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Resources for Aspiring Authors

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:08 AM



We're all writers here, and with nearly 50% of our members aiming to become fully published authors, we thought it would be beneficial to create a compilation of resources about what it takes to get your work on the shelves.

This isn't a definitive list, more of a work-in-progress. We're would be more than happy to add any suggestions – so if you know any good resources, on deviantART or off, link them in the comments! Feel free to discuss your goals and experiences here too.

And if you have had your writing published, or have any experience in this area, we'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment or send us a note :note: about it and we'll add any guidance/advice you have to the blog. :eager:

Guides and Information

On deviantART:

Tips for Editing Poetry by suture.

(Lit) Author Tag Tutorial by Kalen-Bloodstone.

Publishing Resources List and An Idiot's Guide to Publishing by SadisticIceCream.

On Writing – Getting Published and How to Get a Literary Agent by mree.

writingresources has a very useful set of favourites collections.

Resources for Young Writers, Part I and Part II by WineWriter.

Getting Published the Hard Way by msklystron.


Off deviantART:

"Getting Published", a guide by Patrick Ness, UK YA writer and author of the Chaos Walking trilogy:
Are you ready?
Where to send it?
What to submit?


booktrust has a lot of great resources.

How to Get Published by literary agent Rachelle Gardener, and What to Ask an Agent are both useful.

How to Get Published: Novel Publication Tips on Squidoo.

terribleminds.com ranges from talking about what life as a freelance writer is like to tips on getting published (and self-publishing), as well as advice on the craft itself.

Magazines and Webzines

We've included webzines because compilations of written works are often directed towards young writers and they're a great place to get started in the publishing world.

Strange Horizons
"... a magazine of and about speculative fiction and related nonfiction. Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and all other flavors of fantastika."

Voiceworks
"Voiceworks is a national, quarterly magazine that features exciting new writing by Australian young writers. It is a unique opportunity for young writers and artists (under 25) to publish their poetry, short stories, articles and comics, illustrations, drawings and photos, as well as receiving feedback on their submission. It is produced entirely by young people and relies totally on contributions from the readers to make up the content."

The Missing Slate
"The Missing Slate will be a representation both literally and visually of young, metropolitan life. Its general tone will be one of wit, satire, awareness and criticism but will not be unjustly critical."

Furrow
A literary magazine published at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. It accepts submissions (up to 5 pieces of poetry or ±5,000 words of any form of prose) from any undergraduate student in the USA, regardless of what school or what major they're studying in. Submissions can be sent as word attachment to furrowmag@gmail.com. (Contact PeanutButterLegs for more information.)

New Pages' classifieds
This page contains a regularly updated list of opportunities to be published/featured in various blogs, journals, webzines and other publications. Definitely worth bookmarking.

Twitter

If you're connected to the Twitter world at all, it might be useful to consider following these accounts.
@JaneFriedman
@publishingtalk
@Style_Matters
@PublishersWkly
@WritersDigest

Search Engines & Directories

Duotrope – lists over 3,000 fiction and poetry publishers, and has a comprehensive search engine.

Communities & Other

autonomy.com – A website from the publisher Harper-Collins, where users can upload their novels and people rate/review them. Novels with a high amount of good reviews can get sent to an editor's desk for review.

TheShelfLife – A group on deviantART run by Memnalar, dedicated to showcasing work from published authors on dA.



And we've been steadily putting together our own collection of writing resources on deviantART:



There you have it: all of the writing resources we could conjure up in a relatively short space. Don't forget to comment with your aspirations/experiences, and to share your knowledge of any other publishing resources with the rest of the literature community!

We hope this helps, and we'll keep an eye out for your name on the shelves. When you're famous, don't forget to write home, okay? :highfive:

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SilverRosess Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for putting this up for us! But I have a question. About a week ago I was contacted by a publishing house and they want to publish my novel. Buuut... they said to fix up grammer/punciuation and make it look better (I opened it on my iPad and that got rid of all the indents, ect.) They also suggested I get a few beta readers or a freelance editors, but I really don't want to do that. And I have reason to believe they weren't serious about the freelance editor (don't ask, I don't want to say too much about THAT lol). Do you think I should seriously consiter getting beta readers? I don't want to spend money, it'll take a long time and i only have a month, but if it'll help my chances of seriously getting published, I'd look into it... what do you think?
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Photographer
:omg: I have no idea. I'll bring this up at an admin chat meeting to see if anyone else knows. Sorry about the late reply!
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SilverRosess Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for replying! Haha, I actually resolved the issue and those same publishers are going to publis ny novel, but for others, the question may be useful :)
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Photographer
:heart: Okay, good luck!
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MoonlightWillow6 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011   Writer
Thank you for putting together this amazing resource! I really appreciate it! :hug:
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Solarune Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011   Writer
No problem! :) It's more of a work-in-progress at the minute, heh, but we hope you find it helpful!
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Solarune Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011   Writer
:) Thank you so much for getting this up, Jon! I love the new CSS, btw.
I have some more things to add to this, so I'll get in touch with you & edit soon.
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Did we ever get in touch? :lol:
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:iconsolarune:
Solarune Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   Writer
Uhhh... I don't think so. :XD: I mainly wanted to ask you whether it was OK to just add things if I found any more, I think, but I might've asked you that somewhere else- can't remember.
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ARIrish Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Okay ignore me. I'm on my laptop which has a tiny screen and is pretty laggy, and in scrolling down I managed to completely skip that section you have already set aside SOLELY for the link I mentioned.
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Solarune Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011   Writer
:hug: No problem! Thank you for bringing it to our attention. The section isn't very big, so it's easy to miss. :XD: Any other contributions you have, feel free to say so!
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ARIrish Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Can I suggest adding a link to [link] to your list? It's probably THE definitive place to find literary mags/journals/ezines, has lots of criteria to search by, and is constantly updated.
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Jounrals like this are why faving journals is actully not as lame as I thought orginally.
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Photographer
I see your point. :nod:
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
I've got a couple of journals like this tucked away in my favorites now. And now that they have the news feed full of less stupid crap I'm happy.
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Photographer
:thumbsup:
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:iconvigilo:
Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Writer
:clap:
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Photographer
:love:
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Writer
This is an amazing resource. Thank you.
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Photographer
:hug: Of course!
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Writer
:D
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aurieth-mynonys Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just went to visit Chameleon Dream, and it looks like they've closed up shop and sent submissions back to their writers. At least, that was the message I received when I went there.
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Photographer
That's too bad. :no: I've removed it from the blog, thanks for the comment.
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:iconaurieth-mynonys:
aurieth-mynonys Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Just wanted to let you know. It IS too bad! :( I hope it can come back again soon.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You should seriously consider including NewPages. I recommend including their classified section (basically a call for writing submissions) in this blog post because it is extensive and offers everything from paying publications to debuting journals. Here is their classifieds section, which is updated regularly: [link]
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Photographer
I've added it, thanks for the comment! :glomp: That's a really great site right there.
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guagna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Writer
i'm a big fan of the blog "terribleminds" [link]

it's quirky, off-color, and will make you laugh out loud, but at the same time has a treasure chest full of writing-advice-gems. it ranges from talking about what life as a freelance writer is like, tips on getting published (and self-publishing), as well as advice on the craft itself.
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Photographer
Awesome! :wow: I've added it to the list. Thanks a lot!
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guagna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Writer
not a problem :]
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THEvampireninja Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Writer
there is a magazine I've just recently found useful, "Writer's Digest" but, of course, it's not online (though they may have a website) and they're just as much about improving your writing, as they are getting it published.

I'm currently searching for a publisher right now, or rather, trying to self publish. But, money is the biggest key- so to anyone who's still working on it... save up!
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Photographer
:hug:
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PeanutButterLegs Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
They do send out emails if you sign up with helpful tips on writing and publishing. I'm collecting them for that eventuality.
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THEvampireninja Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Writer
Sounds good :D
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Otulissa3 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011   Writer
I agree with you on this one. I'm at the same point. Even if you are not self publishing the price of stamps adds up fast not to mention you either print each time you send which cost or use stamps. It takes me five stamps to send to New York, six counting the SASE.
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THEvampireninja Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Writer
Well, somewhat recently I've been considering trying to get an actual publisher to look at my work, but I didn't even know where to begin.

I guess no matter what I do, it will cost me money, and I"ll have to hope that I at least make back what I spend.
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pixiepot Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student General Artist
This was great help, thank you! :hug:
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:iconjonathoncomfortreed:
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Photographer
You bet! :glomp: Glad to hear it!
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:iconpixiepot:
pixiepot Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student General Artist
:hug:
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Photographer
:]
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trustinparanoia Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a fantastic resource that I shall surely use! But I do wish the title was for aspiring authors rather than writers. We're all writers, but not necessarily published.
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jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Photographer
:dummy: I'll change it, thanks for the suggestion! I agree with you – I'm an aspiring writer but I'm not gonna be published. Again, thanks for pointing it out.
And glad to hear that you'll use it! :hug:
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