Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 Best Websites for Writers (but that’s only my opinion)

When I set out on my cyber journey to find my personal five favorite writer-related sites, I never dreamed it would be so difficult to locate so few useful sites. I figured with Writer’s Digest seeming to find over 100 good sites, as little as five should have been easy for me.

My back is stiff and my patience is running low; am I too picky? I simply searched for any site with 1) good and useful information, 2) every post or article did not include a sales pitch for “my latest book,” and 3) the text was properly edited (aren’t these are suppose to be professionals writing the text?). I do not mind ad-filled sites as most of these are simply attempting to financially support their mission (to keep the Website up and running, like this site does).

So after hours of searching the Web, here it is. In my personal opinion, these are the best of the best, not listed in any particular order.

Writer Beware Blogs at http://accrispin.blogspot.com/. I like this site because it is no frills; just facts and great information. It’s easy to locate any information you might need on agents, publishers, etc. They also have an extensive list of useful sites for writers. Why our site is not on the list is beyond me!

I’m not sure why it is the URL is so different from the Blog’s title, but because of this, I recommend saving the link to your “favorites” or clicking on to “Follow the Blog.”

Predators & Editors at http://pred-ed.com/. This is still one of the best reference sites on the Web. It hosts possibly the most extensive list of writer-related sites on the Web. A little research goes a long way here!

Booksquare at http://booksquare.com/. An informative site relating more to the traditional book publishing industry rather than self-publishing. Basically, a “what’s hot, what’s not” reference.

Write and Publish Your Book at http://www.writeandpublishyourbook.com/. Now here’s a site with great articles which mirror our course here at A Book Inside. The articles are written my authors who yes, promote their books at the end of each article. But they are well-written and useful. Many of the topics are unique and not often discussed on other sites. I really got into the site and it took me a while to get back to my search!

Writer’s Digest at http://www.writersdigest.com/. An all-time favorite of mine filled with contributed articles from professionals in the industry. And yes, we are in the top 101 Best Websites for Writers, hopefully not to simply fill the list, but because we offer useful information.

So there you have it. My personal favorites! I hope you find these sites to be helpful in your quest to successfully write and publish your personal best!
Feel free to add your own favorite writer Website in the comment section below.

10 comments:

Carlene Rae Dater said...

I agree with all your choices and would add one more, www.absolutewrite.com. The site is easy to use and has tons of helpful information. Check that one out too!

Carlene Rae Dater
Absolute Write addict.

Von said...

Very useful and thanks for all the research.

Sun Singer said...

You found the best places, I think; and I'm not saying that just because I go to most of them already.

Nicole MacDonald said...

Great choices - I use them frequently :)

Vatche said...

Cool websites, I'm going to definitely bookmark all of them and check them out. Awesome post, thanks for the research, and write on!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Thank you for this information. I will check into a couple of them.

Glynis said...

Thanks for the links. There are two I know, but the others are new to me.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Thanks for sharing this information.

Keidi said...

That's a great list of writer's websites. I think http://www.firstwriter should be added to the collection and http://www.thewordqueen.com but just because I'm biased ;-)

publish a book said...

Cool websites, I'm going to definitely bookmark all of them and check them out. Awesome post, thanks for the research, and write on!