Resources

CHRISTIAN WRITING

American Christian Fiction Writers – membership, devoted to the craft of Christian fiction

American Christian Writers – Christian writing groups, courses, Christian Communicator newsletter

Bible Gateway – industry standard for Scripture reference

Blue Letter Bible – reference, study, multiple resources

Christian Writers of the West – affiliate of ACFW serving the Phoenix community

Faith Writers – community of Christian writers

Topical Bible – online search

DICTIONARIES

Etymology – explanation and history of words

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Online – the standard in book publishing, membership provides more entries and options (Please note that the Collegiate version is in the dropdown box on this Unabridged site, which is available for an annual fee.)

Urban Words – slang and unusual phrases

Visuwords – visual dictionary, word associations, concepts

FREELANCE, BUSINESS, MISC.

Advanced Fiction Writing – all about fiction

Arizona Corporation Commission – Arizona business info

Canva – create free graphics

Creative Nonfiction ­– online and print nonfiction magazine

Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) – freelancers of various services

Freelancers Union – free membership for independent workers

MediaBistro – tools for freelancers, subscription-based

PerfectIt Software – editing software for consistency

PicMonkey – create graphics

The Writer – online and print writing magazine

WordPress – easiest way to create a professional blog and/or website

Writer’s Digest – online and print writing magazine

Writing Momentum – clips, classes, info for members

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS & NETWORKS

Cecil Murphey – extensive encouragement to writers

Christian Editor Connection – free matchmaking service to find the right editor for you, includes a valuable resource listing for writers

Christian Editor Network LLC – four divisions to equip Christian editors

Christian Writers Market Guide – online subscription for market listings, conferences, industry professionals

Evangelical Christian Writer’s Association (ECPA) – association of Christian publishers and industry professionals

Gardner Literary – literary agency, blog of author tips, and coaching services

Jerry Jenkins – extensive writing and publishing industry information

Joan Webb – writing, teaching, coaching

Michael Hyatt – extensive platform and publishing information

Next Step Coaching Services – speaking, writing, coaching

Steve Laube Agency – literary agency, extensive blog, and guidance for authors and speakers

Writers-Editors Network – independent writers and editors, contests

RULES & TIPS

AP Stylebook – journalism standard in editorial style, for members only

The Chicago Manual of Style – book standard in editorial style, for members only

Common Errors in English Usage – extensive list from Washington State University

Grammar Book (The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation)

Grammar Girl – English rules and tips made easy

Purdue OWL – online writing lab of Perdue University, multiple resources

Top Writing Blogs

100 Websites that Pay Writers