Literary agents are an amazing resource for aspiring writers. They seem to know it all--or at least all that stuff we writers wish we knew but we don't. The best part is many agents have blogs--totally free resources for writers. How awesome is that?! Here are a few of my favorite agent blogs:
Adventures in Agentland by Natalie M. Fischer at Bradford Literary Agency: http://adventuresinagentland.blogspot.com/
Janet Reid at Fine Print Literary Management:
Jennifer Represents by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jenny Bent at the Bent Agency: http://jennybent.blogspot.com/
Jill Corcoran of Herman Agency: http://jillcorcoran.blogspot.com/
Nathan Bransford (formerly of Curtis Brown, but now an author himself): http://blog.nathanbransford.com/
Rachelle Gardner at WordServe Literary Group: http://www.rachellegardner.com/
Agent and Publisher Resources:
Agent Query: http://www.agentquery.com/ <Tips on how to write query letters, where to find conferences, grants for writers, and lots of info on publishers and agents. It’s a one stop writing shop!
Preditors and Editors: http://pred-ed.com/ <This site allows writers to check out publishing professionals before doing business with them. Preditors and Editors answers the question, "Is this person/agency legit?"
Publisher’s Marketplace: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/
Twitter: If you do not have a twitter account go to www.twitter.com and open one now. Here are some twitter tips:
Hashtags for Writers: #amwriting #amediting #amreading #amblogging #blogs
Hashtags for Chats: #askagent #askeditor #yalitchat #litchat
Hashtags for Networking: #FF #WW #MM
Facebook: www.facebook.com You can use Facebook to start a writer page and to connect with other writers through their pages.
Verla Kay: www.verlakay.com This site has tips and message boards for children's authors. Verla Kay also hosts online chats for writers.
Folio Lit: Query Letter Advice: http://foliolit.com/submissions/basic-information-on-query-letters/
Folio Lit: Formatting Advice: http://foliolit.com/submissions/formatting-your-manuscript/
Holly Black’s Writing Resource Page: http://www.blackholly.com/writingresources.html <Who better to get writing advice from than a veteran author?
Writer’s Digest offers daily writing tips: http://www.writersdigest.com/TipsPrompts/
YA Fantasy Guide's Best Advice From Published Authors:
Books You Should Buy:
2012 Writer's Market ed. Robert Lee Brewer <You can find this book in the writing reference section of your local bookstore.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
On Writing by Steven King
If I missed a resource that you think is just fabulous please help your fellow writers out and tell us about it in the comment section of this post. Thanks!