AgentQuery Connect is an invaluable resource to anyone attempting to craft the tricky and crucial collection of words known as the query letter. At AQ Connect, you can post your query letter on their forum and receive feedback from other writers in the same boat. Help out your fellow man by critiquing his or her letter and they’ll likely do the same–so far most responses I’ve received are kind but honest, intelligent, and very very helpful. I think my letter has come a long way, thanks to everyone’s suggestions, and more are always welcome. It’s also great for meeting other writers and seeing the type of stories they’re working on, a lot of great stuff out there.
There’s also a forum for synopsis critiques. Mine’s still a mess, it’s hard to write a linear plot synopsis for an absurdist book…
If it’s not from Japan, quality sci-fi in recent years seems to come out of Night Shade books, I now dream of someday being included in their impressive repertoire.
As I notice more and more traditional book stores closing their doors, this article with Night Shade’s Jeremy Lassen discussing the future of book buying seems particularly relevant. I suppose I’m from the last generation that loves the paperback–I can’t seem to get on board with the whole e-book thing. Being a sometimes graphic designer, I love paper, I love type, and to me seeing my work in print is far more satisfying than seeing it in any digital format. How do you feel about it?
Sfwa.org is an essential resource for science fiction writers. There’s a list of qualified lit markets, getting stories into these magazine will put you on the path to SFWA membership. A helpful article here on first novel data sales. And a personal favorite: may the long sentence live long and prosper, open your brain, your heart, your bowels to the bombardment of the moment.
A smart gal I heard speak at UCLA’s Literary Agent panel this past weekend: rebeccafriedman.tumblr.com. I doubt she does sci-fi, but she has great taste and wonderful insights nonetheless.
Duotrope, A very robust resource for finding, querying, and tracking submissions to literary magazines. Good luck!