Cindy Vallar

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Recommended Research Links
(updated 23 August 2023)

Please note: The primary purpose of this page is to provide writers with quality websites with research for their novels or books,
although others may find these recommended links equally useful. Most pertain to history or writing since that is what most interests me.
There may be some overlap in subjects, which means visitors may find information in different categories for a particular country or subtopic.

Criteria for Inclusion
a. The primary purpose of the website is for research.

b. It is not for promoting other services or the organization itself.

c. It is not a single article or post.

d. It is not geared toward finding information to help in our everyday modern lives.

The Categories

American History (United States)
Hearth & Home Reading & Books
Calendars & Timelines Historical References (General) Reference Resources
Costume History Languages & Dictionaries Scotland & Scottish History
Crime & Punishment
Law & Copyright Transportation & Travel
Currency & Economics Maps (Historical)
Viking Era
Disasters (Natural & Man-made)
Medicine (History)
War & Dueling
English & Welsh History Medieval Times & Renaissance
Women & Women's History
Folklore & Mythology Names World History
Food & Drink
Writing Resources

American History (United States)
Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy
American Founders
Archive of Early American Images
Authentic History Center
Black Past
Chronicling America
Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection
Docs Teach
Documenting the American South
Documents from the Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention
 Early Presidential Collections
Everett Massacre of 1916 Collection
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Historic Iowa Children's Diaries
Historical Voices
Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln
Printed Ephemera
Thomas Jefferson Papers
Voices from the Days of Slavery
Witness to the Early American Experience

American Life Histories

Benjamin Franklin
First-person Narratives of the American South
Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia

Colonial America
American Centuries
Building Community
Colonial North America at Harvard University
Mayflower History
Virtual Jamestown

Education & Occupations
19th-century Schoolbooks
Historic Trades
The Cooper

Cooper at Colonial Williamsburg
Farming History
Life in Company Towns

American Radio History
Dime Novel and Popular Literature
An Invitation to Dance
Mercury Theatre on the Air

National Jukebox
Passion for Circus
Vaudeville Nation

Folklife & Nature
Folklife in Louisiana
Life Histories of North American Birds

American Presidency Project
Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention
  Presidents of the United States
Declaration of Independence

Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the 1930s
America in the 1930s
American Experience: The 1930s
California Odyssey & Dust Bowl Migration Archives
The Civilian Conservation Corps
Crash of 1929
Hobo Code
Hobo Signs and Symbols
Riding the Rails
Riding the Rails

Native Americans
American Indian Oral History
Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian
IDA Treaties Explorer
National Museum of the American

Vanished Worlds, Enduring People

19th Century
Dramas of Haymarket
The Gentleman's Page

Hard Facts for Hard Times

Old West & Western Frontier
Donner Party
Erwin W. Smith
Jesse James
Mountain Men and the Fur Trade

Born in Slavery
Slave Voyages
Uncle Tom’s Cabin and American Culture
Voices Remembering Slavery

Revolutionary War
The Coming of the American Revolution
Intelligence in the War of Independence
Spy Letters of the American Revolution
Witness to the Early American Experience

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Calendars & Timelines
Calendar Calendar Calculator
Calendar for Any Year
Calendars through the Ages
Dates in History by Year
dMarie Time Capsule

HyperHistory Online
Origin of Major Religions

Our Timelines

Perpetual Calendar
Walk Through Time
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Costume History
500-year History of the Pocket
Electrical Fashions
Jewelry at Historic New England
A Natural History of the Artist's Palette
Pockets of History

Fashion Terminology
Glossary 18th-century Costume Terminology

Eighteenth Century
18th Century Layers
18th-century Clothing
An Agreeable Tyrant
A Suit of Clothes
Clothing Colors in the 18th Century

Eighteenth Century Pockets
How to Dress an 18th-century Gentleman
Women's Fashion in the 18th Century

Encyclopedias & Galleries
Costume Gallery
The Met's Costume Institute
Etchings of Rustic Figures
Fashion History Timeline
Fashion Plate Collection
History of Costume by Braun & Scheider
KCI Digital Archives
Kent State University Museum Gallery of Costume

Reforming Fashion, 1850-1914
Texas Fashion Collection
Two Centuries of Costume in America, 1620-1820

Hair Styles & Hats
History of Shaving
The History of the World in Hair
Medieval Hairstyles (Asia)
Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century
Truth about Big Hair of the 1770s
(part 2)

Middle Ages
Dress, Jewels, Arms & Coat of Arms
Illuminating Fashion
Rosalie's Medieval Woman
Second-hand Clothing in Medieval France

Nineteenth Century
Fashion & Courtship in the Victorian Era
Godey's Lady's Book

Costume History

Before the Clearances
Celtic Dress of the 16th Century
On the Dignity of Wearing Kilts
Scottish Register of Tartans
Scottish Tartans Authority
Scottish Tartans Museum

Seventeenth Century
Needle Guerrilla


Brief History of Shoes
Evolution of the High Heel Shoe

Shoes in the Middle Ages

Dressed to the Nines

(baseball uniforms)

Sumptuary Laws

The Hidden Rules of the Puritan Fashion Police
Medieval Florence



Fabrics for the 18th Century and Beyond
Fashion & Textiles

Jessamyn's Regency Costume Companion

Textiles and Clothing
Werner's Nomenclature of Colour

Twentieth Century
Screen Search Fashion


Corsets, Whalebones and Waist-whittlers

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Crime & Punishment
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Currency & Economics
Colonial Currency
CPI Inflation Calculator 
 Currency Converter: 1270-2017
Current Value of Old Money
Economics of English Coinage Denominations
Historical UK Inflation Rates & Price Conversion Calculator
Inflation Calculator 1774-2019
Inflation Calculator 1956 to 2022
Inflation Database Calculator
Marteau Early 18th-Century Currency Converter
Measuring Worth
Purchasing Power British Pound 1270-Present

UK Inflation Calculator 1949-2021
US Bureau of Labor Statistics Databases, Tables & Calculators
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Disasters (Natural & Man-made)
The Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire
1906 San Francisco Earthquake

New London Texas School Explosion

American Experience: Triangle Fire
The Triangle Factory Fire

The 1900 Storm Galveston Island, Texas
The Hurricane of '38


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English & Welsh History
English cottages

British History Online
  British Library
Catalogues & Collections
British Newspaper Archive

Early 18th-Century Newspaper Reports
Hidden Lives Revealed
History of the United Kingdom Primary Documents

National Library of Wales Digital Resources
Robbins Library Digital Projects

National Portrait Gallery

The Cromwell Association

Elizabethan England
Elizabeth R 
Life in Elizabethan England
Renaissance, the Elizabethan World

Entertainment & Literature
Book of Common Prayer
Broadside Ballads Online

Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature

Treasures in Full Renaissance Festival Books

History & Government
Early British Kingdoms
The History of Parliament
History of York
History Online

Industry & Trade
Cotton Town
  Trade Union Ancestors
Windmill World
The Workhouse

Cyfraith Hywel

Camelot International: Tower of London
Charles Booth's London
Dictionary of Victorian London
London Picture Archive
Victorian London: Booth Poverty Map Project

Medieval England
The Legend of Robin Hood
Medieval English Towns
Medieval Soldier in Later Medieval England
World of Chaucer

A History of British Birds

Regency Era
The Jane Austen Blog
Nancy Regency Researcher

Resources for Writers of Regency Fiction

Victorian Era
The Book of Household Management
Literary Liaisons
Street Sellers
Soyer's Shilling Cookery for People

Victorian Britain
Victorian Domestic Servant Hierarchy and Wage Scale
Victorian Literary Studies Archive
Victorian Middle Classes
The Victorian Web
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Folklore & Mythology


Folklore & Mythology
American Folklore
The Best of Legends
Celtic Folklore

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts


Aeclectic Tarot
Love Tarot Reading
Reading Tea Leaves
Tarot Card Meanings
Trusted Tarot
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Food & Drink
Complete History of Coffee
Tea Glossary & Tea Terms of the 18th & 19th Centuries

Elizabethan Era
Elizabethan Food

Cookbooks & Recipes
Convivial Supper

Food in General
Ancient Firkins
Encyclopedia of Spices
Food History Topics

Emergence of Dairy Butter
The Food Timeline
The Gallery of Regrettable Food
Growing a Nation
History of Sandwiches
Not by Bread Alone
Topher’s Breakfast Cereal Character Guide
What's Cooking?

Turkey Dinner

Middle Ages
Glossary of Medieval & Renaissance Culinary Terms
Medieval and Early Modern Cookery
Medieval/Renaissance Brewing

Medieval Cookery

Setting the Table
History of Eating Utensils


Lost World of the London Coffeehouse
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Hearth & Home

Historic American Buildings Survey
Within These Walls
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Historical References (General)
Illuminated Manuscript Page
Børre Ludvigsen Digital Archive
Children and Youth in History

EyeWitness to History
Historical Country Names
History Central Catalogue
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
Jewish History

Odin's Castle of Dreams and Legends

Regnal Chronologies
Spartacus Educational
The Ultimate History Project
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Languages & Dictionaries


American English Dialect Recordings
British Dialect Translator

Dialects of International English Archives

Lexico (Oxford)
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Ojibwe People's Dictionary
OneLook Dictionary Search
Your Dictionary

English of the Past
How to Speak 19th Century
Introduction to Old English
Middle English Dictionary
Old English / Anglo-Saxon
Old English Online

Old English to Modern English Translator
World Wide Words

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Historical Thesaurus of English
Online Etymology Dictionary
An Universal Etymological English Dictionary
Early Indo-European Online
Language Construction Kit

Separated by a Common Language
What Is Irish?
The Word Detective

Dictionary of the Scots Language
Faclair Gaidhlig: Gaelic-English
Gaelic Society of Inverness
The Online Scots Dictionary
Sabhal Mor Ostaig
Scottie Translator

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
A Dictionary of Slang & Colloquialisms
Nathan Bailey's Dictionary of Slang
Them's Fighting Words: Old French Insults

Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hard-boiled Slang

OneLook Thesaurus & Reverse Dictionary
Power Thesaurus
Roget's Thesaurus (1911)
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Law & Copyright
The 5 W's of Copyright Registration
An Authors' Guide to Creative Commons
But It's Protected
Copyright Crash Course
Copyright Lectures
Copyright Navigator

Copyright Renewal Database Updated link
Copyright Term and the Public Domain
Copyright vs. Trademark
Copyright Violation Redux
Empowering Authors Around Copyright
Fair Use of Trademarks
How to Copyright a Book
The Landmine of Fair Use
Navigating Cover Image Usage Rights

Primary Sources on Copyright, 1450-1900
The Right to Display Public Domain Images
Ultimate Guide to Copyright
Updated link
U.S. Copyright Office
Using Existing Works (Fair Use)
Why Should I Copyright My Book (And How Do I Do It)?
A Writer's Guide to Fair Use & Permissions

Guide to Law Online
International Criminal Court
Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769)
Legal History: Crime and Punishment Research Guide
Tarleton Law Library

The Year Books: Medieval English Legal History


Publishing Law

How California's Law AB-5 Affects Writers
How to Send a DMCA Takedown Notice
How to Stop Pirates with Copyright Law
I've Been Infringed, Now What?

Song Lyrics
Can I Use Song Lyrics in My Manuscript?
How to Legally Quote Song Lyrics in Your Book
Lyrics in Books: Your Questions Answered
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Maps (Historical)
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Medicine (History)
Dream Anatomy
History of the Body
Museum of Menstruation

Ancient Medicine
Greek Medicine
The Uses of Plants in Medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome

Death & Grief
Puritan Scrabble
Survivors of Suicide Loss

Disability History Museum
Famous People with Disabilities

Folk Medicine
Culpepper's English Physician
Cunning Folk
Online Herbal Encyclopedia of Knowledge
A Tour of a Medicinal Garden

Historical References
The Apothecary Chest
Brief History of Chinese Medicine
Fundamentals of the History of Medicine
The History of Dentistry
History of Medicine & Medical Humanities
History of Medicine Timeline
The History of Surgery
Images from the History of Medicine
Lay Medical Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century
Medical Heritage Library
Medicine, Health, & History
Medicine in Britain c. 1700-1900
National Library of Medicine

The Old Operating Theatre
Turning the Pages Online

Infectious Diseases
1918 Influenza Pandemic  
Benjamin Rush, Yellow Fever & the Birth of Modern Medicine

CDC Museum Covid-19 Timeline
The Deadly Virus
History of Pandemics
Influenza 1918
  Insects, Disease, and History
Most Dangerous Woman in America
Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World
A Short History of Medicine

Medical Personnel
A Book about Doctors
Do History
Doctors in the Regency
From Poison Peddlers to Civic Worthies
General Practitioners and Obstetrics
Influential Female Nurses
The Primal Touch of Birth
The Rebel Physician
The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

Rethinking Georgian Healthcare: Patent Medicines Industry

Medieval Medicine
Early Medieval Surgical Knowledge
The MacKinney Collection of Medieval Medical Images
The Medieval Hospital

Noninfectious Diseases
The Evolution of Our Knowledge about the Heart and Its Diseases Since 1628
Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center
Mesothelioma Guide
Mesothelioma Hub

War Medicine
The Army Medical Department 1775-1818
Changes in Medicine During the 19th Century
Dentistry and the British Army: 1661 to 1921
Medical Antiques
Memoirs of Military Surgery
Nelson's Hospital
Surgery during the Napoleonic Wars
Understanding a Veteran with PTSD
Veteran Substance Abuse

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Medieval Times & Renaissance
Castles & Knights
Knighthood, Chivalry & Tournaments Resource Library

Life in a Welsh Castle
Medieval Castle
Medieval Resources
Medieval Siege
Templar History

Entertainment, Food, & Drink
Gode Cookery
Medieval Cookery

Medieval/Renaissance Brewing

Musica Antiqua Instruments

Medieval Games
Medieval Games and Recreation
Medieval Spice Trade

Home Life
Architecture in Renaissance Italy
How to Go to the Toilet, Medieval Style?
Manners, Customs, and Dress
Pro Sponso et Sponsa

The Domesday Book Online
Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts
Medieval England and France, 700-1200
Murthly Hours
The Medieval & Classical Literature Library
Rose & Chess

Knights jousting

The Domesday Book Online
Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts

Medieval England and France, 700-1200
Murthly Hours
The Medieval & Classical Literature Library
Rose & Chess

Elizabeth Chadwick’s Reference Library

Global Medieval Sourcebook
Internet Medieval Sourcebook
The Making of Charlemagne's Europe
The Medieval Bestiary

The Middle Ages
Mostly Medieval
Ramon Llull Routes
Renaissance Individualism
Romanesque Churches

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Baby Names of Ireland
Behind the Name

Concerning Double Given Names Before 1600
Get Ready for Baby
How to Understand Medieval Arabic Names
The Internet Surname Database
Irish Names
Medieval Names Archive

Oh Baby! Names
Popular Scottish Forenames
Seventh Sanctum Character Name Generators
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Reading & Books
Beacon for Freedom of Expression
The First Amendment Encyclopedia
Index on Censorship
National Coalition Against Censorship
We Need Diverse Books

Digital Book Collections
Children's Books Exhibits
ECU Digital Collections

The Folger Shakespeare
Gateway to the Classics
Internet Archive
Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes

Project Gutenberg
Rare Book Room

Girls reading

Information on Books
Aspects of the Victorian Book
Reading Group Guides

Book Browse
Eye on Romance
Historical Novel Society
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Reference Resources
The Avalon Project
British Newspaper Archive
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

David Rumsey Map Collection

  Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library Rare Map Collection

Internet Archive
Internet Sacred Text Archive
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Making of America
The National Archives (US)

NYPL Picture Collection
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

Project Gutenberg

The Pennsylvania Gazette
Working Class Movement Library
The World Factbook

Online Museums
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
NYPL Digital Collections
Vatican Museums

Reference Resources (General)
BBC Country Profiles
Easy Unit Converter


Reference Desk
Visual Dictionary
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Scotland & Scottish History
Archaeology & Architecture
Accessing Scotland's Past
Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports
Stirling Castle Palace

The Clearances
Napier's Commission

Darien Venture

General Resources
Am Baile
BBC In Search of Scotland
Capital Collections
Celtic Guide
Electric Scotland

General Register Office for Scotland
National Library of Scotland Digital Resources
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Rampant Scotland
Scottish Archive Network
Scottish Handwriting

Acts of Union

  Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707

Isles of Scotland
  A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland
Life of Johnson: Tour to the Hebrides

St. Kilda World Heritage Site

The 1745 Rebellion
Battle of Culloden
Battle of Prestonpans 1745
The Jacobite Rebellions 1689-1746
The Lyon in Mourning
Pickle the Spy

Having tea with Nessie


Books and Articles on Scotland
500 Years of Printing in Scotland
Scottish History in Print
The Norwegian Account of Haco’s Expedition against Scotland
Scottish Chapbooks Project
Scottish Corpus of Texts & Speeches

The Word on the Street

  Battle of Falkirk & the Execution of Wallace
Medieval Scotland
Murthly Hours
People of Medieval Scotland 1093-1314
Scottish Medieval Bibliography Index


Plant Life in the Scottish Highlands

Clan Cameron
The Clan Gregor Society
Clan MacPherson
Scotlands People

The Covenants and the Covenanters


Daemonolgie by James VI and I
Horrid Sinne of Witchcraft
Newes from Scotland
Survey of Scottish Witchcraft
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Transportation & Travel
America on the Move
American Journeys

Cross Roads in England and Wales
Old Roads of Scotland
Travels in America, 1750 to 1920
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Viking Era

Viking Answer Lady
The Vikings
Viking Warrior
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War & Dueling
Civil War - Britain
Civil Wars, Commonwealth, & Protectorate 1638-1660
Conflict (1688, 1745, & War for America)

Civil War - United States
The American Civil War
Antietam on the Web
Britain and the American Civil War
Civil War 150
Civil War in Art
Civil War Letters of Forrest Little

Civil War Love letters
Civil War Washington
Digital Civil War Collection
Gilmer Civil War Maps

Irish in the American Civil War
John Jacob Omenhausser’s Civil War Sketchbook
Matthew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities & Scenes
Soldiers and Sailors Database
Valley of the Shadow
Washington During the Civil War
Who Shall Tell the Story?
Women and the Homefront

Duels, Fencing & Weaponry
Armour Archive
The Arte of Defense
Blood & Iron Martial Arts

The Duel

Historical Fencing Manuals
Life & Death Fencing

Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

Auschwitz Untold
Holocaust Encyclopedia
The Holocaust Explained
Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation

Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust

USHMM Interviews with Holocaust Survivors

Music, Memory, and Resistance during the Holocaust

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Yad Vashem

Battle of New Orleans 1862

Medicine in War
A Soldier's Heart
Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries
Diary of a War Nurse
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
War and Medicine

Soldier's Life
Christmas at War
Christmas in Wartime
Experiencing War

Vietnam Conflict
The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive

USMA Digital Collections
War Times Journal

World Wars
The Great War
The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement
World War One
World War One Document Archive

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Women & Women's History
Woman accountant

American Women
Anne Sullivan Macy
Annie Oakley
Civil War Women - Primary Sources
Matthew Brady -- Women of the Civil War
Women's History Matters

Arab World
Women's World in Qajar Iran


The Education of Women, 1719
Women's Intellectual Contributions

English Women
Before Victoria
Hannah Snell
Jewish Women
Jewish Women's Archive

Scottish Women
Revealing Women

Amelia Earhart papers
Wilder Shores

Letters to Sala
Prisoners of the Women's Concentration Camp, Ravensbrück
War, Women & Survival
Women and the Holocaust
The Women of Ravensbrück
Women as Warriors in History


A Woman’s Work is Never Done
Women Working, 1800-1930
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World History
Asian Dragon

The Canadian Encyclopedia
A Reader's Guide to the History of Newfoundland and Labrador

Chinese Paper Gods
Naxi Manuscript Collection
Song Dynasty

Bibliotheca Palatina Digital
Crime and Punishment in the Reign of Vlad the Impaler
The History Guide

French Revolution Digital Archive
Liberté, Équalité, Fraternité

Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution
Napoleonic Guide
 Paris in the 19th Century
Le Poulet Gauche

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum Database

Ireland’s History in Maps
The Irish Revolution Project
Letters 191601923
Singing the Praises of Ireland


Ancient Rome
The Roman Empire in the First Century

Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761

National Archives of Japan
Scrolls of the Mongol Invasion of Japan

Russia / Russian History Websites
Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire
The Romanov Family

Russia Engages the World, 1453–1825

South Asia

Digital South Asia Library

Love Customs in 18th-century Spain

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Writing Resources
The Craft & Business of Writing


7 Tips for Pitching Your Idea
Agent Query

Are You Ready to Contact an Agent?
Association of American Literary Agents
Association of Authors' Representatives

The Dating, er, Agent-Search Game
How To Find a Reputable Agent
How to Find & Pitch a Literary Agent
The Impersonation Game
Passion Pen’s Romance Agent List
Query Tracker

Ancillary Services
How Much Should I Charge?

Being Physically Assaulted by a Stranger
Being Unable to Save Everyone
Conflict Thesaurus
Doing Something Stupid While Impaired
Writing Fight Scenes with Female Characters
You Are a Writer & Intellectual Property Assets

A Is for Advance
The Business Rusch: Royalty Statements Update
C Is for Noncompete
A Contract Clause to Beware
Evaluating Publishing Contracts
F Is for Foreign Rights
Getting Out of Your Book Contract (Maybe)

How Lucky Can You Get?

How Much Should I Charge?
I Is for Indemnification
The Importance of Self-Editing & Why You Need to Read
Publishing Contracts 101
Publishing Contracts You Shouldn't Sign

Your Publishing Contracts

Negotiating Book Contract Terms and Royalties
Red Flag: When a Publisher Claims Copyright on Edits
Requesting Rights Reversion from Your Publisher
Review Any and Every Contract You Sign
The Sensitivity Question of Sensitivity Readers

3 Secrets to Writing Vivid Settings
4 Steps for Choosing What Details to Describe in a Scene
5 Ways to Layer Depth into Your Story
7 Narrative Structures All Writers Should Know
Active vs. Passive Voice
The Difference between Painting a Scene vs Dramatizing a Scene
The History Quill Blog
How the Inciting Event Works in a Novel
How Long Should a Book Be?

How to Boil Loads of Research Down to a First Draft

How to Format Dialogue

How to Improve Our Story with Action Beats
Narrative Distance
The Recipe for Writing a Great Scene
Should We Include Trigger Warnings for Our Story

  Ten Questions to Improve Your Manuscript
That Difficult First Novel
Using Beats to Keep Readers Emotionally Engaged

What Is a Plot Point?
What You Should Know about the Three-act Structure
What's the Difference between an Inciting Incident and a First Plot Point?

When You Write
Word Choice: What Does It Mean for Our Writing?

Writing 101
Writing the Other

Education & Organizations
Burry Man Writers Center
The Creative Academy
Fiction University
Fiction Writer's Mentor
Nate's Big List of Free Courses for Authors
The Writer
Writers Write

How Should We Format Non-English Words?
How to Format Your Manuscript
Manuscript Format

Writing Crime

Grammar and Style
Comparing Gerunds, Participles, & Infinitives

Elements of Style
English Grammar
Grammer Rules & Examples
Guide to Grammar and Style
Guide to Grammar & Writing
Ten Mistakes Writers Don’t See
Ultimate Grammar Cheat Sheet

Emotions & Body Language
5 Body Language Signs Reveal Danger

10 Ways to Show Your Character's Emotions

100 Words for Facial Expressions

Atlas of Emotions
The Emotion Wheel
The Emotion Wheel
Emotion Wheels & Needs Wheel
Flesh Out Your Writing with Body Language
How to Read Body Language
What Is Emotional Context & Why Does Your Story Need It?

Marketing and Promotion
  Booksigning Tips from Larry James
Branding: The Right Way vs. The Wrong Way
The Business Rusch: Promotion
Crafting a Knockout Headline
How To Make a Website
The Real World of Virtual Book Touring
What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die

Pitches, Queries, Synopses, & Submissions
6 Problems Your Query Letter Reveals about Your Novel
Hints for a Great Cover Letter
How to Pitch Your Book at a Writing Conference
How to Write a Query Letter in 7 Steps
How to Write a Synopsis

I am Your Editor: Submitting Your Novel
E-mail Queries & Submissions
Synopsis Writing Made Easy
Ten Minutes to Glory: Your Editor/Agent Pitch
The Value of a Great Book Synopsis

What's Killing Your Query Pitch?
Write Your Query Letter Before You Write Your Next Book

Your Online Submission

Plotting, Characterization, & Hooks
6 Steps to Creating a Great Character

9 Questions You Must Ask Your Main Character

Avoid the Cliche "Strong Female Character"

Character Internalization

Creating a Compelling Protagonist

An Easy Way to Find Your Protagonist's Goal

How Do You Know If Your Protagonist Is Strong Enough?

How to Structure a Story
Literary Hooks
Master List of Character-building Resources

Plot Generator
Plot Tips for the Aspiring Author
Plotting with Michael Hague's Six Stage Plot Structure

What's My Motivation?

Point of View
4 Ways a Strong POV Strengthens a Novel

How Does Our Character's POV Affect Our Story?

How Point-of-View Affects Dialogue

How to Weave Setting into a Deep POV

How to Write First-person Internalization
Is Our Story's Point of View Really What We Think It Is?

Just What Do You Mean . . . "Point of View?" Is It Important?

Keeping Your Distance

38 Google Plus Communities for Writers
Jeannie Ruesch’s Resources for Writers
 Literary Liaisons
Our Time Lines

20 Magazines that Publish Freelance Book Reviews

Dear Author Who Asked Me to Change My Review

Scams & Schemes
An Editing Nightmare
Guide to Shady Publishers (and Other Shady Author Scams
On the Basics
Writer Beware

B Is for Binding
Bests Tools for Indie Authors

Cover Design -- The Basics
Do Traditional Publishers Hate Self-published Authors?

Is Amazon Kindle Cheating Self-published Authors?

Self-publishing by the Book

Self-publishing Resources & Information

Tools, Tutorials & Resources for Authors & Writers

Why Am I So Against Traditional Publishing?

Why Query Letters Matter to Self-published Authors, Too

The Whys and Hows of Novel Translations

Synonyms & Descriptors
100+ Ways to Say "Interesting"
500+ Ways to Describe Body Build and Physique
500+ Ways to Describe Fire
700+ Ways to Describe Backs
800+ Ways to Describe Chins
OneLook Thesaurus
Ways to Describe Breath & Breathing

Tools for Writers & Writing
9 Ways Editing Software Can Improve Creative Writing

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The Myth of the Unearned Advance

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The Way Publishing Never Was
Why Every Author Should Care about #Cockygate
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