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The following websites offer a variety of information that can help you begin a career as a writer or publisher.

American Booksellers AssociationABA
The ABA represents independent booksellers around America.



ASJA American Society of Journalists and Authors
Learn more about becoming a freelance author with a membership in the ASJA.



BISGBook Industry Study Group
The BISG examines trends and statistics in the book industry. Their membership includes authors, publishers, librarians and manufacturers.


Literary Market Place
The Literary Market Place is a great place to find an agent, publisher, PR firm and much more.

NC LiveNC Live
North Carolina Bookwatch has joined this statewide cooperative of 201 libraries, available to any North Carolina resident with a library card. Visitors can now access North Carolina Bookwatch Season 18 among the collection of online articles, ebooks, streaming videos
and digital newspapers. 

NCWNNorth Carolina Writers' Network
Founded in 1985, the North Carolina Writers' Network has become on of the largest independent statewide literary service organization in the U.S.


The National Writers Union
This 6,500 member union is committed to improving the lives of freelance authors across the country.

Publishers WeeklyPW
This online version of the weekly magazine provides author interviews and publishing information.



R.R. Bowker
R.R. Bowker provides periodicals and Books-in-Print catalogs to many of the nation's largest libraries and publishers.

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
SIBA is a trade organization for independent booksellers in the South with over 300 independent bookselling members from Florida to Texas to Kentucky to Virginia. The SIBA site is home to Authors Round the South (ARTS), helping you find your favorite writers at your favorite bookstores. The ARTS calendar is the most complete collection of book signings, author appearence, book festivals and literary events associated with independent bookstores.

This bi-weekly newsletter offers information about educational, professional and trade publishing.


U.S. Copyright Office
The United States Copyright Office protects authors and their materials.