Link Feast For Writers vol. 9

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


On Writing

How Do You Know If You’re Good At Writing? by Sarah Hoyt

How To Go From Writing 2000 Words a Day To 10 000 Words a Day by Rachel Aaron

What Kind Of A Story Is it? (And What’s Similar) by Alexandra Sokoloff

Developing Your Plot Idea by Elizabeth S. Craig

How To Plot a Novel In 5 Steps by Rachel Aaron

Stuck With a Story? A List Of Favourite Elements Comes To Rescue by Alexandra Sokoloff

Visual Storytelling by Alexandra Sokoloff

Making Characters Memorable: MFA Symposium Panel by Kourtney Heintz

Iron Man Disassembled: Breaking Down The Would Be Hero by Cynric Whitaker

A Hero’s Strongest Ally Is His Worst Enemy by Cynric Whitaker

The First 50 Pages: Insights From Jeff Gerke’s Workshop
(by Kourtney Heintz)

4 Ways To Hook Your Readers & Keep Them Wanting More by Jody Hedlund

Motivation Reaction Units For Pacing by Lori Devoti

Put The Pope In The Pool or Adding Fun To Boring Information by Lori Devoti

When Arguments Are a Good Thing: Conflict In Dialogue by K.M. Weiland

A Steaming Pile Of Should by Cathy at Rock Your Writing

Cliche Guilt – What If I Just Like Reading This Stuff by Gerard Houarner

Why the Hell Did All The Cool Stuff Happen In Your Setting 1000 Years Ago?

Prepare For Long Apprenticeship by John Yeoman

Short Stories As A Marketing Tool by Monica Valentinelli

7 Reasons To Get an Editor by Sarah Baughman

Dear Editor: Will You Marry My Manuscript? by Julie Hedlund

Top 10 Things To Do At a Writing Conference by Julie Glover

Best Writing Tools: My “How To Write” Bookshelf by Kathy Steffen


Your Author Platform

How To Find The Perfect Audience For Your Book & Sell It To Them by Nick Thacker

How to Get Guest Posts On Big Name Blogs by Ollin Morales at Writer Unboxed

We Are Not Alone: Do You Have These 3 Peeps In Your Team? (reviving a Kristen Lamb series from October 2011)

Everything You Need To Know About Word Of Mouth Marketing (PDF by Andy Sernovitz)

Plan Your Word of Mouth Campaign: The 5 T’s (PDF by Andy Sernovitz)

Talker Profiles: Why Would People Talk About Your Book? (PDF by Andy Sernovitz)

Topics Brainstorming Exercise: Give Your Talkers Something To Share (PDF by Andy Sernovitz)

Monthly Marketing To Do List For Writers by Rob Eagar

Reviews Can Create a Besteller by Aggie Villa Nueva

A Writer’s Guide To Book Blogger Etiquette by Linda Poitevin

5 Ways To Get More Book Reviews by Monica Valentinelli

How To Go Offline For a While & Not Kill Your Site by Monica Valentinelli



Top 10 Blogs For Bloggers 2012 Winners at A-List Blogging Bootcamps (check them out and see what you can learn)

7 Out Of The Box Blogging Ideas by Shari Stauch at Writer Unboxed

10 Lessons Learned in 10 Months Of Blogging by Carrie Mumford

5 Ways To Improve Your New WordPress Blog by Carrie Mumford

Engaging Readers (Not Other Writers) With Your Blog by Linda Adams

13 Blog Ideas For Novelists by Michael Hyatt

Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post by Michael Hyatt

12 Things To Do After You’ve Written a New Blog Post by Oli Gardner

7 Tips For Turning Your Blog Into A Book (Writer’s Digest)


Social Media

6 Social Media Platforms: Which Is The Best For You? by Lisa Hall-Wilson

Develop a Social Media Conversation Topic Calendar by Debbie Williams

Triberr, Using the Power of Friends To Promote Your Blog by Lori Devoti

5 Secrets of Highly Effective Twitter Users by Minda Zetlin

2 Technology Hacks For Dealing With Twitter Spam by Linda Adams

5 Successful Twitter Campaigns (Yeah, done by big companies with big budgets but the ideas are wonderfully creative. What creative things YOU could do in Twitter?)

20 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers (Web SEO Analytics)

How To Promote Your Books on Goodreads by Edie Ramer

10 Tips For Optimizing Your YouTube Videos (Web SEO Analytics)

7 Do’s and Don’ts of Pinterest Marketing by Kim Garst


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (May 19th)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S.Craig (May 20th)

5 Time Managament Links for Writers by Linda Adams


Deep Stuff

The Beast Within: What Vampires & Werewolves Say About Human Nature by Cynric Whitaker

Leaning Into the Leap by Coleen Patrick

Real Women byย  T.J. Brumfield

Deep stuff behind our thoughts (how do these apply to your characters?)

Invisible Scripts: Why You Act The Way You Do In Relationships
by Ashley Arn

Icarus & My Fear Of The Sun by Marcy Kennedy

Female Character Agency by Ana & Thea from The Book Smugglers review site

Don’t Fear The Unicorn (are fantasy books too soft and girly?) by N.K. Jemisin


Fun Stuff

Random Thoughts Upon a Graduation Ceremony by Sarah Hoyt (I love her voice)

20 Ways to Make a Geek Hate You by Ellie Ann Soderstrom

Behind The Scenes: The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook by Marcy Kennedy

Female Protagonist Reactions To Getting Dumped (Bella Swan vs. Hermione, Princess Leia & Zoe from Firefly etc.)

Women in SF&F: Underloved Authors by Fantasy Book Cafe (I would add Holly Lisle to this list. Her books are awesome but I had never heard of them until I read her writing advice)

Must Read Sci-fi Novels Written by Women by Shara from Calico Reaction review site

Women in SF&F: Resources (great sites helping you to find more books written by women in these genres)

We Are The Authors Lyrics (sung to the tune of Queen’s We Are The Champions) by Monica Valentinelli

Level Me Up: Gamification of Your Life & Writing by Day Al-Mohamed


  1. Lisa Hall-Wilson
    May 23, 2012

    Wow – impressive list! Thanks for the link to my post. Lots of reading to do – great mashup.
    Lisa Hall-Wilson recently posted..A Careful Man’s Impulsive DaughterMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      May 25, 2012

      Thanks for writing such great posts that I can include ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Coleen Patrick
    May 23, 2012

    That is a lot of information (and work!) Reetta–thanks for compiling. And thanks for including me!
    Coleen Patrick recently posted..Leaning into the LeapMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      May 25, 2012

      It takes a while to hunt down the links but it’s the perfect excuse to read all the awesome writing/writer blogs, like yours.

  3. Carrie
    May 23, 2012

    Hi Reeta!

    This is the biggest round up of links for writers I’ve seen yet. Thanks so much for sharing it (and also for including my post).
    Carrie recently posted..10 Tips For Writers: Managing Your TimeMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      May 25, 2012

      Thank you for the compliment. I’m on the lookout for more great posts from you.

  4. Julie Hedlund
    May 23, 2012

    Wow, this is one heck of a list! I’ve seen some of these, but not all. I know what’s on my procrastination/productivity agenda for today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for including one of my posts too! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Julie Hedlund recently posted..Tuesday 12 x 12: Nicky JohnstonMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      May 25, 2012

      My pleasure. The best thing about mashups like this (and Elizabeth S. Craig’s Twitterific) is that there is usually at least one interesting link for everyone.

  5. Pat O'Dea Rosen
    May 24, 2012

    Wow! This is a great list, Reatta. Thank you.

    • Pat O'Dea Rosen
      May 24, 2012

      Reetta. I know your name is Reetta. Sorry. BTW, call me Patt or Putt. I don’t mind.

      • Reetta Raitanen
        May 25, 2012

        Thank you Pat. And Reatta is actually close to how some of my English friends pronounce my name ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t mind since it is a difficult one.

  6. Nick Thacker
    May 24, 2012

    Hey Reeta! Thanks for the shout-out and link! Glad you enjoyed the post!
    Nick Thacker recently posted..What to Do When Your Awesome Plansโ€ฆ Fail MiserablyMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      May 25, 2012

      Thanks for dropping by and for the great post for me to link ๐Ÿ™‚

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