Writer’s Resources

As I learn more about this business (and make no mistake, it is a business, I find I have lots of information I’ve gathered, and bearing in mind how long it has taken me to track down and experiment with all this stuff, I decided to keep a page of useful sites, books and posts so that you won’t need to spend so much time searching them out for yourselves.

I may vary the arrangement from time to time, and will keep adding and updating links as often as I can, but don’t shoot me if something is no longer current, please!

You may need to scroll down the page to locate what you are looking for, but to save you more of that precious time, right now the order of info below is:

  1. Blogging, social media and website info
  2. Links to recommended reviewer and editors
  3. Books and links on writing craft
  4. Publishing and marketing info

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HOW TO START BLOGGING

We all hear how important it is for writers to have a ‘platform’ – well, your blog will serve as the hub for your social media, the place that links it all together.

If you are not sure where/how to get started, take a look at this site: http://www.startablog123.com/

If you don’t know how to go about setting up a blog/website, then take a look at: http://websitesetup.org/

and/or: How to Start a Blog – the Step by Step Guide

and/or a brief tutorial at: http://startbloggingonline.com/

Also http://wpreviews.net/how-to-start-a-blog , a really comprehensive post on how to blog with WordPress (like I’m doing here), and/or http://www.startupyourblog.com/

And if you’re not convinced about why you should be blogging, see this post:  Reasons To Start A Blog

 Best WordPress Themes for Writers and Publishers

Links to a collection of great posts on blogging by Molly Greene

If you want to build a really professional looking website rather than just a blog, take a look at this simple, pictorial set of instructions at: http://www.createyourwebsites.com/

Tips on using social media sites – and a useful blog to follow

Bad Redhead Media

Including: 12 Most Relevant Reasons You Should Self-Publish

As a self-published author here are 12 good reasons to self-publish your book

25 fabulous (more advanced) posts about blogging

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Looking for a book reviewer?

Plenty out there, here’s my first suggestion: So, I read this book today…

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Or a book blog?

Looking for blogs to approach, to see if they will feature your book? Take a look at the Book Blogger Directory

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Looking for a book editor?

I can recommend:

  1. Leiah Cooper (US)
  2. Eagle Eye Editors (UK)

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How about a translation service?

Babelcube translates for free, then takes a share of the royalties.

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THE EMOTION THESAURUS

One of the most useful little books I’ve found in ages

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One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by exploring seventy-five emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.
Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment, including situations where a character is trying to hide their feelings from others. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them.
This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.

About the Authors

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are the creators of the award winning online resource for writers, The Bookshelf Muse. Members of SCBWI, both authors write in the Middle Grade and Young Adult genres.
Find it on Amazon
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A fantastic online THESAURUS for when you have that word on the tip of your tongue, but can’t quite place it.
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THE LITTLE BOOK OF SELF-EDITING FOR AUTHORS
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How to Edit Yourself and Why You Should
This is not a book about why you don’t need an editor. This is a book about first editing your own work to the best of your ability, so that when you hand your manuscript over to an editor, it is as free of placeholder writing, as devoid of verbal crutches, as lean and clean as you know how to make it.
Good editing by the writer—before an outside editor ever sees your work—can make the difference between an okay book and a good one, or between a good book and a great one.
Find it on Amazon 
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Quick editing guide sheet
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http://www.techtoolsforwriters.com/hemingway-app-a-proofreading-tool-for-writers/

http://www.techtoolsforwriters.com/proofreading-tool-perfectit-pro/

http://www.techtoolsforwriters.com/macros-for-writers/

http://www.dontpanicbooks.com/beyondpaperediting/how-to-make-word-behave-like-scrivener/

http://www.techtoolsforwriters.com/using-split-screen-for-editing/

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Pictorial guide to body language

http://writerswrite.co.za/body-language-reference-sheet

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50 ways to murder your fictional character – downloadable PDF

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World’s best grammar checker: Grammarly

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A list of all those pesky clichés that you should never use: https://prowritingaid.com/art/21/List-of-Cliches.aspx

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Joanna Penn’s AUTHOR 2.0 BLUEPRINT – a FREE downloadable document on all aspects of self-publishing and marketing,

and sign up for regular updates from Joanna Penn’s award-winning blog, THE CREATIVE PENN
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ELLENBOOKS collects articles on writing and publishing, and also offers FREE tutorials on those subjects. Take a look at: ellenbooks blog
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Twitter: the definitive list of # HASHTAGS for writers
Twitter tools:   https://mytoptweet.com/ – analyse your (and others’) most popular tweets.
http://www.socialbro.com/  – analyse your way to more efficient twitter usage and find new followers
http://hashtagify.me/  – discover the most effective hashtags of the moment
http://www.twitonomy.com/  – analyse your own tweets for greater insight into what works best
http://bluenod.com/  – analyse people’s contacts and find new followers
http://twubs.com/ – discover hashtag chats and get your own dedicated hashtag
https://manageflitter.com/  – manage your followers and unfollow people who don’t follow you
http://topsy.com/ – search engine for Twitter
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Needs reviews? Take a look at: The Book Review Directory
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Take a look at this great list of sites where you can list your book(s) and/or author profile. Remember that the more times a reader sees your work, the more likely they are to buy it, and its great for SEO, too. Covers paid, free and library listings.
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Ryan Lanz’s WRITER’S TOOLBOX, with lots more of the stuff you’ve already found on this page and then some.
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7 comments

  1. Thanks for all the writer’s resources. 🙂

    1. You are most welcome – hope you find plenty of them useful 😀

      1. Yes I’m sure they will come in handy. 🙂

  2. Lots of great sounding resourses here, Deborah… Will have to come back and check some of them out when I have a bit more time. 🙂

    1. Thanks Kev, I think my biggest problem is not including too many – so easy to eat up that precious time.

      1. Best to stick with what feels comfortable in that case… Easier said than done though. 🙂

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