Resources

The internet is a blessing and a curse.

I mean, if you had told 10-year-old Kelli that in twenty years she would have her very own computer that she could use as a phone AND an encyclopedia AND send messages to anyone? Oh man. Her world would have exploded.

But also – if you had told 10-year-old Kelli that in twenty years that very same computer that exploded her world had info on it that was put there by people who didn’t necessarily care if what they shared was actual, factual, helpful, kind, or good? She would have cried a lot.

So here we are.

In the interest of being helpful, I’ll share links here to some of my favorite writing resources.

Writer Life/Community:

Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:

SCBWI is by far the biggest association for children’s writers and illustrators. It has chapters in almost every state, hosts two annual national conferences and gobs of regional events. The annual membership fee gives you access to the message boards and online classes.

Serious Writer:

A growing community for writers focused on the clean/Christian market, Serious Writer hosts conferences and contests, offers a wide range of classes, and provides an active social media forum for writers to connect. Serious Writer Club has both a free option as well as a membership-based option.

Almost an Author:

Full disclosure: I blog for them, but even if I didn’t – I’d bookmark this site. Why? Because there’s all kinds of great info about genre and craft, and tons of support. The overall vibe is highly encouraging, and I like/need that.

Writer’s Digest:

A longtime one-stop-shop for writers that offers resources and community.

Searching for an Agent/Editor:

Manuscript Wish List: manuscriptwishlist.com and #mswl on Twitter

This site connects agents and publishers to writers by doing exactly what it says – collecting wish lists of what agents and publishers are looking for and posting it online.

Query Tracker: www.querytracker.com

This site appeals to my spreadsheet-making sensibilities.

Publishers Marketplace: https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/

For a $25/month fee, you can access agent and publisher research – lists of who is acquiring what and for how much.

Books about writing:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

Finally – it’s not a book about writing but if you want to write and sell middle grade (or other children’s books), pick up a copy of the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market.

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