Tools and Tips
7 KEYS TO A THRILLER THAT ACTUALLY THRILLS Best-selling writer Steven James shares tips on writing a thriller. writersdigest.com/article
ARTS COUNCIL OF NEW ORLEANS FREE 2011 COPYRIGHT WEBINAR Runs about 25 minutes. Covers
ARTS COUNCIL OF NEW ORLEANS MONEY FOR CREATIVES 101 & 201 FREE WEBINARS Although directed at visual artists, the information is of practical value to writers. Each webinar runs about 20 minutes. Topics include
For 201 go to artscouncilofneworleans.
BASIC GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION
CHOOSE MENTORS; NOT MISTAKES... Mentors can help us avoid many of the book marketing mistakes we'd make without them. blog.marketing
COPYRIGHT LAW This site tells you all you need to know about copyright law along with the option of registering your work. copyright.gov.
THE CREATIVE WRITING MFA BLOG Articles about MFA programs. creative-writing-mfa-
CREATIVITY PORTAL Prompts, exercises, and advice on generating ideas. creativity-portal.com
GRANTS FOR WRITERS
FINAL DRAFT SITE. Has many resources for film and TV scriptwriters. finaldraft.com.
HEAR WHAT THE PUBLISHING INSIDERS HAVE TO SAY Penny Sansevieri, CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. - and her guests - offer tips and insights into the industry at Publishing Insiders on Blog Radio. Shows are archived and can also be downloaded on itunes. blogtalkradio.com/
HONING YOUR CRAFT VS. CONNECTING WITH YOUR AUDIENCE A reasonable perspective on choices writers must make these days by Dan Blank at We Grow Media. wegrowmedia.com/honing-
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A WINNING
TITLE? Lulu.com has a title checker to weigh the merits
of your proposed title. lulu.com/titlescorer/.
HOW DOES A BOOK TOUR WORK? By Todd Rutherford. To read this informative blog article go to publishingguru.blogspot.com/2009/09/how
HOW TO BRING YOUR NOVEL ALIVE THROUGH STORY AND SELF EDITING By Maxine E. Thompson. worldwidefreelance.com/
HOW TO LAND A LITERARY AGENT IN SEVEN DAYS (OR LESS) Site is hosted by Jeff Rivera. landanagentin7days.com/.
KICKSTARTER Looking for funding? Kickstarter is a website where various people have appealed to others to contribute to their projects. They are the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. kickstarter.com/.
A LOOK INSIDE THE MIND OF A BOOK REVIEWER bloggernews.net/118250
MEMORY WRITERS NETWORK: 140 ESSAYS TO
HELP YOU READ AND WRITE MEMOIRS by Jerry Waxler. memorywritersnetwork.com/blog/.
A NEWBIE'S GUIDE TO PUBLISHING J.A. Konrath gives opinions on the best practices for seeking traditional publication as well as for self-publishing digital editions. jakonrath.blogspot.com
“NM FILM WORKS” RADIO SHOW NOW ONLINE! Visit www.santafe.com to listen in. Hear “NM Film Works” on the air Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. on TALK 1260AM in Santa Fe; and Sundays at 12:00 noon on 1350AM KABQ in Albuquerque. Interesting and informative talk about everything film in New Mexico.
THE "NEW AUTHOR PLATFORM" -- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW From Alan Rinzler's "The Book Deal" blog. Great advice on platform building from an insider. alanrinzler.com/blog/2011/07/25/
ONE SIMPLE WAY TO SHARPEN YOUR PITCH Best seller Jon Land gives advice on pitching to agents along with clear examples. writersdigest.com/article/thrillerfest-
POETS & WRITERS WRITING PROMPTS AND EXERCISES http://www.pw.org
THE PURDUE ONLINE WRITING LAB (OWL) offers over 200 resources for writers. owl.english.purdue.edu/.
SCRIPT BLOG Answers to some commonly asked questions about scriptwriting. scriptmag.com/author
SEVEN WAYS TO INJECT SUSPENSE INTO YOUR NOVEL worldwidefreelance.com/
SONAR 3 MANUSCRIPT TRACKING PROGRAM This free program from Spacejock Software lets you know who has your manuscript, how long they've had it, and whether it was rejected or accepted for publication. spacejock.com/Sonar3.html.
STORY PLAN CHECKLIST writersdigest.com/
WHERE TO FIND WRITING GRANTS This Writer's Digest blog guides writers to sources of funding. writersdigest.com/whats-new/where-to-
WRITE AND PUBLISH FICTION: HOME FOR FICTION WRITERS This website provides a wealth of information on writing, publishing, and marketing fiction. write-and-publish-fiction.com/ask-a-
WRITER UNBOXED Craft and business advice for genre writers. writerunboxed.com
WRITERSWEEKLY WHISPERS AND WARNINGS FORUM You can post complaints and warnings about wrongful treatment in the industry. forums.writersweekly.com/
WRITING CONTEST ADVICE. Video from Poets & Writers Magazine featuring a panel of four contest judges. pw.org/content/writing_contest_advice.
www.writersweekly.com offers a collection of reprinted articles on writing, self-publishing resources and
new writer tips. writersweekly.com.
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