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smashwords.com is a self-publishing platform and online bookstore for independent ebook authors and their readers. They offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.

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booksie.com Writers can post novels, short stories, poetry, articles, and more on the Booksie site for free, as well as receive and respond to comments and communicate with other writers.

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yudu.com. Yudu offers free interactive digital publication, hosted on the yudu site (you do it yourself). For a fee, the marketplace option lets you sell your books on the site.

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Writing Raw is a bi-monthly literary zine where any author can self-publish fiction or poetry that will be archived online.

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Duotrope. A searchable database of over 4500 current markets for short fiction, poetry, and novels/collections in all genres. Subscription fee as of January 2013.

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The New Pages Big List of Literary Magazines. Focuses on literary print and online magazines, listed A to Z, with google search engine (not as easy to use as Duotrope).

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Creative Writers Opportunities List. This Yahoo group posts calls for submissions and contest information for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

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authorconnect.com. A databank for promoting published or unpublished writing. Entries are free. Includes links to resources and services for writers.

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bartleby.com/110 — Roget’s International Thesaurus (85,000 words)
bartleby.com/100 — Bartlett’s Quotations

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Omniglot— An online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages with links to dictionaries in dozens of languages.

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wordnik.com, a comprehensive online wiki-dictionary that includes defintions, pronounciation, etymologies, synonyms.

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Out of the Drawer and Into Print — Terry Ehret’s blog includes tips on self-publishing and other resources for writers. (Terry was Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2004-2006)

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Poe War Writer's Resource Center. Articles on writing and marketing writing. Listings of freelance writing jobs.

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writers.net — Writing resources, news and discussion for authors/writers, editors, publishers and agents. A free Internet directory.

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Writers Quest offers a free research portal and annotated links to everything from forensics for writers to names databases, to writing prompts and information on publishing.

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Writing Contests and Competitions. A guide to current online contests in fiction, nonfiction and poetry across genres. Sortable by genre and payment fees.

 

 

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