Writing Resources for Children's Authors - Reviews by The Banks

What would become of us without our writing resources?

This page is dedicated to a variety of high-quality writing resources and services that I strongly recommend.  That includes, but is not limited to, writing courses and memberships,  websites dedicated to the craft of writing, editing services, cover design, and the publishing industry.

Please note, I’m an affiliate for the services with an asterisk (*). If you choose to buy through these links, I receive a small commission, but this comes at no extra cost to you.  You can read the full disclosure here.

Writing Retreats & Conferences


Writing Retreats 2021 – curated by The Write Life

Writing Conferences 2021 – this a thorough list of US-based conferences for writers curated by the team at The Blood-Red Pencil.


Writing & Editing Tools


Grammarly – a free writing tool that offers grammar checker, spell checker, proofreading, and plagiarism tracking.

ProWritingAid – a writing software used by bloggers, writers, academics, and business professionals aimed at improving readability, sentence structure, and correct grammar.  It prevents plagiarism, and it’s free to use. However, the premium version ($40) has more functionality, including online editing.

Hemingway Editor – a paid app ($9.99) that proofreads one’s manuscript and suggests improvements for better writing.

Scrivener – a powerful writing tool; a favorite of authors, screenwriters, songwriters, and other writers. Scrivener offers advanced functionality, including a series of tools that allow writers to structure their manuscript, save research, format, and upload for publishing.


Self-Publishing, Writing & Productivity Courses


Learn Scrivener Fast *– divided into five sections and 12 easy modules. This is a comprehensive course on Scrivener endorsed by powerhouses such as Michael Hyatt, Joanna Penn, Jeff Goins, Joel Friedlander, and others.

Amazon Bestseller Blueprint *– for serious writers, authors, and entrepreneurs who want to boost their books to bestseller status.

30-Day Book Writing Bootcamp*–  If you ever wanted to write a book but struggle to get your ideas onto the paper, this course is exactly what you need.

The Writer’s Treasure Chest Bundle* – this is a comprehensive resources for writers of all genres. More than 1000 resources, including checklists, cheatsheets, worksheets, generators, infographics to give you a competitive edge when publishing your writing, grow your business, and be read by thousands of people every day.

Teachable Quickstart Guide to Selling Online* – a guide for creating and marketing your own online course(s). This information comes right from the experts, who can provide invaluable support and suggestions. With Teachable, you can utilize your skills in designing a uniquely challenging course, which can increase your cash flow, too!


Craft of Writing & Editing Services


Andi Cumbo-Floyd – author, coach, and editor Andi Cumbo-Floyd guides a vibrant writing community. If you are serious about writing, I strongly recommend you join her Facebook group, where you will learn everything about the writing craft. You can find more information on how to join on her website.

Joan Dempsey – if you want to learn or get better with your revisions, you could not be in better hands. Joan Dempsey offers a myriad of resources and will guide you step-by-step to improve your revising skills.

Harshman Services – when it comes to editing, freelance editor, Jennifer Harshman knows how to tame the dragon. With many years of experience and a variety of book genres edited on her belt, she also offers writing coach, book reviews, and writer’s workshop online.


Self-Publishing & Book Marketing


Jane Friedman – a go-to site if you want to learn everything about publishing.

The Book Designer – led by Joel Friedlander, this an excellent source of information for self-publishing and book marketing.

Reedsy – a lovely network that provides a series of tools for book writing, marketing, and publishing.

FreeUp – this is a network of freelance professionals who can provide a plethora of services, such as virtual assistants, marketing, e-commerce, content writing, graphic design, Amazon FBA, and more.


Book Distributor

Draft2Digital – D2D is an excellent place for free ebook conversion and distribution of your electronic titles worldwide.