Have you ever wished that someone could point you to a few sites helpful to a Christian writer? The following are nine websites that I believe Christian writers will find helpful. Though they may also serve other species of writer, I have chosen them specifically to assist my brothers and sisters whose vocations issue from a calling by the Lord to write.
I have ordered the annotated list in a loose chronology of the writing process (i.e. first you query or propose, then you write, then you record, you network and sharpen your craft and marketing abilities:
2. http://www.fictionfactor.com/articles/wordcount.html I include this link from the same site so that you have some sense of the industry standards for the length of your works.
3. Terry Whalin’s site is a must, chock full of good stuff for us from the vantage point of a veteran editor for various Christian publishers. His insight into the proposal process is invaluable. His book, Book Proposals that $ell, is worth its weight in gold—a great buy at any price. Someday it’s going to help you land a contract!!
4. If you like his blog, you might want to try his website for writers:http://www.right-writing.com/index.html
5. This is a reference site of books online. I use it to find quotes, to recall anecdotes or just to take a break from my writing: http://www.bartleby.com/
6. If you’re like me, it’s hard not to quote C. S. Lewis. Here’s your gold mine: http://www.quotedb.com/authors/cs-lewis
7. The Christian Writer’s Guild is worth checking out and participating in. http://www.christianwritersguild.com/
The Christian Writer’s Guild is headed by Jerry Jenkins. I recommend his book in my blog entry, “10 Books Every Christian Writer Should Own.” The Christian Writer’s Guild sponsors an annual Conference for networking with other writers, editors, and publishers.
8. At some point you will need to know something about how the laws and copyrights affect you.
9. Michael Hyatt’s site is a MUST if you’re serious about publishing and social media as an author. You will be glad you subscribed there.
10. Saving the BEST for last, you will want to go to Stickyink.com’s contribution to indie-publishing: A Complete Guide to Publishing Your Own Book. You will find this full of help and best of all, it’s FREE!. Has a great table of contents so that you can use it as a bookmarked resource and dip in wherever, whenever.
Hope you find these helpful. I’ll post more as I discover them.
QUESTION: What sites have YOU found helpful?