Writing Resources



Yes, I know this page needs to be reworked! I'll get to it someday....



These are Middle Atlantic (Delmarva) resources. I've placed them at the top of the page because I want easy access to them!

Cat & Mouse Press
Cat & Mouse Press publishes interesting and entertaining books, runs the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, and provides resources for writers.
Intrigue Publishing

Jame River Writers
James River Writers builds community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia.

Today, JRW has grown into multi-faceted non-profit organization that serves as central Virginia’s literary hub and a welcoming home for anyone who loves the written word. Aspiring and professional writers and passionate readers in all genres benefit from a variety of programs, services, and events, often presented in partnership with other cultural organizations. We are supported by government grants, foundations, corporate partners, and the generosity of our members.

Star Trek Association of Towson
While not a writer resource as such, they do host the Shore Leave convention each year, and writers can get a lot of help there. They also hold events with a science fiction theme that may be useful to sci-fi authors. 

Washington Science Fiction Association
The Washington Science Fiction Association is the oldest science fiction club in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Its members are interested in all types of science fiction and fantasy literature as well as related areas such as fantasy and science fiction films, television, costuming, gaming, filking, convention-running, etc. 



Self-publishing Resources

Amazon Resources

Since Amazon is such a major player, especially in self-published arena, I've given it its own special spot!

Amazon.com (US)
Amazon Imprints
Kindle Direct Publishing
Kindle Singles

Other Indie Publishers

Bowker
Lulu
Smashwords

Tools

TranslatorsBase Counts words and characters in piece of text. Useful for estimating Amazon page count.



Oxford Dictionary List of Archaic Words

From the website...
"These words are no longer in everyday use or have lost a particular meaning in current usage but are sometimes used to impart an old-fashioned flavour to historical novels, for example, or in standard conversation or writing just for a humorous effect. Some, such as hotchpotch, reveal the origin of their current meaning, while others reveal the origin of a different modern word, as with gentle, the sense of which is preserved in gentleman. Some, such as learn and let, now mean the opposite of their former use."




Character Names - Tips For Writers

This site has tips on naming characters and a tool to search for names by meaning, by popularity lists for a particular year, and even by State. Useful for naming characters in stories taking place during a certain era or area.



College of DuPage

Story structure



CreateSpace

From the Website:  "Our innovative free tools and top-notch professional services make publishing and distribution easier than ever. Plus it pays to self-publish with CreateSpace. Our royalty structure provides industry-leading economics, putting more in your pocket."



DarkMarkets

"DarkMarkets.com has been a free market resource for horror writers since 2001. You'll find new and established publishers in our database."

RECOMMENDED!



Digital Book Spot

This site has books for sale and an author can use it to promote their books.



Duotrope

Duotrope: an award-winning resource for writers

I had the Duotrope deadline feeds here, but since they've become a paid service, they've stopped working. I'll see if I can get them back (or something equivalent)!

From the Duotrope site:

As an alternative to the weekly newsletter, we also offer our paid subscribers access to many different RSS feeds. These feeds provide the information you want whenever you want it, with no need to wait until the next newsletter is sent. We offer both standard RSS feeds (such as new listings, upcoming themes, etc.) as well as RSS feeds customized for individuals (such as feeds based on places where the person has reported pending submissions or feeds based on their favorite markets).



The Economist Style Guide

A style guide that is particularly useful for online writing.



EmailCollege

Mini-courses on writing.



For The Muse Design
If you need a good cover done inexpensively, try here!


Horror Tree

From the website: "The Horror Tree is a resource for horror authors, mainly those that deal with short stories. My main goal is to include all of the latest horror anthologies and publishers that are taking submissions. A resource useful for both new and experienced publishers alike looking for an outlet for their written material!"

Check for the latest here...



RECOMMENDED!



iAuthor

iAuthor is an interactive book discovery platform, global in reach and vision. Through ultra-immersive book samples and crowdsourced themes, iAuthor connects READERS to BOOKS. We aim to give the publishing world something unique: a hub for serendipitous discovery.



NovelRank

This is a tool for tracking sales of books available on Amazon. It's a widget that displays the Amazon Sales Rank (as determined by NovelRank). They have other tools on their site, too, such as a sales tracker. Some of the data can be downloaded in .csv format for use in Excel.

Perhaps, someday, I'll have a book out there to be ranked, or at least a rank book out there. I'd settle for either at this point!

As an example, I'll use Beth Rhode's For Love or Duty







Note: For books that sell in smaller quantities, a few sales can make the ranking jump wildly. So for all of you beginning authors, don't be alarmed if those number jump around a bit.



Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction



PoemHunter

"PoemHunter.Com aims to spread the effects of poems in the social and individual life of people, where a continuous change is undergoing with the Internet. PoemHunter.Com without a pause, continues its activities with the active participation of thousands of members."

It has tools to search for poem, authors, submit poems, and to search for song lyrics.



RhymeZone

A language arts reference tool and comprehensive search engine for words. Includes the functions of a rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, and spelling checker, as well as an integrated full-text search engine for all of Shakespeare's works and thousands of quotations and poems.



Savvy Authors

"Savvy Authors strives to provide the best tools, classes, and networking opportunities for authors in all stages of their writing careers, from aspiring novelists to multi-published authors. "



SFF.net

Forums and resources for authors of genre fiction.



Spider Magazine (Note: for ages 6-9)

"SPIDER, a literary magazine for children, features fresh and engaging literature, poems, articles, and activities for newly independent readers. Editors seek energetic, beautifully crafted submissions with strong “kid appeal” (an elusive yet recognizable quality, often tied to high-interest elements such as humor, adventure, and suspense)."



StinkyInk



A guide to self-publishing. "You’ll find all the information you need to help write, publish and market your very own publication, whether you pursue the revolutionary eBook format, or go down the well trodden path of physical publishing."



The Ward Room

The Ward Room is an essential resource for authors and those who require accurate information to write realistically about the US military, firearms, and other weapons.



Writing Career



Writing Exercises

This site is dedicated to helping you get started with creative writing and to breaking through writing blocks. On these pages, you will find interactive creative writing tools (called generators) which generate random subjects and words to aid freewriting and story-writing. It's all free. More generators coming soon. Have fun :-)



Writing Challenges

Conventions:

Readercon
Readercon is an annual conference or convention devoted to "imaginative literature" — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called "slipstream."

A typical Readercon features over 150 writers, editors, publishers, and critics, attracting prominent figures from across the U.S., and from Canada, the U.K., and occasionally even Australia and Japan. They are joined by some 600 of their most passionate and articulate readers for a long weekend of intense conversation.

Readercon is the only convention ever to be honored by a World Fantasy Award nomination (Special Award, Non-Professional, 2010) for its organizers.

Shore Leave
Shore Leave is a fan-run science fiction convention.


Places where you can submit work:

50 Haikus

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Analog Science Fiction and Fact *

Asimov's Science Fiction *

Aurora Wolf
Aurora Wolf publishes stories where dreams and memories are created for the reader’s enjoyment. Our online free library and low priced print and e-formatted anthologies feature speculative fiction with strong characters and morals that uplift the soul, encourage positive thought and bring hope into our world.

In other words; the MC wins out over the forces of darkness. We want stories that will make your grandchildren proud. Entertaining works that ring with harmony, but surprise with unexpected twists to plot, rising action and a conflict that will keep a reader riveted to your story page. The story must end well.

Science Fiction: Space, Alternate Reality, Steam Punk, Nature, Post Apocalyptic(uplifting). Especially Seeking: Near Earth Space Exploration and Under Sea Exploration adventures.

Fantasy: Sword and Sorcery, Heroic, High Fantasy, Dragon and Fairy Tales.
Avon Impulse
Avon Impulse is the digital-first publishing imprint of Avon Books. Each month our goal is to build an exciting list of fresh, exciting voices, which means we're always looking for new talent! Avon means quality, which means you'll be working with some of the best in the business: editors who spot trends, and develop talent while overseeing your manuscript and working with you to manage our career; marketers with proven relationships with all on line retailers, whose knowledge of strategic pricing and on line advertising is top–notch; publicists with their expertise in social media and promotional campaigns, who can get the word out about your book.

Note: This is an imprint of Harper Collins
Boston Review   (Literary)

Carina Press  (an imprint of Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. )

Channillo You can thank Terri Deno for showing me this one...

Clarksworld *

Crystal Lake Publishing (has a new post up for submissions starting December 1, 2015)

Daily Science Fiction *

Dark Corners
Dark Corners is a pulp fiction magazine that publishes the sort of stuff that you like to read: fast, thrilling and dark. Here you will find hardboiled, noir, sci-fi, fantasy, and western fiction. We are a quarterly magazine with issues in February, May, September, December. We publish in print and for Kindle.
Dark Futures

Dark Minds Press

DAW Books (SF&F, 80K+ words)

Devolution Z
Also accepts artwork and poetry!
DMQ Review
We seek work that represents and invigorates the diversity of contemporary poetry and demonstrates literary excellence whether it be lyric, free verse, prose, or experimental form.
Note: DMQ Review also accepts graphic artwork.

Electric Spec
Electric Spec is a not-for-profit speculative fiction magazine published four times per year. Our primary goal is getting great speculative fiction into the hands (or screens) of readers. Since 2005, we've been publishing short stories from authors all over the world. We've worked with all kinds of authors, from published professionals to new writers. We also believe in the value of the editorial process, and we edit every story we publish. To learn more about the magazine and its editors, visit our blog.
Note: Electric Spec also accepts artwork.
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Eternal Haunted Summer
From the website: What is Eternal Haunted Summer? EHS is an ezine dedicated to 1) original poetry and 2) short fiction about the Gods and Goddesses and heroes of the world’s many Pagan traditions. We feature 3) reviews of books, graphic novels, academic journals, magazines, movies, plays, and so forth which have a Pagan focus, or which otherwise might interest our Pagan readership. And 4) interviews with established and new Pagan authors, or authors of texts that interest a Pagan audience. And finally, 5) essays concerning the Gods, Goddesses, heroes, myths and folklore of the world.
Fantasy and Science Fiction

Fiction Magazines - horror, romance, crime, sci-fi

Freeze Frame Fiction

Fringeworks
I'm really not sure these folks are still active or not.
Gehenna & Hinnom
From the website: Gehenna & Hinnom is a continuously evolving and adapting company with the hopes of bringing horror and science fiction fans everything they could ever desire. From articles, short stories, anthologies, and even novels, we want to make this site a home for the deranged and ingenious.
Ideomancer
From the website: Ideomancer publishes speculative fiction and poetry that explores the edges of ideas; stories that subvert, refute and push the limits. We want unique pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional narratives and take chances with tone, structure and execution, balance ideas and character, emotion and ruthlessness. We also have an eye for more traditional tales told with excellence.
Immortal Publishing  (Accepts fiction and art)

Incandescent Phoenix Books
Incandescent Phoenix Books (IPB) is a small publisher of speculative fiction and pen-and-paper roleplaying games. In addition to publishing our own titles, we offer a variety of services to others, including editing, book formatting, and graphic design.
J. A. Mes Press
J.A.Mes Press is a new imprint name and publishing company, dedicated to finding and promoting new and up-and-coming authors with a focus on anthologies.

Twitter
 Laura James @lejamez
J.A.Mes Press @Jamesanthologys
Facebook
Laura James author page – https://www.facebook.com/officemango
J.A.Mes Press page – https://www.facebook.com/JAMPress

Websites
Laura James website – http://www.officemango.com
J.A.Mes Press website – http://jamesanthologies.com
Marissa Ames website – http://marissaames.com
Blue Harvest Creative website – http://www.blueharvestcreative.com

We can be found on Amazon UK & US. Our current publications are Tales by the Tree and In Creeps the Night.
Kenyon Review   (Literary)

LampLight Magazine
Literary dark fiction. They do not accept stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex. For a sample, Issue 1 is free!
Massacre Magazine
From their website: "Massacre Publishing is open to submissions from writers of adult horror. Massacre Publishing is a new publishing house starting up in a time of change. We have made the decision to produce a magazine in digital and print versions to help new and emerging writers gain exposure. We don’t currently pay contributors but it is our intention to do so as we monetise the site and the magazine."
Middle Island Press  -  Poetry chapbook publishing

NovoPulp
Hermit Studio Has Halted Publication of NovoPulp in 2016 and the NovoPulp HQ website is no longer under development.





Odd Tree Press

OneEye Press
One Eye Press is a multi-genre publisher with a focus on short consumable fiction ranging from flash fiction to short novels distributed across multiple formats.
Overtime
Overtime, a series of one-story chapbooks, was created to showcase some of the stories we receive that are a little too long for our Workers Write! series, but are worthy of publication. (I think I have a story for this one...)
Pedestal Magazine   (Literary)

Penumbra 
Note: Final issue was December 2014; this eMag part of Musa Publishing is now closed.
Shock Totem

Shroud Magazine

Strand Magazine

The Anthology Club
This is the home of The Anthology Club, a group dedicated to making use of modern collaboration tools, publishing methods, and distribution channels to tell great stories to the world.
The Elephant's Bookshelf

The Fiction Desk

The Literary Hatchet
The Literary Hatchet is an Internet journal devoted to dark fiction (short stories) and provocative poetry and prose. We are interested in well-written but easy to read works in the horror genre, but also accept works that are paranormal in nature.

We will consider previously published material but prefer original works.

We accept short fiction essays, first-person narratives, speculative fiction, short stories, poetry, photography, art, illustrations, and humor pieces.

We’re interested in new angles on old ideas, or topics that don’t get covered frequently. We like to showcase articles that don’t just sum up some issue but make us think and make us want to read further.

The above is not exhaustive. If you don’t have an immediate idea for a piece, but you’d really like to write for us, let us know and be prepared to show us work you’ve done. We can always think of subjects!


Note: They also accept (and pay) for art!
The New Yorker   (Literary)

The Were-Traveler
The Were Traveler is an online webzine dedicated to really short fiction.

When I say really short fiction, I mean REALLY short.

Drabbles and micro-fic mostly, with the occasional flash piece or short story (up to 2ooo words) thrown in whenever I have time to read longer pieces.

What I’m looking for here is speculative fiction. It’s what I write, it’s what I enjoy reading. Fantasy, science fiction, horror and any combination of the three have a good chance of getting published here.
Theme of Absence
From the site: "Theme of Absence is an online magazine of speculative flash fiction.  I started the site with the goal of providing quality short stories for free and giving new authors the chance to get their work out there."
Tin House   (Literary)

Tor *

Unsung Stories
Visual Adjectives

Wicked Words
Wicked Words is a new quarterly magazine on the Kindle that will publish short stories and flash fiction. Wicked Words will publish science fiction, fantasy and horror themes and we are looking for previously unpublished, high-quality stories that surprise the reader and play with the genres.
Witness Impluse
A digital-original mystery, suspense, and thriller line.

Witness Impulse launched in October 2013, and is already the publisher of a host of bestselling authors abroad and in the U.S., including Agatha Christie, Stephen Booth, James Hayman, J.A. Jance, Susan McBride, Brian McGilloway, Charles Todd, and many, many more. We're now acquiring material from new writers, as well. With WITNESS you get the best of both worlds. You will be a digital pioneer, blazing the quickest and most effective trail to market for new and evolving authors – and all book-length Witness titles are put into print, as well. Our authors enjoy the benefits of working with a legendary company, steeped in a long tradition of publishing the very best in mysteries and thrillers, and are supported by an experienced team of publishing professionals.

Note: This is an imprint of Harper Collins
World Weaver Press

Zoetrope: All-Story


* These are qualifying short fiction venues for SFWA as of 12/2013

 
Searchable database of literary magazines to match your work: Poets & Writers Literary Magazines



Photos / Images:

Clipart Heaven

DeviantArt

Dreamstime

Fotosearch

Free Digital Photos

iStockphoto

morgueFile
Looking for high resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs? Search morgueFile for free reference images. Yes, they're all completely free. whether you're an illustrator, art director, instructor or looking to add a defining visual to a presentation.

Shutterstock




Promotion:

Promocave
Promocave.com has more than 150,000 authors and up to 3 Million Social Interactions per day with book readers.

For Book Lovers: You’ll be able to read books even before they are published. Find hundreds of free books, short stories and articles. You can also collaborate with other readers and with your favorite authors; establishing a reader-writer relationship with your favorite new writers. You can subscribe to blogs, newsletters, news events, book contests, and compete for prices like t-shirts, posters, graphic novels, free books and other special issued material provided by writers and publishers. Register Now, it’s all free.

For Authors: You can use Promocave.com to find readers and build your author platform. Submit your book, videos, articles, blog posts and other content and our social engine will promote it FREE to up to 3 million potential readers per day. You have access to podcasts, webinars and videos on writing and book promotion.

TextBookX
Our mission at TextbookX is to find students the lowest prices for their course materials. We do that by offering a mix of our own inventory with that of third-party sellers in order to provide one of the largest inventories of new, used, digital, and rental books.

We don't just supply textbooks, though. Through us, students can shop for other school supplies, best-selling books, magazines, study guides, and more. We also host a large Marketplace, where third-party sellers and students buy and sell their books year round.



Screenplays:

Stage 32
Connect with over a half million film, television and theater creatives from around the world. Our community ranges from students to Academy, Emmy and Tony award winners. There are over 1000 hours of education available on Stage 32. No matter what your discipline or interest, an extensive library of webinars and classes awaits. Stage 32 works directly with over 500 industry executives from around the world to provide education and other unique opportunities for our members.
Zoetrope



Uncategorizable:

Bottle Cap Publishing - not taking submissions at the moment...

Woven Tale Press
Awards



Tools:

Purdue OWL - Writing a book review
TinyURL



Science Links:

Aurora Information



Crowdfunding:

There are other sources than these, but this is a good start.

Indiegogo or Fundable - for covering equipment or labor costs, such as paying a graphic artist for a cover.
Kickstarter - for one-time projects.
Patreon - for artists, writers, etc., who produce on a continual basis.



Note: The listing of a site here is not intended as an endorsement.