Writing and Publishing Resources

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.

RTDNA: News Writing Resources

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

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

Google Books
Search for words and phrases in more than 5 million 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.

Virtual Reference Desk
Quick research on almanac questions.

SameDiff
Compares two or more text files and tells you how similar or different they are. Good for catching plagiarists.

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

Journalism.co.uk: Five Proofreading Tools Every Journalist Should Know About

Viooly
Analysis tool that shows you what in your writing may be keeping someone else from understanding the impact of your work. Offers a free trial.

Writers and Editors

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.

WordCounter.net
An English teacher created this word counter to help users meet word requirements, evaluate length of sentences and define typing and reading speed.

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

Ragan: 14 Apps That Will Jumpstart Your Writing

WReally Transcribe Tool
Upload audio and it will transcribe the text.

WordCounter.net
An English teacher created this word counter to help users meet word requirements, evaluate length of sentences and define typing and reading speed.

Writing for the Web

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

Wikipedia Literature

New Pages

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

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

WritersHome.com: Freelance Writing Resources

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

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.

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

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

Itools.com
Language and library aids, research materials

The Elements of Style

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.

Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac

Citation Styles to Electronic and Internet Sources

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 soft
ware, 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

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

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

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy


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
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.

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.


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.

Authorlink
Buys and sells rights to unpublished manuscripts.

Small Publishers Association of North America

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.

Authorlink
Buys and sells rights to unpublished manuscripts.

Small Publishers Association of North America

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.

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

Sun Microsystem’s Style Guide

Tim Berners-Lee’s CERN Style Guide

Web Review

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

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

AuthorsOnTheWeb.com

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

Copyright Clearance Center

Top 10 Crimes of Online Writing

CyberLaw Encylopedia: Copyright Law

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

Intellectual Property Primer

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