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Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.

~Kathleen Norris




























Clare London

The Novel Approach


Ginn Hale

Exuberant Imperfection


Jordan Castillo Price




Josh Lanyon

Dreaming In Books



Kara Larson

Magical Words



Kirby Crow

Joyfully Reviewed



Lee Benoit

Good Reads



Maria McCann

Dark Divas Reviews



Mary Renault

Reviews by Amos Lassen



PD Singer

Elisa Rolle Reviews



Manna Francis

Lee Wind



Chrissy Munder

Bending the Bookshelf



Eden Winters

Book Journey



Kaje Harper

Cryselle's Bookshelf



Kaje Harper

Anne R. Allen with Ruth Harris



SA Collins

Queer SciFi



Vance Bastian

WROTE (WRitten On The Edge)



Jayne Lockwood

Violet Quill Redux



Cody Kennedy

Nathan Bransford



Andrew Q. Gordon

Revolutionary Women Writers



Elizabeth Noble

Q&A with Ursula K. LeGuin



Aisling Mancy

Terrible Minds



Angel Martinez

Queer in Color



J. Scott Coatsworth




Ben Brock




Leta Blake




Isobel Starling




Freddy MacKay




Jeanne Marcella














Disclaimer: These are not endorsements, recommendations, or declarations of advocacy--merely links.  The blurbs are not mine; they come from the sites' 'About' pages. Join, don't join; support, don't support--you're the one with the back button.




















Association of Writers and Writing Programs

...provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers of writing.







The Author's Guild

The Authors Guild has been the nation's leading advocate for writers' interests in effective copyright protection, fair contracts and free expression since it was founded as the Authors League of America in 1912. It provides legal assistance and a broad range of web services to its members.







Book Award Contests: Are They Worthwhile?

A good examination of the process, with pros and cons to ask yourself before deciding whether or not to enter any contest. There's also a list down the bottom of contests the author of the article has investigated and found worth looking into.







Freelance Writing Jobs

...updated daily with fresh freelance writing jobs and blogging jobs. We do the job searching so you don’t have to!







Funds For Writers

Grants are our specialty. You won't be able to quit work and write, but you might find a grant to make your writing goals easier to reach. We specialize in serious contests, too. Only those that pay in cold hard cash. No pay-per-click, $1 per blog or exposure markets either. Hope Clark writes for a living. If she wouldn't try these opportunities, she doesn't post them. Our newsletters are our world. Free or paid subscription. Here you always have a choice.







Inkitt Writing Contests and Competitions: The Definitive Guide

Discover the online fiction writing competitions and writing contests of 2017 for aspiring authors of novels and short stories, whether it is poetry, fantasy, science fiction, romance, horror or another genre.







The International Women's Writing Guild

The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio.







Q&A with Ursula K. LeGuin

When LeGuin retired from writing novels in 2015, she began a fantastic series of blog posts on Book View Cafe in which she took questions on writing (and other things) from readers--and then of course answered them--until only a few months before her death in 2018. There are so many pearls of wisdom throughout the posts it's impossible to recommend just one. Every writer--not just spec fic writer--every writer should make it a project to read each post and take those pearls to heart.







QueeRomance Ink

An inclusive library of queer romance titles in all colors of the QUILTBAG / LGBTIQA rainbow.








...provides up-to-date listings of markets in the speculative and/or humor genres only.







Resources for Writers

Some Helpful Books, Blogs and other Tools We (Anne R. Allen and Ruth Harris) Recommend.







Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres. SWFA informs, supports, promotes, defends and advocates for its members.







Small Publishers, Artists and Writers network

The Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) provides information, resources and opportunities for everyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether you are an author, freelance writer, artist or you own a publishing company.







Writer Beware

Like many genre-focused writers’ groups, SFWA, MWA, HWA, and ASJA are concerned not just with issues that affect professional authors, but with the problems and pitfalls that face aspiring writers. Writer Beware, founded in 1998, reflects that concern.







Writer's Digest

Every issue of Writer’s Digest magazine is devoted to helping writers develop their craft and hone their publishing acumen. Since 1920, Writer’s Digest has chronicled the culture of the modern writer and we continue this great tradition through relevant first-person essays, interviews with bestselling authors and profiles with emerging talent. Writer’s Digest also features practical technique articles, and tips and exercises on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business-side of writing and publishing.


















The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.







Gay Realty Network

Find your friendly Gayborhood Realtor. Use this site to find by state or city, or you can view professionals with full-page listings by state, city, or full page listing.







Human Rights Campaign

Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights







It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.







LGBT Organization

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.







The LGBTQ+ Guide to Online Safety

We at vpnMentor conducted a survey in which we asked 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The results – referenced throughout this article – illuminated the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some of our key findings.







Paying for Transitional Procedures

Gender transition is a process whereby transgender people undergo certain medical, social, and legal steps in order to transition into a gender other than the one that they were assigned at birth. Like many forms of medical treatment, however, gender transition for transgender people often costs money. This article will inform you about how much gender transition costs, how much certain transgender surgeries cost, and more.







Purple Roofs

We are gay travel. We started Purple Roofs in 1999, and we're still the best place to find small, "family owned" and gay friendly accommodations, with more than 4,800 bed and breakfasts, hotels, vacation rentals and other properties around the world, many of them with full page listings and photographs. Many of our listings are small mom and mom or pop and pop businesses - places you'll have a hard time finding anywhere else.







Purple Unions LGBT Wedding Directory

Purple Unions is a labor of love for us. We’re Scott & Mark, a gay couple who met in 1992 and legally married in 2008. When we started Purple Unions in 2003, we never dreamed marriage equality would come in our lifetimes. Now that it has, we want to help others find welcoming, friendly and supportive wedding vendors to plan your day together.







Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS)

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Inc. (SPTS) is committed to reducing the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through educational training programs.







Teen Depression: A Guide For Parents

Learn the signs and how you can help your teen.







The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a nonprofit endeavor established to promote acceptance of gay and questioning youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.








Search tool for mental health care providers














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