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Resources for Writers

Are you on the verge of publishing? Or are you looking at your already-released book, wondering if you’ve done everything you can? Things are changing fast, and authors are often left with too many choices, and not enough information. Here are the publishing resources that I’ve found useful:

I teach classes about the publishing process often, looking at  the journey from manuscript to finished book from one angle or another. These are the slide shows (which include lots of links) that accompany some of my most popular talks:


You Wrote a Book: Now What?

Shared with the Sno-Isles Library’s #WriteNow program, Winter 2016-17

Self Publishing Nuts and Bolts

Shared with The Seattle Public Library’s #SeattleWrites program, Fall 2016

Marketing for Self Published Authors

Shared with The Seattle Public Library’s #SeattleWrites program, May 2016



Here are the companies, articles, blogs, and services I’ve worked with or reviewed.

Writing and Editing

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  • The Pacific Northwest Independent Editors Guild is a nonprofit organization that connects professional editors in the northwest with clients, training, and resources. They have a free, searchable directory of vetted editors for all types of projects and services.
  • The Editorial Department offers a variety of services. Amanda Bausch from TED did my copyediting for The Author’s Guide to Marketing.
  • The Editorial Freelancers Association offers a national directory of freelance editors.
  • Wattpad Want some quick reader feedback? Share a chapter on this online writing community, and get feedback from real readers.



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  • The best place for an aspiring writer to both learn and network is a writers conference. Check out this directory from Shaw Guide to find the event near you.



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With so many new services and companies popping up every day. who should you trust? Experiences vary, but here are the teams I’ve worked with or plan to work with, and recommend:

  • Ready for some hands-on marketing help? The folks at Ryder Author Services are experts at everything from social media to project management.
  • Netgalley: electronic galley (or new release) distribution to influential readers
  • NoiseTrade: book giveaways (tipping optional) to get your work in front of even more readers. It’s all about the discoverability…
  • Goodreads: a community of 20 MILLION book readers. Don’t miss the Giveaway program, and sign up for their Author Program.
  • Bookbub: currently the best bang-for-the-buck in terms of online advertising, timed to a special sale or giveaway


Stay Informed

  • Publisher’s Weekly, the respected trade journal for trade book publishing, has free e-newsletters for general publishing news, children’s publishing, religion publishing, cookbooks, comics, self publishing, and publishing trends
  • Writer’s Digest has a “New Agent Alert” series on its website, which is a great way to find agents who are actively acquiring authors and building their lists.


Writers Tools, PNW Edition

4088001459_593b7e2010_mAnd here are some other fantastic resources for readers and writers in the Pacific Northwest:



(Last updated February 2017)

Is there a great book or resource that is missing from the list? I’d love to hear about it! Submit your own recommendations, and I’ll add them here. (Note: please don’t be spammy. Don’t recommend the company you own or work for. Don’t recommend your own book or blog. ) 


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