Resources For Writers

Willamette Writers - An organization for published and aspiring writers of the Pacific Northwest. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing.

Oregon Writers Colony - support to writers in all stages of their writing careers. Members benefit from classes, inspiration from teachers and colleagues, and access to Colonyhouse, a lovely writing retreat on the Oregon Coast.

Northwest Independent Writers Association : NIWA serves writers looking to achieve professional standards in independent writing, publishing, and marketing.

QueryTracker - Use our extensive database search tools to locate the perfect agent or publisher for your work.

Agent Query - The internet's most trusted database of literary agents.

Query Shark - How To Write Query Letters ... or, really, how to revise query letters so they actually work.

Writer Beware Blog - A publishing industry watchdog group sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with additional support from the Mystery Writers of America.

Author Marketing Experts, Inc. - promotes authors online, gets them the publicity and media coverage they deserve. We are the leaders in book marketing online and off.

How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors - Jane Friedman's most massive round-up yet of links and resources to get you started in e-book publishing.

Jane Friedman's Free Advice for Writers - "Getting Started," "Back to Basics + 101 Guides," "Craft + Technique (Write Better)," "Getting Published," "Publishing Industry," "Online Marketing + Social Media" and much more!

Writer Unboxed - about the craft and business of fiction.

The Creative Penn - Resources For Writers And Authors. "Thoughts on writing, publishing & book marketing."

Free Kindle Apps : "The Best Reading Experience for Your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android Phone." Download and read Kindle books - no Kindle required.

Free NOOK Apps: "Read What You Love. Anywhere You Like." Enjoy more than 2 million titles on all your favorite devices.

Free Kobo eReading Apps: "Automatically syncs your library across all your devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphones, and all Kobo eReaders."


Small Presses:

PDF Handouts:

Manuscript Format

Your manuscript is like a job interview. Use this free guide to make a good first impression.

Writing Dialogue

A one-page guide that covers basic dialogue punctuation.

Showing Thoughts in a Manuscript

Do you use quotation marks? Italics? Past or present tense?

The First Chapter

A one-page checklist developed by my mentor, Dee Lopez, for her writing workshop students.

Common Dialogue Copyedits

A quick guide to common dialogue punctuation mistakes.

Quick Comma Guide

Basic comma usage.