Here are some of the amazing resources available to writers–especially to us who live on the “Best Coast!”
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African American Writers & Artists, Inc., San DiegoA non-profit organization committed to serving the youth of our community and encouraging the development of their creative talents. AAWA also actively promotes the creative works and culture of all individuals.
AuthorImprintsAuthorImprints helps authors professionally self-publish books using their own publishing imprint. Authors can avoid vanity presses and build their own brands instead.
A Word With You PressA Word with You Press is a playful, passionate, and prolific consortium of writers connected by our collective love of the written word.
Barnes & Noble – Bookstores and Events, San Diego
Black Writers Connect Black Authors and writers share black books and discuss publishing, marketing, self-publishing, print on demand and more!
Bluestocking BooksFor nearly 50 years, 3817 5th Ave has been an independent bookshop in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.
Clarion Writers’ Workshop at UCSDEstablished in 1968, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction.
Kingdom Writers Association, San DiegoKingdom Writers Association (KWA) is a resource center for Christian writers of all levels. We empower, encourage, and equip scribes to pursue their creative destinies and to publish award-winning material across all genres with the purpose of reaching more people for Christ.
Kirkus Editorial
Kirkus IndieFor a nominal fee, Kirkus Reviews offers a review service for independent and self-publishers
Kirkus Reviewsprovides book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors.
Larry EdwardsLarry M Edwards is an author, editor, journalist, fiddler, mountain man, author of the Food & Provisions of the Mountain Men, author of the Official Netscape…
Los Angeles Review of BooksFor nearly 50 years, 3817 5th Ave has been an independent bookshop in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, California Web site, blog, newsletter. Register and join the book club.
Meetup, San Diego
Marni FreedmanMS, LMFT Editor, Script Doctor, Writing Instructor and Writing Coach
Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation of San Diego – Gala
A high-end arts fundraiser that recognizes, celebrates, and furthers the work of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender authors and artists.  The Gala takes place every November.
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore – Events
National Novel Writing MonthStarting on November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:50 PM on November 30.
Partners in Crime - The San Diego Chapter of Sisters in CrimeWe are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. All writers and readers are welcomed! All members must also be a paid member of the National Sisters in Crime Organization.
Poets & Writers MagazineFind writing contests, grants for writers, news, small presses, and much more.
Publishers Weekly’sFor a nominal fee Publisher’s Weekly offers 2 programs to help independent authors both market and publish your work:
Publishers & Writers of San Diego  Using grass roots, low cost marketing techniques to build your platform through customer reviews with the leading Amazon, blogger and You Tube book reviewers.
PW Select Let’s you promote your book on BookLife — and have your book listed in the print version of Publishers Weekly.
Razorbillan imprint of Penguin Random House publishes quirky and innovative books. It’s also dedicated to young adult and middle grade books.
Reader’s CircleList of California bookstores and book related events throughout state.
Register Your Book-Guide to ISBNs, Barcodes, Copyright, LCCN
Everything a new or occasional self-publisher needs to know: avoiding ISBN pitfalls, choosing CreateSpace ISBNs, copyright page contents and filing explained, Library of Congress Control numbers demystified, maximizing SEO benefits, and barcode fundamentals. Publish like a pro.
Romance Writers of America, San Diego Chapter
Romance Writers of America’s San Diego chapter promotes excellence in romantic fiction, helps writers become published and establish careers in their writing field, and provides continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry.
San Diego Book Sellers AssociationSan Diego Booksellers Association was formed in the early 1980’s to highlight our diverse local bookselling community.
San Diego Christian Writers GuildCountywide Christian writers group in the United States. For new and experienced writers to become published authors. Hosts an annual conference in the fall…
San Diego City Beat – Book Events
San Diego City College International Book FairAnnual book fair and other programs and events, from San Diego City College.
San Diego County Library – Calendar of Events
San Diego Magazine – Calendar
San Diego Poetry AnnualThe best poems from every corner of our region, celebrating diversity.

If you wanted to add the San Diego Entertainment + Arts Guild (SDEAG), that listing could be: A 501(c)(3) public charity, sponsoring the San Diego Poetry Annual and the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, live music and cultural outreach.
San Diego Public Library
San Diego Reader – EventsLists local author-related events. Check out their listings under Book Signings.
San Diego Writers’ ConferenceIn its 32nd year, this conference is designed to help every writer at every level. Learn how to improve your writing skills, develop your marketing awareness, and meet one-on-one with top editors and agents to facilitate the next step in your publishing career
San Diego Writers/Editors GuildWe are a group of writers and editors dedicated to improving our skills and helping others do the same since 1979
San Diego Writers, InkSan Diego Writers, Ink nurtures writers and those wishing to explore the craft of writing, fosters a literary community, promotes literature and celebrates artistic diversity. See their “Calendar of Upcoming Events” for author-related events, readings, and more.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and IllustratorsProfessional organization dedicated to serving the people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children’s literature.
San Diego City College International Book FairAnnual book fair and other programs and events, from San Diego City College.
San Diego State University, Writers’ ConferenceSponsored by San Diego State University (SDSU).
San Diego's WriteWayFounded in 2008 by Sam Warren, San Diego's WriteWay is a WebZine newsletter with writing resources, calendar, and bookstore for San Diego writers, authors, editors, books, eBook publishers, and gives info on book signings, book discussions, writers conferences, and theater reviews.
SignOnSanDiego – BooksTheir “Books” pages list events, reviews, and more.
So Say We AllSo Say We All is a literary and performing arts non-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals to tell their stories, and tell them...
Southern California Writers’ ConferenceSponsors conferences in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs.
TidepoolsSubmission to Tidepools 2017 is now open. Deadline for submissions: December 2, 2016.
Veterans PublishingWe have two #1 NYTBS authors on our board of directors, and our charter is to help veterans and their relatives improve their writing, find agents or publishers, get published, and marketing their books.
Warwick’s (La Jolla) – Events
Wikipedia’s Book Review MagazinesIncludes links to 50+ webpages of magazines (plus more wiki’s) of online review resources for independent authors. Their list may not reflect recent changes

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