Websites

AALA (Association of American Literary Agents) Previously named the AAR, a nonprofit membership organization of literary agents who work with both book authors and playwrights.

Poets & Writers Founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. P&W’s programs include its eponymous magazine; an information-rich website; financial support for readings and other literary events; and sponsorship of several notable writing prizes and awards.

Publishers Marketplace (Subscription required). A publishing news website that also has a listing of new deals updated daily. It has reported publishing deals since 2001. This database is a quick way to tell who has sold what and to which publishers, and who might represent the kinds of books you write.

Publishers Weekly The international news source of book publishing and book selling.

Writer’s Digest Since 1920, it has chronicled the culture of the modern writer through relevant first-person essays, interviews with bestselling authors and profiles with emerging talent. It also features practical technique articles, and tips and exercises on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business-side of writing and publishing.

Agent Query A comprehensive database of agents, writers, publishers, and resources.

 

Books

The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer: Everything You Need to Know About Craft, Inspiration, Agents, Editors, Publishing, and the Business of Building a Sustainable Writing Career by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book by Courtney Maum

The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It…Successfully by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents, 28th edition: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over by Jeff Herman

Guide to Literary Agents 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published edited by Robert Lee Brewer

The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner

The Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book by Susan Page