Author Resources

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Professional Review & Publishing Sources

For best results, select review sources that target your specific market in terms of genre and intended audience. Market guides such as Writer's Digest and Writer's Market can assist with your research. Be certain to read and follow the specific guidelines for each source before submitting your work. Ask at your library branch's Information Desk for help finding these resources.
  • Black Writers Connect Black Authors and writers share books and discuss publishing and self publishing, print on demand, marketing and more!
  • Kirkus Indi For a nominal fee, Kirkus Reviews offers a review service for independent and self-publishers by Kirkus Reviews, Kirkus Editorial provides book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors. 
  • Razorbill an imprint of Penguin Random House publishes quirky and innovative books. The focus is on juveniles and young adult.
  • Wikiepedia's Book Review Magazines includes links to over 53 webpages of magazines (plus more wikie's) and online review resources for independent authors. The list may not reflect recent changes.
  • Publishers Weekly's For a nominal fee Publisher's Weekly offers two programs to help independent authors both market and publish your work:  PW Select lets you promote your book on BookLife -- and have your book listed in the print version of Publishers Weekly.
  • Publishers & Writers of San Diego  Using grass roots, low cost marketing techniques to build your platform through customer reviews with the leading Amazon, blogger and You Tube book reviewers. 
  • Sunbelt Publications specializes in natural science and outdoor guides, regional history and reference, and stories that celebrate the relationship of the land and its people.
  • Urban Edge Publishing A small publishing company with a pj on author collaborative authors are not charged up front fees for their book to be published. Authors receive competitive royalty rates and play an integral role in the development of their book as it moves from manuscript to finished product

San Diego Local Author Events

Below are some links and notes for other Web sites that often feature and list local author-related events, programs, book signings, and more. See the box below to recommend a link for addition to this page
  • African American Literature Book Club Started in 1997, is the source of author profiles, book and film reviews, book recommendations, check events tab for links to fairs, festivals and conferences.
  • Barnes and Noble The largest retail bookseller in the United States, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products in the country. Check the stores and events link on the upper right side of the page for regional events.
  • Bluestocking Books For nearly 50 years, 3817 5th Ave has been an independent bookshop in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.
  • Clarion Writers' Workshop at UCSD Established in 1968, the Clarion Writers' Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction. The 2016 Workshop has passed - check back for 2017 registration information.
  • Multicultural  LGBT Literary Foundation of San Diego - Gala A high-end arts fundraiser that recognizes, celebrates, and furthers the work of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender authors and artists.  The Gala takes place every November.
  • Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore - Events Mysterious Galaxy is an independent genre bookstore that is passionate about creating and maintaining a community of readers, authors, and booksellers. Check their event calendar for Local Author Meet and Greet opportunities. 
  • National Novel Writing Month According to their website, "NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel." They provide a montly calendar of events to inspire and assist with the ultimate goal which takes place in November.
  • Reader's Circle Join online book clubs and find a list of California bookstores and book related events throughout state.
  • Romance Writers of America, San Diego Chapter The Romance Writers of America's San Diego chapter promotes excellence in romantic fiction, helps writers become published and establish careers in their writing field, and provides continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry.
  • San Diego County Library - Calendar of Events
  • San Diego Magazine - Calendar
  • San Diego Reader - Events Lists local author-related events. Check out their listings under Book Signings.
  • San Diego Union-Tribune - Events Enter "local author" in the search field to find related events in and around San Diego.
  • San Diego Writers' Conference In its 32nd year, this conference is designed to help every writer at every level. Learn how to improve your writing skills, develop your marketing awareness, and meet one-on-one with top editors and agents to facilitate the next step in your publishing career.
  • San Diego Writers, Ink San Diego Writers, Ink nurtures writers and those wishing to explore the craft of writing, fosters a literary community, promotes literature and celebrates artistic diversity. See their "Calendar of Upcoming Events" for author-related events, readings, and more.
  • San Diego State University, Writers' Conference Sponsored by San Diego State University (SDSU).
  • Southern California Writers' Conference Sponsored by San Diego State University (SDSU).
  • Warwick's (La Jolla) - Events Warwick's is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore in the United States.

Community Groups and Associations