I decided to make a list of all the websites that helped me a lot to learn what it takes to get published, how to query literary agents, how to write a query letter, how to write a synopsis and what to expect once you get an offer from an agent. I’ll keep updating it. If you can recommend another website, please leave a comment.
How to write a query letter:
QueryShark: how to write a query letter and how to revise it until it actually works.
Query Prep Questions by J. Elle, the author of WINGS OF EBONY.
Eric Smith’s query tips: examples of query letters.
Writer’s Digest: successful queries.
Ask Daphne: KT Literary’s blog with query tips plus feedback.
Query 101 blog: examples of queries that worked.
A great example of a dual POV: Ciannon Smart’s query received 7 full manuscript requests, and she signed with Taylor Haggerty of Root Literary.
A great exampe of a pitch! Pitch Wars Showcase: Bighton Rose’s MG fantasy. I read this pitch several months ago, but I keep thinking about it and wishing I could read her book.
Another perfect example of a pitch from Pitch Wars showcase. Rena Barron’s YA West African fantasy. Wow. Just wow. I wish I could write a pitch like that!!! Short and sweet.
Robin Stevens’s query of the MG murder mystery called MOST UNLADYLIKE MURDER. Her agent is Gemma Cooper.
Marissa Meyer’s Cinder query.
Katie Zhao’s query.
Rachel Hawkins’s query: the title of this novel has changed; you know it as HEX HALL.
How to write a Twitter pitch:
How to choose a literary agent:
QueryTracker: how to find literary agents.
AgentQuery: a free database of lit agents.
Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR): find lit agents (you can check the Member Database).
Literary Rambles: info about literary agents, including some interviews.
The Manuscript Wishlist: what kind of projects are literary agents looking for? There are so many literary agents out there. This website will help you to find the right one.
#MSWL Wishlist: the actual tweets of the agents.
@YaWhispers: The Lady Whistledown of YA. DMs open for questions about lit agents. You can find there lots of important info about bad and incompetent agents and agencies.
Writer Beware: resources about literary scams.
The Literary Agents of Color directory: a directory devoted to listing and supporting literary agents of color in publishing, a resource for writers and illustrators to use as they research and seek representation for their work.
Jim McCarthy’s list of questions: what to ask an agent when they offer representation.
Lots of info about book publishing (including query tips):
Janet Reid’s blog: a literary agent in New York answers various questions from writers and talks a lot about the publishing industry.
Pub Rants: a very informative blog written by the agents of the Nelson Literary Agency.
Miss Snark: another great blog written by a literary agent.
Nathan Bransford’s blog: writing advice and info about book publishing basics.
BookEnds YouTube channel: great tips from some lit agents.
Pitch Wars: a free mentoring program that pairs aspiring writers with completed manuscripts with experienced authors and ends with an agent showcase.
Author Mentor Match: a free mentoring program that pairs aspiring writers with completed manuscripts with experienced authors.
The Editor-Writer Mentorship: this program pairs writers from underrepresented groups with experienced book publishing editors.
The Write Team Mentorship Program: find community and support.
How to find critique partners:
The Write Cohort: find critique partners.
#CPmatch hashtag on Twitter.
How to improve your craft:
Brandon Sanderson’s creative writing lectures: free on YouTube.
Pub Crawl: writing craft resources.
Susan Dennard’s Writing Resources: hundreds of useful articles.
How to plan your novel using the three-act structure: a very informative blog post with examples from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.
Fiction University: how to improve your writing. My favorite column is called “WIP Diagnostics”. You can submit 250 words of your work with a specific question about writing and an editor Maria D’Marco or an author Janice Hardy will analyze your submission on their blog. I emailed them several times and it was super helpful.
How NOT to format a picture book manuscript: a blog post by Julie Berry.
Word count: everything you need to know about word count and book length.
How to write a synopsis:
Susan Dennard’s Pub Crawl: how to write a one-page synopsis.