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READER CONTRIBUTION: Good Afternoon Ms. Penny, I would just like to say a quick word of thanks! As a youth services librarian and educator, I've been able to get some great use out of your writer's interest resource links list as I'm running a fun writing workshop for 12-15 year olds during these times of remote learning. We were even able to use some of this information for our most recent group project! Thanks so much for sharing with us! 

ATTENTION POETS AND WANNABE POETS: I hope you don't mind, one of our youngest and most enthusiastic young authors, Anna asked me if I could share an article that she and her mother found together on poetry writing basics for young writers, which includes a great breakdown of the writing process - everything from immersing yourself in the poetry of other writers, experimenting with form and rhythm, valuing meaning over rhyme, etc.  Anna was actually the one to bring up that this could be something you might like to include for other young writers who could also be coming across your information and have an interest in becoming a published poet someday, like Anna! If you find you are able to use this one, would you please let me know? We're meeting Monday after the holiday break, and I would absolutely love to surprise Anna if you're able to do so - I'm hoping to keep spirits up despite the past few year's challenges, and I think it would make her day to know she was able to 'pay it forward' (we're pretty big on this principle in our children's library group) and maybe even show her mother her contribution! ~Kelly Ackford ANNA'S POETRY RESOURCE:

Word Tips and Grammar Blog:

Word Tips and Grammar/Possessive Nouns:

Word Tips/Parts of Speech: 

Hannah & Kelly Miller contributed this FREE resource site discovered in their research for young authors:

Film Writing Resource submitted by a reader: Theater Store:
Writing for Theater and Film.
A New Author Resource contributed by a reader: Writing Career Advice .

Ultimate Fiction Writing Guide and Other Author Resources by 

Paragraph Punch, an interactive online paragraph writing tutorial for aspiring authors:

Open Education Database OEDB: Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively.

Pamela Frost Dennis is offering link exchanges with other Mystery Authors to help each other build readership and sales. Contact her through her website if you'd like to exchange links. A FREE G-PG rated website for folks to post their own stories, artwork or photography. We are very excited about a new page, Mystery Authors, where mystery lovers can find links to Indie Mystery Authors’ books, websites, and blogs.


Max Everhart30 - Authors blog .  "I read, review, and write mystery books. My first novel Go Go Gato will come out in 2014 with Camel Press."

List of Mystery Magazines


Live . Write . Thrive by Rachelle Gardner . This is one of the best writing blogs I've seen for any genre. If you need to hone your writing skills, I recommend this one.

2013 . Five Surprises about Self-Publishing by Rachelle Gardner, Author

Five Things I Learned in my First Year of Self Publishing by C. S. Lakin, Author, Jan. 2013.

Creative Conflict . advice for self publishing authors. 

6 Great Indie Book Marketing Ideas by Sandy Penny

The Indie Reader Blog and Marketing site

Linked In Tips for Authors by Randy Ross

More Linked In Tips for Authors by Robert Lee Brewer

Networking Site for Book Readers and Authors

Tom Collins,blog for readers and authors of mysteries as we transition from a print to digital literary world. An online community of discovery where writers become authors. Help great books get published. . Five Ways to Make Google Your Assistant Publicist

Social Medial 4 Writers ...

Richard Nordquist - About Grammar and Composition:

Author Tip found in a mystery group at Linked In: if you are working on a book set in Asia you might consider Crime Wave Press for your submission for e-book publishing.

Author and Writing Trainer, Larry Brooks offers tips for authors to improve their work .

IndieAuthorsAlliance: tips, tricks and resources for independently publishing authors.  

Writer Beware - Dishonest Agents and other things to look out for. 

A Tax Cheat Sheet for Kindle Self Published Authors from Intuit Turbotax



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