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Finding a Writer
Always a good search engine and database for anything literary.

Illinois Writers Directory and the Illinois Artstour
If you live in Illinois and want to contact a writer for a speaking engagement try one of these sites.

The Writers Directory
An online directory of short fiction and poetry publications. There are links to paying, non-paying, and online publications as well as to contests and publications outside the US.

A searchable directory of published and unpublished writers.


Bookstores with an Online Presence
Babbitt's Bookstore
Babbitt's Bookstore is a collection of bookstores in Central Illinois with varying specialties.  They offer a variety of services including keeping want lists, an on-line database, appraisals, and a book search service.

Search Borders inventory for that special book or author and order through

Left Bank Books
Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books is the only independently-owned, full-service bookstore in the greater metropolitan area of St. Louis. Specialties include: modern literature and poetry, the contemporary art and performing arts scene, political analysis, African-American , feminist, gay and lesbian literature; psychology and high quality, multicultural children's books.

Rainy Day Books
Rainy Day Books is a nationally known independent bookseller, recently profiled in Publishers Weekly for its community author events, which average 150 per year. Rainy Day Books was nominated for Bookseller of the Year by Publishers Weekly in February 2001, was nominated for the Top Ten Small Businesses of the Year by The Chamber in 1999, and was ranked 46th in the Ingram's Magazine Top 100 Businesses of 1998.

Ruminator Books
Ruminator Books is a locally-owned, community-based independent bookstore.

Small Press Distribution
The source for poetry, innovative fiction and cultural writing. The new place for literature on the web.

Tattered Cover Bookstore
A large, independent bookstore housing over half a million books (all new, not used) -- with one of the most extensive and unique assortments of titles anywhere.

TownHouse Books Café & Wine Bar
An independent bookstore in Saint Charles, Illinois for all ages, with a friendly knowledgeable staff. The uniqueness and ambiance of the 25 year old bookstore carry over into the Town House Café, featuring a menu of fresh-from-scratch soups and creative sandwiches. Sunday Brunch 11-3.
Thursday - Saturday evening, visit the Café & Wine Bar for a Bistro style menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees.


Online Bookstores
ABE Book Exchange
This season millions of used, rare, secondhand, and out-of-print books are at your fingertips. Give the unique gift of a childhood favorite or signed first edition. This holiday season, shopping for hard-to-find books just got easy.

Barnes & Noble

Books and Collectibles
The Australian gateway to a vast catalogue of antiquarian, rare, out of print and new books, plus antiques, fine arts and collectibles.

At, every book is always in stock and all orders are shipped usually within 48 hours. A distributor of e-books, too.

BBR Online Book Catalogue
With over 1,200 books and magazines from nearly 100 different publishers, BBR is the UK's leading distributor of independent literary and speculative fiction publications. Choose from 12 different Subject Categories, or Search the catalogue by author, publisher, ISBN, country of origin, and key words.

The people's resource. If you want alternative, radical, hard-to-find titles, look no further.

Powell's Bookstore
Over a million new and used books in stock. One of the nation's best independent booksellers.

Ruminator Textbooks
The textbook department of Ruminator Books has teamed up with MBS, a leading distributor of textbooks, to bring you the convenience of on-line access to new and used texts.

Sidney Booktown
Sidney is a small town located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The town offers seven distinct bookstores with online ordering available.


Book Services
Antiquarian Book Sellers' Association of America
Since 1949, The ABAA has been promoting ethical standards and professionalism in the antiquarian book trade in America and internationally, through their affiliation with The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Use their site to: 1) Find books within the inventories the ABAA database. 2) Locate an ABAA bookseller. 3) Find a compendium of articles and other resources on book collecting. 4) information about upcoming book fairs as well as links to the Web sites of past and future ABAA fairs. 5) A discussion board for antiquarian book collectors, sellers and other enthusiasts.

The book industry's most comprehensive and thorough online information source. BookWire's content includes timely book industry news, features, reviews, original fiction, guides to literary events, author interviews, thousands of annotated links to book-related sites, and more.

A Common Reader
Founded in 1986 by The Akadine Press, A Common Reader is a monthly book catalog mailed to tens of thousands of readers across the United States and around the world. Their goal has been to gather, ponder, and offer for sale a selection of books they think you might enjoy. Some are best browsed, some are for study, many are absorbing reading -- but all belong to that class of books one is eager to pass on to a friend.

Internet Book Information Center (IBIC)
An eclectic site featuring sections on Authors, Publishers, Booksellers, Libraries, Readers, Mailing Lists, Book Reviews, Rare Books, On-line Books and Magazines, Poetry, Short Stories, and Web Review Databases.

Roth Publishing
Your library's clearinghouse for poetry, short stories, essays and plays since 1976!

Everything you need to become your own publisher. Xlibris works with you to create your book, then print copies on-demand for your readers. You keep all rights to your work. They also offer services that give you all the control you need over your book.


Publishers and Presses
Consortium Book Sales and Distribution
"Consortium is committed to Independent Presses and the fascinating and important books they bring to our world. To help promote independent presses, Consortium works with SPD Books of Berkeley, California, and AK Press of Oakland, California."

A publishing company of small press and publishing reference sources and the leading international supplier of small press information since 1964. Publishers of The International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses

Laughing Bear Newsletter
Tom Person has been editing Laughing Bear Newsletter, for 23 years. LBN provides news, information, and inspiration to the small press community.

Hey, what can I say, it came up when I did a search for literary presses. Possibly the most comprehensive up-to-date list of independent and small presses available on the net.

Publisher's Catalogue
What the critics think: "I had recently tried to research various publishers throughout the country. You're pages would have saved me much time!! It's a great site...keep up the good work." - Neil Sargent, Web Designer, Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

ACQWeb's Catalogue of University Presses
ACQWeb's directory of university presses and publishers in alphabetical order. Also, go to the AAUP to order a print catalogue of all UP members (currently $18.00).

A searchable directory of publishers.


Literary Agents
Association of Authors' Representatives
The AAR was formed in 1991 through the merger of the Society of Authors' Representatives (founded in 1928) and the Independent Literary Agents Association (founded in 1977).

Author Assist
Assists in sharpening your skills in presenting a writer's portfolio to literary agents.

An alphabetical directory of literary agents with descriptions, history and contact information.

A searchable directory of literary agents.

So, how do you find an agent to promote your work? Right here is a good place to start. Browse (by location or by topic) or search through their directory of agents to find the right agent for you.


Grants, Fellowships, Awards -- Funding
Donors Forum of Chicago: A Philanthropic Database
The Philanthropic Database (PhD) of the Donors Forum of Chicago is a searchable database of more than 50,000 grants awarded since 1994 by participating Donors Forum Members. Representing over $1.5 billion in grants, PhD presents specific details about philanthropic giving by almost 100 grantmakers in metropolitan Chicago.

The Foundation Center
Provides education and training on the grantseeking process; Ensures public access to information and services through their World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of cooperating collections.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts, an investment in America's living cultural heritage, serves the public good by nurturing the expression of human creativity, supporting the cultivation of community spirit, and fostering the recognition and appreciation of the excellence and diversity of our nation's artistic accomplishments.

National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, and public programs in the humanities.


Writing Workshops and Other Helpful Tools for Writers
Association of Writers and Writing Programs Directory of Writing Conferences and Centers
This page contains a complete list of Writers' Workshops and Conferences including program descriptions.

BrambleStory is a comprehensive site for writers, offering the opportunity to post your work and get feedback from others, writing exercises to inspire you, over 400 creative writing links, and an original interactive group writing game.

The Comfort & Power of Story
[The acclaimed anthology (book) series]
The Comfort & Power of Story: A Cup of Comfort offers an ongoing, paid publishing opportunity for compelling creative nonfiction stories and
personal essays about the experiences and relationships that inspire, guide, enrich, and empower our lives. Guidelines posted online at
Database has writers from 12 countries in it and clients and editors can search for writers by type of writing and topic. The Go Daddy Group, Inc.
"Starfield Technologies, Inc., a sister company of leading domain registrar, [has] announced the release of c-Site (tm) an easy-to-use software service that simplifies the process of registering a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. Ideal for Web site developers, computer programmers, and auothors of novels, poems, and other literary or scholarly works, c-Site enables individuals to quickly and affordably register and protect their original works without the expense and hassle of an attorney."

Gotham Writer's Workshop

GWW takes you and your writing seriously. Their classes are not therapy or a lovefest. They are about learning to write. GWW believes that talent cannot be taught, but it can be nurtured. GWW workshops teach you the craft and provide the structure of assignments and deadlines that get you writing. - Arts Vertical Portal
An online directory for the Arts with links to sites featuring poetry, fiction, and all things literary.

National Writers Union
The NWU is a labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats and media. Whether you're a journalist, a book author or a technical or business writer -- whether you write poetry or miscellaneous copy -- the NWU is already working to improve your professional life. They are committed to improving the economic and working conditions of freelance writers. The NWU offers grievance resolution, industry campaigns, contract advice, health & dental plans, member education, job banks, networking, social events, and much more.

Nebraska Center for Writers
The on-line resource for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, providing information, advice, and links of interest to writers and readers across the state and beyond.

No Media Kings
Spreading the gospel of self-publishing and independence from media monopolies.

New Link The Poetry Kit
provides info on little magazines in the US.

New Link is an online literary discussion site offered free of charge. We promote written discussion of literature for the purpose of preserving and strengthening thoughtful readers' opinions.

Pudding House Writers Resource Center
A poets site that reflects the omni-dimensional and wild array of activities for poets including word/writing games, workshops, publication opportunities, retreat/Bed & Breakfast for Writers, l-on-l assistance, you name it.

Features links to online lectures and articles on the craft of writing poetry, as well as links to audio of interviews with well-known poets and articles on reading poetry.

Tools for Writers
A website to help writers better understand how software tools can be used to improve writing and facilitate research and collaboration.

Taverner's Koans
A poetry confluence, a hybrid of various concerns. On one hand, a poetry journal, presenting contributor poems in "Koans." On the other, this is a site--for poets of all experience levels--to learn how to write poetry better. There are writing exercises, craft essays, essays on under-rated poets, and more.

United States Copyright Office
At the US Copyright Office online, you will find all their key publications, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations; news of what the Office is doing, including Congressional testimony and press releases; their latest regulations; a link to their online copyright records cataloged since 1978; and much more.

Vanity Publishing -- Advice and Warning by Johnathon Clifford
A site providing some useful information on Vanity Publishers. Check it out before you agree to any contract in which you pay someone to publish your work.

Word Smitten
 Here's where you'll find a few of the rollicking 3R's for writers. Reviews. Revision techniques. Revelations about the biz. Find up-to-date information about the publishing biz and tips on writing. Meet established Authors who provide mentoring, tutoring, and essential feedback. Discover financial tips to keep your budget on track before and after your blockbuster best seller hits the lists.

Writer Beware
Sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Incorporated "Writer Beware" provides information on the fraudulent activies of the less than honest literary agents and publishers.

The Writers Directory
An online directory of short fiction and poetry publications. There are links to paying, non-paying, and online publications as well as to contests and publications outside the US.

Provides a list of essential materials and resources for writers, including a directory of editors

Publishes "Poetry Contest Insider," sponsors two poetry contests, and links to resources for poets and writers.


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