Updated January 2018
Beware of Scams & Educate Yourself
Since most of our customers are planning on self-publishing, these links are particularly pertinent. NOTE: Preditors and Editors hasn’t been updated since 2012 and is no longer the well-regarded, premier site for publishing information. We don’t recommend it.
- Science Fiction Writers of America Writer Beware Alerts
- The Author Exploitation Business (a discussion of vanity presses)
- Savvy Writers & e-Books online Author Scams Part 1 and Author Scams Part 2
- Writer Beware
For those of you who are considering submitting to an agent or traditional publisher, this series is an excellent guide to understanding a publishing contract—and making sure you know what you’re signing!
- Savvy Writers & e-Books online—Part 1, Less than Minimum Wage for Authors?
- Part 2, The Traps in Publishing Contracts
- Part 3, Do You Understand Your Publishing Contract?
- Savvy Book Writers Trade Publishers: Unethical Contract Practices
- Attorney Lloyd J. Jassin’s article, “What Not to Miss When Drafting & Negotiating Your Book Publishing Contract”
- Learn how to protect your rights in this free hour-long webinar with publishing attorney/author Helen Sedwick
- Another warning post about signing away your perpetual rights!
Are you just not sure which way to go—traditional, hybrid, vanity, or self-publishing? Don’t do anything before you read these!
- Jane Friedman: Three Things a Traditional Publisher is Unlikely to Do
- Writer Beware article discussing the different kinds of publishing available
- The Creative Penn lays out the pros and cons of both traditional publishing and self-publishing
Working with a Freelance Copy Editor
Our FAQ page answers many particular questions about Adirondack Editing and our services, but these articles and series outline guidelines and good practices for safeguarding your time and money when hiring freelance professionals.
- Susan Uttendorfsky’s four-part series on Caywriters includes a helpful scoring checklist to aid you in narrowing your choices: How to Find a Professional Editor, How to Hire a Professional Editor, How to Work With a Professional Editor, and How to Cope With a Problem After Editing
- When (and How) to Tell Your Editor No
- What Level of Editing Do You Need?
- How to Avoid Being Bamboozled by a Book Editor
Books & Magazines
Being a writer is an ongoing process, and most writers never stop honing their craft. These links offer respected publications that can help you grow and stretch yourself as a writer. If you’re just starting out in your writing career, you may not realize how many nuances there are to writing. These will definitely open your eyes!
- Susan Uttendorfsky’s ever-growing “Books For Editing Customers” on Amazon.com
- Writer's Digest
- Poets & Writers Magazine
Well-written blogs are the backbone of an author’s education, as well as keeping up with new trends in writing and publishing. These blogs cover a wide range of information crucial for writers—from writing to self-editing to publishing to marketing, as well as industry news and information. The owner, Susan Uttendorfsky, follows all these blogs herself!
- Susan Uttendorfsky’s 64 Self-Editing tips on The Story Reading Ape’s blog
- The Book Designer (all facets of self-publishing)
- Helping Writers Become Authors
- Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent
- All Write—Fiction Advice
- Finish Your Book (publishing, self-publishing, and marketing)
- Life Write Thrive (great ongoing series)
- The Blood-Red Pencil
- edittorrent (infrequent new posts, but great archives!)
- The Passive Voice (industry trends and information)
There are so many websites on the internet that have to do with writing. How can you possibly find ones that might be useful or helpful to you? We’ve compiled this list just for you. These websites cover various aspects of writing, but we have found them to be detailed, unique sites.
On Facebook, Susan owns this non-promotional discussion group: “Fiction Writers and Editors.” Come join us!
- Writing-World.com (be sure to check out the archives)
- Forence Osmund’s Educational Site for New and Aspiring Authors
- DailyWritingTips Archives
- Using Another Language in Your Manuscript
- Gotham Writer’s Workshop Character Questionnaires
- This website has an excellent character worksheet, and check out the rest of the Fiction-Writers-Mentor site, too, as it is excellent!
- Portrait Illustration Maker (knowing what your character looks like will help you make them unique)
- Behind the Name (a favorite random name generator)
- Social Security Popular Baby Names By Decade (especially good for historical accuracy)
- Motivation to stick to a word count or time slot for writing: WriteOrDie
Your Author Platform
Every author is encouraged to have an author platform—a web and social media presence that shows you are a serious professional. While creating (and maintaining) a platform takes a lot of time, it’s a necessary task in today’s Internet world. Agents and potential publishers will search the internet to examine your reputation and presence. These helpful how-to and informational links can help you get started!
- How to Build a Website (step-by-step guide for WordPress)
- How to Start a Blog
- How to Start Your Blog Today (step-by-step guide)
- Detailed Instructions on Backing Up Your WordPress Blog (very important!)
- OnBlastBlog’s "Go To" Resource page (excellent tips on all aspects of blogging)
- 10 Social Media Tips for Authors
- Be sure to back up your Google Accounts (Gmail, Google+, and Blogger blogs)!
- Export your email contact list(s) occasionally.
- Back up your Facebook account, too
About Critiques & Beta Readers
At some point, you’re going to want to get some feedback on your writing—preferably before sending it to a freelance copy editor. These well-known sites offer tips on using and finding beta readers, or submitting your material for a critique. Be warned, though—on many of these critique sites, you have to participate! Be prepared to take the time to read and critique other writers’ material, too.
- On Facebook, Susan’s group “Fiction Writers and Editors” currently has two weekly critique events
- Using Beta Readers
- Belinda Pollard’s excellent set of articles on beta readers
- BetaReader.us (find a beta reader or editor)
- Critique Circle
Publishing & Marketing
Note: Some of these businesses charge money for their services. We have no experience with any of their paid services, but they also have informative newsletters or blogs you can sign up for.
Whether you self-publish or sign a contract with a traditional publisher, you’ll still have to spend time marketing your book. The old days of publishers paying for book tours and ongoing marketing are gone. Publishing your book is no longer the last step—author marketing (and getting reviews) is an essential task for any writer who wants sales.
Also included are links to some cover artists, if you need them…they didn’t seem to fit anywhere else!
- Chris the Story Reading Ape—(author promotions)
- Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Chris McMullen—writing, formatting, publishing, and marketing
- The Creative Penn—writing, publishing, and marketing
- Savvy Book Writers—writing, publishing, and marketing
- Readers’ Favorite—book reviews (free and paid options)
- Cover Your Dreams—affordable book covers (recommended by a client!)
- Book-Design.com—higher end but still affordable book covers
- Jamie Noble—Cover designer
- Sally Poulson—Freelance illustrator, cover designer
- Dan Rosandich—Cartoonist and book illustration services