Blogging is still a thing and there are many great blogs for authors. If you are an aspiring or seasoned author, there is a wealth of knowledge, opinion, and advice on book writing, publishing, and marketing at your keyboard. We scoured the web and connected with authors to see what is current in this space. These are the best blogs for authors related to writing and publishing books right now, in no particular order.
#1 Writers’ Connection
Engaging topics and insights for authors
We’ll start with a plug to get the word out on our own growing public and members’ blog. Writers’ Connection is a community of writers, authors, and publishing professionals created to connect existing, new, and traditionally unpublished authors with the guidance, support, education, and resources required to write, publish, and distribute a book. Authors gain access to information on traditional and self-publishing options and may be contacted by legitimate literary agents, publishers, and publicists seeking their specific work. Agents and publishers browse new, unpublished manuscript descriptions in targeted genres and directly contact the authors they are interested in publishing, providing detail-specific submission guidelines for their organization. Select service partners advertise publishing-related services to authors in need. Writers’ Connection was created to be a reliable resource and community for first-time authors and seasoned pros embarking on a book publishing journey. We are turning the book publishing world upside down and inside out. Our site has a growing blog that caters to authors of every level. Guest bloggers are featured and new topics are added monthly to help aspiring and seasoned authors perfect their craft.
A trusted place to learn how to successfully publish your book
Reedsy states that crafting beautiful books is at the heart of everything that they do. They are changing the way books are published by giving authors and publishers access to talented professionals, powerful tools, and free educational content. Reedsy was founded in the summer of 2014 by Emmanuel Nataf, Ricardo Fayet, Vincent Durand, and Matt Cobb. Since then, they have proudly built a community of 1 million+ authors and thousands of freelance professionals — helping them bring more than 15,000 books to market each year.
#3 The Write Practice
Turning aspiring writers into published authors through deliberate practice
The Write Practice was founded in 2011 to help writers practice, become better writers, and get their best writing published. The Write Practice provides fresh writing prompts, unique lessons on technique, and an encouraging, supportive writing community to give writers feedback. The Write Practice encourages writers to write millions of words that no one will ever see before they can write the ones that will change someone’s life. The Write Practice asks for fifteen minutes a day, five days a week, to practice writing. As writers learn how great writers found their voices, they’ll grow into theirs. And they’ll be on their way not just to publishing, but to publishing something people will want to read.
The Writer’s Room: Inspiration, Tools, and Resources for Fiction Writers
AutoCrit is specifically designed for authors who want to cut down the time and stress involved in producing a professionally edited manuscript, without compromising on the quality of their work or their creative vision. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome here, as both the software and our live clubs and events help build and guide stronger techniques and storytelling prowess across the board.
Inspirational letters archive written by well-known authors during NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo is a 501©(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. NaNoWriMo provides the structure, community, and encouragement to help people use their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page. Every year, as tens of thousands of writers get ready to write a novel during a 30 day challenge in the month of November, NaNoWriMo asks a few authors to share their experiences, encouragement, and advice in the form of Pep Talks.
#6 The Book Shepherd
Creating successful authors with practical publishing guidance
Judith Briles is a book publishing expert, book marketing expert, inspiration book coach, and The Book Shepherd. She is also an internet radio host, international speaker, publisher, and award-winning and best-selling author. Her services include publishing consulting for a wide range of authors who want to build their author and book platforms, navigate the complex and sometimes overwhelming publishing world, learn how to get published, and create a customized book marketing strategy.
#7 Just Publishing Advice
A free resource for all writers
A veteran of the publishing and printing industry, Derek Haines, calls on his own experience to help create a growing resource site for new and even not-so-new writers, authors, bloggers, content writers, book cover designers, or anyone interested in writing, blogging, and publishing.
#8 The Creative Penn
Resources and advice for writers and authors from a bestselling author
Joanna Penn is a full-time author entrepreneur who created a website to help writers at all stages of their journey. The website provides craft advice for writers starting out and business help for authors who are further ahead on their journey. It also offers a glimpse into the future of creativity.
#9 Jane Friedman
Helping authors understand the book business and industry
Jane Friedman has 25 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She has a special interest in how the digital age is transforming writing careers, publishing, and storytelling.
#10 Publishing Perspectives
Covering international publishing news, trends, and industry analysis
Publishing Perspectives is a leading online business magazine for the global book industry. Readers include publishers, literary agents, authors, book industry service providers, and publishing specialists. Their mission is to support and contribute to the international publishing community by offering essential news, information, and connections.
#11 The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
A valuable resource for independent authors, covering self-publishing tips and industry news
The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) offers a Self-publishing Advice Center, run as an author outreach service, where you’ll find a daily blog, bi-weekly podcast, ratings of self-publishing services, contests and awards, and a bookshop. The blog is written and compiled by ALLi advisors, members, and team and edited by the Director. It offers advice across the seven processes of publishing: editorial, design, production, distribution, marketing, promotion, and selective rights licensing. There’s also advice on making a living as an author and running an author business, plus a weekly news bulletin about all that’s happening in the indie author world.
#12 The Book Designer
Everything you need to know about book design, book production, and self-publishing success
A self-publising.com property and legacy of founder, Joel Friedlander, providing quality information and resources to self-publishers from all over the world. Topics range from a look back in time to the early days of the self-publishing boom to everything from how to design a book cover to how to format the interior of your book.
#13 Self-Publishing School
Resources for writers including tips on writing, publishing, and marketing a book
Also owned by self-publishing.com, this resource helps authors find exactly what they need to build a brand, grow their reach, and expand their income using a bestselling book as a launchpad.
How to write, self-publish, and market your books
A leading self-publishing company run by a crew of authors, poets, bloggers, and artists, BookBaby is dedicated to helping all writers publish successfully.
#15 Live, Write, Thrive
Writing advice from a novelist, copyeditor, and writing coach
An award-winning blog dedicated to writers who are writing for their lives and want to keep up with pub trends and learn deep, heavy novel-writing techniques, by C. S. Lakin.