Resources for Writers

Tools

  • Duotrope. A searchable database of over 4500 current markets for fiction and poetry, including an online submissions tracker for registered users. Subscription fee as of January 2013.
  • The New Pages Big List of Literary Magazines. Focuses on literary print and online magazines, listed A to Z. Also check the Calls for Submissions page.
  • The Review Review. Reviews literary magazines, interviews journal editors, offers publishing tips, and provides a database of over 300 literary magazines, as well as calls for submission.
  • Creative Writers Opportunities List. This Yahoo group posts calls for submissions and contest information for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
  • authorconnect.com. A databank for promoting published or unpublished writing. Entries are free. Includes links to resources and services for writers.
  • www.bartleby.com/110 — Roget’s International Thesaurus (85,000 words)
    www.bartleby.com/100 — Bartlett’s Quotations
  • Omniglot— An online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages with links to dictionaries in dozens of languages.
  • Poe War Writer's Resource Center. Articles on writing and marketing writing. Listings of freelance writing jobs
  • Writing Contests and Competitions. A guide to current online contests in fiction, nonfiction and poetry across genres. Sortable by genre and payment fees.
  • www.writers.net — Writing resources, news and discussion for authors/writers, editors, publishers and agents. A free Internet directory.
  • www.writersquest.org offers a free research portal and annotated links to everything from forensics for writers to names databases, to writing prompts and information on publishing.

Free Self-Publishing Online

  • www.smashwords.com is a self-publishing platform and online bookstore for independent ebook authors and their readers. They offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.
  • www.booksie.com Writers can post novels, short stories, poetry, articles, and more on the Booksie site for free, as well as receive and respond to comments and communicate with other writers.
  • www.yudu.com. Yudu offers free interactive digital publication, hosted on the yudu site (you do it yourself). For a fee, the marketplace option lets you sell your books on the site.

Services

San Francisco Bay Area Events

  • Poetry Flash. A poetry review and literary calendar for the West distributed free on the West Coast (with a national subscription circulation). The calendar is updated online at www.poetryflash.org.
  • Sonoma County Literary Update. Calendar of literary events, readings, workshops and classes for writers, lists of writing groups and conferences.