Featured Sites

Here are some of the best online resources for writers:
  • Absolute Write: Provides essential resources, leads, market information and warnings for all writers. Most info is freeincluding the latest on e-publishingand is updated weekly via the free e-newsletter.
  • Add to Any: This tool is rightly touted as world's best sharing button.
  • Alliance of Artists Communities: This site offers more than 1,000 international artists' communities and residencies.
  • Betsy Lerner: Betsy wrote the must-read The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers, on which her blog-style website is based. There she answers key questions on writing and publishing.
  • Bibliomania: This comprehensive research site has free online literature from more than 2,000 classic texts. Also available are study guides and teacher helps.
  • C. Hope Clark's Funds for Writers: This is the go-to site for grant information. It also lists paying contests, and the e-newsletters are free or via paid subscription.
  • Combined Book Exhibit (CBE): This promotion company helps publishers market their books via fairs worldwide. Services come at a cost, but CBE has been around for 75 years. If you're researching tradeshows to promote your book, the site is worth checking out.
  • Constant Contact: This e-mail marketing site helps clients stay connected with customers and offers an easy, inexpensive starting package.
  • CT Commission on the Arts: The commission offers grants and helps build arts communities statewide. It also provides training and professional development.
  • Duotrope: This award-winning resource lists over 3,225 fiction and poetry publications, and offers services for writers and editors, including an online submissions tracker.
  • Fictionaut: This vibrant literary community is for writers of short fiction and poetry. Part magazine and part community, the site seeks new voices and allows writers to connect with their audience and each other.
  • Foundation Center: Established in 1956, the center is the leading source of information on grants worldwide. It has five regional and 450 information centers.
  • Goodreads: This site vets book recommendations, tracks reads and helps form book clubs.
  • Grub Street: This Boston-based writing center for writers and readers offers great classes in a fun, accessible city.
  • How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book: Author and instructor Mary Carroll Moore provides one of the most comprehensive blogs for authors.
  • PRLog.com: PR Log is a free, online press release submission and distribution service. It includes Google News and is fast, easy and effective for getting the word out.
  • Res Artis: This site lists 300 getaways worldwide in unique geographic areas and cultures, with affordable and exotic options you wouldn't find elsewhere.
  • Shaw Guides: Shaw Guides has been around since 1995, with more than 6,000 learning vacations worldwide. You can list your writing workshop free.
  • Smashwords: This e-book publishing-distribution platform offers multiformat e-books for immediate sampling and purchase readable on any e-reading device.
  • Spannet: This organization supports self-published authors and independent publishers with social networking, promotion, course outlines, audio presentations, webinars, an article library and more.
  • Wattpad: This site has a highly popular global e-book community that connects millions of readers with thousands of new works monthly. It enables readers to access what they want to read and provides an open ideas platform for readers and writers.
  • Wired for Story: This guide to "amazingly simple, universal principals of story" is by editor, literary agent and instructor Lisa Cron.
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