Links to Information about Agents and Publishers
Links to Reference Sites for Writers
Links to Information on the Craft of Writing
Links to Support Groups for Writers
Recommended Books

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            Links to Information About Agents and Publishers

Provides "the serious writer with access and exposure to the broadest range of legitimate publishing professionals."

Lists of agents and publishers with contact information, plus recommended books.

Preditors and Editors
A guide to publishers and publishing services for serious writers (site temporarily inactive).

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Information on fraudulent agents (under "Writer Beware"); model contracts (under "Writing: The Business"); and articles on the craft of writing (under Writing: The Craft").

SPAN - Small Publishers Association of North America
Self-described as "the home of authors, self-publishers and independent presses - your one-stop online resource for publishing profits and book marketing know-how."

Writers Net
Directory of literary agents by location or topic, and articles on how to avoid scams.

Writers Write
Information on writing and publishing, including lists of markets for writers and articles on the craft of writing.
Articles on how to avoid scams, and on whether writers need agents and how to find one, plus agency listings.

            Links to Reference Sites for Writers
"The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse . . . " Indexes by author, subject, title; encyclopedia; quotations; and much more.
Covers the business and legal side of publishing.

Fiction Factor
The online magazine for fiction writers.

The Library of Congress
Includes a link to The U.S. Copyright Office to obtain online forms for copywriting works, plus vast resources for research. Access is free.

National Writers Union
The only labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media.
Synonyms, of course, but antonyms too.

Web del Sol
A guide to literary and other e-zines.

Writer's Way
A resource site for writers with lists of writers' associations and other links.

The Writing Dream
Tips and resources for aspiring book writers, including suggested book coaches, editors, agents, and cover designers. Also how-to information on writing, publishing, and promoting.
Both a dictionary and a thesaurus.

            Links to Information on the Craft of Writing

Creative Writing Now - Creative Writing Ideas
Online resource for beginning fiction writers and poets, offering an introduction to the elements of craft, as well as writing prompts and ideas.
Worldwide community of readers who share a love for words, wordplay, language, and literature.

Writer's Digest
Site of the largest writer's magazine in the U.S.

Write MS - Writer's Resource Center
Articles on the craft of writing, areas of interest to writers, and book reviews.

      Links to Support Groups for Writers
A support group for writers and authors.

            Recommended Books

The Art of Fiction, by John Gardner
"Notes on the Craft for Young Writers"

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
"Some Instructions on Writing and Life"

The Handbook of Good English, by Edward D. Johnson
"A comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to modern grammar, punctuation, usage, and style."

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne and Dave King
"How to Edit Yourself Into Print."

Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
"Freeing the Writer Within"

Writing the Novel, from Plot to Print, by Lawrence Block
"A step-by-step guide from idea through outline to the final sale."

Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury
"Releasing the Creative Genius Within You."

Character & Viewpoint, by Orson Scott Card
"Explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters."

Plot, by Ansen Dibell
"All aspects of creating plot"

Wired for Story, by Lisa Cron
“The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence.”

Story Genius, by Lisa Cron
“How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel.”


    The rhythm of a sentence or of sentences together; the flow of language
    A trite, stereotyped expression or idea that has lost originality through overuse
    Brevity; a lack of wordiness
    The basic details of text, such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation
    Unnecessary repetition of a word, phrase, or idea
Substantive editing
    Editing that focuses on style and content rather than mechanics
    The way words are arranged in a sentence; sentence structure
    The way in which verbs convey action: in active voice, the subject performs the action; in passive voice, the subject
    receives the action