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Absolute Write star[offsite link]
The Absolute Write people have an established reputation for providing solid, timely information to help new writers of fiction and nonfiction to avoid the many pitfalls and scams in our profession. The Absolute Write forum is a goldmine of detailed questions and answers.

Absolute Write Forum star[offsite link]
Here you can find the latest on what is happening in our profession as writers ask questions and respond with their experience. You can find out about fair/unfair contracts and which publishers offer which types, freelance opportunities, dishonest publishers and agents, vanity presses masquerading as real publishers, publishers who might be circling the drain, and so much more.

Agent Query Database star[offsite link]
A growing, free, searchable database of literary agents in the US.

Book in a Week star[offsite link]
Book in a Week is a monthly writing challenge - in the first week of every month each member submits a goal for the week and then sits down to write as much as they can. Daily and final results are posted to the group for support and encouragement.

Champion Press star[offsite link]
Champion Press was established in 1997, and focusses on smaller books which might not otherwise have gotten a chance.

Chicago Manual of Style star[offsite link]
This is NOT a free resource. For 35 bucks per year, you can subscribe, or you can buy the big orange hardback.

Chippewa Publishing star[offsite link]
Horror, mystery, romance, science fiction publishers.

Constructing a fictional world star[offsite link]
A detailed article about constructing imaginary locations for books (usually fantasy or science fiction).

Contests to avoid star[offsite link]
A list of contests to avoid, compiled by Winning Writers.com

Copyright registration for online works star[offsite link]
US Copyright Office information on registering work that has been published on the Internet.

Daily Writing Prompts star[offsite link]

DAW Books submission guidelines star[offsite link]
DAW Books publish science fiction and fantasy.

Dead and Dying Publications star[offsite link]
Before you lick that stamp, check that your next submission is not on this list of publications that have, or are about to shut their doors. Save your time and postage.

Derivative works star[offsite link]
Every copyright holder also holds the right to create further derivative works from their original piece. Fan fiction and derivations created by others can violate the original author´s rights.

DLSIJ Press star[offsite link]

Double Dragon E-books star[offsite link]

Duotrope´s Digest star[offsite link]
An excellent searchable database resource of publishers of short fiction, novels, and poetry. Well organised with useful statistics and information.

Example of a good query letter star[offsite link]
Literary agent Kristin Nelson analyses a good query letter written by one of her current clients.

Fan Fiction FAQs star[offsite link]
Questions about the legality of writing Fan Fiction answered.

Forgotten Worlds star[offsite link]
Print publication - accepts short stories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Forvo Pronunciation Guide star[offsite link]
Turn up your computer speakers and go to this site to listen to sound files of native speakers pronouncing various words. It is always good to know how to say something.

Free writing contests star[offsite link]
A list of free writing contests compiled by Writer-On-Line.

Frequently Asked Questions And Answers About Fan Fiction star[offsite link]
If you write fan fiction, you need to know the legal issues.

Funds for Writers - List of contests star[offsite link]
A list of contests compiled by Hope Clark of Funds for Writers.

Halloween-related Place Names in the United States star[offsite link]
There is no need to make up a creepy town name for your Halloween tale when there are so many already in existence. Only one or two of these unusual names belong to a county instead of a city.

Hard Shell Word Factory star[offsite link]

Harlequin star[offsite link]

Hints on writing radio drama star[offsite link]

Holly Lisle´s Forward Motion star[offsite link]
Author, Holly Lisle offers a vast resource of writing-related articles, workshops, and FAQs on her website. Be sure to download her free e-book, Mugging the Muse - you´ll read this gem dozens of times.

Including your writing in your will star[offsite link]
Important advice from Neil Gaiman on creating a will specifically to ensure your published and unpublished work will be handled the way you want after you die.

Knight Agency Blog star[offsite link]
Company blog of the Knight Literary Agency, headed by Deidre Knight.

Kristin Nelson´s Pub Rants star[offsite link]
Literary agent Kristin Nelson´s blog.

Light Sword Publishing star[offsite link]
Light Sword Publishing is a new publishing company with its first novels to be released in 2007. They are currently looking for submissions from authors.

Lulu star[offsite link]

Meisha Merlin Publishers star[offsite link]
Publish science fiction and horror.

Mental Floss Magazine star[offsite link]
This is an amazing magazine full of unusual and extremely interesting stories.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus star[offsite link]
Free online resource offers you what is probably the world´s most consulted dictionary plus a thesaurus.

Missouri Review star[offsite link]
Literary and mainstream short story print market.

Mom Writers star[offsite link]
A support group for mothers who juggle babies and child-care and writing.

Naming Your Characters star[offsite link]
Find the meanings behind your favorite names and take a look at the top 100 names over the past few years.

Negotiating contracts star[offsite link]
Advice from Science Fiction writer Tara Harper

PR Web Newswire star[offsite link]
Deliver a press release with all the information for your book launch, signings, and readings.

Preditors and Editors Agent Listings star[offsite link]
Before you send off your submission to an agent, check that there are no warnings regarding them.

Preditors and Editors Publisher Listings star[offsite link]
Before you send your submission to a publisher, and most definitely before you sign a contract with anyone, make sure they´re legitimate.

Press Release Writing star[offsite link]
Tips on writing an attention grabbing press release.

Publishing advice from Cader Books star[offsite link]
Cader books have answered their FAQ in detail. Worth a read.

Random Name Generator star[offsite link]
Handy little tool that can generate male and female names with a setting range for common to obscure names.

Red Room star[offsite link]
The social networking site for authors

Robin Hobb on Writing Fanfiction star[offsite link]
Fantasy author Robin Hobb (The Farseer Trilogy) explains her view of fan-fiction and its relationship to the craft of writing.

Samples of winning synopses star[offsite link]
Samples of successful synopses by a variety of romance writers.

Script layout for radio plays star[offsite link]

Scrybe Press star[offsite link]
Print and electronic publishers of short horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Seven Steps To A Successful Spec Script star[offsite link]
Aury Wallington, the script co-ordinator for Sex and the City, talks about speculation scripts.

Sun Magazine interview with Natalie Goldberg star[offsite link]
An interview with Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and other books on the writing process and overcoming writers´ block. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Synopsis - The negative image star[offsite link]
Some great advice and tips on how to write a synopsis from Deborah Hale.

Ten myths about copyright star[offsite link]
Brad Templeton talks about the ten biggest myths about copyright law.

Ten Steps for Boosting your Creativity star[offsite link]
Jeffrey Baumgartner´s list will give you a chuckle along with some really valuable advice for tapping into your muse.

That dreaded synopsis star[offsite link]
Romance writer Anne Gracie shares her synopsis writing process.

The Muse Online Writers´ Conference star[offsite link]
The Muse Online runs a free annual Online Writers´ Conference. Scheduled chat sessions are run by various "speakers", with handouts and homework, in some cases. Workshop sessions are also available for topics you need to get your teeth into.

The Seven Laws of Comedy Writing star[offsite link]
Writing comedy for the screen.

Tips for winning writing contests star[offsite link]
Ten tips for writing short stories for contests.

UK Association of Authors´ Agents star[offsite link]
Directory of members of the UK Association of Authors´ Agents who have to abide by a code of practice.

UK Society of Authors - list of writing contests star[offsite link]
A list of UK-based prizes, grants, and awards for fiction and non-fiction writing.

Unblock by exercising your observation skills star[offsite link]
It´s not always possible to write down the details of something that catches your eye, and that is where good observation and memory skills can serve you well. Use this simple exercise-within-an-exercise to develop an eye for detail and make your prose even richer.

Unblock by writing flash fiction star[offsite link]
Flash fiction can be even better than journaling for getting straight to the point of your block.

Understanding contracts star[offsite link]
Moira Allen of Writing-World.com discusses publishing contracts.

Understanding rights and copyrights star[offsite link]
Writing World´s Moira Allen discusses rights and copyright.

USA Association of Artists´ Representatives star[offsite link]
In the US, it´s recommended that you choose a literary agent who is a member of the Association of Artists´ Representatives as they require a strict code of ethical conduct from their members.

Want to win a literary competition? star[offsite link]
Some great advice and pitfalls to be aware of by Susan Mernit.

Warnings for writers regarding Literary Agents star[offsite link]
This page contains a lot of information and advice on the tricks and cons to watch out for when looking for an agent.

What is Fair Use in Writing? star
All new writers need to know about copyright law and Fair Use or they may end up in serious legal trouble for copyright infringement.

What makes a good publishing contract for a writer? star[offsite link]
Dave Taylor analyses a standard contract and highlights the points you need to consider.

Winning Writers - markets and contests for writers star[offsite link]
A list of markets and contests for writers and poets.

Writer´s Digest Contests star[offsite link]
A list of the writing contests being offered by Writer´s Digest magazine. Short story contests have entry fees, flash fiction contests are usually free to enter.

WritersWeekly Forum star[offsite link]
An excellent forum for writers. WritersWeekly has been established for years and has a huge number of regulars with plenty of advice to offer.

Writing a character-based synopsis star[offsite link]
Romance writer Meredith Bond shows an example of one of her character-based synopses together with commentary.

Writing contest and vanity anthology warnings star[offsite link]
Warnings and advice from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America site.

Writing contest database star[offsite link]
A searchable database of writing contests.

Writing for television star[offsite link]
How to begin your career as a television writer.

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