Here is a list of resources that I have found helpful in my writing life. I hope you find them helpful, too. Happy writing!
— Elizabeth Rusch
For All Writers
On Writing Well by William K. Zinsser
Elizabeth Rusch says: “If you read Zinsser’s book and do the exercises he suggests, your writing will become stronger, leaner, and clearer. If you edit and revise using his approach regularly, you will become a better writer.
The Writer’s Market, Writer’s Digest Books
Elizabeth Rusch says: “This is 30 bucks well spent. The Writer’s Market comes out every year, and it’s worth getting the most recent copy. Novice writers should read all the articles about writing and selling writing in the front of the book. Experienced writers can cozy up with a list of ideas for articles and books and page through the listings of magazine and book publishers to find someone who wants to buy what you want to write.”
The Authors Guild
Elizabeth Rusch says: “The Authors Guild doesn’t really help me write, but they have helped me negotiate contracts and get paid what I’m due. The free contract advice alone makes the dues worthwhile.
Children’s Writers & Illustrator’s Market published by Writer’s Digest Books
Elizabeth Rusch says: “The kids' writers market comes out every year and it’s worth getting the most recent copy. Novice writers should read all the articles about writing and selling writing in the front of the book. Experienced writers can cozy up with a list of ideas for articles and books and page through the listings of magazine and book publishers to find someone who wants to buy what you want to write.”
For Magazine Writers
Magazine Editors Talk to Writers by Judy Mandell
Elizabeth Rusch says: “I had heard that you can’t make a living as a freelance writer. I learned firsthand that that is not true! You can make a living as a magazine writer, but you really have to know how the magazine business works. This book gives you inside information on magazine publishing. Read it, take notes, and do what the editors in this book say, and you will be well on your way.
For Fiction Writers
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham
Elizabeth Rusch says: “These two books give great ideas and exercises that can help you learn the basics of fiction writing — and bring your fiction to the next level.”
Holly Lisle’s website
Elizabeth Rusch says: “I don’t even know this writer and I’m not sure who turned me on to her site, but BOY does she have some great ideas on how to turn an idea into a novel, how to write scenes that move your story forward, and how to revise. Scroll down to the workshops listed on the left-hand side and get to work
For Children's Book Writers
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Elizabeth Rusch says: “If you are serious about writing and publishing children’s book join SCBWI — the national chapter and your local chapter. SCBWI provides newsletters with incredible information about the craft and business of children’s book publishing. And their national and regional conference are an amazing way to learn more about writing for children, meet other children’s book authors and illustrators, and hear from and meet editors and agents. I would not be where I am without the help of SCBWI.”
Writing Conference and Workshops
Elizabeth Rusch loves teaching, inspiring and mentoring students and adults about writing. Click here to find more information about her writing conference presentations and workshops.
Editing, Critiquing, and Consulting
Elizabeth Rusch enjoys mentoring new writers and helping bring out the best in a piece of writing. Click here to learn more.