Resources for Writers

Directories
Want more readers to find you? Below is a list of directories where you can post your name and contact information.
Author School Visits by State: Children’s book author Kim Norman has created a state-by-state listing of authors who do school visits.
Matchbook.org: A searchable directory of New England-based writers, artists, and performers available for school visits and other events.
Advice for Writers
Preditors and Editors: This website has a comprehensive directory of publishers, agents and more, with helpful notes as to who’s legit and who isn’t.
Writer Beware!: There are a lot of sharks out there in the literary ocean–the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America provides information on how to tell whether an agent or publisher is legit–and how to recognize the ones who aren’t.
Professional Organizations
The Authors’ Guild: Authors banding together to protect their rights. The Authors’ Guild also provides reasonably priced web hosting, legal services, and health insurance.
National Writers Union:  Solidarity for writers – Union reps will help you review your contract, file grievances if neeeded, get health insurance if you’re self-employed, and more. Also features a Job Hotline, Agent Database, and numerous informative publications on contracts.
PEN America : Advocates for literary and intellectual freedom and human rights, sponsors public literacy programs, writing awards, and assistance for writers in need.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: SCBWI is a network for authors and illustrators, and is the largest children’s writing organization in the world. SCBWI sponsors conferences, grants, and awards, and many local chapters provide forums for members to workshop their works in progress.
Words, Words, Words
Wordorigins.org: Dave Wilton, author of Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends gives you the lowdown and debunks the myths about the origins of familiar words and phrases.

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