FAQs, Help and Tutorials

Advice Writing Forum

Questions and answers, tips on how to make money from books or articles, poems or reviews. From Authors Society.Org.

Article City

Database of free reprints. This page features writing advice.

Articles on Writing

Links from SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.) volunteers. Pointers on manuscript preparation and critiquing. The opinions expressed are those of the authors, and not of SFWA.

Basic Ideas for Writers

Hundreds of pages that answer questions from starting a manuscript, to selling a book.

Book Publishing FAQ

About agents, publishers, deals, and proposals.

C. Johnson Enterprises Ltd.

Tips on how to write, publish, sell, and market a book. Products and marketing services are also available from C. Johnson, for a fee.

Chronicles Writers' Resource Center

Helpful articles and links from an internet writer about writing and promoting ebooks.

CIO Bookmark

Page of links to electronic and print resources for journalists and other writers.

Coaching for Writers-Maggie Klee Lichtenberg

With 20 years of publishing experience; helps any author or publisher see their work through to completion and distribution.

Common Mistakes in Manuscripts

Tips by Gerald Gross, a “book doctor” whose clients are primarily agents and publishers.

The Creative Cauldron

Articles and links to publishers, artists, conferences, classes and other creative places.

Creative Writing Tips

Advice on the process; from starting out to coping with rejection; emphasis on short story fiction.

The Editorial Department

Service site that includes writing tips and links to other resources.

Eire Fury's Sanctuary

A writer's website offering tips and resources for writers. Site is also accepting writer's submissions in all genres and types.

Erica Jong's Tips for Writers

Weekly bits of advice.

The Falcon's Pen: A Writer's Resource

Help with the craft of becoming published. Includes articles on genres and topics, publisher links, free software, forums, and chat.

Fear of Writing

Inspirational article which suggests that suffering will make our work real, thereby giving it depth and integrity.

The Fine Line

Occasionally-published author Jenn Thorson shares writing tips, observations, discoveries, online resources, and humor.

Free Articles for Writers

Most are available as .PDF files which needs Adobe Acrobat. Subjects include writing online, query letters, bios, literary agents, and editors.

Free Resources for Writers

Page of links: quotations, grammar guides, encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and references. Other areas of the site have links to free books for readers.

Funds for Writers

Sources of grants, fellowships, contests, awards, markets and nonprofit partners.

Get Into It

Deals specifically with writer's block. Includes advice, resources, exercises.

Getting Published

Creating manuscripts that sell. Definable characteristics that capture an editor's attention.

Getting Published in America

Inspirational article for the new millennium.

Getting the Right Agent

Informational article from Sarah Smith, Sisters in Crime.

Grammar Lessons

Starts with remedial lessons and expands to other sites.

Grammar Mechanic Business Writing Strategies

How-to articles, self-tests, step-by-step examples, and techniques on mastering business prose. Teaches how to write effective business letters, memos, reports, proposals, and other text.

Grey Owl Tutor

Download general, technical, and academic writing tips and advice.

Guide for Amateur Writers of Erotica

A concise and informative guide for amateur writers, especially those who enjoy writing erotica. Includes basic rules and advice on grammar, usage, and mechanics. Informative tips regarding perspective and style. Explains the differences between erotica vs. pornography.

Harold Underdown's Frequently Asked Questions File

General questions about children's books, writing, and publishing. Copyright 1996-2000 Harold D. Underdown.

Hearing Impairment and Writing -

Inspirational article on writing stories, even while coping with a disability. Although it can affect a person's self-esteem, it doesn't stop imagination or prevent successful completion of tasks. One writer's voice being heard with the written word.

How to Get Happily Published

Sensible solutions to get books into the hands of readers.

How to Reach Writing Success

Collection of links to articles that give free advice on getting published and making a living as a writer. From Marcia Yudkin, author, syndicated columnist, public radio commentator, and writing coach.

How to Tell if a New or Small Press is Legitimate

Ways to check out a publisher before signing a contract.

How to Write a Book and Get it Published in Record Time

ETA Online Review resources for authors and writers, tips from one of the Education and Training Academy's writers.

How to Write a Critique of a Novel

Walk through the steps required to write a novel critique.

How to Write a Research Paper: Research Paper Topics, Help, Ideas - Feature

Step-by-step help for writing a research paper from

How to Write Great Queries

Without resorting to threats, bribery or coercion. By Wendy Keller, ForthWrite Literary Agency.


Lists, articles, tips, and links to tips for ink-on-paper writing, vs. e-writing. Opinions are those of The Fontayne Group's writers.

An Insider's Tips about Writing Your Book

Thoughtful questions that book authors need to ask themselves before they put pen to paper.

Insights from Editors, Agents, Authors

Regular columns on editing, agenting, marketing and the publishing business. Current interviews, special reports and articles; archived articles dating back four years.

Ivan Hoffman, Attorney at Law

Internet and Intellectual Property. Articles discuss writers' legal issues and publishing on the Net.

Karen Mitura

FAQ with information about ghost writing from a ghost writer.

Make Yourself Irresistible to any Agent or Publisher

Essay about getting an agent or publisher; for new writers.

Manuscript Advice

How to submit for publication; advice from a manuscript, typing, and critiquing service.

Margot's Writers' Resources

Links to resources/information for writers and publishers, free-to-use articles by Margot B, writers' and publishers' forum, guest writers.

Marketing and Self-Promotion

Twilight Times - Astrid Cooper.

Monica Wood- Tips for Writers

Monica Wood is a novelist and short-story writer who teaches fiction workshops. This page of her website is updated monthly. The rest of the site is primarily hype for her books.

Nonfiction, Novels, Screenplays, Business Writing

Publishing tips for nonfiction books, novels, screenplays, business writing.

Orange Writing

Practical advice from writers, news updates, contributions and suggestions for our virtual novel.

Over the Back Fence

A regional magazine for Southern Ohio. Tips for writers and submission information.

The Pen and Sword

A tidy collection of tips, help, quotes, inspiration and advice, beginning with overcoming writer's block.

Polishing Your Writing

Tips on fine-tuning a rough draft into a professional piece.

Publishing in the Northwest

A collection of resources for publishing non-fiction in the Northwest, with descriptions of small publishers. From Open Spaces Quarterly.

Ray's Writing Tips

Links to search engines and Ray's software. Some essays and tips can be found by clicking the links to the left and scrolling down a couple of times.

Revising Prose

Suggestions, with good and bad examples of each.

Ruth Vilmi's Web World

Grammar / Language help. These pages are full of comprehensive tips to help the writer, but visitors do need to surf and explore to find everything offered. The time is well spent.

Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc. Literary Agency

Represents all areas of non-fiction, and commercial and literary fiction. Offers guidance on the publishing process, book proposals, and finding agents.

Starving Artists Law

Launch pad for artists and writers looking for self help legal information. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. Free or low-fee representation for low-income writers, only US lawyers are listed here.

Storymind Writer's Web Site

Promoting Dramatica story development software; however, there are some useful tips, advice and tutorials presented by the theory co-creator. Free Real Video and Real Audio writing classes, complete 450 page Dramatica theory book online, Dramatica Dictionary, Q and A, the Lost Theory Book, and classes.

Suite 101: Alternative Literature

Articles which help define alternative literature. Different because of the way it is published, the view it expresses, how it is written or distributed. Different perspective or style. Alternative writers are the ones trying new styles and forms.

Suite 101: Freelance Opportunities

Archive of tips on marketing your talents and what kind of opportunities should be avoided.

Suite101: Professional Writing

Tips for writers on how to get published, including how to write in many different disciplines (articles, poems, prose, fiction, non-fictions, screenplay).

Tips, Tools and Ideas to Improve Writing

Includes tips for writers and students, grammar helps, and a guide to online resources.

Victory Page for Writers of Fiction

Original articles by Victory Crayne. Links to resources, search tools and motivational articles.

The Vocabula Review (TVR)

Monthly, free journal. Articles discuss how to battle nonstandard, careless English and embrace clear, expressive English.

Wacky Writer's World

A list of links along with a monthly newsletter which provides in-depth feature articles, interviews with publishing professionals and authors, and market tips. Page was last updated 5/5/99.

What do Publishers do?

Excerpt from pages 5-29 of Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books, by William Germano.

William Safire's Rules for Writers

Witty tips.

Women Writers Block

Selection of articles to be a writers aide.

Wordwrights Canada: Literary Editing and Publishing

Wordwrights Canada also helps with student resources, and links. For the Canadian writer.

Write To Inspire

Resources for inspirational and Christian writers offering articles, writing tips, and markets.

Write Tools

A practical, categorized compilation of Web-based references for anyone who writes, edits, or checks facts.

Writer Beware

Variety of articles on literary schemes and deceptions, information on how to recognize them, advice on how to avoid them, and links to useful online resources.

Writer's Block

Basic steps to clustering, free-writing and revising.

A Writers' Community

Free information and software tools.

A Writer's Journey

Motivational articles, writing tips, believable characters/settings/plot.

Writers R Us

Some writing tips and links. Site also publishes writing.

A Writer's Tool Kit

A learning resource for both aspiring and established writers; a companion forum to the book of the same name by author/teacher Carroll Dale Short.

Writer's Universe

Newsletter, tips, interactive story.

Writing Advice

From Dan Perez, writer and editor. Articles about agents, short story contracts, writer's groups, and discipline.

Writing for a Book Packager

How to cash in on an under-exploited market. The editor of The Buzz On series reveals how to find work (and lots of it) at book packagers.

Writing for the Web

Article containing guidelines and tips for writing articles, tutorials, white or green papers, online magazines, corporate and educational Web sites. From Web Developers Virtual Library.

Writing for the Web

Research on how users read on the Web and how authors should write their Web pages. Mainly based on studies by John Morkes and Jakob Nielsen. Includes links to other resources on the subject.

Writing Help Central

Offers tips, advice, and real-life samples on writing business letters and research papers; links.

Writing in Flow

Contains pages of excerpts from Los Angeles Times Bestseller, Writing in Flow. Also links to other sources.

Writing in the Age of the Network

Text of ideas about authoring in an age of multi-media: the computer's effect, the book as a media space, and an invitation to respond.

Writing Links

Advice, tips, contests, references, book reviews, poetry, publishers, research, message board, humor, groups, scams, queries; comprehensive resource.

The Writing Parent - Teach Yourself to Write

Learn how to find that time and inspiration you need to become successful - even with children underfoot. Free zine.

The Writing Process - from Idea to Bookshelf

Series of articles intended to motivate and help the beginner get started.

A Writing Resource | The Writers Home Instruction Pages

Instruction for all levels; especially for freelancers.

Writing Tips

A collection of tips on writing (focusing on mysteries and SF) including a simple, mechanical way to develop a plot by Sarah Smith.

Writing Tips

Tips and writing business advice for writers remains consistent throughout hundreds of pages of writing information, which includes a message board, an interactive story and a new book releases listing. Updated weekly.

Writing Tips Depot: Clause for Alarm

Advice about publishing contracts. Scroll to bottom of page for links to other tips and resources. By Syneca Featherstone.

Writing Tips for Success

Author and success coach, Kathy Sanborn, provides articles with tips and popular author interviews.

Writing Tips, How-Tos

Knowledge Hound. Links to how-to guides, tutorials and tips on novels, plot, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, comics, business and research writing.


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