Link Feast For Writers, vol. 12

Writing blogs are a great way to learn about the craft and marketing our work. Enjoy the posts I’ve hoarded, some older, some recent.


On Writing

Writers Must Be 3 People At Once by Julie Musil

Plotting By The Numbers by Janalyn Voigt

How To Make The Most Of A Scene by Jami Gold

Story Threads In The Hunger Games by Randy Ingermansson (PDF E-zine)

Dan Brown Wants His Cookie Cutter Back: Fix Your Dysfunctional Characters by Chris Abouzeid

Surprise vs. Suspense by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Sow Seeds Of Foreshadowing Early: Case Gattaca by Jim Van Pelt

Strategies For Crafting Good Dialogue by Leslie Geffrenius

What Makes A Great Final Sentence by Ava Jae

5 Story Mistakes Even Good Writers Make (Writer’s Digest)

How To Break The Rules of Writing (Writer’s Digest)

Writing Contests: The Extra Push In The Right Direction by Kathy Crowley

Short Story Writing by Declan Conner

Forging Stories: Exploring the Metaphor by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

5 Lessons On Writing From The Hunger Games by Susan Johnston

6 Tips To Create The Write Frame Of Mind by Krissy Brady

Fill Your Writing Pickle Jar Right by Krissy Brady

Writing: Find The Time Or Don’t by John Scalzi

Introvert’s Writing Convention Guide by Morgan Dempsey at Inkpunks

How To Write A Query Letter For YA Novel by Kristi Cook

Why Read Fiction And Write It by Necee Regis


Your Author Platform

Hand Puppet Marketing For Introverts by Crystal Williams

Grow Your Crazy-Dedicated Fanbase Through Reader Centered Book Marketing (DuoLit)

5 Places To Find New Readers & 3 Ways To Make Sure They Stick Around by Toni Tesori

How To Create A Great Author Tagline by Jean Oram

What Does Your Author Bio Say Of You by Jami Gold

Comparison Shopping: Who Else My Readers Read by C.J. Lyons

Book Marketing: Don’t Do It Alone by Tony Eldridge

7 Book Marketing Mistakes Authors Make (Book Buzzr)

How To Turn Website Visitors Into Customers For Your Creative Business

7 Bad Habits Of Insanely Productive People by CopyBlogger

Jane Friedman‘s Interview On Marketing & Building An Author Platform

How I Became An Amazon Best Seller And How You Can Too by Annabel Candy



Slow Blog Manifesto & 8 Reasons Why by Anne R. Allen

5 Tips For Maintaining Your Blogging Momentum by Susan Johnston

14 Proven Ways To Simplify Your Blogging And Get More Done by Nick Thacker

Mavens, Connectors, Visionaries, Promoters, Identifiers: Which Are You by Danielle LaPorte

(What does your type mean for your blogging style?)

How To Train Yourself To Become A Great Blogger (Social Media Today)

Lazy Woman’s Guide To Copywriting by Pamela Wilson

Pinterest Friendly Blog Posts: 5 Steps by August McLaughlin

3 Guest Post Pitches That Got The Gig by Carol Tice

How To Make Your Site The Destination For Your Market by Chris Garrett

Inbound Marketer’s Complete Guide To Newsjacking

Here’s an example of how Chuck Wendig utilized genre news for his blog post. And the original piece of news at Fantasy Faction.

Another great way to ride the wave of hot topics is to relate your blog post to a recent popular movie or other phenomenon.

5 Ways To Promote Your Blog by Susan Johnston

Find Blog Topics By Mind Mapping by Michele Linn

How To Write A Post That Goes Viral by Neil Patel


Social Media

White Knuckling Your Author Platform: Reign In The Social Media Pressure by Roni Loren

5 Types Of Social Media Influencers (Who are these influencers for your readers?)

How To Get Twitter Followers Without Using Mass Following Tools (Social Mouths)

10 Steps To Make Your Facebook Page Shine (Social Mouths)

10 Reasons Your Facebook Page Is Not Taking Off (Social Mouths)

Can Facebook Hold Your Page Hostage by Kristen Lamb

Is Tumblr Right For Your Book by Karma Bennett (resounding yes if you write YA)

3 Pinterest Strategies (Social Media Today)


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (June 9)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (June 10)

Fill Me In Friday by Roni Loren (June 8 )

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas (June 8 )

Writing on the Ether: Fight For Air by Porter Anderson (June 7)

I Can’t Do This Because I Don’t Have…. by Crystal Williams


Deep Stuff

In Praise Of Browsing by Lisa Gold

Lets Talk About Search by Lisa Gold, Research Maven

Beating The Anxiety Of Online Reading by Leo Baubata

Why People Hate Productivity by Jonathan Mead

Teach Your Children Well by Sarah Hoyt

If I’m So Smart, Why Am I Not Rich? by Crystal Williams

Why You Can’t Make That Habit Stick (Rock Your Day)

Why You Can’t Make That Habit Stick – Continued (Rock Your Day)


Fun Stuff

EYECANDY! If you’re interested in it, Michelle has likely Pinned it.

Writing Websites I’d Like To See

Prometheus Movie Review by Chuck Wendig

77 Healthy Snacks

Meal Planning For Busy Moms & Dads

Multitasking: Make Twice The Mistakes In Half The Time by Coleen Patrick

Are You an Veggie, an Egg Or a Coffee Bean? by Louise Behiel

Time Traveling Through The English Language With A Historical Thesaurus by Lisa Gold

How To Have A Baby by Ellie Ann Soderstrom

4 Page Turning Book Recommendations by Marilyn Dahl


  1. Coleen Patrick
    Jun 13, 2012

    So after reading your post, I now have an additional 6 tabs open! 🙂 More great links–but I will read them one at a time, and will not attempt to shop in the middle of it!!
    Thanks for including me 🙂
    Coleen Patrick recently posted..Multitasking: Make Twice the Mistakes in Half the TimeMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 14, 2012

      Haha, sounds like you took your own advice 😉 Thanks for the awesome post. I really needed the reminder.

  2. Louise Behiel
    Jun 13, 2012

    what a wonderful collection of sites. And as Coleen mentioned, I have a lot of reading to do. thanks for including my post, Reetta, in such good company.

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 14, 2012

      I’m always happy to feature your posts, Louise. I love learning more about human mind in your blog.

  3. Ellie Ann
    Jun 13, 2012

    Thank you so much for including me in this! I’m honored!

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 14, 2012

      My pleasure, Ellie Ann. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. Pat O'Dea Rosen
    Jun 13, 2012

    Thanks for the links, Reetta! I passed along the Liebster Award to your blog via
    Pat O’Dea Rosen recently posted..Share the Blog LoveMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 14, 2012

      Thank you so much, Pat. I’m really honoured. And you’re right, I can be a perfectionist 😉 I’ll pass on my Liebster Awards next Monday.

  5. Jean Oram
    Jun 13, 2012

    Thanks for sharing my post on writing a good tagline. You’ve got some awesome resources here! Love it!

    (Say hi to Finland for me–we’ve got some relatives coming this summer. I’m in Canada.)


    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 14, 2012

      Thanks for the visit, Jean. How cool that you have relatives in Finland 🙂 I hope you have really fun together when they arrive.

  6. Thanks so much for the link love! It really means a lot. I LOVE your list of links and have bookmarked it for a browse.

    Hope your writing is going fantastic! XO
    Krissy Brady, Krissy Media Ink recently posted..3 Unappealing (But Effective) Ways to Make Time to WriteMy Profile

  7. Yesenia Vargas
    Jun 14, 2012

    I appreciate the link, Retta! Gonna have to take some time to check these links out! I love links 🙂
    Yesenia Vargas recently posted..How to Take the Plunge and Be a Writer (Part 2)My Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 15, 2012

      My pleasure. I’m really happy I discovered your site, Yesenia.

  8. Beth Barany
    Jun 14, 2012

    What a wonderful plethora of resources! Thanks for mentioning my post:
    Beth Barany recently posted..A Self-Coaching Guide to Help You Write Your Own BookMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 15, 2012

      Thank you, Beth. Checking our your latest post now.

  9. August McLaughlin
    Jun 14, 2012

    Anyone artist who finds your site today is BLESSED. What fabulous resources, Reetta. Thanks for including my post!
    August McLaughlin recently posted..100th Post Pimp and Promote PartyMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 15, 2012

      Thank you so much, August. Your blog is one of the must see resources for well being.

  10. Jennette Marie Powell
    Jun 14, 2012

    Thanks for a ton of fantastic resources! The “Five Mistakes” article was worth it by itself – it’s good to know that Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel taught me to avoid them all! Loved the one from Duolit too – I just subscribed!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..It’s Always Sunny in OhioMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 15, 2012

      I’m happy to hear you found a new site to follow 🙂 Holly’s classes are golden and worth every penny.

  11. Karma Bennett
    Jun 14, 2012

    Thanks so much for linking to the blog I wrote about Tumblr on Beth Barany’s site! There is a follow up, that shows how to make the most of your new Tumblr blog.

    Please note, though, that Beth didn’t write that story; it was a guest post. I’ve never been mis-credited for an article before and it does smart a bit.

    This is indeed a feast of links, I’m looking forward to checking them all out.
    Karma Bennett recently posted..Celebrate Douglas Adams: Wear Your Towel TodayMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 15, 2012

      I’m really sorry for mis-crediting your post, Karma. I edited the post and you’re not listed as the writer. I will be more careful in the future.

      Great to hear about the follow up post. I will check it out 🙂

  12. Beth Barany
    Jun 14, 2012

    Reetta, Can you change the author name on our post: to Karma Bennett? I’m the blog publisher. She’s the author of this post. Thanks!
    Beth Barany recently posted..Making Audio Books From Your NovelsMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 15, 2012

      Thank you for the notice, Beth. I’m sorry about the mishap. Karma is now properly credited for her post.

  13. Jami Gold
    Jun 15, 2012

    Fantastic collection of links! There goes my morning. 😉

    Thanks for including me!

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 16, 2012

      Always glad to distract, Jami 😉 It makes me to feel better about how long I obsess over these links.

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