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Writers Online Services

Wise up to Copyright


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

The Book Zoo


Free community site which helps give exposure to self-published and unpublished authors, financed through sponsors' money. Unpublished and self-published authors may submit the first 3,000 words of their book for the site's decision on publishing the whole online.

Watch File


Database containing names and addresses for the rights-holders for the work of writers and artists housed in libraries and archives in the US and the UK. Primarily for scholars, but useful if you are trying to track down a copyright-holder.



Website of Alison Smith-Square, who acts as a media agent selling stories to the press for the ordinary person.

Write Movies


Site conducting worldwide search for new storytellers and showing you how to do it. Maintains that 98% of screenplays fail at the very first idea stage.

Fiction Plus


Subscription site which also offers to put publish short stories up to 2,500 words online.

Writers Beware


Run by the Science Fiction Writers of America

A long established site with some well-researched links to writing resources. (

, this site offers sound practical advice about how to avoid scams practiced on writers by phony agents, publishers and editors. The specific alerts, which focus on the US, include some hair-raising stories.

Lena Banks


Not for everyone but an energetic and 'professional Hollywood Script Reader, a fanatical proof-reader, a script fixer, coach, Mentor and Kick-Ass Muse', who will help you get your script into shape.

Writing Contests


Site which lists a large number of American writing contests, with entry details.

Murder Files


Expert researcher offers research service on British murders.

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