Resources For New Authors

I know the writing and publishing journey can be fraught with anxiety. None of us feel like we know what we’re doing. I myself still struggle with impostor syndrome. So, how do we stop this fear of failure? We don’t. We can’t stop impending dread, but we can make sure we have the tools in our arsenal to succeed. To do that, we can research and research, but we can also share what we know. So, behold, here is my list of resources for new authors (and take note to how I said new, not aspiring. You wrote a book. You’re an author).

How to Write a Query Letter

The Basics

More Specific Do’s Don’ts and Examples 

How Not to Query

How to Write a Synopsis

The Basics

Where to Find Reputable Agents

Manuscript Wish List

Association of Authors Representatives

Mentoring Programs/Contests

Author Mentor Match

Pitch Wars

Pitch Contest

Pitmad (All authors welcome)

DVpit (Underrepresented and minority authors only)

SFFpit (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, etc only)

This isn’t a complete list but it should point you in the right direction. For more querying tips, updates on my work, and miscellaneous fun, don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list or follow me on Twitter, and as always happy writing!