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


As a writer-editor I am often asked for advice about how to make a living as a writer or editor (or both) and how to find a good writer, editor, or proofreader. I launched this website to provide frank information both for people who want to know the basics and for those who want to dig deeper in a particular field. Those looking for a writer or editor might start with the job banks or specialized organizations for writers and editors (which often have directories or job banks). See also Can I make a living as a writer?

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 -- serving science writers, cat writers, fantasy sports writers, to name a few. As time permits I'll add advice and organize pages so subcategories of information are easier to find. For now, think of this as a useful reference library that needs re-organizing and decorating.
-- Pat McNees

Acquiring, swapping, recycling, or selling books (buying and selling books online)
Active sitting
Adding images, sound, story, humor, animation (plus multimedia storytelling , illustrations, data visualizing)
Agents and book proposals
Arts and poetry organizations
Author interviews (venues for)
Authors' rights and publishers' rights grabs
Authors' wills, trusts, and estates
Author websites, attractive, well-designed (far left)
Awards, contests, grants, and fellowships for writers and journalists

Banned books
Best radio and TV talk shows (on which books, authors, films, and ideas are discussed)
Blogging tips and resources
Blog roll
Blogs and news roundups for writers and editors
Blogs about the book business (agents, editors, and publishing experts)
Book club favorites
Book collaboration and ghostwriting organizations, credits, collaboration agreements, medical ghostwriting, and FAQs)
Book design and production (including Font and typography)
Book covers: Great covers sells books, but what makes for a great cover?
Book covers: Secrets of successful covers and titles
Book doctors and editors (when and whether to hire an independent--consulting--editor or book doctor)
Book fairs, festivals, conferences, and colonies
Book news, reviews, and author interviews (plus blogs and resources for critics and book reviewers)
Book proposals and query letters
Book publishing and e-publishing
Book reviews, book reviewing, and book reviewers
Books for book groups (alphabetical by title)
Books for science and medical writers
Books for writers and editors (in several categories)
Bookstores, brick and mortar
Book trailers (book videos, VidLits)

Calendars and lists of book fairs, colonies, conferences, and festivals
Cartoons, comics, anime, manga, panel stories, graphic novels, and animation
Check out email hoaxes, urban legends, and scams
Children's book publishing (writing for children)
Clearing rights and finding rightsholders
Collaboration agreements
Collaboration and ghostwriting
Collaboration, Sarah Wernick's answers to FAQs
Coming-of-age memoirs
Communicating and marketing online (Web 2.0 and social media)
Conferences, workshops, and other learning places (including book fairs, writers colonies, residencies, retreats)
Connect with other writers (and editors)
Content curation
Content marketing and custom publishing
Contract terms for books (including reversion of rights and indemnity clauses)
Copyright: How, why, and when to register it
Copyright issues, documents, FAQs, and explanations
Copyright, work for hire, fair use, public domain, and other rights issues
Corporate and organizational histories (commissioned histories)
Corporate and technical communications (copywriting, content marketing and curation, organizational storytelling, and grant proposal writing)
Creative nonfiction (aka narrative nonfiction)
Critique groups and writing workshops
Critiquing groups (and critiquing) for fiction
Crowdfunding and other forms of financing (The Writing Life)

Defamation, libel, and slander
The difference between a preface, foreword, and introduction
The differences between mysteries, suspense novels, and thrillers


eBook Basics (how to and beyond)
Ebook devices and platforms (publishing services)
eBook formats, formatting. and style guides
eBook publishing
Ebook subscription services
Editing checklists
Editing yourself and others
Editors and publishing professionals (resources and organizations for)
Editors, organizations and resources for what various publishing professionals (editors, copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers, and designers) do, where to find work, and what to charge
Editors: Tact and Tone: Editing that Makes Authors Want to Cooperate (Pat McNees)
Email hoaxes, urban legends, and scams
Equipment, software, and other tools and tutorials for creating multimedia
Errors and error rates in editing
Essays, personal
Ethics, libel, and freedom of the press (plus rights of privacy, publicity, plagiarism, censorship, and related issues)
Eulogies and video tributes


Job banks
Journalism and journalist resources
Kinds of editors and levels of edit

Liability and property insurance
Library sites and portals
Local and regional writers organizations

Macro tools and editing software for editors and proofreaders
Macros etc. for references, citations, footnotes and endnotes
Major writers organizations (see also Organization for specific types of writers)
Marketing, publicity, and promotion
Marketing your editing and proofreading services
Mastering multimedia (writing, reporting, speaking, software, equipment, tools, and tutorials)
Media perils insurance and liability insurance
Media pros and other allied professionals (organizations and resources for translators, indexers, designers, photographers, artists, illustrators, animators, cartoonists, image professionals, composers)
Medical ghostwriting and ethical issues in medical publishing
Memoir- and life-story-related sites and articles
Memoir, biography, and corporate and organizational storytelling — resources on various forms of life story writing
Memoirs (recommended reading lists, by theme)
Memoirs, coming of age (recommended reading list)
Memoirs and personal accounts of vocation, avocation, occupation, profession, "calling" (in other words, work)
Memoirs of regular people (and lives lived outside the limelight)
Memoirs of friendship, family, and other relationships
Memoirs, graphic
Memories and biographies, food-related
Memoirs of illness, crisis, disability, differentness, and survival
Memoirs of, and other books about, caregiving
MFA literary fiction vs. NYC
Microsoft Word macros and shortcuts
Mysteries, suspense, thrillers, and crime novels, including The difference between mysteries, suspense novels, and thrillers

Narrative nonfiction (classic examples in book form)
Narrative nonfiction (excellent online examples, short-form)
Narrative nonfiction (books on the craft, including useful anthologies)
Narrative nonfiction (resources))
Nonfiction (including essays, academic writing, and food writing)
Novels and novelists (and shorter fiction)

Online games to engage the brain (including learning games for people with cognitive deficits)
Organizations and sites for biographers, memoirists, personal historians, and other life story writers
Organizations for corporate, government, and technical communicators
Organizations for editors, proofreaders, and indexers
Organizations for fiction writers and fans
Organizations for freelancers
Organizations for ghostwriters and collaborators
Organizations for journalists
Organizations for media pros and allied professionals (translators, indexers, designers, photographers, artists, illustrators, animators, cartoonists, image professionals, composers)
Organizations for medical and science writers
Organizations for publishers, publishing professionals, and booksellers
Organizations for screenwriters, playwrights, documentary filmmakers, and critics
Organizations for sports journalists and editors
Organizations for translators and interpreters
Organizations for travel writers
Organizations, local and regional, for writers and editors
Organizations, major (fighting for creators' rights, interests, and ethical behavior)
Organizations that help artists with disabilities


Paris Review interviews with fiction writers
Piracy
Plagiarism
Personal storytelling venues
Plays and playwrights (Films, plays, and documentaries)
Podcasts and podcasting
Poetry and verse (plus publications, organizations, and contests)
Preface, foreword, and introduction (what's the difference?)
Pricing strategies for creative professionals
Print-on-Demand (POD) (digital publishing)
Privacy, online privacy, and invasion of privacy
Procrastination, writer's block, creativity, and time and effort management
Publishing (books and ebooks)
Publishing (self-publishing and print on demand, or POD)
Publishing and bookseller organizations and resources
Publishing marketplaces
Publishing news, resources, and organizations

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

Radio programs and podcasts (especially from public radio)
Recommended for book clubs
Recording phone interviews
Resources for bloggers
Resources for producing ezines
Reversion of rights to author vs. Rights in perpetuity to publisher
Rights and permissions (clearing rights in visual arts, in music and sound, and in books, scripts, and screenplay)
Rights: Authors' rights (and publishers' rights grabs)
Rights and contracts for academic authors

Sample contracts and agreements for services
Scams, bad deals, and other ways to lose money (vanity/​​subsidy publishing, subsidy presses, and author mills)
Science and medical writing
Screenwriters
Self-Publishing (indie publishing)
Self-publishing and print on demand (POD)
Shield laws
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, social networking)
So, you want to write a book! (Sarah Wernick, updated by Pat McNees)
Specialty (niche) writing , from children's books to sportswriting
Standing and adjustable-height desks and walkstations
Starting Out (getting published)
Style, grammar, and diction (editing yourself and others)
Style guides, basic
Style guides, online
Style guides and dictionaries, discipline- and situation-specific (print and online)
Style and grammar books
Subject specialties (animals, autos, bowling, children's books, food, gardens, family history, jazz, résumés, sports, travel, website, wine writing, etc.)'

Talk shows, radio and TV (the best shows for authors, readers, thinkers)
Technical writing and editing (technical communications)
Textbook and academic authors
Tips on Tact and Tone (Pat McNees)
Tools for writers and editors
Training in editing, proofreading, publishing
Translators and interpreters, associations for
Translators and interpreters, for and about
Travel writing
The truth about print-on-demand (POD) publishing

Veterans writing groups and projects

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

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

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

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