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Index for Writers and Editors website

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

Abbreviations, acronyms, initialisms, shorteners, contractions, chat shorthand
AB5 and other problems in the gig economy
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)
Addresses (search engines)
Adjectives, the expected order of
Advance praise (blurbs, celebrity endorsements)
Advertising on Amazon
Advertising on Google, Facebook, and Bookbub
Ads, ad networks, ad platforms, etc.
Advocacy journalism

Agents and book proposals
Agent, Changing role of the literary
Agents as publishers: a conflict of interest
Agents, how to find and land them
Agents, how to protect yourself against the bad ones
Agents, Q&As with
Alexa, Echo, and other intelligent voice control system (IVCSs)
All rights vs. work for hire contracts, explained
All-star pages on this website
Amazon and self-publishing
Amazon, Google, and other dominating forces on the internet
Amazon marketing and ads
Amazon, Selling books on
Amazon vs. Book Publishers: Do Writers Win or Lose?
Animal search sites
Animal-focused writers organizations
Anonymous sources
Anthologies, Editing or appearing in
Anti-racism reading list and resources for adults
Anti-racism books for and about children of color
Anti-SLAPP law
Apostrophes, commas, and other punctuation trouble spots
Area codes (search engines)
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)
Art, cover: What makes for a successful book jacket
Art, cover: Secrets of successful book covers
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 branding
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 Fair Contract Initiative
Authors Guild vs Authors Alliance
Authors organizations, Major (see Organizations for specialized writers groups)
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
Award scams and contests to be wary of

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Banned books and Banned Books Week
Banned books, Lists of
Based on true stories and people
Basic plots
Beginnings (Openings, closings, and transitions in fiction)
The beneficial effects of life story and legacy activities ( site)
Best films and movies (various lists)
Best movies and novels about journalists and journalism

Best radio and TV talk shows (on which books, authors, films, and ideas are discussed)
Bestsellers, All about (tips, facts, stories)
Bestseller lists
Best TV and cable series (addictive)
Best TV and cable shows (various lists)
Betamax/Sony case (Important Fair Use Cases)
Beta readers, How and why to use (under Agents and book proposals)

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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
Black lives matter: A reading list for adults
Black lives matter: Books for and about children of color
Black or black? (as racial identifier)
Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency
Block, Writer's
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
BookBub, Google, and Facebook ads
Book business, Blogs about the
Bookcases and bookshelves
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)

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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 events, Virtual (including book launches)

Book fairs and book festivals
Book group "best" and "top" lists
Book group discussions and discussion guides
Book group favorites
Book jackets
Book launch, Virtual (especially during the pandemic)
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 readers' social media (Goodreads, Shelfari, etc.)
Book readings and book talks (by authors)
Book reviews, book reviewing, and book reviewers
Book reviews, Getting them for self-published books target="_blank">
Books and articles for fiction writers and editors
Books about multimedia storytelling
Books about self-publishing (indie publishing)
Books about songwriting<
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
Book sales and author's income, The truth about
Books, Clearing rights for
Books for book groups (alphabetical by title)
Books for children's book writers and illustrators
Books for editors
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)
Bookshelves and bookcases
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
Branding, Author
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 cards that work

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
Cartoonists. Q&As with
Cartoons, comics, anime, manga, panel stories, graphic novels, and animation
Celebrity endorsements
Censorship and freedom of expression
Censorship, free speech, and freedom of expression
Censorship, history of
Changes in book publishing
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 books, Writing
Children's books about science

Children's books, Self-publishing
CIP, PCIP, LCCN, PCNs, ISBNs, WorldCat, etc.
Citation and reference styles (footnotes, endnotes, etc.)
Citation boosting, manipulation, and the "impact factor"
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
Clickbait, news headlines, and other audience grabbers
Climate change: arguing about, and the issues
Closings and last lines
Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use
Codes of conduct
Codes of ethics, standards, and guidelines, and statements of principle and best practices
Code of Ethics of the Association of Personal Historians
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 (online privacy and data protection, 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)
Consent the best defense against invasion of privacy lawsuits
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 (author-agent agreements)
Contracts and agreements for services (samples)
Contract terms for books (including reversion of rights and indemnity clauses)
Contractors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs, Resources for
Contractors, Income tax for
Contractors, Sample contracts and agreements for services
Controlled digital lending (CDL) ((and included here)
Conversion tools and calculators
Converters (time and calendar)
Copyright and academia (open access, scientific products, intellectual property, dissertations and theses)
Copyright and open access (blog post)
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 page, Where it goes, what it should contain
Copyright, rights, and contracts for academic authors
Copyright, Who owns the (and what does it protect?)
Copyright, work for hire, fair use, public domain, and other rights issues
Coronavirus, Covering
Coronavirus and freelancer assistance
Coronavirus: What you need to know to survive (on sister site)
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)
Counterfeit books (and book piracy)
Cover design, Secrets of successful
Cover design, What makes a great
Covering climate change
Covering Coronavirus
Covering disability, mental illness, and suicide prevention
Covering disaster
Covering diversity and inclusion
Covering health reform
Covering medical beats
Covering medical and health news (where journalists get their information)
Covering Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP
Covering public and private tragedy and trauma
Covering the Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obamacare)
Covering the COVID-19 pandemic: Resources for journalists
Covering the opioid crisis
Covering war
Covid-19 fact-checking and misinformation tracking
Covid-19-related grants for authors
COVID-19-related resources for journalists
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)?
Crime writing (true crime)
Criminal injustice search sites
Critics and book reviewers, Resources for
Critiquing groups (and critiquing) for fiction
Crowdfunding and other forms of financing (The Writing Life)
Crowdfunding sites
Cruise lecturing
Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology
Cultural appropriation
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
Dark Web
Dashes, em dashes, ellipses, colons, slashes, and commas
Data journalism
Data privacy, data protection
Data visualization
Dealing with online harassment (cyberbullying)
Description, place, and setting
Defamation and #MeToo
Defamation, libel, and slander
Degree programs in science writing
Design, Books on (especially book design)
Developing a writing practice (The writing life)
Dialogue, in fiction
Dictation software
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)
Digital security (safe practices for electronic devices and communication)
Digital storytelling (audio and radio storytelling)
Disability, Covering
Disaster, Reporting on
Disinformation and fake news
Diverse voices in science and technology
Diversity, Covering (in the newsroom and out)
Diversity style and media guides (unbiased usage as to ability/disability, age, appearance, color, ethnicity/nationality, gender/sexuality, health, and bias)
DMCA Takedown Notices (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)
Documentaries (resources on)
Donating books to prisons
Donate or recycle books, Where to

Earthquake, volcano, and weather watch sites
eBook Basics (how to and beyond)
e-Book Cover Design Awards (Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer) 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 and revising fiction, The subjectivity of
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 and writing for Wikipedia (blog post about how to)
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 do, where to find work, and what to charge)

Editors, Q&As with
Editors: Tact and Tone: Editing that Makes Authors Want to Cooperate (Pat McNees)
Editors: How to work with a writer/author
Electronic health records, medical privacy laws, and patient rights
Electronic payment systems (Paypal, Popmoney, Square Cash, Venmo, Western Union, etc.)
Ellipses and em dashes
Elsevier mutiny (copyright and open access)
Emergency grants and funds for writers (during COVID-19 and otherwise)
Email and electronic files, Managing
Email hoaxes, urban legends, and scams
Endings and last lines
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, how to write
Essays, examples of good personal
Essays, Markets for
Essays on Modern Love (links to good examples from the NY Times venue)
Essential parts of a book (in their proper order)
Estate planning for authors (blog post)
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, Google, and BookBub ads
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 books competing with legitimate editions (counterfeit books and piracy)
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
Fellowships and grants for writers
Fiction and film about journalists and journalism
Fictionalizing true stories and people
Fiction ebooks
Fiction series, Writing a
Fiction, How to pitch
Fiction writers, Paris Review interviews with
Fiction writing
Fiction writing and editing (more sites, advice, organizations, and other 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 old photo collections
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
First lines
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?)
Formatting your manuscript
Free and inexpensive ebooks and digital libraries
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)
Freelancer, How to make money as a
Freelancers, Income tax for
Freelancers, insurance for
Freelancers, Resources for
Freelance writers in California threatened by Dynamex lawsuit ruling (Gig economy)
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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GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation (regulations affecting online privacy)
Genealogy and family histories (McNees site)
Genealogy gateway sites (McNees site)
Genre fiction and fiction genres
Geography, map, and travel sites
Getting good publicity
Getting published (starting out)
Getting published, Good guides to
Ghostwriters: how much and how they charge
Ghostwriting and collaboration (books)
Ghostwriting, and ghost writers of, fiction
Ghostwriting (medical)
Ghostwriting (medical) and ethical issues in medical publishing
Ghostwriting books, The art and economics of
Gig economy, Problems in the
Global warming
Gmail, Tips for using
Goodreads: Using it to market your book
Google, Facebook, and BookBub ads
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 endings and last lines
Great 'ledes'
• Great podcasts to listen to as you exercise, drive, iron, file, cook, clean, or walk
Great search links
• Great TV and cable shows and series (addictive)
Guided Autobiography, Why I love teaching (by Lisa Smith-Youngs)

Hairstyle of My Own, A (Bill Erwin's wry video of Pat McNees)
Harassment, Online (dealing with cyberbullying)
Harassment, Sexual
HathiTrust (Important Fair Use Cases)
Headlines, clickbait. and other audience grabbers
Health and disability insurance
Health, healthcare, and medicine, Blogs, columns, and news sites about
Health and medical reporting and writing
Health insurance, freelancers, and the Affordable Care Act)
Helen Jean Medakovich Sarchielli
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
Hoaxes, rumors, and urban legends, Where to check out
Hoaxes, rumors, urban legends, chain letters, and scams, How to check out
Hollywood: The fight between writers and agents
Hollywood, Selling your work to
Holocaust, Resources on (McNees site)
Home office and other tax deductions for freelancers, entrepreneurs
Horror fiction
How and where to get book reviews and publicity
How much to charge (for various functions and types of product)
How much to charge and how to calculate your rate (for editors, proofreaders, other publishing professionals)
How much (and how) ghostwriters charge
How much to charge (ranges for various types of service or product)
How not to misread or misreport research reports
How reliable are our memories? How close to the truth?
How to become a science writer
How to do a virtual book launch
How to do Zoom sessions
How to find and choose the right literary agent
How to pitch a magazine story
How to pitch a novel to an agent
How to protect yourself against not-so-good agents
How to work with a writer/author (for editors)
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
Indemnification clauses, How to deal with warranty and
Indemnity clauses in contracts
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
Introduction (as going after foreword and preface)
Investigative reporting, resources for (including watchdog groups)
Iowa Writers' Workshop vs. NYC
ISBNs, ISSNs, LCCNs, PCNs,CIPs, PCIPs, WorldCat, and other product identifiers
ISBN, Who gets it for your self-published book, and why?
Is it still a great time to become a personal historian?
Italics or quotation marks?

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Jacket copy (book covers)
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
Justice, injustice, and the law search sites

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

Landing pages
Law, justice, and injustice search sites
LCCNs, PCNs,CIPs, PCIPs, ISBNs, ISSNs, WorldCat, and other product identifiers
Ledes (leads) and first lines in fiction
Liability and property insurance
Liability and media perils insurance
Libraries and librarians, Novels and memoirs by and about
Libraries, Brick and mortar
Libraries, Marketing to
Library sites and portals
Life story business and market
Life story writing, Books about
Life story writing, The craft of
LinkedIn's power
Link journalism
Listservs and discussion groups about copyright and intellectual property
Literary estate, Your

Literary magazines and journals
Little Free Libraries
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
Magazine markets
Magazines, New models for
Managing submissions
Manuscript preparation and submission, for book publishers
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 narrative (narrative medicine)
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, memoir writing, and autobiography (links to helpful articles)
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 (sorted by author's last name)
Memoirs of illness, crisis, disability, differentness, and survival (sorted 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)
#MeToo, defamation, and libel
Mental illness, Covering
MFA literary fiction vs. NYC
Microsoft Word macros and shortcuts
Military history search sites
Military records, history, and archives (McNees site)
Misinformation (or disinformation)
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 and novels about journalists and journalism
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
Newsletters to promote your brand as author
News literacy and fake news (a blog post)
Newspapers and other news sources, online
Newspapers, New models for
Newspapers, Online archives of historic newspapers (McNees site)
Niche and specialty writing (animals, cars, cartoons, children's books, food and beverage, outdoors, sports, travel, textbooks, veterans, etc.)
Nonfiction (including essays, academic writing, and food writing)
Nonfiction, Paris Review interviews about The Art of
Novels and novelists (and shorter fiction)
Nut graf

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Online communities, listservs, sites for fiction writers
Online harassment, Dealing with
Online privacy (steps to take for data protection)
Online security (password managers, hacking, backup, VPN, GDPR compliance, anti-virus, malware protection, etc.)
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
Openings and closings (ledes and last lines) in fiction
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 for writers, Major
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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Paid Family Leave
Pandemic: Resources for covering COVID-19
Paris Review interviews: The Art of Biography
---The Art of Fiction
---The Art of Nonfiction
---The Art of Poetry
---The Art of Publishing
---The Art of Theater
---The Art of Screenwriting
Parts of the book, Order of
Pat McNees, social distancing (art + info)
Pay gap in journalism
Pay for ghostwriters
Pay for various functions and products
Pay rates and ranges for writers and editors, Common
Payment systems, Online (Paypal, Popmoney, Square Cash, Venmo, Western Union)
Payola journalism
Pen name, Writing under a
Permissions and release forms
Persona, voice, and viewpoint in memoir
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
Phishing attacks, How to avoid or deal with
Phone interviews, recording
Phone numbers (search engines)
Photo collections, Finding old
Photographers' rights
Photos, Clearing rights to use
Photos and other images, Finding (Pat McNees site, under Telling Your Story)
Photos, Organizing
Photos, Scanning and repairing
PIOs and journalists
Pitching a book to an agent (query letters)
Pitching a magazine or newspaper piece
Pitching a novel
Pitch, The art of the
Pitch Wars
Plagiarism (as theft of copyrighted material in publishing)
Plagiarism detection and plagiarism checkers
Plagiarism, self-plagiarism, recycling, patchwriting, and sloppy research (particularly in academia)
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 about health, health care, medicine, and medical science (Pat's site)
Podcasts and podcasting, Resources for
Podcasts, Finding music and sound effects for (McNees site)
Podcasts of author interviews
Podcasts of talk shows
Podcasts to listen to as you exercise, drive, iron, file, cook, clean, or walk
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
Point of view, voice, and persona in memoir
Political correctness, censorship, free speech, and freedom of expression
Politics and military history search sites
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)
Press releases
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
Prisons, Donating books to
Prison writing
Privacy and protection of data
Privacy, online privacy, and invasion of privacy
Problems covering government agencies
Process journalism
Procrastination, writer's block, creativity, and time and effort management
Product identifiers, explained (ISBN, WorldCat, CIP, LCCN, and PCN)
Pronunciation guides and dictionaries
Pseudonym, Writing under a
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 commentators
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
Publishing scams and bad deals
Publishing trends
Punctuating poetry
Punctuation and punctuation problems
Punctuation, generally

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Q&As with agents
Q&As with editors
Query letters (pitches) to land an agent or book publisher
Query letters (pitches) for magazines and newspapers
Quizzes and exercises, Grammar
Quotations, sayings, anecdotes, bits of wisdom

Quotation marks and italics

Race and antiracism, Reading about
Radio programs and podcasts (especially from public radio)
Radio storytelling (audio narratives)
Radio, Tutorials for
Recommended for book clubs
Recording equipment and tutorials
Recording phone calls (ethics, laws)
Recording phone interviews (how to, when not to)
Release forms
Religion research sites
Research reports, How not to misread or misreport
Resources for bloggers
Resources for producing ezines
Résumés, CVs, and alternatives
Retreats and residencies
Reversion of rights clauses in contracts
Reversion of rights to author vs. Rights in perpetuity to publisher
Reviews, book news, and author interviews
Reviews for your book, How to get
Revolution in academia: Copyright and open access (blog post)
Right of publicity (personality rights)
'Right to be forgotten'
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, Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative on book contracts
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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Safe Harbor (and DMCA Takedown Notices)
Sample contracts and agreements for services
Sarah Wernick's FAQs on collaboration
Saving local news
Saving newspapers (new business models for)
Scams in self-publishing, 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 denial
Science fiction and fantasy
Science news, Where to get
Science search links
Science writer, How to become a
Scripts and screenplays, Clearing rights for
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Search engines, tools, and indexes
Search links
Self-published authors, News, reviews, and promotion for
Self-publishing and indie publishing: a basic booklist
Self-publishing and print on demand (POD)
Self-publishing and print-on-demand, Tom Benjey's run with
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 children's books
Self-publishing resources
Self-publishing scams, bad deals, and other ways to lose money
Self-publishing success stories
Self-publishing vs. traditional publishing (pros and cons of self-publishing)
Selling books on Amazon
Selling your books to libraries, bookstores, schools
Selling your self-published book
Selling your work to Hollywood
Sensitivity readers
Series, Writing a fiction
Settlement of freelance writers class action lawsuit
Setups and payoffs, in fiction
Sexual harassment and other bad workplace behavior
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 media's further dark sides (surveillance, disinformation, hate speech)
Social networks for book readers
Software and macros for references, citations, footnotes and endnotes
Software for dictation
Software for editing audio
Software tips, shortcuts, macros, tutorials for Word
Solutions journalism
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)
State-by-state book lists (books about every state, lists for book clubs)
Stories told aloud to a live audience, Venues for
Story openings/leads and closings
Story structure, plot, narrative arc, conflict and suspense
Story structure: How to shape a book (blog post)
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?
Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) (and anti-SLAPP statutes)
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
Subjectivity of editing fiction
Subject specialties (animals, autos, bowling, children's books, food, gardens, family history, jazz, résumés, sports, travel, website, wine writing, etc.)
Submissions, Preparing and managing
Subscription services (Netflix, Spotify, etc.)
Subsidiary rights, Understanding
Suicide and suicide prevention, Covering (on a sister site)
Sunshine laws
Synopsis, How to write for fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction

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Tact and Tone: Editing that Makes Authors Want to Cooperate
Takedown notices (DMCA)
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)
Termination of rights: A second bite of the apple (for authors)
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'
Titles, Secrets of successful book covers and,
Tom Benjey's run with self-publishing and print-on-demand
Tools for writers and editors
Top books for book clubs
Training in editing, proofreading, publishing
Transitional scenes
Transcribing tips and tools (including transcription software)
Transcribing oral history interviews (McNees site)
Translation, The art of
Translators and interpreters, associations for
Translators and interpreters, for and about
Transparency and openness (in medical and scientific research)
Transparency reporting (Getting internet companies to do the right thing)
Transparency, government, and sunshine laws
Travel search sites
Travel writing
Trends in book publishing
Tributes (multimedia) (McNees site)
Trolls, bots, and fake news
The truth about print-on-demand (POD) publishing
True crime
True stories, Fictionalizing
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)
Typography and fonts

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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)
Viewpoint in fiction
Viewpoint in memoir
Virtual book events (including book launches)
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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War and conflict, Memoirs of (a reading list)
War, Covering
War, Writing personal stories about (on McNees site)
Warranty clauses in contracts
Washington Biography Group (WBG) (on McNees site)
Watchdog groups (and investigative journalism)
Weather search sites
Websites for an author, Creating your
Websites: Some well-designed author websites
Website traffic, Tools for monitoring
Web 2.0
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?
What's the right word count?
When science bucks science denial, ideology, or special interests
Where journalists get their medical news
Where to find editorial work
Where to get science news
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 I love teaching Guided Autobiography (by Lisa Smith-Youngs)
Why's this so good?
Wikipedia, Editing
Wikipedia, Editing and writing for (blog post about how to)
Will journalism survive? In what form?
Word count, for submissions in various genres, for various audiences
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)

World Wide Web (monopoly giants' power on)
Workshops and critique groups
Workshops, conferences, and other learning places
Workshop, Iowa Writers', vs. NYC WorldCat, ISBNs, CIP, LCCN, PCNs, and other product identifiers
Writers colonies (aka residencies, communities, retreats)
Writers conferences, workshops, and other learning places
Writers groups and communities
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 about climate change
Writing white papers)
Writing workshops as group therapy
Writing your memoirs

Zip codes
Zoom calls and events (how to and Zoom alternatives)


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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 you want 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 an 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--that got a big response. (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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