Monday, January 26, 2009
I just finished my monthly Chocolate Pages Network PR Coaching call. The authors are off to a great start. Those who show up, go up!
After I got off the call, I realized that a lot of what makes an author successful is getting the right resources they need and knowing where to find information.
One of my favorite scriptures is Hosea 4:6"...My people are destroy for lack of knowledge..." Well, I don't want to see Christian authors destroy, so it is my mission and assignment to help feed them with knowledge. If I can't answer the question, I make it my business to know who to ask or where to go to get the information.
So here is a list I got from the Christian Writer's Market Guide (my favorite tool, available on my website. The 2008 edition is 1/2 off - only $20 bucks):
Where to find INFORMATION:
ABOUT.COM. When you don’t know anything about a topic, search: www.about.com for hundreds of information links.
AREA CODES. For a numerical listing of telephone area codes, go to: http://bennetyee.org/ucsd-pages/area.html.
ASK-AN-EXPERT SITES. (1) Website: www.K12Science.org/askanexpert.html. (2) www.askanexpert.com; (3) www.askjeeves.com. (4) The Yearbook of Experts, Authorities, and Spokespersons: www.yearbook.com.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. (1) Website: www.biography.com. Short biographies on 25,000+ personalities. (2) This biographical dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day: http://s9.com/biography.
+BRITANNICA. Website: www.britannica.com. The Encyclopedia Britannica’s Website. Includes the Britannica blog, all of the articles in the Encyclopedia Britannica, a newsletter, and more.
COUNTRIES. These sites give information on various countries of the world: (1) CIA’s World Factbook: www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook; (2) Library of Congress’s Portals to the World: www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html; (3) Country Reports: www.countryreports.org; (4) www.economist.com/countries.
EXPERTS. (1) Website: www.experts.com. A diverse source of experts, academic and otherwise. (2) Directory that lists expertise of more than 1,000 University of Southern California scientists/scholars/administrators/physicians as a service to editors/reporters/
producers can be found at www.usc.edu/uscnews/newsroom/. (3) Also, check out: www.profnet.com. Site contains 14,000 expert profiles.
FACT PORTAL. Colin Powell’s favorite site links to sources of information on a multitude of topics. Website: www.refdesk.com.
FEDERAL CITIZEN INFORMATION CENTER SITES. (1) www.info.gov. Brochures on just about any subject. News, links, topics, resources, fun stuff, and more; (2) www.pueblo.gsa.gov. Information about anything and everything one could need. Free and low-cost booklets.
HOLIDAYS/FESTIVALS. (1) To find information on holidays/festivals worldwide, visit: www.holidays.net, or (2)www.wilstar.com/holidays.
HOW STUFF WORKS. (1) Website: www.howstuffworks.com. Explains how things work from vacuum cleaners to earthquakes, using text/pictures/animation. (2) See also: www.ehow.com.
INFORMATION PLEASE. Website: www.InfoPlease.com. This 50-year-old print resource now available on the Internet.
LOOKUPS. Amazing site with 30 databases for the demographic seeker: www.melissadata.com/Lookups.
MAG PORTAL. Website: www.MagPortal.com. Lets you search for articles online simultaneously, without having to visit each magazine’s Website individually.
PHONE BOOK SEARCH USA. Websites: (1) www.switchboard.com; (2) www.infobel.com/teldir.
PUBLIC RECORDS. (1) To find public records online, go to: www.oatis.com. (2) To find financial information/background checks/birthdays/occupations of people, go to: www.pretrieve.com.
REFERENCE SITES. List of free reference sites useful to writers and anyone looking for free information: www.writers-free-reference.com.
+STINK LIT. Find books that reveal in graphic detail the underbelly of a particular locale, time period, or culture, such as poverty/dyspepsia/general squalor. (1) A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe; (2) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair; (3) Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.
WRITERS’ KNOWLEDGE SWAP. Website: http://groups.yahoo
.com/group/writerswap. An information-exchange mailing list for writers doing research.
See www.PamPerryPRCoach.com too and www.ChocolatePagesNetwork.com!