So, I was sitting here thinking the other day what I could offer that would be helpful for the new writer. Coincidentally enough, I was on Twitter while doing so and I saw a tweet ‘These are the #hashtag you should all follow.’ About an hour later I saw a similar tweet stating. ‘Useful information for all writers here.’ The first tweet was very helpful; the second was a link to erotica. Not that I mind erotica but only helpful if the new writer is embroiled in a rambunctious sex scene. Then my mind started working, I thought about all the things I ended up stumbling onto as a new writer and decided to try to make a decisive yet somewhat short list of things I found useful as I was getting started. I include links to articles but not the articles themselves. If anyone has any articles or links they want to add, please send me an email. My email can be found on the contact page.
Stephen King’s “On Writing – a memoir of the craft”
William Strunk and E.B. White “The Elements of Style”
Debra Dixon “GMC – Goal, Motivation, and Conflict.
Writers Digest – It really is the one stop shop for classes and information.
Romance Writers of America – membership and website, contests and writing groups support. Truly amazing. This is romance specific.
Query 101, nice article right to start. http://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/query-101-the-basics-where-do-i-begin/
Queryshark.blogspot.com or Nathan Bransford’s Query shark. http://forums.nathanbransford.com/viewforum.php?f=13
Twitter – I’m serious, there are a bazillion places to connect and get critiques.
#MSWL (manuscript wish list)
Contests, #pitmad, #pitchmadness, #qeurykombat, #pitcharama, Also Secret agent, writers voice, Can do separate post on these alone!
#writeclub – someone always doing word sprints here or #1k1hr
Twitter peeps to follow:
@brendadrake – she runs pitmad/pitchmadness – Awesome lady
@MKDB – queen of tenqueries
Special mention to Brenda Novak’s Diabetes auction where there are unlimited donated treats for authors for a good cause!
Yes you do need one. There is #cpmatch done every 6 months I think. But always get a second pair of eyes looking at your MS. Mine is full of awesome people. @patchi_writes @earthrelic @chellewrites @ainsleywynter
Facebook also has a lot of resources for this. Check it out.
Or can go to local groups. Yahoo has lots of groups where you can find local groups or meetups. I moderate my local RWA chapter Three Rivers Romance Writers.
Tons of editing is available and if it is your first novel like it was mine. I recommend you get an editor.
Mine was Mary Harris, through Fiona Jayde Media website.
Another I had look at my query letter and synopsis was @Cslakin
For using Pintrest: http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/use-pinterest-to-market-book-and-author-brand/
For synopsis’s http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2012/04/17/how-to-write-a-1-page-synopsis/
For shortening your links (which I’m not doing this article) http://tinyurl.com/
This is a work in progress as I learn more. I deliberately kept it short so it would one page anyone can reference but if you have anything to add. please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy writing!