Writer Resources

Enjoy this list of some curated resources.

Note, It’s my hope that I will change (update) this page often, and ADD more resources. It’s also meant to be just that, a resource, in a sea of MANY, MANY more available on this thing called the Internet and as such, is not designed to be the end all be all to all things about writing / “authorpreneurship” and publishing. If you find any broken links, e-mail me to let me know and I’ll continue to review periodically and do my best to update ASAIPC (As Soon As I Possibly Can). A Google search of the title/topic can also often, yield the correct link if you do find it to be broken or missing.

Thanks and Enjoy!


Professional Writer Organizations

Horror Writing Association

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 

Sisters In Crime

The Author’s Guild

American Society of Journalists and Authors

Romance Writers of American

The National Writers Union 

National Association of Writers

The International Women’s Guild

Authors Alliance


Professional writer organizations offer you the opportunity to gain encouragement, attend workshops, build friendships in the industry and ensure that writing is not an isolating, solitary practice for you. Get out, meet new folks and learn together and meet key industry professionals that can help advance your career. This listing is a small sampling of all that’s out there. Be sure to look for a local chapter near you to join, get involved and attend in person meetings.

Markets, Publishers and Agents

Association of Authors Representatives – (check the reputation of agents BEFORE you sign on the dotted) http://www.aar-online.orgAuthorlink – http://www.authorlink.com

Publishers Lunchhttp://www.publisherslunch.com

Publisher’s Weekly magazine – http://www.publishersweekly.com/

Books, Books and More Books

Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell

Romance Writers Handbook – Rebecca Vinyard

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents; Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! – Jeff Herman

Write the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 That Sold and Why – Jeff Herman,

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Published by Sheree Bykofsky, Jennifer Basye Sander

How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen

The Insider’s Guide to Getting an Agent by Lori Perkins

Elements of Fiction Writing, (Beginner) by Nancy Kress

Story Structure Architect: A Writer’s Guide to Building Dramatic Situations and Compelling Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Anything by Dan Poynter – http://www.parapublishing.com/sites/para/about/danpoynter.cfm

Anything by D’vorah Lansky

AuthorBuzz.com by M. J. Rose

Will the REAL Authorpreneur Please Stand Up – Sharon C. Jenkins

Building Relationships Online – LaShaunda C. Hoffman

How to Become a Publicity Magnet – Havilah Malone

Intent to Sell – Jeffery Marks

Let’s Get Visible – David Gaughran

Market or Die – Jennifer Fusco

PR for Anyone – Christina Daves

Red Hot Internet Publicity – by Penny Sansevieri –

Successfully Marketing Your Novel – Austin S. Camacho

The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit – Tyora Moody

Unleash the Writer Within – Cecil Murphy

Write. Publish. Repeat. – Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant

On the Web… This & That

Affaire de Coeur – http://www.affairedecoeur.com

Earthly Charms – http://www.earthlycharms.com

Jeff Herman – http://www.jeffherman.com/

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) – http://www.mwa.org

Romance Central E-zine – http://www.romance-central.com

Romance Writers Association (RWA)–www.rwanational.com Romance Writers Report – (Romance Writer’s of America official publication) http://www.rwanational.com

Screen Mastery – lecturer/author/consultant Michael Hauge http://www.screenplaymastery.com

Shades of Romance Magazine – (SOR) http://www.sormag.com

Sisters In Crime – (SINC) http://www.sinc.com

The Third Degree (The Mystery Writer’s Association official publication) http://www.mwa.org

The Writer Center – http://www.writer.org (local Bethesda, MD)

Writer’s Digest – http://www.writersdigest.com

Writer’s Gazette – http://www.writergazette.com

Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (because I hope to pen a children’s book one of these days) – www.scbwi.org

The Writer Magazine, Inc. www.writermag.com

Poets & Writers – http://www.pw.org

Word Museum –www.wordmuseum.com

Writers Space – www.writersspace.com


Writing World – http://writing-world.com


Research and Reference   






http://www.reference.com/thisday/Find out interesting things in  history that happened on this day

www.brightplanet.com– Research on the planet/free white papers, etc.,  says it links you to “Deep Web content”

www.Ipl.org – The Internet Public Library

Writer Beware and Copyrights

Finding Editors and Agents Reputation – www.aaronline.org

US Copyright Office –http://www.copyright.gov

Protecting Your Ideas from Literary Scavengers – Huffington Post Article – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/writer-wednesday-_n_1262703.html

Writer’s Digest response to Song Lyrics in Books, Question –http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/questions-and-quandaries/legal-questions/can-i-use-song-lyrics-in-my-manuscript

Beyond the Spell Check

Note: Nothing (and I do mean NOTHING) beats a real editor looking at your work and reading for themselves. NOTHING! 

http://online-grammar-check-review.toptenreviews.com/– This site ranks the top five grammar/English checking software and they are listed below.

Ranked # 1 (according to the site) – Grammerly – http://www.grammerly.com

# 2 – Whitesmoke – http://store.hermanstreet.com/pc-software-whitesmoke-writer-grammar-download?&ICID=ttr-cid|524|pid|49539|pos|

# 3 – Correct English Complete – http://www.correctenglish.com/

# 4 – Spell Check Plus Pro – http://pro.spellcheckplus.com/

# 5 – Ginger Grammar Checker http://www.gingersoftware.com/grammarcheck – .VZVITe1Viko


SOME of My Favorite Videos to

Inspire You to Keep Going! 

Authors Exercise Their Right to Self Publish – seen on CBS Sunday Morning 

Couples Steamy Romance Book Saves Their Home ‐

Mitch Albom interview on CBS Sunday Morning – http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mitch-albom-on-life-charity-and-god/

Writer’s Digest Writing Prompts – There is a different/new one each day to spark your creativity ‐ www.writersdigest.com/prompts

Thirteen-Year-Old Author Writes His Own Success Story – seen on CBS evening news

Best-Selling short story author and college instructor George Saunders

Diary of A Wimpy Kid Author Opens New Bookstore 

Family’s Real-Life Battles Inspire the Dork Diaries 

Funds for Writers, Residencies and Other Opportunities

 Amtrak’s Writers-In-Residence Programhttp://www.cbsnews.com/news/amtrak-launches-residency-program-where-select-authors-ride-for-free/

Funds for Writershttp://www.fundsforwriters.com

Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency – http://writersresidency.com/marthas-vineyard-writers-residency/

Publisher’s Weekly Conferences and Residencies Database http://www.pw.org/conferences_and_residencies

On Pinterest – A World Away – Residencies for Writers and Translators – http://www.pinterest.com/makinglittravel/a-world-away-residencies-for-writers-and-translato/

Where to find? Writers Groups & Clubs

Search these Places to find local groups near you – usually using your zip code or city/state ALWAYS be sure to read the guidelines of “joining” and submitting your work for critique. Never expect to get a critique when you attend your FIRST meeting. Also, realize that groups may cease to meet but no one takes down the group’s listing, thus be sure to try e-mailing or calling the group lead listed, to inquire about whether or not they are still meeting BEFORE you go.

  • Writers Center – writerscenter.org (local to DMV’ers)
  • Facebook (search city/state writer’s clubs/groups)
  • Twitter
  • Linked-In
  • Your local library publications/AND your local librarian (publications from the library are usually released monthly and some have e-mail lists so be sure to join)
  • Try contacting a writing instructor for your local school/college and universities, they will likely know a good group to join, just send them an e-mail

Writers Contests and Conference Listings

27 Free Writing Contests – http://thewritelife.com/27-free-writing-contests/ – .o8wgtj:WH8V

A list of Conferences and Residencies compiled by Poets & Writer’s Magazine http://www.pw.org/conferences_and_residencies

Library of Congress List of Annual Book Festivals, Fairs, and Writing Events www.read.gov/resources/statefairs.php

Writing Podcasts

So glad I joined the Podcast revolution (Really, just this year). I know, I’ve been missing out. IF you haven’t yet, you are missing out. It’s awesome. (Listed in no particular order.)

A Couple of Writers – Http://ACoupleofWriters.com

Author Marketing Institute Podcast – Http://AuthorMarketingInstitute.com/Podcast

Books, Business and Beyond – Http://BooksBusinessandBeyond.com 

Book Goodies Podcast – Http://BookGoodies.com/Category/BookGoodies/Podcasts

Joanna Penn- http://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/

Grammar Girl – http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

Rocking Self Publishing –Http://RockingSelfPublishing.com

Savvy Self Publishing – Http://www.SavvySelfPublishing.com

Self Publishing Podcast – Https://SelfPublishingPodcast.com

Self Publishing Questions – Http://www.SelfPublishingQuestions.com

Self-Publishing Roundtable – Http://SelfPublishingRoundtable.com

Sell More Books Show – http://SellMoreBooksShow.com

Speculate! – www.speculatesf.com

The Narrative Breakdown – www.narrativebreakdown.com

Write 2B Read Podcast – http://www.AniAlexander.com/Category/Write-2BReadPodcast


Design Your Own Graphics

Yes, you can….design your own creative graphics and images for whatever your needs are not just for books. What’s more? It can be so fun once you get the hang of it. So give it a try. Right now, my favorite two programs to use (and take a look throughout my site, you’ll see most of my graphics are made by me), are through Canva which you can use on your phone/tablet or through a desktop computer. Note not all image design programs are available to use on a desktop.

Here’s some others that I don’t have as much experience with personally but are worth checking out. (listed in alphabetical order)

Welcome to the Indie-Publishing Section

Here’s some information specifically for those that are working to self-publish their books and need assistance with putting it all together and/or hiring out/outsourcing some aspects of the Indie Publishing process. Note that all the resources above and below can be considered for Indie Publishers as well. Additional NEW resources will be added over the next few months.

*None of the listings are in any particular ranking order and listing DOES NOT constitute an endorsement.

Cover Designers

The Cover Girl Designs

Create Her Stock

Color Stock

Jena Brignola

Novel Expressions – Collection of Period Specific Stock Photography

Period Images – Stock Photography 

Romance Novel Lovers

Illustrated Romance Stock Photography

Hot Damn Stock – Owned by The Killion Group, Inc. who does many professional covers for many best-selling authors.

Illustrated Romance by Jenne LeBlanc 

Vikas Zone Stock Images

Arc Angel




Wikimedia Commons says the following: “A collection of 41,004,468freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute”

Render Compose 

Covers By Christian – Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Premades for Authors – An awesome group of talented cover designers on Facebook that includes as many as five individual cover designer companies – I love looking through their posts of new and fresh book covers daily

Go On Write – (premade covers) –



The Killion Group, Inc. 

The Formatting Fairies 

Fiverr -a large  collection or Marketplace of design/digital  freelancers for many different jobs including cover design and freelancing

Upwork – similar to Fiverr


Virtual Assistance

Creative Expressions Literary Services 

Write Now Literary Tours

Faith Blum Blog Tours

Tywebbin Creation Literary Services

Freelance Editors 

Amy Knupp Blue Otter Editing

Amber Leima Best Words Editing

Chandra Sparks Splond Editing Services

Barbara Joe Williams Qmani Publishing, LLC

Manu Fixed 

Jennifer Herrington Lyrical Press, Inc.

Rhonda Merwarth – www.rhondaedits.com

KR Nadelson  – Romance Editor

Jessica Snyder Edits