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Abbreviations, acronyms, initialisms, shorteners, contractions, chat shorthand
Academia and copyright
Academic authors, rights and contracts for ( (how not to give up all rights to academic journals)
Academic freedom
Academic writing and publishing
Accents, symbols, scripts, diacritical marks (how to code for)
Accuracy, honesty, and truth in narrative journalism
Acquiring, swapping, recycling, or selling books (buying and selling books online)
Acronyms and initialisms
Active sitting
Addictive and wonderful TV and cable shows
Adding images, sound, story, humor, animation (multimedia storytelling ,data visualization)
Adding metadata to photos (McNees site)
Adjectives, the expected order of
Agents and book proposals
Agent, Changing role of the literary
Agents, how to find and land them
Agents, how to protect yourself against the bad ones
Alexa, Echo, and other intelligent voice control system (IVCSs)
Amazon and self-publishing
Amazon, Google, and other dominating forces on the internet
Amazon marketing and ads
Amazon vs. Book Publishers: Do Writers Win or Lose?
Animal search sites
Animal-focused writers organizations
Anonymous sources
Anti-SLAPP law
Apostrophes, commas, and other punctuation trouble spots
Archival materials, Reliable suppliers of (McNees site)
Archiving and preservation resources (McNees site)
Archiving, conservation, and preservation of valued objects, documents (McNees site)
Archiving digital media
Art and craft of memoir and biography (a booklist)
Artful books, Producing
Artificial intelligence
Artists with disabilities, Organizations that assist
Art of (Biography, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Theater) See Paris Review interviews
Art of editing
Art of the pitch
Arts and poetry organizations
Association of Personal Historians, A short history of the
Audio books
Audio books (finding good ones to listen to)
Audio editing software and instructions
Audio narratives, including digital and radio storytelling
Audio recording and editing equipment, software, & tutorials (McNees site)
Audio tools, technology, and tutorials
Author-agent agreements (contracts)
Author book talks
Author book tours
Author earnings, income
Author interviews, book readings, glimpses into the literary world (podcasts and downloads for book worms and writers)
Author mills, scams, and other bad deals
Author platform, building your
Author profiles and interviews (a few interesting examples)
Author interviews (venues for)
Authors Alliance criticized by Authors Guild
Author's alterations and document version control
Authors Guild warning about Authors Alliance
Authors' rights and publishers' rights grabs
Authors' wills, trusts, and estates
Author websites, attractive, well-designed (far left)
Autobiography, difference from memoir
Autobiography, memoirs, and memoir writing
Awards, contests, grants, and fellowships for writers and journalists
Awards and contests, for poetry
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Banned books, censorship, and freedom of expression
Banned books, Lists of
Basic plots
The beneficial effects of life story and legacy activities ( site)
Best films and movies (various lists)
Best radio and TV talk shows (on which books, authors, films, and ideas are discussed)
Best TV and cable series (addictive)
Best TV and cable shows (various lists)
Bestsellers, All about (tips, facts, stories)
Betamax/​Sony case (Important Fair Use Cases)
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Biography, The art, craft, and politics of
Biography and memoir, the art and craft of
Biography, Paris Review interviews about The Art 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 about self-publishing
Blogs and news roundups for writers and editors
Blogs about the book business (agents, editors, and publishing experts)
Blogs, columns, news for medical, health, and science writers
Blogs of academia
Book club favorites
Book clubs, Marketing to
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 editing, design, and production (overview of process)
Book fairs and book festivals
Book group "best" and "top" lists
Book group discussions and discussion guides
Book group favorites
Book jackets
Book, order of the parts of
Book news, reviews, and author interviews (plus blogs and resources for critics and book reviewers)
Book printing and binding, explained, illustrated
Book proposals and query letters
Book publishing and e-publishing
Book reviews, book reviewing, and book reviewers
Book reviews, Getting them for self-published books

Books and articles for fiction writers and editors
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, Clearing rights for
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 talks, by authors
Book titles
Book title, Developing a 'selling'
Book tours
Book trailers (book videos, VidLits)
Bots, trolls, and fake followers
Branded content
Brick and mortar bookstores
Brick and mortar libraries
British vs. American punctuation
British vs. American spelling, vocabulary, style (and those of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand)
Building your author platform
Business of Personal Histories, The (article for ASJA Weekly. Dec. 2008)
Buying and selling books (how to)
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Cable and TV shows worth getting addicted to
Calculators and conversion tools, for $$ and otherwise)
Calendars and lists of book fairs, colonies, conferences, and festivals
Calendars (regular and perpetual), world clocks, calendar converters, and time converters
Can I make a living as a writer?
Capturing family voices (McNees site)
Cartoonists and comic book writers
Cartoons, comics, anime, manga, panel stories, graphic novels, and animation
Censorship, banned books, and freedom of expression
Censorship, free speech, and freedom of expression
Censorship, history of
Changing Times, Changing Minds: 100 Years of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (by Pat McNees)
Characters, creating, in fiction
Characters, in narrative nonfiction
Charitable organizations, rated
Charts (one way of visualizing data)
Check out email hoaxes, urban legends, and scams
Children, Interviewing
Children's book publishing (writing for children)
Children's books, Self-publishing
CIP, PCIP, LCCN, PCNs, ISBNs, WorldCat, etc.
Citation and reference styles (footnotes, endnotes, etc.)
Citizen journalism
Civil War, The
Clearing rights and finding rightsholders
Clearing rights for books, scripts, screenplays, etc.
Clearing rights for music and sound
Clearing rights in the visual arts
Clickbait and other problems with social media
Climate change: arguing about, and the issuesClosings and last lines
Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use
Codes of ethics, standards, and guidelines,
and statements of principle and best Practices

Coding tutorials
Collaboration agreements
Collaboration and ghostwriting
Collaboration, Sarah Wernick's answers to FAQs
Collaborative journalism
Colors, named and numbered
Comic book creators and cartoonists
Coming-of-age memoirs
Comma abuse and other punctuation problems
Commas, serial commas, and semicolons
Communicating and marketing online (Web 2.0 and social media)
Computer novices, tutorials for (HTML and other techie stuff)
Computer security (password managers, hacking, backup, VPN, GDPR compliance, anti-virus, malware protection, etc.)
Conferences on longform aka narrative nonfiction
Conferences, workshops, and other learning places (including book fairs, writers colonies, residencies, retreats)
Conflicts of interest in science and medical writing
Connect with other writers (and editors)
Conspiracy theories
Consumer ratings, reviews, and complaints
Contemporary Latin American Short Stories (McNees site)
Content curation
Content marketing and custom publishing
Content mills (sweat shops for article writers)
Contracts and agreements for services (samples)
Contract terms for books (including reversion of rights and indemnity clauses)
Conversion tools and calculators
Converters (time and calendar)
Copyright and academia: theses, dissertations, scientific products, etc.
Copyright: How long does it last?
Copyright: How, why, and when to register it
Copyright issues, documents, FAQs, and explanations
Copyright listservs and discussion groups
Copyright, Who owns the (and what does it protect?)
Copyright, work for hire, fair use, public domain, and other rights issues
Corporate and organizational histories (commissioned histories)
Corporate and organizational storytelling
Corporate and technical communications (copywriting, content marketing and curation, organizational storytelling, and grant proposal writing)
Covering climate change
Covering disability, mental illness, and suicide prevention
Covering disaster
Covering health reform, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Covering medical beats
Covering public and private tragedy and trauma
Covering the opioid crisis
Create-Space, Ingram Spark, Kindle/​​KDP, Lulu, etc., compared
Creating characters in narrative nonfiction
Creating interesting characters (in fiction)
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
Custom publishing (aka branded content aka content marketing)
Curriculum vitae (CV)
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Daphne Project: 45 journalists will continue the slain Maltese journalist's work
Dashes, em dashes, ellipses, colons, slashes, and commas
Data journalism
Data privacy, data protection
Data visualization
Description, place, and setting
Defamation, libel, and slander
Degree programs in science writing
Design, Books on (especially book design)
Dialogue, in fiction
Dictionaries and dictionary-style references, online, both general and specialized
The difference between a preface, foreword, and introduction
The difference between a memoir and an autobiography
The differences between mysteries, suspense novels, and thrillers
Digital and documentary photography
Digital rights management (DRM)
Disaster, Reporting on
Diversity style and media guides (unbiased usage as to ability/​​disability, age, appearance, color, ethnicity/​​nationality, gender/​​sexuality, health, and bias)
Documentaries (resources on)

Earthquake, volcano, and weather watch sites
eBook Basics (how to and beyond)
e-Book Cover Design Awards (Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer) Lots of examples--from 2011 forward.
Ebook devices and platforms (publishing services)
eBook formats, formatting. and style guides
eBook publishing
Ebooks and self-publishing (ins and outs, pros and cons
Ebook subscription services
ECommerce platforms
Editing academic authors
Editing and proofreading marks
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, errors and error rates in
Editing, kinds and levels of
Editing, proofreading, and publishing, Training, courses, workshops on
Editing Wikipedia
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 and electronic files, Managing
Email hoaxes, urban legends, and scams
Electronic health records, medical privacy laws, and patient rights
Ellipses and em dashes
Endnote and footnote styles (see more under Footnotes)
Entertainment industry news
Equipment, software, and other tools and tutorials for creating multimedia
Erotic novels
Errors and error rates in editing
Essays, personal
Essential parts of a book (in their proper order)
The essential parts of a book
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
Exclamation points
Evidence-based medicine
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Facebook 101
Facebook (Social media superpowers under the microscope)
Fact checking
Fact-checking and verification for editors
Fact-checking sites
Fact-checking as verification sites
Fact-finding and news sources
Fair use: a primer
Fair use court cases
Fair use, four factors
Fair use guidelines and codes of best practices
Fake followers, bots, and trolls
Fake news and media literacy
Fake news, how to spot and identify
Family history materials, Organizing and preserving (Pat McNees site)
Family trees, resources for charting (McNees site)
Fees for ghostwriters
Fees for various functions and products
Fiction series, Writing a
Fiction ebooks
Fiction writers, Paris Review interviews with
Fiction writing and editing (sites, advice, organizations, and other resources)
Fiction writing and editing (more sites, advice, and resources)
File extensions, listed and explained
Film awards, festivals, competitions
Films and movies, lists of best
Films, plays, and documentaries (and resources for screenwriters, playwrights, documentary filmmakers, critics, fans)
Finding background music and sound effects for video biographies, podcasts, presentations, blogs, etc. (McNees site)
Finding photographs and other images (McNees site)
Finding real-people sources, journalists, bloggers, etc.
Finding vintage music from a particular year or place (McNees site)
Finding the right word
First Amendment rights, organizations fighting for
Flash fiction and flash fiction markets
Fonts and typography
Food and beverage writing
Footnotes: Citation and reference styles for footnotes, endnotes, documentation
Footnotes and endnotes (in InDesign)
Footnotes, endnotes, references, and citations (general, for academia)
Footnotes, endnotes, and citation boosting and manipulation in academia
Footnotes, endnotes, citations, and references, Macros and software for
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 protest on campus
Free speech, freedom of expression, and censorship
Free internet, The meaning of
Freelance rates (per hour, per page, per project--estimated ranged)
Freelance writers 17-year class action lawsuit settled
Freelancing, contracting, telecommuting (thriving as a creative entrepreneur)
Frequently asked questions about collaboration (Sarah Wernick)
Frequently asked questions about personal histories and personal historians
Front matter, order of
Fundraising (getting funded)
Funding resources (grant funding)
Funding resources (crowdfunding)
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Genealogy and family histories (McNees site)
Genealogy gateway sites (McNees site)
General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR (regulations affecting online privacy)
Genre fiction and fiction genres
Geography, map, and travel sites
Getting good publicity
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
Global warming
Gmail, Tips for using
Goodreads: Using it to market your book
Google, Facebook, and other online superpowers, Problems with
Google book settlement
Government communications communicators, Best practices for
Government agencies, Problems covering
Government work
Graphic novels
Grammar and style (websites, blogs, articles)
Grammar quizzes and exercises
Grants and fellowships for writers
Grant funding and grant proposal writing and editing
• Great and unusual online shopping (McNees site)
Great books for book clubs (and recommended reading)
Great search links
Great TV and cable shows and series (addictive)

Hairstyle of My Own, A (wry video, Bill Erwin of Pat McNees)
Harassment, online (dealing with)
HathiTrust (Important Fair Use Cases)
Health and disability insurance
Health and medical reporting and writing
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
Historic newspapers, online (McNees site)
Historical novels (and awards for them)
History timelines
Holocaust, Resources on (McNees site)
Home office and other tax deductions for freelancers, entrepreneurs
How and where to get book reviews and publicity
How much to charge (ranges for various types of service or product)
How not to misread or misreport research reports
How to find and choose the right literary agent
How to pitch a magazine story
How to write a book proposal
How to write your own (or someone else's) life story (books about)
HTML for beginners
Humor, Making use of
Humor for editors (the funny bits)
Hybrid authors
Hybrid publishing
Hyphens, hyphenating compounds, and other common hyphen-usage problems

Illustrations and illustrators
Images, Finding (McNees site)
Image search and reverse images search sites
Income tax for entrepreneurs and freelancers
Income tax for writers, deductions for
InDesign book design software, Mastering
InDesign, Footnotes and endnotes
Index for site
Index for Pat McNees's website
Index for Writers and Editors website
Indexing--why and how
In Re Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation
Instant streaming options (Amazon Plus, Netflix, Hulu Plus, BritBox, Acorn, etc. )
Insurance, Health and disability
Insurance, health, and the Affordable Care Act
Insurance, Liability and property
Insurance, Media perils and liability
Intellectual property issues
Intellectual property (copyright, work for hire, and other rights issues)
Intellectual property issues, Organizations organized around
Intellectual property listservs and discussion groups
Intelligent radio and TV talk shows
Intelligent voice control system (IVCSs such as Alexas, Echo)
Internet monopolies, tech giants, and how they affect our lives
Internet: Who owns it? The death of net neutrality
Interviewing, Artful journalistic
Interviewing, The art and craft (Pat McNees site)
Interviewing (Capturing family voices, Pat McNees site)
Interviewing children, especially about trauma and catastrophic events
Interview questions and guides (Pat McNees site, What to ask in a life story or oral history interview)
Interviews for a job
Interviews, recording, by phone
Interviews, venues for authors
Interviews: Who owns them?? Who controls the right to use them?
Interviews with agents and editors
Interviews with authors
Interviews with fiction writers, Paris Review (a marvelous collection)
Interviews with or about fiction writers
Investigative reporting, resources for (including watchdog groups)
Iowa Writers' Workshop vs. NYC
ISBNs, ISSNs, LCCNs, PCNs,CIPs, PCIPs, WorldCat, and other product identifiers
Is it still a great time to become a personal historian?
Italics or quotation marks?
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Job banks
Job interviews
Journalism and journalist resources
Journalism, Data
Journalism, Investigative
Journalism, Online
Journalism organizations
Journalism schools, degrees, and training
Journalism--will it survive? in what form?
Journalists, Where they get their medical news

Kickstarting your indie publication
Kill fees
Kindle/​​KDP, Create-Space, Ingram Spark, Lulu, etc., compared
Kinds of editors and levels of edit

Law, politics, and military history search sites
LCCNs, PCNs,CIPs, PCIPs, ISBNs, ISSNs, WorldCat, and other product identifiers
Ledes (leads) and first lines
Liability and property insurance
Liability and media perils insurance
Libraries, Brick and mortar
Libraries and librarians, Novels and memoirs by and about
Library sites and portals
Life story business and market
Life story writing, Books about
Life story writing, The craft of
LinkedIn's power
Listservs and discussion groups about copyright and intellectual property
Literary magazines and journals
Local and regional writers organizations
Local news, Saving
Location independence
Longform journalism (narrative nonfiction)

Macro tools and editing software for editors and proofreaders
Macros etc. for references, citations, footnotes and endnotes
Magazines, New models for
Map, geography, and travel search sites
Major writers organizations (see also Organization for specific types of writers)
Maps and mapmakers
Marketing, publicity, and promotion
Marketing to book clubs
Marketing your editing and proofreading services
Markets for novels
Markets for short stories
Mastering multimedia (writing, reporting, speaking, software, equipment, tools, and tutorials)
Math and statistics for writers and journalists
McNees, Pat (bio)
Media literacy and fake news
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 beats and health care, Covering
Medical ghostwriting
Medical news, Where journalists get their
Medical writing
Medical and scientific images and illustrations (a partial list of sources)
Medical ghostwriting (aka collaboration)
Medical ghostwriting and ethical issues in medical publishing
Medical news, Where journalists get
Memoir and autobiography, The differences between
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, healing, and self-understanding (a reading list)
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
Memoir writing as discovery (a reading list)
Memoirs, Writing your (McNees site
Memories, How reliable are they and how close to the truth?
Memory prompts for writing your life story
Memory, The nature and malleability of (and storytelling)
MFA literary fiction vs. NYC
Microsoft Word macros and shortcuts
Military records, history, and archives (McNees site)
Money, Writers talk about
Monopoly, manipulation, copyright violation, clickbait, and other issues with the Internet giants
Moral rights
More resources and advice on self-publishing
Moth, The (great radio storytelling)
Movie mistakes, plot holes, goofs in continuity
Movies, film, documentaries
Multimedia explanations
Multimedia, Organizations relevant to
Multimedia storytelling, how to's of
Multimedia journalism and storytelling, Good examples of
Multimedia software
Multimedia venues
Multimedia, Mastering
Multimedia software
Multimedia storytelling (books about)
Multimedia storytelling (how-to's)
Music and sound, Clearing rights for
Mysteries -- Recommended Reading sites
Mysteries, suspense, thrillers, crime novels, and cozies, and the difference between them
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Narrative arc
Narrative medicine (and medical narrative)
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
Negative book reviews
Net galley, review copies, and giveaways
Net neutrality: Who owns the Internet
New models for newspapers and magazines
Newspapers and other news sources, online
Newspapers, New models for
Newspapers, Online archives of historic newspapers (McNees site)
Nonfiction (including essays, academic writing, and food writing)
Nonfiction, Paris Review interviews about The Art of
Novels and novelists (and shorter fiction)
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Online harassment, Dealing with
Online privacy (steps to take for data protection)
Open access, copyright, and revolution in academia
Open access journal publishers, including Predatory OA publishers
Online games to engage the brain (including learning games for people with cognitive deficits)
Openings and closings (ledes and last lines)
Oral history as social history (McNees site)
Oral history, Books about doing (McNees site)
Oral history collections online (McNees site)
Oral history interviews, Transcribing (McNees site)
Oral history, online guides to doing (McNees site)
Oral history, Stories about (McNees site)
Order of adjectives, the proper
Order of front and back matter in a book (McNees site)
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 oral historians (McNees site)
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
Organizing and preserving family history materials (McNees site)
Orphan works legislation
Outdoor writers organizations
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Paris Review interviews: The Art of Biography
Paris Review interviews: The Art of Fiction
Paris Review interviews: The Art of Nonfiction
Paris Review interviews: The Art of Poetry
Paris Review interviews: The Art of Theater
Parts of the book, Order of
Pay gap in journalism
Pay for ghostwriters
Pay for various functions and products
Permissions and release forms
Personal and family histories and legacy memoirs
Personal historian, how to become a
Personal historian, Is it still a great time to become a?
Personal histories and life story writing
Personal histories and personal historians, 21 frequently asked questions about
Personal Histories, The Business of (article for ASJA Monthly, Dec. 2008)
Personal storytelling venues
Phone interviews, recording
Photographers' rights
Photos, Organizing
Photos, Scanning and repairing
PIOs and journalists
Pitching a book to an agent (query letters)
Pitching a magazine or newspaper story
Pitch, the art of the
Plagiarism, self-plagiarism, recycling, patchwriting, and sloppy research
Platform, author
Plays and playwrights (Films, plays, and documentaries)
Plot, story structure, narrative arc, conflict, and suspense in fiction
Plot: See Story structure (for narrative nonfiction)
Podcasts and podcasting, Resources for
Podcasts, Finding music and sound effects for (McNees site)
Podcasts of author interviews
Podcasts of talk shows
Poetry and arts organizations
Poetry and verse (plus publications, organizations, and contests)
Poetry awards and contests
Poetry contests (legitimate vs. scams)
Poetry, how to submit
Point of view in fiction
Political correctness, censorship, free speech, and freedom of expression
Politics and the press
Pollinger, Paul (photo)
Predatory open access journal publishers
Preface, foreword, and introduction (what's the difference? what's the right order?)
Preserving family and national treasures (Pat McNees site)
Pricing strategies for creative professionals
Printers and printing
Printing is not publishing (processes to understand)
Print-on-demand (POD) publishing (digital publishing)
Print-on-demand and self-publishing
Prior restraint (government censorship)
Prisoners, Memoir-writing workshops for
Prison writing
Privacy and protection of data
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)
Pronunciation guides and dictionaries
Public domain (when do works become copyright free and other explanations)
Public domain resources (works out of copyright)
Publicity, Getting good
Public information offices (PIOs), relationships with journalists
Public speaking
Publishing (books and ebooks)
Publishing, editing, proofreading, Training, courses, workshops on
Publishing (self-publishing and print on demand, or POD)
Publishing and bookseller organizations and resources
Publishing marketplaces
Publishing news, resources, and organizations
Punctuating poetry
Punctuation and punctuation problems
Punctuation, generally
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Q&As with agents and editors (Authors Guild and Poets & Writers)
Query letters (pitches) to land an agent or book publisher
Query letters (pitches) for magazines and newspapers
Quotation marks and italics

Radio programs and podcasts (especially from public radio)
Radio storytelling (audio narratives)
Radio, Tutorials for
Recommended for book clubs
Recording phone interviews
Release forms
Religion research sites
Research reports, How not to misread or misreport
Resources for bloggers
Resources for producing ezines
Résumés, CVs, and alternatives
Reversion of rights to author vs. Rights in perpetuity to publisher
Right of publicity (personality rights)
Rights and royalties management
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
Rightsholders, Finding and clearing rights with
Risk of telling the truth, The
Romance novels and novelists
Royalties, author's
Rules of writing
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Sample contracts and agreements for services
Sarah Wernick's FAQs on collaboration
Saving local news
Saving newspapers (new business models for)
Scams, bad deals, and other ways to lose money
Scanning and repairing photos
Scanning, archiving, and indexing magazines, journals, and newspapers
Scanning, digitizing, and editing for video and multimedia, guides to (Joella Werlin and Elisabeth Pozzi-Thanner)
Scanning many letters to get a searchable digital archive
Scanning photos, documents, and other images (McNees site)
Scanning photos: what resolution is best?
Scared speechless? Join Toastmasters (McNees site)
Science and medical writing
Science fiction and fantasy
Scripts and screenplays, Clearing rights for
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Search links
Self-published authors, News, reviews, and promotion for
Self-publishing and indie publishing: a basic booklist
Self-publishing (indie publishing)
Self-publishing children's books
Self-publishing ebooks (ins and outs, pros and cons, how to's)
---Self-publishing in history
Self-Publishing 101: basics of self-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) Selling your self-published book
Selling your books to libraries, bookstores, schools
Series, Writing a fiction
Settlement of freelance writers class action lawsuit
Setups and payoffs, in fiction
Sharing workspaces
Shield laws
Should a novelist hire a professional editor?
Short history of the Association of Personal Historians
Short stories, About
Show, don't tell
Sites, advice, and resources for fiction writers
SLAPP laws (strategic lawsuits against public participation)
Social and population statistics sites
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, social networking)\
Social media for book readers
Social media monopolies, problems with
Social networks for book readers
Songwriting (books about)
So, you want to write a book! (Sarah Wernick, updated by Pat McNees)
Speaking engagements
Specialty (niche) writing , from children's books to sportswriting
Speechwriting and presentations
Sports journalists and editors organizations
Standing and adjustable-height desks and walkstations
Starting a small business (McNees site)
Starting Out (getting published)
Stories told aloud to a live audience, Venues for
Story openings/​leads and closings
Story structure in life story writing
Story structure (narrative arc) in narrative nonfiction
Story structure, narrative arc, conflict, and suspense in fiction
Storytelling, corporate and organizational
Storytelling venues (digital and radio)
Storytelling venues (for stories told aloud to live audiences)
Storytelling venues (online)
Story types (plots), How many are there?
Structure and storyline in life story writing (look also under Story structure)
Style and grammar books
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 sheets
Subject specialties (animals, autos, bowling, children's books, food, gardens, family history, jazz, résumés, sports, travel, website, wine writing, etc.)
Sunshine laws
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Talk shows, radio and TV (the best shows for authors, readers, thinkers)
Taping phone calls
Tax deductions for writers and freelancers
Technical writing and editing (technical communications)
Television and cable shows worth watching (addictive)
Telling your story (Pat McNees site, links to many pieces)
Textbook and academic authors
Theater, Paris Review interviews about The Art of
Time and calendar converters, perpetual calendars, world clocks
Timelines, archives, genealogical and other historical resources (McNees site)
Timelines of history
Timelines of censorship history
Timelines, timeline tools
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
Transcribing tips and transcription software
Transcribing oral history interviews (McNees site)
Translation, The art of
Translators and interpreters, associations for
Translators and interpreters, for and about
Transparency, Government, and sunshine laws
Travel search sites
Travel writing
Tributes (multimedia) (McNees site)
The truth about print-on-demand (POD) publishing
True stories and storytelling, Online venues for
Trump, the press, and the truth
Truth, accuracy, accountability, and public trust
Truth, The risk of telling the
Tutorials and tools for audio production
Tutorials and tools for creating multimedia
Tutorials and tools for video production and editing
Tutorials for audio editing
Tutorials for computer novices, HTML and other techie stuff
Tutorials for radio
Twitter, How to make the most of
Twitter (Social media superpowers under the microscope)
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Umlaut and diaeresis
Unions and the press
Urban legends, Where to check out
Usability and the user experience (UX)

Vanity/​subsidy publishing and presses, author mills, and other ways to lose money
Venues for author interviews, webcasts
Venues for personal storytelling
Verification sites
Veterans writing groups and projects
Veterans. Memoirs of war and conflict: A reading list.
Video production and editing
Video tutorials (about producing video)
Virtual private networks (VPNs)
Visual arts, Clearing rights in the
Visualizing data (infographics, multimedia, etc.)
Visual storytelling
Voice, in fiction
Voice, in memoir
Voice, persona, and point of view in memoir
Volcano and earthquake watch sites
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Washington Biography Group (WBG) (McNees site)
Weather search sites
Websites for an author, Creating your
Websites: Some well-designed author websites
Website traffic, Tools for monitoring
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)
What is the difference between a preface, a foreword, and an introduction?
Where journalists get their medical news
Where to find editorial work
Whistleblower protection
White papers
Who owns an interview? Who controls the right to use it?
Who owns the copyright?
Who owns the Internet? The death of net neutrality
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
Words (right and wrong, confusables, word pairs, and error spots in diction)
Word software, Tips, tricks, shortcuts and "macros" for working with
Word vs. InDesign for designing books
Work for hire (aka Works made for hire)
WorldCat, ISBNs, CIP, LCCN, PCNs, and other product identifiers
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)
Writing personal stories about war (Pat's blog about illness and death)
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
Writing your memoirs


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About this site

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
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Can I 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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