So You Want To Be A Writer?

Lately people having been asking me how I do what I do and how I went about getting it done. Other than miming typing my answers have been limited to a.) I have a pretty good imagination, b.) at this point I doubt I have any real world skills left and c.) beats the hell out me.

But really, there is a way to write a book, find and agent and get it published. I'm living proof that a person with no inside connections (I'm no one's niece, ex-baby sitter or college chum) can make it happen.

If you have specific questions feel free to send them my way and I'll answer them. I figure its good karma and there was a time, like just yesterday, when I needed some guidance. For now here is my list of indispensable sites that helped me along the way.

1. There is no better place on the web to find out about agents. I contacted one agent using the info on this site and she passed my query on to my now agent. And its free.

2. They have writing course, networking events and AG members can access all sorts of extra features. Their Revolving Door Newsletter is a good cross reference for doing agent/editor research.

3. For $20 a month you get access to their newsletter, database and can set up your own page. A friend of mine has had hers generate loads of interest. Most useful is checking who has sold what to who.

4. JA Konrath: His A Newbie's Guide to Publishing is chock full of stuff you need to know even though you don't want to deal with it.

5. She's a one woman revolution out to help Latina and Latinos make it in publishing. Great resources and true passion.

I'll be adding and expanding this list and making it a permanet fixture on my blog so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.

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