There are so may helpful people on the web, and so many useful websites. So many, in fact, that you can eat you whole day up just browsing around them. I have a link list that is yards long but I daren’t look at it too often. I’m not going to publish the full list, but the ones below are amongst the most valuable I’ve found.

The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn ( seems to be a really nice person. I’ve never met her but the things she provides on her website are incredibly helpful to new and not-so-new writers. You’ll find advice and guidance, links and pointers on how to get up and running in a writing career.

The Alliance of Independent Authors

ALLI ( is ‘a non-profit professional association for authors who self-publish books’. It is also a mine of useful information, even for non members. The blog is available to everyone, and there are nuggets of invaluable information on there alone.

Hugh Howey

Hugh C. Howey ( is probably the author that most new writers aspire to be. This blog is sort of schizophrenic in that it is dedicated in fairly equal parts to his travels around the world in the boat that his writing enabled him to buy, and to the craft and business of writing itself. The Writing Insights in his blog are a must-read.

Dean Wesley Smith

Dean Wesley Smith ( has been at the business of writing for so long that he has become the elder statesman of self-publishing authors. If you don’t read anything else from this list, I recommend you read his articles on Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing. Informative and entertaining.