that I follow...

Writing blogs & literary agents


Writing books that I use...

Writing the Breakout Novel

Save the Cat


Wired for Story

Spellbinding Sentences

​Author in Progress

Everything you need to know about writing a query letter, synopsis, approaching agents, conference etiquette - in fact, pretty much EVERYTHING about writing and the publishing industry. This blog is INVALUABLE!
The extremely generous Janet Reid also does The Query Shark blog in which she CONSTRUCTIVELY critiques query letters. She insists you read the entire archive before submitting a query or a question for the blog. I thought that was ludicrous until I actually did it and found I learned a huge amount about writing queries.
Another very generous blogger, Janice Hardy, has a huge archive of blog posts on planning, writing, editing, and selling your novel.
(And my kids really loved her Healing Wars series.)
This blog has contributions from editors, agents, and authors. It's an extremely welcoming, supportive, and generous, community of writers and publishing industry leaders. I read this blog every day.

Other awesome writing blogs I follow...

  • Middle Grade Mafia
  • Kristin Nelson
  • Kristen Lamb
  • Writing With Color
  • Rachelle Gardner

Some publishing truths

from Rick Riordan:

Most people will not get published. 

Most people who do get published will never make a living at it. 

These are simply facts. 

But your chance is as good as anyone else’s – assuming you have the talent and the story and the drive to put in the hours, days, years to hone your skill. 

It doesn’t matter who you know or what writers’ group you belong to. It doesn’t matter where you got your degree, or if you even have
a degree.