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One of the few Facebook groups I can recommend. You can get great writing tips, general feedback, and connections to excellent beta readers and critique partners.
“10 Minute Novelists are an international group of time-crunched writers with big, big dreams and very little time. (Our website is www.10MinuteNovelists.com. Please drop by!) This group emphasizes tips, encouragement and community. Self-promotions are limited to #MondayBlogs on Mondays and #AuthorHappiness on Wednesdays. You can read the group’s rules here. We’re far more likely to buy the books of our friends rather than buy the books of strangers. With that in mind, please share more of your life than just your pitch and your sales page. Once you’re a member, we encourage you to read our files and events so that you know what to expect and how you can get to know us better. Thank you and HAPPY WRITING!”
“Absolute Write is a comprehensive informational Website for writers of all levels. Absolute Write offers articles and information about fiction, non-fiction, screen writing, freelancing, and copy-writing. In addition, we provide information about editing, publishing, agents, and market research. You’ll find links to classes, software, and a large and active on-line community of writers and publishing professionals.”
ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS & WRITING PROGRAMS
“AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 130 writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.”
A Facebook group “for authors, publishers, and cover artists to share their work. New covers and art are welcome. This is for book covers. No nude artwork is permitted. [. . .] We have some resources available for members of this group. You will find them in the files section. There we have a document with listings of book cover designers and their contact information. There is also a document with a list of designers who offer pre-made book covers. Another resource is our document listing stock image providers. And last, we have a document with job postings. This document is for industry companies with a cover design position available.”
An excellent place to find local writing groups and workshops that you can attend in person. “Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.”
One of the best on-line resources for writers. “Preditors & Editors was founded in July 1997 as a resource and a simple compendium for the serious writer, composer, game designer, or artist to consult for information, regardless of genre. Even readers will find Preditors & Editors useful in locating reading material. Preditors & Editors, Inc., is a non-profit corporation. Preditors & Editors’ sole purpose is to provide writers with information and contacts for the purpose of seeking publication of their work. Because artists, composers, and game designers often face the same challenges, they have been included in our coverage. It’s hoped that they won’t take offense when we use the term ‘writer’ most of the time. After considerable thought, we realized that Preditors & Editors would perform a disservice to writers, artists, and composers if it does not warn them about known scams or problems within the industry. A new warnings page can now be referenced by anyone interested in protecting himself. However, most warnings are posted beside the appropriate entries in the listings so that those can be found easier. Additionally, we are very interested in learning about anyone who treats writers shabbily, even if they don’t have anything to do with writing.”
A few of the best titles in my office are published by Writer’s Digest. Their website contains a wealth of information for new writers, along with plenty of opportunities for professional learning and networking.
WRITERS UNITED – AUTHOR’S CLUB
One of the few Facebook groups I can recommend. Writers United – Author’s Club is “for writers and authors to get together and collaborate, ask questions and to discuss just about anything writing related.” Be sure to read the group rules before joining or posting.
WRITERS UNITED – CRITIQUE CLUB
One of the few Facebook groups I can recommend. Writers United – Critique Club is “for writers and authors to share their work, ask questions and get feedback on current Works in Progress (WIP).” Be sure to read the group rules before joining or posting.