The Author's Guild - www.authorsguild.org
The American Society of Journalists and Authors - www.asja.org
Publishing Perspectives -http://publishingperspectives.com
Books about Writing, Publishing and Agents
There are many guidebooks about writing and the publishing process. Here is a selection of some titles that have been recommended by agents over the years.
"Literary Marketplace" - The LMP is the granddaddy of reference books on agents, publishers, trade services and international resources. www.literarymarketplace.com
"Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents" by Jeff Herman. Provides in-depth profiles of many agents, updated annually.
"What to Do Before Your Book Launch" by M.J. Rose and Randy Susan Meyers. An overview of best practices for book publicity campaigns, including both traditional and internet marketing.
"Thinking Like your Editor: How to Writer great Serious Nonfiction - and Get It Published" by Susan Rabiner & Alfred Fortunato. A comprehensive guide to writing nonfiction book proposals and manuscripts.
"On Writing" by Stephen King - One of the most readable and helpful books for aspiring writers
"Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Ann Lamott - A classic on writing advice and encouragement for both beginning and experienced writers
"Guide to Literary Agents" Writer's Digest Press
"Writer's Market" - Writer's Digest Press