Resources for Writers



Make sure your potential agent is an AAR member (Association of Authors’ Representatives) and does not charge a fee. If you’re uncertain about a particular agency, do a Google search and check on both the Web and Groups index, or check them out at:


The following are comprehensive online resources. Also check out Writer’s Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents, 2002-2003.

Tips for Writing Queries, Proposals, and Synopses

Always follow the specific guidelines for formatting these materials provided by the agent (typically found on the agent’s or publisher’s Web site).

Writing Contests

Short Fiction Contests

Literary Magazines

Book Reviews


Guides and Directories for Writers

Author Interviews

Writing Instruction

Children’s Books



Reading Lists

Short Fiction Markets

Copyright, Fair Use, and Other Rights Issues