Connecting writers and editors with each other, resources, markets, and audiences

As a writer-editor I am often asked for advice about how to make a living as a writer or editor (or both) and how to find a good writer, editor, or proofreader. I launched this website to provide frank information both for people who want to know the basics and for those who want to dig deeper in a particular field. Those looking for a writer or editor might start with the job banks or specialized organizations for writers and editors (which often have directories or job banks). You will find links to websites and organizations useful for writers and editors, both general and specialized, with an emphasis on North America. The range of specialty organizations is astonishing. For now, think of this as a useful reference library that probably needs a makeover. -- Pat McNees

Banned books, censorship, and freedom of expression
Banned books, Lists of
Best practices for government communications directors
Best radio and TV talk shows (on which books, authors, films, and ideas are discussed)
Bestsellers, All about (tips, facts, stories)
Biography, The art, craft, and politics of
Biography and memoir, the art and craft of
Blogging, digital journalism, and the law
Blogging tips and resources
Blog posts on Writers and Editors website (index within an index!)
Blog roll
Blogs and news roundups for writers and editors
Blogs about the book business (agents, editors, and publishing experts)
Blogs, news, programs, Twitter feeds for medical, health, and science writers
Book club favorites
Book collaboration and ghostwriting (organizations, credits, collaboration agreements, medical ghostwriting, and FAQs)
Book design and production (including fonts and typography)
Book covers: Great covers sells books, but what makes for a great cover?
Book covers: Secrets of successful covers and titles
Book doctors and editors (when and whether to hire an independent--consulting--editor or book doctor)
Book fairs and book festivals
Book news, reviews, and author interviews (plus blogs and resources for critics and book reviewers)
Book proposals and query letters
Book publishing and e-publishing
Book reviews, book reviewing, and book reviewers

Books about multimedia storytelling
Books about self-publishing (indie publishing)
Books about songwriting
Books for book groups (alphabetical by title)
Books for editors
Books about the art and craft of memoir and biography
Books about memoir writing as discovery
Books about memoir writing, healing, and self-understanding
Books about writing personal and family histories
Books for children's book writers and illustrators
Books for fiction writers and editors (half of writing is editing, after all)
Books for life story writing or reminiscence groups
Books for science and medical writers
Books for writers and editors (in several categories)
Books of memory prompts, for writing your life story
Books on book design and production
Books on indexing
Books on the craft of journalism
Books on the craft of narrative nonfiction, including useful anthologies
Books to help you write your own or someone else's life story

Bookstores, brick and mortar
Book titles
Book trailers (book videos, VidLits)
Building your author platform

Calendars and lists of book fairs, colonies, conferences, and festivals
Cartoons, comics, anime, manga, panel stories, graphic novels, and animation
Censorship, banned books, and freedom of expression
Censorship, history of
Characters, creating, in fiction
Characters, in narrative nonfiction
Check out email hoaxes, urban legends, and scams
Children's book publishing (writing for children)
Citizen journalism
Clearing rights and finding rightsholders
Clearing rights for books, scripts, screenplays, etc.
Clearing rights for music and sound
Clearing rights in the visual arts
Climate change: understanding, arguing about
Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use
Codes of ethics, standards, and guidelines,
and statements of principle and best Practices

Collaboration agreements
Collaboration and ghostwriting
Collaboration, Sarah Wernick's answers to FAQs
Coming-of-age memoirs
Communicating and marketing online (Web 2.0 and social media)
Computer security
Conferences on longform aka narrative nonfiction
Conferences, workshops, and other learning places (including book fairs, writers colonies, residencies, retreats)
Connect with other writers (and editors)
Content curation
Content marketing and custom publishing
Contract terms for books (including reversion of rights and indemnity clauses)
Copyright and academia (open access, intellectual property and theses, dissertations, scientific products)
Copyright: How, why, and when to register it
Copyright issues, documents, FAQs, and explanations
Copyright, work for hire, fair use, public domain, and other rights issues
Corporate and organizational histories (commissioned histories)
Corporate and technical communications (copywriting, content marketing and curation, organizational storytelling, and grant proposal writing)
Covering disability, mental illness, and suicide prevention
Covering health reform, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Covering public and private tragedy and trauma
Create-Space, Ingram Spark, Kindle/​​KDP, Lulu, etc., compared
Creative nonfiction (aka narrative nonfiction)
Credits--who gets them, in what order (in book collaboration)?
Critics and book reviewers, Resources for
Critique groups and writing workshops
Critiquing groups (and critiquing) for fiction
Crowdfunding and other forms of financing (The Writing Life)
Crowdfunding sites
Cruise lecturing

Defamation, libel, and slander
Design, Books on (especially book design)
Dictionaries and dictionary-style references, online, both general and specialized
The difference between a preface, foreword, and introduction
The differences between mysteries, suspense novels, and thrillers
Digital rights management (DRM)
Diversity style and media guides (unbiased usage as to ability/​​disability, age, appearance, color, ethnicity/​​nationality, gender/​​sexuality, health, and bias)

eBook Basics (how to and beyond)
Ebook devices and platforms (publishing services)
eBook formats, formatting. and style guides
eBook publishing
Ebook subscription services
Editing and proofreading, Online tutorials and cheat sheets
Editing and proofreading, Where to find work
Editing and revising fiction
Editing, Business of
Editing checklists
Editing, contracts for
Editing, design, and production (overview of the process)
Editing, error rates in
Editing, Kinds and levels of

Editing yourself and others
Editors and proofreaders, Tips and tools for
Editors and publishing professionals (resources and organizations for)
Editors, Kinds of, and levels of editing
Editors, organizations and resources for what various publishing professionals (editors, copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers, and designers) do, where to find work, and what to charge
Editors: Tact and Tone: Editing that Makes Authors Want to Cooperate (Pat McNees)
Email hoaxes, urban legends, and scams
Equipment, software, and other tools and tutorials for creating multimedia
Errors and error rates in editing
Essays, personal
Essential parts of a book (in their proper order)
Ethical issues in medical publishing (apropos medical ghostwriting)
Ethics, libel, and freedom of the press (plus rights of privacy, publicity, plagiarism, censorship, and related issues)
Eulogies and video tributes
Evidence-based medicine

Fact-checking sites
Fact-finding and news sources
Fair use: a primer
Fair use court cases
Fair use guidelines and codes of best practices
Fake news and media literacy
Fake news, how to spot and identify
Fiction writing and editing (sites, advice, organizations, and other resources)
Films, plays, and documentaries (and resources for screenwriters, playwrights, documentary filmmakers, critics, fans)
First Amendment rights, organizations fighting for
Food, beverage, and travel writing
Foreword, preface, introduction (what's the difference? what's the right order?)
Free digital libraries (books and references are available free online)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Freedom of the press
Freedom of the press vs. escalating press office censorship in federal government
Free speech and freedom of expression
Freelancing, contracting, telecommuting (thriving as a creative entrepreneur)
Frequently asked questions about personal histories and personal historians
Front matter, order of
Fundraising (getting funded)
Funding resources (grant funding)
Funding resources (crowdfunding)

Getting published (starting out)
Ghostwriters: how much and how they charge
Ghostwriting and collaboration (books)
Ghostwriting (fiction)
Ghostwriting (medical)
Ghostwriting (medical) and ethical issues in medical publishing
Ghostwriting books, The art and economics of
Goodreads: Using it to market your book
Google book settlement
Government communications communicators, Best practices for
Government work
Grammar and style (websites, blogs, articles, quizzes, and exercises)
Grants and fellowships for writers
Grant funding and grant proposal writing and editing
Great books for book clubs (and recommended reading)
Great search links

Health insurance, freelancers, and the Affordable Care Act
Hierarchy of evidence pyramid (in covering medical research)
HIPAA, electronic health records, medical privacy laws, and patient rights
How and where to get book reviews and publicity
How much to charge (ranges for various types of service or product)'
How to find and choose the right literary agent
How to pitch a magazine story
How to write a book proposal

Insurance for freelancers
Insurance, Health and disability
Insurance, Liability and property
Insurance, Media perils and liability
Intellectual property issues
Intelligent radio and TV talk shows
Interviewing, Artful journalistic
Interviews, venues for
Interviews with authors
Interviews with or about fiction writers

Investigative reporting, resources for (including watchdog groups)
"Iowa Writers' Workshop vs. NYC
Is it still a great time to become a personal historian?

Job banks
Journalism and journalist resources
Journalists, Where they get their medical news

Kindle/​​KDP, Create-Space, Ingram Spark, Lulu, etc., compared
Kinds of editors and levels of edit

Liability and property insurance
Liability and media perils insurance
Library sites and portals
Life story business and market
Life story writing, Books about
Life story writing, The craft of
Literary magazines and journals, lists of and links to
Local and regional writers organizations
Location independence
Longform journalism

Macro tools and editing software for editors and proofreaders
Macros etc. for references, citations, footnotes and endnotes
Major writers organizations (see also Organization for specific types of writers)
Marketing, publicity, and promotion
Marketing your editing and proofreading services
Mastering multimedia (writing, reporting, speaking, software, equipment, tools, and tutorials)
Media perils and liability insurance 101
Media pros and other allied professionals (organizations and resources for translators, indexers, designers, photographers, artists, illustrators, animators, cartoonists, image professionals, composers)
Medical and scientific images and illustrations (a partial list of sources)
Medical ghostwriting and ethical issues in medical publishing
Medical news, Where journalists get
Memoir and biography, the art and craft of, books about
Memoir- and life-story-related sites and articles
Memoir, biography, and corporate and organizational storytelling — resources on various forms of life story writing
Memoirs (recommended reading lists, by theme)
Memoirs, coming of age (recommended reading list)
Memoirs and personal accounts of vocation, avocation, occupation, profession, "calling" (in other words, work)
Memoirs of regular people (and lives lived outside the limelight)
Memoirs of friendship, family, and other relationships
Memoirs, graphic
Memories and biographies, food-related
Memoirs of illness, crisis, disability, differentness, and survival (organized by category)
Memoirs of, and other books about, caregiving
Memoirs of war and conflict: A reading list
Memories, How reliable are they and how close to the truth?
Memory, The nature and malleability of (and storytelling)
MFA literary fiction vs. NYC
Microsoft Word macros and shortcuts
Monopoly, manipulation, copyright violation, clickbait, and other issues with the Internet giants
Multimedia journalism and storytelling
Multimedia journalism and storytelling, Good examples of
Multimedia, Mastering
Mysteries -- Recommended Reading sites
Mysteries, suspense, thrillers, and crime novels, including The difference between mysteries, suspense novels, and thrillers

Narrative nonfiction (books on the craft, including useful anthologies)
Narrative nonfiction (creative nonfiction, longform journalism)
Narrative nonfiction (classic examples in book form)
Narrative nonfiction (examples online, short-form)
Narrative nonfiction (publications and sites)
Narrative nonfiction (resources)
Narrative structure in science and medical writing
Newspapers and other news sources, online
Nonfiction (including essays, academic writing, and food writing)
Novels and novelists (and shorter fiction)

Online games to engage the brain (including learning games for people with cognitive deficits)
Open access, copyright, and revolution in academia
Open access journal publishers, including Predatory OA publishers
Organizations and sites for biographers, memoirists, personal historians, and other life story writers
Organizations fighting for First Amendment rights and Four Freedoms
Organizations focused on intellectual property rights and issues
Organizations for corporate, government, and technical communicators
Organizations for editors, proofreaders, and indexers
Organizations for fiction writers and fans
Organizations for freelancers
Organizations for ghostwriters and collaborators
Organizations for journalists
Organizations for media pros and allied professionals (translators, indexers, designers, photographers, artists, illustrators, animators, cartoonists, image professionals, composers)
Organizations for medical and science writers
Organizations for publishers, publishing professionals, and booksellers
Organizations for screenwriters, playwrights, documentary filmmakers, and critics
Organizations for sports journalists and editors
Organizations for translators and interpreters
Organizations for travel writers
Organizations, local and regional, for writers and editors
Organizations, major (fighting for creators' rights, interests, and ethical behavior)
Organizations that help artists with disabilities
Orphan works legislation

Paris Review interviews with fiction writers
Paris Review interviews with poets
Parts of the book, Order of
Personal and family histories and legacy memoirs
Personal historian, how to become a
Personal histories and life story writing
Personal storytelling venues
Plagiarism, recycling, patchwriting, and sloppy research
Plays and playwrights (Films, plays, and documentaries)
Podcasts and podcasting
Poetry and verse (plus publications, organizations, and contests)
Point of view in fiction
Predatory open access journal publishers
Preface, foreword, and introduction (what's the difference? what's the right order?)
Pricing strategies for creative professionals
Printers and printing
Print-on-demand (POD) publishing (digital publishing)
Print-on-demand and self-publishing
Prior restraint (government censorship)
Privacy, online privacy, and invasion of privacy
Problems covering government agencies
Procrastination, writer's block, creativity, and time and effort management
Product identifiers, explained (ISBN, WorldCat, CIP, LCCN, and PCN)
Public information offices (PIOs), improving relationships with science and medical journalists
Publishing (books and ebooks)
Publishing (self-publishing and print on demand, or POD)
Publishing and bookseller organizations and resources
Publishing marketplaces
Publishing news, resources, and organizations
Punctuating poetry

Query letters (pitches) to land an agent or book publisher
Query letters (pitches) for magazines and newspapers

Radio programs and podcasts (especially from public radio)
Recommended for book clubs
Recording phone interviews
Research reports, How not to misread or misreport
Resources for bloggers
Resources for producing ezines
Reversion of rights to author vs. Rights in perpetuity to publisher
Right of publicity (personality rights)
Rights and permissions (clearing rights in visual arts, in music and sound, and in books, scripts, and screenplay)
Rights: Authors' rights (and publishers' rights grabs)
Rights and contracts for academic authors

Sample contracts and agreements for services
Sarah Wernick's FAQs on collaboration
Scams, bad deals, and other ways to lose money (vanity/​​subsidy publishing, subsidy presses, and author mills)
Scanning photos, documents, and other images (McNees site)
Scanning photos: what resolution is best?
Science and medical writing
Self-published authors, News, reviews, and promotion for
Self-publishing (indie publishing)
Self-publishing and print on demand (POD)
Self-publishing children's books
Self-publishing resources
Self-publishing success stories
Self-publishing vs. traditional publishing (pros and cons of self-publishing)
Setups and payoffs, in fiction
Sharing workspaces
Shield laws
Short story renaissance
Show, don't tell
Sites, advice, and resources for fiction writers
SLAPP laws (meritless lawsuits brought to censor critics)
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, social networking)
Social networks for book readers
So, you want to write a book! (Sarah Wernick, updated by Pat McNees)
Specialty (niche) writing , from children's books to sportswriting
Standing and adjustable-height desks and walkstations
Starting Out (getting published)
Stories told aloud to a live audience, Venues for
Story structure (narrative arc) and storytelling
Style and media guides on diversity (re ability/​​disability, age, appearance, color, ethnicity/​​nationality, gender/​​sexuality, health, and bias)
Style, grammar, and diction (editing yourself and others)
Style guides, basic
Style guides, online
Style guides and dictionaries, discipline- and situation-specific (print and online)
Style and grammar books
Subject specialties (animals, autos, bowling, children's books, food, gardens, family history, jazz, résumés, sports, travel, website, wine writing, etc.)'

Talk shows, radio and TV (the best shows for authors, readers, thinkers)
Taping phone calls
Technical writing and editing (technical communications)
Textbook and academic authors
Timelines of censorship history
Tips and tools for editors and proofreaders
Tips on tact and tone (Pat McNees)
Title, Developing a 'selling'
Tools for writers and editors
Training in editing, proofreading, publishing
Translators and interpreters, associations for
Translators and interpreters, for and about
Travel writing
The truth about print-on-demand (POD) publishing
True stories and storytelling, Online venues for
Tutorials and tools for creating multimedia
Tutorials and tools for video production
Tutorials for audio editing
Tutorials for computer novices, HTML and other techie stuff

Urban legends, Where to check out

Venues for author interviews, webcasts
Venues for storytelling
Veterans writing groups and projects
Voice, in fiction
Voice in memoir
Voice, persona, and point of view in memoir
Well-designed authors' websites (scroll left column)
What book doctors and consulting editors do
What editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders do (kinds of edits and levels of edit)
What is the difference between a memoir and an autobiography (or memoirs) (Pat McNees)
Where to find editorial work
Whistleblower protection
Why and how you should get your self-published book edited
Why's this so good?
Will journalism survive? In what form?
Word software tips, shortcuts, macros, tutorials
Work for hire (aka Works made for hire)
Writers colonies (aka residencies, communities, retreats)
Writers conferences, workshops, and other learning places
Writers' offices
Writers organizations. See Organizations, above, by specialty.
Writers sharing workspaces (working alone, together)
The writing life
Writing niches (including animals, autos, bowling, children's books, food, gardens, family history, jazz, résumés, sports, travel, website, and wine writing)
Writing white papers
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Can I make a living as a writer?

These links answer many frequently asked questions, such as "Can one make a living as a writer?" (As a poet, generally, no. You'll have better luck as a novelist, but fiction is very much a crap shoot. With nonfiction, you're more likely to be able to make a living, and if you choose a field like technical writing, business writing, or speechwriting, and you're good at it, have expertise in fields with few experts, have credentials and a good track record, and live in an area where there's high demand for writing, you can make a very good living.) If what you want is to be rich, your odds are better if you choose another field. But if writing comes at all easy to you, and you develop marketable skills, it's a very interesting way to spend a life.

As is probably true in any line of work, the most satisfying jobs are not always the ones that pay well, and it's very hard to predict what will satisfy and what will pay well! Once when I was giving a talk to a writer's group about writing and editing in the Washington DC area, I said that "the more boring the work, the more you can charge," which is generally true. (Note that food and travel writing tend to pay little and technical writing tends to pay more, for example.) But as a result of that talk, I got one of the least boring, most interesting, most lucrative projects of my career. As any writer will tell you, sometimes we take on projects just because we love them, and know the psychic satisfaction will be high. Sometimes we take on work because we like who we will be working with or for. Occasionally everything comes together and we get paid well for work that is satisfying, for publishers or clients who are a dream to work with, writing for an audience we really care about. May you all find such work! May all your editors know what they are doing and do it respectfully, may all your writers turn in compelling and clean copy, and may we all play well in the sandbox!

I have also included links and tips for just plain readers, news junkies, and other enthusiasts. Please let me know about your favorite (and most-used) sites, blogs, organizations, books, etc.
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