the writer's readDo you want to become familiar with the MLA format? The best way to learn this if you are new to the formatting is through Purdue English OWL writing labs.

Do you want productivity tips? LifeHacker is the place to go. But they sent you to 7Breaths for all things OneNote. Check them all out.

If you wish to learn how to podcast, to record your own audio books, or would just like to browse free audiobooks, then PodioBooks is the place to go.


In the discussion of editing the novel for both British and American English there is no finer resource for the writer and editor than

Now here is a link full of fun and possible writing material…make that “chalk full of” writing material.

This was brought  up in one of my discussion groups on LinkedIn. Someone brought up the editorial mandate that no copyrighted lyrics should go into your copy, non-fiction, or fiction work, for obvious reasons. This person went on to discuss the beloved mondegreen first discussed in her article in Harper’s, 1954. You can read about it on Harper’s and also here.

One page to watch for your book review is I Dream Books as they promise to be the Rotten Tomatoes for book reviews. I see this site to be at the fingertips of all bookaholics in the future. Watch them rise by signing up!

The Monday Word Nerd at The Quill just might have a reason to awaken after the twerking “death of the living language” fiasco, thanks to the coolest dictionary around. If you are a geek with texting language knowledge and a great sense of humor, you should already know of this one: Wodnik is the happy answer. It was started by this guy whom you should all acquaint yourself with (improper grammar? No worries, it’s Wodnik talk). He is a bright man with a master’s in Cognitive Science from somewhere in Germany. He’s traveled all over the place starting seedlings that have grown to become super startups. (See here again, if you missed it the first time.) So check out all of his companies and keep tabs on him (and dollars, if you’re in the market) because he’s going places, which is a phrase aptly used on him.


Additional writings by People Who Love Their Bookshelves is a great article in the More Intelligent Life blog by Rebecca Willis, my new best imaginary friend. See if her favorite books are the same as yours. You might also find a new love in book form.


We’ve all seen the tools online to measure the grade of your website, right? How fast it loads, links to and from, etc. Well, I’ve found the perfect one on Forbes Online called Dultima and it is worth a minute of your time.

From the website:

“Dultima is a search engine optimization tool, developed for discovering basic web design mistakes the easiest possible way. Dultima will not tell you directly, how to rank on #1 for top paid keywords, but we can tell you, where you may have problems in web design, why your page loads so slowly or if your webmaster did not forget to include some basic information during website creating.”


Creative Nonfiction is a quarterly magazine with a presence online as well. see here. It is also, of course, a genre.


Forbes continues the ebook subscription debate as referred to in a surprising development in subscription ebook services, enumerated in Digital Book World.

In the same manner as iDreambooks discussed above, BookLikes, a free service for book lovers  expands beyond borders, so to speak. The service is described by DBW thusly:

One of the core component of the new design is new book data base adjusted to language version of BookLikes member. New book search options and book pages present the new ways of book discovery, including language editions, tagged posts and reviews. BookLikes members are able to switch between language editions of a given title giving the blog platform a worldwide reach and an overview of the reading preferences on a global scale

If BookLikes is new to you, it is a must visit. If you need a guide to how it works, the lovely Miss Laura Ashlee (not the flower design girl) gives you her epic guide to all things you need to know right here.


Epic!, Oyster and Scribd (I feel a limerick coming on)– are additional ebook services that have signed deals with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.


See Storia and Kindle Free Time as well as Scholastic for additional children ebook subscriptions.

If you need solid recommendations for first pages, developmental edits, etc. I highly recommend the Writer’s Digest services found here:

And, right here at home, you can find resources in the main menu at The Writer’s Toolkit. Get your mouse ready to scroll and point rapidly. Lots of great sites and services out there for you.

Happy Writing!

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