Writing is hard. We get it.

Here at All The Kissing, our goal is to make the journey a tiny bit more manageable. In addition to our blog posts and podcasts, we’ve accumulated a bunch of outside resources for your reading pleasure.

Below are websites, people, and organizations we’ve all leaned on in the past during our search for information (and let’s be real — we still lean on them). We’ll continually add to this page as we come across new information, so check back frequently.

  • Romance Writers of America
    Your go-to site for all things romance. They aim to provide professional information for all romance writers looking to further their careers. Sign up to be a member and enjoy full benefits.
  • Romance Writers Chat
    The masterminds behind the #RWChat hashtag on Twitter. While this is no longer an active resource, there’s still plenty of information to gain from visiting this hashtag.
  • Jami Gold — Romance writers beat sheet
    Developing a romance story takes work. Between the external plot, the internal arc, the romance arc, and everything in between, it helps to have a beat sheet.
  • Query Shark
    Want top-notch advice from an agent as she critiques queries? Go here. Query Shark, a.k.a. Janet Reid, selects queries throughout the year and dissects them line by line, providing advice that you can apply to your own work.
  • Writer’s Digest — Successful queries
    Stop by Writer’s Digest to see successful queries and comments from the agents who snagged them.
  • Allison M. Dickson — Querying tips
    Another great resource for learning how to write a query letter, complete with an example and best practices.
  • QueryTracker
    A phenomenal resource for building an agent list, researching preferred genres, and tracking data of your favorite agents. Don’t forget to do your own research on actual agent sites, but this is a good starting point.
  • AgentQuery
    One of the largest searchable databases, AgentQuery is a great place to cross-check your agent information. You can search by genre and keywords to find a list of potential agents.
  • Writer’s Digest — Word counts
    Ever wonder if your word count is on target? Check out these recommendations to see if you’re in the right range for your genre.
  • Pub Crawl — Writing a synopsis
    For some, crafting a one- to two-page synopsis is worse than writing a query letter. Read through this guide—complete with Star Wars analogy—to pare your synopsis down to the essentials.
  • Absolute Write Water Cooler
    A forum-based site, you can use this fantastic resource to find a critique partner, pose questions, get your query edited, and more. Registering is free, so don’t be afraid to jump in and connect.
  • AgentQuery Connect
    Touted as an online social networking community, this is a great place to go for all things publishing. An offshoot of AgentQuery, it has a ton of information and forums for you to browse.
  • Helping Writers Become Authors
    Created by K.M. Weiland, this site is perfect for writers who are new to the game. Check out her core series to cover all of your novel basics.
  • The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
    A must-have for all writers looking to elevate their show vs. tell game.
  • Mica Scotti Kole — Events calendar
    Fellow author Mica Scotti Kole actively updates her contest schedule for the year. You can search by keywords, view by months, or even specifically look for things like daily Twitter events.
  • Lara Willard — Tips for Twitter pitches
    It’s hard to cram a descriptive pitch into 140 characters, but Lara has some great tips to point you in the right direction.
  • #KissPitch
    All The Kissing’s very own Twitter pitch event! Generally, this is held every year on February 14.
  • Pitch Wars
    An annual contest held every August, this fun little thing could win you a free, in-depth manuscript critique from a mentor of your choosing, plus an agent round in November. Definitely a must if you have a polished, unpublished manuscript ready to work over.
  • Pitch Madness
    Held every March, Pitch Madness is a contest where writers submit their 35-word pitch and the first 250 words of their manuscript. The top 60 are chosen, and then those entries go onto an agent round for requests.
  • Query Kombat
    A bracket-style competition, 64 kombatants enter and only one survives—with a fully polished query letter and first 250. Along the way, an agent round takes place and kombatants get to submit pages based off when they’re knocked out.

Note: There are a plethora of hashtag-based Twitter contests, such as #SFFPit, #DVPit, #PitMad, #AdPit, and many, many more, so be on the lookout for those. Follow the hashtags for updates, or check out Mica’s calendar. She does a fantastic job at updating as dates are decided.