Blogs & current topix
- William Strunk, Jr.'s 1918 first edition of Elements of Style
is online at Bartlesby. Its advice continues to inspire; for the active
writer, the newest edition might be useful (it has pictures!).
- The venerable Chicago Manual of Style is now online as well as in print, still the arbiter of correctness.
- Among college writing guides, which include both style and documentation advice, the most often recommended are Diana Hacker's guides and the Allyn & Bacon guide.
- New York Times Book Review, the granddaddy of reviews, has the most frequently quoted best-seller lists. The strike of '63 gave rise to the temporary New York Review of Books, which became permanent as a more in-depth alternative, now with a robust online presence.
- Mystery Reader, Locus and Romantic Times are examples of genre sites. Locus, for science-fiction and fantasy, has a broader market focus; the other two target fans.
- Salon.com, an innovative leader in virtual literaria, provides in its books section perhaps the broadest non-print survey of newly printed work. Salon also publishes on-line excerpts from unsigned work of interest.
- The venerable PEN American Center
showcases new writing and advocates for free expression worldwide, in
addition to hosting a robust awards program.
Books & booksellers
- American Booksellers Association is a source for bookseller news, activity and issues.
- Books in Print, the standard reference resource for finding print, audio and virtual works, is available online by subscription or free in your local library.
- On line, Alibris represents a host of independent booksellers, both U.S. and foreign, while Amazon.com has both in-stock and individual offerings.
- The massive Powell's Books of Portland, Oregon, maintains a robust online shop with an instant best-seller list. Most national book chains maintain online shops, including Barnes & Noble.
- Library of Congress has nearly every book published in the US, plus mss and foreign works as well. It has useful online access and a helpful staff.
- New York Public Library is a model city library with extensive collections, easily accessed, and an expert staff.
- College and university alumni associations often give access to affiliated academic libraries, including free online journal subscriptions and librarian services.
- dmoz Open Directory Project has endless lists of available online resources in a broad range of fields.
Copyright & royalties
Resources for agents
Resources for writers
Resources for playwrights •
Resources for screenplay and television writers
Play publishing resources
- Samuel French publishes full-length plays, one-acts, plays for young audiences and musicals.
- Dramatists Play Service publishes and licenses full-length plays and musicals.
- Playscripts publishes full-length plays and one-acts.
- Smith and Kraus publishes full-length plays, one-acts, translations, adaptations, solo pieces, monologues and plays for young audiences.
Book publishing resources
- Publishers Weekly continues to be a prime source of publishing news, gossip and statistics.
- Literary Market Place,
the encyclopedic annual, now online, tells authors about submitting manuscripts for publication. It also
lists those who publish, edit and package books.
- Publishers Marketplace is both a social site and the publisher of Lunch, a daily e-letter of news, trends and gossip.
- The Publishers Association is the leading UK trade organisation serving book, journal and electronic
publishers. They focus on copyright and rights issues.
- Publishing Perspectives, run by the German Book Office, has a welcome, independent and international focus.
- The AAR International committee has distributed a list of UK publishers and imprints, Who Owns What in the U.K.