Thursday, June 16, 2011

Aspiring Writers Tools


Aspiring writers often don’t make a profit.

Especially aspiring writers who home school and study.

Over the past month or so I’ve discovered some absolutely fantastic tools. I’m sure you’ve all already found them… and forgotten to tell me … but just in case you haven’t discovered these tools yet…

YALitChat …  an online weekly chat on Twitter… but it’s so much more than that. It’s also another online social media tool.

Check out these hash tags (#) on Twitter #PBLitChat (picture book Lit Chat) #KidLitChat #myWANA #amwriting ... I'm sure there's more

Writers Digest Community .. another social media platform for endless activity and inspiring knowledge.

Query Tracker … I have just discovered this one this week. I do remember someone mentioning it a while ago – but I guess back then I was only interested in finding Aussie publishers and agents … but now I’m ready to search far and wide and hey, I love America so why not?

WriteOnCon … this one I found last year … all MCs under 18 … a brilliant online conference in August

Natural Reader … this is a free download and it reads your text back to you

Dragon Dictation … I don’t use this – because I don’t have an iphone, ipod or ipad … I heard someone else talk about it and now my hubby uses it and loves it. It turns your voice recording into text … so you can write on the go!

Christopher M Parks’s Manuscript Analyser... this is great to pick up adverbs, overuse of words etc

Rhymer ... a free online rhyming dictionary for all the poets or picture book writers.

The Bookshelf Muse ... another one I just discovered thanks to a lovely reader ;)

Australian Writer's Resources... Competitions, publishers, writing groups

Christian Writers Downunder 

The Writer's Resource

Write to Done

Savvy Authors 

Predators and Editors - listing publishers the good the bad and the ugly

Doxical - your online guide to grammar, punctuation, usage and style

And what I love is …

These are all free free free!

Do you have any wonderful sites or platforms you’ve discovered recently?

11 comments:

  1. Very cool links. I like the Natural Reader link. Gosh, you girls are providing me with more online tools today ... I just discovered Polyvore from Thea! Pxo

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  2. Ooh, I love this! I especially love the Natural Reader link. THAT's cool!

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  3. Wow, I am brand new to the whole blogging world and I thought I would have a look for some fellow aspiring writers. To find a home schooling writer is amazing. I will definitely be checking out some of your suggestions. I have no idea how this whole blogging thing works, figure I will just bungle my way through, but any tips would be great.

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  4. Wow, I'm surprized but I knew about almost all of these, except the Manuscript analyzer (there's another one like it - I forget the name right now but it's on my blog). I also never heard of Natural Reader. Thanks for sharing these, Michelle. I'm going to check them out.

    I'm pretty sure everyone knows about the BookShelf Muse. It's awesome. I can't say enough about the site. Everyone should try it out!!! Believe me, it won't disappoint. Whenever I get stuck at a section, I turn to this site...a plethora of useful info there.

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  5. Great links! YaLitChat is also an online community. And there is also #kidlitchat on Tuesday nights at 9pm EST. The only other one I can think of that you didn't mention is SheWrites.

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  6. YAlitchat, QT, WriteonCon & Bookshelf Muse are ones I know & love. I also couldn't live without Agent Query Connect. It's the first site I found when I started looking into this writing biz & it's been amazing!

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  7. I love these! I will have to check them out.

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  8. What a GREAT list! I recognize some of them (especially WriteOnCon, which is a great opportunity), but not all. Thanks for the info. :)

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  9. Weird, I thought I posted a comment but it vanished. Anyway, thanks for the linkies and list. I especially love WriteOnCon; it's a great opportunity for writers.

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  10. Oooh. I'm bookmarking this one. Some of these I've heard of, but there are several new ones. Thanks so much!

    ~Debbie

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