Navigating the publishing industry can often seem like a difficult, opaque process. Whether you’re choosing an MFA program, signing your first book contract, booking a school visit, or preparing your estate, the Writers’ Resource Library has something for writers at all stages of their careers. With these tools and resources, you’ll be able to build and better manage a long and successful writing career.

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The Authors Guild Guide to E-Publishing

Get in-depth information about choosing an e-publishing platform; hiring editors, designers, publicists, and other freelancers; working with ebook retailers; registering ISBNs; creating EPUB files from scratch; marketing your work; and more.

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Submitting Your Writing

Putting your writing out into the world is a scary but necessary first step to getting published. But how do you know if your short story is ready? When is it okay to submit a book if you don’t have an agent? What can you expect when you pitch to an editor of an online publication? These and more questions are answered in the following section/resources.

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Managing Your Finances

Managing your finances can be difficult for anyone, but authors and freelance writers often face unique challenges when filing taxes, saving for retirement, and planning estates. In this section, we provide you with the tools to manage your finances at any stage of your career.

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All About Literary Agents

Many publishers nowadays won’t take unsolicited submissions. But how do you get an agent? What should a query letter say? Does the size of the agency matter? What if you need to change agents? Know what to expect and what’s expected of you with these resources.

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Marketing & Publicity

For both self-published and traditionally published authors, the ability to market and promote your own work increases your chances of success. From being a better literary citizen to understanding social media platforms better, these resources will help get you started.

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MFA and Beyond

Not everyone opts to get an MFA or a degree in journalism, and you certainly don’t need one to be a successful author or journalist. But if you are interested in pursuing a degree, we’ve got you covered.

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Things Every Writer Should Know Before Signing 
a Book Contract

Under the publishing agreement you signed for your latest book, you are most likely responsible for any legal claims that might arise out of it. If a claim goes to trial, you could be on the hook for your legal fees and your publisher’s, not to mention damages if you lose—a lot of money either way.

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Helpful Stuff

Features directories, listings, and organizations that may be useful to authors, including copyright, publishing, publicity, and agent information.

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