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Chicago Writer Resources Guide

Writing Groups

Chicago’s Lit Scene: Indie book stores, cafes, clubs, and other writer-friendly places

Chicago Literary Events

Recurring Chicago Reading Series

MFA Programs



Writing Jobs 

Chicagoland Publishing Houses

Chicago Book Distributors
Chicago Literary Agents
Finding an Agent

Publishing Opportunities

  • Duotrope: Duotrope is a subscription-based service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, a personal submissions tracker, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points we’ve gathered on the publishers we list.

Formatting your manuscript

Style Guidelines

Copyright Q’s

Submitting your manuscript: Query and Pitch Tips

Book Reviews

Advertising/Promotional Items:  Business cards, bookmarks, postcards, t-shirts, etc.

Promoting Your Book/Manuscript

Author Press Release Writing Tips

Editing Services

Starting a Blog

  • Start Blogging Online: step-by-step tutorials on how to start and maintain a blog
  • The Blog Starter
  • StartABlog123.comA step-by-step guide on how to start and grow a blog, including choosing a domain name and hosting company, setting up WordPress, publishing your first post.
  • One Blast Blog
  • First Site Guide: This tutorial covers everything one beginner needs to know about creating a blog, setting it up and making it grow. We backed it up with lots of videos that are easy to follow and downloadable Free eBook.

Book/Library Locators

Self-Publishing Tips

Book Design Services

Creating Bound Galleys and ARCs

Watchdog Groups