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There's a whole separate section for editors and publishing professionals


The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) providing support, training, and advocacy necessary for preparing thousands of audio creatives across the world with the skill and confidence to lead the way to engaging more listeners, and to carry their inspiration to both traditional and emerging outlets. AIR's extensive social and professional network of producers, stations, and networks is at the center of unprecedented technology-driven change, rich with opportunity to define the new frontiers of journalism, technology, and storytelling.

Archivists. National Archival Organizations in the United States, a directory on the website of The Society of American Archivists, which links to societies of medical archivists, religious archivists, regional history archivists, business archivists, and state organizations of archivists. See So You Want to Be an Archivists: An Overview of the Archives Profession.

Association of Independent Information Professionals (aiip, an industry association for owners of independent information businesses)

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) ( individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials)

Photoworkshop (online community of photographers)

PMA (The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations)

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)

Stock Artists Alliance (SAA)

Professional Cartoonists' Index (Daryl Cagle's daily compilation of editorial cartoons from around the world, covering current issues and figures). Offers e-mail subscription.

Professional Photographers of America

Stock Artists Alliance (SAA)

San Francisco Film Society

Society of American Archivists (SAA) provides a directory, National Archival Organizations in the United States, with links to societies of medical archivists, religious archivists, regional history archivists, business archivists, and state organizations of archivists. See also So You Want to Be an Archivists: An Overview of the Archives Profession.

The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL)

Society of Illustrators

Society for News Design

Society of Publication Designers

Software and Information Industry Association (SPA)

StockPhoto Talk

Wedding and Event Videographers Association International (WEVA.com) (professional wedding and event videographers). Check out Zoom, a music licensing platform for wedding videographers and digital imagers, useful for clearing music rights through licensing 'bundles.'

Wise-Women (women who are Web designers, developers, programmers)

World Wide Web Artists' Consortium (WWWAC)




Archival Advisor (for the family photo collector, the genealogist, and the scrapbookmaker, from RIT's Image Permanence Institute)

Books on Design
• Brady, Michael. Thinking Like a Designer: How to Save Money by Being a Smart Client
• Bringhurst, Robert. The Elements of Typographic Style
• Hendel, Richard. On Book Design
• Lee, Marshall. Bookmaking: Editing, Design, Production, 3d edition
• Lupton, Ellen, and Abbott Miller. Thinking with Type: A Primer for Designers: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students. See Ellen Lupton's website
• Tufte, Edward. Envisioning Information and The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. See Edward Tufte's website, including PowerPoint Does Rocket Science--and Better Techniques for Technical Reports.


Books on visual and multimedia storytelling:
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud, the author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events by Barry Hampe
Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang (a children's book illustrator explains how images help elicit emotion in story readers)
Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books by Uri Shulevitz (a masters class in illustrating books for kids).
Book of Movie Photography by David Cheshire (a guide to telling stories through images)
Thanks to Upstart Crow for leading us to these titles!
Daniel Milnor on visual storytelling (and why he's gone back to black and white film)


Graphics Atlas (Image Permanence Institute's new online resource brings sophisticated print identification and exploration tools to archivists, curators, historians, collectors, conservators, educators, and the general public). Learn about the distinguishing characteristics of various print processes.

How Much Should I Charge? (Writers and Editors, Pricing Strategies, How to Set Rates, and Other Basics for Creative Professionals)

Money and Translation (listen to PEN America panel) Is there anything we can do, as writers and translators, to break the causal chain of financial influence in the U.S. reception and publication of foreign literature?

Online timeline of the lives of H.A. and Margret Rey, authors of the Curious George books, from birth through life in and escape from Paris, made interactive by moving avatar of them on bicycle (Jewish Museum, NYC)

Usability: Typefaces for Dyslexia. Why certain fonts -- including Myriad Pro, Lexia Readable, Tiresias (especially good for visual impairment), Verdana, Trebuchet MS, Arial, and Geneva -- are easier for many to read. If you care about this audience, follow advice in the British Dyslexia Association's Friendly Style Guide and read Dyslexia.com's page on Accessibility.


Websites, organizations, and other resources

A GREAT READ
Blog roll, too
and communities of book lovers
Best reads and most "discussable"
Fact-finding, fact-checking, conversion tables, and news and info resources
Recommended reading
long-form journalism, e-singles, online aggregators
BOOK AND MAGAZINE PUBLISHING
New, used, and rare books, Amazon.com and elsewhere
Blogs, social media, podcasts, ezines, survey tools and online games
How much to charge and so on (for creative entrepreneurs)
And finding freelance gigs
Blogs, video promotion, intelligent radio programs
See also Self-Publishing
Indie publishing, digital publishing, POD, how-to sources
Includes original text by Sarah Wernick
WRITERS AND CREATORS
Plus contests, other sources of funds for creators
Copywriting, speechwriting, marketing, training, and writing for government
Literary and commercial (including genre)
Writing, reporting, multimedia, equipment, software
Translators, indexers, designers, photographers, artists, illustrators, animators, cartoonists, image professionals, composers
including academic writing
Groups for writers who specialize in animals, children's books, food, gardens, family history, resumes, sports, travel, Webwriting, and wine (etc.)
Writers on offices, standing desks, rejection, procrastination, and other features of the writing life
ETHICS, RIGHTS, AND OTHER ISSUES
Contracts, reversion of rights, Google Books settlement
Plus privacy, plagiarism, libel, media watchdogs, FOIA, protection for whistleblowers
EDITORS AND EDITING
And views on the author-editor relationship