My Favorite Online Resources


http.jpgRecently I shared a couple favorite internet resources with a friend. When I mentioned to her that I'd been meaning to get a blog post up with them, she told me to get to it! So thank you, @Carmen Nodar, for the prompting and for sharing sites you find, too.


Scrivener at Literature and Latte
This site has downloadable software for writers of one cool writing program called Scrivener. Already available for sale for Macs, Scrivener is in process for windows, so a beta version. I was introduced to it by Jenn Bailey, Kate Blaisdell, Heather Trent Beers, and the afore mentioned Carmen. Thank you, wonderful ladies! I'm lovin' it.

Edit Minion
The awesome Lisha Cauthen found this one and shared it on Kansas SCBWI's Sunflower Scoop (see below). It's in beta and @DrWicked plans to add features, but it's so cool. You paste in a piece of your writing and you can have it check for adverbs, weak words, "said" replacements, passive voice, ending a sentence with a preposition and often misspelled words. A bonus I like is you get a different writing quote each time you click on "Edit!."

ICL's Rx for Writers
Articles and transcripts of online workshops at the Institute of Children's Literature - they are indexed. I come here when I want info on something or am looking for a resource to share with someone else. For example, there's an interview with Uri Shulevitz under the Writer Illustrator category.

Grammar Tutorial
Another instructor shared this awesome site. Having trouble with a specific grammatical issue? Go here and learn how to handle it.


If you have your own blog or website, or are creating presentations, you need images. And most of us want free images.

Photos on this site are free for use (read the licensing info). People take pictures and upload them into this searchable database. If the photographer includes contact info, I send a thank you email telling which image and when and where I used it. (Each picture shows who uploaded the image--click on their name or username and look for email.) The image at the beginning of this post is from morgueFile.

Similar to morgueFile, most photos are free and the site is searchable. purple abstract.jpgHowever, read what it says under availability on each image. The "standard licensing" agreement is more detailed. Some photographers include a notice that says they "must be notified when using the photo for any public work." The lovely abstract to the right is from stock.xchng. Instead of emailing, I used the contact form to send my thanks.

I met DearEditor aka Deborah Halverson at the 2010 SCBWI LA conference. A former editor, Deborah answers writers questions. You can subscribe and get links emailed to you when there's a post or search the site. Deborah's recently launched her book: Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies. Tonight she's doing a free webinar. You can also follow her on twitter @deareditor.

Kidlit Scoop (Formerly the Kansas SCBWI - Sunflower Scoop)
@LishaCauthen is the fabulous editor of this once-a-week announcement list-serve. Go here to subscribe: Kidlit Scoop newsletter.

School Visit Experts
Founded by author and SCBWI Regional Advisor Alexis O'Neill, this blog site is again subscribable. This site has very practical info about speaking in schools, arranging visits, etc.

Fict!on Notes
I've never yet gotten to attend one of the Novel Revision Retreats with author and speaker Darcy Pattison, but I want to. This is her site.

Those are current favorites, though I know as soon as I hit "publish," I'll think of others. I'd love to hear yours.

Your favorites?
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Well, after you subscribe to The Sunflower Scoop, take a look at Literary Rambles: Spotlighting Children's Book Authors, Agents and Publishers. Casey McCormick has a HUGE depository of knowledge about agents over there.

Sue, I LOVE posts like this! And really, I have to second Literary Rambles as a great resource for agent info. Also for great help with images and getting the cliches out of your writing:

I talked with someone recently about Scrivener, and I'm definitely curious. Great post! Thanks for sharing all the useful info!

Glad I could help with the images and cliches! Thanks for commenting!

You are welcome, Dawn. Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks for the shout out for SchoolVisitExperts, Sue! And I really appreciate the free photo sources you've listed here. Here's a site I love and subscribe to: It contains tons of good info on the industry & contracts - and I love the tone of it! is a more fully featured but still free version of editminion. Helps you improve your writing by editing it for you.

Robin Koontz just shared another free photo site with me. Check it out at:

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