These following sites, I have collected over the past year, were found to be helpful, and beneficial to me. Take everything you read with a grain of salt, but these hit right on the nose. Also, check out these two bloggers: Jami Gold and Jane Friedman. They are amazing at what they do!
Where to Submit Your Story:
- Authors Publish gives articles extremely helpful to many authors and this link takes you to the article ‘Top 25 Publishers for New Authors’.
- Galley Cat is known for their extensive knowledge on what agents and publishers want. This link will direct you to the article I found most helpful ’23 Literary Agent Query Letters That Worked’.
- The Write Life is known for helping authors create, connect, and sell their works. This link directs you to their article ’27 Free Writing Contests’.
- Harper Collins is a well known publisher and currently seeks manuscript submissions from unsolicited authors.
- Kindle Scout is fairly new, and not a popularity contest as many would have believe. This is an amazon affiliate. Here is what they said about the contest:
Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.
- Strange Horizons I am not all too familiar with, but various members of writing groups I attend has mentioned them before to me. So, if you have any insight on them and how they operate, don’t be afraid to share your experiences.
- Tumblr Writing Prompts
- Genre Tropes
- Story Starter
- List of Every Known Supernatural Being
- 7 Fairy-Tales in Desperate Need of a YA Retelling
- Fantasy Generator(Warning: This is highly addictive because it is a generator for all Fantasy and Scyfy needs).
- First Line Generator
- Another First Line Generator
- Motive Generator
Developing Solid Concepts, Blurbs and Log-lines:
- Save The Cat! Log-line Formula
- Log-Line Generator
- Go Big, Or Go Home Story Concept
- Philosophical Concepts
- Craft a Compelling Concept
- 4 Elements of a Solid Concept
- Concept Defined
- The Undercooked Concept
- What’s The Point of Your Novel?
- 17 Tips on Writing A Blurb
- 5 Steps to an Irresistible Book Blurb
- Creating 4-D Characters
- Character Appearance Based on Zodiac Sign(Sometimes works. View cached version)
- These I have picked out to help better create a character:
Find Your Theme:
- Simply Scripts has scripts on hand for you to read and examine in order to better understand the expected format.
- Screenwriting Info gives you a defined glossary of terms used in scripts, and technical jargon that you may hear and will need to know when producing your own scripts.
- Good In A Room gives extensive articles pertaining the matters of various pitches, and what is expected in the world of Hollywood. Also, check out their article: How To Write A Screenplay You Can Sell.
- Rizzoli&Isles Transcripts allows you to read and view scripts from the popular TV Show Rizzoli and Isles.
- Infographics gives you demographic results pertaining to almost anything to do with television and books.
- John August, the man who wrote ‘How to Eat Fried Worms’, has provided a library of various works he had completed of the years. Also, check out his article: How To Write A Scene and How To Introduce A Character.
- Writers Store has been around for over thirty years giving advice on screenwriting and format examples.
- Wordpeggio Blog is Joel Silberman’s thoughts on writing, politics, culture and other stuff, especially on how to structure an one hour drama.
- TV Writing gives an extended list of UK and US TV Pilots to read. Trust me, they vary slightly.
- Writer’s Guild of America represents writer’s of media industries and registers your work. There are two specific sites for this: East and West.
- TV Tropes gives a lot of information on tropes, but this link in particular gives a list of beginning tropes typically used in scripts.
- The 5 Key Turning Points of All Successful Screenplays
- A Guide To Advanced Screenwriting
- Tip: Typically, the first script you ever produce will just be considered a calling card.
Story Structure and Manuscript Format:
- Three Ways To Use First Person Narrative
- Five Plot Point Breakdown (Typically for scripts)
- Basic Prose and Style
- The Eight Point Arc
- Character Arc for Character Driven Story (Character Driven is when the character makes a personal choice in attempts to better oneself, and Plot Driven is when the character makes a choice, or is made to, better others).
- Manuscript Format
- Michael Hauge’s Six-Stage Plot Structure
- Six Core Competencies of Successful Storytelling
- Writing Style
- Anatomy of A Best-Selling Novel
- Writing for MG, YA, NA, and CoA
- How to Handle Flashbacks
- 12 Ways to Open Your Story
- 7 Qualities of a High-Concept Story
- 41 Ways to Create and Heighten Suspense
- The Four Story Structures
All Things Query Related:
- NY Book Editors Give Tips on How To Write A Good Query Letter
- Complete Guide to Query Letters
- Literary Agents Looking for Queries
- Thoughts on Narrative Framing Devices
- The CIA World Factbook
- Stream of Consciousness
- Word Count For EVERY Genre PDF
- What is Science Fiction?
- Research Resources for Mystery and Crime Writers by Greg Knollenberg
- Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published
- Word Count by Genre
- Word Count Picture by The Write Practice
- Marketing Tips(Usually for products, but can work for books)
- ‘Very’ is a VERY irritating word when very overused.
- What Is Visual Writing?
- How To Write A Believable Story
- Abstract, Concrete, General and Specific Terms
- 7 Unreliable Narrators