Sometimes we need to get by with a little help from our friends; and sometimes our friends are bloggers, online publications, websites or just the internet in general. There is always something on the internet that can help you with whatever it is you need. Want to repurpose an old sock? *BAM* Google just found you 259,000 possible ways to do that. The purpose of my post this month (sorry to the fun-loving sock lovers) is to share some blogs and sites that may be helpful to writers. Here are 5 websites I found to be all around good, useful sites.
- Stacked – This blog caters to writers who are more interested in what is going on in the literary world. They not only review books themselves, but they also round up other reviews and overviews. You can send them your manuscript for review (no ebooks), which they will choose to post at their discretion. For a writer looking for feedback it never hurts to give it a shot.
- Authonomy – This site is run by HarperCollins and I think it’s a really great way to bring writers and readers together in a forum that is rewarding for all. It allows writers to upload a manuscript for others to read and get feedback on. It also gives you the chance to be featured on their homepage, based on how many views your manuscript might get. You can also get the chance to be published by HarperCollins if your manuscript does really well on the boards. The feedback and community that is built within the site allows for growth and connections for an aspiring writer.
- The Write Life – This site is a jack-of-all-trades. Not only do they write helpful articles on how to improve your writing, but they also can connect you with freelance writing positions, self-publishing and publishing opportunities, where to find critique partners for your work, and so much more.
- Wattpad – On this site, readers and writers come together in a community to share their work. Like Authonomy, if your story does well on the boards, there’s a chance it will be featured on the site. It seems to connect writers to readers more than anything else though. If you are looking for a place to just share your work and aren’t looking for major critiques and feedback, this site seems good. It looks especially good for people who want to get their creativity out there in an open forum. It can also probably help in building a following as an author.
- Worthy of Publishing – This site is a little more straightforward than the other sites. It’s not filled with some of the other amenities the sites listed above have. You just post to the site for feedback, get rated, and possibly get picked up by a publisher. That’s all. It is a forum for people who are looking for feedback or for those who feel they are “worthy” to get published.
I know it can be difficult and defeating sometimes but I think getting more connected, continually reaching out to different forums and communities, and allowing yourself to be open to critique can help you on your journey. Send me some of your favorite writing sites in the comments below!
Kimberly Richardson is currently interning for Linda Epstein at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, while pursuing her Masters degree in Pace University’s Publishing Program. She also interns at the National Association of Professional Women. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @kimberly_ann688.