This page is for links: helpful links, interesting links, links to other links. Most of them are supplementary to blog material to help you get a better idea of writing, publishing, and other mysteries of the book world. If you have any links to suggest, comment below!
- The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook is a crucial tool for getting to grips with publishing, especially for finding an agent. The yearbook is updated annually, so don't use the 2011 version if you're searching in 2013 – things may well have changed. Either subscribe to the website or buy a hard copy to start your search.
- The Publishing Process in GIF form. Not exactly a technical description, but you get the idea.
- Here, author John Green explains royalties, the WGA strike and promotional content.
The agent game
- Claire Donnelly, publishing intern for the mysterious Agent X, reports on the queries she gets at the agency. You can find her tweets using the hashtag #PlayNiceWithTheIntern.
- Pub Rants. Tips from agent Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency (NLA), Denver. Talks about queries, writers and the publishing industry, and gives you some of idea of why agents reject queries.
- Query Shark. A brilliant free service for writers, run by a literary agent. Submit your draft query and have it critiqued. The site has an archive full of queries to look through.
- SlushPile Hell. Written by an anonymous agent, it gives you an idea of what agents definitely are not looking for in your query letter.
- Writer's Relief. This page will advise you how to interpret what agents say in their rejection letters, dividing them into several categories.
- Epic Music playlist. Because epic music is a writer's best friend.
- I Write Like. Analyses your writing and tells you who your nearest literary relative is. I somehow managed to get Shakespeare, Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood and David Foster Wallace over the course of four paragraphs, so, um, maybe not that reliable. But entertaining. [Suggested by Lukas]
- RainyMood. Does what it says on the tin. Open the page while writing and suddenly you've got ATMOSPHERIC NOISE.
- Scrivener. Writing software with a free trial available. You can set out your book as a project, organise your research, track scene elements and much more. Haven't used this myself, but it comes highly recommended by more app-savvy friends.
- The Bookshelf Muse. This site works as a fiction-orientated thesaurus and helps you avoid the dreaded cliché. Discover new ways to describe physical attributes, emotions, symbolism, colour, character traits and more. [Suggested by Zac]
- What kind of writer are you? This quiz will help you work out what your style is – flashy, flowery or straight to the point. I'm an Ernest Hemingway.
- Life in Authoring. The ups and down of being a writer, in GIF form.