Resources

Here are select books, websites, and organizations that our members recommend to help you throughout your writing life. You’ll find critique and critique group resources listed at the end.

Books

  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
  • Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers, by Scott Norton.
  • The Elements of Style, 4th ed., by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White.
  • The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
  • MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd ed.
  • Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro, by Katherine Pickett
  • The Plot Whisperer, by Martha Alderson

Websites

  • BiblioCrunch. helps authors collaborate with curated editors, book designers, marketers, and other publishing professionals who can take their book to the next level.
  • Elance. Post jobs and find editors who bid on your project.
  • Jane Friedman: Writing, Reading, and Publishing in the Digital Age. In-depth information on book publishing.
  • Library Guides from Montgomery County Public Library
  • Mediabistro. Search a database of freelance writers and editors, plus stay up-to-date on publishing industry news.
  • oDesk. Post jobs and find editors who bid on your project.
  • The Permissions Group. This is a paid service to help you determine whether excerpts require permission.
  • The POP Newsletter. Katherine Pickett’s blog with writing and editing tips and more resources for authors and editors.
  • Preditors and Editors. Search this site for information about any publishing services you are interested in. Brief descriptions include whether the company is not recommended and why.
  • Writer’s Digest magazine for writers with articles, interviews, and links to resources for writers of all levels and styles.
  • Writers Helping Writers, formally “The Bookshelf Muse” offers help and support, empowering writers everywhere with many one-of-a-kind tools and resources for writers, editors and teachers.

Organizations

  • American Society for Indexing. The national association for indexers. Tons of resources for indexers and others.
  • Editorial Freelancers Association. This national association of freelancers provides a rate chart for various publishing freelancers as well as a searchable database of freelance editors and other publishing professionals and helpful classes.
  • Editors’ Association of Canada. Canada’s national association of editors. Find a database of freelance editors on this website.
  • Independent Book Publishers Association. The IBPA offers resources for independent publishers of all sizes. Membership includes opportunities for discounts and joint marketing.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. This organization is an excellent source of information to guide you in all publishing decisions. See especially the Writer Beware blog and information on print-on-demand services.
  • The Writer’s Center (Bethesda). Take classes and workshops on the craft of writing. All classes are led by well-respected instructors from around the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area.

Critique and Critique Group Resources

How to Give Helpful Critique

How to Make the Most of Critique on Your Work

Writers Digest. http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/guest-post/4-ways-to-make-the-most-of-a-critique-group

https://beckylevine.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/expectfromcritique1.pdf

How to Form/Run/Find a Critique Group

Writers Digest. http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/5-techniques-for-managing-group-critiques

https://beckylevine.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/rightfitpdf5.pdf

Online Critique Groups and Resources

  • critiquecircle.com. “Critique Circle is an online writing workshop for all authors, whether they write literary fiction, genre fiction, articles or short stories.”
  • critters.org. “The ultimate goal of Critters is to help improve your craft, not only by having your work dissected by other members, but also by learning to dissect your own work (by, of course, dissecting others).”

[Critique resources compiled by Carolee Noury, December 2015]

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