Resources for Writers

Depending on what stage you’re at with your submissions, you may find some or all of the following useful as reference or for further guidance in working on your manuscript. I’ve also suggested a list of bookish Twitter accounts (authors, bloggers, editors, et al) that will give you all sorts of insight and information on books and publishing.


Booker, Christopher, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories (Continuum, 2004)
King, Stephen, On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft (Hodder and Stoughton, 2000)
Lamott, Anne, Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life (Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1980)
Mendelsund, Peter, What We See When We Read (Vintage, 2014)
Prose, Francine, Reading Like a Writer (Quarto, 2006)
Snyder, Blake, Save the Cat (Michael Wiese Productions, 2005)
Yorke, John, Into the Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them (Penguin, 2013)

Literary consultancies

Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive, and you should do your own research to find the best consultant for your needs. Reputable consultancies will publish a schedule of fees payable for differing levels of assessment and editorial work and may recommend your work to agents if they feel it is of publishable standard.


Writers and publishers use Twitter a lot. It goes without saying that you should be active there if you want to raise your profile and demonstrate that you can engage with your potential readership.

To get a really good sense of the world of books and how the industry works, you’ll need to follow at least 300+ accounts and engage as well as observing. In order to use Twitter effectively you should be following the major publishers, agents and editors, as well as other book-related organisations such as the IPG.

The list below includes some of the accounts I particularly enjoy for bookish talk. But you don’t have to restrict yourself to things literary: people will respond to you if you engage with them about things you’re both interested in. Just make sure you’re not always on broadcast – if you think of it as a virtual dinner party (try to be good company, no hard selling), people will want to hang out with you.