WILL MCCOY'S AUTHOR'S COMPENDIUM
This is what I refer to as the ‘The Will McCoy Author’s Compendium’, it is a compiled list of every important tool and a multitude of links to websites and organizations that can help you get oriented with writing and novel authoring, from the business to the craft, saving you loads of time, if you have chosen to be an author as a career.
I put this compendium together to give something back to any prospective authors who might stumble upon my page, and also perhaps to put everything I’m using in one well organized place for myself. This is really a very complete list of most of the top major links to the best resources for author’s that are at the publishing/business stage of their craft, or are just looking to improve on the quality of their work and general knowledge of the industry.
I want to say first, not all of the information was initially compiled by me, a lot of it came from Sci-fi/Fantasy author Piers Anthony and his online survey. Piers Anthony, a great and well established author of commercial fiction, wasn’t initially an inspiration to me as an author, (although I had heard of him from the Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials that I had as a young teenager), because his work is in a different category than what I normally read and the kind of fiction I write, and this is why I hadn’t ever checked out his work. I was amazed to find several other things when I did:
One, he’s got some dirty, smutty stuff in his work, which those who know my work know is part of what I do as well, in my fight against the mass censorship and lack of what I believe is a realistic representation of reality in modern fiction, and so is something I admire about him very much. Whether or not we agree with all of our opinions on sex, politics, taste in literature or other, I admire Pier's courage in expressing himself, in my opinion, this is exactly what modern male authors lack in a business that has become extremely censored in all of its claimed intention to remain unbiased. I think a good way to put it is in all of the correct intentions to add a more fair level to the playing field in the writing industry for minorities and other people who may have unique perspectives, and to dissuade any sort of discrimination in an already tough field, freedom of expression and genuine creativity are being squashed rather than protected by forcing authors to conform to political correctness, which seems to be counter-productive to furthering freedom of expression and ensuring great work from unique voices remains available for anyone to read.
Second, the amazing and very arduous work that Piers has put in online helping other writers with his survey, which is a compendium of his useful links, mainly for small genre based and e-book publishers, and his personal correspondence with them to verify their legitimacy.
My main goal with this compilation was to recheck his links, add them to the list of my own, and streamline the information, but Piers really has put in a lot of time to check and recheck some of these links himself in the attempt of trying to figure out who is and who isn’t playing legit in the often confusing and deceptive online side of this business – and so I must give him credit, although I’ve thoroughly gone through his links, particularly the E-book & Genre Based Publishers, and some of the writer’s services, shortened some of the information and only added the ones I feel are most pertinent to getting legitimately published by reputable companies and the resources for authors to use once published.
I should also add though, I haven’t fully checked these sites myself, corresponded with the owners of them, or attempted to use them for publishing my own work, and can only urge anyone who uses this compendium and the information provided to do the work first before making mistakes. As many authors may already know – the wrong move in the publishing business can put you right back at square one. My best advice for amateur authors, always consider and think through the long term consequences of each deal you might make.
Either way, knowing how these small publishers work can be crucial to the overall picture in your career path and to negotiating the correct deal if you're going the traditional route. That said, anywhere it says, “Via PA:,” this is a quote of Piers’ personal work on fishing out info from these sites. You can find Piers Anthony’s full list of author resources at: http://www.hipiers.com/publishing.html.
Another source of my links came from the great Ralan Conley, his site can be found at: https://www.ralan.com/m.pro.htm. Ralan also has loads of working links to sites that I’ve checked and added here, although much of the mid-sized press, independent press, and literary magazine work was complied by me, and ultimately my goal, as I stated before, was to streamline everything I’ve used and found use for into a more organized and working format. In simple, there should be few links that do not work here and I will update every so often to remove the ones that do not work, although with my busy writing schedule I do not know how much I can keep up on this information, but please feel free to contact me if you recognize something is gone or has been changed.
Some of this compendium also includes my personal techniques, references to what I’ve used, hints on authoring, and even a list of the books, fiction and non-fiction writing guides, as well as films, that have helped direct me to writing the kind of stuff that I do. I will add that I have a very specific intention and formula I use when authoring fiction:
I compare my writing to painting, different projects have different strokes and require different tools to harness the right styles and authenticity, and so, I start with a good title and a strong conceptual idea, often about something either timelessly tragic, or current and controversial, with aim to mimic the same formulas great authors have used in crafting timeless cult classic novels (I aim for the best books), and rely heavily on unique characters with particular voices, taking to certain set styles of writing and usage of grammar, depending on the projects, and refuse to write cheap bubblegum fiction just to waste someone’s time. In short – I aim to replace bad books in the hands of all readers with more thoughtful, sharp, intelligent, witty, clever, imaginative, unique and real books, and base a lot of my reputation on this intention alone.
Another goal of mine is helping to talk confused people out of the poor choices they may be making by exposing any of these potential readers to deductive reasoning, law, math, science, the deeper wisdom of philosophy and psychology, and thinking about life issues that I think most people don't look at or remain in denial about for many reasons.
This I think is something many great writers have been able to accomplish, through the very complex task of using a visual platform of language to penetrate the mind of people who may be too caught up in their own fictitious realities or personal circumstances to have any outside perspective introduced into their focus, and what I think the best of the best author's are able to do is to leave readers with unbiased and raw, gritty truth, no matter how pretty it is. I enjoy writing beautiful prose with vivid scenery, but of course a good deal of my fiction has a very ugly side to it, one perhaps some people may not know, and so how could you know the truth of the world without knowing how bad it is out there for some people, how bad it can get for any of us?
My books, when you break them down for what they are at their very basics, are almost platforms for delivering my wisdom to curious minds, and so are really geared toward keeping a fair level of reality visible, a link beyond the words back to ‘the world the world might not wish you to see’, as a layer in all of my works, even where some of my books are fantastical, bizarre, or based on completely fictitious circumstances.
Perhaps one day my fiction will change people, and that is always in the forefront of my purpose as an author. For the better would be my hope, although I almost think it may be impossible due to the constraints of time, the mechanics of consequence, and the costs of people upon the planet, and so for the better, or for the worse, my aim is to write powerful, timeless stories that are more potent than what you're liable to find on shelves today.
Because of this, it’s a more high risk situation that requires a lot more in depth work and patience than I think a lot of commercial author’s put in, although in the long run I think I will accomplish what I am doing. Also, different authors have different missions and write different stuff, but ultimately, this compendium should include almost every important bit of information related directly to novel writing, publishing, protecting your work, and what to do once you’re published, self marketing, promotion, etc - particularly if you are writing subversive, modern fiction with aim to follow in the footsteps of the masters of the cult classics, the dark, gritty authors of the transgressive genre/commercial based fiction.
Below are the links to this compendium, starting with my own personal recommendations for fiction novels, films and the grammar/art of novel writing books that I've used to improve my craft and remain organized for the very intense and time consuming work that it takes to write fiction like this. The other links are all lists of the resources I've used and find most valuable for keeping a thorough understanding of all areas of the craft and business. They can also be found under the tools tab in the main title bar of my website.