Character Crafting

What defines your characters? Photo by Justice Amoh on Unsplash

Character Arc Guide -blog series by @KMWeiland.

Character & Craft Advice -blog series by @JudieannRose.

Writing Trans Characters -youtube series by @AuthorDrost.

Writing Characters in Third Person Omniscient (c.o. @CamieElias).

Character Craft through to Publishing –PublishingCrawl.com

Plotting & Story Structure

Story Structure -blog series by KM Weiland (c.o. @AmeliaWiens).

KM Weilan’s Story Database -popular films and books for which she’s outlined major plot points. I read her outlines of films I’m familiar with as a guide to outline my pantsed first wip, which helped me identify plot holes and informed my revisions.

Where’s this story headed? Photo by darylgio agoncillo on Unsplash

3 Act Structure Introduction -youtube video (c.o. @kevindwriter).

Bringing Structure to Pantsing -blog (with language warning) by @jaelrbakari.

The One Page Plot Formula -an outline template and blog post on using it (c.o. @StorySorcery).

The Snowflake Method, a Plotting Technique by Randy Ingermason (c.o. @DavidHernston).

Save the Cat (by Blake Snyder), plotting beats illustrated with Avengers Infinity War in a video by Studiobinder. Save the Cat beats defined by NYC Screenwriters Collective.

Editing & Critical Readers

Mastering the Art of Showing & Telling in Fiction, by @AmeliaWiens.

Finding and Working with Beta Readers by @LombardEmma.

Chapter 1 Critical Reader Checklist, by yours truly.

Act 1 Critical Reader Checklist, by yours truly.

12 Critical Reader Partnership Tips, also by me.

The First 5 Pages Workshop -MG & YA Only, runs monthly, participation by ballot.

5 Things Author’s Need to Know Before Hiring an Editor, an interview with editor Staci Frenes by Mixtus Media.

Different Levels of Critical Reader & Editing Services, by Amelia Wiens.

Podcasts & Youtube Channels Covering All Things Craft

20 Writing Podcasts -a blog describing the focus of each podcast (c.o. @MatWBT).

iwriterly -youtube channel by Meg Latore, covering a range of writing craft (+querying and other) topics.

Campfire Technology (yeah, random name but I promise it’s about writing craft) -youtube channel with Hero’s Journey & Character videos, plus a great one on pacing (c.o @erinbowlen).

World Building

Ice cavern, Iceland, by Elise Carlson.

Brandon Sanderson’s Free Lectures five & six.

Magic Systems: Power Escalation and Character Development, Hard Magic, Soft Magic -youtube videos (c.o. @VFue5).

Social Class Systems -youtube videos (c.o. @VFue5).

Querying Resources

Send and hope! Photo by Bundo Kim on Unsplash

Alexa Donne’s Youtube Channel gives thorough coverage of all things querying (+writing advice).

Literary Agency BookEnds Youtube Channel

iwriterly has a few great querying videos, including top reasons agents reject queries.

A list of Querying Blogs: Query Letters & Synopsis (including a link to 600+ Successful query examples) through to Finding & Communicating with Literary Agents.

Twitter Pitch Parties

Which parties can I pitch my novel in? blog with pitch parties listed by genre and their website links by yours truly.

Crafting a Pitch -another blog by yours truly.

Party Tips & Info -blog (language warning) by @StorySorcery.

Publishing Information

Across the Board Information

Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity has a comprehensive list of publishers accepting unsolicited submissions (in multiple countries), a long list of articles about self-publishing and other useful resources, such as contests, and where to get reviews.

Author’s Publish is a mailing list, and one of the emails they send regularly is a comprehensive, free ebook guide to publishing. Their emails also contain reviews and lists of publishers and magazines accepting unsolicited submissions and other useful advice around submitting to agents, publishers and writing in general.

Publishing Paths (Big 5, Trad, Indie, Self etc), by Jane Friedman (c.o. @cr_burman).

Profit and Loss –How Publishers Decide What to Publish, by Jane Friedman.

Types of Publishers/ Publishing & Choosing One by Joanna Maciejewska (c.o. @cr_burman).

Self Publishing

How to Get Your Book Self Published by Jane Friedman.

Self Publishing & Promo Steps -youtube series by D.C. Ferguson.

Self Publishing Advice Podcast by the Alliance of Independent Authors.

Why Self Publishing Authors Should Consider Having Their Own Imprint (best considered before you do book promo).

Facebook Group 20 Writers to 50k has an All Star Thread packed with marketing tips for self published authors.

Small

Presses

3 Unique Research Methods for Identifying Small Publishers by Jane Friedman.

If you publish directly with a publisher, The Society of Authors and Authors Guild both offer legal advice on publishing contracts to their members (c.o. @GenevievePuttay).

Building an Author Platform

Website & Blog

Author Website Checklist by @MelHawkesAuthor.

100 Blog Ideas for Unpublished Authors by @mixtusmedia.

Growing Your Blog and Tips to Make Readers Continue Reading, 3 More Blog Tips & Being a Guest Blogger by Marc Guberti.

Graphic Tools

canva.com is great for making author related graphics (I use it for posts, newsletter headers, Pinterest pins ect.)

unsplash.com has high resolution photos (the main source of photos illustrating this blog), and makes it easy to credit the photographers for their work.

bookbrush.com allows you to design 20 book marketing images for free, and paid designs after. (Courtesy of @aboutrunning).

Help with Book Marketing

Where Do I Start?

50 Book Marketing Ideas Every Author Needs to Know, by Reedsy.

Book Marketing 101 by Jane Friedman (see her blog for more marketing advice posts).

KDP Select or go Wide? Another Reedsy blog linked to more resources to help you decide whether to distribute ebooks exclusively with Kindle Select, or not.

24 Things David Kadavy Learnt From Self Publishing, including about KU.

Book Marketing FB Groups

20booksto50k -marketing strategies discussion and support for self published authors.

Wide for the Win -dedicated to marketing strategies for going wide.


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Free Marketing Courses

Starting From Zero, course by David Gaughran (c.o. @lilylawson22).

Amazon Webinar by Brian Cohen.

Amazon Add Challenge, 7 Day Course by Brian Cohen.

5 Day Amazon Add Course, by Dave Cheeson (Kindleprenuer).

Promo Tools & Advice

127+ of the Top Free and Paid Book Promo Sites, by Kindleprenuer.

Shout My Book, offers 21 days of book promos on Twitter & Facebook.

More Tools and 13 Book Marketing Tips (c.o. @RSJoneseeAuthor).

Free & Paid Book Promotion Services, curated by Reedsy.

5 Free Book Promotion links (c.o. @RSJoneseeAuthor).

Promo Sites

Bookbub (c.o. @chloecomplains)

Bookfunnel (c.o. @gl_robinson)

All Author (c.o. @SylvieDParris)

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