Commercial Services for Writers



As in the case of Agents I in no way endorse any of the links here, but provide these as is. If anyone has positive or negative experiences from any of these please email me

    • All-In-One Writers Software Store is an online e-commerce site for a variety of software targeted at writer productivity.
    • Alexxes Software, Inc. are developers of software whose specialty, in their own words, 'is vocabulary skill development programs, conceptual organizers, semantic search engines, and other linguistic tools and word processing utilities for writers, teachers and students of English worldwide.'
    • Analyst, Consultant and Reader of Manuscript describe their services as 'A professional reader's help to the writer with an aim of fine tuning the writer's work (script, manuscript, screenplay) so that when it is submitted to that agent, producer and/or studio, their reader will pass it along with flying colors! ' Prices on the web page range from $25 and $175.
    • Artichoke Editing & Print Design 'combines desktop publishing with comprehensive editing services to help individual authors, small to midsize publishers, and businesses of all types develop print-ready materials' If self publication is your route of choice this could be one possibility.
    • August Productions is marketing Manuscript Tracker and Market Tracker.
    • AuthorAssist is a for pay service that seeks to help you to rewrite your querie letter to an agent as well as helping in editing existing manuscripts. Check their web page for prices.
    • Authorlink! explicitly do not describe themselves as agents. However, this is a for pay resource designed to link authors, manuscripts, agents and publishers.
    • Benrey+Benrey is a book promotion and marketing company.
    • Biographical Publishing Company is a Vanity Press company that delineates its costs according to the services rendered. This is usually a choice of last resort for a writer, but if this is the way you want to go this could be a possible resource.
    • Bob Wendlinger's Memory Triggering Corner for Writers is selling a book, but also gives some examples of the techniques it uses on the website.
    • The Distance Learning Center includes individual online course work in individual genres. As an example, the current line up of teachers for Science Fiction includes James Gunn. Worth a look if this is an area of interest for you.
    • Catskill Colony is a writers retreat located in South Fallsburg, New York. They also include Workshop opportunities. Check their web site for details.
    • Dramatica Software and Movie Magic Screenwriter are a variety of software targeted at helping writers with an emphasis on the media writer. The price tag could be a bit steep for some, but for those interested it could be useful.
    • Ebay Online Publishers describe themselves as having been 'Established in 1980 as Ebay Pty Ltd a family company based in Sydney, Austrlia; we have now emerged as EbaY Online Publishers a venue for the retail of self-published books. Our site presents fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and short story writing competitions online.' They should not be confused with the online auction site.
    • The Editorial Department is, in their own words, 'the website of an 18-year-old book-editing company founded by Renni Browne (SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS, HarperCollins), now offering a free critique of five pages from any work-in-progress. The site also features a page of tips from the book (changed from time to time), a list of especially helpful sites for writers, and other information.' Note that their additional editorial services range from $200 to $2000. You might want to start with the more modestly priced book which is available at Amazon.com.
    • The Electric Library is a for pay research resource that seems to have a number of offerings that are not available elsewhere.
    • Epubs.com fills a variety of slots in its attempt to be a community for 'booklovers, authors, editors, agents and other publishing professionals'. It provides a variety of marketing avenues for a price, offers web design services as well and much more. Many of its features are still under construction, but many of its features look as if they have possibilities.
    • 1stbooks.com is an electronic publication site.They have a site that sells electronic versions of books with a 40% going to the author. They also state they aggressively promote their site. However, there are startup costs, not to exceed $1000 according to their web site, for unpublished authors.
    • Grammar Slammer is by its own report a help file that assists in a variety of tasks for the writer in terms of grammar and other areas.
    • How to Self Publish and Market a How-To Booklet is self explanatory. This is the web presence for a book being marketed about this subject.
    • The Internet Free Press is a site whose stated goal is to bring together a variety of individuals interested in electronic publication by providing space for their individual journals. Price for this is £72 per year.
    • J.T.Ohara and Associates advertise themselves as helping writers create salable book proposals. However, they charge an up front fee of $1500 and 5% after that if the book sells.
    • Magic House is an online community for writers with a variety of low cost workshops and a free writers network.
    • Manuscript Editing is the online presence for A+ English which offers editing, proofreading, formatting and more. Check Laura Lotman's web site and her credentials if these are needs you might want to consider.
    • Matrix Publication is a self publication/vanity press company. The web site does not seem to indicate costs and self publication is always a choice to be long considered and quite often advised to not do. If this is your choice, this is one possible avenue to accomplish this. As always buyer beware.
    • Karen Mitura is a writer and screenwriter located out of Hawaii who offers her services as a ghostwriter. In her own words , "Ghostwriter Karen Mitura helps writers complete quality books and scripts.  This award winner ghostwrites for newcomers and subcontracts for pros.  Her services range from coaching and editing to ghostwriting complete books and scripts."
    • MinRef Enterprises has an extensive online bookstore of titles appropriate to writers in its role as an Amazon.com affiliate.
    • Online Book Promotions is just as it sounds, a service for creating an online presence for an author or his works.
    • The Painted Rock Writers and Readers Colonies is an interesting spot with a wealth of chat areas, message boards and writing classes. To best benefit from all of this, you will need to become a membership at a price per month. There is a free research listserve that can be subscribed to and information for subscribing is posted at the Painted Rock site.
    • Pike's Peak Writer's Resort Many writers find it difficult to write when lives become hectic and chaotic. Here is a vacation resort that promises solitude in comfortable settings in a turn-key operation. Glossy photos of the lodgings tingle the imagination. Check this out and if nothing else indulge and imagine that you are already there.
    • Prelude.net is both a writers site and a web hosting site. They indicate that they are interested in offering a discount for those that indicate that they discovered their services here. If you are interested, please use the product code '81014' for their accounting records and mention that you saw it at forwriters.com. The prices quoted are in their own words 'I would like to offer a $2/month discount for your readers, or a $5/discount (50%) for users who pay 6 months in advance. (ie, $8/month or $30/six months.)' Contact them directly for details.
    • Read Southwest is a web presence and showcase for writers and publishers of the Southwest US with book sales linked to Amazon.com. They are interested in offering a discount for those that discovered their services here. The normal charge is $125 for designing a two-page site and $15 month hosting. They are offering you $25 off the design fee. To get the discount, just mention the forwriters.com site as a referral.
    • Screen Writers Online includes both A Screenwriters Insider magazine and expert screenplay analysis, both for a fee. If this is something of interest to you and you can afford it, you might want to take a look.
    • The Screen Writers Room provides professional screenplay consultations to unrepresented screenwriters. Their pricing ranges from $125 to $350. If this is of interest to you check them out and take a look at the credentials of their screenplay consultants.
    • Self Publishing, Writing and Publishing Your Own Books and Booklets is Winning Edge's web site for their account of how to market and get your own works available to the public on your own.
    • The Story Craft Fiction Writer's Page seems to be devoted to promoting a Jarvis Method of fiction writing. There is also a critique service, typing services as well as a screenplay and a fiction award.
    • Story Tech is a service for writers provided by Brad Schreiber and Chris Vogler. They will analyze screenplays, book manuscripts, TV scripts, stage plays, concepts, treatments and more. Check their web page for details and pricing.
    • Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus - An Electronic Tool For Creative Writing Check the web site for details and pricing.
    • Thriller Book Doctors are a manuscript evaulation service with a target towards thriller books as their name suggests. Check their web page for the latest fee schedules and detailed description of services and credentials.
    • Universal Book Publishers or Upublish.com charges a $395 Publishing Fee to establish an ISBN numer, set things up for publication on demand and other services. They pays varying royalties according to the circumstances of publication.
    • Unpublished Works is place where writers and readers pay a fee and share manuscripts. The stated goal is that publishers will review the works and the writer has the possibility getting noticed.
    • Way Ahead has a variety of resources for writers, including a contest, but its primary focus is commercial software including Creative Writing 2.0.
    • Web Witchery Consulting is the web design consulting business owned and operated by the creator of forwriters.com. If you liked the pages you find here you might consider Web Witchery for your web site needs. This includes domain name hosting as well as web site design. Whether you are an author who would like to make his presence known or someone interested in marketing their works. Think of Web Witchery.
    • The Word Museum is a site with a wealth of both free and commercial services for writers. There are a number of interesting online classes offered. Worth a look.
    • The Working Writer is a commercial software package that appears to be designed to track the career of a writer and provide market and/or agent listings.
    • Write Your Way To Riches is the web site showcasing the authors book on how to succeed financially in the technical writing field.
    • The Writer's Club is a once stop shopping location for a variety of services, including a members only resources area that currently is only $35 a year. Check out it out and see if it might fulfill your needs.
    • Writer's Blocks is a software tool for organizing your story ideas. There is a free demo downloadable from there site. Check their web site for pricing and features.
    • The Writers' Computer Store has walk in stores in Sausalito and Los Angeles, California, and a diverse inventory of software and books catering to the creative community ranging from screenwriting to fiction writing.
    • Writer's Island is a site that provides space to showcase various writers in the picture book, young adult and other genres of fiction, non-fiction and art. There is a price for this.
    • Writers On The Net is an opportunity for private tutorials, critiques and online classes from published authors. These services do involve a fee, but it is worth checking out to see if this is something for you.
    • Writerspace offers web domain hosting, web design as well as online community resources for writers.
    • The Writing Porlour offers small, supportive classes in a wide variety of creative writing genres. The classes are priced at $250 at present. Check out their web page for details.
    • Writer's Showcase Inc. is another possible way to have your manuscript posted according to genre for the perusal of a publisher or an agent. There is a one time $50 fee for this service.
    • The Writer's Software Companion was developed by Writer's Digest columnist Nancy Kress and Computer learning expert Terry Boothman. It looks to be a useful helper application for writers. This site also includes the Writer Internet Resource Guide, which describes itself as ' a monthly subscription to a collection of over 500 clickable web links in 24 categories. Resources for writers of every kind. All links checked and current. Annotations and detailed descriptions.'
    • WriteContent Editorial and Consulting Services offered 'services includes evaluation of the writing material, editor's notes, next steps, and recommendations to improve and/or market your material' and more. The site also has a range of free reference material as well.
    • Writerspace.com is a web hosting company targeting at providing websites for writers and community for readers.
    • The Write Source offers research reports, custom research, editing and management services, for a price.
    • Writer's Web Design describe themselves as offering an 'affordable and professional looking web sites for writers to promote their books online. We also offer marketing tips and resources, which include a directory of sites where authors can post their web site links for free."

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