Some Sites I Like
On Writing Fiction or Nonfiction:
http://www.wherethemapends.com/writerstools/writerstools.htm Where the Map Ends: Jeff Gerke on speculative Christian fiction
http://sff.net/paradise/plottricks.htm Fun and useful site for plot ideas
http://www.bloomington.in.us/~dory/creative/class9.html An quick overview of story structure, characters, dialogue
http://www.writingforward.com/ Useful writing tips and ideas
http://www.behindthename.com/random/ Name generators
http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/2009/05/26/ask-the-editor-do-publishers-have-rules-about-pov/ Editor Alan Rinzler’s comments on Point of View
http://hollylisle.com/fm/Articles/wc2-4.html Holly Lisle’s suggestions for revising a novel
http://www.ritaherron.com/writing_tips.html Rita Herron gives tips to beginning writers, but it’s helpful at any stage of writing
http://www.creative-writing-now.com/ Creative writing ideas, tips, and contests
http://www.writing-world.com/ Writing tips and helpful articles
http://www.musik-therapie.at/PederHill/Structure&Plot.htm Learning the Elements of a Novel, by Peder Hill, covers plot and structure within a novel, but has related links to other topics.
http://novelmatters.blogspot.com/ Published Christian authors discuss how they write their novels; their techniques will apply to any type of novel.
http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/ Kristen Lamb has lots of useful tips on writing
http://www.sldirectory.com/cal.html Directory of Events, Important Dates, and Misc. Info
http://h30187.www3.hp.com/all_courses.jsp?mcID=em15sabody&dimid=1161132012&dicid=null&jumpid=em_edm/us/aug09/smb/across-bg/newsletter/mrm/mcc/loc/sabody/model_desc A list of the free courses HP offers, including Word 2007, Excel, photo help, email, building a website, and much more
http://mymarketer.net/819/blog-marketing/the-mother-of-all-lists/comment-page-1/#comment-10434 This has a list of over 600 sites categorized by topic. Really interesting, and this guy was nice enough to include my blog in his list.
http://www.bartleby.com/ This lists sites with resources, from dictionaries to full-length books, on many topics.
http://changingminds.org/techniques/body/body_language.htm Body language explained. Excellent source.
http://www.irs.gov/ Home page for Internal Revenue Service–helpful for filing your U.S. income taxes
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=109807,00.html Business deductions to consider when filing income taxes.
http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager Excellent site for researching name meanings, popularity in different time periods and countries.
http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_A.html Dr. Wheeler (Carson-Newman College assistant professor) has an amazing list of literary terms defined on his site.
http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp Quiz to determine which of 16 basic personality types you are
Preparing Your Manuscript:
http://hollylisle.com/fm/Articles/manuscript_formatting.html Holly Lisle on formatting novels and short works
http://www.pwcwriters.org/penpoints4.htm This lists the average length expected for manuscripts, including short stories, novels, articles, queries, cookbooks, and just about any other type of writing.
http://www.sfwriter.com/mschklst.htm Rober J. Sawyer provides a quick summary of proper format, and includes a link to a full pdf example of a manuscript for a short story.
http://www.charlottedillon.com/ManuscriptPreparation.html Charlotte Dillon has a useful article on format, plus links to other good sites.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/mw/table/proofrea.htm This is a table of proofreader marks for editing manuscripts.
http://www.gkbledsoe.com/articles/submissions/query.html This site by Glenn and Karen Bledsoe, children’s writers, has great info on queries, synopses, and proposals, as well as links to more info.
http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html This site has a free download of yWriter5, a software program to help writer’s organize their novel as they write it. It has a helpful tutorial and only takes a few minutes to get started. Of course, then you need to actually write a novel to make it useful…
Advice About Agents:
http://editorialass.blogspot.com/2008/09/why-you-should-never-submit-unagented.html Explains why writers should ALWAYS use an agent instead of submitting work directly to publishers.
http://www.foliolit.com/res-steps.php Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Published, by Jeff Kleinman, agent at Folio Literary Management
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/ Writer Beware Blog
http://anotherealm.com/prededitors/pubagent.htm A guide to agents and agencies that represent writers. Helps you make an informed decision on who to query.
http://www.sff.net/people/victoriastrauss/trackrecord.html Victoria Strauss advice on researching agents.
http://www.writers-free-reference.com/agents/index.html Lists of agents and their contact info.
http://www.aaronline.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=9693&orgId=aar Association of Authors’ Representatives site, with info on what to expect from agents, and their contact info.
Writing for the Web:
http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging A beginner’s guide to blogging. Explains technical stuff like pingbacks, feeds, archives, etc.
http://www.coachezines.com/ Patsi Krakoff, writing coach, gives tips for developing content that attracts viewers.
http://www.problogger.net/ Darren Rowse, ProBlogger website, full of useful tips for bloggers
http://konstruktors.com/blog/ Kaspars blog, useful for web design info
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/purple-prose-and-link-building/16426/ Search Engine Journal, has tips for writing content that generates links
Agent/Editor Blogs On Writing:
http://www.rachellegardner.com/ Rachelle Gardner, agent at Books & Such
http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/ Nathan Bransford, former agent
http://chipmacgregor.typepad.com/ Chip McGregor, agent
http://queryshark.blogspot.com/ Query Shark (Janet Reid)
http://www.jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/ Janet Reid, agent
http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/ Alan Rinzler
http://rejecter.blogspot.com/ The Rejector
http://arcaedia.livejournal.com/ Jennifer Jackson
http://behlerblog.wordpress.com/ Lynn Price, editor of Behler Publications
http://nephele.livejournal.com/ Nephele Tempest, Knight Agency
http://theeditorsblog.net/ Beth Hill, fiction editor