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December 22, 2012 New listings, as noted have been included everyday for your perusal. The best find though is through LibraryJournal reporting on a number of resources for information and research. One of those is the LexusNexus Statistical Insight Search Tool (see guidebook here and database here). LexusNexus has been aquired by ProQuest (see LibraryNews) which has opened up its doors to a vast amount of research here and here with the EBSCO databases full of over 2000 ebooks for your to download on loan via a Ebsco sign-up membership. See here. By signing up with a UBIT name, you can also access millions of eJournals here. LibraryNews also has great references for researchers and freelancers as well as authors researching books. You may also search the Library of Congress Online here. The D-Scribe collection is such a vast resource of material, you just have to visit this page.
Not sure how long this will be up: Writer’s Digest Frelance Pricing Guide. Mark Harmon @epubhelp tweeted and I retweeted. Thank Goodness for all who worked on this.
As a reminder for all of us beseiged by information; the Los Angeles Review of Books is one link easy to pass up but hard to leave once opened.
Free eBook from Content Marketers: 58 Social Media Ideas to Inspire your Content Marketing
Hootesuite has a great library of downloads for Social Media re: ROI, best practices white paper, etc. here.
Please note: Duotrope (listed below) will become a paid subscription website after Jan. 1st 2013. Even if you’ve been signed up for ages.
the good news?
You can get Writer’s Market on a monthly basis. See link under Resources below.
And also in Resources, Content Marketing is starting December
off with a bang with a free seminars throughout December and new listings coming for the New Years. Find out what the experts are saying about upcoming media trends and campaigns.
Please note as well that these are not affiliate links nor do I endorse these links. (The only affiliate link is Amazon on the front page.)They are all from well known business and outlets and are a starting toolkit. You can skim through and pick the tools that fit best to your level and interests.
- Story in Literary Fiction
- Red Room
- Writers’ Digest Forum
- Emerging Writers’ Network
- Digital Book World
- Absolute Write Water Cooler
- Absolute Writer Forum
- Writer’s Beat
- Writing Forums
- The Writers Cafe
- Purdue Online Writing Lab
- The Digital Ink Spot Reviews of eBooks and author interviews.
- Media Bistro
- American Short Fictiion
- Agent Query
- The American Society of Journalists and Authors
- Query Tracker
- The Urban Muse
- Chuck Sambuchino
- wordcounter.com This is an actual word counter tool. Not http://michellerafter.com (otherwise known as Wordcount.)
- Word Net A lexical database for English. Great tool.
- Writer’s Market FREE! for the first 7 days, Sign up for a one-year subscription and enjoy a 7-day money back guarantee!
Or, if you prefer, pay just $5.99 per month and cancel any time if you’re not satisfied.
- Urban Dictionary
- Publishers Weekly
- Content Marketing
- Advanced Fiction Writing
- Grammar Girl
- Grammarly.com (if you are a Mac person, just transfer your document into Word and then into Grammarly)
- http://www.myenglishgrammar.com/lesson-2-verbs/2-linking-verbs.html So comprehensive. Landing page has all you need.
- Even if you don’t have a device to play iTunes on, you can still get great content by downloading the app for PC. Massive treasure trove of free subscriptions for literature and writing.
- http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/proofing_grammar.pdf The BEST
- http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/proofing_grammar.pdf more for school but same rules apply and most up-to-date and comprehensive guide for referral in addition to the usual: (Chicago Manual of Style-Chicago, AP, etc.)
- Masterclass on writing. To brush up on the basics, much like strengthening your dendrite links, it is always good to revisit the basics, but in a masterclass setting. Here is one of the links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEMxuZyxdCo&feature=context-vrec
- Word Net This is the Princeton lexicon database. Please make sure to use the special search function to properly search the full database. Contact me with questions.
- Write It Sideways
- Urban Dictionary
- The Book Designer
- Writing Scenes John August’s website
- http://www.sfwa.org Go here if you want to view all material related to agents’ policies and practices.
- Author Media
See Backspace for listed conferences on their site.
See Writer’s Digest for their conferences.
Examples: there are a huge number and variety, length, genre emphasis, and accommodations and staffing opportunities offered. It is best to look at your resources and begin tracking from your location and dollar amount on out. Write me if you have any questions and I will help you.
First check out the link below for the Associated Writers’ Programs. There is a wealth of information on the website that will direct you to programs.
Writing and SEO:
One of my favorite: http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog
The PEIWG Weekly (Prince Edward Island)
Storyfix Larry Brooks “Like an MRI for your story” re: services offered to writers. A new, exciting community newsletter and 2011 Top Ten Writing Blogs Winner/Write to Done
Porter Anderson: I believe he is also writing for Writing on the ether that Jane Friedman wrote for before she moved on. Porter’s site is jam-packed with up-to-the-minute publication news, writing and a list of conferences.
Preditors & Editors If you are looking for a reputable agent, this page-http://blog.publishedandprofitable.com is invaluable. Memorize it. They have pages set up for agents, a virtual phone book listing for each agent. They also have other pages chock full of information. Bookmark them and thank me later.
Wordplay: K.M. Weiland is a virtuoso in the writing field; somehow she is very inspiring, she has that type of magic. http://archetypewriting.com/http://archetypewriting.com/articles/articles_ck/MBTI_PMAI.htmhttp://archetypewriting.com/articles/writing/memorableChars.htm
Here is a good example of what you will get from the following website:
Writer’s Block Do not be fooled by the sparse and simple page. It belies a wealth of information and essays going back to 1995. I mean, do you remember the computers we had back then?
An example of their various functions is an excerpt from their grammar page on tiles;
Some writers find it hard to decide how to capitalize a title containing a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are verbs whose meaning is completed by a word called a particle. For example, the verb “to give” has a different meaning than the phrasal verb “to give up”.
Like other multipurpose words, words functioning as particles must be distinguished from the same words functioning as prepositions. Particles are always capitalized because they form part of the verb. For example:
My Travels up Nova Scotia’s South Shore
(correct; “up” is functioning as a preposition and should be lowercased)
Setting up Your Computer
(wrong; “up” is functioning as a particle and should be capitalized)
The Book Designer: Go to for self-publishing but also great articles on creativity and the process of writing.
Writer’s Cafe (has its own software program for purchase developed by Harriet Smart)
Daily Writing Tips You will receive some amazing gifts in the mail each day. For instance, here is a link to an artcle on fossil words: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/35-fossil-words Sound boring? Don’t miss it as it is fascinating.
Lifehacker: In the link below; Kurt Vonnegut actually had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Vonnegut in my own home (Kurt as he asked me to call him. Yes, of course I’m name dropping.) http://lifehacker.com/5687349/kurt-vonneguts-tips-for-writing-fiction
Brain Pickings One of the best pages.
The Nervous Breakdown
Literary Reviews and Great Publications for Writers:
Journal of Literary Theory
The Kenyon Review
Poets and Writers
New York Times, of course, but their blog has some of the finest writing to be found on the web.
New York Review of Books
Los Angeles Times Review of Books At Length Magazine
World Literature Review
The New Yorker
Glimmer Train: “One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train Stories is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies ” Side note: And, in my opinion, one of the most humane, humorous, and writer friendly submission guidelines you will find here (hyperlink the address below)
Listening pleasure and great author interviews:
Jonathan Franzen on Oprah.(video) Yes, I just recommended Oprah. If you like her or if you don’t, you will love this interview as a writer. Jonathan controls the process rather than Oprah; much to her chagrin. Men’s reading group came in through Skype and the discussion is fantastically meta about the writing process. Also his interview on his writing process.
Simon & Schuster
Random House http://www.randomhouse.com
Mother and writer or women helping women:
Just to keep an eye to goals, here is a link to the Man Booker Prize page. It does happen for writers…just like you.. What follows are just some of the awards offered every year. The committee of each award culls through thousands of books in the genres they represent, and one book is chosen, but there are Finalists. If you don’t win an award (and don’t count yourself out, then each time your book is mentioned in print, it very well could be like this: “was a finalist for the……….award. Just think about that for a while. Nice thought, right?
Sidewise Award (Alternate History)
Northern California Book Award
Harvey Award Myhopoei
O. Henry Award
Pulitzer Prize for Literature
National Book Award
Wordcount: The url is http://michellerafter.com/ One of the best websites for writers of any ilk. It is subtitled a website for freelancers but it is a go to spot for any writer. In fact, it one the Write To Done website for two years in a row and it is one of the first sites I check for anything writing related. Michelle Rafter runs it superbly. She is a huge supporter of the writing community as a whole, running Twitter Chats each week and posting them on the site, blogathans, and if you subscribe you will get incredible support in all areas, including technology, apps on top of the craft of writing (and reading). Follow her on twitter as well as she puts together great apps for writers in a package, for example, and offers them up for your reference.
Publishing Literary Agents, Agencies, and The Query
- Rachel Gardner Literary Agent at Books & Such
- Finding the Right Literary Agent for You! (http://steveatwood.wordpress.com/)
- Learning the Literary Ropes (answers.com)
- How to Sell Your Memoir to a Literary Agent…(reginajeffers.wordpress.com)
- Tips from Famous and Successful Literary Agents Part 4(chellywood.com)
- “A Right Fit”: Navigating the World of Literary Agents(themillions.com)
- The Reality Of Querying Horror (descentintoslushland.wordpress.com)
- Seth Godin on libraries, literary agents and the future of book publishing as we know it (vimoh.tumblr.com)
- The Time To Query Is Now (descentintoslushland.wordpress.com)
- Thursdays with Amanda: What I’ve Done to Grow My Platform(chipmacgregor.com)
- W.O.W.- Writer Odyssey Wednesday – Krista Van Dolzer – Mother.Write. (Repeat.) (chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com)
Help beyond the quill and ink age:
W3C Tools and definitions for computer language, online production, etc.
all things d
Merriam-Webster Online Research has shown that games actually have a neurological affect on synaptic speed of neurotransmittors, dendrites and neurons in the brain which increase the time of recall and may slow the aging process of the brain down over the long term. This is what all writers’ need for our future. This website has some great spelling wuizes that are worth at least one try if not a common practice for you.
Elements of the Craft We Will be Discussing:
Pacing and Scale:
Place and Setting:
Publishers and Agents:
Structure and Form:
Plot and Story Line:
Literary and Writer magazines; Print (some, like Writer’s Digest, are moving to digital)
Donald Maass is one of my heroes and he is a veritable font of knowledge (though he would hate the cliché and grounded advice.
http://tim.oreilly.com/ digital book world Seal of Ebook Approval: http://www.publishinginnovationawards.com/?utm_source=91612&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DBW12PIA&et_mid=579813&rid=2995420indie look up all hashtags on twitter which is a wealth of knowledge All site searches for productivity sites along with a link to dumb little man https://www.google.com/search?q=dumb+little+man+blog&aq=1&oq=dumblittleman&sugexp=chrome,mod=7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Tech: Cnet.com http://www.conceivablytech.com (less of a pro or anti Google or Facebook bias than the more popular tech sites).http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/08/04/200236/why-we-love-firefox-and-why-we-hate-it?sdsrc=popbyskid