I'm late writing this. Today started my two week workshop at Savvy Authors.
Since I'm on the topic of author resources I guess I'll carry it on for a bit.
There a number of organizations and groups to meet a variety of writer's needs.
Savvy Authors offers a wonderful variety of workshops, price ranges and lengths. They have a great community as well. This is probably one of the reasons why I continue to teach for them. The site is very well run and I'm impressed with everyone and how all is handled in a professional manner.
Romance Writers of America has chapters located all across the United States. Many of these chapters offer workshops at a very reasonable cost and you don't have to be an RWA member to sign up for the classes. (Unless this has changed. Check to be sure the rules haven't changed.)
If you are serious about writing here are some professional organizations you may be interested in:
Romance Writers of America (RWA)
Romance Writers of Australia
Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors (SFF)
Sisters in Crime
Mystery Writers of America
Author's Guild of America
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
There are more I'm sure, but it's late and my brain squooshy at this point. So let's move on.
Writer's Digest Book Club offers wonderful books for writers and research ho's like me.
Writer's Digest also publishes a magazine with informative articles. There used to be another magazine called The Writer as well.
The Internet is exploding with Yahoo groups and blogs for writers. Quite a few literary agents blog. Treasure trove here, folks. Google is your friend, use it to tap into the rich tapestry of resources at your fingertips. Don't forget to make sure you have the most up-to-date information before submitting to a publisher or agent. Do your homework.
Publishing is a smaller industry than you think and word gets around. The publisher you make mad today may be the literary agent you submit to tomorrow.
Social Media is another area where you can meet other writers, authors, agents and readers.
I have noticed that on social media sites, like Facebook, people leave their manners outside and down the street. What kind of impression do you want to make on industry professionals and readers? Remember what you're Mama used to say, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." The internet has the memory of a herd of elephants. Don't think someone won't dig up some dirt at a later date.
I hope this short list of resources was helpful (and that it made sense!)