139 Tools and Resources for Building Your Author Website and/or Blog

from Digital Pubbing

Author websites and blogs are important components to building an author platform. With that in mind, here is a list of resources that can help you set up and optimize your site.

Contents

1 Setting Up Your Website
2 Website Content
3 Website Design
4 Website Maintenance
5 Getting Traffic and Visitors
6 Tracking Your Website
7 Earning Money on Your Website
8 Selling Products on Your Website
9 Making Your Website Mobile Friendly
10 Tools and Add-ons For Your Website
11 Example Websites
12 Additional Resources and Services
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Five Literary Agents Seeking Picture Book Submissions

1. Michelle Witte of Mansion Street Management
Email: querymichelle@mansionstreet.com

2. Jessica Sinsheimer of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Email: Submissions@sarahjanefreymann.com

3. Julie Stevenson
Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
julie@waxmanleavell.com

4. Eve Porinchak
Jill Corcoran Literary
eve@jillcorcoranliteraryagency.com

5. Jodell Sadler
Sadler Children’s Literary
http://www.sadlercreativeliterary.com/contact.html

Ten Literary Agents Seeking Women’s Fiction NOW

Below are ten literary agents who are actively seeking women’s fiction submissions now. Their e-mails are below. Query away.

1. Scott Eagan
Greyhaus Literary
http://www.greyhausagency.com
How to contact: E-query scott@greyhausagency.com with “Query” in the subject line. Keep the word count between 75,000 and 110,000. “Please focus on one issue and not a ton of personal problems the protagonist has. Stories can have happy or sad endings. Please no adultery.”

2. MacKenzie Fraser-Bub
Trident Media Group
http://www.tridentmediagroup.com
How to contact: Send a query letter, pasted in the body of the email, to MFraserBub@TridentMediaGroup.com. Please do not send a manuscript or proposal until you have been requested to do so.

3. Kimberly Brower
Rebecca Friedman Literary
http://rfliterary.com/about
How to contact: E-query Kimberly@rfliterary.com. Submit a brief query letter and your first chapter (pasted into the email, not to exceed fifteen double-spaced pages). No attachments.

4. Mallory C. Brown
TriadaUS
http://www.triadaus.com
How to contact: E-query Mallory@triadaus.com. When querying, please include the first ten ms pages in the body of the e-mail after your query.

5. Danielle Burby
HSG Agency
http://hsgagency.com
How to contact: Email a query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript to dburby@hsgagency.com. No attachments.

6. Jennifer Johnson-Blalock
Liza Dawson Associates
http://www.lizadawsonassociates.com
How to contact: E-mail queryjennifer@lizadawsonassociates.com.

7. Marie Lamba
Jennifer De Chiara Literary
http://www.jdlit.com
How to contact: Please email a query to marie.jdlit@gmail.com. Put “Query” in the subject line of your email, and please send the first twenty pages in the body of your email, along with a one-paragraph bio and a one-paragraph synopsis.

8. Carly Watters
P.S. Literary
http://psliterary.com
How to contact: E-query query@psliterary.com with “Query for Carly” in the subject line. “Do not send attachments. Always let us know if your manuscript/proposal is currently under consideration by other agents/publishers. If you don’t receive a response to your query within 4-6 weeks it means a no from the agency. In my women’s fiction, I look for an external hook other than the love story (career, family, personal history etc.)”

9. Patricia Nelson
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
http://www.marsallyonliteraryagency.com
How to contact: E-query Patricia@MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com

10. Courtney Miller-Callihan
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
http://greenburger.com
How to contact: E-query cmiller@sjga.com.

Literary Agents Seeking Queries

Sandy Harding of Spencerhill Associates

Sandy seeks mainly upmarket commercial and literary fiction for the adult market. She enjoys women’s fiction for book clubs, smart page-turning thrillers, works of suspense with complex protagonists, mysteries of all sorts (cozies, historical, traditional), and romance. Most of all she seeks writing with a voice so penetrating and a story so captivating the reader simply must keep reading.

Caitlin McDonald of Donald Maass Literary

She seeks:

  • All science fiction and fantasy fiction (and subgenres) for adult, YA, and MG – especially secondary world fantasy and alternate history
  • Genre-bending or cross-genre fiction, and stories that examine tropes from a new angle
  • Diversity of all kinds, including (but not limited to) race, gender, sexuality, and ability, in both characters and world-building.

Best Tips for Beating Writer Burnout

By James A. Rose

Burnout is a major concern in many careers. Some causal factors seem to be excessive hours and unconventional stress on the mind or body. Some sources for this stress might be gruesome experiences common in law enforcement and military, sitting all day, a requirement for consistent creativity, and pretty much any type of customer service. What all of these situations have in common is the requirement of the worker to perform tasks for which the human body was not primarily designed. Unfortunately, these kinds of duties are common in modern society.

As a writer, you are probably subjected to abnormal stress levels from a number of elements. Long hours sitting – check; long hours starring at a screen – check; forced creativity and tough deadlines – check; and we all know you can’t rush the creative process, which is why eighty percent of what comes out of Hollywood is crap. Even if you write for personal reasons you may still struggle to make time for your writing amongst your busy schedule. Writer burnout can lead to poor work, depression and physical health problems.

Following are key steps to take might avert burnout:

Oh the Mistakes We’ve Seen #5: BlueInk Review details common writing gaffes

By BlueInk Staff

At BlueInk we’ve reviewed nearly 5,000 titles. This means we’ve seen it all — from a children’s picture book that discusses in detail a violent shooting death, to a novel with 69 main characters and 13 supporting players. In our continuing blog series, “Oh the Mistakes We’ve Seen!,” we talk about these and other mistakes we’ve run across and offer 3 pitfalls to avoid at all costs.

“Oh, the Mistakes We’ve Seen!” is part of a series of BlueInk Review blogs offering advice and insight into self-published writers’ most common errors, as seen in the nearly 3,000 reviews of self-published books that we have provided since our inception in 2011. Below, we have compiled excerpts from our more unfortunate reviews, each of which expose common writing blunders.

So what makes the bad review rear its dreaded, beastly head? Here are some traps you should avoid at all costs:

Using inadequate facts to back up your argument in a nonfiction book.

Let’s say, for example, that you’re having a debate about smoking. Arguing for the benefits of cigarettes, you throw out this: “My Uncle Joe smoked all his life, and he lived to be 90.” Then you mix in a fact like this: “A 1918 study proved that smoking adds 10 years to a person’s life.” And finally, you wind up with this: “People who say smoking is bad for you don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. They’re all idiots!” Read more…