authors can learn too).

Duotrope an award-winning, free writers’ resource listing over 3525 current Fiction and Poetry publications. Use this page to search for markets that may make a fine home for the piece you just polished.

Freedom With Writing offers a Free eBook: The Paid Publishing Guidebook which is a listing of 217 magazines, eZines, and blogs that pay their contributing writers $50 or more per accepted submission.

Galley Cat a blog with general publishing news.

Grammarcheck.net – Is a web-based utility that checks for grammar and spelling mistakes, and gives instant feedback.

Independent Publishing Magazine provides essential information, resources and reviews of publishing service providers. Covers many aspects of self-publishing, hybrid publishing, traditional publishing, book marketing, publishing technology and industry news in general. Our readership is both authors and industry professionals.

Making Light (shrug) I haven’t a clue: seems to be a discussion forum about almost everything.  There is some pretty interesting stuff though.

PaperRater – This website is a plagiarism detector, spelling and grammar checker and article quality estimator rolled into one. Moreover, it’s absolutely free.

PersonaNonData Michael Cairns enjoys discussing the publishing industry and in particular the changes that impact the business. His career spans a wide range of publishing and information products, services and B2B categories and operating and consulting experience has largely been with brand-name companies such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Macmillan, Inc., Berlitz International, AARP, R.R. Bowker and Wolters Kluwer.

Poets & Writers. This site is made up entirely of industry professionals, from authors to publishers, who want to help other writers find their place in the community. At Poets & Writers you can find interviews with famous fiction authors, poets, and literary figures who discuss any number of interesting topics related to their crafts.

Publitariat – Support for people who publish.

Publishers Marketplace the biggest and best dedicated marketplace for publishing professionals built on the foundation of Publishers Lunch, read by 40,000 industry insiders and considered “publishing’s essential daily read.”

Query Shark How To Write Query Letters … or, really, how to revise query letters so they actually work.

QueryTracker has helped thousands of authors find literary agents for their books.  And it’s FREE!

Quotes By Writers a database of quotes from writers.

The Rejecter I am an assistant at a literary agency. I am the first line of defense for my boss. On average, I reject 95% of the letters immediately and put the other 5% in the “maybe” pile. Here, I’ll talk about my work.

The Rejectionist Sarah McCarry’s blog. I’m the author of the novels All Our Pretty Songs, Dirty Wings, and About a Girl. I’m the editor and publisher of the chapbook series Guillotine. I write for Tor.com and Book Riot. My books have been shortlisted for the Norton Award and the Tiptree Award and I am the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. I have written for the New York Times Book Review, Glamour, Refinery29.com, the Stranger, and elsewhere.

Software – Tony Eldridge lists lots of FREE and useful software for authors.

Vanity Publishing – Info, Advice & Warning A campaign for truth and honesty. Vanity Publishing explored by The acknowledged expert, Johnathon Clifford.  The content of this website was archived by the British Library in August 2009.

Write For Your Life This is a site for writers, readers and anyone interested in publishing, technology and what’s it’s like to be a professional wordsmith. I wrote A is for Angelica over a number of years while building a career as a professional copywriter, content manager and editor.  I’ve edited literary magazines and co-founded Words Aloud, a successful monthly open-mic event for creative writing. I have a degree in English and an MA Writing from Sheffield Hallam University.

Write it Sideways A collection of 375+ articles for aspiring and emerging writers, written by those who have gone before.

Writers Services A knowledge bank with over 5,000 pages of free information for writers.

Writing.com – Writer’s Forum

Writing-World.com Hosted by writer/editor Moira Allen, Writing-World.com has been one of the web’s leading “go-to” sites for writers for over 15 years. Whether you’re just starting out, or an experienced pro seeking new opportunities, you’ll find help in these pages.

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