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WritersMarket.com
This site is the wired key to publishing success, providing the most comprehensive and always up-to-date market contact info available. An outstanding guide to freelance writing. This site charges an annual fee.

100 Resources and Links for Writers

Twitter Tips for Authors

The Author's Guild
Dozens of great resources for writers and publishers. Legal information, tips, etc.

WritingWithClarity.com
An excellent site from Ken O'Quinn, a former news journalist turned writing coach/consultant.

The Power of Words
Bob Wyss of The Providence Journal has a great site on writing and writing well.

Gutenberg.net: Public Domain Books
Thousands of public domain books.

ClickZ: Seven Qualities of Good Online Writing
An online directory of writing education for journalism, poetry, screenwriting, etc.

Connect Online, LLC
An online directory of writing education for journalism, poetry, screenwriting, etc.

The WorkingReporter.com
Information and links for all reporting needs.

Literature Map
Type in an author's name and the database will give you authors with similar styles.

Reporter Pitch Story Information Exchange
Share story ideas, links and other resources.

FindHow's Writing Page
A great resource for accomplishing everyday tasks with a particular emphasis on writing topics.

Virtual Reference Desk
Quick research on almanac questions.

Libraryspot.com
One-stop shopping for dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference materials.

Phaster Lookups Reference Database
Do quick searches for reference tools: encylopedias, economic terms, legal dictionary, biblical reference, quotes and more. Great one-stop reference shopping.

Writers' Forum
Forum members are in the process of writing a debut novel/non-fiction volume of prose or poetry. The online community discusses the process of researching and writing a first book. Members get access to exclusive podcasts and interviews, plus original articles and tips for amateur and professional writers, artists, etc.

Writers and Editors

"No Train, No Gain"
A helpful site for training tips from newsroom trainers around the world.

Editing a Web Site: Extending the Levels of Edit
Describes lessons learned by a university editing class when they edited a web site.

The Write Life
Writing resources site. Books, freelance writing, etc.

Yale's World Wide Web Style Manual
Describes lessons learned by a university editing class when they edited a web site.

30 Useful Tools for Freelancers
Free online tools to manage workflow, revenues, expenses, etc.

Ragan: 14 Apps That Will Jumpstart Your Writing

Techniques for Writing Good Web Documents
An extensive list of specific do's and don'ts, with examples. Many of these tips are familiar to technical communicators but are often news to other writers. Includes a good discussion on when and how to use frames.

Writing for the Web

Jared Spool's User Interface Engineering

Fast Company: How to Write Short

Jacob Nielsen's Alertbox
An ongoing series on topics such as "How users read on the Web", "Why Web users scan instead of read".

Freelance Writing Organization International
A free site that hosts thousands of writing resources and writing links in a massive online database. 40-plus genres, funds for writers, job listings, education, news, submission calls, research library. Writing resources range from adventure to westerns, agents to publishers. Professional resources for all writers, editors, journalists of all mediums.

Newslab's "Getting the Numbers Right"

NetLingo.com Internet Dictionary
This is a modern dictionary of everyday jargon used at work, in cyberspace, and in "the real world." Easy-to-understand, its mission is to help all computer users learn some basic concepts about what the Internet is, how the Web works, and what you need to know to take part in the online world.

Allwords.com
Look up spellings quickly.

Freelance Writing Organization International
A free site that hosts thousands of writing resources and writing links in a massive online database. 40+ genres, funds for writers, job listings, education, news, submission calls, research library. Writing resources range from adventure to westerns, agents to publishers. Professional resources for all writers, editors, journalists of all mediums.

Garbl's Writing Center
A great collection of free writing tips, resources, links, etc.

Today in Literature
A calendar of engaging stories about the great books, writers, and events in literary history.

Dictionaries on the Web
More than 100 links to dictionaries in 40 languages

Comptons Encyclopedia Online

Thesaurus.com
Look up words quickly.

Encyclopedia.com

Acronym Finder
Not sure what alphabet soup means? Look up the acronym for the full spelling.

Dictionary
Quick reference for word searches.

Your Dictionary.com: 100 Most Misspelled Words

Your Dictionary.com: 100 Most Mispronounced Words

University Writing Style Guides
A large collection of online style guides.

Liam's Pictures from Old Books
More than 2,400 high-resolution images from more than 160 antique books.

Slanguage: Slang Terms
A collection of regional, national and international slang terms.

Internet Resources for Writers
A great one-page stop for helpful writing and reporting links.

Webopedia
Look up the latest in high-tech jargon; definitions in layman's terms.

Netlingo
The Internet Language Dictionary

Onelook Dictionary
A glossary of 743 subjects.

Bartleby's Familiar Quotations
Not sure who said it? Look it up!

Elements of Style

InfoPlease Online Almanac

Newsthinking.com
An excellent site on newspaper writing and reporting from Bob Baker of the LA Times. The site offers a dynamic e-newsletter on writing, editing and newsroom collaboration.

The Vocabula Review

Newscript: Writing for Radio
This site is run by Michael Meckler, a professor of classical and medieval Latin literature at Ohio State University. A useful guide to various forms of audio journalism, along with practical tips on writing for the ear.

Community Media Workshop
Dozens of resources and tips pages on reporting issues.

E-journals.org
Search for journals on hundreds of wide-ranging topics.

Webgrammar.com
Writing tips, grammar index, online tips and more.

Spelling Links

WritePath
Blog on writing, history, e-updates and more!

Children's Literature Database
This database has thousands of listings of award-winning children's literature books.

Wikipedia Literature

New Pages

Literary Web
Compiled by the University of Virginia this site offers author directories, book collections, journals, literary resources, etc.

Lit Line Links
More than 100 listings of links to organizations and other literature directories.

Harvard's Nieman Narrative Digest
Updated every couple of weeks with tips and ideas about narrative writing.

Liam's Pictures from Old Books
More than 2,400 high-resolution images from more than 160 antique books.

Harvard's Notable Narratives Database
A database of narrative journalism samples. Search by dates, source, topic, etc.

Bull's Eye Business Writing Tips
More than 400 tips.

KnightCite Bibliography Writer
Based on input from the user, this tool generates bibliographic information for term and research papers. And it does so in any of three styles chosen by the user - Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA) or Chicago Manual of Style.

Jim's Word/Writer's Links
A great collection of writing resources for journalists and others.

WritersHome.com: Freelance Writing Resources

Chip on Your Shoulder Writing Column
From Poynter.org's Chip Scanlan.

Columbia Journalism Review Resource Guides
Covers a variety of journalism topics.

Obit Writing Tips
Suggestions from journalist Gerry Goldstein.

WritePath.com
Reference materials for writers to address the questions journalists do.

ProJo's Power of Words

Logophilia.com
Features terms tied to current events. A very helpful resource. You have to pay for some items, though.

AmericanDialect.org
The site selects "Words of the Year." Hilarious.

ReverseSpeech.com
Ever wonder what you're saying backwards?

World Clock
Convert time, date to anywhere in the world.

Who, What, When Database
A cool tool that allows you to quickly search historical timelines.

Common Errors in English
Is it further or farther? Settle all newsroom bets.

Simpli.com
For finding words in their proper context, this directory is also useful for finding alternate words to concepts or ideas.

Oingo.com
For finding words in their proper context, this directory is also useful for finding alternate words to concepts or ideas.

The Writer's Guru
Reporters can post queries about research, grammar, spelling, etc.

Buzzwhack's Buzzword Complaint Dictionary
A funny site that helps you clarify what your boss or client is talking about.

Reporter's Desktop
Several great reporting tools.

Itools.com
Language and library aids, research materials

Writers on America
Fifteen writers enlisted by the State Department to contribute essays (for overseas consumption) on what it means to be a writer in America.

The Elements of Style

Jack Lynch's Guide to Style

Research and Style Guides for Students
Nearly 100 links to helpful research sites.

Webster's Guide to Grammar and Writing

NewsCollege
Loaded with tip sheets and articles, this site features work previously published in "The Write Way," some of which have been updated and revised for NewsCollege. Started in early 2006, the site covers many writing basics, such as tightening copy and eliminating weak quotes.

LSU's Ready Reference Style Guide

The Writing Center's Online Handouts

Garrison Keillor's Writers Almanac

Citation Styles to Electronic and Internet Sources

Shakespeare's Complete Works

Studs Turkel: Conversation with America
Interviews, links, stories from the famous Chicago-based author.

SFLink.net
Puts journalists in touch with science fiction experts including authors, artists and fans.

Openweb Analysts
This company helps journalists and news people with the concepts behind Open Source software, such as Linux, Apache web server and OpenOffice.

Wacky Writer's World
A web site for writers about the writer's craft, the "business" side of writing, and other topics of interest to writers and others.

Internet-Resources.com: Writers
More than 1,900 useful links for writers.

Editorial Freelancers Association

The WritersManual.com
Great resources and industry news.

Writers Weekly
A great E-zine full of writing tips, publishing news, etc.

NewsPlace.org
A search site that features a "Grammar Matters" review section.

Dictionaries on the Web
More than 100 links to dictionaries in 40 languages

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Bedford St. Martin's Web Resources for Writers

Columbia Encyclopedia
The sixth edition has 51,000 entries and 80,000 cross references and search capabilities.


Writing for the Web/Online Tools

Jakob Nielsen's Writing for the Web
Dozens of great tips and research on developing online content.

Gahran.com
Web consultant Amy Gahran, who offers super tips on writing, editing and designing for the Web.

WritetheWeb.com
News for Web users who write back.

Writing for the Web and Creating Effective Online Content
A Webword.com interview with online writing expert Amy Gahran.

Writing for the Web
The basic do's and don'ts from Webnovice.com.

SearchSpell.com
Check your spelling as you submit a query.

TimeTicker.com
Use this database to check what time it is anywhere in the world.

EditAvenue.com
Claims to be the he Internet?s "premier editing resource." You can select English professors, technical writers, lawyers, copy editors, scientists, or more than 200 other editing experts to correct and enhance your writing.

Web Writer Weekly
Resources and links for writers.

American Society of Journalists and Authors

Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Tips on writing, punctuation, grammar, usage, etc. Great podcasts where GG answers user-submitted questions.

Internet Public Library Pathfinder
University of Michigan librarians organize subject pages that included annotated suggestions for both the Web and library books. A great starting point for any story.

Brizcomm.com
Aims to be the benchmark for online content in Australia. Includes an archive of content-related tips from a weekly e-mail newsletter; a database of Web site reviews from a weekly columnist and weekly radio show; a free content jobs database for web work and workers; FAQs for content employers and employees; and contributed columns and reviews.


Writing and Publishing Links

Wordorigins.org
The truth and myth about where words come from.

TipsforWriters.com
Advice and instruction on contracts, copyrights, plagiarism.

The Beat Page
A literature and publishing news site.

Eliterature.org
Dozens of resources for all types of writing. A great site!

Presidential Libraries

PublishersLunch
News and notes on the book business. Sign up for a free daily e-mail newsletter.

Poets.org

National Writer's Union

TipsforWriters.com
Advice and instruction on contracts, copyrights, plagiarism.

Eliterature.org
Dozens of resources for all types of writing. A great site!

Presidential Libraries

Modern Library: 100 Best Novels

RandomHouse 100 Best Novels

Writer's Digest

National Writer's Union

Writer's Guild of America

Writer's Union of Canada

American Booksellers Association
National trade association.

Bookwire.com
Publishing news, features and interviews.

AuthorsDen
Gathering place to share information between unpublished authors.

Authorlink
Buys and sells rights to unpublished manuscripts.

Small Publishers Association of North America

American Self-Publisher Association
Devoted to teaching authors how to self-publish and market their books.

IndependentPublisher.com

U.S. Copyright Office

The Complete Review
A literary review site.

Neil Gaiman's Writing Journal
A regularly-updated journal as quirky as his professional work.

American Booksellers Association
National trade association.

Bookwire.com
Publishing news, features and interviews.

BookFinder.com
Links to 20,000 independent book-sellers and lists more than 30 million books (new, used, rare, etc.).

AuthorsDen
Gathering place to share information between unpublished authors.

Authorlink
Buys and sells rights to unpublished manuscripts.

Small Publishers Association of North America

American Self-Publisher Association
Devoted to teaching authors how to self-publish and market their books.

IndependentPublisher.com

Arts & Letters Daily
Updated sets of links each day.

3 a.m. Magazine
A contemporary art and literature site that features photo essays, poems, essays, stories and more.

Indentity Theory
A contemporary art and literature site that features photo essays, poems, essays, stories and more.

Corpse
A contemporary art and literature site that features photo essays, poems, essays, stories and more.

Rosetta Project
Archive of lost languages, pronunciation guides and writing samples.

Chapter-a-Day
The site will e-mail you a chapter or two of a book each day. Very cool.

Publink.net
A database of authors, author bios, interviews, etc.

Written Road
A blog for travel writers. This specific page offers resources for writers.

Writer's Digest: 101 Best Websites for Writers

BookTV.org
A very handy search tool allows you to locate video interviews with non-fiction book editors.

Usable Web: Guide to Resources about Web Usability

Homesite Journal
A treasure trove of tips and tricks.

Sun Microsystem's Style Guide

Tim Berners-Lee's CERN Style Guide

Web Review

In the First Person
Site claims to be a "free, high quality, professionally published, in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world."

National Biological Information Infrastructure [NBII]
Federal, state, and local government agencies, and their partners from universities provide data to biological information. This site helps you track it down.

Resources for Technical Writers

Project Gutenberg
More than 35,000 eBooks representing more than 50 languages.

Writer's Resource Center

Benedict Copyright Site

The Book Report Network
Book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of new releases, literary games and contests

AuthorYellowPages.com

AuthorsOnTheWeb.com

Good Culture: The Longform Journalism Renaissance
Short list of links to good narrative writing sites.

Copyright Management Center

Copyright Clearance Center

Top 10 Crimes of Online Writing

CyberLaw Encylopedia: Copyright Law

LongForm.org: Best of 2011
The best in long-form writing.

Crash Course in Copyright Law

Intellectual Property Primer

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