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.
ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center
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.
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’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.
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’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
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.