Links to useful resources

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Style guides
  • William Strunk, Jr.'s 1918 first edition of Elements of Style is online at Bartlesby. Its advice continues to inspire; for the active writer, the newest edition might be useful (it has pictures!).
  • The venerable Chicago Manual of Style is now online as well as in print, still the arbiter of correctness.
  • Among college writing guides, which include both style and documentation advice, the most often recommended are Diana Hacker's guides and the Allyn & Bacon guide.
Literary reviews
  • New York Times Book Review, the granddaddy of reviews, has the most frequently quoted best-seller lists. The strike of '63 gave rise to the temporary New York Review of Books, which became permanent as a more in-depth  alternative, now with a robust online presence.
  • Mystery Reader, Locus and Romantic Times are examples of genre sites. Locus, for science-fiction and fantasy, has a broader market focus; the other two target fans.
  •, an innovative leader in virtual literaria, provides in its books section perhaps the broadest non-print survey of newly printed work. Salon also publishes on-line excerpts from unsigned work of interest.
  • The venerable PEN American Center showcases new writing and advocates for free expression worldwide, in addition to hosting a robust awards program.
Books & booksellers
  • American Booksellers Association is a source for bookseller news, activity and issues.
  • Books in Print, the standard reference resource for finding print, audio and virtual works, is available online by subscription or free in your local library.
  • On line, Alibris represents a host of independent booksellers, both U.S. and foreign, while has both in-stock and individual offerings.
  • The massive Powell's Books of Portland, Oregon, maintains a robust online shop with an instant best-seller list. Most national book chains maintain online shops, including Barnes & Noble.
Reference collections
  • Library of Congress has nearly every book published in the US, plus mss and foreign works as well. It has useful online access and a helpful staff.
  • New York Public Library is a model city library with extensive collections, easily accessed, and an expert staff.
  • College and university alumni associations often give access to affiliated academic libraries, including free online journal subscriptions and librarian services.
  • dmoz Open Directory Project has endless lists of available online resources in a broad range of fields.
Copyright & royalties

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Resources for agents
Resources for writers
Resources for playwrights
Resources for screenplay and television writers
Play publishing resources
  • Samuel French publishes full-length plays, one-acts, plays for young audiences and musicals.
  • Dramatists Play Service publishes and licenses full-length plays and musicals.
  • Playscripts publishes full-length plays and one-acts.
  • Smith and Kraus publishes full-length plays, one-acts, translations, adaptations, solo pieces, monologues and plays for young audiences.
Book publishing resources

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