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Writers Online Services

Wise up to Copyright

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Superb new feature on the ALCS (Authors Licensing and Collecting Society) which guides you through the ins and outs of copyright.

Zoetrope Studios

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Set up and funded by Francis Ford Coppola, this 'virtual studio' offers an innovative approach to the film world, but also includes short stories and novellas. Typically, if you make a submission you have to read two others of the same length. http://www.zoetrope.com/

Murder Files

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Expert researcher offers research service on British murders. www.murderfiles.com

New Writer's Guide

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Newly set up site offering new writing guides on writing poetry, stories, letters and books, which are emailed to you as e-books. www.newwritersguide.com

Online Originals

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The original and still one of the very best e-book publishing websites.  Careful selection of high quality writing is made by fellow-writers before the books are added to the elegantly-designed site: http://www.onlineoriginals.com

The Published Writer

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An American site offering an Internet directory of writers, editors, publishers and literary agents, with everything from poetry to Greeting Card writing (in ten parts!)  http://www.thepublishedwriter.org

The Publishing Training Centre at Book House

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UK official publishing training centre which also offers well-regarded distance learning courses on proof-reading and editing.  www.train4publishing.co.uk

Rare Books

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International UK-based service for finding difficult-to-locate books. www.scfordham.com

Rate My Story

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New writers' site where you can upload your work and receive comment, whilst commenting on other people's. http://ratemystory.net/word/?page_id=2

BBC Writers' Forum

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There are pages of advice and plenty of contacts. The site provides useful information on writing for radio and TV as well as guidelines on submitting material in their WritersRoom.

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