Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Great Websites for Children’s Writers

I get super excited when I come across helpful websites to use during the writing, editing, and marketing process, so I am sharing a list of my favorite online resources today. Please include any of your favorite sites that are not here in the comments below—I am sure I have missed some, and would love to have as comprehensive a list as possible!

General Writing Resources:

SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) is a wonderful resource, with local groups in many states:  www.scbwi.org

The SCBWI Blueboards (formerly the Verla Kay Blueboards) are a wonderful resource, and access to most of the information does not require membership in SCBWI. Lots of published authors, illustrators, and agents post regularly, and it is such a great support group for the children's/young adult writing community: https://www.scbwi.org/boards

Absolute Write is another great (free!) site for writers of all genres. Check out the forums:  http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums

Rhyme Zone is one of my favorite writing sites! You can look up rhymes, definitions, famous quotes, synonyms, antonyms, etc. for any word. I use it ALL the time! www.rhymezone.com

Visual Thesaurus is also a great tool. There is a small yearly fee, but it has been worth every penny to me!  http://www.visualthesaurus.com

Harold Underdown is an experienced children’s editor who freely shares his knowledge about writing for kids:  www.underdown.org

“Grammar Girl” Mignon Fogarty is a go-to resource for questions about grammar:  http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is observed every November by writers brave enough to tackle a first draft of their novel in 30 days. The whole concept is very inspiring, and the NaNoWriMo community is so encouraging: www.nanowrimo.org

The Poetry Foundation is an excellent resource for poetry lovers: http://www.poetryfoundation.org

The Academy of American Poets also has a fantastic poetry website:  http://www.poets.org

The American Library Association is a great resource for anyone interested in children's books: http://www.ala.org

The Children's Book Council has a fabulous site, as well, and is a handy resource for finding children's books: http://www.cbcbooks.org


Agent and Editor-Related Sites:

AgentQuery is a good agent-hunting site. Click on "Blog Roll" in the left-hand column for a good list of agent and editor blogs:  www.agentquery.com

Query Tracker is a great site for tracking submissions to agents and editors. A basic membership is free, but you can pay $25 for a premium membership:  http://www.querytracker.net

Publishers Marketplace costs $25/month, but is worth it while agent hunting. It has great information on what is getting published these days:  www.publishersmarketplace.com

Publishers Marketplace also has a free weekly children's publishing newsletter called PW Children's Bookshelf. Go to: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/index.html and click "subscribe" if you are interested. 

Writer's Digest editor Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Blog has super information:  http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents 

The Predators and Editors website lists agents and editors, and has tons of other information:  www.pred-ed.com

Literary Rambles is a website that has a huge list of literary agents specializing in children's literature. Every agent is not listed, but Casey and Natalie add new agent profiles regularly:  http://www.literaryrambles.com

1 comment:

  1. What a stack of wonderful resources! Thank you very much for sharing these, Becky. You're a jewel!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

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