It might take a day or two to wade through the plethora of information available on the internet for writers. Here are some example Google search results for various terms:
literary agents: One million results
writers: 11 million results
editors: 17 million results
publishers: 21 million results
authors: 45 million results
Luckily for you and me, Writer's Digest has narrowed these 95 million websites down to the crème de la crème, picking 101 of the absolute best from a list of over 2,100 nominations. Categories include agent blogs, challenges and creativity, general resources, genre and niche, jobs, just for fun, protect yourself, publishing resources, and writing communities.
Here are some of my favorites.
NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, challenges you to write a 50,000 word rough draft of your novel in the 30 days of November.
As a general reference encyclopedia, nothing beats Wikipedia. Granted, anyone in the public can create and edit the articles, but when it comes to one-stop shopping for information, it's surprisingly accurate and suits my needs.
The Horror Writer's Association offers tips, advice, and the latest news on the genre. I'm a big fan of horror novels, and I mainly use the website as a reference for future reading material. The Bram Stoker Awards page lists the annual winners and nominees, and they are always a good read.
Although Writer's Digest didn't include their own websites in the listings, you can't find a better place to search for a market for your book or a listing of agents, publishers, and editors than Writer's Market. Sure it costs 30 bucks a year, but if you're not willing to drop a little cash to get your book published, you're in the wrong business. It's worth it.
While the listed Writing Communities might provide you with a great place to connect with other writers and aspiring authors, I think they are a waste of time. Like MySpace, FaceBook, and all of the other social networking websites, you can spend all day surfing around and chatting. That's time you could have better spent writing your next great novel.
101 Best Sites [Writer's Digest]
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