Agent or Ideas Needed? Check Here!

This information is excerpted from the May/June 2011 Writers Digest magazine article, “101 Best Websites for Writers.”
For the complete article, see the magazine or visit

Creativity: For prompts and how-to advice to generate ideas. Picture prompts and video story-starters. What can you say in six sentences? Submit a six-sentence story and you might be published!

Agents: Need an agent? This free database has a lot of information! lengthy list of agents who belong to this not-for-profit  organization (AAR.) This org sets the standards for ethical agent behavior. Run by agent, this site is loaded with free advise, and cataloged popular posts on proposals, contracts, pitching and many other related topics. Four agents blog here with guests. Advice for writers, diverse material. Leans toward Christian and inspirational work. is not for the faint of heart. Agent is brutally honest about dos and don’t of querying. Real examples.

Funds: is run by editor and advocate Hope C. Clark.

Wealth of info on grants, contests, awards, markets and fellowships.

Children/YA: Agent Mary Kole’s blog on writing for kids and young adults.

Grammar: Crash course on grammar – then put it to the test with quizzes. tackles grammatical issues that even experienced writers battle. Fiction and non-fiction writers will appreciate.


A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing – can be found at the website of author J.A. Konrath – along with a ton of other writer resources.

Marketing & Publicity: explains the basics of websites for authors.

Education: Looking for a conference or retreat? More than 1,000 domestic and international writing conferences and workshops. is the official website for copyright protection in the United States. Go to the source for accurate information. And, it’s free. provides the tools needed to secure contacts, reviews and more to start a media tour for your project.

The WD article is comprehensive and extensive and I highly recommend that if you don’t have this issue, you go and track it down. Information like this is priceless!! The magazine however, is only a few dollars. So if you don’t subscribe, you probably SHOULD own this issue. Keep writing!!

Best wishes,



About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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One Response to Agent or Ideas Needed? Check Here!

  1. This is very helpful! Thank you 🙂

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