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Free Guide to Publishing and Book Promotion for Writers

Self Promo Stories: Authors’ Boldest, Cleverest & Wackiest Strategies to Sell their Books (also free!)

First Lines: everything you need to know

Creating Your Magical World Workshop

A Glossary of Literary Terms

Virtual Classroom Glossary of Literary Terms


Ralan’s Webstraveganza has the web’s most popular listing of sf/f/h magazines and open anthologies.

Duotrope’s Digest is a database of over 2050 current markets for short fiction, poetry, and novels/collections. Use this page to search for markets that may make a fine home for the piece you just polished.

Mary Anne Mohanraj, former editor of Strange Horizons Magazine maintains a great online list of Literary Journals and their contact info.

More literary journals listed at

Speculations is an excellent source of market information and includes min/avg/max response times.

There’s a wonderful list of new anthologies and markets at Livejournal.

Story Pilot invites you to design your perfect market and then finds it for you.

Fiction Factor lists all types of writing markets.

Literature Buzz offers thousands of markets

Writer Gazette: over 550 paying markets.

Ellen Datlow has a list of zines.

Literary Marketplace has book publishers and editors.

British Sf/f/h Market Information is posted on the British Fantasy Society website.

Poets & Writers has over 400 literary journals, plus conferences and awards. has an incredibly comprehensive list of workshops and resources.

How to submit stories.

Writer’s Digest has lots of helpful tips and sites plus monthly contests and a free mailing list.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America also has great writing tips, along with lists of workshops.

The Critters Writers’ Workshop is an excellent on-line f/sf/h critique club.  It also offers the Black Holes submission tracker.  If you join, make sure to look up my stories.   See my critters bio.

Holly Lisle’s site has lots of writing help, writing classes, and a free e-book on writing.

There’s a good livejournal discussion for sf/f/h writers.

For great help with poetry terms visit Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric

American Rhetoric offers the most famous American speeches, along with audio lessons in rhetorical devices.

Beware Common Writing Mistakes.

Lists of Agents are available at the Literary Agents Directory and Booktalk.

An incredible list of links and info appears at

Advice on genre writing at Seton Hill’s webpage.

How to write and sell and market a book– everything in one writer’s story.

Auto Crit: The AutoCrit Editing Wizard analyzes your manuscript, looking for a wide collection of writing errors and weaknesses.

Where to write and submit kids’ stories:

Stone Soup publishes only stories and poems from kids under 13.

Likewise, Kids’ Own publishes children’s works.

Kids’ Pub encourages stories from all kids.

Try these review markets: they’ll print anything automatically.

Worddance magazine publishes material from artists and 
authors in grades K-8.

Submit to!

Publish your stuff at StudentWeb!

New Moon is the magazine by and for girls, age 8-14.

Merlyn’s Pen also showcases young writers’ works.

Children’s Library – find new and original children’s stories and plays.

Chunky Monkey Fan Club – cartoon and drawing lessons for kids, original stories, and a showcase for kids’ art. There are also other fun activities.

Fun House – read other kids stories and poems or submit your own.

International Kids’ Space – browse, search, or submit your own stories, pictures, and music to this international web gallery designed to show off your talents!

Kids World from Tandem House – read stories written by kids, submit your stories for prizes, read the joke of the week, get advice, or make new keypals.

Links: Young Writers’ Resources

Junior Writers Foundation

VOYA has teen writing contests.

A wonderful article full of markets on where kids can get published.

And don’t forget Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy: A free online course for young writers.

Try publish!

The following magazines welcome submissions from students. Check the writer’s guidelines for each magazine to find out what they want specifically and how they want it submitted to give your student writers and artists the best chance possible to see their work in print. Good luck!Headliners

American Girl
Pleasant Company Publications
8400 Fairway Place
Middleton, WI  53562

Boys’ Life
1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane
PO Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015

Cricket Magazine Group
Carus Publishing Company
315 Fifth Street
Peru, IL 61354

Stone Soup
PO Box 83
Santa Cruz, CA 95063

Scholastic Inc.
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

For Kids:

How to write a book review

  1. Share What You’re Reading – find out what other students are reading and what they thought of the books.
  2. Book Nuts’ Reading Club – visit this place where you can talk about the books you like to read. Includes suggested book lists, reviews by kids, and more.
  3. BookHive – offers children and parents reading recommendations at a variety of skill levels.
  4. BookHooks – read book reviews written by kids from all over, write some of your own, or try your hand at some of the fun games and activities on this cool site.
  5. Booklist: Books for Youth – read 2002 reviews from the American Library Association of books for younger and older readers.
  6. Chantessy’s Book Reviews – reviews for kids of all ages and reading levels.
  7. cool-reads – this site, run by two teenagers, provides reviews of a variety of books, organized by topic and written by kids aged 10-15.
  8. Flamingnet Book Reviews – get reviews and opinions on a variety of books for 8-16 year olds.
  9. Here Come the Tickle Bugs – meet the Tickle Bugs, read book reviews, and play related games!
  10. ILS Literature Group – brief book reviews written by students in a school literature group. Includes an author of the month feature too.
  11. KidsBookshelf – read lots of book reviews, enter writing and drawing contests, and find fun stuff like games, print-outs to color, and addresses to write to authors and illustrators!
  12. – meet Booker T. Worm! Read about your favorite books and authors or join the reading club!
  13. Kids Review a great UK site
  14. Matson, Nancy – this childrens’ author offers lesson plans, book reviews, and information about her novel, The Boy Trap.
  15. Mrs Mad’s Book-a-Rama – get ratings and reviews of lots of children’s books, sorted by author, title, reading level, and more.
  16. Read Write Now! – search for and read book reviews written by other kids. Part of the America Reads program through the U.S. Department of Education.
  17. Reading Room, The – find book reviews and enjoy recess with activities like coloring, origami, letter sounds, and more. Includes info about this show that airs in northern California too.
  18. Scoop: Children’s Book Review Newsletter – reviews of children’s books, activities, interviews with authors and illustrators, and more.
  19. Spaghetti Book Club – book reviews for kids by kids. Check out a list of reviews by author, title, or the reviewer’s grade level.
  20. Stories from the Web – if you like books and stories then come on in! You can read stories, learn about authors, write reviews, and even write your own stories.
  21. Youth Wired A great place to send small reviews

How to write and submit reviews:

These sites will publish reviews by anyone– useful for building up your credits.

Reader’s Robot

Seized by the Tale


Sffworld – For SF/Fantasy writers  – For SCIFI and Fantasy authors

Diverse Books

Multicultural Book Review

Reader to Reader Reviews

The Agony Column Book Reviews and Commentary

Other Book review sites: is a good place to start, since they’re always looking for reviewers.The Green Man Review is another good choice.

An enormous list of magazines seeking book reviews

Write movie reviews

For the pros: Getting Paid To Read – 10 Paying Book Review Markets By Niki Taylor

Become a writing mentor or mentee!    See their flyer

Creativity help:

First Lines: everything you need to know

Patricia C. Wrede’s Fantasy Worldbuilder can help you design your own world.

Fiction Writer’s Character Chart— something every writer needs.

Character Building Workshop— wonderful, thought-provoking detail.

Seventh Sanctum offers name generators in any genre.

Story Starters for Writers

Over two hundred creative writing prompts.

And more great creativity prompts.

Interactive Writing Prompts.

Cliché finder


Joseph Campbell.  The Hero With a Thousand Faces.

Essential information on the components of heroism and plot structure.

Orson Scott Card.  How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Rules of fantasy written by a master of the craft.

Dianna Wynne Jones The Rough Guide to Fantasyland

A hilarious romp through all the horrible clichés of fantasy worlds.

Donald Maass.  Writing the Breakout Novel.

How to write a plot and concept big enough to interest an agent or publisher

  1. N. Williamson.  How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction.

Essays by all the masters.

Raymond Obstfeld.  Novelist’s Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes.

One of the best guides to writing fiction out there.

Christopher Vogler.  The Writer’s Journey.

Campbell’s theories distilled into practical analysis and application.