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Last Updated: Friday, 25 July 2014

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categorized & alphabetized
Checked for broken/bad links as of 25 July 2014


New Links:
(Help) Rhyme Desk: an interactive writing tool for poets, songwriters & copywriters
(Groups) Authors by Design: a friendly, welcoming environment for all authors sharing knowledge and experiences

Thanks to:
Robert Laughlin's 2014 Annual Updates, which are now all done!


All these links were operational and 'as described' at the time they were added. I try to keep them current, but there are so many now! But Robert Laughlin has been doing an annual check of all the links for several years in a row now, so it is pretty up-to-date at any given time. These links are provided in good faith with the belief the info is correct, but I accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions in them. Each visitor assumes all risk associated with their use or misuse. Please let me know if you encounter any difficulties, disappointments, etc. These links to websites are provided for information purposes only. Inclusion does not imply any endorsement of the products, services, information, or resources provided. Ralan.com does not make any claim as to the quality or content provided through these links.

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Agents (see also: "Beware"):
  • Agent Query: a searchable treasure trove of reputable, established literary agents
  • Association of Authors' Representatives: list of approved agents
  • Author Advance: Agencies list of literary agents by city/country
  • FirstWriter.com searchable & category list of literary agents
  • Preditors & Editors: list of approved agents
  • QueryTracker: online tracker/organiser for agent queries; includes searchable database of agents
  • The Safest Way to Search for an Agent: by Victoria Strauss on SFWA's site
  • Writers free Reference, Agents: literary agent e-addresses, names & web sites (if available).
  • Writers Guild of America, East: list of signatory agents
  • Writers Guild of America, West: list of signatory agents
  • Writer's Net Index of Literary Agents: search through this directory of agents to find the right one

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    Articles about Writing (articles are the main fare):
  • Eclectics.com Articles: synopses, characters, settings & sensual romance (dated and some broken links)
  • The Editorial Department: "Guides for Writers" - articles, interviews for writers, editors, & publishers
  • Writing Fiction: topical articles by Crawford Kilian
  • Just About Write: a resource for lesbian writers & readers; articles, newsletter, promotion
  • Novelists Inc.: sample articles from the newsletter
  • PoeWar.com Writer's Resource Center: articles, resources, and links
  • Learn How to Get Published and Make a Living as a Writer: great advice from seasoned pro Marcia Yudkin
  • WritersServices.com: workshop, great articles, links, message boards
  • Storyfix.com: no motivational B.S., just the truth about what it takes to get published, by Larry Brooks
  • You Too Can Sniff Out Scams: Marcia Yudkin's good advice

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    Artists:
  • M.W. Anderson: artist & writer, fine art & illos, has done covers for Lone Wolf Pubs & others
  • Cathy Buburuz: Canadian artist & author
  • Jesse Bunch: American artist; fine art & illustrations
  • Jennifer Carson: custom dragons, fantasy & wildlife art, needle felting, photos
  • Teresa Tunaley: UK/Canary Island artist: all genres, nature, landscapes, people, humor, e-cards
  • Frank Wu: Hugo Award Winner of Best Fan Artist & 13th Best Science Fiction Artist in the World

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    Associations for Authors:
  • Australian Horror Writers Association: editors, agents, resources, articles, publication advice, contests, more
  • The Author's Studio: dedicated exclusively to interviews with authors; the good, the bad and the ugly of writing (no updates since 30Nov12)
  • Backspace - The Writer's Place: advice, how-to articles, news feeds, current conference & contest info, links, reviews, & more. (no dated updates since 2012)
  • British Fantasy Society: info, links
  • Canadian Authors Association (CAA): oriented towards beginning writers
  • Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP): the name says it all
  • Erotica Readers & Writers Association: author resources, markets, articles, links & networking ops
  • The Golden Crown Literary Society & Convention: organization for lesbian writing professionals & fans
  • Garden State Horror Writers: dedicated to helping all writers, join or browse
  • Horror Writers Association (HWA): for dark fiction writers, editors, publishers, etc.
  • Infinite Worlds of Fantasy Authors (IWOFA): for writers of sf/f/horror/supernatural/alt history/paranormal or dark romance/df/magreal
  • International Women's Writing Guild: non-profit; serving the writing community since 1976
  • Internet Writers' Guild: free membership
  • Mississippi Writers Guild: provides information & guidance on the craft of writing; upcoming literary events
  • National Writers Union: contract advice, grievance resolution, health/dental, education, Job Hotline, networking
  • PEN Center USA: non-profit literary/human rights org. for professional writers
  • Periodical Writers Association of Canada (PWAC): avoid scams, tips, advice, sample contracts, articles, etc.
  • Quebec Writers Federation: represents English-language writers in the majority French-speaking province
  • SF Canada: "how-to" articles, links, membership info
  • SFWA: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's of America, Inc.
  • Women Who Write
  • The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC): for novelists; good web site, many contests, etc.

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    Authors (all web sites listed here offer significant and free writing help material):
  • Piers Anthony: one of the greats -- lots of help for writers here too, be sure to visit
  • Jerry Aragon's humordoctormd: to share, inform, educate, motivate, entertain, & encourage humor
  • Daniel Arenson: author of fantasy novel "Firefly Island," several good, original articles on writing
  • Charlotte Boyett-Compo: SpecFic author & founder of IWOFA, a large research area for writers
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley's: biography, bibliography, e-books, info, & articles for writers
  • Orson Scott Card: need I say more?
  • Stephen Coonts: "Tips For Writers," a sobering, and true, article for hopeful writers
  • Victory Crayne: lots of writing hints and tools
  • Susan Hanniford Crowley: sf & f author, editor, & writing teacher
  • Elaine Cunningham: popular fantasy writer, has "For Writers" section
  • Carol Anne Davis: crime fiction & true crime author; extensive crime, horror, & literary links
  • Lars Eighner: writer's info page
  • Ronald Green & David Lloyd: links complex subjects: Meaning & Genre, Odyssean Fiction, Tragedy, Philosophy, etc.
  • Heather Grove: freelance writer, gourmet cook, & Harvard student
  • Simon Haynes: "Hal Spacejock" series author; excellent "How to" articles: ...Write a Novel, ...Get an Agent, etc.; free writer's software
  • Emily Hanlon - The Fiction Writer's Journey: articles on writing, prompts, exercises from a novelist & writing coach
  • Joe Konrath: mystery writer ("Whiskey Sour"), good writing tips, links, free writing chapbook download
  • Lori L. Lake: novelist, anthology editor, short story writer; many helpful articles about the writing craft
  • Mary Soon Lee: professional sf/f writer; (no updates in 7 years, but still good stuff here)
  • Holly Lisle: SpecFic writer with LOTS of writer help online
  • The McNeil Variations: links & commentary by Dan McNeil
  • Hilary Moon Murphy: noted author & psychic
  • Scott Nicholson: thriller writer (The Red Church); several great articles on writing
  • Jason Sanford: illuminating sf/f/mys writing blog by creator of storySouth & the Million Writers Award
  • SFF Net People Pages: find your favorite genre author
  • Douglas Smith: Canadian sf/f writer, info on foreign markets
  • Robert J. Sawyer: simply the biggest writer/writing web site, bar none
  • Lisa Silverthorne: lots of info here
  • James Van Pelt: SFWA/HWA writer & teacher, great writing links
  • Staci Layne Wilson: multi-talented writer, photographer, and wit; lots of good links
  • Marcia Yudkin: great writing articles & advice from a seasoned pro

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    Beware (see also: "Agents"):
  • Federal Trade Commission: main page, look for link
  • Avoiding Literary Agency & Poetry Contest Scams: don't get taken in by unscrupulous operators
  • Fraud.org comprehensive site by the National Consumers League
  • National Writers Union Writer Alerts!:
  • Preditors & Editors: warnings
  • SFWA "Writer Beware": warnings for writers by SFWAs Victoria Strauss
  • 13 Warning Signs of a Bad Poetry Contest: watch out before you send a check
  • Marcaria.com: Trademark & Other Intellectual Property Resource Guide: plagiarism and trademark resource guide
  • Writer Beware Blogs: sponsored by the SFWA & the MWA
  • Writers Weekly: check that publisher before you submit
  • Writers Weekly Newsletter: a scam report in each issue

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    Blogs:
  • Futurismic: for people interested in the future & the effects of science/technology on the present
  • Nann Dunne's Just About Write: no longer active, but the article archive is fantastic

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    Bookstores:
  • Amazon.com: good selection, discounts, easy buying, reviews
  • Atomic Books: legendary Baltimore weird indie bookstore, also online magazine distributor with many hard-to-find sf titles
  • Bakka-Phoenix: Toronto bookstore
  • Barnes & Noble: haven't tried it, but supposed to be good
  • The Book Depository: huge range, reasonable prices, free worldwide shipping on all books
  • BooksPrice.com: free, find the best price on a purchase of several books
  • Bookwire: by Bowker
  • Borderlands Books: San Francisco bookstore & internet cafe
  • CengageBrain: new textbooks, electronic, print, & individual chapters; just what you need at low prices
  • Chegg: sells and rents textbooks; also an eReader app & eTextbooks
  • Cobblestone Books: Sacramento store specializing in collectible/out-of-print crime & SF
  • CourseSmart: large online catalog of eTextbooks, eResources & other digital course materials to student & faculty
  • Dark Carnival: Berkeley bookstore
  • Dark Delicacies: online presence of the famous Burbank horror book shop
  • DavesCampus.com: textbooks, fiction, music, movies
  • Direct Textbooks: find books/textbooks; searches 30 online stores & 1000s of U.S. libraries
  • DreamHaven: Minneapolis mail order & physical (hours limited) bookstore
  • FetchBook.Info: shops new & used book prices at 81 bookstores & 40k sellers
  • Flights of Fantasy: Book & RPG store in Albany, New York
  • Forbidden Planet: SF-oriented megastore serving London and 8 other UK cities
  • Free Books: links to web sites that offer free public domain eBooks
  • Galaxy Bookshop: new books in Sydney, Australia
  • IndieBound: a great alternative; get books online from independent bookstores near you
  • Infinitas Bookshop: Bookstore in Sydney, Australia
  • Kno: an e-textbook company founded by the founder of Chegg
  • Barry R. Levin: collectible books & memorabilia in Santa Monica since 1973
  • Mysterious Galaxy: Crime & SF bookstore in San Diego CA
  • Mystery and Imagination: Collectible/out-of-print crime & SF store in Glendale CA
  • The Other Change of Hobbit: a science fiction & fantasy bookstore in El Cerrito CA
  • Pandemonium Books & Games: Book & RPG store in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Porcupine Books: used books in London, UK
  • Powell's Books: online U.S. book store
  • Science Fiction Bokhandeln: Stockholm bookstore (website in Swedish)
  • Uncle Hugo's: Minneapolis SF bookstore on the same property with Uncle Edgar's, a crime bookstore

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    Chat for Writers:
  • BellaOnline.com, Fiction Writing Forum: message boards & chat
  • - e-mail for info about this group
  • Writer's Bbs: forums for writers

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    Contests & Awards:
  • FreelanceWriting.com's Writing Contests: contests, grants, & fellowships
  • SFWA's Contest Beware: contests & anthologies to avoid
  • Winning Writers: finds & creates quality resources for poets & writers; WD Best 101
  • The Writers' Circle of Durham Region, Writing Contests: list of contests

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    Copyright & Contract:
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors: ASJA
  • CopyLaw.com: from the law offices of Lloyd J. Jassin; e-zine about copyright issues
  • Copyright Clearance & Fair Use: resources on fair use & permission to use copyrighted material
  • Epic Authors: sample contract (model for all publications)
  • International Property Rights Office: Copyright Registration Service; online registration
  • The Copyright Website general & specific info, forms, online registration with fee(?); (no new updates, but useful articles)
  • First Amendment Handbook: free speech, source protection, journalism rights, libel, invasion of privacy, etc.
  • Ivan Hoffman: Attorney at Law (several articles)
  • Negotiating Book Contract Terms & Royalties: by Morris Rosenthal
  • Novice Writer's Guide To Rights: part of Claire White's "Writers Write" site
  • Patent, Copyright & Trademark: copyright, plagiarism, & online protection
  • Plagiary & the Art of Skillful Citation: useful info
  • ScrivenersError: blog; law & reality in publishing from the author's side
  • SecureYourTrademark.com: Preventing Plagiarism and Copyright and Trademark Infringement
  • SFWA - 5 Resources on Public Domain: copyright, fair use, public domain, etc., issues critical for writers to understand
  • SFWA: sample contracts for author/agent, hardcover, and anthology publications
  • 10 Big Copyright Myths Explained
  • Trade Book Publishing Agreement Checklist: overview of a book publishing agreement
  • Understanding Rights, Copyright, Permissions & Plagiarism: on Moira Allen's Writing-World.com
  • United States Copyright Office: info, forms, online registration
  • What Is Copyright Protection?: find the answer, & more, here
  • When Works Pass Into the Public Domain: illustrates when copyrights expire

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    Courses, Classes & Schools:
  • Ace Reader: learn to read faster
  • Cascade Writers Workshop: a 4-day Pacific Northwest event, at various locations, for sf/f writers; guest speakers include top agents/editors/writers
  • Centauri Summer Arts Camp: for ages 8-18, writing, acting, moviemaking, drawing, photographing, etc.
  • Clarion: the famous Clarion workshop (scroll down for info)
  • Clarion blogs, journals, articles & interviews: author Liz Argall's excellent Clarion resource
  • Clarion West: 6-week summer program for writers who pursue sf/f/magical realism professional careers
  • Lars Eighner's Writers' Workshop: (complete course seems abandoned, but still a few useful articles)
  • Paula Guran @ Writers.com: Stoker winner teaches sf/fantasy/horror/basic skills/alt. publication/editing
  • HollyLisle.com: free online writing classes
  • Long Story Short School of Writing: perpetual classes on every aspect from fiction to poetry to novel writing
  • The New School: a vital center for writing & the instruction of writing for almost 80 years
  • Odyssey Writing Workshop: Jeanne Cavelos' SpecFic workshop —
  • Odyssey Writing Workshop Free Podcasts: excerpts from lectures given by guest writers, editors, & agents
  • Purdue University Online Writing Lab
  • Seton Hill College: the only MA degree in "Writing Popular Fiction" in the US
  • Writers' Village University: free writers' course, links, bulletin board, group, chats
  • Writing the Other: Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward; diversity fiction writing workshop & book

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    Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, etc. (for translation engines, see also: "Services."):
  • Acronym Finder: web's largest acronyms & abbreviations searchable database
  • alphaDictionary.com: with links to foreign dictionaries, grammar, & related resources
  • AskOxford.com: tips, origin of words & dictionaries, word games, crosswords, jargon buster, e-mail questions
  • Biographical Dictionary: 20,000+ notable people who have shaped our world throughout time
  • Cambridge History of English & American Literature: "Non-English Writings: Aboriginal," free 18 vol. encyclopedia
  • C.J. Cherryh's Antique Words: or words of changed usage
  • Dictionary.com: free online dictionaries, word games & reference directory
  • DOD Dictionary of Military Terms: military words, phrases, abbreviations, acronyms, NATO terms
  • The Encyclopedia Mythica: mythology, folklore, legends, super beings, legendary creatures/monsters
  • English Synonym Dictionary: find synonyms, standard or enriched searches
  • TheFreeDictionary.com: dictionary, thesaurus, literature reference library & search engine
  • Free Online Thesaurus: what it says
  • FreeThesaurus.org: dictionary, synonyms, thesaurus, visual thesaurus, popularity index, and more
  • Gaelic Dictionaries Online: links to many resources
  • Memidex: free online dictionary/thesaurus; extensive cross-referencing, complete inflections, simple interface, & frequent updates
  • Merriam-Webster: searchable dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish/English, & medical; also word games, language links
  • Monstropedia: the ultimate online encyclopedia of monsters in myth, magick & legend; (functions, but no updates since 2011)
  • OneLook Dictionaries: searches 300 online dictionaries, multiple definitions; (functions, but no updates since 2003)
  • OneLook Reverse Dictionary: when you don't know the word, but you know something about it -- great!
  • The Phrase Finder: phrases, sayings & idioms
  • The Phrontistery: 14k word obscure & rare word dictionary
  • RhymeZone: rhyme, synonym, antonym, definition, related/similar words, Shakespeare, quotations, spell, pics
  • Roget's Thesaurus Search: synonym finder from ARTFL, 1911 edition
  • Rhymer: free online rhyming dictionary
  • The Septics Companion: British slang dictionary with audio pronunciations
  • Travlang's Translating Dictionaries: free, lots of languages including Esperanto
  • Urban Dictionary.com: user contributed slang dictionary
  • Virtualology: virtual museum of art, history, library, science, natural history, & war; (still useful, but no updates since 2000)
  • Visual Thesaurus: entertaining visual tour of the English language
  • Wikipedia's List of Online Dictionaries: with links to grammar & related resources
  • Word Plays: love to play with words? — here you go
  • Your Dictionary: huge index of multi-lingual, specialty, thesauri, language ID & indices

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    Editors:
  • Susan Hanniford Crowley: sf & f editor, author, & writing teacher
  • Cindy Davis: much published author, strong editing experience; editing/critiquing/ghostwriting
  • The Editorial Department: professional editing, fiction/nonfiction
  • Dave King: free articles; fee advice & editing from Writer's Digest contributing editor
  • Precise Edit: Good writing always matters: editing, proofreading, & manuscript analysis; expert, responsive services

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    Events: book fairs, conventions, etc.:
  • Publishers Weekly Book Event & Conferences: dates & info for book events worldwide
  • Wilf's International SF Convention List: straight from "Mother"

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    Film - TV - Theater:
  • Box Office Guru: release dates for films & more
  • CBC Radio: how to pitch a radio show idea to the CBC
  • Classic Horror Film Board: much frequented chatroom for film & TV horror fans; also discussions of literary horror
  • Creative Screenwriting: articles, interviews with big names, free software
  • Daily Script: screenwriting contest info
  • Done Deal: script sales, agents, query/contract examples, & more
  • Drew's Script-O-Rama: links to 100s of TV & film script samples
  • E-Gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts: indexed biographical info on worldwide TV horror program presenters
  • E-Script: the Internet's scriptwriting workshop
  • Film Scriptwriting: guides, getting started, screenplay format, character development, how to sell, and much more
  • Film Threat: covers independent & underground films
  • From Fade In through Fade Out: online book with essays, reviews, links; (no updates since 2013, but good articles)
  • Hollywood News Network: film industry general info (being revamped as of 24Jan12)
  • The Hollywood Reporter: film industry general info
  • Independent Film Channel: site of the TV channel, festival & coming film news
  • IndieWIRE: the leading source on independent film since 1996
  • International Center: for women playwrights
  • International Screenwriters' Association: promotes & encourages films
  • Internet Movie Database: general info
  • Lifewriting: free 9-week course on screenwriting, by Steven Barnes at UCLA
  • The Lonely Keyboard: John Robert Marlow's extreme-depth interviews with working screenwriters
  • Making Sense of Screenplay Format: by Charles Deemer
  • Movie Bytes: screenwriting contests; free newsletter, news & deadlines
  • Nielsen: provides clients the most complete understanding of what consumers watch & buy in 100+ countries
  • Playbill: the magazine for the Broadway theatre scene
  • The Playwriting Seminars: by Richard Toscan; a handbook on the art and craft of dramatic writing
  • James Russell Publishing: lots of links in Articles, Authors, & Screenwriting
  • ScreenwritingU.com: articles, classes, newsletter, discussions
  • Scriptapalooza: contests, agencies, producers, news, buyers, more
  • Script Magazine: a magazine for screenwriters
  • Script Secrets: screenwriting links links; (out-of-date, but still lots of useful links)
  • Scriptwriting 101: by E. Russell Henninge; the nuts & bolts of writing a script
  • Sitcom Format Margins & Spacing: how to format a sitcom
  • TVWriter: Larry Brody's tips & tricks
  • Variety: general info
  • Lenore Wright's Screenwriter's Web: tutorials, articles, interviews, markets, free software, & more
  • Writers Guild of America, West: you'll find just about everything here
  • Robert E. Yahnke's Cimema History: good overview of indie film growth

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    Fun With Words:
  • alphaDictionary.com: Fun With words
  • FunWithWords.com: 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, & fun facts.
  • Richard Lederer's Verbivore: fun for wordaholics
  • Steven Friedman's Cliché Finder: search engine that returns clichés using your phrase
  • Merriam-Webster Word Games: Today's Game, More Word Games, and Daily Crosswords
  • Word Central, for kids: by Merriam-Webster
  • Wordplays.com: various word games

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    Genre Specific:
  • Chronos: The Future of Time Travel: time travel, teleportation, temporal phasing, & 9-dimensional theory
  • Crime Magazine: award winning encyclopedia of true crime/crime-related issues
  • Crime Writers of Canada: the name says it all ... or does it?
  • Dragon Writing Prompts: The Not-so-Grand List of Overused Fantasy Clichés: inspired by John VanSickle's SF list below
  • DarkEcho: closed, but archives still up & still a good resource from Paula Guran
  • Erotica Readers & Writers Association: markets, resources, books, etc.
  • Firearms Tutorial: firearms, ammunition, nature of injuries...
  • The Grand List of Overused SF Clichés: what it says, by John VanSickle
  • History World: articles by period & theme, tours through time, timelines of historical events
  • Vision: a Resource for Writers; e-zine edited by Lazette Gifford
  • Horror Web: horror writing, movies, games, & fun stuff
  • Horror World: horror's #1 community on the web; Stoker Award finalist
  • Thistles & Pirates: Cindy Vallar's Favorite Research Links; huge resource, many subjects

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    Grammar, Proofreading, & Style Help:
  • Accredited Colleges Writing Center: geared for students, but good common grammar mistakes & areas of confusion for all writers
  • alphaDictionary.com: with links to foreign dictionaries, grammar, & related resources
  • Good Grammar, Good Style: formerly the Ask Miss Grammar web site
  • The Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation: current rules, with examples & quizzes
  • The Chicago Manual of Style Online: the must-have reference for everyone who works with words
  • Common Errors in English Usage: (what it says)
  • Daily Grammar: e-mailed grammar lessons& quizzes
  • The Elements of Style by Strunk & White: the writer's bible
  • English Grammar: free video lessons, exercises, and much more
  • Garbl's Writing Resources Online grammar, style, references, wordplay
  • Get It Write: articles about grammar, punctuation, mechanics, & word usage
  • Grammar and Writing Guide: common issues, grammar/usage/academic writing links
  • Grammar & Style Notes: by Jack Lynch
  • Grammar Hotline Directory: directory to several grammar hotlines
  • GrammarNow!: grammar, composition, editing, & proofreading; no new content in a year, but a good archive nonetheless
  • Guide to Grammar & Writing: brush up the technical aspects of writing
  • Literary Education Online (LEO): St. Cloud State's style & grammar topics
  • My English Teacher: no updates since 2000, but still a very useful web site for English students; lessons, help, answers
  • Punctuation Made Simple: a guide by Gary Olson, Eng. professor, U. of S. Florida
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): offers over 200 free resources: writing/teaching writing/research/grammar/style/ESL/job search
  • The Slot: grammar, style, & copy editing

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    Groups (communities, critiques, & online workshops):
  • Authors by Design: a friendly, welcoming environment for all authors sharing knowledge and experiences
  • Broad Universe: membership group supports & promotes women writing sf/f/h; online mag, discussion list
  • Critique Circle: free membership, open to all genres, secure full control posting
  • Critique.org workshops for serious writers only, all genres and other related workshops
  • The Dark Literature Guild: for writers/publishers 0f dark fantasy, horror, or sub-genre of dark Speculative Fiction; no membership dues
  • DFW Writers' Workshop: helping North Texas writers hone their craft for 32 years, genres, nonfiction & poetry
  • fantasy-writers.org: free online critique group; private messaging, large forum, links, downloads
  • Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers: if you're a genre writer this is your home away from home
  • Holly Lisle's Forward Motion for Writers:all genres; free boards, critique groups, workshops
  • International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG): founded 1976; network for personal & professional empowerment of women through writing; open to all
  • Laughter Crafters: discussion group for serious humorists
  • TheNextBigWriter Writing Workshop: fee workshop providing detailed feedback, support, & motivation
  • Odyssey Critique Service: in depth critiques from Jeanne Cavelos' Odyssey Writing Workshop
  • Online Writing Workshops for SF/F/Horror: high quality workshop for serious aspiring writers of speculative fiction
  • The Parasitorium: for lovers of writing & dark fiction, esp. beginning writers
  • SF Writers Meetups: meet other SF writers in your home town
  • SFNovelist: hard science SF novel critique group offering free 6-month trial membership
  • Scribophile: a community where serious writers share feedback and experience and learn about the writing craft
  • Todays Writing Community: m/f <18; poetry/story board, interviews, markets, forums, lessons, & more
  • Whisper from the Heart Poetry Club: online, South African poetry club, free membership; contests, tours, newsletter, etc.
  • WNC Mysterians: writing group for serious mystery, suspense & thriller writers in Asheville & Western North Carolina
  • Writer's BBS literary & various genre.

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    Help For Your Writing:
  • About Words for Writers: no updates since 2007, but still useful for helping writers improve their work; by agent Susan L. Graham
  • Absolute Write: out-of-date, but still good articles, interviews, columns for freelance, screen & play writing, novels, non-fiction
  • Advice on Novel Writing: by Crawford Kilian; plotting, narrative voice, scene construction, & marketing
  • FictionAddiction.Net: articles, publisher lists, contest, workshops, author showcase, more
  • The Grinder: submission tracker & market database for fiction writers (non-fiction/poetry soon)
  • Richard Harland's Writing Tips: extensive - covers good habits, elements, characters, story, language, getting published
  • How to Critique Fiction: by Victory Crayne; everything you need to know
  • How Well Do You Know Your Characters?: article by Wilfred Bereswill
  • Internet Writers' Guild Webring: published art and writing
  • Just About Write: a resource for lesbian writers; now closed, but still some good articles
  • Learn the Elements of a Novel: by Peder Hill; articles, excerpts, blog, links
  • Learn Writing with Uncle Jim: by James D. Macdonald (out-of-date forum, but still interesting)
  • PoeWar, Writing Career Center: articles, craft tips, more
  • Rhyme Desk: an interactive writing tool for poets, songwriters & copywriters
  • The Scriptorium: Sherry D. Ramsey's excellent writer's site: info, exercises, tools, more
  • Self Editing Blog: John Robert Marlow's free advice on editing one's own novel
  • Seventh Sanctum: various writing, inspiration, & name generators for all genres; also writing generators
  • SpellWeb: online spelling, grammar & thesaurus checking
  • Storyfix.com: no motivational B.S., just the truth about what it takes to get published, by Larry Brooks
  • Stuck On My Story.com: A free brainstorming service for fiction writers
  • Submitting to the Black Hole: submit/search response times for various speculative fiction markets
  • Suite101: Ten Ways to Cure Writers Block: how to inspire yourself when you are less than inspired by Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman
  • Thoughts on Web Design: web site building tips by Elliot Chabot
  • virtuaLit: tutorial on the elements of fiction: plot, character, setting, pov, style, theme, symbolism
  • Wordiness, Wordiness, Wordiness List: how to cut the writing fat
  • WriteAway: writing related articles, book lists, links, etc.
  • The Writer's Block: about writer's block
  • Writers Free Reference: list of free reference web pages for writers looking for information
  • Writers Write: interviews, reviews, news, job listings, all genre writing links, GLs

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    Hired Help:

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  • Susan Hanniford Crowley: sf & f editor & writing teacher
  • Cindy Davis: much published author, strong editing experience; editing/critiquing/ghostwriting
  • Editage: manuscript editing services; some editors are published sf authors
  • The Editorial Department: offering free 5 page critique
  • Elizabeth Engstrom's Writing Tips: tips from a 'ferocious' writer of SF/H
  • The Expert Editor: an Australian company that helps students, businesses, and authors from around the world improve their work
  • Help.Plagtracker: find and edit accidently plagiarized content, edit spelling & grammar
  • International Writers' & Artists' Residency: year round; work alone or in groups in Val David, Quebec, Canada
  • ManuscriptEditing.com: Lynda Lotman, serving writers, agents, & publishers since 1976; focus sf/f/h
  • TheNextBigWriter: private community; guaranteed feedback (novels, shorts, & poems), recognition & rewards
  • The New WritePro: by Sol Stein, free demo at web site, also useful writing tips
  • Clive Pyne Book Indexing Services: reference/scholarly/trade nonfiction; on time, your specs, competitive rates
  • Scribendi.com—Professional Proofreading Editing Services: also good articles in the Resources section
  • SFNovelist: hard science SF novel critique group offering free 6-month trail membership
  • Stickler Editing: professional editing, proofreading, & copywriting services
  • The Working Writer's Coach: writing coach, but lots of free content, including 5-day/week e-mail list with writing tips
  • WriteItNow: from 1st idea to final manuscript, it will organize & inspire your writing; free demo
  • Writers on the Net: classes, tutorials, editing;
  • Writer's Relief Inc: mss preparation & submission targeting

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    Interviews:
  • Absolute Write: interviews lots of folks in the screenwriting/playwriting world; (no updates since 2007, but still useful)
  • Duotrope Interviews: with magazine and book editors
  • The Lonely Keyboard: John Robert Marlow's extreme-depth interviews with working screenwriters
  • Page One Literature & Writing: author interviews
  • Six Questions For...: where editors, publishers, agents, educators, and writers discuss writing
  • D.L. Snell's Market Scoops: editor interviews; what they want to see in submissions
  • Screenwriter's Utopia: interviews with folks in the screenwriting business
  • Writers Write/Readers Read: author interviews

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    Jobs:
  • FlexJobs: job opportunities for writers and others
  • HireMinds: jobs for writers, reporters, editors, etc.
  • Mediabistro: writing, editing & journalism jobs (among others)
  • Red Flag Phrases To Avoid In Freelance Help Wanted Ads: by Angela Hoy
  • Sunoasis Jobs: job announcements for writers
  • Workopolis: search site for Canadian writing jobs
  • writers.ca: database of working Canadian freelancers, by categories

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    Libraries:
  • Bartleby.com: unlimited free access to books & info for students, researchers, & the curious
  • DagonBytes: the most famous texts & authors, with a flashy intro
  • J. Lloyd Eaton Collection: UC Riverside; one of the two biggest bricks & mortar sf collections in the world
  • The Electronic Library: up-to-date & family safe info
  • eLibrary: diverse digital archive
  • FreeFictionBooks.org: a collection of free, legally published, fiction books that can be read online
  • Gizmo's Freeware: links to Free Science Fiction & Fantasy Books Online
  • Internet Archive: oodles of sf-related video, audio and textual material
  • ipl2 (Internet Public Library): online serials, newspapers, search tips, & more
  • The Library of Congress
  • Library Spot: spotlights new web resources
  • Literature Online: library of over 250k works of UK & US literature
  • Merril Collection: Toronto Public Library; one of the two biggest bricks & mortar sf collections in the world
  • Project Gutenberg: the oldest and largest online library of out-of-copyright texts
  • PublicLibraries.com: list of online local U.S. branches
  • ReadPrint: offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast; search within the books
  • Refdesk.com: categorized collection of resource links
  • WorldCat: connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide

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    Link Pages for Writers:
  • EnhanceMyWriting.com: a guide to indispensable writing resources
  • A Guide to Writing for College by Veritas Prep: although the focus is on college paper writing, there are many good general writing links here
  • Guide to Grammar & Style: by Keith Ivey; grammar, style, & usage, including references to alt. usage; (no updates in 3+ years, but still useful)
  • Internet-Resources.com: writing links & links for writers writers' resources on the web and more
  • Learn to Write: links to buy books, subscribe to mags, etc.
  • Litline: resource links to "all things literary"

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    Magazines, print & electronic:
    (* for publications with fiction, see my market pages)

  • American Folk: no new content in a long while, but good archives and still "just for folks"
  • Funny Times: just for fun
  • Locus: good web extension of the long-standing print source for sf/f publishing
  • Media UK: lists magazines, newspapers, radio & TV stations
  • Tangent Online: online short story reviews of Classic SF/F, Pulp Magazines, & SFWA qualified maga & e- zines only
  • Vision: A Resource for Writers: writers magazine; some articles are sf-oriented
  • Writer's Digest: 1000+ searchable markets, tips, market 'Hot List', more

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    Marketing Help:
  • Bill Stoller's Publicity Insider: lots of free info &/or subscribe to "Free Publicity" newsletter
  • Book Marketing Tips
  • Duotrope: searchable database of mainstream & genre markets; submission tracker; paid subscription required
  • Foreign Language Market List: compiled by Canadian sf/f writer, Douglas Smith, 2001 John W. Campbell finalist
  • The Grinder: free fiction market search engine & submission log
  • NetRead: marketing solutions that publishers access through their web browsers
  • Proper manuscript format: by William Shunn, presented as a sample manuscript
  • The Publicity FAQ: great advice from a seasoned pro, Marcia Yudkin
  • Publishers Weekly: online version of the publishing industry's main source of info
  • Ralan's Specfic & Humor Webstravaganza: - pro, paying, 4theLuv, anthos, & publishers
  • Preditors & Editors: lots of help here
  • D.L. Snell's Market Scoops: editor interviews; what they want to see in submissions
  • Submitting to the Black Hole: response times for SF/F/H markets, regular updates
  • WebWombat: Online Magazines: worldwide search engine; English & otherwise
  • Writer's Digest: 1000+ searchable markets, tips, market 'Hot List', more
  • Writers Weekly: the highest-circulation freelance writing ezine in the world

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    Names:
  • Baby Name Guide: in 28 different categories
  • BabyNamesGarden.com: list of links to baby name web sites
  • Baby Names World: boy/girl names from all over the world
  • Babynology: baby names with meaning around the world
  • BabyHold: extensive resource for character names & meanings, categorized by ethnic & cultural backgrounds
  • BellyBallot: useful info about names: origins/usage/backgrounds; choose by region, aristocratic, biblical, royal, romantic, etc.
  • Fantasy Name Generator: serious, fun, and specialized names
  • RPGinspiration.com: name generators of all types and species, plus other random generators
  • Seventh Sanctum: various name generators for all genres; also writing generators
  • Think Baby Names: meaning, origin, history, religious significance, & popularity of first names
  • The Vampire Name Generator: for dark/ominous characters of all types not just the undead, & other useful generators
  • Wizards of the Coast, Character Name Generator: fantasy & RPG names by Steven Edward Schend
  • Yahoo!: list of links to various name generators

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    Newsletters for Writers:
  • New Jour: an active & archive list of journals & newsletters available on the Internet
  • Page ONE: interviews, spotlights, tips & resources

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    Promotion:
  • eHow: book promotion ideas
  • How to Promote Your Book on the Internet - 10 Great Ways: on Bob Baker's FullTimeAuthor.com

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    Publishing:
  • Bookselling This Week: latest news on book sales & the bookselling industry
  • ePublishing Resource Center: all types of electronic publishing covered
  • E-Zinez.com: handbook about e-zine publishing
  • EmailUniverse.com; Ezine-Tips: if you're starting an e-zine, start here
  • ParaPublishing.com: book planning & free e-newsletter
  • Piers Anthony's Internet Publishing: huge list of e-publishers, with ratings (like who pays & doesn't)
  • Publisher's Catalogues: 7k+ worldwide; by city, state, country, topic, or type
  • Publishing Basics: online newsletter archives for the small press & independent self-publisher; (no updates Dec12, but still useful )
  • Trade Book Publishing Agreement Checklist: common terms

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    Reference Sources:
  • Alien Planet Designers a brief discussion of the techniques used
  • The Alternative Dictionaries: slang, profanities, insults and vulgarisms from all the world
  • AnagramSite.com: a word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of a word or phrase
  • Antique Words: C. J. Cherryh's list of words commonly used prior to the 1900's
  • Basic Prose Style & Mechanics: by Craig Waddell
  • bio.: 25,000+ subjects
  • Brainy Quote: quotes by topic, author, & type
  • BritSpeak: common language uses and turns of phrase native to the United Kingdom
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper: just about everything you want to know about the Whitechapel Killer
  • Crime and Clues: crime scene, physical evidence, death, DNA, etc.
  • dMarie Time Capsule: On This Day in History: details of any period in history
  • Don't Lose The Plot: by Isabelle King, all in one formula to completing your first draft
  • Exploring English: anatomy of the English language
  • festivals.com: holidays & events around the world
  • Forensic Science Resources on the Internet: links to everything you want to know ... and some you don't
  • Handbook of Space Astronomy & Astrophysics by Martin V. Zombeck
  • iTools Research Tools: online reference & research tools
  • LegalEngine.com: info & help for writing courtroom scenes
  • Literary Resources on the Net: a collection of links by Jack Lynch of Rutgers, Newark (out-of-date, but most links work)
  • MAD Sci Network: science questions answered
  • Manuscript Format: Introduction by William Shunn
  • MapQuest: lots of great maps
  • Media Finder: search magazines, catalogs, newsletters/papers & mailing lists
  • Military History Resources: huge, but never updated & many external links no longer work
  • NewspaperArchive.com: searchable from the late 1800s to now, US/Canada/UK
  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection online maps of current & general interest
  • Physics & Astronomy Directory: university/college departments, online technical schools, institutes/national labs, professional societies, etc.
  • Preditors and Editors: huge writer's resource
  • Project Gutenberg: definitive reference for any pre-20th and many 20th century books
  • Publishing Business Group links to resources for magazines, newsletters & online publishing companies (no updates since 2008, but most links work)
  • Refdesk.com: "the single best source for facts on the Net"
  • SFWA Manuscript Preparation by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Thesaurus.com: dictionary, thesaurus, word dynamo, quotes, reference, & tranlastor
  • Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus: type in a word to get a map of synonyms, antonyms, & definitions with your word in the center
  • Twists, Slug and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang - compiled by William Denton
  • Union Pacific Railroad: history & maps
  • USNO Astronomical Applications Department: complete solar/lunar data for 1 day
  • The Word Detective: word Q/A column
  • World Factbook: the CIA's "snapshot" of the world, updated regularly
  • World History: jump into history
  • World Wide Words: words & phrases - what, where, how & misuse of; also grammar, style & punctuation.
  • Zeluna.net: a comprehensive resource for fantasy writers & artists interested in fairies & fairy tales


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    Resources:
  • About.com - Freelance Writing: all about freelance writing
  • AcademicInfo - Subject Guides: over 25,000 resources, every subject you can name
  • All Things Horror: really fun! - many links to horror art, fan sites, radio stations, games & more
  • Authorlink: publishing news, writers' resources, & marketing services
  • Book Lover Resources: links to publishers, reviewers, authors, bookstores, & more
  • The Book Of Zines: loads of links of interest to e-zine owners and those who want to be one
  • Castles of Wales: history, building techniques, biographies, locations, background, & photographs
  • DarkTales: resource for horror & dark fantasy writers, artists, & fans; also publishes fiction (pay not mentioned)
  • Dave Wilton's Wordorigins.org: for anyone (like me) who is into word origins
  • Decades in 20th Century America: Alameda County Library historical links
  • Charlotte Dillon's Resources for Romance Writers: or all writers, lots of great historical research links; (not up-to-date, but some good info/links)
  • Errant Dreams Writers' Resources: essays, reviews, stories, articles, poetry, gaming, etc.
  • Eyewitness to History: history through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis
  • FindLaw: online legal resource library
  • Freelance Writing Organization-Int'l.: free online database; just about all you need
  • Jane Friedman - How to Publish an e-book: helping authors & publishers flourish in the digital age
  • The Fright Site what is their goal? — to scare the pants off you!
  • Garbl's Writing Resources Online: grammar, style, and wordplay
  • HorrorNet: horror search engine & directory
  • HowToDoThings.com: unbiased, authoritative information on a wide range of topics
  • How to Get a Book Published: in 10 not-so-easy steps
  • The Information Research FAQ: guide to doing Internet research
  • The Institute of Historical Research: resources for historians; articles, free event advertising, MA/PhD study, training courses, an open-access library, and more
  • Internet Speculative Fiction Database: effort to catalog works of science fiction, fantasy, & horror
  • The Locus Index of SF & F catalog of authors, genre stories, magazines, collections, & anthos, 1984 to 2007
  • Mad SCI Network: science question answers, Wash. U. Medical School
  • Mammal Names: terms for animal groups & infants
  • New Advent: Catholic doctrine, practices (fx: exorcisms/churchyard blessing), & history
  • Page ONE Literary: resource for writers
  • Poe War: Wiki page; lots of great articles/tips on writing
  • The Publishing Law Center: a good collection from the law offices of Lloyd L. Rich
  • Reinventing the Wheel: Quick Resources for Fantasy Writers, by Brenton Tomlinson (last updated 2010, but still useful)
  • ResearchBuzz: for newsletter on latest research news send
  • Resources for Mystery Writers: links for forensics, law, guns, poisons, police & org. crime ... whatever
  • Resources for Science Fiction Writers: plenty of useful info by Keith P. Graham
  • Science Fiction Studies from DePauw University
  • SFF-NET
  • SF Site: a great all-round SF info site
  • SFWA's Author's Information Center: help to perfect your craft & protect your interests
  • ShawGuides: Writers' Conference Directory: free listings
  • Univ. of Illinois Writers Workshop: grammar handbook, tips, critique info, help for writing teachers
  • Univ. of Michigan Fantasy & Science Fiction Website: assisting scholars of all types all over the world
  • U.S. Newspaper List links to U.S. newspapers
  • Victorian Web Sites: 300 links to Victorian topics (not updated; some links broken, but still useful)
  • Winning Writers: finds & creates quality resources for poets & writers; WD Best 101
  • World SF Blog: various bloggers (no new content since Jun '14, but still interesting)
  • WOW! Women On Writing: all genre writing resource for women - guys OK too!
  • The Write Path: journal-writing workshops by Susan Reuling Furness
  • The Writer's Center: workshops, links, articles
  • Writer's Toolbox: Internet writer's resources
  • Writing-World.com: huge site for all writing, articles, links, tips, markets ... whatever

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    Reviews:
  • The Book Smugglers: Hugo nominated British review site of speculative & genre fiction for all ages
  • IROSF: Internet Review of SF, last issue Feb10; archives back to 2004 still online
  • SF Reader: science fiction books, fantasy books, horror books, book reviews
  • SF Reviews: the best, the worse, alphabetical; no-name, everyman's reviewer (no new since Oct '13)
  • SF Reviews-net: hundreds of books
  • SFRevu: US/UK books, graphic novels/manga, media, zines, Blu-ray/DVD reviews & news
  • SF Site: book reviews, related resources links, news
  • Tangent Online: online short story reviews of Classic SF/F, Pulp Magazines, & SFWA qualified maga & e- zines only
  • Weird Fiction Review: weird fiction reviews/news/essays by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

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    Services:
  • Altavista BabelFish Online Translator: drop in English; out comes Spanish, or whatever
  • Authorlink: award-winning publishing industry news, information, & marketing service
  • Babylon Babelic Online Translation: hundreds of dictionaries and translation in more than 800 language pairs
  • Canada's Postal Rates: rates within Canada, to the USA, & international destinations
  • Capita Translation and Interpreting: translation agency: online, free & professional; free custom translation bar
  • Domains by Country: domain suffix list
  • Free Translation: web-based language translation service
  • How Stuff Works: find out here
  • Lingo24 Translation Services: free online English-language paraphrasing tool
  • NJ Creatives Network: freelance creative talent; writers, artists, designers, photographers, film/video producers, more
  • U.S. Postal Service: order U.S. stamps online

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    Software For Free:
  • Freeware Home: download share- & freeware programs
  • Freeware Web: download share- & freeware programs
  • MacUpdate: download share- & freeware programs for Apple/Mac
  • Nisus Writer: full-feature word processor (Mac only), Pro & Express versions, 15-day free trial
  • PDFConverter.com: tools for creating or converting PDF files from or into .PPT, .XLS, or .DOC files
  • Script Maker: MSWord add-on to format screenplays (WIN/Mac)
  • Spacejock Software: free, excellent programs; sub tracker, novel writing, eBook reader, reminder etc.
  • TreePad: free-form database (WIN only)
  • Web Ferret: search tool, queries many search engines at once (WIN only)
  • Yeah Write: unique visual word processor (WIN only)

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    Songs & Songwriting:
  • AZLyrics: large, legal, growing universe of lyrics in all genres and ages
  • The Muse's Muse: articles, links, chats, resources; to join their list
  • SongLyrics: know the words; free song lyrics

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    Writing for (or by) Youths:
  • Aaron Shepherd's Kidwriter Page: articles on children's book market writing & publishing, young writers section
  • Children's Book Council: resource for writers & illustrators of children's literature
  • Children's Book Editors & Publishers: updated list of children's books editors & publishers
  • College Grants.org: A College Student's Guide to Citation Styles
  • Colossal Directory of Children's Publishers: also articles & related links
  • Children's Writer: newsletter about the business side of children's publishing
  • Help Your Child Learn to Write Well: US Dept. of Education tips
  • Institute of Children's Literature: offers a paid course in children's writing, but also has a wealth of free articles, tips, etc.
  • Pomegranate Words: free lessons in poetry and fiction, critiquing services, a teen writing magazine, & other resources for writers of all ages
  • The Purple Crayon: articles, children's literature/writing links & more
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: grade 7-12, public/non-public U.S., territories, sponsored schools, & Canada
  • Verla Kay's Website for Children's Writers & Illustrators the wonderful world of children's books
  • The Word Pool, Writing for Children: resource, UK focus, FAQ, tips on writing picture books
  • Write4Kids.com: the children's writing supersite; articles, interactive tools & cool freebies
  • WriteGirl: pairs girls in grades 9-12 with practicing writers
  • Writing Corner, Teen Writers: everything a young (8-18) writer, teacher & parent needs


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