Dana Delamar - Romantic Suspense - International Intrigue. Dark Heroes. Passionate Nights.

Links

Writing Associations

    Eastside Romance Writers (RWA® chapter serving Bellevue-Redmond-Issaquah-Seattle-Eastside WA)
    
Greater Seattle Romance Writers (RWA® chapter)
    
Romance Writers of America®
    Pacific Northwest Writers Association 
    
Indie Romance Ink (Yahoo group of over 900 indie romance writers)

Writing Guidance

General - Plot, Structure, POV, Character Development


    http://www.musik-therapie.at/PederHill/Structure&Plot.htm
    http://www.writersdigest.com/article/fiction-point-of-view/
    http://www.creativeoptions.com/Write/character_development.htm

Pitching at Writers Conferences

    http://www.writing-world.com/publish/pitch.shtml
    http://www.writing-world.com/publish/pitch2.shtml

Writing a Synopsis

    http://www.charlottedillon.com/SynopsisSamples.html
    http://www.charlottedillon.com/synopsis.html
    http://lisagardner.com/writers-toolbox (full-course on synopsis writing)
    
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2007/08/how-to-write-synopsis.html

Reference

Dictionaries

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/ (the definitive dictionary!)
    
http://dictionary.reference.com/ (dictionary and thesaurus--what I use when Merriam-Webster doesn't have a term)
    
http://www.wordreference.com/ (English to French, Italian, German, & Spanish dictionary--and vice versa)

Grammar

    http://www.grammarphobia.com/ 
    http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/

Miscellaneous

    
http://www.sunrisesunset.com/custom_srss_calendar.asp (custom sunrise sunset calendar; worldwide)
    
http://www.forvo.com/ (Forvo: the pronunciation guide. All the words in the world pronounced by native speakers)

Character Names

    
http://www.writing-world.com/romance/names.shtml
    http://www.writing-world.com/links/names.shtml
    http://www.20000-names.com/index.htm (names from around the world, male and female, includes meaning of name and diminutives)
    
http://surnames.behindthename.com/ (etymology and history of surnames from around the world)
    
http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/ASP/sId./qx/sitemap.htm (family crests and coats of arms; surname histories around the world)

Research

Italy

    
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagina_principale (Italian Wikipedia)
    
http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/ (information about Italy, Italian regions, Italian provinces, Italian cities, Italian ZIP codes, Italian surnames)
    
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/eur/136038.htm (2009 Human Rights Report: Italy)

Italian Language

    
http://www.italianlanguageguide.com/
    http://www.italianlanguageguide.com/italian/grammar/exclamation.asp
    http://www.italianlanguageguide.com/italian/grammar/expressions.asp
    http://www.beginningwithi.com/comments/2007/04/20/italian-idiom-and-sayings-add-your-own/
    http://en.allexperts.com/q/Italian-Language-1584/2008/7/Translations.htm
    http://italian.about.com/od/vocabulary/a/aa081402a.htm
    http://www.italiansrus.com/proverbs/proverbs.htm
    http://www.italylogue.com/about-italy/italian-swear-words-jessicas-8-favorites.html
    http://www.i-italy.org/4672/when-italian-says-parolaccia
    http://forums.about.com/ab-italian/messages?lgnF=y&msg=515.23

Italian Names

    
http://www.20000-names.com/male_italian_names.htm
    http://www.20000-names.com/female_italian_names.htm
    http://surnames.behindthename.com/php/search.php?terms=Italian&title=Italian+Names&usage=yes
    http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.origin/letter.a/qx/Italian_coat_of_arms.htm
    http://roma.paginebianche.it/index.html (Italian phone book--white pages)


Other Resources

    Self-Editing for Fiction Writers--Browne and King
    
Revising Fiction -- Kirt Hickman
    
Bullies, Bastards, and Bitches -- Jessica Page Morell
    
The Fire in Fiction -- Donald Maass
    
Manuscript Makeover -- Elizabeth Lyon
   
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends -- Nancy Kress
   
Words Into Type -- excellent resource for grammar, usage, or style (even though it was published in 1974--it's that good!)
   
Garner's Modern English Usage
-- another amazing resource for just about any usage question


Self-Publishing Help

   There are several awesome Yahoo groups devoted to indie publishing packed with super-helpful indie writers who can help you
   sort through the options and avoid the pitfalls. You can waste a LOT of money if you don’t know what you’re doing. The groups I’d
   recommend are:

   IndieRomanceInk
   SelfPublish (aka Self Publishing Info Swap)

   These Facebook groups are great sources of information as well: 

   Author Support Network (sister Facebook group to SelfPublish Yahoo loop)
   WG2E

   Aside from groups where you can ask questions, the book The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing is an excellent resource for getting
   started. I'd also recommend David Gaughran's Let's Get Digital and Let's Get Visible

   If you'd like personalized help on your journey or are looking for editing, formatting, or uploading help, or just want help setting up
   your social media, contact me at www.ByYourSideSelfPub.com

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