Hope these links and advice will be helpful to anyone interested in writing!
Allie Boniface - Published author at Samhain Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. I love her blog because she always has a lot of great articles. One recent one is titled “Writers’ Wednesday: How To Take the First Steps Toward Publication” so click on the title to get to this page. She also has information on her blog on how to make a book trailer which is something I need to do for my books.
Donna Alward - a Samhain and Harlequin author
Donna wrote on how to construct a book at her blog. Because of the popularity of The Construction Zone, she has it on her website. By the way, I wrote a post about her book, HIRED BY THE COWBOY, in May if you want to read it and can buy this book and others at Amazon.
Absolute Write site
Charlotte Dillon – www.charlottedillon.com Her website is full of great information for writers. For example, she gives examples of query letters, how to format your manuscript for submission, tax information, and many other helpful tips.
Wow! Women on Writing Great articles on writing and just read one about critique groups at this site.
Nicholas Sparks –www.nicholassparks.com He has a sample query letter that he used to get a contract from his agent and also gives writing suggestions.
E-harlequin – www.eharlequin.com They have writing articles plus submission samples of what a query letter, synopsis, and a manuscript should look like. On their home page, click on their section that says Learn to Write.
Great Professional Organizations
Romance Writers of America - www.rwanational.org
Mystery Writers of America – www.mysterywriters.org
Sisters In Crime – www.sistersincrime.org
Publisher’s Weekly - http://www.publishersweekly.com
Advice for aspiring writers
Follow your heart and believe in yourself!
You have to be persistent and develop a thick skin when it comes to rejections. Remember this is a subjective business so don’t get discouraged. I’d suggest finishing your book before querying publishers and agents. I had half of a novel done when I queried an agent and expected her to ask for a partial first which would’ve given me plenty of time to finish it. Instead, I heard immediately from her and she requested the whole manuscript. It was very stressful trying to finish it and get it to her as quickly as possible. When you’re established as a published author, you’ll be able to submit a partial manuscript to your agent or editor before completing it.
Marianne Arkins and Judy Thomas are launching their new romance review site this month on August 27th and giving away a free tote filled with books and other cool stuff! I’ll give more information about this soon!