Causes We Love

Education and inspiration are the heart of our mission. Here are some of our favorite resources.

Literacy

First Book is an ambitious nonprofit literacy program that provides new books to children in need, and seeks to equalize opportunities for children at school by offering access to rich and varied content that keeps abreast of technology. First Book has received four consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top 8% of charities.

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (LIT) works to end illiteracy among New York’s incarcerated teens by providing access to library services and by inspiring them to read which, in turn, encourages development of more positive identities and outlooks to help them desist from crime.

Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program is guided by the fact that literacy is essential to lifelong success. Since 1990 Page Ahead has placed over 2.3 million new books into the hands of 650,000 at-risk children through collaborations with schools, social service agencies, preschools, and early childhood centers across Washington State.

Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit powered by medical providers who work within the special relationship they have with parents, integrating reading materials into well child visits, and through advice about the importance of reading aloud to children.

Reading Tree is a nonprofit that provides books to disadvantaged families, accepting all types of donated books and support literacy with a sustainable model of reuse, recycling and fundraising. Committed to keeping millions of usable books out of our nation’s landfills, since 2007 Reading Tree has distributed several million books to Title 1 schools and partnering charities that support local libraries and literacy programs.

United Through Reading helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having service members who are separated from the children they love read children’s books aloud on video for the child to watch at home.

Writing

Since 1919 The Authors Guild has worked on behalf of published writers, lobbying for author’s rights in regard to free speech, copyright, and other issues related to writing for publication.

Named for the late poet Richard Hugo, Hugo House in Seattle, Washington is a vital home of literary happenings including conferences, book groups, writing workshops, youth programs, publishing events, and readings.

The National Endowment for the Arts offers a number of grants for exceptional contributions to literature in the USA.

The National Writers Union is the only labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media.

Overcome Writer’s Block with the professional help of Jack Elias, CHT, author of the internationally acclaimed Finding True Magic: Transpersonal Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy/NLP and founder-director of The Institute for Therapeutic Learning.

Since 1953 The Paris Review has published world-class fiction, poetry, and essays. Often recognizing and ushering in superb new talent, literary stars such as Jack Kerouac, Philip Roth, Mona Simpson, George Steiner, and V.S. Naipaul all made their publishing debuts in The Paris Review.

The largest nonprofit literary organization in the U.S., Poets & Writers Magazine is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers.

To answer most of your questions about copyright, the U.S. Copyright Office offers excellent online help.

Since 1969 Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the exclusive provider of pro bono legal services, education and advocacy to the New York arts community.

Published bi-monthly, Working Writer is filled with articles on promotion, freelancing, publishing, agents, different genres, how-to, and how-not-to. WW offers tips and solid info from writers across the country, served up with a good dose of humor and a spirit of writing-camaraderie.

Every year, Writer’s Digest sponsors a number of contests and awards for writers, in addition to publishing a wide range of books on the craft and the business of writing.

Writer’s Market is the definitive source for authors seeking publishers and agents interested in their work. Published annually by Writer’s Digest Books, this invaluable directory of movers and shakers in publishing also features articles by industry insiders with pointers on getting published.

It takes time and patience to develop writing skill, and it also helps to connect with other writers. Through Writers Online Workshops you can do both from home. It’s not the same as sitting in a coffeehouse with well-read hipsters, but it’s close.

WritingClasses.com is an online division of the Gotham Writer’s Workshop in New York City. This site gives you a glimpse of an online writing class.

Publishing

Author link is an award-winning site where editors and agents buy and sell published and unpublished properties, and where serious writers can get exposure to publishing professionals. The site also offers news, searchable databases, and other helpful tools.

Digital Book World is the hub of digital publishing through its digipub news, a great blog, a conference, DBW university and regular webcasts.

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is an excellent resource for first-time authors in need of a general education about indie publishing and marketing approaches. For close attention to your book project, it’s best to connect directly with an experienced book editor or publishing consultant.

After well more than 100 years in print, Publishers Weekly is one of the industry’s most important publications. A must-read for publishers and book marketers.

The Rainwater Press Publishing Primer features more than 1,000 terms related to the digital publishing, graphic arts, and printing industries.

Children’s Books

The ALA (American Library Association) gives some of the most highly coveted awards, grants, and scholarships for achievements in children’s literature, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medals.

Bookwire offers recommendations and lists new releases as well as forthcoming children’s books (as well as books in other subject categories).

CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers) publishes a quarterly newsletter with writing and marketing tips.

Write4Kids offers a social environment and useful inside info for those who write for children and young adults.

The NCCIL (National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature) founded by children’s authors, illustrators and visionaries, hosts exhibitions featuring wonderful works of children’s book illustration by luminaries of children’s literature such as William Joyce, Jerry Pinkney, Robert Sabuda, and many others.

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is a nonprofit membership organization that provides education and support for those involved in all aspects of the children’s book publishing industry, through awards, grants, programs, and events.

Book Marketing

Independent Publisher Online is a monthly online trade journal for indie authors and publishers, doing their part to bring attention and recognition to exemplary indie books. Sponsors the annual Independent Publisher Awards (the IPPYs). See their Submission Guidelines to nominate your book for consideration as one of their Highlighted Titles.

The Guide to Literary Agents blog, written by Chuck Sambuchino, editor of The Guide to Literary Agents is worth subscribing to if you’re looking for advice in this area.

Foreword Reviews publishes reviews of independently published books. Their website includes help gaining exposure at the major Book Fairs: Frankfurt, London, Book Expo America, ALA, and Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Kirkus offers a fee-based book reviewing program for indie publishers.

Consider subscribing to AuthorsandExperts.com to be listed in their database, where radio and TV media producers often search for interview guests.

Check out the Literary Market Place Calendar of Book Trade & Promotional Events to find out where you can display your title and ancillary product offerings.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Green Book, published annually, lists public relations professionals by specialty. This is one way to locate media specialists.

Networking

Founded in 1948, The American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation’s leading organization of independent nonfiction writers.

Goodreads is a “social cataloguing” network where you can share and read book ratings and reviews. It’s a good place for authors, editors, librarians and avid readers to relate over our favorite things.

The Burry Man Writers Center offers freelance job links, resources for playwrights, screenwriters, fiction and nonfiction writers, working professionals and dedicated beginners with particular support for writing about Scotland.

NanoWritMo, or November National Novel Writing Month, is a unique annual event with a huge and growing fan base poised to become a bonafide literary movement. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by Nov. 30, great for authors who work well under pressure. Check the site for in-person meetups in your area.

Writers-Network is a big online community of mostly poets,  dedicated to pointing aspiring writers toward successful publication. The site features contests, polls, and a point system for rating others’ work.