These are hard times economically speaking, of course.
But here’s where I think writers finally have the upper-hand: We’re used to being poor! The rest of the world could learn a thing or two from us.
On that note, I’ve compiled a list of 10 great (free!) resources on the Web for writers. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are 10 of my favorites:
• The Merriam Webster Dictionary is a must-bookmark for every writer. There’s even a thesaurus and a helpful Spanish-English dictionary.
• The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., a classic guide to writing that every writer should read at least once, is now available free online.
• Duotrope’s Digest provides a free, searchable database of market listings for poets and fiction writers.
• Find a Literary Agent via the AAR searchable databse.
• The Guide to Literary Agents blog is another good resource for getting the lowdown on agents.
• Free blog software and hosting services are available at WordPress.com. Have I mentioned already how much I love WordPress?
• Shaw Guides provides a handy, searchable index to find writers conferences and workshops.
• Go directly to the U.S. Copyright Office for answers to all of your copyright questions and concerns.
• Writer Beware is another site every writer should have bookmarked. They fearlessly track the scams in the literary world.
• For a great database of FAQ writers questions—grammar, ethics, rights issues, whatever—go to Brian A. Klems Questions & Quandaries blog. He addresses writers questions weekly so if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask Brian!
Please add your favorite (free!) online resources for writers here in the comments. Or you can discuss on the Editor Unleashed forum.
Allow me to add a bonus online resource: The all-new Editor Unleashed forum is open to all writers for chatting, resources, and peer critiques. Join this growing community—it’s entirely free. Register between now and November 30 and you’re automatically entered into a drawing to win a free manuscript critique!