These are free websites you may want to explore, besides the ubiquitous
Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
One of my favorite sites for writers is pw.org (Poets and Writers). Go to
the left of the page, under Resources, and link onto a treasure trove of
literary magazines and small publishers, from A-Z.
Another is writersalmanac.com, the Garrison Keillor's daily info page on
writer facts, which includes a poem of the day and much general
Then there's publisherslunch.com, which is good for marketing
purposes, and mediabistro.com, a daily report on the newspaper and
publishing business. (There is a fee for the later service.)
To help organize and track your query letters to agents and editors, you
can try www.querytracker.net. This is a link to agents who are interested
in handling your own genres, whether memoir or science fiction, novels
or short story collections, mystery or poetry. The site also offers useful
Many writers who have websites use their names plus .com, as in
www.eileenobser.com. Try to locate one of your favorite writers this way
and see what happens. Here are the addresses for a few of my own
favorites: www.abigailthomas.com, www.johnmcphee.com, and
You may also try www.writers.net, which allows you to communicate with
other writers, agents, and editors about your work, or to get answers for
questions you may have.
Here are three more useful websites for marketing ideas:
winningwriters.com, www.duotrope.com, and newpages.com.
Let me know of other good sites to add to this list.