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The Website of the Central Nebraska Writers Network

Fall 1999  

Contact:      CNWN_Writers@yahoo.com
Lynne Aurand Mickley, Editor
111 N. Cleveland St.
Grand Island, NE 68803-5350
United States

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WRITERS WEBSITES

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after browsing the following websites!

          Below are just a few of the hundreds of places available on the internet for writers. If you have a favorite spot, please send the name, URL (internet address), and a brief description of the site to CNWN. Send three site reviews and receive $5!

NEW THIS ISSUE:
Christian Writers Fellowship International Online
Phantastes, The Online Journal of Fantasy Criticism
Writer Beware
LifeWrite.com
Writelinks
Bonfire
Writers Write
Painted Rock
Empire:ZINE
The Write News
Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.
National Writers Union
The Writer’s Nook eZine

POSTED 2/99:
Scribendi
The Rose & Thorn Literary EZine
The Writer's Quill
The Write Markets Report/National Writer's Monthly
Black on White
The Grammar Queen

POSTED 11/98:
Robin’s Nest
Writing For Dollars (WFD)
Inkspot/Inklings
The Romance Club
Writer On Line
The Word Museum
Pure Fiction
Inscriptions
St. Rose Press


Rating Guide
*Awful--A waste of web space
**Poor-Visit only if you’ve got time to kill
***Average--Visit periodically 
****Above average--Revisit often
*****First rate--Start clicking now!

POSTED 2/99:

Reviews by Lynne Aurand:

Scribendi
http://www.scribendi.com
****
Scribendi is an site run by Chandra Clarke and Nola Clarke-Bak, who provide editing, critiquing, proofreading, and other writing-related services. The site contains numerous writing links, offers a free classified ad/message board, and publishes Chandra's column, Humble Opinion. Scribendi is quick-loading and easy to navigate. I recommend it for Chandra's humor column and for the writing links.

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The Rose & Thorn Literary EZine
http://members.aol.com/Raven763/index.html
****
The Rose & Thorn Literary EZine is a non-paying market that publishes fiction and poetry on its site. The site itself doesn't offer much content for writers--its Markets section doesn't contain actual markets but sends you to other web sites that have market listings--but does offer lots of writing-related links. The web pages themselves are well constructed and are visually pleasing. I recommend it as a place to start browsing. 

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The Writer's Quill
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/1109
**
The Writer's Quill is another literary web site designed more for readers than writers. It is a nonpaying web market for short fiction and poetry. Writers can find a short list of contests and other writing-related links. Many of the backgrounds make the site's text difficult to read--especially the pages containing fiction and poetry. Save your eyes for a different site.

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The Write Markets Report
http://www.writersmarkets.com
*****
National Writer's Monthly
ForWriters@reporters.net
*****
The Write Markets Report site offers writers markets, articles, and writing links. The Write Markets Report is the sponsor of the 24 hour short story contest and is a paying market. The site is easy to navigate, and although some of their links are teasers to get you to subscribe to their magazine, The Write Markets Report, the website offers plenty for free, including the free subscription e-zine National Writer's Monthly. To subscribe to NWM, send e-mail with "subscribe wm youremailaddress" in the subject header to: ForWriters@reporters.net or visit the back issues.

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Reviews by Sue Jeffres:

Black on White
****
http://www.bfree.on.ca/bow
Black on White is a "web site designed to help writers overcome hurdles (including fear) that are preventing them from producing pages on a regular basis." No fees are charged for any of the services--such services include subscription to a mailing list that allows you to send and receive e-mail from a large group of writer's and share tips and advice, and a link providing a (fill in the blank) contract that you make with yourself to help you to finish a writing project. The contract is date sensitive and you make progress reports to the group. If they don't hear from you, they send you a little reminder that they are waiting. Might be the inspiration some of us need!

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The Grammar Queen
****
http://www.grammarqueen.com/quest.html
For anyone wanting a quick answer to a nagging grammar question, the Grammar Queen (GQ) is the place to look. One section covers frequent grammar difficulties such as "who vs. whom", "pronouns", "punctuation" and more. Another area suggested books you may want to add to your library to help with grammatical problems, and even takes you to an online bookstore so you can order from the comfort of your computer, if you like. One link promises some "fun and games" using your grammar skills, but is currently under construction.

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POSTED 11/98:

Reviews by Sue Jeffres:

Robin’s Nest
http://www2.netdoor.com/~smslady/mainwriters.html
        Robin’s Nest provides resources for writers. It features online courses and free online workshops on a variety of topics including contests for writers, children’s writing links, copyright, crime, grammar, journalist and newspaper sites, publishers and agents, romance writer’s links and more. A good place to get some information.

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Writing For Dollars (WFD)
http://www.awoc.com/AWOC-Home.cfm
A free "e-zine" (e-mail magazine)
To subscribe send e-mail to: wfd-request@MailingList.net and put "subscribe" in subject line.
        WFD is a newsletter for those interested in making the most of the Internet in their writing and focuses on the business side of writing. The August 1st issue featured articles on how to "e-query" editors and how to present clips via the computer by setting up your own webpage. No use paying all of that postage! Their website gives readers access to a database of more than 400 markets, plus archived issues.

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Inkspot/Inklings
http://www.inkspot.com
http://www.inkspot.com/inklings
        Inklings is Inkspot’s newsletter for Writers on the Net. This is another free e-zine available for the asking. Inklings features many interesting articles, including a section called Ask The Experts which allows readers to question lawyers, agents and writers of every genre. No individual answers are provided, but instead one or two questions are featured in the newsletter each issue. Inklings also provides many new current market listings, classified ads, upcoming contests and conferences and a book giveaway. One of the articles in a back issue (#4.16) covers tax issues for writers.
        E-mail to the following addresses for more info:
info@inkspot.com - Info about Inkspot and Inklings
adminfaq@inkspot.com  - How to subscribe, unsubscribe, etc.
guidelines@inkspot.com  - Writers' guidelines, payment info

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Reviews by Lynne Aurand:

The Romance Club
http://www.theromanceclub.com/writers
        The Romance Club offers articles, markets, a chatroom, and online workshops (which are current.) The web site says it sponsors a contest for unpublished romance novels, but it appears this feature hasn’t been updated for a year. The message boards aren’t working.

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Writer On Line
http://www.novalearn.com/wol
        Writer On Line is the Newsletter of the Writer’s Software Companion, and is available as a free e-zine. To subscribe, follow the directions on the website.
        The website offers articles, contests, markets, and conference listings. This is a great website! In addition, they are interested in receiving articles. See the market listing in this website.

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The Word Museum
http://www.wordmuseum.com
        The Word Museum offers contests (their own), but no markets. However, they interview authors and post the interview and short bio for a month. And for a $10 set-up fee and $30 per year thereafter, authors can have a link to their homepage placed on The Word Museum’s site. They sell writing-related books, offer online classes, and sell items such as collector beanie babies. The site itself isn’t well-constructed; one must side-scroll the right frame in order to read all the text. This is greatly annoying.

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Pure Fiction
http://www.purefiction.com
        Pure Fiction has articles (excerpted from books, which you can buy online), contact information for fiction publishers, and links to other writing sites.
        The site also says that novelists can submit their work to the “Electronic Slush Pile.” The manuscript will be posted on the site and judged by Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (A British publishing company.) Bloomsbury awards £50 (or the local equivalent) worth of books to the best three entries each month. However, this part hasn’t been updated since June 1998. In addition, the site was extremely slow to load.

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Inscriptions
http://come.to/Inscriptions
        Inscriptions offers articles, markets, publication market changes, contests (including their own--see page 8 in this newsletter), a message board, writing-related humor, book reviews, and job opportunities for writers. You can subscribe to the Inscriptions e-zine by following directions on the web site.
        This is a pretty site, and is quick to load.

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St. Rose Press
http://members.aol.com/silkwisper/Page1.html
        St. Rose Press publishes fiction online (but is a non-paying market), links to publishers, agents, writers, and writer’s organizations.
        The site doesn’t have a lot of content, but the writing-related links would be worth exploring further.

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