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Welcome to my fiction writing resources page! This is meant to be a growing list, so check back for new items. If there’s a writing resource you’re wondering about that isn’t covered here, feel free to get in touch, and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

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My Fiction Writing Resources

The Writing Tips Collection (my blog posts and guest posts about craft, business, and other writerly things—updated as I post new content)
-All the books about writing I’ve hosted over the years.

Other Fiction Writing Resources


Save the Cat! By Blake Snyder (book)
Self-Editing for Self-Publishers by Richard Bradburn (book)
Don’t Overexplain “Default” Objects (Tip: Combine this with my advice about middle actions to cut much of the bloat from your book.)
Understanding Third-Person Point of View (from Jane Friedman)
Omniscient point of view from AJC Publishing, Manuscript Editing Services
How Long Should a Book Be? (from Writers Digest)
Eliminating or Reducing Flashbacks
Gender-Neutral Pronouns in Creative Writing
Said Bookisms (AKA, why said isn’t dead)

The Writer’s Guide to Microsoft Word (book)



Query Shark, maintained by literary agent Janet Reid
Effective comps in your query by Janet Reid, literary agent
Fiction Subgenres (from Writers Digest)



Self-Publishing Resources compiled by Martin Publishing Services
The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman (book)
20BooksTo50K® (Facebook group)
The Ultimate Guide To Goodreads For Authors from KindlePreneur

Email Newsletters for Authors: the Getting Started Guide by Jane Friedman



Bad Reviews: An Undiscovered Tool for Writers


For Editors

If you work directly with individual authors as an editor or designer, you owe it to yourself to read The Paper It’s Written On: Defining your relationship with an editing client. This little book grew out of a presentation Karin Cather and Dick Margulis gave at a Communication Central Be a Better Freelancer® conference several years ago. It explains the hows and whys of a contractual relationship with a client and offers sample contracts. Even if you already have a template you use, this book will benefit you.

If you are guiding your client through the self-publishing process, it is essential that you and your client understand that publishing a book is a team sport. Everyone needs to understand how the whole process unfolds, who is responsible for what, and what happens when in the process. This 24″ × 18″ flowchart captures all of the essential steps in an easy-to-grasp graphic format. You can add value to the service you offer by helping your client be the publisher. You could spend hundreds of dollars on a publishing curriculum to get your head wrapped around the whole publishing process. Or you could buy this chart.

Remember, check back for more, and get in touch if there’s a fiction writing resource you want but don’t see.


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