Writer's Digest Best Publishing News and Resource Websites 2020

Here are the top publishing news and resource websites as identified in the 22nd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2020 issue of Writer's Digest.
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Here are the best publishing news and resource websites as identified in the 22nd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2020 issue of Writer's Digest.

* Denotes the website's first appearance on our list.

1. Alli’s Self-Publishing Advice Center


If you are a self-published author or plan to become one, consulting advice from The Alliance of Independent Authors is a must. Before using any self-publishing service, check ALLi’s service ratings to see how well the service aligns with the ALLi code of standards. ALLi hosts a free online conference, and annual memberships starting at $89 allow more opportunities to get advice and connect with other self-published authors.

2. Authors Guild*


You don’t have to be a member of this national organization to access some of the articles and videos in the resource library. But an annual membership starting at $100 for emerging writers provides invaluable resources, including low-cost website building, legal help, and access to member events. Authors who don’t have an agent have found free contract negotiation by the Authors Guild legal team to be the greatest member perk.

3. Jane Friedman


Everyone who writes or works in publishing loves Jane Friedman. In the unlikely scenario you haven’t heard her name already or seen her speak at a writing conference, go to her site now for blog articles from Friedman and guest agents, authors, and other industry authorities. Core topics include craft, how to get a book published, query letters and book proposals, book marketing, and building an author platform. While you’re there, Friedman also offers online classes and a newsletter on digital resources for writers.

4. Author Media


Author Media’s tagline is “making writers famous.” By listening to their podcast on marketing and promoting your book, you’ll be well on your way to reaching that goal.

5. The Book Designer


The Book Designer is essential for authors wanting to learn about book production, including cover and interior design, editorial processes, printing, marketing, and the overall journey a book makes before it reaches readers. The Week in Blogs roundups compile the best recently published blogs around the internet that authors need to read now.

6. The Independent Publishing Magazine


Today, there are many more avenues to getting published and resources for authors than there ever have been; navigating them can be overwhelming. Thankfully, The Independent Publishing Magazine reviews these resources and provides information on how to use them effectively. Best for self-published and small press authors, this resource is a must for learning to create, promote, and market your work. 

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Jane K. Cleland: On Writing the Successful Long-Running Series

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