So, You Want to Write a Book? Resources

Reprise from Part 1: If your family and friends are correct, and you have a book worth writing, you are out of reasons, obstacles, doubts, and excuses for not writing it. Every author once felt as you do, so you have plenty of company. So, as Nike would say, “Just do it!”

Enough procrastination. You’re ready. You are on fire, obsessed.  You are in the zone, perhaps for the first time. You can do this, you tell yourself, as words spill onto your screen. You just keep writing until the moment when you hit the proverbial wall. You have either run out of steam or words. This is the moment you realize you don’t really know how to write a book. What seemed like a great idea when you began is losing its luster.

What should you do next? One possibility is to question your sanity and delete the file from your computer.  Since you were probably off to a pretty good start, that would be a shame. At the other extreme, you could decide to continue despite having no idea what you’re doing. Being an optimist, you tell yourself this might turn out okay after all if you just keep going.

I’m not a fan of either of those alternatives—giving up or blindly plowing ahead. Fortunately, there is a middle ground, and it is the one I recommend to aspiring authors who have jumped in the deep water without knowing how to swim: Get some help.

There is an amazing amount of information out there in the world just waiting for you to tap into it. Finding what you’re looking for will take time, patience, and determination. While it would be easy to say, “Just Google the headings below in bold type” the purpose of this post is to save you time finding information you can use. While I would love to say everything below came right out of my head, the truth is I depended on Google to come up with enough resources to keep you busy for quite a while.


Top Article Submission Websites – Paid and Free
“Freelance Writing and Consulting”


Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA)
Association of Ghostwriters (AOG)
Writers Associations: Local and National Organizations for Writers

 Author Blogs 

A Writer’s Life
Alison Kent blog
Almost an Author
Ann Kroeker
Australian Writers’ Centre
Be a Freelance Blogger
Build Book Buzz
Between the Lines
Beyond the Beyond
Buzz, Balls and Hype
C.S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive
Cabbages and Kings
Carolyn’s Blog
Contrary Brin
Dave Barry’s Blog
Diary of a Mad Romance Author
Dispatches from Tanganyika
Elizabeth Spann Craig
Eva Deverell
Fiction University
Goins, Writer
Greek Tragedy
Gus Openshaw’s Whale-Killing Journal
How to Write a Book Now
Inky Girl
J-Walk Blog
Journalist’s Resource
Krentz Quick & Castle Blog
Lauren Carter
Lessig Blog
LKH Blog
Meg’s Diary
Neil Gaiman’s Journal
Nicole Bianchi
No rules. Just write
Novelesque: House of Sand and Blog
One Stop for Writers
Paperback Writer
Patti O’Shea’s blog
Pocket Full of Words
Pop Culture Magazine
Positive Writer
Pro Writing Aid
See Jane Write
Seth’s Blog
Slay Your Demons
Tess Gerritsen Blog
The Dilbert Blog
The Write Practice
The Writing Life
Tweetspeak Poetry
Web Petals
Wil Wheaton Dot Net
Write or Die
Write to Done
Writer Unboxed
Writers Helping Writers
Writers In The Storm
Writers Write
Writing Fiction


12 Books Every Aspiring Author Should Read
Jane Friedman’s favorite books on writing
Nine of the Best Books on Writing You’ll Want to Read ASAP


Complete Book Writing Course From Idea To Published Book
How to Write, Publish, & Promote a Nonfiction Book
The Creative Penn


The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018

Writers’ Magazines

Nonfiction Authors Association
Association of Ghostwriters


The Writer magazine
Poets & Writers Magazine
Writer’s Digest magazine
Judy Blume’s MasterClass

 There are many more resources online, on Amazon, at the library, at your locally owned bookstore, and in the magazine section of anyplace you shop. There are groups for writers and authors all over social media, and many of them are worth checking out to see if they are right for you. These suggestions are intended to show you the abundance of support available to writers and authors. If you explore one or two from each category, you will be amazed at how much you learn.




Bobbi Linkemer is a writing coach, ghostwriter, editor, as well as the author of eighteen books under her own name. Her passion is helping writers at all levels to convey their messages through books. In her forty-five-year career, Ms. Linkemer has written on hundreds of topics for magazines, individuals, and organizations in both the private and public sectors. She has been a feature writer, a magazine editor, and a corporate communicator. Her clients range from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurs and individuals who want to share their stories or build their businesses. Bobbi Linkemer • 314-968-8661

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4 comments on “So, You Want to Write a Book? Resources
    • You’re very welcome. These were all the Resources I wish I had known about when I first started writing books. I still have to check out many of them. The more I looked the more I found.

  1. Tumblr article I saw a writer writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to

  2. Thanks so much for commenting, but the end of your sentence got lost. I’m guessing that you meant the article on tumbler linked to the various resources. If that’s the case, it must have taken forever, but it’s a great idea and worth going back to revisit the blog post.

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