Writing is Life: Plunder My Links!
by Doug Solter
Pardon me, Everyone. Today’s post is geared towards writers and self-published authors doing their hustle to get paid and/or published. I’ve been doing some reorganization of my favorites list recently and come to the conclusion I have a lot of useful writing links that might benefit my fellow scribes out there. So please feel free to plunder through these links like good little Vikings and take anything of value.
Unless I’ve indicated it, I haven’t used the services of some of these companies. But if you have used their services, please leave a comment and tell us about your experience!
Word Hippo Need another word or a similar word? Need to find the meaning or maybe translate a foreign word? Try this site.
Smart-Edit First-pass-editing tool for creative writers and novelists. Free-Trial available.
Editminion A free online robot editing site where you can edit a chapter at a time.
Galley Cat Excellent site for traditional and indie publishing news.
The Bookshelf Muse – Look down the right edge of this site for the full online writer’s Thesaurus…but not for words. The wonderful people there have compiled this awesome grand Thesaurus grouped by these subjects: Setting. Character Traits, Weather & Earthly Phenomena, Color, Textures, Shapes. and Symbolism. These are all free and useful during rewrites. They also have an Emotional Thesaurus that you can buy.
Wordplayer This site focuses on screenwriting BUT much of the information is useful to writing any type of story. I strongly urge you to read through theColumns section of the site. The creators are Academy Award ®-nominated writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio who co-wrote the DreamWorks animated feature SHREK, winner of the first Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2002
Barry Eisner – For Writers Great marketing tips and other goodies for writers. Indie-pub and tradition authors can pick up some good stuff.
Great Opening Sentences From Classic Fantasy Novels – See how good writers opened their books.
Randomly Awesome Sites for Writers
Query Tracker About to go through the agent query process? Use this site! It helps you keep track of who, when, and where you’ve sent queries. Also gives you other writer’s experiences with a particular agent. Contact info for agents also provided as well as links to other relevant info to help you research that agent. And best of all it’s FREE! I’ve used this one and I can vouch that it was quite helpful during my agent query campaign.
Authors for Libraries Good tips on contacting and building relationships with libraries!
Mailchimp – If you want to set up a great author newsletter, use this service. It’s free and simple to use. I use it to manage my own email list.
Pro Book Covers My book cover designer. Travis is affordable, easy to work with, and his designs can compete with traditional covers!
Indie Recon A FREE online conference for indie authors! Next one won’t come around until early next year BUT this year’s stuff is still on there so please take your Viking ship over there and plunder it. You won’t be disappointed with the info you’ll find there.
52 Novels Designs high-quality eBooks for writers. Used by authors Barry Eisner and JA Konrath
Ebook Architects Another ebook conversion service.
Extended Imagery Book Cover Designer. Used by authors JA Konrath and Barry Eisner.
Book Buzz Full service book publicity firm ran by Susannah Greenberg.
BKR critique Editing services by Bev Katz Rosenbaum. She specializes in Middle Grade, YA, and New Adult. Former in-house Harlequin editor.
Authorgraph Free service that allows author to “autograph” their eBooks. Not affiliated with Amazon.
A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing The BEST site to follow latest developments on indie-publishing. Blog by indie-pub pioneer JA Konrath.
Kobo Book Hub Do you have your book on Kobo? Good site to let Kobo readers know about it!
Book Blast Author JA Konrath recommends using them to help promote your Amazon KDP Select Free or Bargain book promotions.