Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers
If I could keep only one issue of the journal Writer’s Digest, it would be the May/June 2016 issue, the Web Issue. Each year Writer’s Digest updates its list of the 101 best websites in its May/June issue. (The July/August issue is already out, but you can still grab a copy of the May/June issue at the link above for $6.99.)
Best of the Best
Below is a sampling from that list–the Best of the Best in eight categories.
- Creativity Best of the Best
“Creativity Portal–creativity-portal.com. A staple on [the Writer’s Digest] list, Creativity Portal [is] packed with insightful interviews, free projects and an Imagination Prompt Generator. [The site] encourages out-of-the box thinking for writers, children, and educators alike.”
- Writing Advice Best of the Best
“Writer Unboxed–writerunboxed.com. . .W[riter] U[nboxed] has grown into a flourishing community that embraces writers of all levels. . .the archives are deep and the updates are frequent.”
- Everything Agents Best of the Best
“Janet Reid, Literary Agent–jetreidliterary.blogspot.com. For years, FinePrint Literary Management’s Janet Reid has offered writers good-humored, candid advice for their publishing journeys. Her query letter tips are especially helpful (and she offers even more of them on queryshark.blogspot.com).”
- Publishing/Marketing Resources Best of the Best
“The Creative Penn–thecreativepenn.com. . . New York Times bestseller Joanna Penn’s massive hub houses more than 1,000 articles and 100 hours of audio on writing, self-publishing, marketing and making a living writing.”
- Jobs and Markets Best of the Best
“Funds for Writers–fundsforwriters.com. . . Longtime freelancer and author C. Hope Clark created this site in 2010 to help fellow writers enjoy more financially viable careers. She provides guidance on submitting, publishing, writing and more, alongside information on the latest grants, residencies, competitions, markets and job opportunities.”
- Online Writing Communities Best of the Best
“The Writer’s Chatroom–writerschatroom.com. . .This extensive forum is a place for writers across all genres to encourage one another and share expertise. Biweekly live chats allow you to interact in real-time with fellow scribes, and facilitators ensure a welcoming atmosphere.”
- Genre/Niches Best of the Best
“KidLit 411–www.kidlit411.com. A must-bookmark site for children’s authors and illustrators, KidLit411 offers myriad posts on writing and publishing picture books, M[iddle] G[rade] and Y[oung] A[dult]. Join the Facebook Group to connect with other writers for young readers, or participate in the Manuscript or Portfolio Swaps to gain valuable feedback.”
- Just for Fun Best of the Best
“Goodreads–goodreads.com. The world’s largest site for readers to share book reviews and post forum discussions, it connects some 40 million members to books they love.”
Self-Promotion Tips for Writers
And there’s more. The 2016 issue also includes information about how to build and grow an email list (see Marketing Monday Tips from Fauzia Burke, Part I and Part II for more on this topic), how to get started with Facebook and Twitter, and how to employ Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tips to improve your blog’s success.
Setting Examples for SDW/EG Members
Keep your eyes open for changes in blog posts on this site in line with the SEO tips from this issue of Writer’s Digest. Use of headings and bullets to break up the text with white space,illustrated in this post, are among the tips to boost a post’s “findability” as well as making the text easier to read.