You probably already have more than a hundred websites and blogs linked in your bookmarks folder. There’s always room for more, particularly when you come across a great resource to offer inspiration, prompts, and insider industry know-how. From time to time, The Write Life will be happy to direct you to a handful of sites you may find worthy of bookmarking:
Writer Unboxed began in 2006 as a forum for book and writing discussions, but has since grown to be a go-to source for emerging writers. Monthly contributors include legendary literary agent Donald Maass, social media expert and former publisher of Writer’s Digest Jane Friedman, and marketing guru/novelist MJ Rose. In a recent post, Jane Friedman weighs in on the importance of copyediting and how writers can approach the skill with the know-how to earn and keep an audience coming back for more.
The Renegade Writer has an endless supply of short, energetic articles geared to help you get your butt in the chair and be productive. Focused on freelance writing, this resource can cheer you up after a rejection, steer you toward new markets, and show you ways to improve your query skills. Recent posts range in topic from “3 Excuses that are keeping you from a successful freelance writing career” to “How to gain control over your freelancing life.”
Duotrope.com should already be in your modern day file-o-fax. This resource lets you search and discover poetry and fiction markets, review guidelines, and gain insight into response times. You can also log and track your own submissions, use the handy submission tracker for improved organization, and find compatible markets based on what publications have accepted your work before. Duotrope lists more than 3600 markets you may search by pay scale, publication frequency, and genres.
More resources will be shared in the coming weeks and months. Feel free to let us know what websites and blogs are essential to your writer’s toolbox.