Link Feast For Writers, vol. 27

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.


If You Have Time For Only One Thing

The Best Way To Build a Writer’s Platform Is To Write by Karen Woodward


On Writing

Pantsers, Plotters – And Puzzlers by Ruth Nestvold

6 NaNoWriMo Tips by Jenny Hansen

How To Write a Novel In a Month by James Scott Bell

NaNoWriMo: How To Reach Your Daily Wordcount by Karen Woodward

Put Time On Your Side by C.J. Lyons (new program to help you meet your wordcount)

5 Ways To Make Your Novel High Concept by Dalya Moon

Structure Part 7: Genre Matters by Kristen Lamb

9 Tips For Creating a Compelling Novel by Jody Hedlund

NaNoWriMo Prep: Thematic Image Systems by Alexandra Sokoloff

ABC Character by Lynn Viehl (quick prep technique for NaNoWriMo)

From Idea To Fully Viable Story Plan in One Blog Post by Larry Brooks

How Much Worldbuilding Before You Write by Juliette Wade

Orson Scott Card & the MICE Quotient: How to Structure Your Story by Karen Woodward

Donald Maass’ The Inner Journey Lecture Notes by Karen Woodward

My Favorite Points of View by Bill Hopkins

Structure Part 8: Balancing the Scenes That Make Up Your Novel by Kristen Lamb

Making a Scene: Using Conflicts and Setbacks To Create Narrative Drive by Karen Woodward

Create Vivid Images To Bring Your Novel To Life by Darcy Pattison

Does Your Dialogue Deserve to Exist? by Marcy Kennedy

Chapter Breaks: Where They Should Go by Karen Woodward

Manuscript Revisions – Keep the Promises You Made To Your Readers by Veronica Sicoe

Manuscript Revisions – Is This a Scene? by Veronica Sicoe

Is Genre Dying? by Marcy Kennedy

A Successful Author Builds a Team by Dan Blank


Your Author Platform

Tips For Building Your Personal Brand by Penelope Trunk

Find What Works To Build Your Platform by Laura Howard

How Authors Can Reach Readers Without Self-Promotion by Orna Ross

Is Your Author Website Doing Its Job? 6 Things To Check by Laura Pepper Wu

How To Create Your Own Marketing Team by Rachelle Gardner

Do You Have a Launch Team? (Take a page from Rachelle Gardner’s book)

5 Ways To Build Buzz For Your Next Book by Chelsea Cameron

Tips For Gathering Reviews: A Guide For Indie Authors by DuoLit (5:55 mins long video)

3 Reasons Why Coercing Readers Into Newsletter Subscriptions Is a Bad Idea by Roni Loren

Unconventional Marketing: Three Unique Ways To Promote Your Books by Ryan Casey (One of these is something I would have never thought of)

5 Youtube Promotion Tips for Authors by Chris Robley

7 Reasons Why Your Book Should Also Be an Audio Book by Thomas Umstattd

The Click Moment: Embracing Randomness For Writers by Joanna Penn

Building a Writer Platform: How Much Is Enough by Chuck Sambuchino

(Note: It will likely take at least a year of dedicated work and a few books behind you to reach the lowest of these milestones. See these as long-term goals, not as something you compare yourself to when you’re just starting out)

Are Self-Published Books the New Query Letter by Erin Kern

Ruth Harris Reports: Editors and Editing Part 4

Self-Published Authors: Reach New Readers With New Genres, Story Elements and Categories by D.D. Scott

Self Publishing On the Wrong Side of the Atlantic by Catherine Ryan Howard

Book Review Blogs That Accept Self-Published Work by Karen Woodward

Who Is Reading the 99c Books? by Catherine Ryan Howard



Should All Authors Blog? by Rachelle Gardner

How To Blog Smarter (And Get More Readers) by Shannon at Duolit

7 Blogging Tips For Authors by Chris Robley

50 Things To Blog About When You Have Writer’s Block by Caitlin Muir

How To Use Headlines To Get To “One Thought” by Sean D’Souza

56 Guest Posts and Counting: How To Keep On Top of Them All by Timo Kiander

SEO Tips & Tricks: How To Make Google Love Your Blog by Karen Woodward

How To Attribute Artwork Licensed Under the Creative Commons by Karen Woodward


Social Media

Twitter For Writers: Three Essential Types of Tweets by Ryan Casey

10 Twitter Hashtags to Get You Writing (And Keep You Writing) by Krissy Brady

3 Ways To Grow Your Email List With Twitter by Gregory Ciotti

3 Principles For Facebook Fan Pages by Jane Friedman

How To Run a Goodreads Giveaway With Maximal Results: 11 Tips by Emlyn Chand


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas


Deep Stuff

Why Not All Who Wander Are Lost by Debra Eve (Are you a Renaissance Soul?)

Six Clever Tricks For a Better To Do List by Ali Luke

Know Yourself by Mark McGuinness

How To Achieve Your Full Potential As a Writer by Carol Tice

The Beginner’s Guide To Unschooling by Leo Baubata

Tinsel Town’s New Favorite Trope: The Female Scientist by Emily Asher-Perrin

The Symbolism of Rabbits and Hares by Terri Windling


Fun Stuff

What Lord of the Rings Character Are You? by Marcy Kennedy

Designing From the Bones: Fruit From the World Tree by Gene Lempp

Fiction Affliction: “Genre-Benders” For October by Suzanne Johnson (such fascinating concepts)

Fiction Affliction: November Releases in Fantasy by Suzanne Johnson

10 Characters Whose Genders Were Swapped In Production by Susana Polo

The Pinterest Effect: The Economic Impact of Pinterest by Traci Davies

Playground Parents by Traci Davies


  1. Vero
    Nov 1, 2012

    Wow, what a rich and useful list, Reetta! There’s a lot of great posts and articles up there, some by really incredible writers I love and admire. I’m positively psyched you included my links as well, and I’m very thankful. 🙂
    Wish you a happy Halloween!

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Nov 1, 2012

      Thanks, Veronica. I’ve really enjoyed your recent editing posts and I’m glad I discovered your blog.

  2. Debra Eve
    Nov 1, 2012

    Thank you again, Reeta, for all the time and effort you put into these superb roundups!
    Debra Eve recently posted..Why Not All Who Wander Are LostMy Profile

  3. Reetta Raitanen
    Nov 1, 2012

    Thanks, Debra. I’m glad I could include your great post 🙂

  4. Jennette Marie Powell
    Nov 1, 2012

    Wow, thanks so much for this fantastic collection! I just blew 2 hours reading these – and there are more I want to check out! Love the one about unique marketing ideas… yep, it’s funny how the Kindles on display at Staples and Best Buy around here end up on the Time’s Enemy book page every time I’m there LOL. And Gene’s blog treasures (how did I miss that one?) gave me an incredible plot bunny!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..WANA Wednesday: Some Scary Good Books, plus ROW80 updateMy Profile

  5. CC MacKenzie
    Nov 1, 2012

    Thank you very much for collating this excellent list! I particularly love James Scott Bell. Not that I would even attempt to write a novel in a month, but the man is amazing. I’ll definitely check out the rest.
    CC MacKenzie recently posted..British Paranormal Romance Author Signs Three-Book Deal!My Profile

  6. Coleen Patrick
    Nov 2, 2012

    Looks like you’ve got some great marketing links! Off to check them out. Thanks Reetta. 🙂
    Coleen Patrick recently posted..Bowl Haircuts and Other Scary ThingsMy Profile

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