Recommended Resources

Updated January 2018

I’ve probably read, reviewed, or at least seen every single advice book, website, and service for writers. I could recommend dozens of resources, but I’ll just focus on the most helpful for new writers.

The Best of My Advice

Also, I’ve created a list of my favorite books on writing and publishing.

High-Level Editing and Coaching

  • Writer and editor Andi Cumbo offers a wide range of budget-friendly services for all types of writers. I recommend her manuscript review, where you can get big-picture feedback before investing in a comprehensive editing job.
  • Whether you’re writing a novel, seeking a ghostwriter, or looking to publish a book from your nonfiction expertise, Stuart Horwitz of Book Architecture can help.
  • Editor Paul Witcover is a traditionally published author of speculative fiction who can offer editorial help across a range of fiction categories.
  • Mehta Book Editing can help with both children’s and adult work, including young adult, middle grade, commercial women’s fiction, literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and more.
  • Lexi Services (Melanie Bishop) offers editing and manuscript consulting, and can also help with doctoring novels, short stories, YA fiction, and screenplays.
  • Ginger Moran offers novel coaching, memoir coaching, and more.

Copyediting and Proofreading

Book Design and Production

  • Book Design Templates from Joel Friedlander is the most economical resource for producing an interior design for print (POD) book; his templates can also produce EPUB files.
  • BookConnectors provides design, production, and marketing assistance to authors who self-publish.
  • If you need help with print and ebook formatting/conversion, check out eBookPartnership.

Book Marketing and Publicity

Research, Permissions and Legal Issues

Author Websites

A Few More of My Favorite Folks

  • Want to start a freelance writing career? Take a class with a stellar coach who helps you get results: Christina Katz
  • Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers newsletter lists semi-pro or higher paying markets and contests as well as grants, crowdfunding, contests, publishers, agents and employers.
  • Writing a script? Jeanne Bowerman
  • Want to share your work with other writers and get feedback? Try one of these communities: Wattpad, Scribophile, or Figment

General Industry Resources

Can’t find what you need? Search The Writer’s Knowledge Base for an answer; it’s curated by someone in the business you can trust.

News & Trends

Writers tend to get frustrated and bitter in their attempts to publish—usually because they don’t understand how the publishing industry works, or they have expectations that will never be met. Try these resources to better navigate your way to success and learn about the changes facing the industry: