Link Feast vol. 6

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

Better writing through pressure by Lara Schiffbauer

How to make your book pop out from the sea of same by P.W. Creighton (btw, notice how every picture in this blog has the same misty look than the blog’s background)

Book review of John Truby’s Anatomy Of A Story by Jennifer Jensen

Wonders happen in the writing world too. How Jennifer Jensen’s writer’s blog got her an agent.

How to create a remarkable writing voice
by Les Edgerton

Elements of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Act One by Alexandra Sokololoff

Are you a craft junkie? by Jillian Kent

Man against nature – how to make it work by Kristen Lamb

What parts of your life are not homogenized, pasteurized, FDA-approved, plastic-wrapped, unscented, tasteless, pablum?
by Holly Lisle

Escalate the scale of your story by Donald Maass

Why you should be writing short stories by Anne R. Allen

10 ways to spark creative connections by Cheryl Reif

25 realizations writers need to have by Chuck Wendig


Your Author Platform

What should you blog about? by Anne R. Allen (from February but one of the most helpful blogs about the topic that I have seen)

8 ways to build a loyal readership for your blog by Judy Dunn

Killer Flagship Content by Chris Garret (free 17 page PDF book)

Quote: “What we really want is

one trusted resource

that fully answers the question,

in a language we can understand,

in a place we can easily find”

And I would add to that: in a site that looks good. That means both the website design and the structure of the blog post (grammar, subtitles, having white space, great pictures etc.)

So, what questions are your blog posts answering (and asking)?

279 days to overnight success – An unconventional journey to full time writing
A free 79 page PDF book by a blogging guru Chris Guillebeau

1000 days after overnight success by Chris Guillebeau

How to profit from your creative work, not by teaching ‘how to’ by Chris Garrett

Has social media handicapped our social skills? by Bri Clark

Author Branding Plan: The Icon by Jen Talty

How to build a reputation by C.J. Lyons

Ruth Harris Reports: Covers & Cover designers (part 1)

Book Marketing: Why I gave up trying to build a huge Social Media following by J. Steve Miller


Social Media

How to become a Twitter Ninja by Michael Hyatt

Twitter chat tips for introverts by Judy Dunn

5 ways to enchance your Facebook timeline with images

The Power of Photos: How to get more traffic from Pinterest by Judy Dunn

Tumblr tips for writers (check out best selling YA writer Cassandra Clare’s Tumblr blog to see someone acing it)


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (April 28th)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (April 29th)

Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson (April 26th)

Fill me in Friday by Roni Loren (April 27th)


Deep Stuff

The greatest girl characters in literature by Mari Ness at

Everybody’s a Bitch by Emma Burcart

Catie Rhodes gets nostalgic and gives us a  glimpse on how life was like in 40s and 60s – and now.


Fun Stuff

10 bestselling authors of all times (can you guess who they are?)

Jenny Hansen has gathered fun random facts about women

Everything I need to know about Sci-fi, I learned from Star Trek by Piper Bayard

Neologistically speaking by Julie Glover (have you ever heard these words before?)

And oldie but goodie by CC MacKenzie: What if Bill Gates built a car & Ford’s response

K.B. Owen’s hilarious post about raccoons

Boyfriend of the week: Paul Wesley by Roni Loren

Best American Idol performances ever by Roni Loren (with videos!)

Spoiler free Avengers movie review

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog by Joss Whedon (YouTube video)


  1. K.B. Owen
    May 3, 2012

    Thanks, Reetta, for the raccoon blog link! I can see by your list that we read a lot of the same bloggers, LOL. Great mashup!
    K.B. Owen recently posted..Writers and language: a humor mashupMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      May 4, 2012

      My pleasure. I love your blogging voice 🙂 And you’re right, most of my links comes from WANA blogs so if you read them already, there might not be much new things.

  2. Rabia
    May 3, 2012

    Thanks for all those links! *click* *click* *click*

    Rabia recently posted..self publishing? team publishing!My Profile

  3. Lara Schiffbauer
    May 3, 2012

    Thanks so much for including my blog post! You’ve got some great links listed up there, and it makes me feel good you thought to include mine! I’ll be spending some time checking them all out. 🙂

  4. Hi, Reetta. Lovely surprise to be included – thanks! And it looks like you’ve got some great links here, most by bloggers I’m familiar with, but a few new ones. I’m going to be busy reading for a while!
    Jennifer Jensen (@jenjensen2) recently posted..Can a Writer’s Blog Really Help You Get an Agent?My Profile

  5. Lynn Kelley
    May 3, 2012

    What a wonderful mashup. Some of these links deal with things I’ve been looking for info on, so thanks Reetta!
    Lynn Kelley recently posted..More Altered Art Photo Boxes – Homemade GiftsMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      May 4, 2012

      I’m glad to hear you found the links useful 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Lynn.

  6. Coleen Patrick
    May 3, 2012

    That what we really want quote is great!
    Thanks for sharing more great stuff 🙂

    • Reetta Raitanen
      May 4, 2012

      The quote was from Chris Garret’s eBook. Thanks for checking the links out, Coleen.

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