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What is WritersNet(sm)?
WritersNet(sm) is a World Wide Web site in progress that helps build relationships between writers, publishers, editors, and literary agents. WritersNet(sm) currently consists of five sections:
WritersNet is valuable to writers, publishers, editors and literary agents. It gives writers, both published and unpublished, a chance to get writing assignments from publishers and editors looking for writers. It also provides an opportunity for writers to be represented by literary agents looking for new talent to represent, and the chance to form friendships and alliances with other writers.
There are no strings attached - listing is completely free and non-obligational - the only condition being, that if you are a literary agent and your agency requires fees, you must explicitly state that in your description of services. Those that knowingly omit such a statement, if applicable, are promptly removed from the Directory.
Please Note: WritersNet is a work in progress and we are constantly updating and improving aspects of the site.
Writers of the World, Unite! - The WritersNet Story
WritersNet(sm) was born in 1994 after NetConcepts Director Stephan Spencer saw the cover of the November 1994 issue of Writer's Digest: "Get Writing Assignments Online." Intrigued, he read the article. It was about how writers can make connections with publishers and editors in online forums on CompuServe and other online services. Stephan was skeptical -- how would an editor or publisher find the time to chat real-time with writers of unknown caliber on CompuServe?
A better way, he figured, would be to have a database that would help the publisher or editor qualify that writer quickly and easily before making the contact through the Internet. So by the end of December 1994, WritersNet(sm) was online and announced on various writing-related discussion groups.
He hopes to make this Directory an important, comprehensive matchmaking resource for writers, editors, publishers, and literary agents on the Internet, and a cooperative effort among writers. Soon WritersNet(sm) will also offer listings of writing assignments.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Stephan But Were Afraid to Ask
Stephan initially created the site because, as the husband of a writer, he can appreciate the difficulties that come with a career in writing - the difficulty breaking in to the field, the difficulty making money from writing, the difficulty in making the connections. His hope is that WritersNet(sm) will help with these issues by facilitating relationships between: writer and publisher, writer and editor, writer and agent, and writer and writer. The Internet is the best way he can think of to accomplish such a goal.
He has a server already on the Internet so there is no additional cost for him to have this Directory residing on the server. The real cost for Stephan is in his time -- in upkeep and development of new features.
Stephan's background encompasses science, technology and the arts. He set up the internationally recognized WWW Server for Virology , a teaching and research resource for the study of viruses while he was in a graduate program in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He now has a Master's degree and is pursuing a career in the area of Web Site Design. Mostly he consults for companies that wish to get on the Internet. He has presented papers at international symposia such as the Second International World Wide Web Conference.
Stephan's hope is that the writing community will continue to grow through WritersNet, and encourages all writers, publishers, editors and literary agents to list on the site. The only way to get listed on WritersNet is by filling out the online entry form available by selecting the "Add Entry" option from the WritersNet(sm) Home Page.
Read more about Stephan here.
We need YOU!
Currently, WritersNet needs sponsorship and publicity. To us, sponsoring means making a contribution -- a contribution to this site, and to the Internet community. It connotes an interactive, mutually beneficial relationship. So money, although important, is not the goal. It's partnering with a few select companies and/or associations that share the vision of WritersNet(sm) and want to do what they can to get the word out and make it the best it can be. Please contact Charles Coxhead or Elaine Steward if your company or association is interested in sponsoring WritersNet(sm).
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