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service for independent and self-publishers by Kirkus Reviews, Kirkus Editorial provides book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors.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

Community and National Events

Find local and remote author related events from these resources. Be sure to check the events and/or calendar options on the various websites.
  • San Diego Public Library - The events calendar will link you to many writing related opportunities, including The Writers to Watch (W2W) program offered by The Friends of the Central Library. All 35 branches host events.
  • African American Literature Book Club - This resource includes author profiles, book and film reviews, and book recommendations. Check events tab for links to fairs, festivals and conferences.
  • American Booksellers Association - Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed. Tiered-fee rate required for membership; browsing for “To Do’s” and author resources is free. 
  • Barnes and Noble - Arguably 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, located at 3817 5th Ave the store has been an independent bookshop in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego. Contact via email, phone or in person to find up-to-date events throughout the year.
  • 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 number of events to inspire and assist writers as they prepare for the ultimate event which takes place in November.
  • Reader's Circle - Join online book clubs and find a list of California bookstores and book related events throughout the 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. They also provide continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry.
  • San Diego County Library - With 33 branches and 2 bookmobiles, SDCL offers many events targeting local authors. Check their calendar regularly for up to date information.
  • San Diego Magazine - A quick search for “authors” will link you to many local opportunities.
  • 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 State Writers' Conference – 2017 will celebrate their 33rd conference!  There will be workshops offering guidance and support as you 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. The annual conference is in the fall but classes and events occur throughout the year.
  • Southern California Writers' Conference - Founded and run by professional writers, SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent authoritative guidance, extended one-on-one evaluation of advance submissions and dozens of read & critique information workshops. The 2017 conference will be Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 17-20, 2017.
  • Warwick's (La Jolla) - Events - Warwick's claims to be the oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore in the United States. Their events calendar is updated daily with author related activities and social events. Sign-up for their newsletter and prepare to fill-up your calendar with creative and inspiring opportunities.

Check Your Grammar!

Free grammar and writing resources from around the web: 
  • - Many interactive exercises to challenge your command of Grammar.

Community Groups and Associations