Dawn Brazil
​​Young Adult Author

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I've been compiling some helpful writing sites for a while. The information I learned from these sites have been invaluable. So, I thought I'd share!
 
Mary Kole - has a wonderfully informative blog. Her blog has a plethora of information from editing tips, to querying agents. She also allows you to email her questions. And her answers are ultra honest and concise. I've learned quite a bit from her site. She has wonderful insight into the writing life from the perspective of an agent and a writer. You won't be disappointed!
 
Writers Knowledge Base -  A search engine for writers full of articles on anything having to do with writing. Great for finding articles about editing, freelancing and more. It's a database of the best of the best online.
 
WordCounter - this site will count the frequently used words in your document. You can have it search the 25 most used or the 200 most commonly used words. I recommend searching in batches as it can sometimes take time to load if you put too many words in. It may take a while to get a whole manuscript (I did my 75,000 words in 2 hours, while getting the kids out for school) analyzed but it's free and well worth it. You can designate that it not count small words such as, an, and etc. 
 
The AutoCrit Editing Wizard  - this site gives you three free 500 word max, searches of your document. What are you searching for: overused words and redundancies, and sentence variations these are the free wizards. You can search up to 500 words three times a day but if you need more in-depth editing you can pay a fee and have the wizard find other errors in your manuscript. The Wizard will analyze your pacing, dialogue, readability and other errors.
 
Grammerly - a downloadable plug-in for Word that catches grammar errors. There is a subscription cost but it is well worth it. I recommend a years subscription because it costs less in the long run.

Freelance Writer Guide - a wealth of information for the ultimate writer entrepreneur. This site is full of information on how to get started as a freelancer. 

Pinterest  -Yes, that Pinterest. There's a pleothora of useful links on this site. Go crazy and pin whole boards. I have. There's info about marketing, the writing process, creating a writers website, Using other social media sites as a writer... I could not possibly list the entirity of Pinterest's awesomeness here. You'll have to take my word for it and sign-up!

Fantasy Author's Handbook - I write fantasy so of course, I have something specifically for the genre. But, this site isn't just for fantasy/science fiction writers, it goes deeper than that. There's buckets of information on this site!

K.M. Weiland's Newsletter - I cannot do this author's site justice with a few descriptive words. She's awesome! Her newsletters are packed with helpful information. If you haven't subscribed to her newsletter you are missing out. 

The Creative Penn - I actually discovered this author through Youtube. Her vidoes are super informative. She has many videos with sucessful authors that give you a great boost in moral and offer tips that are essential to every author -no matter the platform you choose to publish. 

VelvetJobs - this site is for freelance job seekers. Here you will find everything you need to start a career or a side hustle as a freelance writer.  


 
 
MORE HELPFUL WRITING WEBSITES
 
WRITERS HELPING WRITERS -  a plethora of helpful tools to stregthen writing
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY - tons of useful info
THE BLOOD RED PENCIL - editing tips galore
MISS SNARKS FIRST VICTIM - writing contests with agents and editors, helpful info on writing
  
AGENT INFORMATION 
 
Nathan Bransford former agent turned writer
Writer's Market - small fee associated with this site
 
WEBSITES FOR SOCIALIZATION/PUBLISHING AND HELP WITH PROMOTION 
 
CBI Clubhouse - small fee associated with site - for Children's books authors
Writer's Digest  has a community forum for critiquing, subscribe to their newsletter by email. They offer courses on how to write/the business of writing/and publication and just about anything else writer related.
 
EDITING POSTS FROM MY PERSONAL BLOG
 
http://dawnbrazil.blogspot.com/2011/01/editing-tips-for-writers.html
http://dawnbrazil.blogspot.com/2011/09/you-have-homework.html
http://dawnbrazil.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-to-make-your-manuscript-shine-sing.html
http://dawnbrazil.blogspot.com/2011/04/im-not-finished-yet.html