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Online Courses (library card required)

LAPL's online learning platforms, Gale Courses (was Learn4Life) and Universal Class, offer online courses on many topics related to writing, editing, and publishing.  The classes are led by expert instructors and are free of charge.  All you need is an LAPL library card to get started.

Zinio Digital Magazines (library card required)

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LAPL's Zinio Digital Magazine collection includes such titles as The Writer, Poets & Writers Magazine, The American Poetry Review, The New York Review of Books, and Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

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Databases (library card required for remote access)

Lit Finder
Access to thousands of full-text poems, stories, essays, plays and speeches.

Literature Resource Center
Broad range of subject content containing criticisms, biographies, primary sources, reviews, and multimedia on writers and works around the world.

Oxford English Dictionary
Online version of the multivolume Oxford English Dictionary Second and Third Editions as updated.

Something About the Author
Complete series on the lives and careers of popular and significant authors and illustrators of books for children and teens.

 

 

Recommended Web Resources

Everyone Needs an Editor by Allison Schiff
Informative Publishers Weekly article on the process of working with a professional editor.

J.A. Konrath's blog--A Newbie's Guide to Publishing
Konrath is a pioneer in the self-publishing field and one of its greatest success stories.  His popular blog offers great insight and advice.

Writers' Cafe
Join this online community to post work for peer review, chat with fellow writers, access free online writing courses, and find advice on publishing your work.

Nathan Bransford's blog
Former literary agent Nathan Bransford's site offers a blog from Nathan and an online forum where users trade advice on such topics as finding an agent, self publishing, and procrastination. 

AgentQuery
Searchable database of literary agents.

Query Shark
Blog written by literary agent Janet Reid provides critique on query letters submitted by aspiring authors looking for an agent.

Writer Beware Blog
Provides advice for writers and warns of potential scams in the publishing industry.

The Midwest Book Review
From their website: "Established in 1976, The Midwest Book Review is an organization committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing."
Find useful Advice for Writers and Publishers and information on how to get reviewed in their publication.

Library Journal
Instructions on submitting your title to the Journal for review

Goodreads
The popular social media site for readers offers a platform for authors to promote their work.

The Indie View
List of book reviewers who accept submissions and post reviews on their blogs, Amazon, Goodreads, etc.

IndieReader
This site publishes a weekly list of self-published bestsellers

NaNoWriMo Blog
Writing advice from the headquarters of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) all year long

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