Writers: Finding What’s Hot & Guidance

New writer’s often wonder where to look for what’s trending in the category and genre they write. Or perhaps, they want good old fashion tips on writing and encouraging stories of how other authors succeeded. Writer’s can find help almost anywhere these days on personal blogs of other writers. But today I thought I’d share some of my favorite digital/print magazines and associations. And although some of these require a paid subscription to achieve their full benefits, trolling as an unpaid subscriber can still profit the writer. (But of course, I recommend subscribing when the budget allows.)

  • Publishers Weekly is the international news website of book publishing and bookselling including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries and more.
  • Writer’s Digest is a resource for writers, celebrating the Writing Life and What it Means to be a Writer in Today’s Publishing Environment. It also is the place to find Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents.
  • The Writer is full of features you can use to improve your writing, including before-and-after examples of improved writing, more literary markets than ever before, practical solutions for writing problems, selected literary magazine profiles, tips from famous authors and hands-on advice.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres. Esteemed past members include Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton.
  • Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association, with a membership of more than 10,000 romance writers and related industry professionals, whose mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a non-profit , 501 (c)3 organization which is  one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Several of the most prestigious children’s literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Advisors.
  • Children’s Book Council is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting and informing the industry and fostering literacy.

I hope you find gold nuggets of information while visiting these sites. And as always, happy writing and good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Writer and blogger of MG/YA fiction


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