Associations, Clubs & UnionsPeter_Leonard_book club 3

California Writers Club – Sacramento Branch
National Association of Memoir Writers
National Writers Union – an organization for writers’ rights

Competitions, Contests & Writing Challenges

National Novel Writing Month – Join other writers in the month of November and write a novel


Poets & Writers – Various

Community Resources



About copyright – an article about copyrighting work
Stanford University Libraries – Information on Copyright and Fair Use

Cover Design & Public Domain Images

Canva – design & layout
Pixabay – free images

Industry Reports

Top fiction & non-fiction categories, best performance romance category, overall sales in each genre, and more.
2017 Smashwords Survey

Publishing & Sales

Duotrope –  Website to help find publishers for fiction and poetry
Northern California Independent Booksellers Association


California Digital Newspaper Collection
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources
Library of Congress

Website Creation Software

Website Ideas for Writers – help for building your own website

Website Domain Name Registration
Google Domains

Website Hosting

*Many hosting services also offer domain registration
Full Spectrum Computer Services – 
Grass Valley, CA

Workshops, Videos, Podcasts & Continuing Education

How to Set-Up an Amazon Author page – Video
James Patterson Master Class  – Video Lessons & Workbook [$]
Jane Friedman – Workshops & keynotes video playlist

Jerry Jenkins – How to write a book in twenty steps
Joanna Penn – Videos, tutorials, and how-to’s
Kindle Publishing: SECRETS: Understanding the Amazon Algorithm – Video
Neil Gaiman – Video – Why fiction is dangerous [about writing 23:00]
Newbie Writer’s  – Podcast – Catharine Bramkamp
Sacramento Writing Workshop
Self Publishing – Podcast – Writing,  Indie Publishing,  and Marketing Advice for Writers [iTunes]
The Great Courses – Writing and Publishing [$]
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

Writing Craft Aids

Deep Point of View – Ann Laurel Kopchik
Worldwide Freelance – small free market database for freelance writers


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