I love writing resources–I devour them voraciously during my writing, editing and querying processes, and I enjoy sharing information with others. To that end, I will be blogging with tips & tricks, agent interviews and generally sharing my favorite resources.
Query Writing (and Agent Communication) Advice
Query Shark This is the first-place-you-must-go resource. Be patient and thorough, and read through the Query Shark archives, and you’ll get a good sense of how to write a proper query. Janet Reid’s style/preferences aren’t the ultimate… but they are a solid foundation to basic query writing.
My post: How to write a stellar query
How to write those pesky follow-ups from Mother. Write. (Repeat.) A really good primer on writing follow-up nudges to agents that have had your material for a while.
When (not) to Resubmit by agent Julia A. Weber
Agent Tracking & Info
Query Tracker The best place to gauge agent response time, where you are in the queue, and keep track of who you want to query/have queried/responses, etc.
Agent Query Connect Lots of useful info in the forums.
Literary Rambles Their archive of agent profiles is invaluable, especially for those agents who don’t have Publisher’s Marketplace listings. A great place to crosscheck what an agent has said they want.
Writing Process & Misc Resources
My post: On writing to YA trends
Revision & Editing
My post: Learning to Kill Your Darlings
My post: Revision Tips 1: Types of Revisions
My post: Revision Tips 2: Revision methods
Susan Dennard’s Guide to Revisions An amazing, six step guide with PDF WORKSHEETS. I used a lot of Susan’s techniques for my first, major revision.
My post: Book titles & branding
My post: Finding the right critique partners
Every six months, /r/YAwriters hosts a CP hook-up thread.
Dahlia Adler’s How to know if a contest is right for you A common sense, must read post on entering agent contests.
All of these blogs frequently host agent contests throughout the year. When in doubt, follow the curators of all these contests on Twitter and you’ll invariably hear about any contest locations I’ve missed.
Some, but not all, of the contests to look for on these and more blogs: Secret Agent Contests (MSFV), Baker’s Dozen Auction (MSFV), Pitch Madness (Brenda Drake), Pitch Wars (Brenda Drake), The Writer’s Voice (Brenda Drake, Mother.Write. & others), Query Kombat (Michelle4Laughs)