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Resources for Author Support

At INCLUDAS, we appreciate all of the writers who are working to make the world more inclusive and diverse. We are always looking to support and encourage authors to follow their dreams. Below is a list of resources, which will hopefully be helpful to emerging creatives looking for tips and opportunities in their fields.

These are suggestions we found. They are not sponsored or guarantee a book deal. Please conduct appropriate research for whichever book publishing path you choose to take. 

If you’re looking to query your manuscript, but are unsure of where to send it:

  • NY Book Editors: This online “matchmaking” service pairs writers and their manuscripts with the editor they are most compatible with.
  • Writer’s Digest: While this online magazine has numerous resources on the topic of querying, this list covers the most essential do’s and don’ts for writers to keep in mind while drafting their letters to agents.
  • If you don’t even know where to start with your query letter, literary agent and YA author Eric Smith offers examples of some of the best query letters and book proposals he’s received and why, along with more advice for authors looking to submit to agents.

If you are unsure where to find an agent that suits your work: 

  • Browsing social media. Sometimes, finding an agent willing to represent your work can be as simple as connecting with them via sites such as Twitter or Instagram. If you’d like to make a more traditional connection, you can also try reaching out through LinkedIn.
  • Visit Manuscript Wish List, a database run by writers, editors, and literary agents. Manuscript Wish List allows registered agents and editors to customize their “wish lists” of manuscripts they’re on the hunt for, and interested authors to find the agent passionate about their work.

While the official Pitch Wars mentorship program runs on a schedule, pitch events of all kinds are held on Twitter throughout the year:

If you’re looking for contests, awards, or grants to submit to, there are many databases that keep up-to-date records of the latest opportunities, such as: 

  • Poets and Writers has a frequently-updated database of writing contests, grants, and awards for all writers.
  • Winning Writers’s list of open contests or publications that are open for submissions.
  • Galleyway’s monthly roundups of fellowships, submission opportunities, and prizes are aimed at poets but may still interest other writers.
  • The Schneider Family Book Award (for children’s literature) and The Barbellion Prize (for any genre) are annual book awards given to authors whose books featured exceptional portrayals of the disability experience.

If you are looking for community, there are many different active places where authors can converse. Each has its own sets of social rules, so you may have to search around to find a good fit:

Other resource lists:

We hope that the resources provided by this list will be useful to authors, and we look forward to reading the works that they produce.

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