Charlotte Dillon's Resources for
Reviewed By Valerie Comer
Copyright © 2009 by Valerie Comer, All Rights Reserved
Charlotte Dillon's website,
Resources for Romance Writers, has frequented Writer's Digest
Top 101 Best Websites for Writers page. I can see why! She has one
of the most comprehensive sets of links and informative articles I've
seen anywhere. If you're not interested in writing category romance,
you'll still find much on her site that will be of use.
On her Links for Writers
page, Ms. Dillon offers many links to grammar sites, online
dictionaries, and reference guides. Here you will also find tax info and
postal info for American writers. She lists some free newsletters and
various pro writing organizations, as well as links for writing and
organizational software downloads.
Books on Writing
lists a number of her favorite books on craft, some geared for romance
and others more general. She also provides links to several trade
There are a lot of ways to
create the folks who will lead off in your stories. Ms. Dillon's page
Building Characters provides links to a number of books on the
subject, as well as offering her own detailed checklist. Then there are
dozens of links to various websites that give advice in this area, as
well as quite a few character name sites.
Writers new to the scene
often have questions about formatting so Ms. Dillon added a page for
Manuscript Preparation. In 2004, she surveyed a number of publishing
houses regarding their preferences and posted this information here. She
also defines many terms and acronyms, and provides links to other sites.
Along a similar vein, there
are pages for Writing a Synopsis and for Writing a Query
Letter. Here she provides hints, samples, links to other sites and
books on these subjects.
First Sales by First-Time
information about various romance books that were first sales by certain
authors. This page is still valid, though the sales are not recent.
The section entitled
Articles on Writing lists many of Ms. Dillon's own articles on
various writing topics, including email lists and how to determine
whether to submit to contests. Many articles are on more traditional
topics such as characters, setting, etc.
contains vast Internet links on topics such as the police, medicine,
witches, werewolves, buggies, and boats. There are sections on the
Civil War, Middle Ages, the Old West, and more. Research Books
covers books on similar topics.
Although many of the
articles and links on the previous pages will be of interest to all
writers, whether romance or not, Other Genres of Writing is Ms.
Dillon's attempt to group additional information specifically on writing
non-fiction and writing for children at this time.
The Publishers & Agents
page lists various publishers' and e-publishers' guidelines. There are
links to a variety of agent information sites and agent blogs.
Ms. Dillon has compiled
answers from published authors on the page Writing Questions & Answers.
Answers to what? Questions such as how they keep a schedule, how they
model characters, how to write humor, their first sale, research, etc.
How to Promote Your Book
covers what authors can do to help their new books find an audience,
from book review sites to building a website to banner ads and where to
purchase promotional supplies.
Three pages deal most
specifically with romance writers: Romance Writers Community On-Line
Group, info on RWA Chapters, and Romance Writing Contests.
can be a lot of fun for writers who are stuck. Ms. Dillon provides many
of her own.
She also shares The
Call--First Sale Stories from more than a dozen romance authors.
Can you think of any topics
Ms. Dillon hasn't covered yet? She has a Writing FAQ page to deal
with various other questions.
If you find the website
helpful, you can sign up for her Free Newsletter. If you're
primarily a reader, you might enjoy the Romance Readers Community.
And if you're just in need of A Little Inspiration, Ms. Dillon
has a variety of quotes. As you can see, there is something for just
about everyone on the Resources for Romance Writers website.
Charlotte Dillon writes
Southern Romance under this tagline: Where heroines strong enough to
stand on their own meet heroes special enough to make them weak in the
knees. She is seeking her first publishing contract.