Emerging Author Resources

Dawn Gernhardt
3 min readJan 30, 2023
“I Write, I’m Alive” Street Art in Portugal. Photo by Dawn Gernhardt

Dear fellow emerging authors, there are so many ways to research writing, querying, publishing, and agenting related options. In compiling this list for a friend, I thought I would share with my Medium friends, too. Here are many sites I follow, subscribe to, or have researched over the years — this is only scratching the surface. I’m not endorsing any of these, per se, but have accumulated the resources over time.

Always do some research and due diligence to make sure any resources are legit before working with them. Some of this data may be incorrect or have changed over time. Good luck!

Query, Synopsis, First Page help
1. Query, Synopsis, First Page, and general publishing tidbits — private FB
2. Query Shark query feedback free and paid offerings
3. Jane Freedman free and paid offerings
4. The Sh!t No One Tells You About Publishing and podcast
5. Twitter Pitch Calendar and list
6. Operation Awesome query contest and more

Agent and Publisher Search

Scams and Issues
Writer Beware database to research agent or publishing issues and scams

Mentorships or Fellowships Emerging Authors
There are many, but here are a few…



Dawn Gernhardt

Writer & Editor--currently querying and writing. Nonfiction: Author, Random Sample, & Pink Panther Mag. Fiction: Defenestration, Wry Times, Funny-ish, & Haven.