Causes We Love

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


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. 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.

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.

Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program is guided by the fact that literacy is essential to lifelong success. Since 1990 Page Ahead has provided new books and reading activities to at-risk children through collaborations with schools, social service agencies, preschools, and early childhood centers across Washington State.

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.


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.

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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.

Writer’s Digest publishes a range of references on the business of writing. 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.


Digital Book World is the hub of digital publishing through its excellent newsletter and its annual conference, DBW University.

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. For close attention to your 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 a must-read for publishers, booksellers, 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 presented by Children’s Book Insider, an excellent monthly newsletter, offers a social environment and  insider resources for those who write for children and young adults.

The NCCIL (National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature) founded by children’s authors and illustrators, hosts exhibitions featuring works of children’s book illustration by luminaries of children’s literature.

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.

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 Submission Guidelines to nominate your book.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) offers professional accreditation in public relations and advocates for ethical conduct in the communications profession.

The Literary Market Place Calendar of Book Trade & Promotional Events lists events where new titles and ancillary products can be displayed.


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.

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 is a nonprofit that supports writing fluency and education and sponsors a unique annual event in which the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by Nov. 30, great for authors who work well under pressure.