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Book Reviews


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: www.manuscriptediting.com/MysteryResources.htm

Publisher’s Weekly: www.publishersweekly.reviewsnews.com

Thesaurus: www.thesaurus.reference.com/Roget-Alpha-Index.html 

The Writers Site: www.thewritersite.com

• 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 Agent 


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 Schneider 


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 


Debbie Carter-Agent 


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 Association 


Science Fiction Poetry Association 


Hope, Faith and Love www.faithhopelove-rwa.org Romance Writers of America for Christian Romance writers.


American Christian Fiction Writers www.americanchristianfictionwriters.com 





AAR - The Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc.
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.

Miss Snark
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."  

Writer Beware
Billed as: "Warnings About Literary Fraud and Other Schemes, Scams, and Pitfalls That Target Writers." Although it’s the
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 Agent
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.  

Billed as:
"Interactive prompts, lessons, and resources designed for teachers, students, and -- most importantly -- lifelong writers."  

Contains a large number of lists of
writing links useful to writers.  

Common Errors in English Usage
A large alphabetical guide to misused words. A wonderful step
beyond grammar-checking. 

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 - Int'l
Contents include:  

  • Over 4,600 Free Writing Resources & Links  
  • Thousands of Writing Jobs Opportunities  
  • Free eBook and Software Downloads  
  • World's Largest Reference Library  
  • Learn About Freelance Writing 

Journalist Express
A member site with
links to hundreds of publications. Useful for researching topics you're writing about. 

Writers Weekly
A freelance writing ezine with books and courses, articles, warnings, markets, a forum, and more. 

Mom Writer's Literary Magazine
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. 

All Poetry
Billed as:
"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 poetry. 

Winning Writers
"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 writing critiques. 

Romance Junkies
A site for romance writers with contests and goodies, author lists, interviews, and chat features. 

Billed as:
"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. 

Go Publish Yourself
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. 

Seventh Sanctum
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. 

Poetic Asides
Poetry blog from Writer's Digest. 

Editor Unleashed
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." 



Unabridged Dictionary

Elements of Style
Searchable Books
Library Spot
The Virtual Library
Historic Events

Law Enforcement
Arts & Letters Daily
World Writer
Word Counter
Audio Reader
Cliche Finder
Quick Facts - Barleby
Quick Facts - Refdesk
Quick Facts - Wikipedia
Legal Questions
Writers Beware Alerts
Freelance Opportunities
Grants & Markets  

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 

eBay Australia 

eBay Canada 

Crime & Mystery 

Writer’s Reference 

Christians Writer’s Market Guide
A comprehensive list of Christian publishers of novels and magazines.

Writer's Journal
Writer’s Resource Center

Publishers Weekly
Writers Digest
Writing World
National Novel Writing Month

Make Your Knowledge Sell
Syndicate Your Articles


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
The e-Writer’s Place
Writing World 

Independent Editors Group
Consulting Editors
Independent Editor: Pat Holt 

Writing Markets
Novel & Short Story Writer's Market
Children's Writer & Illustrators Market
Poet's Market
Songwriter's Market  

Debbie Carter-Agent  

Multnomah Publishers
They publish multiple genres including romance and women’s fiction. Guidelines are at their website. 

Steeple Hill
They are no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts. 

Barbour Publishing, Inc. & Heartsong Presents
Submissions: info@heartsongpresents.com
They publish four books every four weeks (two contemporaries and two historicals) under the Heartsong Presents line. Guidelines are at www.barbourbooks.com.



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