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Chapter 7 Resources

Chapter seven topics
  • Online writer's resources
  • Inspirations and resource links
  • Writer's lists
  • Teacher's research sources
  • For Teachers of children who are writing
Online Writer's Resources and Weblogs
Writer's Toolbox: 35 Best Tools For Writing Online, by Paul Glazowski, was published on MASHABLE.com on December 13, 2008, http://mashable.com/2008/12/13/writers-toolbox/.

Nicely organized, Glazowski's list of resources provides links to many tools, some of which are free. "You'll find WordProcessing, Blogging, Microblogging, Jotting Ideas, Social Networking, Jobs and Employment Resources, Book Fairs/Shows, iPhone Apps, and under Other Resources, much more helpful information."

Weblogs are popular. Learn about them at Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog, and, WIRED, http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.05/mustread.html?pg=2.
Good links at Clocktower Books, http://www.sharpwriter.com/. Click left top tab links to locate best selling authors by name and genre, a valuable tool when making comparisons with other books in your genre.

Writers Write: http://www.writerswrite.com/

Search frequently at http://www.dogpile.com/ typing "writers resources" (including the quotation marks.)

The  Eclectic Writer, http://www.eclectics.com/index.html, has a writers' message board, fiction writers' character chart, and a free (online) promotion newsletter for authors. Scroll down the page to find links to how to write in a wide variety of genres, including romance, crime, horror, children, screen, technical, etc.

Angela Adair-Hoy's newsletter, WritersWeekly.com, http://writersweekly.com/, is sent weekly and has about 50,000 subscribers. Basically, if you e-mail them about a publisher who owes you money and you have made a decent effort to get your money, they will go after your money for you, Yes, for free, and they will spread the word about the evil publisher.

They have helped many writers get payment from non-responsive publishers. They are most helpful when you provide them with written information on what your agreement was, what happened, what you did next, etc. Because so much happens by email, it's often easy to forward them copies of the emails you've exchanged with editors and/or publishers. They act quickly and they do get the word out.

Inspirations & resource links
A Journalist's Guide to the Internet, maintained by Christopher Callahan from the University of Maryland. (DRO): http://reporter.umd.edu/

Christopher Callahan is dean of Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and author of the second edition of A Journalist's Guide to the Internet (Allyn & Bacon - 2002). You can reach him at christopher.callahan@asu.edu or (480) 965-5012. (page last updated 2003.)

Writers' lists
There are hundreds of writers lists. Find them by using a search engine and typing in "writerslist". My favorite search engine is: http://www.dogpile.com/

The Internet Writing Workshop is an excellent list for writers. I highly recommend writers to join it, http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/

Other good lists to subscribe to can be found at the following:
Writing For DOLLARS, http://www.writingfordollars.com/. Fill in the form provided on the home page to subscribe, and, if you wish, subscribe to the RSS feed by clicking the RSS logo and subscribe. To learn more about RSS (the acronym RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication), click the Learn more about feeds link provided by the editor. Subscribe to "Writing For Dollars", or send a blank email to subscribe@writingfordollars.com.

Writers Weekly.com, http://www.writersweekly.com/
Enter your email address and click Subscribe (in the left column.) Or send a blank e-mail to: webmaster@writersweekly.com.

Writer's Digest, Subscribe to FREE newsletter by sending e-mail with SUBSCRIBE NEWSLETTER in the body of the message to newsletter-request@writersdigest.com, or sign up online at http://www.writersdigest.com/.

For teachers of children who are writing
"Mid Link, The Digital Magazine for Kids by Kids 8 to 18, http://www.cs.ucf.edu/~MidLink/.
Guidelines to Mid Link Magazine Team and instructions are located at, http://longwood.cs.ucf.edu/~MidLink/mail.inst.html.

Use their links to learn. I discovered this about digital story telling using the Projects drop-down list at top, then Archives, http://www.ncsu.edu/midlink/archives.htm and then, Hidden Stories to get to, http://www.wired-and-inspired.ca/hidden-stories/.

Children who write
Many children are excellent writers and there are markets that publish their manuscripts. The following resources help jump start a youngsters's writing career.

KidPub, Books and stories for kids, by kids since 1995, http://www.kidpub.com/. Free membership required. Visit the FAQ to learn about this wonderful site for children who write, http://www.kidpub.com/faq. Frequent contests have valuable awards.

Kid Writers Club, http://www.kidwritersclub.com/. You'll need to create your User ID and your password and register to log in.

FundsForWriters offers a WRITING KID newsletter. Scroll down to read the issue on the page here, http://www.fundsforwriters.com/writingkid.htm. Scrolling through the page brings links to a wealth of writing contests and information. Alternately, use the following links to locate the newsletter,

Find the current newsletter online at, www.fundsforwriters.com/writingkid.htm. Read the archived editions at, http://www.aweber.com/z/article/?writingkid.

PBS Kids Go! holds writing contests for grades K-3 at, http://pbskids.org/writerscontest/contest.php. Visit the site and click on Writers Contest Guide (the little red book toward the upper right corner) to get a great step-by-step 15-ge Contest Writing Guide (in PDF that you can print), http://tinyurl.com/5r9kllt. Originally created by Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest.

Smories.com, http://www.smories.com/, runs a contest for original stores for kids, read by kids. The Smory that gets the most views in the month wins $300. 2nd place = $250. 3rd place = $200. 4th place = $150. 5th place = $100. Fiction for ages 3-8. Written in English. No longer than 700 words. Poetry and rhyme is accepted. Submissions to smories.com are currently on hold. Join the maillist, http://www.smories.com/mailinglist/ and they'll let you know when submissions reopen. Check their site to read past winning stories, and you'll also be able to learn about the authors and read other stories they've published.

Carus/CricketPublisher Cricket, http://www.cricketmag.com/ also publishes children's stories in many magazines. For guidelines to each magazine scroll down the sitemap, here, http://www.cricketmag.com/11-Sitemap ,to find the link for submission guidelines.

Coblestone and Cricket, http://www.cobblestonepub.com/, (scroll to find the sitemap), http://www.cobblestonepub.com/sitemap.html, where you'll find links that lead to sample articles from a wealth of magazines geared to children of various age groups. You can quickly find thirty five magazines, and learn what each is interested in here, http://www.cobblestonepub.com/magazines.html.

Happy studies!

Exercise,
  • Join The Internet Writing Workshop for one week and participate by critiquing three stories in any genre of your choice.
Tip: Read Critiquing How-to. Go to the following web site and read FAQ, then follow instructions, http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/.

 Advice FromThe Pros: http://writerinsidertips.blogspot.com/.

Next, Chapter 8 - Newsgroups, Forums and Reference Desks: http://tinyurl.com/36guoob.

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