Scene of the Crime
Member Sites
From the Newsletter

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.

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 No longer updated, but here's her own description of the blog, whose archives are still here: "Where Miss Snark vented her wrath on the hapless world of writers and crushed them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 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."

Resources for Writers

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.

Writing Craft Articles
Writer's Journal
Writer’s Resource Center

Publishers Weekly
Writers Digest
Writing World
National Novel Writing Month (November)
Self-Publishing Information
Make Your Knowledge Sell
Syndicate Your Articles
Publishing Information

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.

Other Writers Groups

Erotica Readers & Writers Association
Kansas Authors Clubs
Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.
Romance Writers of America
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
Science Fiction Poetry Association
Wichita Area Romance Authors

Hope, Faith and Love
Outreach chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America) for Christian Romance writers.

American Christian Fiction Writers
A leading writing group for Christian authors.

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