- J.M. Blackman A great blog by my friend J.M. Great reviews and a fantastic section called “Minority Report” discussing the presence of minority characters in all sub-genres of fantasy novels. I was interviewed as a part of this series!
- On Writing A great Q & A by P.N. Elrod, the prolific author of all things undead, including “I, Strahd.”
- Richard Lee Byers’ Blog An author for Wizards of the Coast, his blog is full of great reviews and info on the fantasy industry.
- Jones Books Another author who writes for WotC, also involved with the Seattle area theatre/arts.
- Skeleton Keys This is the blog of Forensic Crime Writer Jen J. Danna.
- Carina Press Blog Though technically the blog of Harlequin’s newest, digital-only publishing imprint, the editor-in-chief posts here more than on her own blog. She’s a lovely woman with castles full of tips for submissions, writing, and the publishing industry.
- Stacia Kane Stacia is the author of 1o Urban Fantasy novels, including the Chess Putnam Books and the Megan Chase Books. She blogs about writing and what it’s like once you get published.
- The Craft of Writing This is a series of blogposts by various science-fiction and fantasy authors discussing the written word.
- The Business of Writing Another series of blogposts by sic-fi and fantasy authors discussing the business.
- Storyfix A blog by author Larry the Storyfixer with great novel writing tips from plot structure to the synopsis. Recipient of the 2011 Top Ten Blogs for Writers Award
Agent and Publishing Blogs
- Writer Beware Blog An invaluable blog for any aspiring author researching the industry, publishers, agents, and everything in between. Run by the lovely Victoria Strauss
- Query Shark A blog run by literary agent Janet Reid and is the GO-TO place for help to write a query. If you are brave enough, you can submit your query for a chance to have Janet the “Shark” tear it apart.
- Guide to Literary Agents, et al. A blog with a staggering amount of information about agents, query letters, submissions, publishing. It is located on the Writer’s Digest webpage, which in itself is a treasure trove for writers.
- SFWA A blog about the industry news of Science-Fiction and Fantasy writing, also has guest posts by SF/F authors.
- Paperback Writer The blog and website of author Lynn Viehl. From the FAQ: “I am notorious for giving quotes to and helping launch a couple of relatively unknown authors whose novels went on to become huge bestsellers.”
- QueryTracker.net Blog A blog run by one of the best websites to find and query agents/publishers.
- AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives) “AAR is the professional organization for both literary and dramatic agents.” They require a strong Cannon of Ethics and member agents are considered reputable. The best place to start your search for an agent.
- Janet Reid, Literary Agent The woman behind Query Shark puts down her teeth (not all of them) and blogs about submissions and manuscripts.
Resources, Organizations, and other Websites
- Science-Fiction and Fantasy Authors of America THE professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy genres and sub-genres. Not easy to join, but their website is a cave of wonder filled with resources.
- AbsoluteWrite.com This writer’s forum is the holy grail of writer’s online resources.
- Fiction Factor The online fiction magazine for writers, which has articles galore!
- Duotrope.com An online database with over 3,000 publishers from novels to flash fiction to artwork. It’s also searchable by format and genre.
- QueryTracker.net A searchable database of both agents and publishers, which allows you to track who you’ve queried and when.
- AgentQuery “The internet’s most trusted database of literary agency.”