iWriterly Video: How to Research For Your Novel: Finding Credible Sources with Seth Augenstein

Whether you are writing historical fiction, nonfiction, or anything in between, being able to find credible sources to do research for your book is key.

Join Meg LaTorre for this exclusive iWriterly author interview with debut author, Seth Augenstein, all about how to research for your novel and finding credible sources.

Topics discussed in this video:

  • Where can writers begin their research?
  • How can writers identify credible sources?
  • How can writers identify if a publication is reputable?
  • Are there hidden messages in the source material? In other words, why was it created?
  • Who are the authors? Are they respected or well-known in their field?
  • How much does the publication date of the source material play into a source’s relevance?
  • If you find a book or another source you think is fantastic, how can writers quickly check for credibility?
  • What are immediate red flags that a source isn’t credible?
  • How much do publishers double check a writer’s research leading up to publication?
  • How can writers navigate working with an indie press without an agent to negotiate contracts?
  • What is marketing like for authors publishing with indie presses?



Grab your copy of Project 137 by Seth Augenstein.




Seth Augenstein is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. His short stories have appeared in more than a dozen magazines and fiction podcasts. He spent a decade writing for New Jersey newspapers, most recently at The Star-Ledger. He picked up some state journalism awards. Currently, he writes about true-life horror and crime solving for Forensic Magazine. In college he studied under Nobel Laureates Saul Bellow and Elie Wiesel, graduating with a degree in English and History, and a concentration in British Romanticism. For a stint of several months, he was also a tour guide at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.

Now back in the Garden State, he lives on a wooded ridge overlooking a New Jersey highway with a wife, daughter, cats, a dog named Mishima, and the occasional interloping mouse.