HELP, I’M AN ENGLISH MAJOR (Resources)

Source: The Odyssey

For Those Wondering “What Do I Do With an English Major??”

  • DearEnglishMajor.com: A resource site full of interviews, career possibilities, and helpful tips.
  • The Guardian’s Books Section: While not necessarily a resource, this page shows all the places that English majors have gone, and it always has the ability to shore me up when the writing/reading life seems hard. I especially love their My Writing Day section.

For Those in the Query Trenches:

  •  QueryShark: A blog run by a literary agent where you can submit your query and get feedback (if she selects you). Read the archives!
  •  Querytracker.net: Without a doubt, the most valuable way I’ve found of tracking queries. It’s $25 for a full year, and well worth it. You can track agents queried, submission requests, and see general response times (P.S. I’d get this well before Publisher’s Marketplace, which is more expensive. I think QueryTracker is much more helpful!)
  • Janet Reid’s blog: The agent behind QueryShark, Janet will answer all the questions you ever had about querying/agents/publishing on her personal blog. Before you query, read this!
  • Ask The Agent: Another agent, Jennifer Laughren, who answers questions about agenting/queries/publishing.
  •  Writer’s Digest New Agent Alert: Writer’s Digest has a whole blog/section for new agents/agencies that are hungry for submissions.
  •  Pub(lishing) Crawl: An interesting site run by people who used to be in our shoes… and are now published authors/agents/editors on the other side.
  • ManuscriptWishList: This is an amazing resource for querying writers, a place where agents and editors put their particular interests, and a good way to personalize your query! “I saw on #MSWL that you wanted…” You can also type in the hashtag on twitter (along with a genre if you want) and it’ll bring up tweets from agents/editors using #MSWL.
  •  Manuscript Academy: Run by the same people as #MSWL, Manuscript Academy is a great place to get personalized advice on your query/MS. You can buy the monthly subscription, but you don’t have to. Every month they have a time where you can chat (via skype/phone) with an agent/editor and get advice on your query/first page. It’s a bit pricey, but I’ve found it helpful to get an industry professional’s eyes on my work before I send it out.
  •  WritersBeware: A website to check if you’re not quite sure the agent/editor you’re querying/subbing to is on the up and up.

Jobs You Can Get (Because You Write Good):

  • Bookjobs.com: A job search site, dedicated to jobs in publishing. A great place to look if you’re interested in jobs that are (more often than not) located in NYC and London.
  • TheCreativeGroup: A staffing agency for interactive, design, marketing, advertising, and public relations talent. They are mostly a contract-contract or contract-hire, but they can connect you with a host of copywriting editing, communications, and marketing positions.
  • Remotejobs.com: Hate working with people all day? So do we! Remote jobs are a great way to work, but not interact, with others.
  • PublishersMarketplace: It’s a place where publishing deals are posted and where a lot of agents/editors have main pages. But they also have a jobs board where most NY-based publishers/agents post listings.