By Adele M. Annesi
Here is a listing of the latest and greatest Web sites.
This site has is a great place for writers interested in freelancing, screenwriting, playwriting, writing novels, nonfiction, comic book writing, greeting cards, poetry and songwriting. This site has everything for writing, including markets and agents – and it's all free.
Agent Query offers the largest, up-to-date searchable database of reputable, established literary agents on the Web. All the information is free.
C. Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers
This site specializes in grants and lists paying contests and markets. It offers paid and free newsletters, especially by C. Hope Clark – very helpful for freelancers.
Doollee.com is a free online guide to modern playwrights and theatre plays that have been written in or translated into English since 1956. It also has a great database that includes literary agents.
This site features tips on writing better fiction, improving your writing, getting published, and promoting and marketing your fiction. There are hundreds of free articles on writing fiction and novels, a free newsletter filled with writing tips, a free community writing forum and more.
Freelance Writing Jobs
This site is chocked full of freelance gigs and has a special section for blogging jobs. Freelance Writing Jobs began in 2005 to help writers, especially work-at-home parents, find decent paying jobs. It's one of the top online communities for freelancers.
Originally designed as a resource to help first-time authors with beginning marketing skills, OnceWritten.com now spotlights new voices in fiction, helps entry-level writers get started and provides a community for new authors to promote themselves and their books.
This amazing site has free listings of poetry markets, contests, reviews and news available through its monthly e-zine.
ShawGuides began in 1988 as a publisher of global guides to educational travel and creative career programs. It now offers free online access to the unabridged, continually updated content of schools, courses, camps, high-performance programs, writers conferences and workshops in photography, film and video workshops, not to mention language vacations, cultural travel programs, and artists' and writers' residencies and retreats. Go anywhere in the world, and learn at the same time.