Five websites for the unpublished writers: Indie Guest Post

Apr 10, 201918 comments

The online lives of writers (published or not) is quite hectic right? While you might feel the need to be everywhere, most of us do not have the time to do that. Some of our favorite guest bloggers posted on their marketing techniques here. But here are a few more websites for the writers, especially if you are unpublished yet. Shall we talk to Victoria already, shall we?

Say hello to Victoria!

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Hello, I’m Victoria Jayne, a writer. For the longest time, I couldn’t even identify myself as a writer. I struggled with the title fearing I lacked the clout to call myself such.

I’ve since learned that to call oneself a writer, one must simply write. I do that. I am a writer.

Websites for the unpublished writers

With that sorted, I moved on to another handy dandy self-identifier, author. Ohh, this one is tricky. In my head, this one required a bit more validation than a writer. For me to refer to myself as an author, I decided I needed to get published.

This post is going to focus on some of the tools I used on my journey to calling myself an author. Translation: here are some websites a previously unpublished writer used before publication and will continue to use for future works.

Here are some websites a previously unpublished writer used before publication and will continue to use for future works by @authorvictoriaJ #indieauthors #writingCommunity Click To Tweet

1.Scribophile.com

This little gem has a lot to offer unpublished and published authors alike. The main thing I took away from Scribophile was the ability to get feedback on my writing. A writer can sign up for free with Scribophile and get an author page where you fill out all sorts of nifty things about yourself. You gain access to works by other authors both long and short.

Scribophile works on a critique system where you earn “karma” by critiquing other writer’s work. The amount of karma you earn is based on the length of critique and whether or not the work is “spotlighted.” You need five karma (points?) to post your piece. When a work is spotlighted, more karma is awarded. There are several avenues to “spotlight” your work.

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I like to think of Scribophile as a way to get honest beta readers. Scribophile also offers a paid version allowing to post an unlimited amount of works, and other things. Scribophile also offers writing contests frequently which can earn you karma or cash! Yes, cash! It also has forums, comments sections on profiles, and a messaging system.

2.ManuscriptWishList.com

Finding ManuscriptWishList.com was like finding gold! This website contains the profiles of people in the publishing industry telling the world what they want. It is their manuscript wish list. In their profiles, they talk about what they want right now.

Writers can search by name; they can search by genre; they can search by keyword. As far as I can tell, this resource is free. This is a wonderful resource when you are at the query stage. This leads to my next two suggested websites.

3.Querytracker.com

I like lists. I like spreadsheets. And I like to track the crap out of things. That said, query tracker is a way to track publishers and literary agents you think might be interested in representing and/or publishing your work. You can search by genre, company name, agency name, location, and whether or not someone is open to queries.

Each agent gets a snippet of information about how they like to be contacted, and there is a comment section. This was invaluable. I got a peek at what this agent received. I got a glimpse at response times. In the free version, you can sort of gauge response times, or lack of response, by users updated their comments on the agent. In the paid version, you have access to this in graphs. I like graphs.

Additionally, querytracker hosts forums where you can feedback on your opening paragraph, chapter, your title, etc. You can also get some insight as to what it is like to work with some agents or agencies — a wonderful tool.

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4.Twitter.com

Social media? Come on Victoria, that’s where I follow celebrity meltdowns and get my sports news. Well, this is where you are going to get your agenting information too. Agents and publishers have a twitter presence.

They often post about what they are looking for using #MSWL (manuscript wishlist, see how that ties in?) and they discuss horror stories. They talk about querying pitfalls and also provide updates as to where they are in their queries. You follow an agent you will get a lot of information about who they are and what they want.

Additionally, Twitter has a very active writer presence. #writingcommunity #amwriting These are other writers sharing their experience and supporting one another. There are also pitch parties. You can use Twitter to pitch agents. Yes, you can get published by reaching out to an agent via a hashtag!

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Also, if you are struggling with getting into the mind of your character, #authorconfession and #writerlywipchat offers daily exercises geared toward putting you in your characters heads. You can connect with your characters by answering questions like “what video games does your main character play?” or “who does your main character have a crush on?” These questions, while the answers may not appear in your story, will help you get a better understanding of your characters as well-rounded people and make them fully dimensional in your writing.

5. Reedsy.com

The wealth of information that is Reedsy, I really can’t begin to explore in this post. There just isn’t enough time in the day. As an unpublished writer, what can you get out of reedsy? Resources. You have access to articles about writing, some of which can be emailed directly to you.

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You also have a directory of editors, promotion experts, and anything you can think of that will help you get on the road to publishing and if you have already been published. Seriously, this is a one-stop shop where you can get almost everything you need to get published.

Final words

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So that’s my top five. Those websites were a gift from the heavens. I learned a lot along this journey. My debut paranormal romance novel came out on December 4, 2018. It’s been a wild ride where I have learned more than I ever thought possible.

It’s all worth it to hold my first book in my hand. That was something I never thought I’d be able to do. Now, it is done. You can do it too. Happy writing.

It's all worth it to hold my first book in my hand. That was something I never thought I’d be able to do, says @authorvictoriaJ on her post on websites that helped her way. #writingcommunity #indieauthors Click To Tweet

Thank you, Victoria!

And I am back to thank Victoria for taking time off her busy schedule to write us a guest post. You can follow and contact her through these links.

Twitter | Blog | Facebook |Instagram | Goodreads | BookBub

If you have something to add to Victoria’s story, drop a comment here or send him a word of thanks on the social media. Both of us would love that.Also, if you are interested in writing a guest post for the independent publishing community, write to me right away. I am still accepting guest post submissions.

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Let us chat

Authors, what are your go to sites for resources, motivation or maybe just networking? What are your fave websites for upublished writers? And readers do you even spend time scoring out Social media to read about the writing community? Let us talk.

18 Comments

  1. Victoria Jayne

    QueryTracker is actually QueryTracker.net. I forgot to fix that! I’m so sorry folks

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    • Gayathri

      Let me edit it. Thank you!

      Reply
  2. Jenn @ Bound to Writing

    Great post! Manuscript Wish List sounds like a fantastic site! I need to go check it out! Thanks!

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  3. Victoria Jayne

    You all have no idea how much my heart has swelled from reading these comments. I’m beyond thrilled that I can help all of you on your writing journeys.

    Don’t be shy, feel free to reach out to me on social media or email me from my website.

    Good luck to all of you!

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you for agreeing to do this with me!

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      • Hayley Mills

        Victoria helped me with my website as I’m a bit of a technocando and has given me many wonderful tips (even if I don’t understand them😂) If Victoria can help she doesn’t hold back. Wonderful writer and person. Thanks Victoria Jayne

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        • Gayathri

          She is! Thanks for commenting here!

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  4. Lashaan Balasingam

    Pretty cool that Twitter is part of this list, otherwise, I did not know of the others. Thanks for sharing! 😀

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    • Gayathri

      Many were new to me as well!

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  5. Dani Eide

    Great post. I love Reedsy. They have podcasts and lessons you can learn about many publishing topics. There’s a wealth of info. Thanks Gayathri! 👍🏻

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    • Gayathri

      I will then have to check it out right away!

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  6. Victoria Jayne

    You’re welcome everyone! I hope you find then useful! Feel free to send me a message with updates on your own journey

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  7. Amanda McGill

    Great suggestions! I have only heard of Twitter, but will need to look into the rest of them!

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  8. Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf

    Manuscript wish list sounds awesome! Thanks for the heads up.

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  9. Stormi

    I’ve never heard of most of these. I will definitely be bookmarking this one for the future!

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  10. DJ Sakata

    I had never heard of these sites – I’m not a writer/author but it is cool info to have

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  11. Kymber Hawke

    These are terrific suggestions! Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Reply

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