Blogs and other sites:

Regency History – a blog by author Rachel Knowles. She visits the sites for many of her posts, and has given me historical facts I couldn’t find elsewhere.

The Regency World of Author Lesley-Anne McLeod – an entertaining blog, providing much information about the period.

The Beau Monde – The recognized Regency chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA). – a fansite for the woman I consider the queen of Regency romance.

The Republic of Pemberley – a fansite for that literary wonder, Jane Austen.

Emily Hendrickson Regency Author – an author site which provides plenty of useful resources.


Regency Reference Book by Emily Hendrickson – from Ms. Hendrickson’s website, this is a comprehensive guide to the Regency.

British Titles of Nobility: An Introduction and Primer to the Peerage by Laura A. Wallace – this is the best guide I’ve found on this topic.

The Wikipedia article for Regency romances.

Regency Fashion – 1800s costume history.

Regency England 1790-1830 – another site of resources.

Transportation in the 19th Century – a brief description of carriages.


National Novel Writing Month (aka Nano) – You’ll see from my posts that Nano has been a great boost to my writing. It’s a challenge – write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. Thousands of people participate, so you have lots of company while you happily/miserably write a first draft of your novel.

Writers writing about writing, online:

Helping Writers Become Authors – KM Weiland’s incredibly useful blog. Her posts make even the most complicated writing issues seem clear and simple.

Kristen Lamb’s Blog – Great advice with a light, fun touch.

Story Fix – Larry Brooks’ blog of great advice, delivered as tough love.

The Creative Penn – Joanna Penn’s huge blog of resources for writing and getting published.

Writers Digest online – I’ve been a subscriber to WD since the 1970s. The website is a useful adjunct to the magazine, plus has plenty of guest bloggers.

On Facebook:

KM Weiland again. This FB is busy and fun. It’s worth visiting for the daily quotes and “You know you’re a writer when…” posts.

Other useful stuff:

Preditors & Editors – a must-have link for writers, P&E keeps track of scams and legal issues in the publishing field.

Fantasy Name Generators – an incredibly huge database of names, not just for people, but for places and things, too.

The Ranting Dragon – intelligent reviews and news about sci-fi and fantasy lit, TV, and movies.

Writing software

Literature and Latte – home of Scrivener, one of the best (perhaps the best) organizational programs for writers. It even has a corkboard!

Recommended books:

I have literally dozens of books on writing. These are my favorites.

Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes – Romance novels don’t have the same structure as other genres, and this short book fills that gap.

You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams by Elizabeth Sims – an inspiring and fun book.

The writing books of Larry BrooksStory Engineering changed my writing drastically, and for the (much) better.

The writing books of KM Weiland – Weiland’s books on characters, structure, and outlining are delightfully clear, free from philosophizing and long on practicality.

The writing books of James Scott Bell – My particular favorite is Write Your Novel From The Middle, but I own most of his writing-about-writing books.

On Writing by Stephen King – a favorite of most writers, often referenced, and written as only the King can do it.

Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George. The mystery writer has plenty of good advice, written in an approachable narrative.

No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty – Chris is the founder of National Novel Writing Month, and this book explains his philosophy and his sense of freedom and fun.

The Red Sneaker books of William Bernhardt – brief (each book is one specific topic) and useful books.

The writing books of Jeff Gerke – all are helpful, but I particularly liked The First 50 Pages.