This page is for links: helpful links, interesting links, links to other links. Most of them are supplementary to blog material to help you get a better idea of writing, publishing, and other mysteries of the book world. If you have any links to suggest, comment below!   

Understanding publishing

  • Here, author John Green explains royalties, the WGA strike and promotional content.

The agent game

  • Pub Rants. Tips from agent Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency (NLA), Denver. Talks about queries, writers and the publishing industry, and gives you some of idea of why agents reject queries.
  • Query Shark. A brilliant free service for writers, run by a literary agent. Submit your draft query and have it critiqued. The site has an archive full of queries to look through.
  • SlushPile Hell. Written by an anonymous agent, it gives you an idea of what agents definitely are not looking for in your query letter.
  •  Writer's Relief. This page will advise you how to interpret what agents say in their rejection letters, dividing them into several categories.

Writing tools
  • I Write Like. Analyses your writing and tells you who your nearest literary relative is. I somehow managed to get Shakespeare, Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood and David Foster Wallace over the course of four paragraphs, so, um, maybe not that reliable. But entertaining. [Suggested by Lukas]
  • RainyMood. Does what it says on the tin. Open the page while writing and suddenly you've got ATMOSPHERIC NOISE. 
  • Scrivener. Writing software with a free trial available. You can set out your book as a project, organise your research, track scene elements and much more. Haven't used this myself, but it comes highly recommended by more app-savvy friends. 
  • The Bookshelf Muse. This site works as a fiction-orientated thesaurus and helps you avoid the dreaded cliché. Discover new ways to describe physical attributes, emotions, symbolism, colour, character traits and more. [Suggested by Zac]   
  • What kind of writer are you? This quiz will help you work out what your style is – flashy, flowery or straight to the point. I'm an Ernest Hemingway. 

Just because...


  1. I've got one, but it focuses more on the actual writing process; a thesaurus for setting, emotion, colour and symbolism. Very handy if you keep saying 'Sky blue' or 'I raised my eyes in surprise.'

  2. You're absolutely right about epic music.

  3. Great links! Thanks for sharing them! I'm actually attempting to write something myself- well, 2 different things actually- and think that these will be rather useful in developing my projects.

    I'm kind of at an impasse at the moment during the planning stages of my ideas (I ultimately will have to go forward with one project at the moment, although I will revisit whatever I'll have decided to set aside for now later), but I was wondering whether you could give some advice from your experience and what you've learned from others, if it's not too much trouble for you. Oh! And sorry if you've already addressed them and I missed it, by any chances:

    1- How long would you recommend spending on a project, especially if it's your first attempt at writing a novel? How long did you personally spend planning, developing, writing, and editing TBS?

    2- What is the most effective and efficient way of checking to see if your work isn't too similar to other works that have already been published? In other words, how can you ensure that it wouldn't be considered a "rip-off" of another work (or works) or too formulaic or cliche?

    3- How do you know whether you're ready to move on from planning your novel to actually writing it? I know you personally didn't plan your novel out chapter-for-chapter, but is there a specific methodology for planning and writing,or, rather, one that has stood the test of time, if you will? My problem is that I think that I'm spending TOO MUCH time planning and that I'm worried that I'll get into writing without much of a game plan. Also, if you think your story has potential and you have a beginning, part of the middle, and an ending, but you don't know how to really fill the middle, what do you recommend?

    4- If you do write two works and want to send queries out for both to agents at the same time (although it does seem pretty insane, I admit), as long as you don't enclose the queries for the two works in one package (envelope?), can you still query the same agent? What's the appropriate wait time for querying an agent for various works of yours, if they don't pick up one work of yours or still haven't given you a decision on it? And once you've been given representation by an agent, can you just send all future book proposals and manuscripts to them, or what's the procedure for that?

    Sorry for the bother! I know that these are dumb questions (and a lot, at that), but I can't help but wonder. I'd really appreciate your insights, since you've obviously been able to find a very effective system and way of doing things and just masterfully tell your story.