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AGENTS
Association of Authors’ Representatives

Agent Query bills itself as the “internet’s largest and most current database of literary agents.”

Firstriter.com – 750 literary agencies and 900 book publishers are listed here.

AUTHOR U
authoru.org

BLOGGING
How to Start a Blog (access to e-book and free downloads)
Start a Blog 123
WordPress Resource links by Swank Web Design
Tips for Successful Blogging from The Minimalists

CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Through the Toll Booth
Developed by a group of Vermont College MFA in Creative Writing graduates, each week a different aspect of writing and developing a writing career is explored. Information is woven with interviews with editors, authors and agents. The site includes an interactive blog.

Cynthia Leitich Smith – the most active website in children’s literature

DEVELOPING CHARACTERS
Behind the Name offers the etymology and history of first names.

Character Naming Resources
writing-world.com

Popular Names by Birth Year from the Social Security Administration goes back to 1880: ssa.gov/OACT/babynames

DICTIONARIES AND TRANSLATING
Translate English into another language: dictionary.reference.com/translate

Language Dictionaries and Translators: “Breaking the barriers of language through learning.” English dictionaries for more than 200 languages: word2word.com

Babelfish, a free translation site. Translate English into Chinese, French, Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Another translation site: translation2.paralink.com

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

An etymology site devoted to the origins of words and phrases: http://www.wordorigins.org/

EBOOKS and E-PUBLISHING
Whether you self-publish or your book is being released through an electronic distributor, Beneath the Ink’s “binks” allow appless enhancement of your work including character webs, audio, video, maps, illustrations, etymology, timelines, and so much more: beneaththeink.com.

GRAMMAR
Accredited Colleges Writing Center

Academic Writing Guide

The Ultimate Grammar Resource Guide

JOBS
Billed as the “Internet’s #1 Freelance Writer and Blogging Jobs Community”: freelancewritinggigs.com

A job board for media professionals: journalismjobs.com

Jobs, classes, community and news for media professionals: mediabistro.com

MARKETS
Publishers Marketplace where you can Track Deals, Sales, Reviews, Agents, Editors, News (for $20 a month).

A database featuring more than 2,000 markets for short fiction, poetry and novels/ collections: duotrope.com

Markets, events, writers’ organizations and groups: forwriters.com

NEW MEDIA JOURNALISM
The New Media Landscape: 105  Vital Sources for Journalists
journalismdegree.org/new-media

ONLINE COURSES (FREE)
http://www.onlinecourses.com/ is a free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college course that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT. We offer highly relevant courses such as iPhone Application Development from Stanford and Cyber Humor from Oxford. This is something I believe would be a wonderful resource for those looking to explore additional educational topics and to see what college level course has to offer.

PLOTTING
Paperback Writer: 10 Things to Help with Novel Plotting

PUBLICITY
Site run by consultant Joan Stewart that features tips on self-promotion and how to get free publicity: publicityhound.com

Questions answered on the publishing process: publishingquestions.com

Writing resources, news and discussions for writers, agents, editors and publishers: writers.net

Shaw Guides – A database of writer conferences

Free writing tips, freebies for writers: easywaytowrite.com

RESEARCH SITES
Archaeological Resources

Warnings about literary fraud, schemes, scams, and pitfalls targeting writers: sfwa.org/Beware

Backspace: The Writer’s Space

Shaw Guides – A database of writer conferences

Snippets of information: refdesk.com

An excellent site to find answers and links on scores of topics: about.com

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