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Also, read this warning from Writer Beware, about contracts from magazines. It contains an excellent definition of "derivative works."
The Random House Word Menu offers a reverse-dictionary, thesaurus, almanac and a collection of glossaries. It's at: www.answers.com/library/Word%20Menu
VISUAL THESAURUS: http://www.freethesaurus.org/visual-thesaurus
HELP WITH SPELLING & GRAMMAR:
THE TEN MOST MISSPELLED WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE:
All Experts (volunteers answer grammar, usage and spelling questions): http://tinyurl.com/2vp4pk5
Style guides and more from the Australian College of Journalism: http://tinyurl.com/ko3pf5m
A useful style guide for students: http://www.wgu.edu/info/college-students-guide-citation-styles
Guide to grammar and punctuation:
An excellent selection of slang dictionaries,
including links to sites on street slang, Internet slang, hip hop,
sports slang, international English slang and much more.
With more than 1,000,000 human-edited definitions, Acronym Finder is
the worlds largest and most
comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Combined with the Acronym Attic, Acronym Finder contains more than 5 million acronyms and abbreviations. New! You can also search for more than 850,000 US and Canadian postal codes.
Free rhyming tool: http://www.rhymer.com
Alphabetize any list. The Alphabetizer is free, and offer many options, including capitalization, removing HTML, and removing duplicates. It's free at: http://alphabetizer.flap.tv/
Convert Word docs to clean HTML: http://word2cleanhtml.com/
AskNumbers.com will calculate all kinds of conversions, not just the obvious ones, such as weights and measures, but things like viscosity and and fuel economy.
A comprehensive resources site: http://100kresources.com/
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS:
Creative Writing Courses for Beginners: https://bit.ly/2rwguUw
ALSO SEE: RESOURCES re PUBLISHING
ALSO SEE: RESOURCES re CREATIVITY
RESOURCES for ENTREPRENEURS
CANADIAN LIBRARIES DATABASE
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Capture all the details and every quote by taking
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Speedwriting, adapted by Barbara Florio Graham over many years as a professional
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USEFUL SITES for Research, Copyright Info, etc.
(See separate pages for Copyright Resources, Marketing Resources)
Librarian's Internet Index: http://tinyurl.com/nuwfub Searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 14,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their value to users of public libraries. Entries organized into 14 main topics and nearly 300 related topics.
U.S. Facts, including census numbers, geography, statistics, etc. at: http://factfinder2.census.gov/
USAfacts.org is a new site providing federal, state and local information from 70 government agencies.
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people,
government, economy, geography,
communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Library of Congress: Chronicling America, allows you to search Americas historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Another useful U.S. site is www.LibrarySpot.com
Online portals such as the Library of Congress,
the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and the Bureau of
the Census are virtual treasure troves. The Data.gov
website has also become a go-to, user-friendly database of
federal information. Think tanks like the
Brookings Institution (liberal) and the
Reason Foundation (conservative/libertarian) along with nonpartisan
research portals like Pew Research Internet Project represent excellent sources for both data and analysis.
if you need information about famous people, including lists and
statistics. Also, OmniBiography.com is the largest directory of biographies available on the Web containing information on more than 110,000 important people from antiquity to the present time. It can be searched by name, by country, by state and alphabetically and it includes biographies from the most important sites on the web in all languages.
http://www.WhereTheMapEnds.com a great site for science fiction and fantasy from a Christian perspective
http://www.ContractsWatch.com from The American Society Of Journalists and Authors
http://www.writers-free-reference.com/ resources for writers and researchers
http://www.independentlibraries.org a consortium of Quebec libraries offering resources in English
http://www.acqweb.org/pubr.html publishers in all genres
http://www.newpages.com/litmags directory of magazines
http://www.firstwriter.com/ a subscription-based service where you can search for agents, publishers, magazines, and contests worldwide
One of the world's largest free law libraries is at: www.legalmatch.com/law-library
Media Law Resources, a carefully selected list: http://journalismdegree.org/media-law-ethics/
Information about composers, lyrics, etc: http://www.songfacts.com/
RECOMMENDED WEBSITES for magazine guidelines, information about writing
http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/ the inside info on problems with editors & publishers
www.writing-world.com a huge site with comprehensive information on all aspects of writing and publishing, created by Moira Allen, author of several books.
Booksquare at http://booksquare.com/. An informative site relating more to the traditional book publishing industry rather than self-publishing. Carol Denbow calls it a whats hot, whats not reference.
Write and Publish Your Book at http://www.writeandpublishyourbook.com/. Lots of articles by published authors who promote their own books at the end of each article, but give useful info regardless.
http://www.poynter.org reliable information and tools for professional journalists, including helpful newsletters, articles about writing, useful links.
Worldwide News Media Guide: more than 33,000 media outlets in 213 countries:
http://www.freelancewriting.com/guidelines/pages/Regional/ lists more than 150 magazines, along with writer's guidelines and specifics about editorial needs.
FreelanceWriting.com offers a searchable and sortable database of writing and poetry contests.
FreelanceWriting.com also has a separate database which lists no-fee writing and poetry contests.
http://www.writerswrite.net/pubbrws.cfm?category=regional&payingstatus=yes database for guidelines
www.WritingRaw.com - a great site for beginning writers, where they can post their work, get tips and help on getting started
Market listings: http://writingcareer.com/
Order PDF reports on writing-related subjects, including correct manuscript format, how to form and run a critique circle, how to identify weak writing and repair it, self-publishing versus traditional publishing, and much more. Go to: http://zebraeditor.com/free_reports.shtml
Ruth Barringham is a writer and author from Brisbane Australia. She runs a web site for writers at http://writeaholics.net, and is the co-author of the popular e-book for writers, The Wealthy Writer: How to Earn $100k+/Year Writing For the Internet.
Anne Wallingford's website, Freelancer's FAQ, contains an excellent Work for Hire contract to use when you hire an illustrator, designer, photographer, etc.
http://quick-brown-fox-canada.blogspot.com/ Brian Henry's site contains many resources, including contests
http://www.agentquery.com/ information about agents, editors, as well as a paid newsletter
http://www.litmatch.net/AgentBlogs.asp agent blogs
http://www.J-Source.ca The Canadian Journalism Project, a project of the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in collaboration with leading journalism schools and organizations across Canada to promote excellence in journalism.
http://www.npr.org National Public Radio offers podcasts of author interviews, book reviews, etc.
http://www.ccna.ca/ Canadian Community Newspaper Association, 743 members, mostly weeklies
http://www.freelancesuccess.com (excellent website and discussion list)
http://www.WriterL.com (another excellent discussion list for professional writers)
http://www.matilijapress.com/publishingblog (Patricia Fry's blog contains excellent advice)
http://freepages.writing.rootsweb.com/~petersplace/new.htm (Peter's Place Of Freelance Journalism)
http://therenegadewriter.com (The Renegade Writers, which includes excellent info about queries)
General sites for writers: www.Scriptorium.ca
http://newark.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/links.html (resources for writers and writing instructors)
http://www.sharasmock.com/ (Shara's book on writing openings is a useful resource for freelancers)
http://writeaholics.net Australian Ruth Barrington offers advice and a free newsletter
WRITING FOR CHILDREN:
www.write4kids.com offers a free eZine, message board, articles, tips
POETRY & FICTION: www.1000-poetry-and-writing-contests.com
offers a monthly ezine; interviews with poets, publishers and editors as
well as contest listings
A Guide to Verse Forms: Advice on all types of
verse forms and help for beginning poets.
NewPages: a directory of close to 200 print and
online literary magazines:
Poets & Writers: www.pw.org
Academy of American Poets: http://www.poets.org/
The Poetry Foundation: www.poetryfoundation.org
Poets House: www.poetshouse.org
FILM & TV:
Turn your book into a movie. Award-winning screenwriter Derek Klaus can provide this service at a very reasonable cost. Check out his website at: http://yourbookintoamovie.com
InkTip Newsletter lists requests for specific kinds of scripts
Scriptapalooza periodically offers a discount on their script analysis services.
The Slamdance Feature Screenplay Competition is
held every years, with a June deadline.
Information at: http://slamdance.com/writing/feature.html
SONGWRITING & LYRICS:
Ultimate Songwriting.com: Hundreds of pages of
advice on how to write a song, song-writing tips, ideas and
techniques. The site also has a step-by-step tutorial on song-writing
and a free newsletter.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OF INTEREST:
Free legal forms: http://findlegalforms.com/free-forms/
What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants (see full description on Non-Fiction page).
How to protect your sources and yourself:
Bubbl.us, a web-based, free mind-mapping application for brainstorming. You can save, edit, print, and share with others.
Content Idea Generator: a simple Web tool to generate content ideas. Enter your keyword and it spits out strange but useful combinations.
Song Facts: song trivia - invaluable for puzzles and quizzes, as well as useful in both fiction and nonfiction
Career-Changing Takeaways is a compilation of
quotes, rules, aphorisms, tips, quips, sage advice and secrets, by
marketing guru Denny Hatch. Divided into 99 different categories,
from Advertising through Writing, you'll find tidbits on creativity,
headlines, marketing, overwork, politics, and website design, to
mention just a few that will be helpful to authors, speakers, and teachers.
http://www.forcopywritersonly.com/ information for those writing advertising copy
FilmScriptWriting.com: Useful articles and tips on script writing, including issues of content, format, and more. http://www.FilmScriptWriting.com
RoughDraft: a word processor, with special settings for Prose, Radio Plays, and Screenplays. In Screenplay Mode, formatting is achieved by pre-set tabs: Scene Heading (Slug Line), Character, Dialogue, Transition, or Parenthetical. Just keep hitting the [TAB] key until you get the setting you want, then type in your text. A Status Bar at the bottom of the program window echoes the current tab setting. Each document you create comes with an associated set of smaller files, including a scratch pad for casual notes, a library of special symbols, and a list of AutoWords. This last can be used to store boilerplate text, such as names of main characters, principal locations -- even DAY and NIGHT. Capitalization of character names is done automatically. The Dialogue tab set is selected by default, if you press [ENTER] at the end of a character name. http://www.salsbury.f2s.com/rd_download.htm
The Writer's Guide to Holidays, Observances and Awareness Dates"
offers 1800 events worldwide --
available in print and Kindle editions from http://www.writing-world.com/year/holidays.shtml
A WRITER'S YEAR is the ONLY 365-day planner designed specifically
for writers! Plan your
schedule, track billable hours, organize tasks, and track your progress and achievements. Each week
brings you an inspirational writing quote. Best of all, it's FREE. Download an electronic version in
PDF or Excel, or access the print edition: http://www.writing-world.com/year/index.shtml
The Ultimate Writing Guide offers help geared primarily to students writing essays.
GRAMMAR FOR WRITERS AND EDITORS, an online
course by Irene Davis.
E-mail irenehd (at) rogers.com for details.
Workshops sponsored by Writer's Digest: www.WritersOnlineWorkshops.com
Online courses and coaching, along with a free newsletter: http://www.justforwriters.vpweb.ca/default.html
Capital Community College in Hartford, CT offers a useful site for those interested in things relating to grammar. This site, Guide to Grammar and Writing, allows you to ask specific grammatical questions or to research abbreviations, acronyms, possessives, punctuation, tense and spelling.
Australian College of Journalism offers Open Courses online.
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required. No course credit, degree, or certificate is available.
The Alphasmart http://www.alphasmart.com/Retail/ is a simple, light-weight and reliable word-processor, ideal for taking outdoors, to a venue where you need to take notes, or when you're traveling. No Internet, no e-mail, no CD or other add-ons. Long battery life, good memory capacity in several different files, easy to download to any computer program (including e-mail, your word-processor, a database, or spreadsheet).
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