I'm all about free resources. And when I stumble upon an author who shares what they've learned, I like to share those tips with you guys.
You may not have heard of Alton Gansky. He's published dozens of novels and non-fiction books. He has co-written more. He runs his own writer's conference each year.
One of the things Gansky offers is 'Writer's Talk' interviews. He chats with other authors, agents, and publishers, giving writers great information they might only get at writing conferences. Check out his YouTube channel for the complete list.
But that's not all Gansky provides. He offers a series of screencast videos where he explains how he uses certain software, and gives other tips for writers. I love his voice, and his calm, teaching manner. Here are a few I found interesting:
Google for Writers: several different Google applications that make a writer's life (and research) much easier. Do you use them?
Pitching Agents & Editors: how to pitch your project in a conference setting--great principles if you're gearing up for a pitch session!
Organize your novel: Gansky explains how to use a free online application called Trello to keep track of your novel's details and structure.
What are page proofs? What writers can expect when they receive page proofs (also called galleys) and what to do with them.
Manuscript formatting: How to format your manuscript in standard form before sending it off to an agent or editor.
Tight Writing: helping writers to look for what clutters manuscripts and invites rejection. Have you ever heard of 'pleonasm'? You'll want to watch for it in your writing.
Kindle Singles: for writers with shorter works, great information on the hows & whys of loading them onto Amazon, and he also demonstrates another platform called Atavist, where readers can choose to read or listen to the book.
What authors do you rely on for writing information?