Every year Writer's Digest publishes their 101 BEST Websites for Writers in their print mag. I don't know when they make it available online, but the 2006 list is here.
PBW, alas, didn't make the 2007 list. Not too long ago I slammed WD right in front of their senior editor for selling ad space to scammers. Not the sort of thing you should do if you want to get on their best of anything but the Total Bitch List.
Agent blogs were given their own category this year, with best honors shared out among Jennifer Jackson, Miss Snark (apparently they went to press before she closed up shop), the Knight Agency, Kristin Nelson and Rachel Vater. That sounds more like all versus the best agent blogs out there, but it's nice to see them get a nod.
The category of Genre/Niche utterly sucked, listing sites only vaguely concerned with copywriting (2), children's writing(3), erotica (1), fiction (1), freelance (4), poetry (4), romance (2), scriptwriting (2), and white papers (1 but what the hell do genre writers need with leaning how to write proposed government policies?).
Glaringly absent from the Genre/Niche list: crime fiction, media tie-in, fantasy, science fiction, inspirational, horror and historical sites. There were no sites or blogs which cover these on the list. As in zip, zilch, zero. And what's with listing four times as many poetry and freelance sites as fiction and erotica? Is this a best list, or wishful thinking?
Anyway, I have some sites I'd have like to see make the list. All are great for writers and, while WD might have overlooked them, are resources that I go back to use or send other writer pals to constantly.
Angela Booth -- Goddess of the freelancers, Angela regularly posts solid info on job and sub ops.
Authorlink -- publishing and market listings from Monster.com.
Marjorie M. Liu -- In addition to sharing her experiences as a bestselling novelist, Marjorie regularly posts info on decent writing opporunities.
Ralan.com -- quite simply the most well-maintained and updated market listing for SF/F and horror writers in existence.
WriteJobs.com -- another publishing and market listing site.
The Generator Blog -- Possibly the greatest source of links to online generatores in the known universe.
Kleimo's Random Name Generator -- allows you to pull names based on gender and obscurity, up to fifty at a time, from US census data.
Seventh Sanctum -- Whatever you need -- a writing prompt, title, character, story idea, etc. -- Steven Savage has got a generator for it.
PBW's Free Online Tools list -- I need to add to it and update it, but all the writing freeware and online tools I find for the Monday ten lists will eventually end up here.
FreewareFiles.com -- updated daily, searchable, plenty here for everyone, not just writers.
Freeware World Team -- like freewarefiles.com, only global.
OpenOffice -- the free office suite I hear most often recommended by other writers.
Rough Draft -- Richard Salsbury's extremely useful writing freeware.
StickIt -- a virtual sticky notes freeware that I use every day.
yWriter -- one of many freeware programs offered by our blog pal, author Simon Haynes.
Louis Cantron's Annotated Sites for Writers page -- lots of excellent links here
Margaret Fisk's Writing Links -- an amazing collection, regularly updated by our pal Margaret.
BibleGateway.com -- the best bible research site I have ever found, period.
Glossarist.com -- if you need to find an online specialty glossary or dictionary, here's where to look.
HyperHistory -- 2,000 files covering 3,000 years of world history.
The Labyrinth -- Georgetown's terrific medieval studies resource site.
Mobysaurus -- a freeware thesaurus that must be seen to be believed.
I'm going to get started on a proper genre resource link list, too -- I think WD really dropped the ball there -- and I'll post it at a later date.
Aside from PBW (because I know you all love it here), which web sites and/or weblogs would you consider best for writers? Share your recs and links in comments.