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Writers' Resources

The links to websites that are listed on this page do not imply an endorsement of, or a sponsorship by, the SLO NightWriters organization. 

These references are meant only as suggestions for exploration. You may, or may not, wish to visit these places that many writers have found useful.

Happy hunting, friends.

1. Chicken Soup for the Soul   has launched  a series of inspirational podcasts to promote their books. Their publisher, Amy Newmark, will discuss a different Chicken Soup for the Soul book each day and will highlight one story that appears in that book.

Judythe Guarnera’s story, We Did Our Best, which appeared in  Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness has been chosen to play a role! A new podcast will be available each weekday  and they can be downloaded for free the same way that you get other podcasts. 

There is a theme for each day of the week. Judythe’s story was shared on 4/5/16 on what they call “Tip Tuesday” and continues to be available on the app.

If you are new to podcasts you may be surprised to learn you already have a podcast button on your smartphone. You can listen to podcasts on your phone, your computer, or your iPad or other tablet.

 To find the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast, search within iTunes or your particular podcast app, or click here for podcast. If you need a little technical assistance or detailed instructions on how to download and listen to the podcast, then please click here for easy instructions.

 The podcasts are about six or seven minutes long Monday-Thursday and they provide entertaining stories as well as great advice and easy-to-implement tips to improve your life. On Fridays, Amy Newmark will ask one of our coauthors or contributors to join her for a longer podcast, about fifteen minutes. If you have a large social media presence, or your own podcast, and you’d like to be considered as a guest for my Friday podcast, please let us know by e-mailing our webmaster.

 This is a new venture for  Chicken Soup for the Soul, so we hope you will listen and enjoy! We would appreciate it if you would spread the word by passing this e-mail on to your friends and family so we can build an audience.

May 2016

2. Publishers Weekly:

The international news website of book publis
hing and bookselling, including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries and more.

3. Writer's Market:

This is the online, paid subscription version of the well-established paper and ink volume. For the current price of an online subscription you earn access not only to the 3,000 listings found in the paper volume, but also to about 4,500 additional listings. Again, we remind you that SLO NightWriters is not a sponsor of this service. Neither does our organization endorse the use of this resource. Explore and then decide if this tool is right for you.
  • Find places to sell your writing, whether you've got a book, manuscript, or article idea.
  • Manage your submissions with our easy-to-use record keeping tools.
  • Stay abreast of the latest publishing industry news.
  • Gain advanced publishing and marketing knowledge from our Q&A's with publishing experts.
  • Know how much to charge for freelance gigs with our popular pay rate chart.
  • Use information specific to your writing needs--whether you're interested in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children's, scriptwriting, or agents--with our niche-specific pages.

An award-winning, free writers' resource listing over 3325 current Fiction and Poetry publications. Use this page to search for markets that may make a fine home for the piece you just polished. Use the menus to explore the rest of the services offered to writers and editors, including a free online submissions tracker for registered users.

5. CreateSpace:

Provides free tools to help you self-publish and distribute your books, DVDs, CDs, video downloads and MP3s on-demand on and other channels.

6. Smashwords:

An ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. Smashwords offers multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.

7. Scribd:

A social publishing site, where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents. Scribd's vision is to liberate the written word.

8.Agent Query:

Query offers the largest, most current searchable database of literary agents on the webundefineda treasure trove of reputable, established literary agents seeking writers just like you. And it's free.

9. All Freelance Writing:

This is a directory of paying freelance writers’ markets. You can browse the writers’ markets by category below or search them if you’re looking for something specific. What are you waiting for? Build a better writing career, one market at a time!

10. Editor & Publisher:

At Editor & Publisher's classified section you can find writing, editing and publishing opportunities.

11. Journalism Jobs:

Hundreds of journalism job listings from across the country.

12. The Market List:

The Market List is the original electronic writers market resource. Started in 1994 as an online ezine and with the first fully comprehensive writers market guidelines index online, The Market List has a long history of providing aspiring and professional writers with markets for their fiction.

13. Society of Children's Books Writers & Illustrators:

Resources and information for writers of books for children and young adults.

14. Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America:

SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres.  Esteemed past and present members include Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton.

15. Mystery Writers of America:

The latest information on mystery writing. Network with other mystery writers.


The Academy of American Poets. Thousands of poems as well as hundreds of poet biographies, essays, interviews and poetry recordings.

17. Romance Writers of America:

More than 10,000 romance writers and related industry professionals are members of Romance Writers of America. Although the association is called Romance Writers of America, membership is not limited to individuals living in the United States. Approximately 900 RWA members live outside the U.S., and RWA fosters connections between its members through the RWA Web site and its 145 local, online, and special-interest chapters. RWA's chapters provide opportunities for members to come together to discuss the industry and build connections with fellow romance writers.

18. Young Writers Online:

A forum for young writers to post, critique and discuss their work.

18. Sisters In Crime:

Sisters in Crime (SinC) is an international organization founded in 1986 to promote the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction. Today, SinC is made up of more than 3,000 members in 48 chapters worldwide undefined authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, and others who love mysteries.


Main pages on this site include, Story Structure, Script Formatting, Character Development, The Idea Factory, Selling Your Script and Samples Scripts.

21. The Write Thought:

Written and maintained by Stephen Blake Mettee, the founder of Quill Driver Books and the author of The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal. Mr. Mettee is also the editor of The Portable Writer’s Conference. He currently serves on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association (formerly known as Publishers Marketing Association or PMA), the nation’s largest such organization. Stephen Mettee sold Quill Driver Books after fourteen years at the helm,  but he’s still the acquisitions editor. Quill Driver Books publishes nonfiction books on writing and publishing, business, health, and other genres. QDB’s authors include the famous, such as Dr. Ruth Westheimer, social media expert Paul Gillin, and America’s most popular medical columnist Peter H. Gott, M.D., as well as first-time authors.

22. Google Directory of Writers' Resources:

As you might expect from a Google website, here you'll find thousands of links related to the world of writers. References to agents, authors, children's writing, journal writing, poetry, publishers, writing exercises and more . . . more . . . more. Remember, please, that SLO NightWriters does not sponsor or endorse any of these sources of information. Explore at will. Pick and choose. Enjoy the journey.

23.Anne R. Allen’s Blog: Writing About Writing. Mostly.

Anne's highly-rated blog (updated Sundays) has received kudos from such publishing luminaries as former agent Nathan Bransford, Writer’s Digest’s Jane Friedman, agent Janet Reid, NYT bestselling author and former Random House editor Ruth Harris, social marketing guru Gary Canie and many others. She’s on the faculty of the Central Coast Writer’s Conference and is working on a writer’s survival guide with Pay it Forward author Catherine Ryan Hyde. Anne has been in the writing business long enough to have collected a pretty full set of mistakes. She blogs in hopes of helping a few newbies make better choices.

24. Darryl Armstrong

Writer Services for Biographies and Historical Research.

I have written biographies and autobiographies and enjoy the research.  My fees are usually less than most sources and will price your project according to how much you wish to have written and how many edits will have to be done.  I prefer to work with only one, possibly two, family members to completion.  

An interview, either by phone or in person would be suggested prior to agreeing to use my services or me agreeing to write for you.


Please call 805-234-4348




Jane Friedman, a leading authority on self-publishing, describing the process of adding a self-published a book to library collection.


The Central Coast Writers Contest.

The deadline for the Central Coast Writers Contest is July 15, 2016 – are you ready with your Final Word?

As part of the 32nd annual Central Coast Writers Conference, this year’s contest offers unprecedented opportunity.  You not only have the invaluable opportunity for exposure and significant cash prizes – you will also have your work read by a truly impressive panel of judges that includes agents, editors and bestselling, award winning authors!

The theme of the 2016 Central Coast Writers Contest is THE FINAL WORD.  All entries must depict this theme, originally interpreted.  Categories include Short Fiction, 1,000 to 1,200 words; Poetry, up to 40 lines; Flash Fiction, up to 500 words, and brand new this year, Screenwriting, up to 20 pages.  And this just announced –

A bonus prize for the first place winner of the Screenwriting category!  Renowned agent Ken Sherman will provide a free 15 minute consultation for the winner of our brand new category this year, Screenwriting!

Ken has been an agent for over twenty years and handles film, television, and book writers as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights.

Ken is additionally a highly regarded and accomplished speaker and teacher.  He lectures extensively at top venues such as UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, The Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, and so many more.  This year Ken also joins The Central Coast Writers Conference!  He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eugene International Film Festival, where he has co-taught a screenwriting classes for many years.

His clients include, to name just a few, David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars; Tawni O’Dell, international best-selling author and Oprah Book Club recipient for her first novel, Back Roads; Anne Perry, the world’s best-known Victorian murder mystery writer and author of over 85 books (and Central Coast Writers Contest Judge!); and Starhawk, considered the best-known witch in the world. He also represents the estates of Franz Kafka, Simon Wiesenthal and Willa Cather.  Please check out Ken’s webpage,

Contest prizes for Short Fiction, Screenwriting and Poetry are $1,000.00 for First Place, $500.00 for Second Place and $100.00 for Third Place.  Flash Fiction contestants will win $500.00 for First Place, $100.00 for Second Place and $50.00 for Third Place.  All top finalists will receive Finalist Certificates.

Contestants may enter more than one category, and submit more than one entry in any category.  The entry fee for Short Fiction, Poetry and Screenwriting is $20.00.  The entry fee for Flash Fiction is $15.00.

Remember, the contest deadline is July 15, 2016 and all entries must be received by midnight on this date to be eligible.

Please visit to enter and for all submission guidelines, full contest rules, judges’ profiles, videos, and so much more.  For all up to the minute happenings, the contest can also be found on:






Please visit the Central Coast Writers Conference at 

Wee will see you there September 29 – October 1, 2016.

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