Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Top Five Websites for Writers

In my search for agents, I recently tumbled upon a list of useful websites and blogs for writers on The Jennifer DeChiara literary agency website.

Another list of sites for writers worth looking into:  Best Social Networking Sites for Writers, by Kurt Chambers. Very comprehensive list.

Instead of making my own extensive list of great websites for writers, I decided to link the ones I've found (which are already pretty good), and just highlight my very top five favorite sites in this post.

My Personal Favorites

Twitter is a great place to annoy connect with other writers, stalk get to know agents, and discover new trends and future bestsellers. On my twitter account, I have a list of MG writers, a list of agents and publishers, and several other lists. Feel free to browse and follow these lists or individual people from the lists. That's a good way to get started if you're new on twitter.

Writing.com is where my MG/YA novel critique group lives, and where most of my short stories were born. Here, you can upload your poems, short stories, chapters, or any other writing-related items in your portfolio, for people to read and review. You can join specific groups, participate in contests, enroll in writing challenges, and get gift points for reviews you give. The basic membership is free, but I would recommend you get an upgraded membership for $50 per year, which allows you to post more items and gives you access to more functions, like hosting your own group or contest and starting a blog.

Squidoo is a good place to post articles and get paid for them month after month if they become popular. An informative blog post could easily become a Squidoo article and generate more exposure and possibly some cash. Not much, I must admit, unless your article becomes widely popular, but it's still better than nothing! And if you know a little bit of HTML, you can customize your article to make it stand out. There's also a member forum where we can exchange tips, ask each other questions, or just hang out.

The Free Dictionary is a site I use a lot while writing, reviewing, or editing. It shows word definitions from various dictionaries, pronunciation, synonyms, translation in various languages, and much more.

WriteOnCon is a free online conference held once a year, during the summer. The event is focused on kidlit (picture books, MG/YA) writers, but a lot of the information can be used by any other writers as well. The conference includes interactive panels with agents and writing professionals, a forum for participants to interact and review each other's sample pages (with possibly a few agents lurking around), articles and lectures about the different aspects of writing, and contests and prizes. The best thing ever! And it's totally free!

Other Sites Worth Mentioning

There are other sites I'm member of but don't use as much as I would like. As an extra, I'll give a brief list here.

SCBWI - a society for children's writers, offering conferences, writing resources, local groups, and discussion forums
AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler - a forum where writers mingle and have ongoing conversations
Book-in-a-Week - a writing challenge where participants decide their own writing goals for the week and aim to reach it
Goodreads - a place to share about the books you read or are planning to read
LinkedIn - a networking site especially useful for freelancers to connect with people in the same industry

What's your favorite site for writers?


Emailman said...

This is a great blog, Annie :) All your blogs are great! Especially when you mention me :D

erica and christy said...

Thanks for the tips, some of them were new to me! I'm terrible at Twitter, I always need tips for that!

Anonymous said...

Hi Annie, first time visitor and great to meet you!. I'm just realizing the power of Twitter and the Retweets. I ran a free promo Monday and Tuesday and had over 8,000 downloads of my book. Twitter was the main driver, although blogs and Facebook helped.

Akoss said...

I'm familiar with half of these websites and have nothing but good to say about them. that;s a great list you have there Annie.
PS: thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my blog, even while I wasn't blogging. :)

Anonymous said...

i hadn't heard of some of those. very neat :)

twitter is probably the most inspiring site i use as a writer -- full of information, the quickest way to find out relevant news, and fun, too.

on that note -- i couldn't live without google reader. it's how i fine tune the writing info i want firsthand!

Anonymous said...

I wasn't aware that squidoo paid.. interesting. Good sites, especially writing.com !!!

Marcia said...

My favorite kidlit writers' site is Verla Kay, hands down.

Post a Comment