Friday, July 13, 2012

7 Great Websites for Publishing Info

by L.J. Sellers, author of provocative mysteries & thrillers

I hear from writers all the time wanting to know about resources and how I keep up with everything. Keeping up not only with writing and promoting, but also staying informed about the publishing industry—which is very competitive and constantly evolving—is critical to success. With that in mind, here’s a list of my favorite websites.

The Passive Voice: This is an aggregate site that collects and links to blogs about the industry, with intelligent commentary from the site owner, who is an ex-entertainment lawyer and book formatter.

Publetariat: Another great aggregator site with a lot of how-to articles from writers about writing, promoting, and formatting.

Digital Book World: A collection of news, blogs, and commentary about everything happening in the electronic publishing world.

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Joe Konrath always has great blogs and guest bloggers about self-publishing and often discusses pricing, a critical piece of the process.

For Crime Fiction Authors:
The Crime Fiction Daily: I also subscribe to this daily newsletter, which is specific to crime fiction and often includes real crimes stories, from which ideas spring.

The Graveyard Shift: I love this blog for news about police tactics, events, and more (such as its Castle reviews).

Writer's Forensics Blog: Fun blogs about death and crime scenes. What else can I say?

I know there are a lot more  terrific sites (and I could spend all day perusing them). What are your favorite sites for staying informed or developing your craft?


  1. Great list. For those writing sleuths and private eyes, I'd like to also suggest Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes:

    The American Library Association's Booklist Online selected Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes as one of its "Web Crushes of the Week" during May's "Mystery Month."

  2. I can barely keep up with the basics. But I have at least perused the sites you've listed, with the exception of Crime Fiction Daily. I'm gonna have to check that one out.

    To tell the truth, when you or someone else highlights a post (and I happen to catch the highlight) then I'll make a point of reading the post. Other than that, I'm very much a catch-as-catch can kind of reader.

  3. Great list, LJ! Thanks for these reviews and links!

  4. I'm a little partial to forensics4fiction!

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