Selected Resources for Writers
- Inscriptions - A weekly e-zine for professional writers available online or via email. Issues feature how-to articles, interviews with writers/editors/publishers, job opportunities, paying markets, contests and more.
- Preditors & Editors - Once connected to SFWA, this site sole purpose is to provide writers artists, composers, and game designerswith information and contacts for the purpose of seeking publication of their work.
- Publishers Weekly - One of the most comprehensive sources of information on publishing. The online version offers many of the articles from the weekly print magazine. (You must register with the site, but it's free.)
- Speculations - "For Writers Who Want To Be Read." The e-mailed magazine for writers of sf/f has how-to articles, market info; the Web site features: The Rumormill (a forum) and helpful articles like Manuscript Formatting for Beginners and Sweeping Back the Slushpile: A First Reader's Primer
- Writing World -Moira Allen has done a great job in picking up where Deborah Ohi left off with Inkspot (the long-time key writers resource wiped out by corporate idiocy.) This is probably the best place to start for basic articles and advice on ANY aspect of writing, publishing, etc. Newsletter availablw.
- WritersWrite - A resource for info on writing, publishing, books, with advice on practically everything you can imagine advice and some you might not. Job listings, markets, links and online magazine, The Internet Writing Journal, which contains author interviews, articles and book reviews in all genres.
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Business of Writing
- Getting Published
- Submission & Rejection
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- Dictionaries, Thesauri, Translation
- AllWords - Includes translation into five languages and audio word pronunciation.
- Cambridge International Dictionaries Online -Four different dictionaries including the Cambridge International Dictionary of English, the Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs, and the Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms.
- FreeTranslationYou can get the "gist" of foreign language text and Web pages here. Very fast.Merriam-Webster Dictionary - Look up words or phrases, or search the thesaurus, vocabulary builder, or other tools. A good, quick "everyday" online dictionary of American English, "collegiate" level.
- One-Look Dictionaries -
Hundreds of links to a wide range of dictionaries and glossaries, including: business, computer/Internet, medical, miscellaneous (includes poetry, Shakespeare, military references, literary references), religion, science, sports, technological, acronym, general (including English, Britspeak), slang, pronunciation. Offers "lookup" search function.
- (The) Oxford English Dictionary - The world's leading authority on the history and development of the English language; unsurpassed guide to the meaning and pronunciation of over half a million words. Available online for an annual subscription of £350+ VAT/ US$550, but membership in the Quality Paperback Book Club gives you free and unlimited access to this ultimate resource. Try taking the free tour (http://www.OED.com/public/tour/) and you'll see.
Research-It! - A collection of look-up tools, including dictionaries, thesauri, language translators, biographical information, quotation directories, and more.
- Bartleby.com - Home of Bartlett's Quotations, Elements of Style, The King's English, The Columbia Encyclopedia, the American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, the American Heritage Book of English Usage, and Simpson's Contemporary Quotations.
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Grammar, Style & Usage
- ABCheckers - An English language consultancy set up by a group of New Zealand teachers; offers free grammar tips and exercises, including proofreading tests, grammar quizzes, tips on English idiom and slang, and "jokes and bloopers."
- Common Errors in English - A list of commonly confused/misspelled words, usage errors.
- Garbl's Writing Center -
Loads of grammar help and resources.
- Grammar and Style Notes - An English professor's "miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage."
- The Grammar Lady -
An online columnist who answers grammar questions, hosts a grammar hotline, and sponsors a forum on grammatical issues and questions
- Punctuation Made Simple -This really IS simple. But the nice thing is the way you can get a real feel of how to use the marks rather than just a list of rules.
- WebGrammar - Grammar Basics: definitions, examples, etc.; homonyms, homophones, homographs, and heteronyms; and Common Grammatical Mistakes: spelling, punctuation, and usage.
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- Clichesite.com - Need one? Want to get rid of them?
- Convert-Me - Interactive calculators for many measurement systems both commonly used like metric and U.S. Avoirdupois and exotic like Ancient Greek and Roman
- Everything E-mail - Probably more than you want to know
- International Maps
- Purporta;.com - Links to the top hoax and urban legend databases so you can quash Web rumors in a flash.
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Criticism Groups and Instruction for Horror
- Clarion- Probably the best known annual SF/F writers workshop; held at Michigan State University.
- Clarion West- Annual Seattle-based sf/f/ workshop based on Clarion.
- Critter's Forum - An online workshop/critique group for serious SF/F/H writers.
- Dark Fiction/Horror Writers Workshop-Completely online workshop for horror writers.
- Odyssey - Directed by Jeanne Cavelos, this newer workshop for or writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror is held annually on the campus of New Hampshire College.
- Writers On the Net - Tutors/literary mentors, classes, writers' groups; class on writing horror and dark fiction and tutoring.
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