101 RESEARCH SITES
Posted by Rita Henuber Dec 17 2009, 12:01 am in helpful links, research
101 Research Sites
Okay maybe it isn’t 101, but it’s close. I’m hoping my Sisters will come up with enough suggestions to make it to that number. I’m beginning with blogs and the number one is the Ruby Sisters. Any time you need us we are here. Ask a question. Don’t be shy. We all started in the same place as you. If none of my brilliant Sisters can answer, we will do everything possible to point you to someone who can.
Ruby Slippered Sisterhood
Romance University- Dedicated to helping writers establish and advance their careers, introducing readers to a variety of authors, and delving into the ever-inscrutable male mind.
Unusual Historicals- Historicals that brave the wilds of unusual settings and times to create distinctive, exciting novels outside the mainstream
Fierce romance-Not for the faint of heart. Grin
Contest Divas- RWA contest info
RESEARCHING AGENTS AND PUBLISHING HOUSES
First check the targeted agent or publishing house of your dreams. If they have a newsletter, subscribe; a blog, check it out and post. All the ones I list offer advice on query letters. Here are my favorites:
Jessica Faust -Bookends LLC. Check her Must Read Posts
Janet Reid -too funny
Nathan Brandsford- Good industry info
Writer Beware information about scams, schemes and pitfalls
Query Shark- How NOT to write a query letter
Newsletters that provide instruction and inspiration
The Food Timeline. Right now they are offering Christmas Food History.
Ellis Island Foundation to track ancestor’s arrival in the US
Ancestry.com. This is a service you pay for. All kinds of records dating back to the early 1800’s
From here to the end of the Historical section are resources Lis’Anne Harris shared with me. Thanks Lis’Anne!
What sources and links you, as a unique author, choose to use is solely based on the era in which you write. Those below are a few of my favorites. Almost anything you wish to know of an historical nature can be found if you insert the most relevant words into your favorite search engine. If the info you seek doesn’t pan out on the first try, choose different words. Research can be long and arduous, but it’s most definitely worth it to vet your story’s historical facts.
Knowledge of London
Roman to Edwardian London–full of interesting content.
This site is chock full of awesome links for everything Georgian.
Fashion Era–Loaded with pictures and descriptions.
American Revolution Clothing
French, English, and Colonial fashions during this historical period.
American Revolution Medicine
These occupations were shared by peoples the world over, not just American colonists.
At table: High Style in the 18th Century
This is very useful for setting the dinner scene.
Dickens’ Map of London
Get a quick overview of the most notable sites in London. Click on the yellow pinpoints
Greenwood’s Map of London–This map is awesome. Click on each section to zoom in on it. Wonderful details of the buildings and streets.
Old and interesting maps of England, Wales, & Scotland
History of Furniture Timeline
Language to Language
English to a host of other languages translator.
Division and ranks of peerage.
Invaluable Books for the Historical Writer:
Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition- contains dates of word first usage–a must for vetting historical accuracy.
The Grammar of Architecture by Emily Cole- Indispensable for describing details of buildings for each historical era.
Poplollies & Bellibones Tenderfeet & Ladyfingers by Susan Kelz Sperling – Funny words and phrases and their origins. Excellent source of period “speak.”
A History of Women, Silences of the Middle Ages by Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot, General Editors- A weighty read, but a good source for understanding the mindset of women and how men viewed them.
US Department of State
Think the DEA is tough? Try the Postal Inspectors, these are some hard core dudes and more than willing to answer questions. Make your heroine a Postal Inspector.
Decode human behavior.- Joe Navarro
Every branch of the service. Key the name and .gov. Includes SEALS and Special Forces.
As in SEALS.gov
Contact your Congressman or woman, and Senators directly for questions about our government.
This tutorial is designed to give you a working knowledge of the types of firearms, the types of ammunition used, the nature of injuries that can be produced in the body, and the investigative techniques employed by the forensic pathologist in assessing firearms injuries. Has pictures. Gross.
Forensics- D.P. Lyle
Marine Speak. Odd phrases a Marine will use.
Police Procedures- Lee Lofland
Profiling serial killers- John Douglas.
Need a pic of your hero, or villain?
Want to set a story in a certain city? Start with the Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor’s office. Get the cities newspaper on line. Check headlines and want adds. Email Real Estate Agents. Use Google earth to look the city over. City and county web pages are loaded with info. Even small towns. You can see tax records. Some places you can get marriage and death info.
Need a story idea?
Subscribe to online newspapers. Geesh! There are some crazy ones. Like, crashing a White House party. If you want techno news, the Washington post has a technology page. New stuff every day. The LA Times keeps up with Mexican and Pacific Rim drug goings on. Canadian and British newspapers provide a whole new set of stories. And don’t forget MSN Weird News of the Day. Oh my!
America’ Most Haunted Places
Ancient History Sourcebook
Gods and Goddesses of the World
Haunted Places Directory. State by state listings.
List of Time Travel sites
MONSTROPEDIA bills itself as the ultimate online encyclopedia of monsters in myth, magick and legend with info about Vampires, Mythological Creatures, Cryptids, Angels, and Demons, Ghosts, and Monstrous Humans.
Zombie Squad’s mission is to educate the public about the importance of personal preparedness and self reliance, to increase its readiness to respond to a number of disasters such as Earthquakes, Floods or Zombie Outbreaks.
They are always looking for blog submissions.
Sorry, here is where I don’t have a clue. Either you have teenagers, or work with ‘em (bless you hearts) or you go to the mall and watch. My shopping gene died and I have no desire to work with kids who know way more than I do. That said here are a couple of links I found
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
Young Adult Library Services Association
A BUNCH OF STUFF
The Library of congress is an incredible source. Every major museum in the country and abroad are excellent sources.
American Disasters dating back to 1825
Brenda Hiatt’s Show Me the Money. What various romance publishers pay
Erotic Thesaurus. A guide to purple prose.
Find out what any acronym, abbreviation, or initialism stands for.
Narrative Magazine for authors
Seat Guru. Which are the best and worst seats on a plane. Find an over a wing seat so the gremlins can look in the window at your heroine.
Small Wars Journal Links to many military organizations, NATO etc.
Source for Global Air Travel
Lisa Garner’s Tricks of the Trade
Kathy Carmichael’s Synopsis workshop
US Military bases directory
WordWeb–A dictionary that sits in your tool tray.
Write Attitude. Many resources for writers
If you have a favorite site you’d like to share, please do.