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Writers Fellowship International Online
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of Authors Representatives, Inc.
National Writers Union
Rose & Thorn Literary EZine
Write Markets Report/National Writer's Monthly
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Christian Writers Fellowship
Christian Writers Fellowship International publishes
Cross & Quill, a print newsletter for writers
featuring profiles of writers and editors, how-to
articles, inspiration, market news, and conference news.
You can request a sample copy from the website at http://members.aol.com/cwfi
/crossquill.html. Membership benefits include a
subscription to Cross & Quill, one-on-one help
through their critique and market consultation services,
help with book promotion, connections with other
Christian writers and groups, help with contracts, and
referrals. Membership (for those in the USA) is $40 per
year. A subscription only to Cross & Quill is $20.
Although the website doesnt offer much free
information, it does have a few articles posted.
The Online Journal of Fantasy Criticism
Phantastes offers articles related to fantasy writing,
book and media reviews, and forums for sending or
receiving feedback about the fantasy genre. The forums
dont have many posts as of yet, but this is only
the 5th issue, so give it some time. The website design
is pleasing, and fairly easy to read, but the pages load
a little too slowly. Phantastes is a paying publication
and is eager for articles. (See the market
listingin this issue.) This site is worth checking
out if youre interested in writing fantasy; keep an
eye on this site, I think itll grow.
Warnings and Cautions for Writers
This website exposes the dangers unsuspecting writers may
run into: unscrupulous agents, editors, and publishing
companies. The site offers information and tips for
writers to help them spot shady deals and avoid them,
while giving case histories of publishers already
convicted of fraud. The site also offers numerous columns
on writing, on topics such as writing mistakes,
manuscript format, developing characters, and finding an
agent, just to name a few. The site is well designed and
fast loading. This is a must visit for writers.
LifeWrite.com contains columns and information by the
author and screenwriter Steven Barnes. His columns,
exercises and tips mostly focus on self-growth, but he
does offer the complete text of a nine week writing
course hes taught at UCLA. The site is fast loading
and graphically pleasing, although the page is too wide
for the screen so you have to use the left-to-right
scrollbar, which is annoying. This would be a good place
to go if youre feeling uninspired and need some
exercises to get started.
Writelinks offers suggested books for writers, a free
e-mail peer critique group, critiquing and editing
services for a fee, contest information, a chat room, and
links to writing resources, references, book publishers
and magazine publishers. Writelinks e-zine for
writers, called Keystrokes, has author interviews and
articles about writing. See market
listing for Keystrokes in this issue.) Text is easy
to read and the pages are fairly quick to load. This is a
good resource website.
Bonfire is a resource for writers of poetry and prose.
The site offers articles--mostly geared towards
poets--and a short list of links to other sites. Although
Bonfire may have quality content, it is presented in an
eye-straining format. The main pages are written in tiny
yellow text against a black background. The articles are
only a slightly more readable black text on gray.
However, pages are fairly quick at loading. Bonfire may
improve its rating here by making the text more readable.
Writers Write contains writers guidelines to online
publications, writing and publishing news updated on
weekdays, message boards, job listings and more!
The Internet Writing Journal contains articles, author
interviews, and book reviews. There is a searchable
database and list of markets. Each listing provides links
to the magazines URL and guidelines page. This
alone is worth a visit! The site has an area to find and
buy writing-related books, a chat area, drawings for free
books, writing classes, links to writing groups,
conference information, contest listings, and links to
author webpages. There is a lot to this website; a writer
could spend hours exploring it! Writers Write is fast
loading, and easy on the eyes. I highly recommend it.
Writers and Readers Colony
Painted Rock offers writing and research classes via
e-mail, links to author webpages, message boards, book
reviews, articles on writing, author and editor
interviews, and other writing links. You can receive
their free e-mail newsletters, or read the issues on the
website. The site is fast loading and visually pleasing.
Their market guidelines page is under construction, but
there is still much to see here. This is a great place to
A Monthly Writing Publication
Empire:ZINE offers profiles of past and present writers
and songwriters, a forum where you can post your writing
questions and receive feedback, and website links. This
site has a lot of content, but its too hard to read
due to the tiny text against a black background.
Additionally, the site hasnt been updated since
September 1998, suggesting its been abandoned.
The Write News
The Write News Weekly
The Write News offers the latest news in the publishing
world, such as mergers and new magazine startups. These
updates can be e-mailed to you via their newsletter, The
Write News Weekly. This is a good website to learn
whats going on in the publishing world. However,
for the average freelance writer, this website
doesnt offer much. For instance, there is no
information on whether a new magazine startup is seeking
articles, or even any contact information for the new
magazine. The Write News is published by Writers Write.
Association of Authors
If youre looking for an agent, this is a place to
start. The information on the site includes a Canon of
Ethics for AAR members, a FAQ page, questions to ask an
agent once youve found one, and a list of AAR
members. There are also a few articles geared towards
agents that writers may also find useful. Combine this
site with Writer Beware find
a good agent and avoid a bad one.
National Writers Union
The National Writers Union (NWU) is the trade union
for freelance writers of all genres who work for American
publishers or employers. We are committed to improving
the economic and working conditions of freelance writers
through the collective strength of our 5500 members in 17
local chapters throughout the country. The website
alerts writers to bad apples in the publishing industry,
provides some market information, and links to
writing-related site. You can also download articles from
their magazine, American Writer. Membership dues are
based on the writers annual writing income. Dues
start at $95 per year. Membership benefits include
grievance assistance, contract advice, an agents
database, contact information for job postings, heath
insurance, and resource materials. Although the site
doesnt offer a lot for nonmembers, there is some
freebie information to be gleaned.
The Writers Nook eZine
The Writers Nook eZine is the place to find links
to practically everything writing-related. The links
point to articles, markets, chat rooms, writer resources,
conferences, writers groups, and more. The links are
organized well, but you sometimes have to go through many
layers of links to find the actual information (such as a
market listing) that youre looking for. The
Writers Nook doesnt contain much content of
its own; most of the links point to other websites. The
site is fairly quick in loading, but consists of frames,
which may not work well on some browsers. That said, this
is one of the best places to start surfing for writing