Helpful tools & resources for every stage of writing, editing, and publishing.


Scope of Work Visual Tutorial [Slides] – Lisa K. Buchanon

Pre-write Project by Kristen Kieffer at – 143 page workbook that gets your book off to a good start.

Subject Centric Thesaurus books by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisti [Emotional, Rural Setting, Urban Setting, Positive & Negative Traits]


Creating a Custom e-mail Signature with HTML

Create Space – Manuscript PDF Settings 2/2016

Kindle – formatting with images 2/2016


Boosting Your Business with a Book

Developing a Book Brand

100 Unusual Interview Questions


Article: 5 Tips to Find Your Editor Match(4/2014)

Article:  Sending a PDF Proof to Your Kindle 

Article: Turning your Blog into an e-book

Article, Book Synopsis & Book: Harry Potter Editor Talks about Writing, Revising & Publishing Books, Cheryl B. Klein

Article with Video Tutorials: Voice to Text and Visa Versa(8/2016)



Book: Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults

Book: Character & Viewpoint, Orson Scott Card

Book: The Emotional Craft of Fiction, Donald Maass

Book: Your First Page, Peter Selgin

Free Online Editing Services

Character Counter

Grammar Check


Homophone Check

Phrase Frequency Counter

Plot Diagram with Freytag’s Pyramid (PDF)

Verb Analyzer

Wordcounter – counts frequently used words

Word Counter & Text Analyzer (repetitive words)

Word Frequency Counter

Writing Reference & Vocabulary (Pinterest Board)

Keyword Search Tools (free)

Google Trends – Wikipedia, Google, YouTube, Amazon, Bing, Yahoo! & Answers

Photo, Video & Media Kit

3 Easy Tips for Taking Better Pictures

Copyright Law & Public Domain Explained

FREE Images, Graphics, Music and more

Nevada County Story Collective – Connecting, preserving & sharing stories generated in Nevada County, CA

News Release in 6 Steps

Writing an Author Biography

Visit Lisa’s for MANY MORE Public Domain media sources

Reference Book Lists

 Goodreads List – the business of Authorship 

Goodreads List – the craft of Writing

Research Articles & Websites

Ancestry Fiction Writing – Creating a Book from Genealogy Research

California Digital Newspaper Collection

California History
JSTOR Subjects(s): American Studies, History
Published by: University of California Press in association with the California Historical Society

Calisphere – University of California library collections

The Met – Essays (some include Public Domain Images)

National Archives – Documents, photos, records & more

Open San Francisco History – photos

Sci-fiPredicting the Future

San Francisco Public Library Historic Photos

Virtual Museum of San Francisco 

Nevada County History
Grass Valley Daily Union newspaper archives

1856 Brown & Dallison’s Nevada Grass Valley & Rough & Ready Directory

1867 Bean’s History and Directory of Nevada County

The Western Historical Quarterly
JSTOR Collection(s): Arts & Sciences VII Collection, For-Profit Academic Arts & Sciences VII Collection
Published by: Western Historical Quarterly, Utah State University on behalf of
The Western History Association

Writing Conferences in Northern California

February – Sierra Writers Conference |   San Francisco Writers Conference

Recommended Fee-Based Tools & Services




Read: Your Famous Author Match Helps Target Your Reading Audience

Track your submissions at Duotrope

Click here for Online Learning Resources for K-College

Click here for Public Domain Media for Creative Projects – photos, illustrations, sound files, music and more


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