Additional Resources for Writers:
maps Here are some links to resources I found
especially helpful:

SCBWI - If you are writing for children or teens, join The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Not only will SCBWI provide a wealth of information about the realities and market for publishing for teens and children but you will also gain access to a very supportive and varied network of other writers who can help you on your quest toward publication and on improving your craft.

Absolute Write - When I was just starting to get serious about trying to find an agent, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the treasure trove of information and networking that is the Absolute Write Forums. At Absolute Write I found everything from critique to information on agents and publishers, help with drafting a query letter and a synopsis to friends who would (virtually) hold my hand, let me commiserate over the inevitable rejections, help me cheer the successes and who I can count on to make me laugh and to tell it like it is. It's a thriving writers' community. Be forewarned: it's not for the faint of heart. You won't find much coddling or ego-propping there. But if you want up-to-date, real-time information on agents and publishers, or a place to connect with other writers, it is the place to go. Just try not to spend more time in the forums than writing.

Verla Kay's Blue Boards - Another helpful writers' community, focused on writing for kids and teens.

Purple Crayon – Harold Underdown maintains the ultimate site for news and information for those writing for children and teens.

Publishers Marketplace – When I was starting out, I liked seeing the deal news and the industry news, and I still do. It helped keep me focused, and hopeful, and it helped me with researching agents and houses.

Grammar Girl - Grammar Girl saved me from spinning in circles on more than one occasion with its quick and easy grammar tips and help.

Some additional online sites I have found helpful:

Nathan Bransford's Blog

Rachelle Gardner's Blog

The Upstart Crow Literary Blog

Query Shark

Jennifer Laughran

Mary Kole

Alvina Ling

Cheryl Klein

School Library Journal

Read Roger

Fuse #8

Miss Snark's First Victim

Editorial Anonymous

The Cooperative Children's Book Center