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Extras for Writers

CAREER ADVICE FROM PATRICIA

I was a guest on Draft2Digital’s Spotlight live YouTube chat series in April to offer advice for authors looking to make a career out of their writing. Key takeaway: writers starting out should take the long view. Do the things that are sustainable for you as a person so you can continue to have a long career. Thank you to host Dan Wood, D2D’s director of operations and author relations.

RESOURCES

Fellow author and buddy Laura Resnick’s resource page for writers is fantastic. Instead of duplicating what she’s put together, I’m sharing it with you.

But if it’s a little too complete for you to start, here’s my streamlined approach – aimed at indie publishing, because that’s what I know now — with my recommended go-to resources:

AT THE BEGINNING…

Joanna Penn/The Creative Penn:
Start with her free Author 2.0 Blueprint. Then explore the archives of her podcast.

David Gaughran:
Start on his website

 

TAMING THE BASICS

The Elements of Style (Fourth Edition)
by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White

Websters New World College Dictionary (Fourth Edition)
(includes rules of punctuation)

Online Dictionary & Thesaurus

Paul Brians
Emeritus Professor of English, Washington State University


Associated Press Stylebook
Can buy print book or Online subscription (but can see Ask the Editor for free)

Chicago Manual of Style
(Not my personal favorite, but widely used)

Glossarist
Searchable directory of glossaries & topical dictionaries

Internet Public Library

Reverse Dictionary

How to Dig Like a Journalist (article)

10 Tips for Finding Out What You Need to Know (article)

CRAFT CONSIDERATIONS…

My very favorite writing book is actually a script-fixing book – Making a Good Script Great, by Linda Seger.

Authors who are also good teachers:

 

 AS YOU CONSIDER THE BIZ….

  • Writer Beware – there are lots of people trying to take advantage of authors, so be careful out there

 

 WHEN YOU’RE BETTER ESTABLISHED…

  • Novelists, Inc. – for multipublished authors of popular fiction; membership requirements
  • BookBub – the marketers share insights and tips on their blog

NOTE: The links to books are Amazon affiliate links (if you click my link and buy, I’ll get a tiny payment.) These books are also available on Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and most other ebook retailers.

 

PATRICIA’S WRITING HOW-TO BOOKS