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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.

Book Reader

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Rudenko's freely downloadable software enables you to reformat text documents, whether they are e-books or any other downloadable text, according to your own preference. Useful if you have impaired vision or are just suffering from eye-strain. Also Autoscroll facility. http://www.rudenko.com

Tongue Tied

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Translation company with a network of over 6500 highly qualified & experienced translators & interpreters who can work between any world language. They say they provide a fast and accurate service across all subject areas for more than 1000 clients and some of the best known companies & global brands.

http://www.tongue-tied-nw.co.uk/

The Book Zoo

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Free community site which helps give exposure to self-published and unpublished authors, financed through sponsors' money. Unpublished and self-published authors may submit the first 3,000 words of their book for the site's decision on publishing the whole online.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

Watch File

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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.
http//.tyler.hrc.utexas.edu/

Featureworld

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

Write Movies

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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. www.writemovies.com

Fiction Plus

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

Writers Beware

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Run by the Science Fiction Writers of America

A long established site with some well-researched links to writing resources. (http://www.sfwa.org/)

, 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. www.sfwa.org/beware/

Writing Contests

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Site which lists a large number of American writing contests, with entry details. http://www.writingcontests.net

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