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SF&F Organizations

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.: The big cheese of SF/F writers' organizations.
Speculative Literature Foundation: a new organization, with resources, including a grant wholesale sex toys look at joom, to help spec. fic. writers.
Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists

Publishing Resources

Copyright Information

CreativeCommons.org: information on creative commons licenses, an alternative to traditional copyright.
Getting Copyright Permissions: This is a page designed to show school kids how to request permission to use copyrighted texts (songs lyrics, etc.) in school projects. Bizarrely, it's the best (only) resource I've that suggests how to request copyright permissions other than for business or educational uses. If you know a better one more aimed at fiction writers, please let me know.

Finding Places to Submit Work

Duotrope: extensive search tool for fiction markets.
Ralan.com: extensive search tool for spec fic and humor markets.
Submitting to a Blackhole: List of response times and sales/rejections for various spec fic book and magazine publishers based on reports submitted by authors.
Preditors and Editors: Excellent guide to both the etiquette of publishing and a vast number of publishers, agents, contests, etc., including "recommended" and "not recommended" citations.
The Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR): Professional society for literary agents that holds its members to a strict canon of ethics.
StoryPilot Market's Search Engine: includes an option to search for audio markets, print, and online.
Writers of the Future Contest: Major, prestiguous contest founded by L. Ron Hubbard to promote new talent in science fiction and fantasy. Also runs a contest for illustrators. Aphelion: A self-described "writer's workshop and exposure resource," this e-zine is low-prestige and non-paying but, unlike most, actually accepts a fair number of stories.

Other Publishing Resources

"How to Write a Synopsis" by Marg Gilks.
Writely.com: A free service designed to allow online collaborative writing, publishing, blogging, etc.
CreateSpace.com: Amazon.com-affiliated, print-on-demand service for self-publishers. No setup fees.
Lulu.com: A print on demand service for self-publishers.

Funding Help

Books on Applying for Government Grants, including one book devoted specifically to the arts.
DollarGrants.com: a site that offers grants-related resources for a fee.
Grants for Individuals: Arts
Grants for Individuals: Music
Grants for Individuals: Writing
Grants for Individuals: Film
Indietalk's Forum: Excellent place to discuss the indie film industry, including funding tips. It doesn't offer funding itself.
AwardWeb: Science Fiction Award News

SF&F Community Resources

ArtDesy - An Art Directory covering artists, literature, music, dance, movies, theater, and more.
StarMerrow's LiveJournal Community: includes market and writing info. and discussion the speculative fiction industry.
Critters Workshop: The premier speculative fiction online workshop and much more. Check out their resources page!
Genre Neep: Livejournal community with discussions and annoucements about "genre" fiction and crossing traditional genre lines.
Theatrical Muse: Livejournal community aimed at fan fiction writers. Writers respond, in character, to various questions as an exercise in developing and understanding a character.
Livejournal Community for SF, Fantasy, and Horror Writers
Livejournal Community: Market Info. for Writers of Spec. Fic.
DeviantART: thriving online community where artists and writers post and discuss their work.


Santa Rosa Science Fiction Writers Meetup Group: critique group for writers of all types of speculative/imaginative fiction. Email for more information.
Redwood Writers Club: Sonoma County branch of the California Writers Club, has regular meetings and a critique group.
Sonoma County Writers' Guide: a guide to local writers' resources.
Bookbuilders West: Massive resource for career development and community support for independent publishers. Based in the Bay Area.
Artists' Resources in Sonoma County: Web site supporting the Sonoma County visual arts community. Artists can place their contact info. and a short bio. on the site.
Bay Area Filmmakers Tribe: online meeting place for Bay Area filmmakers.
Bay Backlot: online meeting place for Bay Area filmmakers.


The Wordos: Long-established sci fi and fantasy writers critiquing group in Eugene, Oregon. Including pros and amateurs, this group follows a Clarion style critiquing process.
Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA): Community support, resources, and public exposure for visual artists and filmmakers (Eugene, Oregon).

Fan (Derivative) Works

Organization for Transformative Works: "Archive Of Our Own project to build a major multifandom non-profit archive for fanfic."
Council of Elrond: A well-managed site featuring fan creations in the Middle-earth universe.
Metafandom: LiveJournal community collecting essays, thoughts, rants about fan fiction, fan art, and the politics of fandom.
Fanthropology: LiveJournal Community for the critical study of fandom.

Member Sites

Stephen Gold, Sword & Scorery writer
Joanne Hall, fantasy author.
Website of fantasy author, Fran Jacobs, and the only place you can read extracts of her forthcoming novel, The Shadow Seer.
Mallory's Blog, with her latest thoughts on writing and publsihing.
Art Archive of Trista Musco: Extensive archive of the art of StarMerrow's own official illustrator.
Camille Picott's Website: www.camillepicott.com
Camille Picott's Myspace Site: Learn about Camille's interests and projects.
MichaelSheaAuthor.com: The official site for World Fantasy Award-winning author of science fiction and horror, Michael Shea.
Futuriana: Espana Sheriff's Website, featuring her science fiction and fantasy artwork.
Arwen Spicer's Science Fiction Universe, The Continuation of Daughter.
Undead Films: Home of an assortment of bizarre indie films from Eugene, Oregon.
Ann Wilkes's science fiction website.

Though StarMerrow strives to select useful sites, site listings do not imply endorsement of any service or product.

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