YA Book News at BookStacked
A good source for news about books to film; what’s happening in the YA book community; new book releases and editions; and more. Also find reviews.

Young Adult Books @ HuffPost
Lots of great articles covering many topics on YA books, from sensitivity readers to a fantasy novel with a queer black protagonist to book censorship, as well as booklists, author interviews, and more. Well worth checking out!

The Purple Crayon
A very informative with lots of useful articles about writing and editing children’s fiction, from a children’s editor. Also includes wonderful articles from Laura Belgrave’s website “Slush Pile”, which is no longer up.

To Market by Susan Salzman Raab
The To Market column online — a column for children’s writers and illustrators interested in publicizing and marketing their work. A LOT here.

Aaron Shepherd’s Kidwriter Page
Some article and tips on how to write and promote children’s books by Aaron Shepherd, children’s writer.

The Horn Book
The Horn Book online features articles, reviews, and profiles of children’s books  and authors from the print version. The magazine is a respected source for reviews of children’s fiction and info about the world of children’s publishing.

Children’s Publishers’ Submission Guidelines Online
Finally, a site that has information about submitting to children’s publishers!

Cynthia Leitich Smith: Writer Resources
Lots of articles and information here for children’s and YA writers and illustrators.

The Children’s Writing Supersite with a ton of articles on their blog to help writers.

Writing Technique

Paid Writing Technique Courses:

Holly Lisle’s Writing Courses
Holly Lisle offers a lot of down-to-earth, detailed writing technique that is truly helpful, including her FREE class Write Flash Fiction that Doesn’t SUCK, her very affordable ($9.99) and helpful classes Create A Character Clinic; Create A Plot Clinic; Write Page-Turning Scenes; 21 Ways To Get Yourself Writing When Your Life Has Just Exploded ($14); 7-Day Crash Revision Workshop ($37); her bigger courses which range from $77-97 including Write Dialogue With Subtext; 24-hour intensive Find Your Writing Voice; How to Write Villains.

If you’re really serious about learning writing technique and are willing to immerse yourself in learning, consider her gigantic, very detailed courses such as How To Revise Your Novel; How To Think Sideways; and How To Write A Series.

Mary Buckham’s Writing Technique Books & Classes
I highly recommend Mary Buckham’s books and classes. I’ve learned so much from her clear, easy-to-understand, insightful writing technique books including her writing active setting books Characterization and Sensory Detail; Emotion, Conflict, and Backstory; Anchoring Action As A Character) and her Writing Active Hooks: The Complete How-to Guide. You can also find her online classes, courses, and webinars here. She is one of my favorite, go-to writing technique teachers.

Beth Revis’ Books & Courses
NYT bestselling YA author Beth Revis has a series of books for writers including Paper  Hearts 1: Some Writing Advice; Paper Hearts 3: Some Marketing Advice. She also gives writing workshops several times a year, has a $9.99 Udemy course 25 Questions To Ask When You Write Your Novel, and answers some writing questions for free on her Instagram account.

Free Writing Technique Articles:

Helping Writers Become Authors by K.M. Weiland
Novelist and writing instructor K.M. Weiland offers SO much for free on her site – including how to outline your novel, write character arcs, structure scenes, and SO much more. Really detailed, helpful advice here.

The Creative Penn
Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn offers SO much free information for writers, from how to writer your novel or non-fiction book, to getting it published, to promoting it. There is so much here to learn from.

Alicia Rasley’s Writers’ Corner
Alicia has TONS of incredibly helpful and insightful articles about how to write, a question of the month (you’re invited to ask your question, and she’ll give you quite a detailed answer if she picks yours), a new article every month, and the top 10 plotting problems.  Wonderful stuff here.

Writing Advice from Caro Clarke
A series of 18 articles on writing technique and advice that Caro Clarke wrote, and that were featured in the online writer’s newsletter Novel Advice.

Write A Novel: Free Online mini writing course by Crawford Kilian
A free mini course of 19 articles written by Crawford Kilian that cover topics as Effective Writing Habits, Elements Of A Successful Story, Style: Checklist For Fiction Writers, Symbolism and all that, Writing A Query Letter About Your Novel, Reading a Contract, and more. Worth checking out.

Fiction Writing Advice

101 Of The Best Fiction-Writing Tips, Part 1
There is so much I love here–including the links to the articles that each tip came from. The article is full of great advice, including be selective about what you include in your story; calling characters by their proper names in dialogue can sound phoney; use simple words instead of deliberately choosing big words; try to use all five senses when writing your book; and SO much more.

10 Minute Novelists: A Community For Time-Crunched Writers
Short writing craft articles and prompts in doable mini chunks.

Writing Advice: Tips For New Fiction Writers @ HuffPost
Some good tips here, including learn the art of conflict; revise your story; and create real characters.

42 Fiction Writing Tips For Novelists
There are many tips I love here, including don’t write for the market-write the story in your heart; read more fiction than you write; find the flaw in both your hero and villain; and more.

Advice on (US) grammar and usage in an engaging, easy-to-understand style.

Books On Writing Technique

My Favorite Fiction Writing Books via Randy Ingermanson
I love most every writing technique book that Randy recommended here. He also teaches writing technique himself and is a novelist. I loved the books of his I’ve read.

Best Books On Writing Fiction via ProWritingAid
This list recommends some books I love (and some I don’t), including some of my top favorites  Story Genius by Lisa Cron; Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Brown and David King; Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maass; and more. As always with any creative skill it’s important to figure out what works best for you.

Recommended Books on Writing and Illustrating for Children
An extensive list of recommended books for children’s authors. The list is divided into helpful sections, including books on writing for all ages. Well worth browsing!

Naming Your Character

Search baby names by meaning, sex or unisex, origin, starts with, ends with, and more. Useful site.

Character Name Generator
You can pick the country you want your character to originate from, and they generate five names for you with meanings. You can do this again and again until you find some names you like.

Character Name Generator UK
This name generator asks you to answer questions (you can choose which ones) which help narrow the type of name you’re looking for for your character, including leader, virtuous, evil; their nationality and their parents’ nationality; whether they’re royalty, a professor, police, or regular person; and much more.

International Names List: Popular Names From Around The World via BabyName Wizard
This can be helpful when you have characters from various countries and areas within those countries.

BehindTheName.com the etymology and history of first names
Another extensive site that allows you to find the meaning of the name. This site will also give you the history of a name. There aren’t as many results as from the site above, but the history of a name can be interesting.

Newsletters For Writers

Jane Friedman’s Electric Speed
Jane Friedman’s free bi-weekly newsletter for authors is filled with useful information and links on digital media tools and resources for writers. You can browse her past issues online. You can also sign up for daily or weekly newsletters for the full text of her blog posts.

Helping Writers Become Authors by K.M. Weiland
You can sign up for both novelist and writing instructor K.M. Weiland’s newsletter and her blog posts by email. Lots of great advice and resources.

The Creative Penn Podcast
Sign up for her podcast for interviews, inspiration, and information on writing and creativity, publishing, and book marketing.

Writer’s Digest Newsletter
Free weekly writing advice newsletter from Writer’s Digest, a popular print and digital writing technique magazine. By signing up you also get access to their 101 Best Websites For Writers as a PDF.

John Kremer’s Book Marketing Tips
A short set of book marketing tips that comes to your mailbox every week, by the author of 1001 Ways to Market your book. Click on the link on the left to join up.

Writers’ Daily Quote Archive
Not a newsletter, and the emails are no longer being sent, but if you like quotes from authors, check out this extensive archive.

Book Promotion

The CreativePenn
Joanna Penn offers lots of advice on book marketing, including how to create your author website through WordPress (which is a lot easier than it sounds. Though I personally recommend using the free plugin Elementor, or upgrading to Elementor Pro, which makes everything SO much easier, drag and drop style.)

How To Sell Books 2019: David Gaughran
David Gaughran offers a lot of useful book promotion advice not only on this page but also his blog posts.

Publicity Hound: Joan Stewart
Joan Stewart offers a twice-weekly ezine on tips, tricks, and tools for free publicity and also has a blog.

Author Marketing Experts: Penny Sansevieri
Penny offers a ton of useful book promotion advice on her blog and her monthly newsletter, as well as her useful Book Launch Cheat Sheet.

John Kremer’s Tips On Book Marketing
There is SO much here – so many articles, links, and information to browse through. I’m not sure if it’s being updated any more but there’s still much to learn from.

Fun For Writers


A site where you can read and submit non-words (words people think should be words, or words that should be in the dictionary). Try out their randomizer on the right.

Horoscopes for Writers
Check out this 4-season horoscope column just for writers. (Just use the search for “horoscope” and you’ll find the most recent one.) Also check out The 12 Best Writing Tips & Tricks, Based On Your Zodiac Sign. Just for fun!

Just 16 Damn Funny Tweets About Being A Writer
There’s sure to be a tweet here you identify with.

Funny Signs
Some of these signs spotted are very funny. Signs such as: “Invincible Moose Next 5 km”, and “Dear Lord is it time to impeach? Give us a sign. Blot out the sun.” And “Not a door.”

Humor for Writers at Absolute Write
Check out the jokes for writers, and the humor columns about writing. Some are funnier than others.

Writing Humor on Pinterest
There are lots of funny writing humor quotes and images on Pinterest via Northern Colorado Writers.

On Rejection

Dealing With Rejection by Ellen Jackson
An encouraging article with some truths that are important to remember–such as success as as a writer depends on persistence; if your manuscript is rejected, it might not have anything to do with how good it is; and view specific criticism as a gift (although keep your judgement about whether to listen to it or not).

How To Handle Rejection: 6 Ways Authors Can Cope And Grow
This helpful article has suggestions such as letting yourself feel disappointed; have another project going; try to get rejected; and more.

6 Famous Authors Who Once Faced Rejection
Take heart; you’re not alone! (I think most authors face rejection at some point.) This list includes J.K. Rowling,  Dr. Seuss, Steven King, and more.

20 Brilliant Authors Whose Work Was Initially Rejected
I think it helps to see examples of famous authors whose work was rejected. If you’re going through rejections, don’t give up!

Dealing With Rejection by Alex Keegan
A good article on rejection at Writers Write.

Writing for Children: Rejection Letters by Bethany Roberts
Includes a few lines about famous children’s authors whose work was rejected, and figuring out what an editor’s really saying in their rejection letter.

Dealing With Rejection by Ellen Jackson
Ellen Jackson talks about rejection and success.

Some Tips for Dealing With Rejection by Laraine Anne Barker
More tips on dealing with rejection.

Rejection is a drag
from Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s blog, Pen on Fire.

Rejection Slips: A Balm for Writers and as Certain as Death
Some good advice and reminders here, including: “Rejection slips! Hah! Just consider the editor nuts and send the work back out. And don’t consider revising anything until it’s had at least six negative responses.”

Quotes About Writing

Quotes from writers on InkThink
Quotes on writing, by writers.

18 Motivational Quotes To Bring Out The Writer In You
Quotes to get you writing.

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers
Some you’ll agree with, some you won’t, but there is wisdom here.

72 of the Best Quotes About Writing on Writer’s Digest
Lots of great quotes here, many inspiring, with good advice, or food for thought.

Getting Published

Start Here: How To Get Your Book Published by Jane Friedman
Jane Friedman offers a lot of helpful advice, including figuring out your genre, whether you want a traditional publisher or to self-publish, how to write a query letter, the importance of attending writing workshops, and more.

How To Get A Book Published: Your Guide In 2019
Some good advice here, and distinctions between traditional publishing, self-publishing, and a warning about vanity publishing.

10 Steps To Getting Published
Some good advice on getting published, including edit your manuscript, read it aloud, and submit carefully (research).


Children's And YA Authors Organizations

SCBWI is one of the largest children’s authors and illustrators organizations, with chapters in the US, Canada, and international. They host fantastic conferences on craft where you can learn and network, have a newsletter, and more.

Canadian YA and Children’s authors and illustrators. They host a conference, have monthly meetings, a newsletter, and more.

Resources For Writers
You can find many more organizations for all sorts of writers and genres here.

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