Link love: for writers & readers

ON EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WRITING

Writing Links & Links for Writers: "One of the 101 Best Websites for Writers" — Writer's Digest 2006

ON WRITING:

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 pitching a book to a publisher

ON BOOK PROMOTION:

Book Promotion Series

 GREAT BOOK BLOGS:

Blog of a Bookslut

Omnivoracious

Paper Cuts

Short Stack

Still Life with Book Maven

USEFUL LINKS ON PUBLISHING:

Editors & Preditors

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

Media Bistro

Poets and Writers magazine

Publishers' Marketplace

Publishers' Weekly

Publishing Trends

Query Shark: a blog on writing a good query letter

The Three Questions I Am Most Often Asked About the Writing Business by C.M. Mayo (on publishers, agents and promotion)

ON BOOK DESIGN:

Faceout Books

Henry Sene Yee Design 

HISTORICAL FICTION LINKS:

"How Historical Fiction Went Highbrow": a wonderful article in the Atlantic

"Top Historical Novels of All Time"

Enchanted by Josephine

Historical Fiction.com

Historical Novels Review: a publication of the Historical Novels Society

Historical Tapestry

Reading the Past

Writing the Renaissance

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 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

GREAT BOOKS ON WRITING

These are all wonderful books on writing. I have learned a great deal from them all.

A Writer's Time, by Ken Atchity — a practical method

Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande — this is a classic

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott — an excellent book at the beginning

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction, by Robert Olen Butler — essential truths

How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights, by Ariel Gore—this is a very practical and realistic guide, with wonderful humour and wisdom

Reading like a Writer, by Francine Prose—because reading is the all-important first requirement

The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, by Christopher Vogler—I adore this book, and go back to it often

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, by Jane Smiley—particularly Chapters 10 and 11, "A Novel of Your Own, (I) and (II)"

Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers, by Susan Shaughnessy — a great little inspirational book for beginning, and keeping on writing