5:36 PM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Writer's Organizations and Communities:

KidLitOSphere - An online community of reviewers, librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, parents, and other book enthusiasts who blog about children’s and young adult literature.

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) - a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. Find your regional chapter HERE.

Querying Resources:

Agent Query: Search for book agents, learn how to craft a query letter, and peruse a multitude of writing resources.

Preditors and Editors: a guide for writers who want to check on legitimacy and reputation of agents and publishers. Also lists of other helpful services.

Query Tracker: Organize and track your query letters to publishers and agents.

Other Resources:

booklifenow: Jeff Vandermeer's strategies and tips for the 21st Century Writer for sustainable careers and sustainable creativity

Festivals and Conferences:

Bologna Children's Book Fair - Touted as "the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry." (annually in March)

Calgary Children's Book Fair and Conference - For children to meet local authors and for writers to learn from industry professionals (annually in November)

Indie and Small Press Book Fair - a free annual event in NYC that celebrates indie and small press publishing (annually in December)

Social Media / Marketing:

Hub Pages: Share your expertise among writers and artists of all trades. Build a platform for your work by showing your passion and aptitude for specific areas of writing craft.

Tired of visiting multiple sites to update your Twitter, FB, and LinkedIn profiles? Post simultaneously to all, check multiple feeds, and shrink long URLs at this site.

Indie Friendly Bookstores:

Indie Bound - an online community of independently run bookstores and other retailers
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