Resources and Links

Links

‘Links’ photos courtesy of Faestock. The bad pun is all my own work.

I’ve been meaning to update this for ages and now… here it is (ta da!). I won’t lie to you, this is mainly for my benefit but, if you enjoy reading or writing (and, if not, why on earth are you here?), then you should find some of these useful. If you spot any broken links or have any suggestions for new sites, then please drop me a message.

123rf
Other stock photo sites are available, but I find this one to be the best value.

Bibliomantics
Online review and book club giving priority to unseen literature.

Big Al’s Books and Pals
Fantastic online community devoted to self-published and indie literature.

Calibre
An immensely useful free to download program that lets you create your own ebook files in different formats. Takes a while to get the hang off but then, what doesn’t…?

Coffee Time Romance
A great site for readers of romance and erotica, while writers will appreciate the comprehensive list of publishers.

Dark Markets
Does what it says on the tin.

Deviant Art
Ok, not strictly a writer’s site, but I have a soft spot for it anyway (as you’ll have probably guessed if you’ve clicked on many of the links on this site) My own username is redruM-110 so feel free to visit. I’ll stick the kettle on…

Duotrope’s Digest
Perhaps the biggest treasure trove of writing markets available on the internet, also features contest deadlines from many publications. Sadly, they’ve started charging for this now but I’ll keep it up in case they have a change of heart, or if I ever become less stingy.

Erotica For All
Has a good call for submissions page which is worth a look.

Erotica Readers
Ditto

Fiction Factor
More markets for your perusal.

Gimp
Fantastic free photoshop-style program. For all your gimpish needs…

Goodreads
Want all your friends to know exactly what you’re reading and when? Want the power to send joy through the hearts of authors or crush them with a single review? You’ve come to the right place.

Grinder, The
Not to be confused with Grindr which, erm, is something else altogether, Grinder appears to have taken over Duotrope’s Digest’s crown as being the best free submission tracker and market listing around.

Kindle Direct Publishing
If you want to write for Kindle, you’ll need to come here. Also features a very busy forum. If you can’t find the answer to your self-publishing query here, then you won’t find it anywhere. This thread in particular cunningly stole my idea for writers links by doing it two years before me.

Predators and Editors
Although this is possibly the most thorough list of publishers I’ve seen, the focus is on how they treat their writers. Any company with a red line through it will probably leave you stranded in your underwear in the middle of nowhere, even if you’ve only sent them one query via e-mail…

Ralan’s Webstravaganza
Primarily a sci-fi and humour site but offers tips, markets and resources for all genres and has a healthy dose of oddness thrown in for good measure.

Writer Beware
From the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America webpage. Basically, this is a checklist of stuff to watch out for when dealing with publishers.

Writing.com
Sort of a duller Deviant Art but just for writing. To get the most out of it you’ll need to spend squillions of pounds on varying degrees of subscription costs, but worth checking out all the same.

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  1. I love this compilation of resources! I’m always looking for more ways that I can improve my writing.

    I’m a member of Scribophile. Not a very active one, but a member none the less. I’m looking to start critiquing more work soon. Have you tried it out? It’s a great community for writers. 🙂 https://www.scribophile.com

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