Naomi Hughes

Writing Resources

Some of my favorite blogs, books, and tips

Favorite Author, Agent, and Editor Blogs:

Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds

Janet Reid's Blog and Query Shark

Laini Taylor's essay series Not For Robots

Ava Jae's Writability

Dee Romito's How-I-Got-My-Agent Success Stories

Nathan Bradford's Blog

Krista Van Dolzer's Blog (Lots of agent interviews here!)

Mary Kole's Kidlit Blog

Pub(lishing) Crawl

Pub Hub

Writing with Color (great resource for writing characters of a background/ethnicity/etc. not your own)


Favorite Books on Writing:

Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole

Story Trumps Structure by Steven James

The Emotion Thesaurus by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman


Blogs that run reliably great contests for agent-snagging:

Brenda Drake's Blog

Cupid's Literary Connection

Michelle Hauck's Blog

Miss Snark's First Victim


Favorite Tips & Tricks:

-The most common issues I see as an editor

-How to Write a 1-page Synopsis

-The Power of "But" and "Therefore" (from the writers of South Park, and my all-time favorite writing tip)

-Tips on Contracts and Book Deals

-What to include/not include in a query letter

-My Storified Writing Advice



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