Goodie Bag of Tools for Writers

I’m off to California again, taking a poetry workshop, visiting Dad, and celebrating my birthday. I don’t think I should get all the presents. So let me offer you a few goodies for your tool box.

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about finding an agent. I neglected to mention some resources that can help you on your search, especially if all this agent biz is new to you. For example: The Poets & Writers Guide to Literary Agents,  only $4.99 for the e-book, explains  everything you need to know to embark on your agent search. This does not include listings of agents, but you can find a list at the pw.org website. You can also find information about agents and listings at Writer’s Market, Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents  and Chuck Sambuchino’s 2014 Guide to Literary Agents.

Stuck for a word? It happens to me a lot lately. Actually I usually have a word, but I can’t use it three times in one paragraph, right? Visit thesaurus.com to get a list of other words that mean about the same thing. Helpful hint on using thesauruses: If you don’t know what a word means, you probably want to skip that one.

If it wifi, WI-FI, Wi-Fi or what? Is it ebook or e-book? These are the things that drive copyeditors nuts and that all writers should try to get right. Two sources of the answers are the Associated Press Style Manual, the book favored by most newspapers and many magazines, and the Chicago Manual of Style for the more literary among us. AP also has a Facebook page, which gives out a new hint every day. For example, during the Olympics, they told us how to spell those fancy figure skating moves.

These links ought to hold you till I get back.

Now go write.

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