Writer Resources

Queries & Synopsis Help

Query Help & Examples:  Query Shark   

Query Help & Examples:  Writer's Digest

Query Examples:  Amy Trueblood - Quite the Query  

Synopsis - How to write a 1-Page Synopsis:  Pub Crawl

 

Synopsis Tips:  Writer Unboxed  

Synopsis Tips: Jane Friedman  

Resources to Find Agents

QueryTracker: Agent search engine. From here you can find agent websites, Twitter accounts, and much more.

AgentQuery:  Agent search engine.

Writer Beware: (warnings about bad agents and publishers)

CPs and Beta Readers

Helping Writers Become Authors: 15 Places to find beta readers.

The Write Life: 40 Places to Find a Critique Partner 

The Write Life: Writing Feedback: The Ultimate Guide to Working with Beta Readers.

Writer's Digest: The Quintessential Guide to Selecting and Working with Beta Readers.

Books About Writing

Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story by James Scott Bell

Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing by Libbie Hawker

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Wired For Story by Lisa Cron

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder (for screenwriting but has excellent information that applies to writing a manuscript as well)

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost (lots of great writing tips. You have probably seen the popular tip about varying your sentence length - this is page 58 of Gary's book).

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

(All of the Thesauruses by Angela and Becca are excellent resources for writers)

The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maas

Understanding Show Don't Tell (And Really Getting It) by Janice Hardy

Fight Write by Carla Hoch: How to Write Believable Fight Scenes

Additional Resources

Writing with Color: A Tumbler post on why writers shouldn't use food to describe people of color. It also has a Part II that provides excellent examples of how to describe people of color.

7 Steps to Tackling a Revise & Resubmit (R&R):  A guest post I wrote for Jane Friedman's blog.