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Ten Great Websites For Writers

Updated on March 5, 2013

A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK

How many websites are there that are devoted to writers and writing? I would venture to guess there are tens of thousands, and I may be low in that estimate. How does a writer sift through the deluge of sites and find some that will actually help?

Well that is exactly the purpose of this article. I have been visiting writing websites for three years now, and I decided to compile a list of my ten favorite writing sites in hopes that it will help you in some way. They obviously will not all appeal to you, but I think there is a decent mix of sites here so that you will find one or two that you might find beneficial.

If by some chance you find nothing here, rest assured that I have ten more to share with you in another article coming soon.

Are you ready?

A satisfied follower of these sites.
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BULWER-LYTTON FICTION CONTEST

I love this site, found at bulwer-lytton.com. This is a site dedicated to bad writing, and a contest is actually held for terrible writing. This is an interesting challenge and it might not be as easy as you would think. As writers we spend a great amount of time trying to perfect our craft. Do you have the ability to write something so terrible that it is actually good? Find out and enter the contest.

FIRST 50 WORDS

This site is run by Virginia DeBolt, and you can find it here at first50.wordpress.com.

Each morning Virginia gives you a new prompt and asks you to write fifty words about that prompt. She only has one rule to follow: “Don’t judge, don’t edit, just write.” This is a wonderful writing exercise to get your juices flowing in the morning before you tackle your writing to-do list.

AGENT QUERY

Have you ever queried an agent hoping for representation, only to be rejected time and time again? I know I have on numerous occasions, and that is why I find this site so helpful. This site, found at agentquery.com is a comprehensive database of agents complete with what those agents are looking for. This is like a one-stop shopping center for writers hoping to find someone to represent them.

KIDLIT

Do you write books for children? If so, you might want to visit this great blog by Mary Kole, an agent for the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. You will find some great insider information from Ms. Kole, and it is written in a very easy and informative manner. You can find it at kidlit.com.

RED SOFA LITERARY

I love this blog site. Created by Dawn Frederick, Red Sofa Literary offers tons of great submission tips as well as general advice on writing. The site also has “Red Sofa Chat” interviews with publishing pros and authors that I have found to be very interesting and valuable. If you want to learn from the pros for free then this is a must-see site. Find it at redsofaliterary.com.

BACKSPACE

How would you like to learn from bestselling authors? Sort of like sitting in your living room talking with the biggest names in literature; how does that appeal to you? Well, if that sounds like something you would like then go to bksp.org, a great site filled with advice articles, videos and much more. If you want to take part in the forum it will cost you $40 annually, but there is so much here that is free that you really can’t pass up this site.

WRITERS CAFÉ

Would you like someone to write a review about your book or article? Well welcome to Writers Café where you can get those reviews from other writers and also take part in discussions about writing. Yes, this is a free community and you are always welcome. Find them at writerscafe.org.

THE WRITER’S CHATROOM

Real-time moderated chats with writers, agents and publishers, all a click away at writerschatroom.com.

The crowd is growing at this site because of Celebrity Sunday and Open Chat Wednesdays, but you can find great information all seven days of the week.

STORYFIX

How to write a story or novel? Answering that question is the purpose of this site constructed by author and writing instructor Larry Brooks. On it you will receive expert advice on story structure, character development and other writing topics. You can find Mr. Brooks at storyfix.com.

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FUNDSFORWRITERS

Would you like some money for writing? Are you interested in grants, fellowships, contests and other ways to get paid for writing? Well if so then visit fundsforwriters.com. You will be surprised at the various and numerous ways that you can find money for writing.

TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION BUT I’LL TRY

Like I said, there are thousands. I’ll give you another ten next week and I guarantee that I have visited each and every site and I speak from experience. We are all busy and I don’t want you wasting time going to a site if it isn’t worth your time.

As an added bonus, I’m going to throw one more your way.

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AND A BONUS…..KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. You can find it here. What you will find there are projects in art, music, film, writing and other genres, all created by people like you and then offered on Kickstarter for funding. It truly is a one of a kind site that has had incredible funding results and it is well-worth the time to visit there to see what they have to offer.

And that’s all the time I have this week. I’ll be back next week with more great sites for writers.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tireless, although I have not heard of them there are several like that. Might be worth looking at. Thanks for mentioning them.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Have you heard of Critique Circle? A friend told me about it , but while I get their newsletters I haven't done much with them. The idea is to critique others writing and they critique your writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JustinTheRealOC, you are very welcome. Thank you!

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      Justin Wilson 4 years ago

      Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      joym, I am very happy if you can use these. I will have ten more for you next week and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pinto, I hope that is true and I'm happy that you enjoyed it and can use it. Thank you!

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      Joy 4 years ago from United States

      Really useful for me. I am a writer and always look for good website to write my thoughts and articles. Thanks for sharing these sites with us.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This hub is surely going to change the way we think as a hubber and surely going to provide us with lots of helpful tips.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Prasetio, I hope you find them useful. Thank you for stopping by my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OldWitchcraft, I hope you find what you are looking for. I'll have ten more for you next week. Thank you!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I have never heard about them. But, I'll check for one by one. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      OldWitchcraft 4 years ago from The Atmosphere

      Great list! I've been looking for a new and better writer's forum. When I saw Writer's Cafe, I thought it was going to be the one at Kindleboards. I have posted a few things there when I had a question, but it's basically a hang-out for wannabees and it's very cliquish. I've been looking for a better, more professional board, maybe I'll find it in your list. My fingers are crossed.

      Voted up and accolades!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Deb! If they help you out then great!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy, these are all fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing and helping us all out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gina, your problem is my problem. There just aren't enough hours in the day. Thank you for the visit.

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Most of these sound really interesting. I wish I had more hours in the day to benefit from them all. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keeley, I'm glad to hear it. Consider it an early Christmas present from me to you. :) Thank you!

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      Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

      I can't believe all of the sites that you listed that I have never heard of! Great article! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, it is my pleasure, really! There are so many sites out there; I just thought this would make things easier for everyone. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glimmer and I hope it comes in handy for you.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      bb fascinating list, can't wait to carve out some time for myself to dig into these sites. You are a true gem for sharing them with all of us.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Awesome list here! Useful for new and seasoned writers. Shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherry, the idea for this came from a search I did online. I almost got a headache looking at all of the options. I figured it was time to simplify it for everyone. Glad you liked it and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mbwalz, I'm glad you liked this and I hope the First 50 works well for you. Thank you!

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Thanks for the recommendations. As you've said, there are so many sites out there, I kind of give up on checking new ones. It really helps to have a pre-screened list from a trusted source. Voted up and shared.

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      MaryBeth Walz 4 years ago from Maine

      What a great hub and list! I think my favorite was The First 50. I might try that. Thanks for posting these links.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeannie, I am very happy to hear that my friend. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keely, I have done that myself and given up because of the sheer number of sites out there. Glad this helps you, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, I am happy to help. Thanks for checking it out my friend and best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      enick, it is my pleasure! I hope some of these help you, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      wildove, congratulations and best of luck. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Hey, thanks so much for this list. This is really great. I haven't even heard of some of these sites. This is super helpful! Voted up and shared.

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      Keely Mahaffey 4 years ago from Maine

      This is great! Just the other day I did a google search for writing websites, but was quickly overwhelmed as I started perusing the enormous list of results. Thanks for sharing!

      I will be checking these out ASAP.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Billy,

      Thanks for the interesting and very useful websites. As soon as I have a break from school, I will definitely be checking out as many of these websites as I can. Thanks again for sharing. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      Evan Nickel 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you so much for sharing this! I appreciate all the time you took to put this list together. I will make sure to bookmark these sites and to vote your hub up!

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      wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Thank you, thank you!! I just sent off my first children's book manuscript! Keeping my fingers crossed! Voted up!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I just like to give back to the community, and hopefully this helps some writers. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, it is always a pleasure having you stop by. I hope some of these help you in some small way. Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This certainly is a interesting mix of websites and thanks for sharing. Will certainly help many readers locate the type of site they were looking for easily and pre checked by you for its value.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! I have not heard of them, but you see I was not looking. Thanks Bill for sharing these informations to us. Well done my friend. I have to check them all. We´ll see if I can find something for me. Voted up and pinned.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CR, you are very welcome. Thank you for stopping by my friend.

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      Pamela Hutson 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Wow, these are great, and I haven't heard of any of them! Thanks a lot, I'll check them out. Voted up and shared. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, I'm glad you like these and I hope they work out for you. Thank you!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I'll definitely check out these sites. I'm going to bookmark this. Very helpful hub - voted up, useful and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! Truthfully, I'm just trying to give back to a community of writes who have been very good to me.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I have no book on the back burner but I can still tell a helpful hub when I see one! You are a constant source of information and encouragement...thank you Bill. I'm marking this one to come back to often.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Shampa, and thank you!

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Hello billybuc,

      Thanks a lot for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bihguy, I hope you do. It would be nice to have you join us at HP. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning PS and Happy Wednesday to you my friend. If these help you then fantastic.

      Thank you for the angels and of course, many blessings and a hug winging your way.

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Bookmarked and sharing, Bill. This is a great collection of places for me to visit to get reenergized.

      Have a lovely Wednesday, My Friend.

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, you are absolutely correct. Thank you for that insight.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seven hours of sleep per night, Kindred! I'm just organized and driven. What can I say????

      Thanks my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, with that kind of encouragement how can I not print another list. Thank you!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. From my experience a writing site is dependent on a style. For maximum success a person should find a match.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      I have decided that you simply cannot be sleeping at all. How on earth do you write so much and still do so much research? You are like a walking, talking encylopedia. lol What a great resource this is for all of us who want to do more, more, more. If only I didn't need 5 hours sleep. :-) Hugs to my kindred!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for this list, Bill! I will investigate all the websites that you mention. I'm looking forward to your next list, too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Vicki! I'm happy to help in any way possible. I think some people believe we are competition against each other, but I believe we are a community helping each other. :) Just a matter of perspective my friend.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, I always look forward to your gems of information, and you never fail to come through! Great research on your part, and the nice thing is you've done it all for us. What a guy! Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchi, I am glad you found this useful. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, I am glad. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Ruby! I'll check out that site you mentioned.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Bill, great information. I need to try it out. Fundsforwriters might be the site that I would like to explore. Very useful article.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Bill, again lots of awesome, and very useful info! I am loving this list!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I liked the concept of First50Wordpress.com. It would be a good place to learn. I am going to try it out. I joined a new site this week , ' The creative writing lodge ' I see some hubbers there. Thank's for your helpful tips...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Suzie, good to see you. I wish I was clever enough to come up with something special for you on St. Patrick's Day, but I'll be thinking of you at least. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I'm always happy to see you and no need to apologize. Life has a way of getting in the way of our plans from time to time. I hope you are well and your family too. Thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Loved this list and so helpful for all of us here! Thanks for compiling this a away to help other writer's, you are always so thoughtful and considerate, my friend. Shared and pinned this to keep for my own reference i will be using for sure my friend!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      This is a great list of writer's sites, Bill. I'm definitely going to be checking some of these out. Thank you!

      Sorry I haven't been keeping up the last few weeks, I'm in the middle of busy season at work and (actually will keep going till May) so I'm afraid I don't get to spend much time reading. But, again this is excellent and I look forward to your next list. Thanks for vetting these for us!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetvix, I'm just trying to give back to a community of writes who have been wonderful to me. I don't forget friends and you are a friend. :)

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I bookmarked this one. Thank you bunches for useful information and links. I love the idea of the 50 words site for students as well as for myself. I had never thought of an agent and the idea of someone offering funding is as new as the dawn to me. Thank you! You really are a gift.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livingsta, I'm glad you think this is helpful. Best of luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I promise I won't tell the teacher. shhh! :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Vicki, thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you liked it.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Very useful, Bill! I love this hub!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Great list of resources! I'm bookmarking this to check it out more later! (I'm in class right now - bad me!)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This was useful, I am going to go through a few of those. Thank you for sharing this information. Voting up and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, that is an interesting question and I don't have the answer. I'm sorry. My guess is a mixture. I'm sure the blogs are global. Thanks for raising that question and I'll have to do some research.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, I was lost for about two months on HP and then it all clicked for me. You'll get there sooner rather than later.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Jackie that makes me happy. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Laurinzo. I hope you are well and I'll be over to read your new hub shortly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shampa, thank you for that suggestion. I'll have to do some research for you on that. Usually agents and publishers will only accept work done by a native writer, so I suspect that you will need to contact people in India, but I will do some looking and see what I can find out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      acrozy, thank you. I'm glad you like it and I hope you find something that you can work with.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great info here Billy and so helpful to many of us..but just wondering if they are global sites or for US writers only? VUUI & shared..cheers

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the info, Billy. I'm still just getting my feet wet on hubpages, but I am certainly getting the itch!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow. I love this! Thank you! ^

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Very informative Bill, and there are definitely a couple of leads i'm going to try out

      Thanks for another great write!!!

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      I am bookmarking this article. It is indeed a helpful guide . I need to check the links provided by you but I have a small question. Earlier I have checked some links which are undoubtedly good for the writers but there is no scope for the Indian writers. They only accept submissions from the US citizens. I would be thankful to you if you can mention some links which are good for the writers from every corner. Sharing and pinning!

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      carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great collection of websites! I look forward to browsing through these when I have the time. Thanks for another great Hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Marlene. Thank you as always for taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I am happy to do this and thank you for stopping by. I hope you can use some of them.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Wow, Bill this is such a valuable list of helpful websites. I'm pinning it for reference and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I have no secret. I'm just full of b.s. LOL Thanks for stopping by. You have always been one of my favorite Hubbers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      nybride I understand completely about content mills. I hope some of these will help you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I published my own book and it cost me $600 for one hundred books....shop around for the best deal with local printing companies. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Comfort, I'm always here. It's kind of hard to get rid of me. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark my friend, thank you for taking the time to stop by. I hope you are doing better, buddy. Olympia is calling you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that is fantastic. I've never actually known someone who tried it. I have thought of it often but I keep getting sidetracked with other stuff. Thanks for mentioning that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I have missed you. I hope you are well. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, it really is my pleasure. I like helping other writers, so if you can use any of these then fantastic. Thank you for visiting.