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Writer's Digest's 10 Best Publishing News and Resource Websites 2021

Here are the top publishing news and resource websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Here are the top publishing news and resource websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Writer's Digest's 10 Best Publishing News and Resource Websites 2021

ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center
SelfPublishingAdvice.org

While the Alliance of Independent Authors offers scaled memberships with resources for finding legitimate self-publishing companies and legal advice, their Self-Publishing Advice Center offers a podcast, blogs, and self-publishing industry news that’s free to anyone.

Authors Guild
AuthorsGuild.org

With different levels of membership depending on where you are in your writing career, the Authors Guild aims to support writers as they deal with contracts, copyright, freedom of expression and now, COVID-19. You’ll also be eligible for discounts and special events.

Author Media
AuthorMedia.com

Author Media’s blog and podcast are designed to help authors learn about building a platform, publishing, and promoting their work so that they only need to write and not worry about technology.

BoSacks
BoSacks.com

When you enter your email on the BoSacks website, you have the option of signing up for three publishing-industry-related newsletters sent daily: General Publishing; Paper and Pulp; and Publishing and Politics. We’ve found these newsletters, each featuring one or occasionally two articles, skew toward magazine publishing info, and is a great resource.

Jane Friedman
JaneFriedman.com

Jane Friedman’s website is a wealth of information and a must-visit place for authors of all genres and levels to get knowledgeable, thoughtful information on the craft of writing, self-publishing, and deep takes on the latest industry news. And her Hot Sheet subscription newsletter is well-worth the $59/year investment.

The Independent Publishing Magazine
TheIndependentPublishingMagazine.com

Started in 2007, The Independent Publishing Magazine focuses on topics related to self-publishing, hybrid publishing, traditional publishing, book marketing, publishing technology, and industry news in general for writers and publishing professionals alike.

Publishers Marketplace
PublishersMarketplace.com

Whether you opt for the free Publishers Lunch newsletter or a paid subscription to the whole site, use Publishers Marketplace to stay up-to-date on which agents are selling what kind of books to which publishers, how to contact those agents, and much more. (Plus, the occasional well-placed snark in the newsletter is perfection.)

Publishing Perspectives
PublishingPerspectives.com

All too often, New York City is the sole focus of the book publishing business and while it is an epicenter, there’s a whole world of publishing that happens, well, around the world. Publishing Perspectives shines a light on the global publishing industry, including mergers and acquisitions, prizes, translations and rights, and more through their website, free daily newsletter, and occasional print magazines.

Publishing Trends
PublishingTrends.com

Stay in-the-know with what’s happening in the book publishing business with Publishing Trends. Sign up for their free newsletters to get a monthly report of job changes among editors and agents, a monthly roundup of international bestsellers, and a Friday newsletter of their top five picks for interesting articles about publishing from that week.

Writer Beware©
SFWA.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware

Founded in 1998, Writer Beware® is a genre-focused blog concerned with issues that affect professional authors, as well as the problems and pitfalls that face aspiring writers. Their topics range from the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing to literary scams to be aware of.

10 Tips on Covering Events as a Freelance Journalist

10 Tips on Covering Events as a Freelance Journalist

From planning ahead to staying late, Alison Hill shares 10 tips for journalists while covering events as a freelancer.

From Script

Character Studies, Writing the Immigrant Experience, and Six Adaptation Steps Before You Adapt a Book (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, navigate different character study approaches in your writing, and tracking emotional journeys.

Lora Senf: On Trusting Children With Middle Grade Fiction

Lora Senf: On Trusting Children With Middle Grade Fiction

Author Lora Senf discusses how one chilling text message led her to writing her new middle grade horror novel, The Clackity.

Katrina Leno: On Writing Around an Idea

Katrina Leno: On Writing Around an Idea

Critically acclaimed novelist Katrina Leno discusses the process of bringing her childhood memories to magical life in her new young adult novel, Sometime in Summer.

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Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2022

Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2022

Here are the top live streams, podcasts, and YouTube channels as identified in the 24th Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

What Is Fan Fiction in Writing?

What Is Fan Fiction in Writing?

You might have heard the term, especially if you’re in online fandoms, but what exactly is fan fiction? Managing Editor Moriah Richard explains.

5 Ways To Use Short Stories To Grow as a Writer

5 Ways To Use Short Stories To Grow as a Writer

Short story writing can be a gateway to writing your novel—but they’re also fun and worthy stories in their own right. Here, author Dallas Woodburn shares 5 ways to use short stories to grow as a writer.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not having an online presence.