Writers First AidWeakened Mind Anxiety (Part 2)

In this great post Kristi Holl describes some of the fears that hold me back from writing.

I don’t know about you, but it’s just what I needed today.

Writers First AidWeakened Mind Anxiety (Part 2).


Here’s a great place to promote your book. Take a look. It’s easy and has many features. Now you can add book trailers from YouTube!

Don’t forget to tie sites like this to your blog and Facebook.


Anastasia Suen’s Blog | Booktalking #kidlit

Anastasia Suen’s Blog | Booktalking #kidlit.

Anastasia Suen is a terrific writer and she really knows the children’s book field. I highly recommend her book Picture Writing: A New Approach to Writing for Kids and Teens. There are a lot of great books on writing for kids, but hers is one of the most creative. Her blog is a treasure trove for teachers and librarians as well as writers for children.


Infographic: How, When & Where People Share Content

Infographic: How, When & Where People Share Content.

Smart writers budget their time for maximum efficiency (or at least they aim to.)  Publicizing yourself and your books is an important task, but it can take over your day if you let it. Check out this link. It gives you important, and non-intuitive, information to help you get the most out of your social publicity hours.

How to Pick Character Names: The 7 Rules of Choosing Names for Fictional Characters | WritersDigest.com

How to Pick Character Names: The 7 Rules of Choosing Names for Fictional Characters | WritersDigest.com.

Here’s another very useful article for writers. It’s amazing how much information a name can carry.

QueryTracker Blog: Whose Story is This Anyway?

QueryTracker Blog: Whose Story is This Anyway?.

If you do not know about Query Tracker, it’s worth checking out. One bonus is their terrific email newsletter. This article is about a tricky but vital step in constructing a story–selecting the main character. It has happened to me, I know. A story that starts out one way turns another. This is well worth a read.

Writer’s Resources for “Finding Your AUTHORity: An Interactive Workshop”

From Linda J. Armstrong

I am excited about leading a workshop at the Scribblers’ Retreat Writers’ Conference at 9 AM on Friday, August 14. 

This blog post features resources from my handout. If you are unable to attend, watch “One Way to Wonder” for selected hints and inspiration from the session.

 Resources for Writers


Predators and Editors


The Association of Authors’ Representatives


Writer’s Guidelines Database


Magazine Guidelines Database


Colossal Directory of Children’s Publishers Submission Guidelines


The Children’s Book Council


The Children’s Book Writing SuperSite



Stealing Fire from the Gods by James Bonnet

Story by Robert McKee

The NOW Habit by Neil Fiore

The Chicago Manual of Style

Children’s Writer’s Word Book, 2nd Edition by Alijandra Mogilner

The Writer’s Market (Annual, also an online service)

Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript,  Writer’s Digest Books


Magazines and Newsletters

Poets and Writers

The Writer’s Digest

Writer Magazine

Children’s Writer: Newsletter of Writing and Publishing Trends

Children’s Book Insider Publisher’s Weekly



Authors Guild

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Editors

Poets and Writers

Romance Writers of America

Mystery Writers of America

Sisters in Crime



Pike’s Peak Writer’s Conference (Genre writing)

CENTRUM (Port Townsend, WA)