Online resources you may find useful, reviewed by member B. Lynn Goodwin
Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
I arrived late to the September CWC meeting and joined a table where people talked about paying markets as we ate lunch. I wondered how people found so many elusive markets and when I got home I visited Google.
I typed in “little known writing markets” and found “Markets for Writers–Nonfiction Writing.” When I clicked on that I found Bella Online . There are 111 markets listed on that page.
I clicked on “Alphabetical List of Paying Markets,” which took me to Paying Markets List and found 676 markets listed. It was certainly worth the few clicks it took to get there.
I clicked randomly and found publisher, website, and a description on all links. Most also included the editor, an e-mail address, the URL, rights, needs, length, and payment information, plus a place to click for guidelines.
Scroll through. Click on anything that looks interesting. Record the sites that look promising. Though I found a few defunct sites as I used the list to complete my “Contests and Markets” page for the Fall Issue of Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com , most are current.
If that site doesn’t meet your needs though, click back. There are 110 more sites to explore on Bella Online. Find links to literary publications, fantasy and science fiction markets, Christian markets, dark markets, children’s markets, travel markets, foreign publications, something called Fiction Factor, and much more in this eclectic list. Men are welcome despite the claim that Bella Online is “the voice of women.
Why not get paid for doing what you love? There are nearly 676 leads at Paying Markets List, and 110 other sites listed at Bella Online. Start your research now.
The Internet Review of Books
Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
Are you a bibliophile? Do you crave intelligent book reviews?
Visit The Internet Review of Books, http://internetreviewofbooks.com , which reviews books in the fields of science, social science, history, art, music, and current affairs. Reviewers write with “attitude and passion.” No wonder Editor Carter Jefferson bills the site as “An Intelligent Guide for Intelligent People.”
The August issue offers “another eclectic mix of stimulating reviews.” This month the e-zine shares reviews of Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science, The Monster of Florence, Simpexity, Distracted, The Power Makers, How to Do Biography, Walking to Extremes, Ain’t My America, and more.
The reviews are consistently well written, balanced, and strengthened by the voice of the reviewer. Writers dig for meaning and interpret it within the context of their own lives.
I would love to see the questions on the home page linked to the reviews that answer them, as they were when I first visited the site in May 2008.
Are you a reviewer? IRB accepts unsolicited manuscripts, and if they take yours, you will be in very good company. Details are in “Reviewing Guidelines.” Get to it by clicking on “About IRB.” They also offer special advertising rates for those who are self-published. If you crave intelligent book reviews, visit soon.
Book Sense : Recommendations from Independent Booksellers
Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
Read any good books lately? Regardless of your answer, you might want to check out the recommendations of independent booksellers by visiting Book Sense, http://www.booksense.com. Click on Book Sense Picks to read the current recommendations. Thirty-six were listed for the week of May 13. All can be ordered from the website or purchased elsewhere.
Looking for more titles? Click on Bestseller List. Then choose from Trade Paperback Fiction, Trade Paperback Nonfiction, Hardcover Fiction, Hardcover Nonfiction, Mass Market, Children’s Interest, Children’s Illustrated, and Children’s Fiction Series. The top three books in each category are pictured. Click on the picture and you’ll go to a page that announces, “BookSense.com is all about shopping locally.”
Though the site makes it easy to buy online, I clicked on Store Locator and learned that my search for zip code 94526 yielded 110 results. Many offer links to their web pages, where customers can continue to click and explore.
The site gives you “…access to information about myriad staff recommendations — and you will also be presented with content that reflects the collective wisdom of booksellers from all 50 states and Puerto Rico.”
If you passionately support independent bookstores, as most authors do, check out Book Sense, http://www.booksense.com.
MEDIABISTRO Offers Help for Nonfiction Writers
Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
Mediabistro, www.mediabistro.com, caters to nonfiction professionals. It is. “dedicated to anyone who creates or works with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a content/creative industry,” according to the website.
Register at no charge to read blogs, media news, class descriptions, and current job openings. See what other freelancers offer or list your freelancing specialties for a fee. Explore the Content tab, which includes many free articles. Explore the Forums tab, where you can post your own questions and respond to others. As a newly registered member, I posted information about the Writer Advice Flash Prose Contest (www.writeradvice.com) on the Bulletin Boards in Forums with no problems at all.
The “How to Pitch” segments come highly recommended. Mediabistro includes a piece called “Pitching an Agent.” I am told these articles are well worth the $49 annual fee.
Although the quantity of content seems overwhelming at first, Mediabistro has a great deal to offer journalists, editors,
photographers, memoirists, screenwriters, and freelancers. Takes some time to explore here.
THE WRITER’S ALMANAC with Garrison Keillor
Poetry rocks. It can also intimidate. Exposure helps.
Poets, potential poets, and the rest of us can have a new poem delivered by e-mail seven days a week. Simply subscribe to The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Visit the webpage and click on Newsletters. Then enter your information and scroll down to click on The Writer’s Almanac.
In addition to a poem, each e-mail includes Literary and Historical Notes for the day. To hear Garrison Keillor read the notes and poem, click back to the Home Page and subscribe to Podcast of click on Real Audio when you get your e-mail.
Keillor’s voice enhances meaning and his pacing brings out subtle nuances.
Want to know more about the poet’s craft? Click on Bookshelf and select a poet. You’ll read highlights of an interview focusing on inspiration and technique.
The Writer’s Almanac houses an amazing library of contemporary poets and their predecessors in Archives. Records go back to 1995.
Let The Writer’s Almanac broaden your imagination and enhance your appreciation of poetry. It’s a great way to start every day.
WRITER’S TOOLBOX : A Gateway to Information
Even the most experienced author has questions. Skilled writers provide answers in the Writer’s Toolbox. It’s offered by the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and is a site worth adding to your bookmarks.
The Writer’s Toolbox page presents five links to “thought-provoking exercises, activities, and advice that will help you generate ideas, break through problems, and improve your stories.”
“Ask the Writer” is a 59-question Q & A, with top-notch, detailed answers. “Faculty Articles” cover fiction, memoir, romance, and screen writing as well as general information.
Read tips from Kurt Vonnegut, George Orwell, Strunk & White, Elmore Leonard, Jack Kerouac and more in “Tips from Masters.” “Fiction Gallery Teaching Guide” offers story openings and intelligent questions from the book by that name.
Be sure to check out the two downloadable “Character Questionnaires,” one by Gotham Writers Workshop and one by Marcel Proust. They are fabulous.
If you like the links in the Writer’s Toolbox, check out “Resources” or consider taking an online class. Everything you need is on the site.
So, you’ve drafted, revised, and polished your manuscript. You’ve shared it and gotten two thumbs up from your critique group. In your heart of hearts, you know you’re ready to find an agent. Where do you look?
Agent query is a practical, easy-to-navigate, free resource that wants “every writer posing as an accountant, office manager, bus driver, police officer, housewife, flight attendant, or juvenile delinquent to know that their story has a chance to be something more than a shameful, indulgent escape…”
In addition to articles that teach a novice to present him/herself professionally, Agent Query offers hot links to major publishers, small presses, literary magazines, webzines and e-journals. Other resources include websites for writers, conferences/seminars, residencies/colonies, and literary organizations, plus information about grants and foundations.
Best of all users can select a specific non-fiction or fiction genre and a list of agents who handle that genre appears. If the agent is looking for new clients, click on “Full Profile” for submissions guidelines.
The research is already done and the site earned an endorsement from Writers Digests’ “101 Best Web Sites for Writers,” so let go of your excuses and procrastination. Use Agent Query to find the best possible representative for your work.
ByLine Magazine Welcomes New Writers
Tired of rejections? Looking for the right place for your work? ByLine Magazine “has published–and paid for–the first work of hundreds of poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction. (They) encourage and advise novice writers…and veterans alike.”
The web site, an introduction to the print magazine, offers information about four Writers Contests per month, Guidelines, Subscription rates, Samples, and more.
Should you subscribe to the print magazine, you will find that “the magazine presents articles on the craft or business of writing, including regular columns on writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature. (They) also publish short stories and poetry, and a special feature for student writers.”
Whether you stop after a virtual tour of the writing world or subscribe to this highly respected publication, your time at ByLine should fire up your ambition.
The Compulsive Reader
The Compulsive Reader offers “reviews of books by some of the hottest writers working today, exclusive author interviews, literary news, and criticism.”
Run by Magdalena Ball, a writer for over twenty years, this award-winning site gives opportunities to both authors and reviewers. Click on “Submissions” to learn how you can participate.
The unpaid reviewers look at plot, character, theme, style, and voice. They share detailed, specific reviews, ranging from 500 to 1500 words.
If you write literary, commercial, or speculative fiction, cookbooks, poetry, non-fiction, or young adult books, you can offer your work for review. E-mail a brief summary to get started. Reviews of films and music plus author interviews round out the site.
The Compulsive Reader has lots of traffic and is open to all kinds of books–not just the well-known titles and authors. Get the word out about your book or have your reviews read by others at The Compulsive Readers.
Do you have short, crisp, scintillating pieces of prose or poetry looking for a home? Consider submitting the best to www.flashquake.org, an attractive, artistic “online journal of flash literature.”
The e-zine, which received over 300 submissions for the winter issue, publishes nine stories, nine poems, and nine nonfiction pieces quarterly. You will find a fascinating array of subjects and viewpoints included.
The Gallery, displays the work of feature artists, while Recommended and Links suggest books, sites, and resources of interest.
Publisher Debi Orton told me that when the editors select pieces they look for “work that connects with readers, that communicates on a deep level. Anyone can tell a story, but not everyone can convey something beyond the story to the reader.” She encourages you to check out the Submissions Guidelines.
When submitting, Michael L. Wilson, guest editor, reminds writers to “Follow the instructions you are given. Exactly.”. His advice worked for me. My memoir, “Needed” was published in the Nonfiction section.
Polish Your Skills at the Fiction Writers Connection
Fiction Writers Connection, www.fictionwriters.com, has been helping writers share and market their stories for over ten years. The website says “FWC offers support, stimulation, and all the information a writer needs to get started on the road to publication.”
Read free Tip Sheets covering prewriting, drafting a novel, revision, formatting, queries, synopses, submissions, agents, and writer’s conferences.
For a $75 annual membership fee, a writer will receive a “free newsletter, free critiquing, free consultation, mentoring and more.” E-mail courses about query letters, synopses, newspaper and magazine articles, screenwriting, and the elements of a novel are also available.
Director Blythe Camenson has more than four dozen books in print published by VGM Career Horizons, an imprint of NTC/Contemporary Books. Her book that she co-authored, Your Novel Proposal: From Creation to Contract, was published by Writer’s Digest Books in 1999. Two of her novels have had movie options.
Fiction Writers Connection helps many writers move to the next level. Maybe it can help you.
Goldmine for Freelancers
Freelancing can be an isolating business, but writers will find leads, support, and a professional atmosphere at www.freelancesuccess.com. The site bills itself as “the ultimate resource for established, professional, non-fiction writers.” What I saw there looks first rate.
The home page lists ten reasons to subscribe including in depth market guides and tips, business advice, a subscriber database, classes, and more. The sample market guides and tips offered clear, detailed information.
Not sure if you want to subscribe? Get a free sample issue of Freelance Success plus a user name and password that will allow you to participate in the forum for a few days.
“After writing exclusively for one small national magazine for ten years, I was able to break into two new newsstand publications after belonging to Freelance Success for a couple months,” said Julie Dowling, a new CWC member who recommended this site to us.
Success can be yours in this goldmine for freelancers. “Freelance Success subscribers are an amazingly versatile bunch, authoring books on a range of topics from sex to building fences,” according to the website.
Listed in Writers Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers since 2001, Funds for Writers focuses on helping writers who want to make a better living. Buttons on the left side of the web page offer information about contests, grants, markets, the Funds for Writers newsletters, e-books, and more. “If you’d like to mesh your financial needs with personal reward, this is the website for you,” according to editor C. Hope Clark.
Do you like writing short non-fiction? Click on Markets. Magazines you may never have thought of could be seeking submissions.
Do you need money or quiet place to work? Click on Grants. Sources of money and residencies are listed there.
If you are looking for books about grants, no-fee contests, or seasonal markets, check out the e-books.
Funds for Writers offers two e-mail newsletters. The shorter one is free and the longer one costs only $12 per year. Clark is also looking for submissions about how to write and how to make money as a writer.
The site is clean, well organized, and easy to navigate, and offers “high hope for the freelancer.” If you are looking for new writing opportunities that pay or want to share your own marketing successes, visit C. Hope Clark’s website, Funds for Writers, www.fundsforwriters.com.
Glimmer Train Press, Inc. is a boon to literary fiction. It publishes ‘Writers Ask,’ a newsletter for serious writers, and ‘Glimmer Train Stories,’ one of the most respected short-story journals in publication. Read samples of their quality stories and poems by clicking on “Index.” If what you see appeals, consider buying a single copy, subscribing, or even submitting your own work. Log in to learn more. It’s free.
Glimmer Train accepts submissions in five categories: Standard Submissions, (no reading fee), Fiction Open, Poetry Open, Very Short Fiction Award, and Short-Story Award for New Writers. Click on “Writing Guidelines” for details about each one. Online submissions streamline the process and even a technophobe can do it with ease.
Reading fees pay contest winners. An owner explains, “We imagined, at the beginning, that it might be possible to break even eventually. So far, 13 years later, that’s not happening. Competition reading fees help some, but mostly go to larger payments to competition winners. Subscriptions help a LOT.”
Worth it? You be the judge. Look at “Index” and “Writers Ask,” and consider submitting or subscribing to this classy collection. You’ll be in excellent company. Put out good karma, and get quarterly “feasts of fiction” in your mailbox.
Hazel Street—A Spirited Site
Hazel Street Productions, www.hazelst.com, is a spirited website. It’s creator, Carol Wood, wants to “give people a venue to share their work” and told me the purpose of the website is to “have fun.”
There was lots of glitz in the dancing characters, which decorated the holiday home page. The editor’s column had a breezy style and is easy to navigate.
Over thirty-five writers have their work archived in Columnists. I found strong, entertaining articles about everything from the elections to fairy tales to Murphy’s Law. Bruce Cameron’s “From the Dog about the Cat” was hilarious.
Flash Fiction offered a contest, which just closed, and Experts spotlighted screenwriters, freelancers, poets, children’s authors and more. My interview with Carol Goodman should be posted there by the time you read this. Editor Carol Wood is open to publishing submissions. Be sure to click on Guidelines before you contact her.
There’s a link for Poetic Verse, and Art Gallery, Movie Reviews and Book Reviews. Maybe the site can help you with Biz Cards or Websites. Visit this lively and fun-filled site at www.hazelst.com.
Litquake Rocks the Local Literary World
“Litquake is a San Francisco literary festival with heart, guts and a taste for the wilder side of the literary world,” according to their website, www.litquake.org. Litquake has been honoring and encouraging Bay Area authors since 1999.
Hear 350 authors in numerous San Francisco venues, between October 6 and 14. Click on “Festival” and scroll down to find times, places, themes, and readers. A complete list of presenters is found inside “Authors.”
Litquake’s mission is “to galvanize the Bay Area’s already thriving literary scene by bringing emerging, mid-career and established local authors together with fans of the written word for nine days of readings, panel discussions, themed events, and general literary mayhem.”
Want to participate? You can support, volunteer, submit (for 2007) or sponsor. Click on “Participate” to learn more.
Looking for local resources? You’ll find an extensive list of local literary organizations, venues, publishers, journals and magazines, conferences, and independent bookstores if you scroll down the “Lit Mix” page.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area visit Litquake.org this October. It’s the perfect place to hear your favorite Bay Area authors.
Narrative Magazine embraces writers. At a reading last November, “one guest marveled, ‘This wasn’t a New York event, it was a Narrative event… No cynics.”
Editors Carol Edgarian and Tom Jenks said, ‘…that was precisely our goal– to create an embracing sense of community for writers and for the readers of a magazine that reaches worldwide.”
The current issue (June, 2006) includes excerpts from novels by three previously published novelists, non-fiction, and numerous intelligent, insightful shorter pieces. More first-rate writers will be featured in upcoming issues.
Explore inside “About Us” by clicking on the names of each person in the masthead. You’ll find some incredible resources including a list of magazines open to literary submissions. Click on Literary Links.
Submissions guidelines ask for work “of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.” A $4000 Narrative Prize is awarded annually.
“Reader’s Narrative” provides an “ongoing conversation.” Share “something meaningful, informative, moving, vivid, essential about the world as you know it.” Check out book recommendations and excerpts in “First & Second Looks.”
This thought-provoking e-zine is a great place to refresh your mind and recharge your literary batteries. Check it out at www.narrativemagazine.com.
Independent Bookstores Celebrate Writers
A Review of the Northern California Independent Bookseller’s Association
As a writer, I hope you are a strong advocate of independent bookstores. They take marketing risks and provide a venue for some wonderful books that do not fit neatly under the genre signs in major discount stores. Independent stores offer unexpected choices and help readers broaden their horizons.
Many of these stores have banded together regionally. Take a look at the website for the Northern California Independent Bookseller’s Association. Click on the Bestseller List to find 80 titles, including 15 hardcover fiction and 15 hardcover nonfiction, 15 soft cover fiction and 15 soft cover nonfiction, 10 mass market books, and 10 children’s books. What a detailed, thorough look at the tastes and preferences of people in Northern California.
Curious about other regions? Want to make comparisons? Scroll down to the bottom of the Bookseller List. You’ll find links to booksellers’ associations in New England, the Upper Midwest, the Great Lakes, the New Atlantic States, the Pacific Northwest and the Southeast.
Back on the Homepage, “For Readers” links to information about California Literature, Awards and Prizes, and Literary Trivia. Additional links connect to the web pages of local stores, to author events, and more. It’s an attractive site, which is easy to navigate.
Frustrated by mainstream viewpoints? Looking for something that’s hard to find? Independent bookstores support local causes, participate in community activities, and are “leaders in the fight against censorship and other threats to freedom of expression.” Support choice for both readers and writers. Get acquainted with your local independent booksellers.
The Organized Writer
If your office is disorganized and you don’t know what to do, you’ll find resources galore at The Organized Writer, organizedwriter.com. It is a website focusing on tools for the business of writing. I found this site while googling “holiday gifts for writers,” found a list of gifts that appealed at organizedwriter.com/wishlist.htm, and clicked on “Home.”
Read the free chapter of The Organized Writer, which is slanted towards non-fiction writers. Not convinced? Try her free weekly newsletter, “Writer Reminders!” You’ll get the free e-book, The Sidetracked Writer’s Planner, when you subscribe.
Author and site creator Julie Hood has filled her site with resources for organizing your time. She offers a free planner and an intriguing list of rules that start with “Work with Yourself, Not Against Yourself” plus several print and audio books.
Don’t leave the site until you’ve checked out Resources, organizedwriter.com/resources.htm. Abundant lists of freelance markets, writer’s sites, reference, research, and marketing sites, plus links to office supplies make the click worthwhile.
Still can’t find the right gift for the writer in your life? Google “holiday gifts for writers” and explore.
Poet’s Lane Offers a Wealth of Material
“Let’s change the world one poem at a time,” says Pleasanton’s Poet Laureate Cynthia L. Bryant. To help poets do that, she shares resources, venues, and networking opportunities on Poet’s Lane, www.poetslane.com.
Did you know there’s a poetry reading almost every day in the area? Click on ongoing, annual, and one-time poetry events for details. Many venues have open mikes. Interested in who’s who among local poets? Click on Poet’s in the Know to learn about local published poets.
Looking for a place to be published? Submit your own poetry, if it meets the categories listed month by month inside “2006 Poems of the New Year.” Bryant asks that you please include your name and a photo and send it to PoetsLane@comcast.net. Some wonderful work has already been posted in 2006. For ongoing information and networking, join the Literary List. It’s an e-mail venue for poets and writers that shares an amazing amount of valuable information. Whether you are new to poetry or are ready to share your latest chapbook, the resources and venues at Poet’s Lane, www.poetslane.com can help.
April is National Poetry Month, a perfect time to explore Poetry Magazine’s website, www.poetrymagazine.org. Home page links will take you into the magazine and beyond. Click on In this Issue for a generous selection of links to poetry and authors currently in the magazine. Editors hope to whet your appetite there.
Inside Featured Poet I found John Koethe’s “The Perfect Life,” and wanted to read more. Fortunately, four featured poets are listed each month. Ambition and Greatness: An Exchange, March’s featured article, explored achievement and risk.
Scroll through the left-hand column for news, contests, fellowships, subscription information, and highlights of the Poetry Foundation’s many excellent programs. Care to share your reaction to a poem, the web site, or the periodical? Click on Letters to the Editor.
If poetry is your interest, subscribe. Before you do, though, access the magazine’s free website, www.poetrymagazine.org.
April is National Poetry Month. If you think poets are right-brained or scattered, you’ll be impressed by the clarity at www.poetrysociety.org, the website for the Poetry Society of America. A beautifully designed page identifies well-organized resources.
The Poetry Society of America has “readings, seminars, and competitions intended to challenge and inspire….The original members…envisioned a society that would not only be a local meeting place for poets, but a center from which a national poetry renaissance would emerge.” Receive their newsletter free or become a member for as low as $45.
PSA sponsors twelve annual awards contests. Click on Chapbook Contests. It produces Poetry in Motion and partners with the Favorite Poem Project. Click on the links to learn more.
PSA Resources includes six huge lists: Poetry Colonies, Conferences & Festivals; Poetry Journals and Literary Magazines; Poetry Publishers & Small Presses; MFA Programs in Poetry; Literary Organizations & Miscellaneous Resources; and Independent Bookstores.
In Poetry Publishers & Small Presses, I found City Lights Publisher, a spinoff from San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore, co-founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. They publish “cutting-edge fiction, poetry, memoirs, literary translations and books on vital social and political issues.” While they do not accept unsolicited manuscripts they are looking for book proposals.
Still curious? Learn more about National Poetry Month, at www.poets.org/npm. Another fabulous collection of resources exists inside Literary Links. The site focuses on promotion.
Whether you are a poet looking for connections, a writer seeking knowledge, or a reader wanting to share, both sites offer material for exploration.
Poets & Writers is an excellent source of inspiration and advice. Although I am not a poet, I followed the recommendation of a writing teacher and discovered a literary site that tells “what creative writers need to know.” It lives up to Poet & Writers’ print standards and offers great resources.
Click on “Poets & Writers Magazine” for teases promoting features. Or visit the “Online Only” links including the “Teacher’s Guide” and “Ask the Editor.” Share your opinions there. At the top of the page, click on news, industry shorts, direct quotes, or other links. Visit the message boards, read publishing advice, and look at online seminars and classifieds. Try your hand at contests and grants.
A link to “California Programs” is of special interest to us. Find out about giving and readings, or leading writing workshops. Use their excellent advice on promotion in either “California Programs” or the “Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers.” It’s a way to connect with quality writers from around the county without attending conferences.
How is this different from other sites? It’s a place for serious fiction writers to connect with one another, network, and learn ways to hone both their writing and publishing skills. It’s not for everyone. Sports writers, PR copywriters, and web page editors may find little to enhance their careers.
If the Poets & Writers site entices you to subscribe, your money will be well spent.
A new year brings new adventures. If you have the time to travel and the urge to write, do it now. Plan a trip; record your experiences, reflections, and personal growth; and when you get back, turn your adventures into travel writing. If your journeys are limited to visiting relatives, you’ll find plenty of stories there as well.
Whatever your circumstances visit Travelers’ Tales for examples of travel writing that sells. The site focuses on “stories, wit, and wisdom from travelers around the world.” Look at Editors’ Choice, which shows submissions that work. Click on Catalog to see themes used in the past.
The editors search continuously for humorous, insightful, reflective essays to share. Click on Submit a Story to see guidelines for the books in progress. Then use Flying Carpet, Travel Watch, and Ask the Experts to help you organize yourself and make travel arrangements.
In 1993 editors James O’Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Tim O’Reilly teamed up to “paint a portrait of a country through the experiences of many travelers… These books give readers a depth of understanding that can only come from people who have been there.” Their essays will encourage you to expand your world.
Even if you already recognize the millions of reasons to travel, you’ll find more in the stories already posted. Pack your suitcase and look for new stories in new settings. Share what you find at Travelers’ Tales.
WriterAdvice Managing Editor, www.writeradvice.com
For an ongoing list of publications seeking submissions, visit the Creative Writers Opportunities List, abbreviated as CWROPPS. Google “CWROPPS” and click on the Topica Email List Directory. You will be at http://lists.topica.com/lists/crwropps.
Once you are inside, click on “Read the List,” to peruse or “Join the List,” to have daily updates e-mailed to you. Inside “Read the List” is a series of links; each link contains submissions information for a specific journal or e-zine. The list is updated several times a day, providing writers with a wealth of information.
Top-notch literary journals offering thousand dollar prizes ask for submissions here. So do e-zines offering much more modest compensation. Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, flash fiction, chapbooks, and novels are all requested. Someone is looking for work you have not yet published.
Want the opportunities e-mailed to you daily? Click on “Join this List.” This outstanding list is highly recommended.
Every year Writer’s Digest compiles its list of the 101 Best WebSites for Writers. Reader’s choices influence the list, so the sites are popular and diverse. Editors have sent me pleas to vote for their site. Scientific? No. Fascinating? Absolutely.
On the right hand side, find the box titled Writer’s Tools & Resources and click on 101 Best Web Sites and click.
At first glance the page you go to looks like promotion, but in the Choose a Category box, on the right side of the page again, click on The A-Z list. Voila! 101 sites to peruse and explore.
Sites are listed alphabetically, not by category, so take some time to explore. One-sentence descriptions, following each URL, will pique your curiosity. You’ll find journalism to poetry, erotica to science fiction, inspiration to self-publishing, and publishing law to employment opportunities. The site is clearly organized and easy to follow.
You’ll find a few surprises, sites with a cult of followers who flooded Writer’s Digest with nominations. Do the same with your own site next year if you like. This page is definitely worth an hour or two and more if it inspires you. Why read the list in print when the hotlinks online will take you directly to 101 sites?
Whether you want to read the work of others, find new readers for your own work, or simply see what is popular this year, review the resources and expand your own knowledge with a click of the mouse
The Writer’s Tool Kit caught my eye because of its attractive home page. A story, a novel, a career, and a life can all be built brick by brick and the home page illustrates that beautifully. Tools fit the categories of optimism and pragmatism and include Success, WordFood, WordGems, Rejection, The Writing Coach, The Writing Life, May We Recommend, and Journal.
In The Writing Coach the June, 2004 issue has an article about filing. Previous entries include On Subtlety, Taking the Leap of Faith, and Prune Those Pronouns. The article is fun and upbeat.
The Writing Life article in June, “And I’ll Write,” is the story of persistence. When I reviewed the site in November, 2002, I found “Want to Write? Then Read Widely.” Catchy title and good advice! Previous entries are listed on the right.
The November, 2002 Journal was “Reality Television You Can Live With,” and this month’s article is “Bill Moyers, American: A Breath of Fresh Air.” The titles under Previous Entries look fabulous and the site now has an audio journal.
The Success column welcomes your success story.
Take an intelligent, compassionate, honest look at writing. Whether your mood is up or down, get centered at The Writer’s Tool Kit. Want more? There’s a book called The Writer’s Tool Kit, which you can order, but this site does much more than promote that book. Inspire yourself The Writers Tool Kit.
Writing for Dollars – A Vast Resource
At first glance, the home page of Writing for Dollars, www.writingfordollars.com looks like a commercial site. Closer examination reveals much more content.
By clicking on the Guidelines database, I found thousands of markets looking for writers with all kinds of interests and tastes. Search for high, medium, or low paying markets, for publications paying on acceptance or on publication, for markets seeking non-fiction, fiction, columns, cartoons, photos, or fillers. Or search for “all” in any of these categories. The search page also allows users to look for a specific market by name or to seek out a specific subject.
If you get lost in web searches, subscribe to the e-mail newsletter. When you sign up for the free subscription, you can also download 83 Ways to Make Money Writing at no charge. If you dream of earning a living while practicing your craft, Writing for Dollars is a sound one-stop resource.
Thanks to Liz Koehler-Pentacoff, who sent a Byline article suggesting sites for writers.
Web del Sol — A Home for New Voices
Looking for literary fiction? Visit Web del Sol, www.webdelsol.com. The site offers new perspective, new voices, and hundreds of links to the latest literary journals.
According to the site, “Web del Sol is a collaboration on the part of scores of dedicated, volunteer editors, writers, poets, artists, and staff whose job it is to acquire and frame the finest contemporary literary art and culture available in America and abroad, and to array it in such a manner that it speaks for itself.” Their programs reach out from high schools through professionals.
Each entry under “New Web Issues and Such,” “What Else Is New,” and “Recent Issues,” takes you to a strong, current literary journal. I started at The Potomac, the headliner in August.
Explore. Read columns, learn about publications and chapbooks, look at film reviews and more. Inspired to attend a conference? Some great ones are listed. Check them out.
Like what you see? Consider submitting your own work to Web del Sol. “Submissions” will tell you all you need to know. Want to submit elsewhere? There’s a huge guide to e-pubs inside “Portals.”
Return often. The site, which reaches out to over 70,000 readers, is frequently updated.
Web del Sol shares an abundance of valuable resources. Whether you are looking for new voices to read, new places to publish, or new conferences to attend, take a look at www.webdelsol.com.
Please note: This list is provided as information only.
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