- Authors of the Flathead: a multi-genre writers
group in Montana’s Flathead Valley.
- Montana Romance Writers
- Mystery Writers of America: Professional organization for mystery writers, both published and aspiring.
- Sisters In Crime: International organization of authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians, promoting the professional development and advancement of women crime writers. (Men welcome!)
- SinC Guppies: The SinC chapter for unpublished writers.
- The Writer’s Medical and Forensics Lab: The incomparable Dr. Doug Lyle provides medical and forensic info for writers.
- Publishers Weekly
- Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch: Daily news from the business, with extensive information on agents and deals.
- Association of Authors’
Representatives: The agents’ organization; includes questions to ask an
- The Crime Lab Project: Organization of writers and law enforcement and forensics professionals aimed at raising awareness of public forensic science needs and challenges.
- The Graveyard Shift: A retired police detective provides info on crime scene investigation and police procedures. If you write crime fiction, don’t miss this blog.
- International Thriller Writers: The name says it.
- The Writer’s Guide to Psychology: The real scoop from a real shrink, psychologist Carolyn Kaufman, Psy.D., author of The Writer’s Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior (Quill Driver Books, 2010).
- Writers’ Police Academy: Held each September at a law enforcement training academy in North Carolina, this hands-on, interactive conference teaches writers about all aspects of law enforcement and forensics.
- crimescenewriters: A forum for asking and answering crime scene investigation, applied forensics, and police procedure questions for fiction or non-fiction writers.
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating, by Steven Kerry Brown, a licensed PI in Florida and former FBI special agent, is a super-handy reference for all variety of investigation, even if you’re not writing about about a PI.
- Sheila Lowe: If your character needs to authenticate a document or wants to understand personality through handwriting, find out more from this forensic handwriting examiner and novelist, and author of The Complete Idiot’s to Handwriting Analysis.
- Crime Writer Consultations: Veteran officer and investigator Derek Pacifico answers writers’ questions, and also teaches a Homicide School for writers.
- Daniel Steven, Publishing Lawyer: Articles and information
- Writers’ Pocket Tax Guide: Available in print or ebook editions, updated annually. And remember, the cost is deductible.
- FindLaw: State, national, and international
- Code of Federal Regulations
- U.S. Copyright Office
- Copyright law: an overview, from Cornell Law School.
- Lexis:free access to
Supreme Court decisions since 1790 and other decisions since 1997.
- Internal Revenue Service: Forms and publications are
available online. Click on individuals, then on self-employed for advice on starting a business, record keeping, self employment taxes, and a small business resource guide.
- U.S. Code: from Cornell Law School; searchable
- U.S. Trademark
Electronic Search System
- Library of Congress: If paradise were online, this would be it.
- Library of Congress, legislative information