An extensive and popular writer’s resource, which includes links to job markets for writers, communities, resources, research tools, and newsletters.
An award-winning, free writers’ resource listing over 3,125 current Fiction and Poetry publications. This is a free site that has an extensive search function for finding just the right market for your work. They also have a submission tracker, make regular updates, and have some of the best information we’ve seen for a market research site. We highly recommend this resource, and since it’s free, they survive on donations. Please help to keep it free and donate!
Features daily market updates, a database of writer’s guidelines, a ranking of places to get published, and other products, books, and magazines for writers.
Poets & Writers
A nonprofit source of information, support, and guidance for poets, fiction, and non-fiction creative writers. Includes tools, job listings, contests, forums, and features.
Internet directory of writers, editors, publishers, and literary agents.
United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Valuable information and pricing guidelines for copyrighting material.
U.S. ISBN Agency
The ISBN Agency in the United States is responsible for assigning ISBNs and providing information and advice on the uses of the ISBN system. This site lists fees and answers frequently asked questions regarding the purchase of ISBNs and barcodes.
Direct link to where you can purchase your ISBN.
Bowker Bar Code Service
Provides information on how to obtain a bar code that includes your ISBN.
Information on how to obtain your Preassigned Control Number or Library of Congress Control Number.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Search trademarks and patents, or find information on how you can get a patent for an invention or a trademark registration.
We consider Lightning Source to be the number one industry resource for print-on-demand printing. Most e-publishing companies use LSI to print their books. (“IBM and Ingram Industries [parent company of Ingram Book Group] partnered in 1998 to create Lightning Print, which has now become Lightning Source, a subsidiary of Ingram.”)
Amazon Digital Marketplace
Amazon’s Digital Text Platform, which allows you to publish your books in Amazon’s Kindle Store. It’s free, and it’s relatively easy to submit your Kindle book.
Kindle Publishing Program
Contains links to resources and apps useful to the Kindle and publishing to the device (such as an app that allows you to preview your Kindle file if you don’t have a Kindle).
If you don’t have a web presence, you should. It’s best to have a custom domain and email address along with a website. There are ample sites that will charge you a relatively small fee for the do-it-yourself approach, but if you want professional service customized to your needs, we recommend Aosoft.
Stock photography site. Great place for acquiring quality images for your book.
Secondary stock photography site.
Free community encyclopedia – great resource for open source definitions, text, and images. While it may not always be one hundred percent accurate, it remains a wonderful resource for researching those tiny details that make a story more believable.
The Chicago Manual of Style (15th Edition Online)
The book is a must-have for any serious writer or editor, but the new online option allows subscribers to search the CMS, saving valuable time. Bonus features include adding notes, bookmarking favorite paragraphs, and creating personalized style sheets.
Provides unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge. (Includes links to encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and English usage listings.)
The Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr.
“Concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.”
Online dictionary and thesaurus. (Common source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An online Dictionary Database Query.
The Vocabula Review
The Vocabula Review strives to combat the degradation of our language.
News and access to agents. (Must subscribe to receive some content.)
Search a database of over 25,000 free books in the PG online book catalog, which are available for immediate download. (There are over 100,000 titles available via their partners and affiliates.)
Agent Research & Evaluation
Ar&E offers agent verification services. Their free service allows you to inquire about an agent, and they will tell you if they have established a public record and whether they have any negative reports. (Most reputable agents don’t charge up front fees.) They also offer more in depth services for a fee, including a list of the agents in their database.
Preditors & Editors
This is a great website dedicated to telling the truth about agents, publishing companies, and editors. Includes an alphabetized list of organizations/companies, along with feedback. We highly recommend this site.
The Publishing Law Center
Devoted to providing quality information for the publishing community. Includes legal and publishing articles, information on copyright registration, publishing links, and a free newsletter.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Writer Beware
“Warnings about literary fraud and other schemes, scams, and pitfalls that target writers.”
BookEnds, LLC – A Literary Agency
“A literary agency focusing on fiction and non-fiction books for adult audiences.” Blog contains useful tips and insights into the submission and acceptance (or rejection) process.
Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
The agency here is Curtis Brown, LTD, which has a number of branches. Nathan Bransford is an agent with the San Francisco office. His blogs offer a unique behind-the-scenes look and also includes his “Essentials,” which are links to information you should know before you send a query.
Jennifer Jackson – Literary Agent (Et in arcaedia, ego blog)
Includes news, notes, and opinions on the industry. (Blog links also include submission guidelines.)
This is the blog of an assistant at a New York literary agency. She states that she is the “first line of defense for my boss.” Her blogs offer authors insight into what will probably get rejected—in other words, what not to do when you are writing your query letter.