Welcome to my Author Tools! Here, I’ve compiled a selection of useful tidbits for unpublished authors hoping to make it in the traditional industry (or even for anyone resembling that description). Enjoy!
Twitter parties for pitching to agents, short story and poem contests, free webinars and agent chats… I post it all! If it’s a writing event, and it’s free, and it’s online, then I’ve posted it on my Calendar. If you notice any events that are missing, feel free to let me know. I also post daily on upcoming events on the Twitter account @writevent (which follows authors back).
Your one-stop shop for straightforward, affordable editing of manuscripts and queries. Home of the $5 query critique! Pricing for manuscripts starts at $10 for each 2500 word portion you want edited (must choose an increment of 2500). Pay for as little or as much as you like!
When I was an intern for Speilburg Literary Agency, I went through about a million queries – and 80% of them were just awful. I wrote a blog series for the agency detailing ways authors could make queries better. Visit the link to take a look – and feel free to submit to Speilburg!
New to Twitter? Want to make the most out of it, as an author? I offer tips about profile composition, useful hashtags to use, the best ways to Tweet, and more. Stop by to check out my handy infographics.
I offer a FREE list of 80+ agents that (for the most part) accept science fiction and fantasy. Even if you don’t write in these genres, plenty of the agents listed (especially toward the bottom of the list) may be seeking new work in your field.
Next up is a FREE list of markets that accept science fiction and fantasy while paying $0.06/word or more – the going rate needed to earn yourself a SFWA membership.
Having trouble making your synopsis? I discovered this incredible resource for writing synopses by Susan Dennard. 11/10 would recommend. It makes the process so easy!
Agents reject a large percentage of queries based solely on word count. Every genre and age category have an expected window of length, and this is a great reference for thoseby agent Bree Ogden.
Not sure what comp titles to use, or what to read next? Try using this “literature map” to find authors similar to other authors. Created by Gnod.
Like all writers with a website, I maintain a humble blog. You can see all of my articles from my “Writing Tips” series at the link above.
I’ve always found writer’s conferences to be incredibly informative. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford them; and even if you can, you will still be missing at least half of the sessions. To combat this, I created a blog series detailing every conference session I attended. You can see all of those posts at the link above.