Writers need resources and there is no better place to look than the Internet. Alas, as with anything internet related, you have to take the good with the bad (and there you have the facts of life, the facts of life).
Here are a few of my favorite writing websites and why:
Twitter – Social Media is HUGE, but Twitter is so much more than that. First, there are a ton of literary agents and editors to follow, as well as awesome writers. Second, they usually tweet links to contests and blog posts. In other words, you can get find a ton of information in one spot. I can’t tell you how valuable reading an agent’s blog can be for us underpublished writers. Plus, their tweets can be pretty funny.
QueryTracker – QueryTracker is a fantastic site for anyone looking for a literary agent. Besides keeping the lists updated and pretty accurate, there is also a blog with advice and the forums for all the online support you need.
Agent Query – Another great site to seek and research literary agents. Fantastic listings, PLUS, some of the most recent sales of a particular agent. Why is this great? Well, if you’re ready to query and you aren’t sure if Joe Blow is the right agent, a look at his recent sales can help. If he’s only selling MG realistic books, he might not be so keen on your adult paranormal romance.
Writer Unboxed – A GREAT blog from publishing pros with advice, author interviews, and insight into that mysterious world of publishing.
Guide to Literary Agents – It’s title is self-explanatory, but what makes this site stand out from the rest is the advice. It’s invaluable. Add to that the contests and the “How I Got My Agent” columns and you will be easily addicted.
So there you are, five of my favorite sites for writers. Is this the Ultimate list? Nope, not by a long shot. It’s just my personal list of faves that I check on pretty much daily, with the exception of Twitter which I check every five minutes, give or take.