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With a touch of spirituality, these conversations are great listens for those interested in creative contemplation. Daring to Create Greatly. With author interviews and a huge archive, I Should Be Writing chronicles the journey to becoming a professional author. Conversations focus primarily on speculative fiction and traditional publishing.

Looking to be a published indie author? This podcast is for you. Each week host Simon Whistler interviews some of the top names in self-publishing, so you can create success for yourself. The Changes in Publishing with William Kowalski. This is a smart listening option for those looking for solid discussion around the science fiction and fantasy markets.

Succeeding in the Super Hero Genre. Listen for tips on writing, publishing, marketing and more. Ben Hess is an award-winning producer, director and screenwriter. After hitting a creative wall, he decided to start Story Geometry, where he interviews esteemed writers on their craft.

How to Write a Great Love Story. Being a Career Writer. On The Worried Writer podcast, Sarah Painter investigates how authors overcome anxiety, distractions and worried feelings on their way to publishing success. On The Writer Files, host Kelton Reid uncovers the secrets of productivity and creativity of some of the most well-known writers. Fuller sits down with bestselling authors and publishing experts like literary agents and book marketers.

This show offers great content around both traditional and self-publishing, as well as the writing journey. This show brings you inside an actual writing class, where you can hear other people tell their stories, witness breakthroughs, and hear the ins and outs of learning to write well.

Who Cares About Your Story? What Are The Stakes? They often have season-long themes — check out season 10 for a masterclass-type season on creating a story. With discussions on publishing, platform building and different genres of writing, this is a choice place to find inspiration.

Writing Genre Fiction with Maria Lewis. Publishing veterans Anne R. Allen and Ruth Harris created this online space to offer wisdom and tips for navigating the increasingly complex and sometimes predatory publishing world.

Dreaming of a Writing Career? Christine Frazier takes a scientific approach to writing a best-selling novel. She deconstructs popular books to pinpoint the common elements they share. Follow along for insights on plot, word counts and character development.

Stephanie Morrill knows a love of writing often starts at a young age. Weiland your writing and publishing mentor. With hundreds of blog posts, instructional ebooks, and an exclusive e-letter, her website is the perfect place to find the answers to all your questions. She also responds to every email she receives really! Former publisher Jane Friedman explores the intersection of publishing, authorship and the digital age. Author Jenny Bravo offers personal anecdotes and guidance for writers who want to take a leap into the publishing world.

At My Story Doctor, author David Farland offers tips and workshops on how to write your story and get it published.

He offers strategic advice on the business of writing, covering topics like how to get great deals and make the most of your publishing opportunities. Make the Bookstores Your Partners. At Nail Your Novel, bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor Roz Morris shares her best traditional and self-publishing tips as well as musings on the writing process.

The team at Novel Publicity believes every story should be told, and have its own platform and loyal fans. With that core belief in mind, it provides guidance on writing, marketing and publishing. Posts cover everything from social media strategy and book design to finances and author blogging. The Finances of Publishing. Chandler Bolt believes everyone has a book inside them.

Find a Book Idea That Sells: It took Kristen Kieffer two and a half years to finish her first draft — then she realized she had made every mistake in the book. How to Write a Book Series. Standoutbooks has tons of articles, templates, tools and resource recommendations for getting your book published and marketed to the max. Along with his extensive blog archive, check out his book design templates and Book Launch Toolkit.

What better way to get book publishing advice than from an agent himself? From resource recommendations to eight years and counting! Who Decides to Publish Your Book? Chronicles is a thriving community for science fiction and fantasy writers. Community members gather to discuss favorite books, authors and common themes in science fiction and fantasy writing. Join the Chronicles community. The Fiction Writing Facebook group is a community of nearly 10, writers.

Here, you can post your writing for critique or reviews, and veteran members can announce details about upcoming book releases and published pieces. Join Fiction Writing here. Inkitt is a data-driven book publisher and community where writers can share their work and find an audience for free, even if their novel is not yet finished.

If readers love your work, Inkitt will offer you a publishing deal. The Now Novel program offers a structured, straightforward way to get your book done. Prose is a social network platform for writers who want to focus on the work — not the superficiality of social media. This is a great place to publish your work, connect with other authors, and participate in writing challenges. Over 27, writers of all levels of expertise have joined this buzzing community, founded by author Kamy Wicoff. At She Writes, you can create your own profile, build your network, share your work, get expert advice and feedback and discuss all types of topics in the forum.

Talentville is the online destination for screenwriters and storytellers. This community focuses on bringing together people across the industry — from novice script writers to top agents and producers — so high-quality work can be easily discovered. This community is focused on supporting emerging writers.

Be on the lookout for their annual anthology, which features the 10 best emerging writers in the country. Two Drops of ink is a literary blog accepting submissions from writers of almost any genre. The editors also post book reviews and blog posts about writing and the publishing industry.

Memoir and Reverse Writing. This is a great platform to build buzz around your writing. Join the community here. This post contains affiliate links. This guide will help your business thrive — not just survive.

Congrats to our colleagues that made this list, and thank you to The Write Life staff for your hard work in the blogosphere, and for putting this extensive list together. Just wanted to give a huge, warm thank-you to everyone who nominated Re: Fiction for this list, and to TWL for curating this great resource.

Hop over to our website to share the love! Thanks so much for including us in your Creativity and Craft section. We wish your readers many inspiring reading and writing moments! Delighted to be delivering valuable content to writers—and honored to be included here, among so many outstanding leaders and encouragers in the field. What an amazing list. I see a lot of sites I visit regularly and some awesome new ones. Looking forward to checking them out. Thank you so much for including Writing Revolt and for another amazing round-up of websites for writers!

Lovely to be included among such great resources for writers. Many sites that inspire the Now Novel team here. You guys are terrific for putting this list together each year, and it is just so humbling to be on it.

Thank you, Marisol, for the list. There were a few I was not familiar with and this makes it easier to find other quality sites. Wow, such an honor to be listed here among these awesome websites and resources! Thanks so much for bringing this list together, my friends!! And a huge hug to everyone who nominated the lionhearted blog for this list. Thank you so much for including the IWSG on your list! Thank you for putting in the time and effort to compile this list.

Therefore, I seek only to write for the sake of continuous publication. Would like an agency wishing to see my articles for potential publication; at my age, I seek no type of writing means in order to publish.

Please send me an e-mail that wishes to see my articles. I do not wish either my e-mail or my comments to be published. My total interest is to have my articles reviewed for publication. I started reading your blog now, and I must say it is one of the best blogs or writers.

And I agree the older the blog, the better the content. Thank you everyone for creating content that helps people like me dream about becoming a writer some day.

Marisol—Chiming in to thank you, too. So glad you caught wind of this year! I had trouble emailing you two from the contact section of your website. What a privilege to be alongside such wonderful resources. And what a font of information for all writers! Would have loved to see my PitchTravelWrite. Keep up the good work! I feel so honored to be included in this list.

Thank you so much and thank you for all the great content you share for writers here. Thanks so much for the list. Also I especially like the way you put this: What do you picture when you imagine yourself writing? Be a Freelance Blogger Sophie Lizard teaches you how to take your freelance blogging skills to pro level. Superman Guide to Freelance Blogging 2.

Beyond Your Blog Are you working to grow your blog audience? Aliventures Ali Luke provides both practical and motivational advice on writing books, blogging and building a business around your writing. Ann Kroeker Author and writing coach Ann Kroeker is on a mission to help writers reach their goals by maximizing curiosity, creativity and productivity. Write in the Middle of Traveling 8. Barely Hare Books You are the hero of your own novel-writing adventure, and Rae Elliott of Barely Hare Books is here to help you defeat the monster keeping you from writing that fandom-worthy story.

Writing Friends and Where to Find Them Tracking Our Recurring Storylines Eva Deverell A passionate writer and creative writing teacher, Eva Deverell offers tons of resources for readers, writers, poets and people who just love learning. How to Write a Novella Critique Your Own Work How to Get Them Why Picture Books Are Important Positive Writer In the pursuit of creating work that matters, all writers get stuck from time to time.

The Audacity to Be a Writer PsychWriter At PsychWriter, Tamar Sloan explores the intersection of psychology and writing, specifically as it pertains to character development and reader engagement.

What every writer needs to know Fiction No matter what kind of fiction writer you are, Re: The Write Practice What do all successful writers have in common? How to Write a Ballad Writerology The one constant when it comes to writing? Writers Helping Writers Authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind resources that writers will actually use. Writers In The Storm Just like their characters during perilous times, writers must weather the storm of their profession — and shifting industry tides.

Honey, I Broke the Writing Process Writer Unboxed Frustrated their analytical articles about books and movies were rejected, founders Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton decided to create Writer Unboxed in so they could freely publish their observations.

Write to Done Write to Done is all about learning to write well. Grammar Girl You may speak English fluently, but the language can still be quite a mystery.

Kathy Steinemann Kathy Steinemann loves words. Scribendi Scribendi is focused on the art of editing and proofreading. Freelancer FAQs You have questions, they have answers. Freelance to Freedom You love to write. Freelance to Win At Freelance to Win, Danny Margulies wants you to stop compromising and start living a life of freedom — all by building a freelance career.

FundsforWriters Hope Clark believes writing can be a realistic career for all writers. No Room for Snark From Idea to Execution LittleZotz Writing Lauren Tharp has found a way to write as a freelancer full time and is dedicated to helping other writers do the same.

Writers in Charge With over posts in its archives, Writers in Charge is filled with resources and leads for freelance writers who are looking to be well-compensated for their work. Writers Weekly Around since , Writers Weekly is a tried-and-true resource for freelance writers. Writing Revolt At Writing Revolt, Jorden Roper is leading a revolution to help freelance writers and bloggers make serious money.

HubSpot For business, sales and marketing-focused writers, HubSpot is a great place to stay on top of the latest research, insights, and strategies for connecting with your audience and making them fall in love with your brand. A 3-Step Process Kikolani Founder Kristi Hines brings you the latest strategies, trends and how-tos in digital marketing. The Creative Penn Author Joanna Penn has built a best-selling writing career, and she wants to help you do it, too. Beautiful Writers Podcast On the Beautiful Writers Podcast, host Linda Sivertsen features authors and thought leaders about their writing, business and publishing adventures.

Daring to Create Greatly Rocking Self Publishing Looking to be a published indie author? The Changes in Publishing with William Kowalski Succeeding in the Super Hero Genre The number one thing all successful writers have in common? At The Write Practice, Joe Bunting and his team help you develop your writing rhythm and grow into your voice and identity as a writer.

This site also publishes reader-submitted pieces and is a great place for writers who are just starting out and finding their voice. How to persevere when you hate writing and everything sucks. Authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind resources that writers will actually use. Their books and blog posts focus on helping writers become better storytellers, and their One Stop For Writers library is teeming with tools for planning, researching and writing your book.

Just like their characters during perilous times, writers must weather the storm of their profession — and shifting industry tides.

Run by a group of authors, the Writers In The Storm blog provides inspiration and tips for writers during all stages of the process. Honey, I Broke the Writing Process. Frustrated their analytical articles about books and movies were rejected, founders Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton decided to create Writer Unboxed in so they could freely publish their observations.

It has since grown into a thriving community where writers of all levels can contribute their thoughts on the craft of writing. Creative Work is Performance. Assess Your Creative Health Now. Write to Done is all about learning to write well. The team at Author Media is made of web designers, coders, and social media managers who share tips, resources, and plug-ins for fantastic author websites. In the High-Income Business Writing podcast and blog, Ed Gandia brings you everything you need to know about building a successful career in commercial writing.

In the world of business, content is king — and that means your content creation, blogging, and online marketing have to be on point. Men with Pens, led by James Chartrand, has over 1, blog posts to help with all your content marketing, website-writing and small-business needs. Penelope Trunk has founded four startups, and she knows a thing or two around building community.

Read her blog for life advice, career advice, and everything inbetween. Clarity, Commitment, and Community: The 3Cs of Successful Thought Leaders.

To be a great entrepreneur and make your mark in this world, you have to be able to own who you are and believe in yourself. The team at Riskology presents science-backed strategies for embracing who you are and going for your goals. Law of Equal Effort: Author Joanna Penn has built a best-selling writing career, and she wants to help you do it, too. Her site has a wealth of resources on self-publishing and platform-building — from her articles and ebooks to her popular podcast library of author interviews.

At The Identity, Lis Dingjan and her team help entrepreneurs build beautiful websites, courses, applications and systems. Her blog is an archive of her thoughts about system development, creativity, entrepreneurship, marketing, and going for your goals.

The Thing About Money. You should be able to do whatever you want with it. You have a great online business and an active blog. How to make sure your ebook will sell before you write a single word. This site lives up to its name, with hundreds of practical posts on how to market your skills, price your projects, and deal with the nitty-gritty aspects of a freelance business. On the first of each month, Cathy Bryant posts an extensive list of competitions, contests and calls for submission.

This site is a great one-stop-shop for all recent writing opportunities. Comps and Calls for January You have questions, they have answers.

This means dealing with contracts, handling your own health insurance, figuring out taxes and more. The Freelancers Union is the major hub for everything having to do with living a great freelancer life. How to Calculate Your Hourly Rate. The founders of Freelance Writers Academy say enough is enough when it comes to low wages and content mills.

Freelance Writing has an extensive archive of articles, tutorials, media and resources all geared to helping you build a successful career.

With a job board updated daily and more than eight years of freelance writing and blogging tips, this site is a favorite for writers all over the world.

Hope Clark believes writing can be a realistic career for all writers. Her weekly newsletter lists the best competitions, grants and other well-paying markets, and her platform has grown to include a blog and a bi-weekly paid newsletter with even more high-paying opportunities per issue. No Room for Snark. Lauren Tharp has found a way to write as a freelancer full time and is dedicated to helping other writers do the same.

With bi-monthly newsletters and blog posts along with a brand new podcast, LittleZotz is a great source of practical tips for your freelance life. At Make a Living Writing, Carol Tice is dedicated to helping writers move up from low-paying marketings and start earning more from their work.

As a full-time freelance writer, John Soares loves what he does. At Productive Writers, he shares strategies to help freelancers get high-paying gigs, finish them quickly and get back to life. Mridu Khullar Relph created The International Freelancer to provide targeted advice and resources to freelancers who work outside of the U. This community is also a great source of support for U. Above all else in your freelance career, you want to build a business that feels good, is fun, and is totally you.

Start With the Money. We often think that to be successful, we have to follow the rules and play the game. At the Renegade Writer, Linda Formichelli offers advice on breaking into the world of writing by breaking the rules.

Winning Writers is a go-to source for information about contests for poets and writers. It sponsors four annual contests and keeps tabs on many other writing competitions. When it comes to book publicity and marketing, you can definitely DIY it. Author and public-relations star Sandra Beckwith provides articles, training programs and other resources that help take the guesswork out of book marketing.

We all have a story — a key message we want to share with the world. Through her blog and corresponding radio show, Dorit Sasson helps writers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders build a trusting relationship with their audience so they can share their message and reach new levels of success.

Join Jessica Lawlor and the GetGutsy community to find inspiration and tips on how to step outside your comfort zone and go for your goals. A Reverse To-Do List: Kikolani is a must-have resource for business and professional bloggers who want to make their brands stand out.

Michael Hyatt is the bestselling author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World , and his blog will help you do just that. Read for tips and resources about personal development, productivity, leadership, influence and more.

Recognized as a top entrepreneur and influencer by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and even President Obama, Neil Patel is definitely a go-to guy for all things online marketing. At Social Triggers, marketing expert Derek Halpern shares his best tips, strategies and scripts for growing your audience and making the sale. His techniques are data driven, using the latest finds in psychology and social behavior.

Bernadette Jiwa says the secret sauce to great marketing is building context and understanding between you and your audience. Read her blog if you see marketing as not just a department, but also part of a holistic — and successful — entrepreneurial experience. The Value of Unknowns. Getting published is hard, and it only gets more complicated with a rapidly growing and shifting industry.

The Bent on Books blog is run by Jenny Bent and a team of literary agents. How to Fire Your Agent. Christine Frazier takes a scientific approach to writing a best-selling novel. She deconstructs popular books to pinpoint the common elements they share. Follow along for insights on plot, word counts and character development.

Founder and author Jenny Bravo offers personal anecdotes and guidance for writers who want to take a leap into the publishing world. Best-selling author Jeff Goins created his site to inspire others to awaken to their creative gifts and develop their true voices. The Secret to Effortless Writing.

Stephanie Morrill knows a love of writing often starts at a young age. Weiland your writing and publishing mentor. With hundreds of blog posts, instructional e-books, and an exclusive e-letter, her website is the perfect place to find the answers to all your burning questions. She also responds to every email she receives really! Through her blog posts, weekly writing exercises, and week book development courses, Mary Carroll Moore is devoted to helping writers bring their novels to fruition so they can move forward in the publishing process.

Indies Unlimited is an overwhelming source of writing, publishing, tools and news resources for independent authors. Former publisher Jane Friedman explores the intersection of publishing, authorship, and the digital age. Non-fiction and freelance writer Lisa Romeo blogs on various helpful topics, like how to reclaim your writing life, get through troublesome pieces and navigate the business of writing.

Her biggest piece of advice? Write first, and read blogs second! Researching Literary Agents Part I. On Nail Your Novel, bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor Roz Morris shares her best traditional and self-publishing tips as well as musings on the writing process. The team at Novel Publicity believes every story should be told, and have its own platform and loyal fans.

With that core belief in mind, it provides guidance on writing, marketing and publishing. Posts cover everything from social media strategy and book design to finances and author blogging. The Finances of Publishing. Her blog archive is a great resource for sound advice on how to find and partner with the right agent, hone your elevator pitch, write a query letter and more.

It took Kristen Kieffer two and a half years to finish her first draft — then she realized she had made every mistake in the book. How to Write a Book Series. Standoutbooks has tons of articles, templates, tools and resource recommendations for getting your book published and marketed to the max.

Writing Advice Is Bullshit. Established editor and industry insider Alan Rinzler offers advice on traditional publishing, self-publishing, landing an agent, marketing and more. What 4 Top Agents Desire in a Memoir. At The Kill Zone, you get access to the minds of 11 top suspense writers and publishing professionals. Each day brings new blog posts and insights into publishing, marketing and the writing craft. Navigating publisher and writing contracts? Want to brush up on your knowledge of intellectual property litigation?

Attorney David Vandagriff offers his sometimes snarky musings on the legal side of the writing business. Author, editor and graphic designer Dave Bricker offers straight talk on the book production and publishing business, with insights on book design, typography and marketing.

Choosing a Book Font. YA writer and soon-to-be-published author Ava Jae has made Writability her internet home for five years, sharing vlogs, book reviews, writing tips and how-tos, and blog posts about her own journey to getting published. How to Turn an Idea into a Plot. First impressions count, and that rule still applies in the writing world.

At 1st 10 Pages, writers can post the first 10 pages of their work, to be anonymously reviewed by established industry insiders. This Facebook group of nearly 10, traditional, self-published and indie authors has been around since The community also publishes three anthologies a year. Check out their member guidelines here. Scribophile also hosts free writing contests and hosts an active forum. Learn more about Scribophile here. Over 27, writers of all levels of expertise have joined this buzzing community, founded by author Kamy Wicoff.

At She Writes you can create your own profile, build your network, share your work, get expert advice and feedback and discuss all types of things in the forum. Two Drops of ink is a literary blog accepting submissions from writers of almost any genre. The editors also post book reviews and blog posts about writing and the publishing industry.

Memoir and Reverse Writing. This is a great platform to build buzz around your writing. Join the community here. The Amazon Kindle platform has branched out, creating an ultimate online community for writers at any stage of the creative process.

Here you can talk shop on everything having to do with writing and publishing, and you can submit your writing and ideas for reviews and feedback. To spotlight smaller blogs, Yeah Write hosts weekly writing challenges for nonfiction, fiction and poetry, and microstories. The entire community gets to vote on the most impressive stories and discover new favorite writers.

Check out the writing challenges of the week. This guide will help your business thrive — not just survive. Yes, you have an amazing blog! All the winners actually, you have to offer something of value to have been recognized! Another great idea for writers to gain exposure is through writing contests like: This roster is indeed a worthwhile resource—difficult to find decent blogs related to writing.

How awesome to see our community up there! Honoured and excited to be featured again. Thanks Marisol and all you other lovely people at The Write Life! Thank you for having such a great website and for offering such valuable advice to our readers! Thanks for including my other site, FreelancerFAQs on the list!

I was shocked and surprised when I found out! It was tough to narrow it down this year, but we still love your website! Cheers to a great writing year for all. Honored to make this list again—there are just so many terrific resources here for writers, and so nice to have them all in one place.

Thank you so much for working so hard to put it all together. Hi Marisol, thank you so much for including Sark eMedia in your incredible resource for writers. Congratulations to the Top ! Thank you for this useful list!!! So happy seeing Sark eMedia on the blogging section. They are simply amazing and I will never stop praising what they are doing for everyone.

Thank you for providing such great advice and content to your readers! Thanks for creating the Twitter list — great idea. Thank you for standing out in the writing community. Thanks so much for including Witty Title Here! Thanks so much for your comment! It was tough this year to get our list down to All of the websites on the list are reader-nominated, so we appreciate any and all suggestions for future lists! Thank you for letting us know about AbsoluteWrite.

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