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http://www.agentquery.com

^ This site has absolutely everything you need. How to format a query, the standard length of young adult and adult fiction, lists of reputable agents, publishing companies...


http://www.sfwa.org/Beware/

^ This site explains exactly how to spot scammers - whether they are agents, publishers, editors, or random companies hosting writing contests. Writers' Beware teaches you how to be just cynical enough to avoid the bad ones and just savvy enough to find the good ones.

http://www.pubrants.blogspot.com/

^ Kristin Nelson is a literary agent who specializes in chick-lit and women's fiction, and her blog offers weekly advice on how to snag an agent, how to develop characters and voice, what agents/publishers are looking for and why, and whether to send queries through email or snail mail. Plus, she's really funny.

http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/

^ Ditto the Kristin Nelson comment, except BookEnds is even more thorough in its blog than Nelson is - if you can believe that.

http://www.jackflap.com

^ Lots and lots of information about writing and publishing children's books.

http://misssnark.blogspot.com/

^ She's officially retired from blogging, but all her former posts are still on the site. Go read them. They will give you hope that you don't have to be professional to be...well, a professional.

http://www.kathycarmichael.com/synopsis.denver2002.html

^ Tips on how to write synopses.


This one isn't a website, it's a book, but it's incredibly helpful.

Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents


^Writing tips, essays, detailed interviews with agents and editors...it's got it all.


http://teenswritingforteens.wordpress.com

^ So, I might be a little biased because I'm (ahem) a moderator on this site, but I think it's a great resource for young writers. All of the authors of this blog are young adults giving advice about the things they've learned about writing and the publishing process. We've got a few contributors who have agents, a few who are querying and a few who are just starting out - but they're all great writers. :)

http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

^ Query shark essentially critiques query letters sent to it, and you can see how to improve query letters there.

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

^ He used to be a literary agent, but now he's an author, and he offers pretty good advice on practically anything. ^^

Hope that helped some of you wannabe authors! :D


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Emerson says...



This is a great list! I'm going to sticky it so that way others can add their own links, and find it fast. Thank you so much, LS!
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Wow! I've been stickied! *feels loved*

Glad I could help! I found these sites really useful, so I figured other people would too.
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Rei says...



Looks like a good list. I'll be sure to check them out.
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*jumps with joy* Yayyyy! Finally, I found a list. Thanks soooo much LS! *huggles*
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Thanks that agent query site is very informative.
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This list is amazing! I finally found out how to properly format a query letter. This is definitely a great list. Everything here's going on bookmarks!
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Been looking for a publishing site for a while thanks!
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^ So, I might be a little biased because I'm (ahem) a moderator on this site, but I think it's a great resource for young writers. All of the authors of this blog are young adults giving advice about the things they've learned about writing and the publishing process. We've got a few contributors who have agents, a few who are querying and a few who are just starting out - but they're all great writers. :)


Awww hehe. :) Great list! But you're missing the best resource:

http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/200 ... abase.html

You can't forget literary agent, Nathan Bransford's blog! That's his writing advice database but he posts wonderful advice during the week. :) He accepts queries on practically anything and always tries to respond within 24 hours. He's also my dream agent...

You're also missing Queryshark, Janet Reid's blog for her brutal query critiques. http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

Hehe sorry. Couldn't resist adding those two.
  





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Thank you SO much, Sunny, you are a writing-website-god! All of your sites are pure gold, they've all helped me out loads! Thanks again, you deserved to be stickied! :D
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Thank you SO much! :D
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thanks, i'll check them out :)
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lyrical_sunshine wrote:http://www.agentquery.com

^ This site has absolutely everything you need. How to format a query, the standard length of young adult and adult fiction, lists of reputable agents, publishing companies...


http://www.sfwa.org/Beware/

^ This site explains exactly how to spot scammers - whether they are agents, publishers, editors, or random companies hosting writing contests. Writers' Beware teaches you how to be just cynical enough to avoid the bad ones and just savvy enough to find the good ones.

http://www.pubrants.blogspot.com/

^ Kristin Nelson is a literary agent who specializes in chick-lit and women's fiction, and her blog offers weekly advice on how to snag an agent, how to develop characters and voice, what agents/publishers are looking for and why, and whether to send queries through email or snail mail. Plus, she's really funny.

http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/

^ Ditto the Kristin Nelson comment, except BookEnds is even more thorough in its blog than Nelson is - if you can believe that.

http://www.jackflap.com

^ Lots and lots of information about writing and publishing children's books.

http://misssnark.blogspot.com/

^ She's officially retired from blogging, but all her former posts are still on the site. Go read them. They will give you hope that you don't have to be professional to be...well, a professional.

http://www.kathycarmichael.com/synopsis.denver2002.html

^ Tips on how to write synopses.


This one isn't a website, it's a book, but it's incredibly helpful.

Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents


^Writing tips, essays, detailed interviews with agents and editors...it's got it all.


http://teenswritingforteens.wordpress.com

^ So, I might be a little biased because I'm (ahem) a moderator on this site, but I think it's a great resource for young writers. All of the authors of this blog are young adults giving advice about the things they've learned about writing and the publishing process. We've got a few contributors who have agents, a few who are querying and a few who are just starting out - but they're all great writers. :)


Hope that helped some of you wannabe authors! :D


~Sunny


Wow! This is a very helpful list. So far, the only link I know here is agentquery.com. It's a cool site.
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Great list :D

I hope it's ok if I'd add something - I found the list on this site recently, so I thought maybe it may be helpful to people as well:
http://www.copyblogger.com/top-10-blogs-for-writers-2010/

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Woah, this is awesome! I got some resources.
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