R E S O U R C E S

for writers

My goal as a writer is first to tell compelling stories, and second to help others trying to do the same. So when I find great resources that have helped me grow as a writer, I want to share them. Here are some resources by others that I love:

Blogs

Pub Rants – Created by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, this blog serves up a timely and honest discussion about some of the most prevalent questions an aspiring writer wants/needs to know.

Query Shark – For those struggling with the dreaded query letter, this is a trove of knowledge. Created by Janet Reid (a.k.a. the Query Shark) of New Leaf Literary & Media, this blog literally tears apart query letters…to make them amazing!

Podcasts:

Podcasts

Print Run Podcast – Hosted by two literary agents, Erik Hane and Laura Zats of Red Sofa Literary, this podcast covers topical events in the publishing and literary community in a refreshingly honest way. Additionally, for $3 to $8, you can subscribe to their secret content episodes where they do live critiques of synopses, pitches, and query letters. They also take questions!

Writing Excuses – This podcast is perfect for a quick commute to work.  In fifteen minutes or less, a panel of writers discuss different elements of the writing craft in a succinct and helpful way.

Write or Die Podcast – Hosted by authors Claribel Ortega and Kat Cho, this podcast talks about the real journeys of writers, particularly from marginalized backgrounds. So often we hear the overnight success stories; this podcast has really funny, honest discussions about what it takes to be traditionally published.

Events/Contests

For a comprehensive schedule of pitch events happen, I recommend iWriterly’s schedule found here. Be sure to visit each event’s official website for accurate information about rules and guidelines that may change each year.

Pitch Wars 

Open to: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult

Probably the most well-known pitching event, #PitchWars is a writing event created by author Brenda Drake in which aspiring/unpublished authors may choose a Pitch Wars mentor to workshop their manuscript with for several months. Then, during an agent showcase, participating agents may request partial or full manuscripts to consider representing. Check the Pitch Wars website for an up-to-date calendar.

#PitMad

Open to: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult 

While Pit Mad is not the same thing as Pitch Wars, they are associated with each other and facilitated by the same website and team. Four times a year, aspiring authors may "pitch" their book in a 280-character tweet. If literary agents "Like" the tweet, you may submit your materials to them, sometimes with special or more expedient consideration.

#DVPit 

Open to: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult & Visual Artists

Created by literary agent Beth Phelan of Gallt & Zacker Literary in 2016, this twitter pitch contest is for writers from traditionally-marginalized backgrounds. Writers may tweet their manuscript’s pitch, and if a participating agent “Likes” the tweet, they can submit their manuscript and sometimes get special consideration they wouldn’t get through traditional querying (i.e., their query letter might get looked at a little faster).

*Note: I found my agent through #DVPit!

Author Mentor Match

Open to: Middle Grade & Young Adult

This program is similar to Pitch Wars in that YA or MG writers may submit their works to a mentor. If they are selected, begin a mentorship to help them workshop and get their work ready for querying. There is no agent showcase at the end of AMM, but the big pro is that there’s no time limit; it’s an amazing way to make a writer friend and find a mentor.