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Writers Wellspring of Resources

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
the wellspring of wisdom, a flowing brook.”
Proverbs 18:4 (NKJV)

We have found that many people who live with illness find comfort in writing. It may be as a profession or just for one's own eyes, but either way you are welcome here. We've put together resources to aid you as you minister to others through your writing. Please contact us if you know additional resources, web sites, blogs, etc. that we should include on this page. May God continue to bless and direct your writing.

The following are writers resources that are a part of Rest Ministries or organized by RM's founder, Lisa Copen.


Recommended Links for Writers
Lisa's Book Marketing Blog
3 Great Groups to Connect With
Correspondene Courses for Writers
Newsletters for Writers
Writers Resouces

Want some author tips to network with Rest Ministries?

Recommended Links for Writers

Rest Ministries' free e-mail writer's group through Yahoo. There you will find encouragement and fellowship as you interact and share resources with other writers as well as receive current information about writing opportunities.

Lisa started this writers group over at the women's Chronique Cafe group at Ning. This is a secular group but everyone has a chronic illness & are women.

Wondering how to have Rest Ministries review your book? Carry it in our store? While we can't carry all the wonderful books we read, we have some tips for working with us and marketing your book.

Lisa started this writers group over at John Kremer's Book Marketing Network group at Ning. This is a secular group. Everyone is looking for help in marketing their book.
Lisa's Book Marketing Blog

Did you know... You Can Sell More Books?

This blog is Lisa's other passion, helping people sell more books, especially those of us with a limited budget and not much energy.

Get some great marketing tips from the daily blog and also check out her forthcoming ebooks on all kinds of book marketing ideas, from sales and promotions, to working with nonprofits as an author, to using your blog to build your platform. Lisa shares how she has sold thousands of books and how you can too!

3 Great Groups to Connect With
The Home for Christian writers!! Faith Writers is a great place to post articles, connect with other authors and more


Join Associated Content

Founded by Rest Ministries, the Illness-Disability-Healthcare-Caregiver Ministry Network: For those who serve people who live with illness, disabilities, mental illness, and families/caregivers. Exchanging of information, finding new ideas to better serve the community of people who live with illness (Christian ethics.)

The following list has been put together by Judy Gann, the coordinator of Rest Ministries' group, Vencher Quencher. More resources will be added soon!

Correspondence Courses for Writers  
Newsletters for Christian Writers

Christian E-tailing Newsletter

Published by Christian Retailing magazine. Free source of updated news and information covering all aspects of Christian publishing. Sent by e-mail each Monday and Thursday.

To subscribe log on to Complete form on the right-hand side of the front page.

Dedicated Author

A free monthly e-zine for professional writers hosted by CWF, a nonprofit writing organization for Christians.

To subscribe:
Send a blank e-mail

Dedicated Author’s Web site

Spirit-Led Writer

Monthly e-zine. Includes writing-related articles, columns, devotionals, reviews of writing conferences, and more.

Wordsmith Shoppe News

This free, weekly newsletter includes book & market news, writing opportunities, upcoming conferences, information on writing classes, columns, etc.

To subscribe:
For plain text version:

For HTML/Rich Text version:

Venture Quencher

Sponsored by Rest Ministries, Venture Quencher is an e-mail forum for sharing resources and supporting one another in writing and publishing. Writing opportunities are also posted on Venture Quencher. We hope Venture Quencher will be a place of encouragement and fellowship as we seek God’s direction for our writing.

To subscribe

Writers Resources

Web Sites for Writers

Book Reviews

Lists places on the Internet where you can submit your book for review:

Midwest Book Review: Not only a place to submit books for review, but also an excellent site for writing resources.


Information on writing, publishing, and promoting e-books

Publishers for E-Books

Software for E-Books

Various software programs that can assist with e-books

  E-Book Compiler:

  E-Book Generator


Tips for editing your own work and preparing manuscripts for submission

Proofreader’s Marks

The Slot

Web site for copy editors


How to Write

Tips on writing, grammar, perfecting the craft and more
11 Rules of Writing
Quick reference for common mistakes

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Maintained by a professor of English

Web Grammar


Legal Issues

Copyrights, trademarks, ISBN’s and more

U.S. Copyright Office

Web Law FAQ

Explains law regarding if someone has published your works on their web site and more

Writer’s Pocket Tax Guide


Libraries to do your research. In addition, check with your local library to see if they have an online catalog and databases.

Internet Public Library

Library Spot

A virtual library resource center. Great site for any type of research.

Market Your Book

Web sites that are related to marketing your book, publicity, etc.

1001 Ways to Market Your Books: A 4-inch book you’ll wonder how you lived without. Covers everything!

Book Marketing Update: Everything you will ever need on marketing your book-Lisa’s favorite.

Press Releases-Free Web sites that offer free press release services.

PR Web: Free press release posting. One of the best.

Publishing Directory directory provides a platform for hundreds of writers and artists to promote their work and connect with others world wide. It’s easy to use and it’s free.

The Celebrity Cafe
Add your book if you are able to link to their web site as well.

Publishing Resources

Resources for publishing and self-publishing

Para Publishing

Dan Poytner is a leader in the publishing field. You will find a wealth publishing information and resources here.

Print on Demand Publisher Database

Quote Databases

Databases of quotations

All about Quotes

Do you use quotes in your writing or speaking? Subscribe to this free daily e-mail quote service.

Go to “Research Tools” section, click on “Quotations.” Search by topic, author, etc. Also includes Bible quotations.

Library Spot/Quotations

Located on the web site. Indexes quotes in general collections -- like Bartlett’s--as well as indexes by subject.


A wealth of quotations on a variety of subjects. Includes helps for identifying quotes as well.

Quote World: Over 13,000 quotes


Where to research, find an expert, and more


This is a Christian search engine. Use this Online Christian Resource Directory to access information about a variety of Christian topics.

Find an Expert

Multiple Web sites to find experts to interview.


Sits on My Desk

Writer’s resources that we wish we had room for on our desk at all times.

Online dictionary that gives definitions, translates words into five different languages and lets you listen to word pronunciations.

Rhyme Zone

Quick reference for rhymes, synonyms, “sounds like” and much more

Web Sites for Writers

General Web sites that have various resources for writers.

ACW Press

Wealth of resources for Christian writers.

Author Link

Includes writing resources, columns about writers, industry and marketing news, and the opportunity to submit work to publishers and agents.


Current book industry news, features, reviews, guide to literary events and author interviews, and thousands of annotated links to book-related sites.

httpGet ready to achieve your goals as a Christian writer, with step-by-step guidance. Begin rewarding projects, polish your skills, build your readership, become publishable, showcase your work, and network with fellow Christian authors.

Well Fed Writer

Tons of resources

Writer’s Weekly

A great site for writers; includes self-publishing helps.

Writers’ Guidelines

Writers’ guidelines for web sites that accept freelance work, paid and unpaid. An increasing number of publishers put their writer’s guidelines on their Web site.

PowerPen Market Search contains over 400 guidelines to Christian publications

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Inspirational anthologies. Web site below includes list of current Chicken Soup books open to submissions.

Christian Writer’s Market Guide

The best resource for Christian writers-a must-have!

God Allows U-Turns Series

Book series that has various writing opportunities for different volumes.


An online magazine that accepts heartwarming personal experiences.

Writer’s Guidelines Database

Guidelines for over 500 publishers and magazines


Writers’ Organizations that serve writers

American Christian Writers

Offers a variety of services including at home writing courses and online writing tools. ACW publishes The Christian Communicator and Advanced Christian Writer.

CLASS Services

A Christian organization with excellent conferences on writing and speaking.

Christian Booksellers Association

International trade association of Christian product suppliers (including publishers) and retailers.

Christian Literary Community & Magazine

Multiple opportunities and resources

Christian Writers Fellowship International

Multi-service ministry for Christians in publishing. Publishes Cross and Quill.

Christian Writers Group

Includes a Christian writers’ email group as well as a variety of resources for writers

Write His Answer Ministries

Purpose is to encourage and equip writers. Includes writing resources, marketing tips, links for writers, and tapes on writing.

Writers Information Network

Professional organization for Christian writers. Publishes the WIN Informer—containing a wealth of current CBA news, trends, and other information for writers.




Many of our programs are "Sunroom Enhanced" meaning you can find additional social network communities in the Sunroom, as well as the regular program itself. For example there is an email men's group and also men's groups in the Sunroom for additional interaction.