Resources

With a few keywords and a click of your mouse, a wealth of information is at your fingertips.

Over the years, a number of clients have asked us for references or resources that we’ve found useful. Our compilation consists of resources on a range of topics, such as online writing communities, editorial-related issues, ideas for stories or articles, inspirational reading material, publications on writing and editing, copywriting tips, freelancing information, marketing tidbits, writing and editing classes and much more.

We’ll continue to update this list on an ongoing basis, so if you have some other resources you’d like us to include, please use our Contact Us form, or send us an e-mail via mccreative08@gmail.com. We can’t guarantee every suggestion will make it to this list, but please share your information. Our editors will peruse it shortly to ensure that the material is useful to the majority of our readers. Thank you for your help.

Online Writing Communities:


Visit She Writes

  • This is a wonderful community of female writers from a range of genres and styles. Join some of their groups and connect with bloggers, freelancers, travel writers, mother writers, journalists and more. Start building your social media platform by sharing your Facebook or Twitter accounts, and they’ll be sure to follow.

World Literary Cafe

  • Made up of female and male authors, writers, bloggers, editors and reviewers this online community is another supportive group. You’ll find lovers of prose who have had books published in all genres, in traditional print or e-book form. They have blog hops wherein authors can sign up to promote their books and offer some for giveaways to their hoppers. Fridays are quite special because many participate in “Share the Love” and “like” fellow members’ Facebook pages, or follow Twitter feeds. Part of the community’s mission is to bring readers and authors together.


Visit National Travel Writing Month

  • Specifically designed for travel writers of all levels, this committee is dedicated to offering networking opportunities among its members. Members are encouraged to engage in activities that will further their writing efforts by taking up a 30-day challenge called “National Travel Writing Month” or NaTraWriMo. During the 30 days, members write query letters or articles to familiar markets and publishers, or market their work to new ones. The next challenge is on January 2012.

Travel-Related Information:

  • NileGuide – Use their free trip planner for ideas on where to go for your next adventure. Who knows, you can use experiences from your next trip as the starting point for your next article. Visit
    NileGuide
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  • Amazon.com – Peruse through the site’s online bookshelf for printed material, Kindle e-reader versions and DVDs on travel. Let Lonely Planet take you on an adventure around the globe with:

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Perhaps, you want to traverse to 500 unforgettable trips with National Geographic:

If a Blu-ray DVD is more your style, then pop this in your media player or laptop, and revel in the sights and sounds of exotic New Zealand and Australia:

Writer & Editor References:

  • TitleCase.com – For those times when you need to be absolutely certain that you’ve capitalized what should be in caps, click on this handy and “free” link and worry no more
    TitleCase.com
    . Type in your title, hit the “convert” button, and in seconds you’ll have the text properly formatted as a title.

  • Dictionary.com – When you’re unsure of how something is spelled or need the definition of a word, this handly online reference can be a lifesaver. No need to run to your bookshelf, just hit the link and visit
    Dictionary.com
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    Or, if you’d like to stock your bookshelf with this essential item, click on Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition thumb-notched with Win/Mac CD-ROM and Online Subscription for a hardcover copy.

  • Associated Press (AP) Style Guide Basics at Scribd.com – Sometimes you need to know the right way to format numbers, abbreviations, etc. using the AP Style Guidelines, but you need it fast. This online version from Scribd.com has the basics to help you get out of your style quandary, all at your fingertips. Editorial Creatives uses the AP Style Guide for its online copy, plus for print publications, when applicable. Visit
    Scribd.com
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    A paperback copy is also available: The Associated Press Stylebook 2009 (Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law).

  • Web-Source.net from Brajusta Publishing, Inc. – In case you need to format your website content using HTML tags or codes, this site lists the ones you’ll need the most. Visit
    Web-Source.net
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    This handy paperback reference also includes details on XHTML and CSS (cascading style sheets) HTML, XHTML, and CSS All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies.

  • CTC Publishing – For writers who want to learn how to become more productive, click on the link and you’re on your way. Visit The Super Productive Writer.

For those with a Kindle e-reader, here’s a useful read on tackling big projects with focus.

Courses & Classes:

Matador Travel. If you’ve always wanted to take a course on travel writing or photography, Matador Travel, the biggest online travel magazine, offers exemplary studies on both disciplines. Made up of 12 blog communities, Matador is the number one Web destination for professional travel writers who share their experiences through article submissions, and personal travel blogs.

For details on the travel writing course, visit MatadorU Travel Writing Course. Once you start, you’ll understand why hundreds of students enrolled during its first two months.

If you’re a shutterbug and would love to start making money selling your photographs, visit MatadorU Travel Photography Course. Many publications prefer article submissions with accompanying photos. Perhaps, it’s time to combine your love for prose and photos–reap higher profits from your journeys!

Directory Submissions & Reciprocal Links:

When you’re ready to submit your website or blog to directories, here are some you may wish to consider:

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