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Updated on October 7, 2013

Writing Websites Take Many Forms

This page contains ideas for writers who are ready to make their own websites. Here you'll find a collection of links to websites owned by writers - some famous, and some not well-known. The website links are organized according to the style of webdesign used and site elements included. Most links go to a site's main page, but a few link to special pages within the sample sites.

This lens is for your inspiration while you're planning and building your writer's website. It is a teaching tool intended for use by participants in my workshop for writers, Creating An Impressive Writing Website.

I reviewed hundreds of writing websites. From that I have learned that every website has lessons to share. Look at them, make your own judgments, and decide for yourself what makes a writing website great.

About the image above, you can buy this at AllPosters.Com.

This page was written by Linda Jo Martin.

You can connect with me on Google Plus.

I'm also on Pinterest and Goodreads.

I use Scrivener to keep my writing wits about me. It is a fantastic writing software that organizes a novel, ebook, or screenplay efficiently while I write and revise.

How to use this page about websites for writers

These links are here for you to get ideas on how to build or improve your writing blog or website.

I'm listing these links so you can compare sites and see what will work best for you. Deciding what kind of site you need is just as important as building it. Plan your site carefully and you'll have something to work toward.

I suggest that as you look through these sites you take notes on site features you like and want to include on your own writing website. You might also want to make notes on things that don't work for you, that you're planning to avoid.

Many sites fit into more than one category, but I've placed them as examples in only one section each.

Please keep in mind that I haven't put these here because I think they are the best examples. Some are; some aren't... but I believe every site has something to teach us about creating a writing website.

Blogs As Websites - Many writers use blogs as their main writers website.

A blog is useful for any site you want to update frequently, especially if you have no HTML experience. If your site is set up on a WordPress blog you can use that to look... bloggy... or your could set it up to look like a static website. Nobody needs to know it is done on blog software (a type of content management system) except you.

These days, however, most writers understand the need for a blog. If you want to blog on the cheap you can use Wordpress.Com or Blogger.Com, but if you prefer to own your own URL and own a hosted site for more creative autonomy and independence, it is a great investment in your future. Expect to pay between ten and fifteen dollars annually for your domain name, and between seven and twelve dollars monthly for your hosting service. I recommend Kualo or Hostgator for hosting, and GoDaddy for domain names.

Book Promotion Sites - Promote a book with a writers website.

If you've got a published book, you might want to set up a website to feature that one book. You could tell why you wrote it, write about the setting, and have an "about the author" page. On my book site (see link below for River Girl) I also have a gratitude page to link to people who helped critique and edit, and a blog for writing about my book sales progress. I also posted a short story I wrote with the same characters - that story doesn't appear in the book, but introduces the people readers will meet when reading River Girl.

1001 Ways to Market Your Book - Book promotion help for authors and publishers.

I have this book and it is THICK with great ideas for book marketing and book promotion. Of course, one of those ideas is to start a website! But there's so much more to do.

1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers, 6th Edition
1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers, 6th Edition

Every time I read this book I come up with new ideas for promoting my book. The book is 700 pages, and has 21 chapters including "Offbeat Advertising and Promotions" and "How Authors Can Promote Their Books". The book is written for publishers, but authors reading it can get a lot of great ideas on book marketing.

It is tough to compete in today's book-selling world, as there are so many great authors and great books. This manual gives you an edge on the competition.


This is a handy and inexpensive guide to building a website - including how to buy a domain name, how to choose web hosting, all the basics!

The book walks you through domain configuration issues, installation of WordPress or other software platforms, understanding WordPress themes and how to install them, using plugins and WordPress SEO options, even social media considerations and Google Analytics.

There's so much to learn when you're new to building a great writer's website.

You can do it!!!

This is a KINDLE book, by the way. To read it you'll have to own a Kindle, or install Kindle software such as Kindle for PC.

A comprehensive guide to writing website content - Learn how to write web pages that work for your website visitors.

Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works (Interactive Technologies)
Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works (Interactive Technologies)

This is a fantastic manual for learning to write for the web.

Some of the topics are... how website visitors typically read a site, how to answer their questions, how to get information from your writing website's audience, creating scenarios and writing profiles, how to create a great home page, and much more.

This book is available in paperback or Kindle editions.


Learn more about webdesign and website ownership - Books on Amazon

Learn more about writing for Squidoo.

My first published novel!!

River Girl has her own website!

River Girl
River Girl

Written for children and teens ages 8 through 15, but loved by adults as well.

Claire Welch is forced to move from a comfortable home in the San Francisco Bay Area to a remote and isolated mining cabin in the Klamath River Valley.

River Girl is historic fiction spanning the years 1918 to 1924.


I look forward to hearing from you. If you have a writer's website you'd like for me to look at, leave a link here. I may be able to add it to this list. Do not leave a HTML link... place only the link in this area.

Any comments or questions about building a writing website? - Every writer needs a website...

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    Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

    Another surprise, I am the very first person to TWEET your lens.

    That is unbelievable. Hope you get an increase in traffic.

    Cheers from DOWNUNDER again

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    Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

    WOW, why has it taken me so long to this lens. So full of good info. So much so, that I had bookmark it, and come back to later. I would have millions of copies of my book, had I known all this.

    Thank you so much, and cheers from DOWNUNDER

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    Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @Troywilson123: I'm glad you found it helpful... we can learn so much from other authors...

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    Troywilson123 4 years ago

    I loved going through your lens. You have shared useful information for writers...

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    codeaweb 4 years ago

    I have read some good stuff here.

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    castelloautore 5 years ago

    'River Girl has a beautiful cover, offering promise to the young reader. This is castelloautore's illustrator. Your site is very helpful. AMEN"

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    great post. I've just launched a service which lets writers easily and quickly build their own sites. each site has a welcome page, about, page for books and a blog. we've tried to design it so that clear, clean sites can be built in about five mins and maintained without fuss. hosting included etc etc. easy-peasy.

    it's free at least until June 1st right now, so do try it out - we'd love to know what you think!



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    Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

    You've provided so much useful information for budding writers, thanks for sharing.

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    Whistleman 5 years ago

    I've been working on my own "writer's website" - the information here and the links to great samples have been tremendously helpful. Thanks!

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    Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

    Wow. So many places to write. I have a blog that I don't get to very often. I spend most of my time on Squidoo. Thanks for you time putting all of this together.

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    mrdata 5 years ago

    Great information! You deserve the title... Thanks!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Great advice. So difficult getting started! I've managed to start releasing my novel via a blogging sort of way, chapter by chapter

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    pauly99 lm 5 years ago

    Very nicely done. Plenty of tips for us would be writers.

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    dharak-19 5 years ago

    Thanks a lot for such a classy lens!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Good lens! Thanks for the tips and the info!

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    aylsbillones1 5 years ago

    A very interesting page., I bookmark your lens..thanks for sharing

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    aylsbillones1 5 years ago

    A very interesting page., I bookmark your lens..thanks for sharing

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    empathzone 5 years ago

    Thanks for writing this lens. It is a great resource. I thought I had the personal blog nailed, and reading this had a couple of (smack on the forehead) "duh" moments. :)

    Back to work...

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    sitebildz 5 years ago

    Very useful lens - good work!

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    chickie99 5 years ago

    very nice lens...really needed!


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    Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    This is a really important resource. I have bookmarked it for future reference.

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    Suko 5 years ago

    Wow! Your lens is an excellent resource for writers. Thank you for putting this together. I'm a book blogger, and I know that authors are nearly required to have websites in order to succeed. They need to have a solid, online presence. Your lens will help them a lot. :)

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    ysc 5 years ago

    Hi Linda, Nice info for writers. Appreciate your effort to consolidate all the important points at one place. Promoting one's work is as important as literary superior writing; and one must use digital media to the fullest advantage. I also started a platform ( to promote new and budding short story writer. Your comment is appreciated. Thanks

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Lots of very good information! Thank You!

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    DarcyLogan 5 years ago

    I like the idea of the audio file or youtube to greet your visitors.. great share

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    vsajewel 5 years ago

    Really wonderful information...thank you!

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    Orchids11 5 years ago

    tons of information here, on where to find places for writers. :)

    Great Lens

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    Audman 5 years ago

    This is incredible. Thank you for this.

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    Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

    I have a website, but I'm using Squidoo primarily as another place to let people know about my books. I think it's working quite well. I'd already done my book lenses before I discovered your lens though. But at least I've found it now. Nice to squidmeet you.

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    JeromyS7 5 years ago

    Very nice, very nice indeed!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Thank you for a very resourceful lens.

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    GetAcneFree 5 years ago

    This is an incredible resource for writers!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    This has a lot of very useful information. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    DebMartin 5 years ago

    Thanks for all the information. Good stuff here and some uses for websites for writers I had not thought of. Oh dear, I feel another website in the making ;-). So glad to see you include blogs as websites. I've never liked the term "blog." "Blog" seems to me to diminish all the work we've put into our writing and our sites. Great lens!

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    Golfman7 5 years ago

    I can recommend the Holly Lisle website. There are lots of good articles to read. Great lens here too.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Arkansas

    Helpful, informative, and unique. Well done!

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    Susan spencer 5 years ago from Texas

    Really enjoyed your lens. I look forward to visiting the sites you recommended. I recently found a blog by a young writer named, Ali Luke. Her words of advice can be found at

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    pauline60 5 years ago

    Thanks for this - some very useful information here.

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    rdcbizz 5 years ago

    Glad I found this lens. Good info

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    Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

    Very useful resources for writers. Congratulations on LOTD.

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    Phingfish 5 years ago

    Very useful lens Linda. The resources will come is handy. I'm trying to learn as much as possible..slowly, slowly. English is not my first language so I will be studying this information carefully. Thank you.

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    mrknowitall54321 5 years ago

    Some great resources on this lens. Well done and thank you.

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    Donallphin 5 years ago

    Great Lens! I was in a car accident in 1993 which left me with soft-tissue brain damage and reading and writing comprehension and skills at a 4th or 5th grade level. Part of the therapy was to write ... anything. So, I began to write about things I loved (the outdoors and fishing) and 18 months later I sold my first article. Then, five years later I purchased the publishing company that published that first article. Learning to write literally changed my life, offered me an additional career, and has opened numerous doors and opportunities. I thank God every day for that car accident that awakened in me the desire to communicate in better form. Thanks for inspiring me to continue in this pursuit.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

    Congratulations on LOTD and receiving a Purple Star. Very informative lens that I can't wait to research more as I am trying to get my own website off the ground. This is exciting. Beautifully done. I like the River Girl website too!

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    peninsula 5 years ago

    very informative, well researched

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    Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

    Excellent lens. Well put together, relevant and useful information. Love it. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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    newsera 5 years ago

    very good article

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    jltthg 5 years ago

    Impressive. Thanks for sharing

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    HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

    Your lens is interesting and informative, I can't wait to check out all the great links you have included. Congrats on a well deserved Lens of the Day status.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    What great resources you have put together in one place....and just a click away for anyone! Congratulations on LotD and I love how you used the algae theme, I find it restful.

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    Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @minecraftmaximi: Hi there! I don't think leaving your writing blog link is self-promoting when I've asked for it. I'm looking for more blogs to feature on this page.

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    Rose Jones 5 years ago

    Oh - and I sprinkled some angel dust on this great lens.

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    Rose Jones 5 years ago

    Great lens - extremely helpful to lensmasters like me who are aspiring authors. Thanks!

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    AdamzPg 5 years ago

    Nice lens Linda. Added you on G+. Look forward to reading some of your writing.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Very good info. Thank you!

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    Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

    Congratulations on LOTD

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    What a great resource for all of Squidoo - thank you!

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    Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

    Brilliant. Congrats on LOTD

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    FancyThatUK 5 years ago

    Great lens, I'm looking for a web designer for my portfolio at the moment.

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    makorip lm 5 years ago

    Great guide and extremely complete. Congratulations on LOTD!

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    dewapariana 5 years ago

    great work

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    minecraftmaximi 5 years ago

    I would give you my blog, but that would be self-promotion wouldn't it? Anyway, thanks for the examples. I definitely recommend setting up a WordPress blog. Even if you are an HTML newbie it is worth it to learn what it takes for WordPress.

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    cleanyoucar 5 years ago

    This is a great resource!

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    Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this awesome article, all your tips are very helpful, bookmarke it for future reference :)

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    lensesbyjames 5 years ago

    this was a great lens thanks!

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    Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

    Excellent lens...congrats on LOTD.

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    ohcaroline 5 years ago

    This well-presented lens deserves a lot of time to spend on. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on LOTD.

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    John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

    Potentially very useful, I will be looking at the links you give in this lens - thanks for your hard work

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    Debra Lobel 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

    Wow! There is so much wonderful information here, I don't even know where to begin. Thanks.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I think this is a great resource. Sometimes organizing info online is difficult. This is perfect. Thanks

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    LiliLove 5 years ago

    Amazing lens, Linda! Bookmarked for later :). Congrats on LOTD!

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    Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Congrats on LOTD! Great resources here. I need to do something more with my own website . . . I built it myself, and I think it shows!

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    Congrats on a well deserved LOTD. Sharing this with all my writer friends.

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    LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

    A very useful lens. Congrats on LOTD!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Don't forget

    Diane O'Connell is a fantastic author coach.

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    Delia 5 years ago

    Congratulation on LOTD! nicely put together lens with interesting and informative links...thanks for sharing!

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    reikimoonbeam 5 years ago

    wow!!! Lots of resources. Thanks

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    knitstricken 5 years ago

    Definitely a bookmark-worthy lens! Your examples and outlines will surely benefit many writers! Congratulations on LOTD,

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    dellgirl 5 years ago

    Congratulations on making Lens of the Day, and for getting the Purple Star for this wonderful lens. It's very well done, thanks for sharing.You certainly deserve this honor for such a great lens. ~Blessed~

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    rattie lm 5 years ago

    An excellent lens and so very useful. I will bookmark this for reference as there is much to go through. Thankyou.

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    Valerie Bloom 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    Thanks -- lots of good information and resources. It's good to get a better idea of what can/should be done, so thanks for the links!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Outstanding resource. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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    Art Inspired 5 years ago

    Congrats on your lens of the day. Thanks for providing such a wealth of information. Make it a great day!

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    Ladymaggic LM 5 years ago

    @einsteinmoomjy: Try Wordpress...I use it and love it

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    Ladymaggic LM 5 years ago

    I write DML Ebooks..would love a publishing Agent.

    Your squidoo is wonderful..I learnt a lot reading it and exploring the I must apply some of it.

    Thank you

    My Ebooks

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    KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

    Congratulations on LOTD!

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    NoYouAreNot 5 years ago

    Crystal-clear, concise, to-the-point. Bravo! for LotD.

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    Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    Great resources for writers. Congratulations on LOTD!

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    LouisaDembul 5 years ago

    Very comprehensive, a lot of good information on this page. congratulations on LOTD!

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    guitaristguild 5 years ago

    Nice lens. Some good info here. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

    Congrats on LOTD! I can't wait to dive into more of the links you've provided here. Thanks! Blessed.

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    RoadMonkey 5 years ago

    What a fantastic resource!

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    Antalya-fan 5 years ago

    @CampingmanNW: Hi, I'll read yours if you will read mine -

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    Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

    Great resources and congrats on LOTD :)

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    street2linen 5 years ago

    This will especially help writers here on squidoo. Having your own website really helps you expand your audience and your ideas.

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    Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

    I've enjoyed my visit ... been on here for an hour. So many useful sites and articles. Appreciate your time in putting this together. Congratulations on LotD.

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    senterprises 5 years ago

    This is a wonderful lens. Thank you for pulling together all these resources into one place. A certain thumbs up for me.

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    bradtravers1 lm 5 years ago

    Tons of great resources here! I've been working to improve my blog and article does go a long way into making great content that keeps people around! Cheers!

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    soaringsis 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your LOTD. Thanks for sharing very helpful information.