ON EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WRITING.
Writing Links & Links for Writers: "One of the 101 Best Websites for Writers" — Writer's Digest 2006
Writer Unboxed: writers on writing; consistently worthwhile.
"What's holding you back?": this is a very good article, written for academics but applicable to all writers.
Alexandra Sokoloff; Screenwriting Tricks for Authors: Excellent posts on story structure, etc. Highly recommended.
ON GETTING PUBLISHED (OR NOT):
The Manuscript is Ready — (Or Is It?) — What's Next? This is a text of a workshop (plus links) given by literary author C. M. Mayo. It's a great overview of writing and publishing. She knows whereof she speaks!
"30 famous authors whose works were rejected (repeatedly, and sometimes rudely) by publishers," an article by Michelle Kerns for examiner.com: We all need to remember this.
ON BOOK PROMOTION:
GREAT BOOK BLOGS:
USEFUL LINKS ON PUBLISHING:
Write a great query by Noah Lukeman
Buzz, Balls & Hype — M.J. Rose's fabulous blog
From proposal to publication by Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner
The Three Questions I Am Most Often Asked About the Writing Business by C.M. Mayo (on publishers, agents and promotion)
ON BOOK DESIGN:
HISTORICAL FICTION LINKS:
"How Historical Fiction Went Highbrow": a wonderful article in the Atlantic
Historical Novels Review: a publication of the Historical Novels Society
WONDERFUL HISTORICAL NOVELS—my personal shortlist:
A Walk with Love and Death by Hans Koning
Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead
Conceit by Mary Novik
Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
Music & Silence by Rose Tremain
Santa Evita by Tomas Eloy Martinez
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Boys in the Trees by Mary Swan
The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron by Janet Lewis
The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (and now, of course, Bring up the Bodies)
Year of Wonders: a Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks