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If you’re a new writer looking to get published, where do you start? The internet puts a vast array of information at your fingertips, but how do you know what’s the most useful? I don’t have all the answers, and there’s more than one path to publication, but here I’ve compiled a list of resources that I’ve found helpful as a new writer:

  • The Writer’s Market Guide–This book includes a list of publishers and information about them. If you’re looking for a place to submit your work, this is a good reference. Of course, you should still do your own research before submitting to a publisher. Just because a publisher is listed in the guide does not mean that it offers all the services that you might associate with your idea of a publisher. A new guide is released each year.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)–If you’re interested in writing science fiction and fantasy, check out SFWA. Even if you don’t qualify for membership yet, the Membership Requirements page displays a list of qualifying markets, from which you can pick places to submit your work.
  • American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)–If you’re interested in writing Christian fiction, check out ACFW. Unlike SFWA, you do not have to be a published author to join. If you can find a chapter near you or attend a conference, you can meet other writers face-to-face. But even if you can’t participate in the in-person activities, email loops and Facebook groups help facilitate interaction with other writers.
  • Submittable and Submishmash–Some publishers require you to submit your work through Submittable. You can also receive the weekly Submishmash newsletter, which notifies you of creative opportunities.
  • The (Submission) Grinder–This online resource is useful for keeping track of the submissions you send to publishers. If you’re sending out multiple pieces at once, or if you submit one piece to multiple publishers across a period of time, the Grinder can help you remember what went to whom and when.

I imagine that other resources exist and that I might not even heard of some yet. If you’ve found interesting writing helps, please feel free to share them in the comments! Thank you!

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