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Below are links to things I was told are good resources, with some context of what they are used for.

Social Media:

Claim your author name profile BEFORE you start having publications out, so you can dibs the name, and have somewhere to direct potential readers.

https://www.pinterest.com/
https://www.facebook.com/
https://www.instagram.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/
https://twitter.com/
 

Website Creation:

These are two inexpensive, reliable options. There is also Wordpress, but it involves more money/knowledge of coding.

https://www.squarespace.com/
https://www.wix.com/
 

https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web/provision/?authuser=0#/provision  Use to keep track of visitors and page clicks

https://slack.com/intl/en-ca/ Good collaboration tool

https://www.namespro.ca/ To register your domain name, get both the .com and your local country extension (like .ca or .uk)

 

Other Resources:

https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/ Paid website that allows you to see agent profiles and see who is making book deals. Good for seeing if someone is a fit for you before you query

https://queryshark.blogspot.com/ How to write a good query, and other resources

https://www.psliterary.com/ The P.S. Literary Agency (PSLA) represents both fiction and nonfiction works to leading publishers in North America, Europe and throughout the World, recommended for the query letter template

https://www.victoriastrauss.com/writer-beware/ Writer Beware, calls out and warns of shady agents and publishing scams

https://www.sfwa.org/ Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America - A professional association with a lot of industry clout and resources. The magazines on their list pay well.



Canadian-Specific Resources:

https://www.pacla.ca/  Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents - Can look people up and see who's who

https://prixaurorawards.ca/ Canadian Sci Fi and Fantasy Awards (Aurora Awards)

https://onspecmag.wordpress.com/ Canada's only Speculative Fiction magazine

http://www.sfcanada.org/ SF Canada exists to foster a sense of community among Canadian writers of speculative fiction, to improve communication, to foster the growth of quality writing, to lobby on behalf of Canadian writers, and to encourage the translation of Canadian speculative fiction. SF Canada supports positive social action.

https://quillandquire.com/ Canadian book and magazine news

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