Helpful Links

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Book Communities

  • GoodReads
    GoodReads is a great community whether you’re a writer or a reader.   It’s a bit like FaceBook, only geared specifically around reading.
  • Shelfari
    Shelfari is a reading community that is run by Amazon.  In my opinion, it isn’t nearly as mature as Goodreads and isn’t as friendly for writers, but it is a budding community.

Book Reviews

  • The Indie Book Blog Database
    This site offers reviews in exchange for a free copy of your book.  They prefer physical copies, but will accept ebooks.  They also have a directory of bloggers who will do book reviews.

Flash Fiction

  • 55 Word Challenge
    Wednesday challenge where the name says it all.  Fifty-five words.  No more, no less.
  • ThursThreads
    Every thursday, spin a tale between 100-250 words based on a single sentence prompt.
  • Friday Fictioneers
    Friday 100-word challenge based on a picture prompt.
  • Friday Picture Show
    Friday, 100-word challenge based on a picture prompt.

Grammar

  • Grammar Book
    This is a very nice site that gives a helpful listing of grammar rules for each type (e.g. commas, capitalization).  The site also has a blog that contains grammar tips.
  • Grammar Girl
    Great site for grammar tips, particicularly when you’re looking for correct usage – like affect vs. effect or who vs. whom.

Marketing

  • Novel Publicity & Co.
    This is a marketing company for authors, but it also contains many helpful articles.
  • Ask David
    Provides basic web promotion for your book through the site.  Boasts a high number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans.
  • Readers Favorite
    Provides free reviews in exchange for a copy of your book.
  • Addicted to eBooks
    Provides basic web promotion for your book.  They also allow you to promote your free days.
  • Arm Chair Interviews
    Provides free reviews in exchange for a copy of your book.  You book must be accepted.

Writing Sites

  • Editor’s Blog
    This is a great blog that covers many different topics on writing including a great post on point of view.
  • Advanced Fiction Writing
    This site was created by Randy Ingermanson, the guy who created the Snowflake Method.  There’s a bunch of stuff on there he charges for, but there is a good overview of his method, too.
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