Kath and I recently updated WU with some new Box Cutters. What are Box Cutters? Sites we think can help you unbox your best writer self by promoting unique thinking in any of the many aspects of writing and marketing your work, or by illuminating common writerly traps. Here are some of our new finds:
Agent Query purports to be “the internet’s largest and most current database of literary agents.” Because Everyone Who’s Anyone in Adult Trade Publishing exists and was recently updated, however, I kind of doubt that’s true. Still, Agent Query is worth a visit. I love the “search by genre” function where you’ll find 24 genre possibilities, including such rare entries as offbeat/quirky and western.
Want to know how your favorite authors got published? Check out Backstory, “where authors share the secrets, the truths, or just the illogical moments that sparked their fiction.” Are you an author with a backstory you’d like to share? Tell M.J. Rose and Jessica Keener about it, and they’ll put it on their site.
Black on White “is a web site designed to help writers overcome hurdles (including fear) that are preventing them from producing pages on a regular basis.” Sign up for their mailing list to get a “daily nudge;” then commit to a contract with yourself and share it with the list for some peer support–and a little healthy pressure.
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