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Internet for Writers: Using the New Medium to Research, Promote and Publish Your Work (Internet handbooks) Paperback – May 1999

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Internet Handbooks (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840253088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840253085
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,275,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a professional freelance writer, editor and writing teacher living in the county of Staffordshire (UK).

I write mainly non-fiction, on subjects including personal finance, small business matters, PR and marketing, self-employment, personal development, creative writing, grammar and punctuation, and so on.

As well as books, I also write training courses, including the CD-based "Write Any Book in Under 28 Days", published by The WCCL Network. In addition, I write web page content, newsletters, articles, advertising materials, novelty products, and more.

Although non-fiction pays the bills, I also enjoy reading and writing fiction (especially science fiction/fantasy) when time permits.

I live in Burntwood, near Lichfield, with my partner, Jayne, who is a lecturer at a local college, and a variable number of cats.

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A practical guide to the Internet for writers including guide to the websites of publishers, literary agents, writers' organisations, research facilities and more.

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Author's comments on 'The Internet for Writers'
In writing ‘The Internet for Writers’, my primary aim was to demonstrate the huge potential of the internet for writers (both fiction and non-fiction), and encourage them to get on-line.

In my view, the internet is now a ‘must-have’ resource for writers. As well as being a vast repository of information, it enables writers to communicate cheaply and easily with people across the world via e-mail, get answers to complex questions from newsgroups, and market themselves and their work to millions via the world wide web. Very soon, being without net access will be as unthinkable to most writers as working with pencil and slate.

Until recently, advice specifically targeted at writers has been hard to come by. As a result, many are still wondering whether (and how) they should get connected. Others have taken their first few tentative steps, and are now looking for guidance on using the net more effectively (and profitably). ‘The Internet for Writers’ addresses the needs of both these groups.

In ‘The Internet for Writers’ I have strived to avoid producing yet another ‘Introduction to the Internet’. As far as possible the book is written in non-technical language, with the focus firmly on what the net can do for writers. Case studies throughout the book illustrate how writers could apply the ideas and techniques in their day-to-day commissions and projects. There are also frequent Q&As addressing the issues which, in my experience, writers new to the net most want to know about. A full list of chapter titles and main section headings is included at the end of this article.

I have devoted particular effort to compiling what I hope is a reasonably definitive list of web sites for writers. These are sub-divided into four major categories: writing sites; general research sites; publishers’ sites; and sites by and about specific writers. Unlike many such listings, I have also provided a ‘pen portrait’ of each site, so that you can tell immediately whether it is likely to be of interest or not. Many of the web sites described throughout the book are also accompanied by ‘screen grab’ illustrations. I hope that by the time they reach the end of my book, writers will have discovered at least half a dozen ways in which the internet could help them in their work. And when they get on-line – if they’re not already – I hope that visiting the web sites and following up the other resources mentioned will inspire them with more ideas still.

Finally, here is the obligatory background information on myself. I’m 43 and have been a full-time freelance for the last nine years. I live in Burntwood, Staffordshire, UK, along with my partner Jayne and our three cats. I am the author of seven other books, four correspondence courses and three multimedia tutorials, including Creative Writing and Short Story Acumen (Way Ahead Electronic Publishing). I was a regular reviewer for Computing Today magazine, and more recently have been helping Wolverhampton University Business School adapt its courses for delivery via the internet. NICK DAWS




1. Introduction

What is the Internet? Getting connected E-mail Newsgroups for writers The world wide web Netiquette

2. Contacting Others

Finding out someone’s e-mail address Finding a designer, illustrator or collaborator Sending a proposal and sample chapter Joining online writers circles

3. Doing Research

Using a search engine Using a directory Narrowing down your search Getting help from newsgroups Top web sites for research

4. Polishing Your Work

Checking your grammar Consulting an online dictionary/thesaurus Style help from newsgroups Having your work appraised Online writing courses

5. Marketing Yourself

Publishing your writing on the net Finding jobs and assignments Promoting yourself and your work Setting up your writer’s home page

6. Learning for Life

Libraries and archives

Educational sites Free/paid-for online courses Virtual communities for writers

7. Getting More Benefit

Getting useful software Internet faxing and telephony Translating your work Using online bookshops

8. Working in Cyberspace

Viruses and hoaxes Electronic reproduction rights Censorship and plagiarism Contracts in cyberspace

9. Web sites for Writers

Glossary of terms Further reading & reference Useful addresses Alphabetical Index

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a well-produced book, and Nick Daws covers the purely technical issues excellently for the most part. It's especially good to see virus hoaxes debunked, but some of the advice fails to mention the downside: for instance, the author cites a source for HTML tips ("awesome graphics!, background sound, and GIF animations" ) without mentioning the speed and browser problems they may cause. However, the book's main problem for me is the subtext that the Internet exists just as a billboard for self-promotion and a vast menu of free stuff to devour: cheap phone calls and faxes (never mind the effect on bandwidth), free advice, free software, cheap advertising, etc. Furthermore, the book presents a vastly overoptimistic view of the likelihood of fiction posted or promoted on the Net being talent-spotted by real publishers or agents. This will be a useful book for writers of proven ability taking their first steps in the Internet. But you will be in for a disappointment if you are "William, a retired train driver" with a novel based on his life's experiences (yawn) and imagine that joining an Internet forum will get you "an enthusiastic letter from a literary agent".
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