Click on a subject in the below tables to go to a particular section. Note: The Promotion page has been redirected to this page, and those resources have been added into those in the General Writers' Resources sections.

General Writers' Resources


Historical Resources

Agents
  1. Recognized by Writer's Digest as one of the best sites for writers, Agent Query "offers the largest, most current searchable database of literary agents on the web." But it's so much more than that.  Here you can learn about the publishing world; read agent Q&A's; get an agent's full profile and client/book list; get formatting tips and genre descriptions and more.
  2. The Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc. (AAR), a not-for-profit organization of independent literary and dramatic agents. You can search for agents by genre, read their FAQs about agents, or visit their links page for bestseller lists, book fairs, publishing publications and professional organizations.
  3. Preditors and Editors is the place to go if you want to check the reputation of a particular agent.  The site tells you how an agency should act for you, then tells you which ones don't follow those rules.
  4. Writer Beware is the "public face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Committee on Writing Scams."  They cover scams and unprofessional practices found in literary agencies, POD and vanity book publishers, contests, etc.

Book News and General References
  1. If you need to know what kind of weather a particular location had on a particular day, go to The Old Farmer's Almanac, put in the date and location in their Weather History tool and find out!
  2. The weekly list New York Times e-book fiction bestsellers can be found here.
  3. Bookwire is "the internet resource dedicated to new titles, new authors, and the general scoop on the book industry!" At this site you can "search book reviews, read about the latest releases, watch author video clips, and learn about upcoming book events."
  4. Writerspace is "the home for over 150 authors, primarily romance and mystery, of the best fiction on the market today. Writerspace communities are familiar places for readers to gather, talk to each other, learn about releases and communicate with authors."
  5. Absolute Write has a forum/ message board covering the writing of novels, children's books, scripts, non-fiction ...  You ask a question, you'll get an answer.
Book Review Sites
  1. A Romance Review will contact you after you submit the online form.
  2. All About Romance
  3. Joyfully Reviewed
  4. Library Journal
  5. Rakehell
  6. Regency Reader
  7. Romance Junkies - review submission info.
  8. Romance Reviews Today
  9. The Indie View page provides links to where Indie books are reviewed.
  10. The Romance Reader
  11. The Romance Readers Connection
  12. The Romance Reviews
  13. The Romance Studio
  14. We Read Romance
Contests & Exercises
  1. Click here for my Contest Chart.  Updated at least twice a week.  As I gather information, you'll find it here!
  2. Donna Caubbarreaux keeps track of contest finalists and winners at http://contestdivas.blogspot.com/.
  3. Confused about the sub-genres of romance requested in those contests?  Romance Sub-Genres, part of Aunt Cathy's Lecture Series at Absolute Write will clear those cobwebs.  While you're at it, click on the other links in the series and find exercises for choosing the 3 elements that will turn a mystery into a contemporary romantic suspense..
  4. Wikipedia also has a good overview of the different sub-genres of romance for contest entering.
  5. FirstWriter.com has a fully searchable contest database which is "updated daily, with old competitions being removed and on average two or more new ones added every day, making it widely regarded as the best writing contest listing on the internet."
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Craft of Writing
  1. 25 Reading and Writing Resources is a single stop for 25 great resources. "The sites on this list celebrate English in myriad ways. Some offer advice for aspiring freelance writers, or strategies from writers who have already “made it,” and some just revel in the enjoyment of books, literature, and language in general."
  2. Resources for the Essay Writer is "The Best Free Resource for Outstanding Essay and Paper Topics, Thesis Statements and Important Quotes." It even has a thesis generator to help you "turn your topic into a well-directed thesis, which can lead to a well-organized paper"!
  3. Creative Writing Now offers tips on fiction and poetry writing, a wide range of writing prompts, and free online writing courses.
  4. Alicia Rasley's web site is listed below under romance, but I'm listing her again for the craft of writing because she deserves to be in both places! The RITA-award winning writer has online workshops, books on the craft of writing, plus articles that are not to be missed.
  5. Through its articles, resources, meditations and bookstore, Write Directions "provides the support and tools you need to fine-tune your prose, target your audience and market your work." Also available are workshops, and full-service consulting/public speaking services.
  6. How To Do Things is a really interesting site because it gives a good overview on just about every type of writing (not to mention everything else you could possibly want to do in your spare time!). Ex: How to Write a Business Plan, How to Write a Romance Novel, How to Write a Complaint Letter, How to Write a Wedding Speech, How to Self Publish, How to Write a Press Release.  You get the drift so check it out.
  7. Need to write a synopsis?  Check out Charlotte Dillon's website for links to articles and how-to tips plus sample synopses.
  8. FictionFactor, "the online magazine for fiction writers," has articles on the writing business, characters, script writing, honing your skills, world building, self-publishing, promotion and more.  They also have good overviews on the various subgenres in fiction.
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eBook / Self Publishing
  1. Author M. Louisa Locke has an excellent blog entry about Amazon categories, key words and tags.
  2. Galley Cat has a list of free sites to promote your ebook.
  3. Joel Friedlander, AKA The Book Designer, has an article on book cover resolution at this link and plenty of other great articles too.
  4. Romance writers interested in Indie publishing can join the Indie Romance Ink Yahoo group--a fantastic source of info.
  5. Non-romance writers interested in Indie publishing can join the Indie Authors Forum Yahoo group.
  6. Savvy Self-Publishing can give you the basics of e-publishing and how to get started.
  7. eBookIt! is a conversion and distribution and POD publisher.
  8. David Gaughran explains the differences between Amazon's Bestseller and Popularity Lists.
  9. Ereader News Today can help you promote your kindle book.
  10. Aaron Shepard's Publishing Blog shares info on self publishing with Amazon, CreateSpace, Lightning Source and MS Word.
  11. Bookwire is "the internet resource dedicated to new titles, new authors, and the general scoop on the book industry!" At this site you can "search book reviews, read about the latest releases, watch author video clips, and learn about upcoming book events."
  12. Alas, pirating of ebooks has become rampant. If you want Google to take down a link that leads to your pirated book, click here. Then click the button for Web Search, then click the "I have a legal issue that is not mentioned above," and then click I have found content that may violate my copyright. Proceed from there!
  13. Books on Self publishing and ebook publishing
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Genres (Other than Romance)
  1. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers, Inc.  has articles on manuscript formatting, common mistakes writers make, characterization, making monsters, and building new worlds, among other subjects.
  2. Critters Workshop is "an on-line workshop/critique group for serious writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. You get your work critiqued in exchange for critiquing the work of others, both of which are invaluable ways to improve your writing."
  3. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists can be found here.
  4. Faith Writers is an "encouraging community of Christian writers" (over 20,000!) which offers free membership, writing courses, forums, critiques, articles, and more.
Grammar & Punctuation
  1. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation gives rules (with examples) of grammar and punctuation, including rules for writing numbers, and offers quizzes so you can check to see just how much you don't know!
  2. At Dictionary.com you can type in a word and search by dictionary, thesaurus or encyclopedia for loads of info. 
  3. At Merriam-Webster.com you can sign up for the "Word of the Day" to be emailed to you, thus making it easy to quickly expand your vocabulary.  That's a bunch of palaver, you're thinking.  Okay, so you're probably not thinking that--unless you got your emailed word of the day: palaver.
  4. This excellent Guide to Grammar & Writing was created by the late Dr. Charles Darling as a guide for his students. Includes subjects like paragraph development and sentence variety, writer's block and quizzes.
  5. The Glendale Community College English Department site is jam-packed with links for writing research papers. Includes links to manuals of style (CMS, APA, MLA), guides to essay-writing and more.
  6. The info on Jack Lynch's Guide to Grammar and Style is arranged alphabetically. Click on "C" and learn about Cannot, Can't Help But, Capitalization, Cases, -Century, Citation, Clarity, Cliches, Colon, Commas, Comma Splices, Comparatives, Conjunctions and more. Or go straight to the full list of contents.
  7. Purdue University's(OWL) is another excellent resource for grammar and has interactive exercises.
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Money, Taxes and Freelance Jobs!
  1. Show Me The Money! is a compilation of royalty and sales information put together by historical romance author Brenda Hiatt. Gives info on average advances by publisher for first book, 2nd and subsequent books, pay-outs, etc. Excellent reference!
  2. Journalism Jobs --The Job Board for Media Professionals.
  3. Poewar's Writer's Resource Center is one of the best sites around for writers and aspiring writers. Features articles, freelance jobs, fiction, nonfiction, essays, poetry, you name it. They tell you how to do it and how to get it published.
  4. The Burry Man's Writing Center is a network of writers and offers tips on craft, freelance writing jobs and more.
  5. FreelanceWriting.com, "the website for today's working writers," posts freelance ads, contests, forums, articles, events and more.
  6. Writer's Market from Writer's Digest is an online searchable service for writers. For a few dollars a month you have access to information on most publications, books, publishers, agents and editors.  Instead of subscribing that way, I buy the "online"version of their annual Writer's Market book, With the "online" version of the book comes a serial number for activating an online account.  It's cheaper than paying the monthly fee.  And you get a hard copy too.
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Pitching Your Book
  1. Read How to Pitch Your Book at a Writing Conference by Cynthia P. Gallagher at Writing-World.com.  Great tips here.
  2. The Perfect Pitch:  Pitching to Agents at a Writing Conference by Sue Fagalde Lick combines advice from different agents. 
  3. Read How to Write a Query at AgentQuery.com.  You'll learn the parts of the query and get to see some examples of hooks.
  4. Houston Bay Area RWA has an article called Alleviating the Symptoms of the Editor/Agent Pitch By Kristi Gold, who gives advice based on her seven years of pitching before publication.
  5. At the Hollywood Script Readers' Digest you can browse (and study!) the short pitches for just about any kind of script: horror, action adventure, romantic comedy, and more.
  6. Check out Laurie Campbell's Ten Minutes To Glory: Your Editor/Agent Pitch for help in writing those four important sentences: the "hook"; the heroine's and hero's who, what, why and why not; and how the conflict is resolved.
  7. Writer's Net has a good article (written by an agent) called "What You Need To Know About Query Letters."
  8. Agents who blog and give great advice in their columns from how to pitch, how to write a blurb, what an agent looks for in a possible client, how to write a query letter (and how NOT to:-) and much, much more. The great thing about blogspot is that everyone is using labels now, so you can click on a label such as "pitches" and read all of that agent's blogs on the subject.
    • Pub Rants by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency. Be sure to scroll down the main page and look at the advice columns.  There are a series of pitching workshop/critiques and she even shares the query letters from some of the clients she took on, giving comments throughout their letters to let us know what she liked about them.
    • Janet Reid of Jet Reid Literary Agency.  No BS here and you'll definitely learn what NOT to do when submitting to an agent.  She tells it like it is! The agency also has their own Non-Fiction Proposal Guidelines, which pretty much work for any non-fiction proposal to any agent or editor, from what I've seen.
    • Miss Snark, the anonymous literary agent who blogs on writers, her life as an agent, writers, the publishing market, writers ... well, you get my drift.  And after you read her first snarky reply to some hapless writer, you'll be hooked. (Honestly, though, this agent's "voice" sounds just like Janet Reid's, only, uhm...snarky).  In her blog News Flash! Agents ARE Human Beings!, she says that you can pitch your book any day in a query letter, but for agent/editor appointments, you need to make a "person-to-person connection."  And she gives you questions to ask that will help you do just that.
    • Bookends Literary Agency. Perfecting Your Pitch is an especially great column where they let readers send in their pitches and they critiqued them. Agent Jessica Faust has some great pitching (and other!) tips in her blog. Go to The Art of a Strong Pitch, Part I to read what will make you stand out during a scheduled pitch with her.  Here's a hint...she wants the "hook" and if you think that has anything to do with the story, boy, are you wrong!  Then check out The Art of a Strong Pitch, Part II, to find out how to pitch to an agent in a social setting.
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Promoting Your Book
  1. At Easy Site Starter you'll see a step by step tutorial on making a website from picking out and registering a domain name to creating the actual site.
  2. "Book Marketing. Book Publicity. Author Marketing. Smith Publicity makes you and your book newsworthy." This site has testimonials, book marketing campaign examples, sample media placements, a "Power Publicity Tips" newsletter, a blog, and much more.
  3. Romance author Melissa Mayhue runs contests for free copies of the ARC for her latest book. A lot of authors do this because it's one way to get a word-of-mouth buzz started about your book before publication date.But what I like about Melissa's contest is that to enter, you email her about where you go to find out about the books you want to read next, i.e., the websites, blogs, magazines, review sites, etc., that you're in the habit of checking out to find great books to read. This is a win-win-win situation--2 wins for the author and a win for the contest winner. Your contestants win an ARC to read (and start a buzz about), and you (the author) find out popular sites for blogging, requesting reviews, etc., for your book!
  4. Award winning historical romance writer Donna Rosenbloom suggests compiling a list of all local newspapers and free automatic mail distribution newspapers in your area. Contact them to do an article on you and your book right around release time. Same with local radio stations. Perhaps you could arrange to be a guest on the "morning show" with the DJs as people are driving to work. Great way to promote your book on the air to commuters. Same with local television stations.
  5. Multi-published author JoMarie DeGioia says to call your local book stores as soon as you have an approximate publication date. (The following info from JoMarie is specific to Barnes & Noble stores, so independent book stores may operate differently.)Ask for the Community Relations Manager (CRM) and find out what's needed to have your book carried in the store.Unless your book is to be published by one of the major publishers, it will need to meet certain requirements, and the store can provide you with a list of those. Generally if the book meets them, the CRM can make arrangements for a signing (she might have to get approval from corporate if you're published with a major house though). S/he will need enough time to put the event in the monthly store calendar as well as to order promotion signs. Defer to the CRM at your store for a timetable. S/he can tell you how far in advance you need to schedule a booksigning and when you should drop off your press kit, including an author's photo and a thumbnail of the book cover. With advance notice, B&N usually supplies the signs for the booksigning and they will have your books in stock to buy.On the night of the booksigning, bring any promotional materials you are giving away--such as bookmarks, and if you have your own "Autographed Copy" stickers, bring those.A bowl of candy can often draw people to your table!
  6. Author Evangeline Collins says to check with your online chapters, which usually have space on their websites for member book releases. Be sure to contact your chapter's web mistress and have your book cover added to the site. Also list your book release in your RWA chapters' newsletters. Some online chapters (such as Hearts Through History and Passionate Ink) even have separate public newsletters that are available to non-member readers.
  7. Penelope West suggests setting up your website with PayPal to take advantage of price specials for the launch period of your book. You can offer a special service on your website autographed books and personalized, if requested. Be sure to request Media Rates when you take your packages to the post office.
  8. Bookhitch.com is a new, free marketing alternative for authors and publishers.  With the free listing, you can list your book by title along with ISBN, five key search words, a 60-word description and a link for buyers to purchase the book.
  9. Author House has a wealth of info on Book Marketing including "The Marketing Plan, " "Event Marketing ," "Web Marketing," and other great topics for the new author.
  10. Published since November 1995, Web Marketing Today is the "largest circulation Internet marketing e-mail newsletter in continuous publication" and they have a "free version each Wednesday to help 100,000 e-mail subscribers stay abreast of Internet Marketing developments."
Publishing Your Book
  1. Create Space, Amazon's print-on-demand company, makes the process unbelievably simple to publish your book and get it into print. For a very small one-time fee ($25 at the time of writing this), they will also distribute to BarnesAndNoble.com, libraries, and other print book retailers. There's no cost to publish and they'll even give you a free ISBN. They can also take your print manuscript file and turn it into a kindle book for you.
  2. If you don't care about print, you can publish an ebook through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes and Noble's Nook Press, Kobo Writing Life, Apple iTunes, Sony, and more.
  3. BookMarket.com isa site dedicated to first-time novelists.  They not only list web sites and contact info for book publishers (traditional--not POD, self-publish, e-book, etc.) who have published first novels, but I like the site for the inspiration regarding the trials of first-time novelists.  For example... " Unknown author Jennifer Weiner was turned down by 23 agents before finding one who thought a novel about a plus-size heroine would sell. Her book, GOOD IN BED, became a bestseller. The lesson? Don't take 23 agents word for it. Find the 24th that believes in you and your book."
  4. The Top Ten Publish On Demand / Online Book Publishers are reviewed and compared in a great chart at Top Ten Reviews.  Includes royalties, publishing packages, pre and post publishing services and more. Strangely enough, they do not include CreateSpace, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, which also print on demand.
  5. InstantPublisher.com, a subsidiary of Fundcraft Publishing Company, book publisher for over 60 years, offers book publishing services in trade quality from 25 to 5,000 copies in less than 7-10 working days, and they have a pricing page where you can find out just what it will cost you!
  6. "Assisting PDF users since 1998, Planet PDF is a comprehensive, popular and independent Web site exclusively focused on Adobe Acrobat/PDF users and uses."
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Romance Reading / Writing
  1. The Romance Reader at Heart web site is currently dedicated to readers of historical romance. Whether you love Scottish, Colonial, Western, or Regency historicals, this site will help you find the perfect book to curl up with, and they are all broken down by category.
  2. At Authors On The Web, you'll find author bios, roundtables, message groups and more--authors of all genres.
  3. The Regency Redingote gives "historical snippets of Regency England" through its interesting blog posts.
  4. Geometry.Net Writing Romance Resources has 104 web sites listed (with extracts) on anything you can think of that pertains to writing romance. If you go to their W page and look under all writing subdivisions, you'll find around 1,000 links to all types of writing, historical research for writing, web sites for writers, writing contests, etc. It boggles the mind!
  5. At All Romance Writers you can search for books by author name, hero or heroine name, subject/theme, or even character type (such as psychic, countess, spinster...).You'll find reviews, resources and more.
  6. The Passionate Pen is a resource site for romance writers and includes articles on writing, submitting manuscripts, publisher information and more.
  7. If you're serious about publishing romance, then Romance Writers of America is a must-join organization.
  8. If you're learning to write romance, Alicia Rasley's web site is a must for bookmarking. The RITA-award winning writer has online workshops, books on the craft of writing, plus articles that are not to be missed.
  9. The Romance Authors Research Index has A to Z research topics, writing tips, authors' contests and more.
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Video Trailers (How-to)
  1. This article on Brenda Coulter's blog explains how to make your trailer using Windows Movie Maker.
  2. An article about Windows Movie Maker. Jill Elizabeth Nelson also uses it to upload trailers to You Tube.
  3. Ghost Writer Extraordinaire will give you a "high-quality video trailer for your book, posted at over 40 popular video sharing sites, including YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo Video, and AOL Video, and a DVD copy for your files" all for only $150
  4. At Circle of Seven Productions, you can view their client-publishers list, watch the videos they’ve made, read testimonials, and look at costs, which range from $300 to $4,000. See what they did for Lisa Kleypas, Kayla Perrin, Christine Freehan, Heather Graham and more...
  5. At Watch The Book you can check book trailers for every genre to help you decide what to do with yours!
  6. In return for the use of their free royalty free music loops, Partners In Rhyme ask that you please link to their website using one of their copy 'n paste html codes.
  7. Kevin MacLeod of incompetech.com asks for a $5 donation per piece of his original royalty-free music per his FAQ page.
Writing Scripts
  1. InkTip.com is all about "getting the right script into the right hands."  With a free membership, you receive at least one free lead (a call for scripts put out by industry pros) per week via the regular newsletter and for a fee you can place your script for viewing by industry professionals. View success stories, writer and industry endorsements, successful loglines and synopses, or browse their selection of excellent (free) tips and articles by industry professionals. Highly recommended site.
  2. The Hollywood Script Readers' Digest publishes synopses of unproduced feature films and proposals for TV series. Browsing the pitches for various scripts may help you write a better one!
  3. Done Deal Professional covers the business and craft of screen writing. You can get info on contests, examples (of releases, queries, etc.), browse forums, read interviews and newsletters for free, and for just $23.95 a year you have access to information on agents, lawyers, managers, news, production companies, sales, sales archives and studios.
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Historical References Below American History
  1. Mr. Jenkins History Resources links to comprehensive history research on US history and world history. Jump to the The Colonial Period for links to U.S. Colonial History, British and Colonial Relations 1753-1776.
  2. You'll find anything and everything pertaining to American history at About.com.
  3. Historian.org Your Key to History and Historical Research.
  4. The Avalon Project at Yale Law School has all types of documents of treaties, alliances and other items of historical interest such as The Louisiana Purchase.
  5. History Net-Index of U.S. Historical Documents.
  6. Books
    • Boston: A Social History by Brett Howard. Good information about the women and society of Boston.
    • Everyday Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony by George Francis Down. (As an aside, I'll mention that my ancestor was Edward Rawson, Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Many of the original documents bear his signature!! See my family tree at tribalpages.com).
Architecture & Landscaping
  1. Castles and Palaces of the World is the "most comprehensive resource about castles, palaces and fortifications." And they have stunning pictures, too!
  2. Castles on the Web offers an extensive database of all things Castle related.
  3. The Great Buildings Collection is a gateway to architecture from around the world and across history. The Great Buildings Online documents hundreds of buildings and leading architects with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, plus commentaries, bibliographies, and web links, for famous designers and structures of all kinds.
  4. BritainExpress.com covers English architecture from prehistoric monuments through the Victorian Age. Features architects, landscape architects and great buildings including castles, abbeys, cathedrals and country houses.
  5. Books
    • English Architecture--A Concise History by David Watkin. Chapter 13 covers the Classical Revival (Adams, et al).
Art & Literature
  1. Books
    • Romantic England: Writing and Painting 1717-1851 by Peter Quennell. Lots of good info on the artists and art of the time.
Coinage
  1. A listing of Hammer and Milled coins. Discussion for English Coins denomination minted in England during the American colonial period from James I through George III.
  2. Coins of the England and Great Britain by Tony Clayton.
  3. Wikipedia tells all about the pound sterling's history, complete with pictures of the various editions.
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Crime & Punishment in England
  1. Stand and Deliver has great info about highwaymen and highway robbery, including articles, biographies of famous highwaymen, and links to other resources such as The King's Highway, a forum on the subject of highwaymen and other rogues.
  2. EyeWitness to History has an excellent page on crime and punishment in Elizabethan England.
  3. The British Library's Crime and Punishment page describes 18th century law enforcement, the morning routine before an execution at Tyburn, and shows pictures of actual newspaper articles from the 18th century on punishments.
Fashion & Costumes
  1. The Costumer's Manifesto has links to everything you could ever possibly think of regarding fashion, costume history, undergarments, military uniforms, and more...for just about every period in history!
  2. There's much to see at Nicole Kipar's late 17th century Clothing History website.
  3. The Victoria and Albert Museum has a really good page on 18th century fasion. You can click to read the articles which show pictures of dresses, hats, etc., and can zoom in to note the details described.
  4. Books
    • The Eighteenth Century-Costume in Context by Jennifer Ruby. Excellent book for details on dress. Ends with 1799.
    • Costume in Context: The Regency by Jennifer Ruby. Starts with 1805.
    • Everyday Dress 1650-1900 by Elizabeth Ewing. Excellent book--not only shows the clothing worn but also describes how spinning, weaving, dying and cleaning was done.
Industrial Revolution
  1. The Internet Modern History Sourcebook contains The Industrial Revolution with links to The Agricultural Revolution of the 17th-18th Centuries, The Revolution in the Manufacture of Textiles, The Revolution in Power, Railroads, Steam Ships, The Great Engineers, The Process of Industrialization. Also, the Social and Political Effects deals with The Lives of Workers, Urban Life: New Social Classes, Social Reformism. The Internet Modern History Sourcebook index page is at Main Page.
  2. Hanover College's History of Texts and Archives of The Industrial Revolution With links to Leeds Woollen Workers Petition, 1786 | Letter from Leeds Cloth Merchants, 1791 | Reports on Working Conditions, 1832 | Richard Guest: The Steam Loom, 1823 | Lectures of Arnold Toynbee | Andrew Ure: The Philosophy of the Manufacturers, 1835.
  3. Books
    • The Industrial Revolution by James A. Corrick. This excellent book is part of the World History Series. Covers changes in daily life due to the industrial revolution. Has good timeline of inventions.
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Medieval to 18th Century England
  1. Wikipedia has a map of the counties of England. Near the bottom of the page is this link to a list of the historic counties.
  2. If you want to know medieval history, you can find it at Britain Express:  timelines of Kings and conquerors, info on church, society, castles, architecture, art and more.
  3. All About Medieval Castles & Medieval Siege Weapons is filled with information on Medieval Siege Weapons (including catapult and trebuchet), Medieval Castles, and Medieval Siege Warfare. A very comprehensive resource.
  4. Learn about food and drink in medieval England, when most people had to make their own food.
  5. It was 18th century England, where kidnapping a 15-year-old girl was a misdemeanor but pickpocketing a capital offense. And it is all documented on The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834. "A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This web site is the brainchild of two British historians, Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker."
  6. Eighteenth-Century Resources -- History, edited by Jack Lynch containing General Resources, British History, American History etc., is part of the larger collection of Eighteenth-Century Resources Index on the Net.
  7. Books
    • The English Town--A History of Urban Life by Mark Girouard--all aspects of town life, including assembly hall entertainment.
    • The Eighteenth Century by G.M. Trevelyan.
    • The English Village by Richard Muir
    • English Social History: A Survey of Six Centuries--Chaucer to Queen Victoria by G.M. Trevelyan. Excellent source.
Pirates, Privateers, Smuggling & Trade
  1. Cindy Vallor's Pirates & Privateers includes book reviews and pirate adventures, a newsletter with the latest pirate-related news and information, articles on maritime piracy from ancient times to today, links to the best sites specializing in piracy and life at sea in the Age of Sail.  Her Bookaneer pages have reviews on the latest fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. Other highlights: specialized bibliographies, piratical places to visit, pirate dates in history, piracy quotes.
  2. Pirates Hold features a pirate a month, gives a timeline of important events of piracy, lists ships (with pictures) used for piracy, shows maps of the eras, and other such items.
  3. Beej's Pirate Image Archive. Images of pirates at this site include Bartholomew Roberts, Henry Morgan, John Rackam, Mary Read, Roche Brasiliano, Edward Teach aka Blackbeard, Charles Vane, Anne Bonny and others.
  4. Rob Ossian's Pirate's Cove has the "most comprehensive collection of Pirate and Nautical information on the web!" with bios of pirates, privateers, and explorers; complete list of sailing vessels; nautical and historical terminology, nautical navigation, pirate music, and more.
  5. The Canadian Privateering Homepage. "Privateers were privately owned warships ... today they are an exotic subject, often lumped in with pirates, but in Canada's past, privateers were an accepted and respected way of waging war, and often the only means of defence for isolated Canadian communities."
  6. Gene Borio's HistoryNet.com has The History of Tobacco.
  7. Check out the details of the lives of a number of famous Cornish people through the ages.
  8. The coast of Kent, being so close to France, has for centuries been known for the smuggling of goods both into and out of the country. The wool-smugglers themselves were known as 'owlers', a name that lives on in the OILLER families of the Marsh today. Tea was another commodity which was profitable for the smugglers. Some 350 or more years ago, the Wishing Well stood between two flint cottages. The well was used by smugglers to hide contraband. Smuggling had become so rife in this part of Kent due to high import duties on tea, tobacco and spirits.
  9. Books
    • The East India Company--Trade and Conquest from 1600 by Anthony Wild.
    • The East Indiamen by Russell Miller.
    • Undiscovered: The Fascinating World of Undiscovered Places, Graves, Wrecks and Treasure by Ian Wilson
    • Treasure: Lost, Found and Undiscovered by Mike Groushko.
    • Treasure Wreck: The Fortunes and Fate of the Pirate Ship WHYDAH by Arthur T. Vanderbilt II. Whydah went down off coast of Massachusetts in 1717.
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Regency Era
  1. Regency England 1790-1830 is the subject of this site.  You'll find historical info about a variety of things including Regency shopping, Regency weddings, Regency fashion, and Regency Romances.
  2. History on Almack's Assembly Rooms can be found here.
  3. George III, The Prince Regent and Regency England -- While there is just a general overview of this period, this site is full of information about England.
  4. All About Romance features romance author Jo Beverley on the Georgian Age.
  5. The Regency Collection has tons of info on that period, including bios on famous and infamous people of the era, info on postal history, industrial advances, marriage, London clubs, dress, military life, receipes, and much more.
  6. Georgette Heyer (1902 - 1975) was an amazingly prolific writer who created the Regency England genre of romance novels. Although Jane Austen published during this period (1811 - 1820), she was writing contemporaneously while Heyer was making very well-researched historical fiction, full of all you could ever want: romance, fashion, upper classes, cross-dressing, arranged marriages, murder, intrigue, cant language, sarcasm and humour!
  7. Rakehell offers author bios and interviews, book reviews, and links to other Regency sites.
  8. At The Cupidity Home Page, you can probably find anything about the Regency period that you're looking for including The Famous People, Military, Waterloo, Voices, The Spanish Bride, Harry Smith Bio, Regency Life, Postal History, Industrial Advances, Coaching resources, Illustrations, Recipes, Writing, and more....
  9. A zillion links here to pages with a zillion more links on the Regency period--food, drink, the clubs (White's, Almack's), Vauxhill Gardens, articles by Regency romance writers, gaming, swordsmanship, duels, furniture glossary, dancing, fashion and much, much more.
  10. Books (checked out from library)
Scotland
  1. Electric Scotland has the most comprehensive collection of historical information about Scotland that I've found--places, people, clothing, language, historical periods and events, clans, castles, music and more.  (You can also sign up for their freeweekly newsletter which is full of interesting articles and facts.)
  2. DarkIsle.com has a fabulous collection of pictures of Castles, Manors, and Abbeys in Scotland.
  3. You can find history, myths & legends of Scotland at Mull of Galloway.  The concise history begins with the Romans in 82AD and continues to present time, giving details of the differences in every day life for people of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  4. Ngaio Press has a selected glossary of Scots language.
  5. Wikipedia gives about 10,000 years of Scotland's history.
  6. For 5,000 years of Scotland's history, go to Education Scotland.
  7. BBC has a history page for Scotland as well.
  8. RLS.org.uk shows pictures and gives descriptions of Scottish coins from the 1400's through the 1900's.
  9. ScottishHistory.com has a nice page of Scottish links, as well as essays and articles, books, music, history, and more.
  10. Scotweb's Scottish History has a great article on the Highland Clearances, as well as pages on various battles, the history of the kilt and more.
Ships & Naval History
  1. John's Nautical & Boatbuilding Page contains the The Mother of All Maritime Links. Very comprehensive site with links to Pirates, History and Maritime Archaeology.
  2. HistoryCentral.com brings you the history of all US Naval ships. You can look up a ship by name or by ship type.
  3. The Naval Historical Center is the official history program of the Department of the Navy. Its lineage dates back to 1800 with the founding of the Navy Department Library by President John Adams. The Center now includes a museum, art gallery, research library, archives, and curator as well as research and writing programs. Useful links include Ships History Branch: Histories of individual navy ships, 1775-present and Early History: Research and writing on U.S. naval history, 1775-1918.
  4. Books
    • Shipwreck by John Fowles - Covers ships from the mid to late 1800's and the 1900's
    • The Golden Age of Sail by Amy Handy
    • The History of Ships by Peter Kemp
    • American Sail - A Pictorial History by Alexander Laing. A good chapter on schooners.
    • Seafaring America by Alexander Laing
    • The Frigates (part of the Seafarers series) by Henry E. Gruppe.  I love (and own) this book!  It's a gem! Tells about the fighting frigates and their captains. Gives accounts of sea battles including Trafalgar (a map shows positions of all ships) and battles during the War of 1812.
    • Fighting Sail (part of the Seafarers series) by A.B.C. Whipple.  Each of the Seafarers series is wonderful.
    • Ships by Richard Humble. A quick overview of the progress of shipbuilding. I found this in the juvenile section of the library, but hey--whatever works.
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Titles, Biographies & Historical Genealogy
  1. Laura's British Titles of the Nobility at Chinet.com is the place to go if you want to know anything about how members of the nobility were addressed in speech or writing, formally and informally, by other members of the peerage and everyone else. If you scroll down to the Table of Contents, there are links for pages explaining about courtesy titles, dowers and entailments, the rights and privileges of the peerage, and more.
  2. BMD-Certificates specializes in acquiring replacement birth certificates, replacement marriage certificates, and replacement death certificates obtained from Government sources for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
  3. British Biographies of famous artists, architects, writers, landscapers, scientists of the Regency Age, plus links to bios of the Royal Family, and people from Prehistoric Britain, Roman Britain, Anglo-Saxon Era, The Middle Ages, The Tudor Era, Stuart Britain, Georgian Britain, and The Victorian Age.
  4. GENUKI is the genealogical information service for the UK and Ireland, containing a large structured tree of information. The information that is provided in GENUKI relates to primarily historical material, rather than material resulting from genealogists' ongoing research, such as GEDCOM files.
Victorian Age
  1. Stop by An Online Dating Guide to Courting in the Victorian Era for an overview of courting during the Victorian Era.  (Recommended by Arden Doern and students at Valley Charter School.)
  2. The Victorian Web has a plethora of pages that detail the Victorian era's public health; conditions of life and labor; race, class, and gender issues; education and children's lives; leisure and amusements; economic history; and cities, towns, and countryside. And that's just in the Social History section. Then there's the Political History, Religion, Science, and Economical sections too!
  3. History in Focus has info on the Victorian Era which includes diaries, articles, research, selected web site links and an overview of that time.
  4. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has a very comprehensive site on the Victorian Era. Subjects include politics, technology, prostitution, society, architecture, morality, fashion and more.
  5. Virtual Victorians is one of the best sites I've found on this era of history. Pages include "Day in the Life" from the point of view of a married couple for each day of the week, plus a Themes Gallery filled with pictures and info on agriculture, education, leisure time, health, childhood, clothing and more.
  6. Britain Express has info on Victorian life including famous people of that time, Victorian London, art and more.
  7. This freepages/geneology/rootweb has a great list of names given to children born during the Victorian Era.
World History
  1. The Historypage of BritainExpress.com contains information on England from Pre-Historic times through The Victorian Age. Covers people and events, architecture, royalty.
  2. At History.com you will find historical information ranging from Great Speeches(in audio) to facts about This Day in History."
  3. The History of the United Kingdom, Primary Documents, economic history contains links to British - American Diplomacy Documents concerning the Paris Peace Treaty, the Jay Treaty, the War of 1812,and the Convention of 1815 Between the United States and Great Britian, Child Labour 1750-1900 With accounts of eyewitnesses and participants, plus commentary and Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft 1792.
  4. Over 1,300 links to organizations, archives, libraries, museums, research institutions and resources around the world in the field of labour and business history are found at World Wide Web Virtual Library: Labour and Business History.