Character Development: A guide to online tools for creating your hero, heroine, and other characters.
AAR - The Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc.
Billed as: 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 No longer updated, but here's her own description of the blog, whose archives are still here: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 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
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
- 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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 FundsforWriters.com.
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."