Writers' Associations:Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society - if your paper-printed work has an ISBN you should be a member
Crime Writers' Association - runs the Dagger awards
Historical Novel Society - for readers and writers
Romantic Novelists' Association - runs the RNA awards
Society of Authors
UK Writers' Conferences:Arvon - a renowned charitable organisation with venues around the UK offering year round courses.
Writers' Summer School, Swanwick - August
Writers' Conference, Winchester - June
Writers' Holiday, Wales - February & July in Fishguard
Writers' Workshop Festival, York - September
Going Indie:If you believe it's easy, read my article on this blog Going Indie with an Ebook?
David Gaughran - very good website - check the links - and two recommended books
Catherine, Caffeinated - very good information website - check the links.
KBoards - the information hub for Kindle ebooks. Originally designed for users of the e-reader, check out Book Bazaar for indie ebooks, and for writer info Writer's Cafe. Threads can be read by non-members, but no comments made.
It's Better to Beware:Vanity Publishing Info - starry-eyed? Read Jonathan Clifford first.
David Gaughran - yes, that man again. He has his eye on the scams.
Writer Beware - highlighting the thin end of the wedge.
Preditors & Editors - highlighting the thin end of the wedge Mk2.
Competitions:Stuart Aken - nowhere better for an up to date list of competitions worth the entry fee.
Improve Your Skills:Pro Writing Aid - free online editing software. Paste in a section and get automated reports on your word usage, cliches, style, diction... Ideal for flagging sloppy writing. There's a paid version, too.
The Grammarist - check yours here.
E-Reading Apps:Reading an ebook on a non-ereading device - computer, smartphone, tablet? Then you'll need one of these free apps:
Amazon Kindle ebooks (Kindle4PC, Kindle4Mac, etc)
Adobe Digital Editions (for reading all ePub formatted ebooks)