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For tips on writing and marketing, good sites for researching crime fiction, and more, check out these sites.

CRIME LAB PROJECT:

The Crime Lab Project is a non-profit organization started by writers and producers, but open to the public, the Crime Lab Project works to increase awareness of the problems facing public forensic science agencies. As the Crime Lab site says, "We seek greater support and resources for crime labs, coroner and medical examiners’ offices, and other public agencies using forensic science. We also seek support for forensic science education and research."

Anyone may join the Crime Lab Project. Click here for more information.

The Crime Lab Project, Inc. is 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation.

GENERAL:

http://www.Writing.com is an online writing community for writers of all ages, interests and skill levels. According to their founder, anyone may create a free portfolio and exchange feedback with other writers. They were among Writer's Digest's 101 "Best Websites for Writers, 2005" and have thousands of writers within their community. I've checked this out and it looks great. I'll definitely be joining.

www.fwointl.com has thousands of writing resources and links. The site includes job listings, news, education, research, money for writers, and information on more than 40 genres. there is also an e-zine for writers.

www.anotherrealm.com addresses such topics as contests, conventions, workshops, agents, education, and many more. One of its most useful features is the section called "Predators and Editors." Lynn Hightower says that the publishing industry is actually made up of two separate industries: publishing writing and preying on writers. The "Predators and Editors" section shares information about scams and how to avoid them.

www.hatrack.com is the web site of renowned author Orson Scott Card. I had the pleasure of meeting him (briefly) at the Southern Festival of books and found him to be warm, witty, and genuine--not to mention brilliant. His second "Ender" book, Speaker for the Dead, had a profound effect on me, and I recommend it highly to anyone who likes a good, thought-provoking read. His site includes an online writing tutorial with lessons from the master storyteller himself.

www.poewar.com lists conferences, workshops, markets, job listings, and hundreds of instructional articles.

www.stevens-arce.com is the site of screenwriter, novelist, and songwriter James Stevens-Arce. This site is heavy on the fantasy/sf genres, but also has a lot of other good information. If you aspire to be a writer, there is probably something here for you.

www.fundsforwriters.com is exactly what it sounds like: a place to find out about contests, grants, and markets. It offers three free newsletters and inexpensive e-books for writers. The site is run by C. Hope Clark, author of The Shy Writer.

www.writersweekly.com offers articles, a free newsletter, and information about markets, publishers, and agents.

www.writergazette.com has articles (more than 400), job listings, markets, contest information, a free newsletter, and a lot of good links.

http://www.absolutewrite.com has articles for writers, but most important are the comprehensive forums that comprise the Absolute Write watercooler. Meet other writers to share ideas, experiences, and expertise. There's a wealth of information here.

http://www.paperstarter.com/resources/resources-for-the-essay-writer is an excellent resource for anyone who writes or wants to write essays. hanks to the teen chapter of the Midwest Writing Club for this link to "Resources for the Essay Writer."

 

Sites for Mystery/Crime Writers

www.mysterywriters.org is the official site for Mystery Writers of America, which hosts the prestigious Edgar Awards. This is a professional organization for mystery and crime writers. The site includes news, research resources, an online library, a bookstore, and a host of other services.

http://www.sistersincrime.org is the official site of Sisters in Crime, an international organization created to promote parity for female mystery writers. Open to both readers and writers, it's also an excellent place to meet like-minded people interested in mysteries and thrillers--a great place for writers to network with each other and connect with readers.

http://www.thrillerwriters.org is the official site of International Thriller Writers. This is a professional organization for thriller writers and hosts the annual Thrillerfest conference.

The Writer's Medical and Forensics Lab is a site dedicated to answering questions about and providing insight regarding forensic medicine. The information, targeted toward writers, covers a broad range of subjects in accessible language. Classes, lectures, case studies, and manuscript evaluations are all available through the site. Go to http://www.dplylemd.com/.

www.deadlyink.com features, contests, conferences, retreats, and other resources for aspiring and professional mystery writers. They sponsor the Deadly Ink writer's conference, listed below under" conferences."

http://www.semwa.com/events.htm is a calendar of events that take place in the southeast. The page is part of the Southeastern Mystery Writers of America site, http://www.semwa.com/index.html, which is loaded with good information for writers in the southeastern part of the U.S. This site is a treasure trove and is worth bookmarking just for the calendar of events.

 

General Research

www.askjeeves.com is an excellent source of information for any writer. Put in the topic you need to research, and Jeeves will take you to a host of sites related to your topic.

www.refdesk.com is a free site that has links to encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, all major online newspapers, thousands of small-town and international papers, over 50 search engines, and more. A simply invaluable resource for writers (and anyone else with an unquenchable desire to know things).

 

Money and Marketing

www.chesterdcampbell.com is Chester Campbell's author website; he has a special section all about book marketing. Chester, known to the Nashville Sisters in Crime Chapter as "The King of Promotion," is the author of the popular Greg McKenzie mysteries.

www.fundsforwriters.com lists grants, contests, and markets for writers. Created by C. Hope Clark, the site is chock full of useful information, including articles, a chat, and a newsletter.