EXTRAS (for writers)

USEFUL LINKS FOR WRITERS


NaNoWriMo.org
November is National Novel Writing Month. Everyone who enrolls in this international on-line support group attempts to write 50,000 words of their novel during the month of November.

sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com
OWW is a critique community for sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and cross-genre short stories and novels. Members pay-it-forward by critiquing four works for every one of their own they post. It’s a great way to improve your craft, and numerous well-known authors got their starts on this very website.

SFWA.org
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. is the professional society for published authors in the sci-fi/fantasy genres. The website contains a lot of useful information and links.

SCBWI.org
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the professional society for writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature. There are many local chapters with regular meetings and writing conferences.

Contextsf.org
Context is the annual speculative fiction conference that takes place in Columbus, Ohio. Much of the conference focuses on the craft and business of writing. Several local authors got their start here and now payback as faculty for the writing workshops.

Ralan.com
Hosts the most up-to-date list of professional, semi-pro, and for-the-love writing markets for speculative fiction in long and short forms.

Writersmarket.com
Has the most up-to-date searchable listings of magazine and book markets as well as a nifty database function to help you manage your submissions. Cost is the same as buying the huge softcover version in the bookstore once a year.

aar-online.com
The Association of Authors’ Representatives is the professional organization of reputable literary agents who agree to abide by their code of ethics. The website includes a searchable database which links you to agent websites.

USEFUL EDITING TIPS FOR WRITERS

(free to view and download)

GRAMMAR RANT #1: Lay down your pen and get this right! (Correct use of LIE/LAY)
GRAMMAR RANT #2: Are you going to listen to I? (Correct use of subject/object personal pronouns)
GRAMMAR RANT #3: Drink, Drank, Drunk • Sink, Sank, Sunk (Correct use of irregular verb tenses)
GRAMMAR RANT #4: The thing is, is that you only need one IS!
EDITING CLEAN (A checklist/tip sheet for final manuscript editing for submission)


USEFUL BOOKS ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING