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My Resources


A list with links to the bloggers
and BookTubers I follow, books I recommend, and checklists to download.

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Writing and Editing Groups

Looking for a great online writers’ community? Check out my writing and editing friend Becky’s 540 Writers Community, a free community designed to encourage, educate, and equip writers to clearly communicate the unique message God wants us to deliver to the specific reader who needs it most. The 540 community seeks to remove barriers for writers by providing free, virtual opportunities to access stellar education.
I’m a part of the Lowcountry division of ACFW, American Christian Fiction Writers. Find a group near you and get involved in an encouraging and informative writers’ group today! Also, check out their website for writing contests and conferences.
ACFW Click the link to find a local ACFW chapter to join!

I’m a member of The Christian PEN, a Christian editors’ association where we email each other our editing questions and support each other as our editing careers, freelance and otherwise, take off. I am also on the planning team for PENCON, their annual online editors’ conference where instructors from the PEN Institute give topical sessions on all things editing, from punctuation to content editing, from fiction to nonfiction. To become a member of The Christian PEN or to find out more about PENCON and the Institute, click the links!

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If you are interested in knowing more about freelance editing, I recommend subscribing to Editorial Freelancers Association to get their blog of helpful tips.

I Recommend

If you would like to brush up your grammar skills, I recommend following Grammar Girl on LinkedIn to subscribe to her blog where she gives grammar tips from her weekly podcast and articles.

Subscribe to author Jerry Jenkins ‘ blog to get fiction and nonfiction writing advice and a chance to sign up to watch free webinars and check out his Writer’s Guild to access his archive of extensive writing tips and videos of him editing manuscripts.

Subscribe to Chad R. Allen’s blog to learn more about how to publish your book and write a book proposal. He also has a paid writers’ group called Book Camp which helps writers write and finish their books.

If you’d like to learn more about the marketing side of selling a book, subscribe to Thomas Umstattd Jr.’s blog “Author Media” or listen to it as a podcast.

Writing Tools
I Recommend

If you’re a creative planner writing a fiction story or series, then the book plotting program Scrivener is for you. If you’re worried about learning the ropes of a new program, book writing coach Joseph Michael is the expert to learn from. Follow his blog on his website for step-by-step writing courses for sale or his YouTube page for Scrivener and writing tips.

Every great writer has the tools to help them succeed. When editing Word docs, I use PerfectIt which now pares with “The Chicago Manuel of Style,” the gold standard of editing. For emails, I use both Grammarly and ProWritingAid.

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