Where to Find a Local Writing Group -

Local Library

Local Bookstore

Organizations listed below may have a local chapter near you




Organizations Open to Unpublished Authors

These organizations all accept published authors, but are also open to unpublished authors, often as Associate Members. (Please note that I don't edit books in all of these genres.)

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) -


The Authors Guild (AG) -

Historical Novel Society -

Horror Writers Association (HWA) -

International Thriller Writers (ITW) 

Romance Writers of America (RWA) -

Romantic Novelists' Association -

Sisters in Crime (SinC) -

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)


Resources for Finding a Literary Agent

Association of American Literary Agents *(AALA) -

(Formerly the Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc. (AAR))

Literary Marketplace (LMP) - 

(Also available in print at your local library)

Publishers Marketplace - 

(membership required)

QueryManager -


Writers Beware - General advice provided by SFWA about literary agents can be found here.

Organizations for Published Authors Only

American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) -

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) -

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) -

Western Writers of America (WWA) -

Resources for Independent Authors

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) -

Ingram Spark

Kindle Unlimited -

Apple Books for Authors

BISAC Code List -

See my blog post How BISAC Codes Can Help Your Book

ISBNs - Bowker:

Resources for Traditionally Published Authors

The Authors Guild: Model Book Contract - - A resource for understanding common terms in book contracts.

Book Festivals & Conferences

This is a list in progress of significant book festivals and conferences for writers in the United States, with hyperlinks to their websites. I have only attended a few of these events personally, but have heard of many of them. I've tried to include a range of locations and genres. Most offer panels and workshops where you can learn more about publishing and develop your craft as a writer, as well as opportunities for published authors to promote their books through speaking opportunities  and book signings.



San Francisco Writers Conference (San Francisco, CA)



Association of Writers & Writer Programs (AWP) Conference (location varies)


Left Coast Crime Mystery Convention (San Diego, CA)

National Black Writers Conference (Brooklyn, NY)

Sleuthfest (Boca Raton, FL)

Tucson Festival of Books (Tucson, AZ)

Virginia Festival of Books (Charlottesville, VA)




Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (Los Angeles, CA)

The Muse & the Marketplace (Boston, MA)

Ohioana Book Festival (Columbus, OH)

Pikes Peak Writers Conference (Colorado Springs, CO)


Publishing in Color (on-line for 2021)



Atlanta Writers Conference (Atlanta, GA)

Bay Area Book Festival (Berkeley, CA)

BookCon (connected to BEA, New York, NY)

Book Expo America (BEA) (New York, NY)

Books in Bloom (Eureka Springs, AR)

Malice Domestic (cozy mysteries, Washington, DC area)



Jackson Hole Writers Conference (Jackson Hole, WY)

Santa Barbara Writers Conference (Santa Barbara, CA)


Western Writers of America Convention​ (location varies)



Romance Writers of America Conference (location varies)

Sewanee Writers Conference (Sewanne, TN)

Thrillerfest (New York, NY)


Breadloaf Writers Conference (Middlebury, VT)


Killer Nashville International Writers' Conference (crime fiction/thrillers, Nashville, TN)

Mississippi Book Festival (Jackson, MS)



American Christian Fiction Writers Conference (location varies)



Black Authors & Readers Rock (BARR) (Oxxon Hill, MD)

Bouchercon World Mystery Convention (location varies)

Brattleboro Literary Festival (Brattleboro, VT)

Moonlight & Magnolias Conference (hosted by Georgia Romance Writers)

National Black Book Festival (Houston, TX)

South Dakota Festival of Books (Brookings & Sioux Falls, SD)

Southern Festival of Books (Nashville, TN)

Texas Book Festival (Austin, TX)

West Virginia Book Festival (Charleston, WV)


Baltimore Book Festival (Baltimore, MD)

Kentucky Book Festival (Frankfort, KY)

Miami Book Fair (Miami, FL)

Portland Book Festival (Portland, OR)

WriterFest Nashville (Nashville, TN)