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Volume 43, Issue 4
Web Resources for Writing and Publishing
by John Hedtke, Principal, JVH Communications, and STC Associate Fellow
Here is a list of web resources worth looking at:
Studio B Literary Agency. Contacts with authors, publishers, and information
about the publishing business. Also the home of the Computer Book Author's
listserv, a daily mailing list (get the digest version!) that anyone interested
in computer book publishing should subscribe to.
Writer's Hotspot of the Week. A service of the Graham Literary Agency, this
lists hot web sites for writers (they are, too; you'll spend a lot of time
browsing from this point).
Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D, a lawyer representing authors and publishers
as well as web site designers and site owners. He has a large number of articles
on his award-winning site that can be of great interest to these groups.
THOR+, The Virtual Reference Desk. Good online reference materials for writers.
Adler and Robin Literary Agency. They handle many different types of nonfiction.
Good information, links, and writing resources.
John Kremer (author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Book). Lots of great ideas
and contacts for publishers. Also the home of the Book Marketing listserv,
which will give you information on successful marketing (and a chance to compare
notes with other authors doing the same thing). John also has very extensive
lists of publishers, both computer and general.
A list of Internet resources from BookZone's web site. There are more
links here than you'll ever be able to research for all kinds of book and magazine
publishing. Check out the links at www.bookzone.com/secret/addresses.html#pub ,
Home page for the Bulwer-Lytton contest. Good for helping you not take
writing too seriously.
Charles Ackerman's Brain on the Web. Be sure to look at the Computer Publishing
Judith Appelbaum & Sensible Solutions, Inc. Good information for all
kinds of publishing.
Roger C. Parker's Meaningful Content.
The International Association of Business Communicators.
The National Writers Union.
Inkspot, a writer's resource web site. They also host Inklings, an e-mail
World Wide Will's list of movie script deals, updated regularly. This
will be of casual interest to most peoplescreenwriting is a very specific
form of writingbut it's interesting to see what's being purchased by
whom and for how much. (Don't get too upset over the money; they have to put
up with Hollywood and you don't!)
Publisher's Weekly, the best-known industry trade magazine.
Rainwater Press and Nan McCarthy's web site. Publishing resources, great
Roger C. Parker's Meaningful Content. I've admired Roger's writing for
a long time. Go look at his site.
The Society for Technical Communication.
The Tale Wins Literary Agency. Home of the Golden Quill award for promoting
literary excellence on the web. (Check out some of the sites that they've given
this award to.)
"The Guru's Lair," Don Lancaster's rich and funny web site.
Don wrote The Incredible Secret Money Machine years ago, one of the best books
for showing you how you, too, could freelance and make money.
"For Writers Only," Jack Beslanwitch's site for writers. An
extraordinary number of links for fiction (particularly fantasy and SF) writers.
Great place for fiction or general nonfiction writers to explore. The references
links are classed by type of writing.
Bruce Epstein maintains an informal "Who's Who" of computer
book publishing. (You can sign up whenever you like, so it's not a closed group.)
Here's an opportunity to find out more about your favorite computer book authors
and find out how to contact them directly.
Go back to "Hey, Kids! Become an Author at Home
in Your Spare Time and Earn Big Bucks!"—Part 2