My Tool Chest

Like any trade, writing works best if you have the right tools. This page includes a list of awesome resources I've discovered to help improve as a writer and editor. It will continue to grow as my craft and experience does.

Grammar Girl: An incredibly helpful site for all those grammar and punctuation issues that gum up your MS. 
 
Wattpad: Great resource for getting your works out there and building a following. Be sure to upload regularly. 

Goodreads: Another great site for getting your name out there. If you have book you are trying to promote be sure to take advantage of the giveaway section.

Writing Excuses is a weekly, 15-min long podcast hosted by several published authors. They share tricks of the trade and ideas on how to improve every aspect of the writing process. I highly recommend you subscribe.

Writing on the Wall: Five Editors and You! 

Author Think Tank: An online writing conference that never ends!


Great tools if you are an Indie Author:
  
Tristi Pinkston, Editor

Precision Editing Group: First ten pages of your manuscript edited for free!

CP Book Design: Inexpensive, quality graphic designs for cards, bookmarks, and even those amazing covers.

Smashwords
: eBook publishing - they convert your book into multiple formats, plus sell your book through their site. And their royalties are much higher than Kindle and Nook (you still need to use Kindle and Nook, though) 

Duolit: a great team that provides invaluable service and sanity checks for those of those in the Indie Realm. ;)

iWriteNetwork: A great, diverse online writing community.

David Farland's Writers' Groups: Awesome forums to get to know fellow writers and form critique groups. I'm a Pied Piper.

Bowker.com: Obtain ISBN's for Print and ebooks. (Cheaper to buy in bulk)

Site to obtain PCNs: 
The purpose of the Preassigned Control Number (PCN) program is to enable the Library of Congress to assign control numbers in advance of publication to those titles that may be added to the Library's collections. The publisher prints the control number in the book and thereby facilitates cataloging and other book processing activities. The PCN links the book to any record which the Library of Congress, other libraries, bibliographic utilitites, or book vendors may create.

And of course attend lots of writer's conference. Hera are a few I've really enjoyed. :-)

IndieReCon- Free, Online Writing Conference about all things Indie!  
LDStoryMakers
Write Here in Ephraim 
UVU Book Academy
League of Utah Writers
Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers
Teen Writers Conference
Boot Camp and Live Critiquing Workshop
ANWA American Night Writers Association (pronounced “ann-wah”) is a unique network for LDS women interested in writing.
Life, the Universe and Everything Writing Conference

Some great blogs I follow:
Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author
The Indelibles
ali cross
Elle Strauss
Lindzee Armstrong (Awesome Critique Partner)
medieval research with joyce
Ink in the Book
LDS Writers Blogck
Cindy M. Hogan (Great tips posted for Indie and Trad Publishing)
Kami McArthur