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Sorry for the clutter: this is our unsorted resource pile. We're picking away at it one site at a time.
We'll have it all tidy, categorized and organized soon. Browse and see if you find anything of
• Midwest Book Review: www.midwestbookreview.com/bookbiz/writers.htm
• MyShelf.com: www.myshelf.com
• Thesaurus: www.thesaurus.com
• Word Counter shows the most frequently used words in a text document: www.wordcounter.com.
• Audio Reader reads your manuscript (up to 2000 words): www.readplease.com.
• Plagiarism checker: www.plagiarismchecker.com.
• Cliché Finder: http://cliché.theinfo.org/.
• References & Style: www.barleby.com/, www.refdesk.com,
• Legal: http://literarylawguide.com/resources.htm
• Writers Beware: www.sfwa.org/beware.
• Freelance opportunities: http://fundsforwriters.com.
• Grants & Markets: www.fundsforwriters.com/.
• Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market: www.novelandshortstory.com.
• Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market: www.cwim.com
• Songwriter’s Market: www.songwritersmarket.com.
• Fiction Addiction resources for writers and readers http://fictionaddiction.net/.
• Author Nation the online community for authors, writers, poets, and readers: www.authornation.com.
• About.com is a great source for all sorts of information: www.about.com.
• How Stuff Works offers all kinds of information: www.howstuffworks.com.
• Dictionary and Encyclopedia:www.answers.com
• Encyclopedia: www.refdesk.com
• Mystery Writers’ Resources:www.zott.com
• Mystery Writers and Readers:
• Publisher’s Weekly:
• The Writers Site:
• Writer’s Journal: www.writersjournal.com
• Writers Reference: www.writers-free-reference.com
Other Useful Web Sites
• Bowker’s Books in Print (research books by ISBN): www.booksinprint.com/bip
• Ingram (largest book distributor in U.S.): www.ingrambook.com/new/publishers.asp
• Inspiration Software (clustering/free trial): www.inspiration.com/test/dswmedia/quicktour.html
• Lightning Source (large, widely used POD printer):www.lightningsource.com
• Library of Congress (for PCN): pcn.loc.gov/pcn
• Memory Catchers (for memoir writers):www.memorycatchers.com
• R. R. Bowker Company (for ISBN): www.isbn.org
• U.S. Copyright Office (for copyright): www.copyright.gov
• Book Displays (cardboard countertop & floor dumps): www.cardboarddisplays.com
• Manuscript Boxes: www.papyrusplace.com
• Miss Snark the “Miss Manners” of agent queries.
• Holly Lisle's Guide to How to Query An
• Authors On The Web Website design and Internet marketing/publicity
• WritingFix Interactive prompts, lessons, and resources
• Internet-Resources.com Writing links
• Common Errors in English Usage
• SmartWriters.com For professional children's writers
• Freelance Writing Organization - Int'l Writing
resources, job opportunities, reference library
• Journalist Express Links to hundreds of publications
• Writers Weekly
• Mom Writer's Literary Magazine
• All Poetry
• Winning Writers
• FaithWriters for Christian writers
• Romance Junkies for romance writers
• Wordplay Screenwriter Secrets from Working Screenwriters
• Go Publish Yourself self-publishing
• Seventh Sanctum for creating characters and settings.
• Editor Unleashed Advice from editor Maria
• Guide to Literary Agents
• Writers Free Reference www.writers-free-reference.com
• Internet Research Resources for Mystery and Crime Writers www.writerswrite.com/journal/feb99/gak12.htm
• Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Dept. of Justice www.atf.gov
• FBI www.fbi.gov
• Manuscript Editing www.manuscriptediting.com
• For mystery and crime writing www.dvshop.ca.dvcafe/writing/crime.htm
• Writer’s Reference www.groton.k12.ct.us/WWW/pol/mtsb/iid01/wref06i.htm
• Christians Writer’s Market Guide www.stuartmarket.com/indes.html
• Writer's Journal
• Writer’s Resource Center
• Publishers Weekly
• Writers Digest
• Writing World
• ByLine Magazine
• The Inspired Pen
• Outskirts Press
• Red Hen Press
• The Pedestal Magazine
• A Hint of Seduction
• Ellora’s Cave
• Once Written.com
• Poetry Magic
• Writing World
• Multnomah Publishers. Romance and women’s fiction www.multnomahbooks.com
• Steeple Hill www.steeplehill.com
• Barbour Publishing, Inc. www.barbourbooks.com.
• Heartsong Presents www.heartsongpresents.com
• Erotica Readers & Writers
• Science Fiction Poetry Association
• Hope, Faith and Love www.faithhopelove-rwa.org Romance Writers of America for Christian
• American Christian Fiction Writers www.americanchristianfictionwriters.com
AAR - The Association of Authors'
A not-for-profit membership organization of literary and dramatic agents. Website
features profiles of agent members and answers to questions such as “What does the author/agent relationship do for
you?” Plus a guide to various writers’ organizations by genre.
Fun! She’s the
“Miss Manners” of agent queries. No
longer updated, but here's her own description of the blog, whose archives are still here: "Where Miss Snark vented
her wrath on the hapless world of writers and crushed them to sand beneath her T.Rexual heels of stiletto snark."
Billed as: "Warnings About Literary Fraud and Other Schemes, Scams, and Pitfalls That Target Writers." Although
website of the Sci Fi & Fantasy Writers of America, it’s
got pages of valuable info on agents – their competence and incompetence, fees, contracts, criteria for choosing,
cautions, etc.; and awful agent experiences.
Holly Lisle's Guide to How to Query An
Concise info from an author of 32 novels on
how to query an agent, plus
links to scads of stuff about writing.
Authors On The Web
Billed as: "
Website design and Internet marketing/publicity services
for authors and publishers."
"Our motto continues to be
BIC HOK TAM, which
means butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly. This is the best way we know of to get any writing
done." The site encourages writers to create goals for a week and write as much as possible during that time. A
Writer's Digest pick for 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2006, 2007 and 2008.
"Interactive prompts, lessons, and resources designed
for teachers, students, and -- most importantly -- lifelong writers."
Contains a large number of lists of
writing links useful
Common Errors in English
A large alphabetical guide to misused words. A wonderful step
Billed as: "Dedicated to providing
professional children's writers information
about the business of writing, and providing tools that will help you do your jobs better, including a directory of
children's book publishers and paying magazine markets." Includes a directory of children’s authors and
illustrators available for book signings and public appearances.
Freelance Writing Organization -
- Over 4,600
Free Writing Resources & Links
- Thousands of
Writing Jobs Opportunities
- Free eBook and
Largest Reference Library
- Learn About
A member site with
links to hundreds of publications. Useful
for researching topics you're writing about.
A freelance writing ezine with
books and courses, articles, warnings, markets, a forum, and more.
Mom Writer's Literary
Written by moms, for moms, across
the globe who come together to share their stories, to celebrate each other’s triumphs, and to comfort the weary
who try so hard to get it right.
"The world's largest, most active, and most supportive poetry community." A site
for poets to display their work, advertise their websites, find out about contests, and share in discussions about
"Winning Writers finds and creates resources for poets and writers. Get access to detailed profiles of
over 150 quality free poetry contests when you
subscribe to our free email newsletter."
A free membership community for Christian writers. The site
lists freelance writing opportunities; lets you post poetry, stories or articles; has writer forums; and offers
A site for romance writers with
contests and goodies, author lists, interviews, and chat features.
"Screenwriter Secrets from Working Screenwriters." Ask
screenwriting and movie-related questions on message boards, read columns on all facets of screenwriting or essays
from industry professionals working in Hollywood.
For anyone thinking about self-publishing. Contains
tips on creating an action plan, hints on the cost of self-publishing, the basics of self-publishing, and how and
why to copyright your book.
Generators, links, contests, and fun stuff to offer
inspiration for creating characters and settings.
Preditors and Editors
Billed as: "A guide to publishers and publishing services for serious writers." Famous for its
Warnings page about
publishing scams or complaints about industry professionals.
Poetry blog from Writer's Digest.
The new blog from Maria Schneider, a former Writer's Digest editor and blogger. "She’s now dedicating herself to
being an independent voice and helping other writers through what she’s learned—and continues to learn—about
writing and publishing. On Editor Unleashed, you’ll find
creativity starters, publishing news & views and visits with agents and authors."
Questions and Quandaries
A Writer's Digest blog that answers
grammatical, ethical, business and writing-related questions.
This Writer's Life
A Writer's Digest blog on
starting a writing career.
C. Hope Clark's Blog
By the founder of
Guide to Literary Agents
Website for the book billed as: "The complete resource
for writers who need representation—to get
their writing published or to take their publishing goals to a new level."
Alice's CWIM Blog
Billed as: "Not-quite-daily news and musings from the editor of
Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market."
Elements of Style
The Virtual Library
Arts & Letters Daily
Quick Facts -
Quick Facts -
Quick Facts -
Shawguides Writing Conference Database
Mystery Writers’ Resources with links to agents, forensics, law organizations, police procedure, publishers, guns,
poisons and medical mafia, and much more.
Writers Free Reference, outstanding!
Internet Research Resources for Mystery and Crime Writers
Kansas City, Kansas Police Dept.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Dept. of Justice
Resources for readers and writers of mystery novels
eBay United Kingdom
Crime & Mystery
Christians Writer’s Market Guide
A comprehensive list of Christian publishers of novels and magazines.
Writer’s Resource Center
National Novel Writing
Make Your Knowledge
The Inspired Pen
Red Hen Press
The Pedestal Magazine
A Hint of Seduction
The e-Writer’s Place
Independent Editors Group
Novel & Short
Story Writer's Market
Children's Writer &
They publish multiple genres including romance and women’s fiction. Guidelines are at their
They are no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
Barbour Publishing, Inc. & Heartsong Presents
They publish four books every four weeks (two contemporaries and two historicals) under the Heartsong Presents
line. Guidelines are at www.barbourbooks.com.