Author and Writer Resources for Your Published Author Dream

Last updated on March 4, 2015Author and Writer Resources: Literary Treasures by Kate Ward Thacker

The purpose of this page is to provide a author and writer resource that covers all aspects of writing and publishing a book.

This page is non-sponsored and does not particularly endorse the websites listed here.

This page is intended to help aspiring writers who dream of publishing their writng and serve as a place to pass on the latest information in the publishing industry.

This page is updated as time permits and we welcome any suggestions that you might have.

Writing Classes and Coaches

1. Writing Coach Ellen Sussman’s Novel in a Year
Ellen Sussman is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, French Lessons, published by Ballantine in 2011. Her first novel, On a Night Like This, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best-Seller. Ellen offers writing and coaching lessons form San Francisco, California.  This is who Lisa Powell Graham of 8 Women Dream spent a year writing with to complete the first draft of her novel.

2. Writing Coach Jerry Cleaver
Jerry Cleaver, creator of Chicago’s legendary Writers’ Loft, presents a full writing course designed to give writers of all levels the crucial skills that make every story and every writer a success.

3. Gotham Writer’s Workshop
Gotham Writers’ Workshop is the leading private creative writing school in New York City and online. Professional writers present workshops in more than a dozen forms of writing. The school’s interactive online classes, selected as “Best of the Web” by Forbes, have attracted thousands of aspiring writers from across the United States and more than one hundred countries.

4. Writing Fix
A website filled with techniques strategically designed to “fix” reluctant writers.

5. Steven Pressfield Online
Website of best-selling author Steven Pressfield  who discusses his struggles to earn a living as a writer (it took seventeen years to get the first paycheck) as detailed in The War of Art.  With the publication of The Legend of Bagger Vance in 1995, be became a writer of books once and for all. From there followed the historical novels Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign and Killing Rommel.  His website is full of advice and inspiration for writers.

6. CopyBlogger
The premiere resource for how to write online by Brian Clark

7. Grammar Girl
Quick and dirty tips for better writing.

8. Grammar Bytes Grammar Exercises
Fun exercises to help improve your grammar.

General Writer Resources

1. Resources for Writers at Suite 101
Writers advice on everything from beating writer’s block to writing the perfect query letter. Looking for a specific market? Whether it’s travel writing or flash fiction, they have a few suggestions for you on publishers and contests.

2. Novel Rocket
Novel Rocket is a website thrice named one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers (formerly known as Novel Journey). The site features daily interviews and writing tips from today’s best novelists from popular writers like Dean Koontz and Nicholas Sparks to Pulitzer and National Book Award winners like Geraldine Brooks.

3. Writer Beware
Writer Beware® is a publishing industry watchdog group sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers. A great place to check on scams in the industry.

4. Writer’s Digest
For more than 90 years, the experts at Writer’s Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.

5. Book Market
Book marketing resources and book promotion tips.

6. Writer’s Market
The online edition to where writers learn to publish, market, and sell their writing and work.

7. The Market List
The Market List is a free online resource for writers, providing guidelines, day to day news, articles, interviews and reviews. They hope you find this resource useful as you pursue your publishing goals.

8. Writer’s Weekly
Free listing of paying markets for freelance writers. Also includes links to various resources for writers.

9. How to Create a Top Blog Website
8 Women Dream receives emails every week asking for advice on how to start a blog. If you want to be a professional writer, you have to have a website with a blog. You are going to want to create one sooner, rather than later, because your website/blog will be an important part of your book marketing efforts and your fans need to have a place to find you that you control. We’ve created a simple, step-by-step process.


1. How To Edit Your Writing So Your Readers Can’t Stop Reading
By the Creative Writer’s Desk, a site that is intended to be a resource for writers in many fields. This is an ever-growing collection of articles.

2. 5 Easy Steps to Editing Your Own Work
By Copyblogger, the site for copy-writing and writing for the Internet.

3. The Elements of Style
Principal requirements of plain English style. Focuses on the rules of usage in literature, composition and grammar.

4. The Chicago Manual of Style
The website of The Chicago Manual of Style, a style guide for American English by the University of Chicago Press. Each edition prescribes writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. It is “one of the most widely used and respected style guides in the United States.” Deals with aspects of editorial practice, from American English grammar and usage to document preparation.

5. Editing for the Web
A site used by editors from Brazil to Egypt to Tibet, as well as being named one of the best-written sites on the Web.

6. Whitesmoke Writing Software
WhiteSmoke is the most comprehensive grammar checker in the world today. While it comprises several writing tools, such as a dictionary, a thesaurus and ready-made letter templates, its core feature is its advanced grammar checker.

7. A Guide to Grammar and Writing
Charles Darling’s comprehensive Guide to Grammar & Writing includes definitions and quizzes. Choose from pull-down menus or use the index to find what you need.

8. Common Errors in English
An explanation of common English usage errors and how to avoid making them.

Book Covers

1. O’Reilly Book Cover Maker
An online book cover maker.

2. Book Cover Pro Software
BookCoverPro book cover design software makes it easy to create your own high-quality book covers, e-book covers, even promotional items that parallel the professionals. Save hundreds, even thousands of dollars on unlimited titles.

3. The Book Cover Archieve
The largest archive of book cover designs on the Internet for book design inspiration.

4. 99 Design
Host your own “design contest” and the 99 Design community of talented designers will compete to create the perfect book cover design for you.

5. Book Cover Design Tips With Book Cover Designer Anthony Puttee
Anthony Puttee is a designer, co-author of YA novel Dream Raider and founder of He specializes in helping authors with book cover design and other aspects of marketing.

6. 3 Secrets to e-Book Cover Design Success
Book cover design tips from Joel Friedlander, the book designer.

7. Create Your Own Cover Design
Book designer Jan Marshall’s tips for authors who want to design their own book covers.

8. Scribus
Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design.

Literary Agents

1. Literary Marketplace
Literary Marketplace features listings on more than 30,000 companies, agents, books, periodicals, awards, courses, or events (to name just a few categories), no matter what — or who– you are looking for in the book trade, chances are you’ll find it here.

2. Agent Query
Agent Query offers the largest, most current 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.

3. Directory of Literary Agents
The WritersNet Directory of Literary Agents which may include agents who charge a reading fee for reviewing a manuscript. This is often considered an indicator of a disreputable agent. For this reason, agents who charge a reading fee are required to include this fact in their WritersNet profile.  A comprehensive database of agents.

4. How to Find a Literary Agent’s Ginny Wiehardt’s guide to finding a literary agent.  Her writing has been published in journals such as the Notre Dame Review, Shenandoah, and Hotel Amerika. She has additional experience as an editor and a creative writing instructor.

5. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Finding a Literary Agent
Finding the right agent, convincing that agent to represent you, and working diligently with that agent to get your name on a publishing contract is the most difficult process you’ll ever attempt. The process can be as difficult as searching for the love of your life.

6. Finding and Choosing Literary Agents
A basic guide to finding the right literary agent.

7. The Writer’s Site on Literary Agents
Writing tips, Writing resources, Places to get published, Writing blogs, Self Publishing, and More.

8.Query Tracker
Organize and track your query letters to literary agents and publishers.

Getting Published

1. A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
The blog by JA Konrath, the author of 10 novels and more than 70 published short stories and articles, offers his unique view on the world of publishing.

2. The Fearless: How to Get Published Guide
A free overview of the main routes to publication, mainstream and alternative, with many helpful links.

3. Random House Publishing
Random House has long been committed to publishing the best literature by writers both in the United States and abroad. In addition to their commercial success, books published by Random House, Inc. have won an unrivaled number of Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes.

4. Harper Collins Publishing
HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history, HarperCollins has published some of the world’s foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott.

5. Schiel and Denver Publishing
Schiel & Denver is an international book publishing services company dedicated to enabling independent writers to become published authors, with the support of a professional book publishing infrastructure. They provide expert ISBN book publishing, editing, book marketing, book printing and global book distribution, at an affordable cost.

6. List of English-language Book Publishing Companies by Wikipedia
A list of English language book publishers. It includes imprints of larger publishing groups, which may have resulted from business mergers. Included are academic publishers, technical manual publishers, publishers for the traditional book trade (both for adults and children), religious publishers, and small press publishers, among other types. Some of these publishers may be out of business entirely. It does not include businesses that are exclusively printers/manufacturers, vanity presses (publishing and distributing books for a fee), or book packagers.

7. Publisher’s Weekly
Publishers Weekly is the international news website of book publishing and bookselling industry.

8. Turner Publishing
Turner Publishing Company is an award-winning, independent publisher of books. The company is in the top 101 independent publishing companies in the U.S. as compiled by and has been named three times to Publishers Weekly’s Fastest Growing Publishers List.


1. Self-Publishing a Book: 25 Things You Need to Know
Tips on self-publishing by CNET.

2. Outskirt’s Press Self-Publishing News
The latest news form the world of self-publishing

3. The Fine-Print of Self-Publishing
Everything you need to know about the costs, contracts and process of self-publishing.

4. Self-Publishing Resources
The Self-Publishing Resources is run by an experienced group of professionals who are passionate about self-publishing.

5. Self-Publishing Community
A community for and about self-publishing.

6. The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing
The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing is a destination site for practical and real information about E-Publishing romance, mystery, and any other genre you can think of.

7. Lulu
The Self-publish website of Lulu where their services can help you with your cover, formatting, editing, and everything you need to get your book ready for publishing.

8. Writer’s Digest’s Directory of Self-Publishing Companies
A comprehensive list of self-publishing companies by Writer’s Digest.

Marketing and Promotion

1. Book Marketing
Book marketing and publicity advice from peers and professionals, a sensible, real world, no nonsense book marketing resource for authors.

2.89 Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life
Author Media is a team of expert web-designers, social media managers, and coders who are dedicated to making online platform building easier for writers.

3.7 Ways to Develop an Affordable Book Marketing Plan
Advice from Writer’s Digest on book marketing.

4.Retail Return Insurance
Retail Return Insurance is one of the most beneficial services you can purchase to encourage retailers to buy your book. Not only will they be more likely to stock your book in their store, but they will be more willing to set up book signings and speaking engagements, which also require ordering books.

5. Book Promotion Secrets for Authors
Effective author book promotion techniques by Ink Tree LTD. You may not think narrowing and targeting your demographic is necessary, but what it will do is allow you to narrow down the precise book promotion techniques that will yield the best results for your book. Your primary goal is to sell books. Sell them to the people who want to buy them.

6.Book Promotion Countdown Checklist
A checklist for things to consider in book promotion. Yes, it begins before your book is done.

7. 9 Ways to Use Social Media to Launch a Book
Tips from Social Media Examiner on how to leverage social media to market your book.

8. FSB Associates
The premier Internet marketing firm specializing in creating online awareness for books and authors. Since the inception of the company in 1995, FSB has been a trendsetter in developing integrated online marketing campaigns for authors and publishers alike.

Social Media Engagement

1. 44 Essential Twitter Hashtags Every Author Should Know
Author Media offers a comprehensive list of Hashtags every author should get to know and use with Twitter.

2. 10 Pro Tips for Writers Using Social Media
Mashable discusses how to successfully raise your author profile online and gain a following.

3. Writers Network
Writers-Network is a free creative writing community providing a place for writers and poets to share their writing, get constructive feedback and interact with other people who share their same passion

4. Book In A Week
An online community for writers through LMS Learning Management System – or Moodle. The main purpose of the group is to write, but they also exchange information, publishing news and kudos and anything writing-related.

5. How to Use Facebook to Market Your Book
From the website of Sherrie Wilkolaski who is known for helping independent authors put their words in print. A public relations and marketing whiz, she blends real world experience as a best-selling author with insider knowledge of publishing.

6. How Authors, Bloggers and Journalists can use Google Plus
From, a site that offers insight into the latest in social media trends, tips on using social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and a way to learn from experts about what it takes to build a buzz around your “author” brand.

7. Promote Your Book With Social Media Marketing
Here you’ll find a wealth of resources to help you harness the power of social media to promote your book.

8. 5 Ways Authors Alienate Readers on Social Media Sites
Jody Hedlund has been writing for the last 18 years. On her personal blog she shares tips with writers looking to get publishes and navigate the world of marketing and publishing a book.

Recommended Books


On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft Paperback - by Stephen King

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft Paperback – by Stephen King

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Lisa is a freelance writer, consultant and life coach. She has her BA in English and Creative Writing from Princeton and her MPA from Harvard. Lisa recently finished the first draft of her book manuscript, Burning Down the House. Her dream is to publish this first book and teach the world how to discover their hidden joy. Her post day is Tuesday.
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