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Sculpture in front of the LAPD Central Division on 6th Street.

These are some links for writers serious about their craft. There now exist numerous online writing and critiquing groups, as well as sites galore on what to do with our work once it's ready to be published. These groups help us improve our skills by not only allowing us to have our work read by other writers who can help us see the niggling errors we can't see ourselves -- all that forest and trees reality -- but also by increasing our editorial skills through critiquing of other writer's work.

Good editorial skills are important today in a world where publishing houses are no longer prepared to spend time or money editing an almost-ready-for-publication writer. Having a good product is not enough anymore, it has to be exceptional to stand out and grab the interest of a publisher or agent. Writing/critiquing groups can be a good step on the road to producing a marketable product. And along the way you'd be surprised how many new friends you can meet.

This is really only a bare bones collection, there are hundreds, if not thousands of other sites out there. If there's a site you think other writers should know about, email me Pat Brown with the link and I'll check it out.

Mystery Writing Related Links

Dr. D.P.Lyle's Medical Blog
Another excellent medical and forensic resource from Dr. Lyle

Forensic Science Technician

Interested in becoming a forensic technician? A comprehensive list of schools by state

Crimes and Clues

A site providing information on Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science


The art of interrogation. How police interrogate a suspect and finesse confessions or admissions of wrongdoing. Fascinating.

Gang and Cop slang

I've compile a couple of lists of slang, acronyms and phrases related to gangs, cops and the justice system. This is pretty much dealing with Los Angeles and California and doesn't necessarily apply to other states or countries.

Forensic Entomology

Insects are amazing things, and they are one of the best tools for determining time of death.

Forensic Anthropolgy Center

Sometimes called the birthplace of modern forensics, more often called the Body Farm, where research is ongoing in studying the decomposition in human corpses under a variety of conditions.

Law Enforcement Terms

Law enforcement terms, slang and miscellaneous items. Mostly related to the LAPD.

Police One

Police and Law Enforcement

International Thriller Writers
ITW represents professional authors from around the world. Here you can learn more about them, their work, and the sources from which they draw their inspiration

Mystery Scene Magazine
An online and in print magazine that's your best guide to what's hot in mystery, crime and suspense writing.

Reviewing the Evidence
A great online review site for mysteries.

Spinetingler Magazine
An online magazine that publishes great mystery short stories and book reviews.

Crime Magazine
The True Crime Library is a complete resource for news, stories and magazines about non fictional crimes

Criminal Justice Degrees
A website dedicated to listing and linking to every accredited criminal justice program available in the US.

Crime Writers of Canada
The leading national organization for crime writers in Canada. Home of the Arthur Ellis Awards Research Resources
Writers Write, an Internet writing journal for Mystery and Crime Writers.

Books by Other Authors
Here are a few links to some excellent reading material. Many of my favorite authors are here. Try out a few!

Mystery Resources
Writing Links & Links for Writers Fiction

Sisters in Crime
Founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon. "To promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries." Also home to a very active email list where answers can be sought and found on a variety of writing, publishing and crime facts.

The Writer's Forensics Medical Lab
An excellent place for getting answers to forensics questions. Run by D.P. Lyle, MD.

Crime Scene Writers
One of the best resources online for real information on crime scene, forensics and police procedural information. A plethora of real criminologist hang out here and someone has the answer to almost every question I've seen post.

Dictionarist provides translations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic,Hindi, Indonesian, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Criminal Justice Degree
Getting a degree in criminal justice can open the door to a career in law enforcement. Get a degree online while keeping your day job!

Crimes and Clues
The Art and Science of Criminal Investigation. Edited by Daryl W. Clemens. Covers a lot of detail involving forensics from hair evidence to death investigations. A wide range of excellent articles.

Malinche Entertainment
Step inside a murder mystery and try interactive crime fiction. Malinche's Greystone is a murder mystery game you read or a crime novel you play. Definitely interesting and certainly worth a look if you're a murder mystery fan.

Deadly Pleasures
America's premier fan-oriented mystery magazine. If you enjoy reading about mysteries, you should subscribe to Deadly Pleasures and become a frequent visitor of this site, which is updated almost daily!

Blood at the source
Blood at the Source: Research Tips for Mystery Writers by Barbara Fister.

Mystery Writers of America
Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. Presenters of the annual Edgar Awards

Forensic Science Technician
The popularity of television shows such as CSI, Bones, Law & Order, and Cold Case has spawned a major interest from people who would like to have a career in the field of forensic science. While working as a forensic science technician isn’t always filled with the excitement and glamour you see on television, it is a worthwhile career that will provide opportunities for advancement as the science continues to evolve. Keep reading to learn more about becoming a forensic science technician.

Writing and other Blogs

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Pitching and Catching
A great blog entry about pitching editors at conferences. Memorize this before you go to your next pitch session.

BK Walker's Review Blog
BK Walker reviews books and interviews authors

Craig Burke's
Musings of a Wordsmith writing blog.

Lynne Jamneck
South African writer currently living in New Zealand

Evil Editor
The evil editor gives his take on why you don't get published.

TOR editor
Teresa Neilsen-Hayden, noted editor for Tor books blogs about the publishing world.

Ballpoint Wren
Bonnie Wren is a writer living in San Diego county with her family, including a rather stinky bulldog.

A.C. Crispen and Victoria Strauss's Blogspot
The people who brought you Writer Beware. Find out how to safely navigate the shark infested waters of the publishing world.

How Books are Made
A brief look into the grim business of making books. Leave your illusions at the door

The Writer's Forensic Blog
Revising and Polishing Your Novel

How Much Did it Cost?
More from A.C. Crispen on publishing scams and how to avoid them.

J.A Konrath
J.A. Konrath's blog on the writing life and process. Lots of valuable information here.

POD-dy Mouth
Wading through the sea of Print-on-Demand titles, one overpriced paperback at a time--and giving you the buried treasure..

Greg Herren's Queer and Loathing in New Orleans
Where Greg takes on the right, the writing life and anything else that pops into his slightly demented mind.

The Lipstick Chronicles
Where the Booktarts talk about their books and writing.


General Writing Links

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Provides a proof reading service at a reasonable price.

Australian College of Journalism
An interesting resource about writing and communication.

Open Colleges
Another interesting Australian resource about writing and communication.

Style Guides
Covering the four main styles used when writing professionally or academically.

Editing Services
Scribendi.com—Professional Proofreading and Editing Services

Online Etymology
Want to know the history of a word's usage? Check this site out.

Turkey City Lexicon
While this is called a primer for SF Workshops much of this also applies to all genre fiction.

Edit Me F.A.S.T
An online editing and proofreading services. Delivered Fairly, Accurately, Studiously and Timely

Urban Dictionary
Like to play with words? The Urban Dictionary can keep you in the know so just maybe you have a hope in hell of understanding your kids.

Twenty worst agents
Absolute write water cooler and their list of the top twenty worst agents.

Maven's Word of the Day
An interesting site dealing in lexicology. Since a writer's stock in trade is words, this site is a great research tool.

The Editorial Department
Founded by Renni Browne, co-author of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers I especially recommend the e-Zine.

Freelance Services
British site for freelance writers and web designers.

Beth Anderson's Writing Workshops Page
Writing a great synopsis is critical to getting an agent or editor interested in your novel. Beth Anderson covers that and a lot more in her various workshops.

SF Novelist Workshop
For hard Science Fiction. Where the science is real, with a nod and wink to ftl and hyperspace
Administered by Victory Crayne

Editorial Services
When you're ready to take the next step and want a professional opinion of your writing, check out Victory Crayne's services.

Academic Editing Services
Professional help with Academic Writing

How to
How to books and articles, all the books are free to read online.

Amongst Writer's Digest's 101 "Best Websites For Writers, 2005"
Administered by the StoryMaster.

Where science fiction short stories are critiqued. Also handle horror, fantasy and speculative fiction.

Internet Writing Workshop
A more general resource for all types of writing. From poetry to non-fiction, it's all here.

Preditors and Editors
Before you sign on the dotted line for anyone, see if they've got a listing here. You could save yourself a lot of heartache -- not to mention mucho dollars. There are a lot of sharks out there!!

Writer's Beware
Science Fiction and Fantasy writer's of America Alerts for Writers.

A great reference place to help you find just the right word. Includes a lot of links, as well as both a dictionary and a thesaurus.

Bartleby Quotations
Famous quotations, as well as a great quote of the day feature.

World Wide Words
Michael Quinion's site dealing with International English from a very British perspective.

Gay Readers & Writers
Created in 2004, GWR is as a forum for gay and lesbian writers and readers.

29 Apps That Teach Creative Writing

25 Ways to Boost Your Writing Skills

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A Novel Approach: How to Succeed At NOT Being Published
An interesting article outlining how to guarantee you don't get published. Put out by the Absolute write newsletter.
A community of authors, freelance writers and experts in different genres to help you get where you want to go.

Author Chris Roerden;s writing tips, and the Agatha Award Winner, Macavity Award Finalist and Anthony Award Finalist book, DON'T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY C.Roerden

Tips On Writing Gay Fiction
An excellent article on writing gay fiction, but it really applies to all fiction. Gives a good handle on what to avoid and how to approach the mechanics of things like dialogue and where to start your story.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Bermuda. A great site full of Bermudian statistics for tourists and locals alike.

The Crystal & Fantasy Caves
The Crystal & Fantasy Caves of Bermuda.

Bermuda Tourism
A comprehensive Bermuda site for tourists from North America and Europe/Great Britain.

Bermuda Online
A hundred and twenty websites covering almost everything about Bermuda

Bermuda Sun
A local newspaper

The Royal Gazette
The premier local newspaper


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Chris and David's World

The Advocate

Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

Official Site of the LAPD

Out - Gay culture defined

Los Angeles Times

L.A. Weekly

Echo Park Silver Lake Patch

Silverlake News

City of West Hollywood

A Pictures of Silverlake and area

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