Link Feast vol. 8

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

“90% of writing happens before it’s funneled into the 10% we see” by Melissa Foster

Dare to Suck by Keith Cronin at Writer Unboxed

Humor Hits Hook Readers by Margie Lawson

Han Solo, Scarlett O’Hara and Your Characters: What Makes Them Compelling by K.M Weiland (a great writing excercise at the end)

Captain America’s 10 Step Guide To A Likable Hero by K.M. Weiland

Character Flaws: When Is Too Far Too Far? by Jeannie Campbell

Psychotic Characters: Types of Serial Killers by Jeannie Campbell

Got a Southern character? Spice up their talk with these phrases.

Writing Authentic Male Characters by B. McKenzie at Super Hero Nation

How to Write A Fast Paced Scene by B. McKenzie at Super Hero Nation

Writing Books The Whole Family Can Read Together by R.S. Mellette

How To Get Feedback On Your Writing (And Sort The Good From The Bad) by Ali Luke at Wordplay

7 Ways To Write A Stand Alone Book With Series Potential by Brian A. Klems at Writer’s Digest

The Benefits of Reading Deprivation by Kelsey Browning at Wordplay

A Free Tool For Writers: The Writer’s Knowledge Base by Elizabeth S. Craig

Conference Checklist by Maria Zannini


Author Platform & Blogging

17 Ways for Writers to Publish Your Content by Joel Friedlander

9 First Step Goals For New Bloggers by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger

How To Write Faster: 8 Secrets To Quicker Content Creation by Marie Forleo (a sassy 6:11 min video)

Crafting Better Headlines by Justin P. Lambert

Building a Community on Your Blog by Denise Wakeman

9 Steps To Take When You’re Getting Sick And Tired Of Blogging by Ryan Barton at ProBlogger

Indie Author Marketing Tips by Sean Campbell

Ways To Make Your Book Succesful by Brian Jud (Writer’s Digest, tutorial excerpt)

Pull People In By Giving Great Content Through Many Channels by Nick Thacker

5 Tips For Hosting An Online Contest by Jean Oram at the Write Angle

Hitting the Amazon #1 Spot: The Marketing Plan by Rachel Abbott (how she got her #1 spot)

Killer Plan or Lady Luck: It’s All About The Book by Rachel Abbott

Getting Those All-Important Reviews by Rachel Abbott

How Do Daily eBooks Sold Figure Into Amazon Sales Rankings by D.D. Scott

5 Things The Fiction Query Can Learn From Non-Fiction by Jean Oram at the Write Angle


Social Media

7 Habits of Highly Effective Social Media Marketers

You Can’t Take Social Media To The Bank by Ryan Barton at Smart Marketing

Using Twitter: Are You a Writer, a Brand Or a Salesman? by Rachel Abbott

Secrets of the Twitter Tools by Rachel Abbott

5 Steps To Hosting A Twitter Chat by Social Media Examiner


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (May 12th)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (May 13th)

Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson (May 10th)

Fill Me In Friday: Best Links of the Week by Roni Loren (May 11th)

RWA Conference Handouts (huge amount of PDFs)


Deep Stuff

American Library Association’s Genre Lit Reading List (the books they recommend as year’s best)

21 Things You Could Do In 5 Minutes at Time Management Ninja

We Are Not Alone (Wisdom of Hopi Elders that Kristen Lamb would approve)

Do we need a little more old fashioned? By Marcy Kennedy

Passive and dumb heroines? (makes a case for Snow White, Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty)

10 themes shared by sci-fi and historical fiction at

Is It Dark Here Or Is It Just The YA? by Mindy McGinnis (librarian’s perspective)

Your Baby’s Cord Blood And Why You Should Save It by Jenny Hansen

August McLaughlin busts myths about body image

How much money are you investing on your health? by Emma Burcart

Carry Weapons of Minimal Destruction and Other Motherly Advice by Coleen Patrick


Fun Stuff

Who’s in the Epic Fantasy Avengers Team? at

The Avengers: Boyfriends of the Week by Roni Loren

Mapping Stereotypes About European Countries by Maria Popova at Brainpickings


  1. Coleen Patrick
    May 17, 2012

    Thanks for sharing Reetta!
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  2. Emma Burcart
    May 17, 2012

    Wow, I love all the links! You have such a great list I’m going to need awhile to go through them all. And there are so many I want to read! I appreciate how you seperated writing posts from platform and blogging posts. That is helpful. And thanks for including my post in the links.
    Emma Burcart recently posted..Sometimes There’s Nothing You Can DoMy Profile

  3. Marcy Kennedy
    May 17, 2012

    All I can say is “wow.” This list is amazing. I don’t even know where to start reading. Thank you for including me on it!
    Marcy Kennedy recently posted..How to Use Taste to Make Your Readers Hungry for MoreMy Profile

  4. Sheila Seabrook
    May 17, 2012

    Wow, these are fantastic, Reetta. Thanks for sharing your list!
    Sheila Seabrook recently posted..The family that lies together, stays sane together!My Profile

  5. August McLaughlin
    May 17, 2012

    Wow, Reetta. I’m so honored to be part of this fantastic mashup! Thank you. I see lots of great-sounding links I’ve missed out on… Off to check them out!

  6. Jenny Hansen
    May 19, 2012


    Oh my goodness! I’ve been offline since Tuesday and I came back to find this link! How exciting!!! Thanks bunches…I really appreciate it, and I know Margie does too.

    I can’t believe you have two of my links up and I’m honored. 🙂
    Jenny Hansen recently posted..Humor Hits Hook Readers by Margie LawsonMy Profile

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