Writers’ Shop

Posts & Resources for Readers & Writers


General shopping links:

Buy Scrivener software: novelists, nonfiction book authors and journalists, alike, tout Scrivener as one of the most useful word processing software applications. Developed by a writer for writers, the software allows you to gather all aspects of a writing project — not just text, but character sketches, interviews, images, research — in a single project file. I like Scrivener for the ability to readily track and view structure, including viewing chapters as cards on a bulletin board or tracking character perspectives, or even movement of an object or reveal throughout the story arc. I believe in it enough to promote it on my site. The affiliate links below take you to Literal Latte, the software developer, with standard purchase rates.

Note:  The first icon takes you to the Windows version; there is a hyperlink beneath the screen image for the MAC version.  **BIG ADVICE: Click to the site’s homepage for the free trial option — an amazing opportunity to use the software on 30 nonconsecutive days without charge.**

Buy Scrivener for Windows (Regular Licence)

Buy Scrivener for Windows (Regular Licence)

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence)


Find literary magazines:

  • NewPages Magazine Webstore: From Able Muse and Agni, to Hayden’s Ferry and Versal — one-stop shopping with various litmag samples on offer.

Find an indie bookseller: Want to shop independent booksellers, but don’t know one in your community? Try Indiebound.org — a national network accessing booksellers across the country:




From My Blog: Recommended Resources for Writers:

  • Gift shopping for a writer: 25 Top Gift Ideas Writers Really Love  From underwater writing slates, to best technology recommendations and how to know if your writer still uses a journal, this list is a “public service announcement” to help anyone avoid so-called “writing” gifts and know what is really useful.

From My Blog: Reading Lists:

Best Books on Writing:

My Annual Best-Reads:


Aleksander Hemon, The Lazarus Project (2009) — featured in What I’m Reading: Summer 2012


Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds (2012)– featured in: 2012: Year of the Book

Alice McDermott’s Charming Billy (2009) – featured in Summer Reading List 2012

Ann Hood, Creating Character Emotions – as mentioned in these posts: Writing Character: Sometimes the Work is Messy and Novel Writing: Grace Paley – How Internal & External Conflict Build Story

Roland Smith, Elephant Run (young adult)


Tea Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife

Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin