Link Feast For Writers, vol. 14

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.

 

Note: I am taking a short break from Link Feast. The series returns as a once a month feature on the last week of each month. Next Wednesday I will blog about Holly Lisle’s Sweet Spot Mind Maps and how to use them to inspire your writing.

 

If You Have Time For Only One Thing:

Holly Lisle has published the first 5 lessons of her How To Think Sideways writer’s career course as eBooks.

These are real bang for your bucks. Grab your copies (contains Amazon & B&N links)

 

On Writing

Writing Fiction With The 1-3-1 Method by Teresa Frohock

7 Simple Ways To Make A Good Story Great by Elizabeth Sims

Add Depth To Your Story With Motifs by Julie Eshbaugh

Writing As MMORPG: Building Your Writing Addiction by Daniel Swensen

Making Heroes Heroic: Why Flaws Are Important by Kristen Lamb

What Would Main Character Do: Creating Depth & Motivation In Your Characters by Amie Kaufman

Revealing Character Through Details by Julie Eshbaugh

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh Character Descriptions by Margie Lawson

Ordinary People Are Boring by C.S. Lakin

Strong Heroines by Vahini Naidoo

Character & Theme Study: You Should See Prometheus Just For Michael Fassbender’s Android David by Natalie Zutter

Special Needs In Strange World by Theresa Frohock

Tips For Writing Heavy Emotional Scenes by Jami Gold

Time Transitions by Ilona Andrews

Ramp Up The Fight To Amp Up The Tension by Jenny Hansen

Worldbuilding: The Hooks of Magic In Your Book by Martina Boone

25 Things You Should Know About Fantasy by Chuck Wendig

Genre Mashing by Jodi Meadows

Titles Matter by Deborah Cannon

5 Stages of Editing Grief by Lynda R. Young

Free Program Spots Cliches & Overused Words by Jason Boog (for PC with Windows)

Inspiration On Demand: Create a Swipe File by Marelisa Fabrega

Urgency To Write: How To Keep The Fire Burning by August McLaughlin

If You Can’t Read More, Read Better by Christopher Jackson

Writing A Great Short Story by Lee Masterson

The Not So Secret Backdoor To Publishing by Mandy Hubbard

How One Editor Edits by S. Jae-Jones

Bringing Your Baby To Editorial Board by S. Jae-Jones

Do you CRAVE Success by C.S. Lakin

Would You Take Bullet For Your Art by Jenny Hansen

 

Your Author Platform

A Post In Which You Tell Me About Self Promotion by David. B. Coe

(read the comments, they have great insights on what kind of marketing works for these authors & super readers

Why Publishing Your First Novel Is Like Running For Student Body President by Michelle Haimoff

Free Sites To Promote Your eBook by Jason Boog

“No Rules” Marketing For Introverts by Marcia Yudkin

8 Great Examples Of Personal Domain Names In Action (ThinkTraffic)

10 Step Guide To Fixing Your Writer Website That Cost You Clients by Carol Tice

Stop Trying To Go Viral And Start Being Symbiotic by Christopher Penn

Do You Know Why People Buy Your Book? by Brian Feinblum

Self Promotion: An Author’s Perspective and Guide by Susan Dennard

Start Your Grass Root Campaign With 10 People by Brian Feinblum

Does Swag Sell Books by Roni Loren

How To Resolve Your Brand Identity Crisis by Abby Kerr (her site looks awesome, btw)

Amazon’s Ever Changing Algorithms by Edward Robertson

Will You Vouch For Me by Tamela Hancock Murray

Taken Cover Reveal & Interview With The Designer by Erin Bowman

Covers & Cover Designers – Part 3 by Ruth Harris (how much a pro book cover costs?)

 

Blogging

How To Balance Your Blogging Tasks Without Going Crazy (Pushing Social)

6 Sinister Blog Time Wasters (Pushing Social)

21 Quick Actions For Massive Blog Success (ThinkTraffic)

5 Habits That Make Me A More Creative Blogger & Writer by Judy Dunn

Harry Potter Headlines: 10 Ways To Conjure Up a Viral Blog Post Title by Judy Dunn

Search Engine Optimize Your Blog by Annabel Candy

How To Land A Guest Post Every Time by Mary Jaksch

3 Metrics Every Blogger Should Be Tracking by Michael Hyatt

 

Social Media

The Great Twitter Experiment: What Does More Tweets Really Get You by Janice Hardy

Coming Clean About My Twitter Success by Claude Bouchard

A Twitter Love Story by Tiffany Reisz

Why You’re Better Off Following The Little Guy by Steven Rossi

Why 150 Twitter Followers Is All You Really Need by Srinivas Rao

#followfriday Revolution by Maija Haavisto

8 Tips About Twitter Lists by Jade Craven

Why Twitter Lists Are Less Effective by Ari Herzog

How To Increase Engagement On Your Facebook Posts [Infograph] (Social Mouths)

Can Google+ Pull More Readers To Your Blog by Judy Dunn

 

Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (June 23)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (June 24)

Writing on the Ether: Clear Surface by Porter Anderson (June 21)

Fill Me In Friday by Roni Loren (June 22)

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas (June 22)

This Week In Favs by Melinda S. Collins (June 21)

 

Deep Stuff

If You’re Consuming Too Much, You’re Creating Too Little by Cynthia Morris

The Truth About Yourself by LaRae Quy

Boy Books, Girl Books by Clare Langley-Hawthorne

 

Fun Stuff

The Men Of True Blood Video by Roni Loren (Yum!)

True Blood Fan Confession: I’m So Over Sookie Stackhouse by Shoshana Kessock

Watch The Avengers Get A Firefly Intro (0:54min video)

Designing From Bones: Cannibalizing Fiction by Gene Lempp

Game Of Thrones: Valar Morgulis by Leigh Alexander

June Releases in Urban Fantasy by Suzanne Johnson

An Introduction To Bordertown (tor.com) [Bordertown is one of the first Urban Fantasy works]

Shannon’s Law: A Short Story by Cory Doctorow in the Bordertown setting (what happens when you mix internet and another realm?)

Explore The Summer Reading Flowchart

The Origins of Zorro by Mary Miley

What Your Books Do When No One Is Watching (1:51min video)

7 Most Insane Things Ever Done To Get Out Of Something (cracked.com)

6 Greatest Things Accomplished by Dead Bodies (cracked.com)

Link Feast For Writers, vol. 13

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 Post, Read This:

Map Your Way To A Streamlined Social Media Experience by Kristin Nador

 

On Writing

#FastDraft – How To Do It Successfully And What You Learn Along The Way by Jess Witkins

Script Analysis Checklist (by Story Sense)

Joanna Penn’s Journey of Writing Her First Novel (collection of posts)

The 4 Story Pillars by Amy Deardon

Hey, James Patterson Stole My Plot by Anne R. Allen

Motivation Reaction Units (MRUs) by Amy Deardon

21 Ways To Make Your Plot More Compelling by Margo Berendsen

5 Ways To Show Emotion In Your Writing by Ingrid Sundberg

Turn Problems Into Characters by Donald Maass

Character Connection by Stina Lindenblatt

10 Tips For A Terrific Antagonist by Kathy Steffen

Therapeutic Thought On Triangles by Jeannie Campbell

Love Story Plots: 13 Ways To Mess With Your Characters by Margo Berendsen

Romance in YA by Lisa Schroeder (Video 9:58 mins) [The CUPCAKE Romance rules work for all genres]

The Elusive Character Voice by Lisa Gail Green

The Color Of A Voice by Jan Morrill

Power Words Save The Scene by Stina Lindenblatt

Lets Talk About Adjectives by Janice Hardy

Conquer Cliche by Ash Krafton

Keep On Digging For The Deeper Meaning by Stina Lindenblatt

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before A Revision by Kendra Levin

Revising: Evaluate Your Story by Cynthea Liu

Writing Down To The Bone by Liana Mir

Pixar Story Rules by Paul Lasseter

On My Writerly Bookshelf: Editing by Stina Lindenblatt

What Should We Look For In A Beta Reader by Jami Gold

Why You Should Copy Other Writers by Joe Bunting

Improve Your Writing With Daily Critical Reading by Suzannah Freeman

Writers: A Tribe Divided by Pat O’Dea Rosen

How To Take The Plunge And Be A Writer by Yesenia Vargas

How To Use Writing Rituals To Become More Productive by Kristin Nador

Awesome Scrivener Hacks For Windows by by Linda Adams

Using Writing Contests To Improve Your Game by Ash Krafton

Current Writing Contests by Stephie Smith

 

Your Author Platform

How People Discover Books Online (Goodreads presentation)

Be Narrow Minded: 11 Questions To Turn A Target Market Into A Reader Profile by Shannon at Duolit

What Has Changed And What Hasn’t by Rachelle Gardner

Book Lauches & Marketing With Joanna Penn & Zoe Winters

Book Launch: Breakdown Of The Pentecost Launch Process by Joanna Penn

Marketing Your First Book: 9 Tips For Authors by Graham Storrs

Can Writers Earn Living Writing Just One Book A Year by Jody Hedlund

Why It’s Good To Create A Bad Writing Platform by Krissy Brady

Make Quality Connections For Your Writing Career by Krissy Brady

7 Networking Tips For Authors by Chris Robley

Great Writers Connect With Other Writers by Jeff Goins

5 Principles To Book Reviews & Endorsements (Wise Ink)

Words To Avoid When Pitching Your Book (Wise Ink)

How To Develop An Emotion Evoking Elevator Speech (Wise Ink) [Works also for cover blurbs]

 

Blogging

Do Writers Need To Blog (and great tips) by Amber West

4 Ways To Better Understand Your Blog Audience (Bloggertalk)

Sharpen Your Blogging Habits: 4 Ways To Define Your Audience by Kristin Nador

Sharpen Your Blogging Habits: 7 Keys To Consistent Blogging by Kristin Nador

The Difference Between Simply Writing A Blog And Making A Difference (Pushing Social)

Successful Blog Post Types + His Formula (Pushing Social)

19 Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Blog by Eric Siu

23 Hot Blogging Tips by Annabel Candy

5 Good Stock Image Sites For Bloggers by Judy Dunn

Is A Blog Tour Really Worth It by Janice Hardy

Tips On Doing A Blog Tour by Janice Hardy

Blogging Tour by Stina Lindenblatt

Results of the Reverse Blog Tour by Laura Pauling

 

Social Media

How Much Time Should You Spend On Social Media by Jill Kemerer

Social Networking for Authors: Tips For Using Twitter Effectively by Joanna Penn

Twitter Content Strategy Guide by Adam Justice

Does Your Grasp Exceed Your Reach? Triberr Can Help by Ash Krafton

Using Pinterest As A Reader, Writer and Author by Livia Blackburne

 

Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (June 16)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (June 17)

Fill Me In Friday by Roni Loren (Friday 15)

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas (June 15)

Writing on the Ether: uAreWhich? by Porter Anderson (June 14)

 

Deep Stuff

What Are You Doing Today And Why Are You Doing It by Louise Behiel

Are You A Visionary or A Crazy Maker, Responder or A Victim: Test Your Personal Productivity Quotinent (Lifehacker)

Why I Write YA by Stina Lindenblatt (Not All 16s Are Sweet)

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful by Kassandra Lamb

The Help: A Multicultural Perspective by Jan Morrell

Book Review: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Beauty Of Something New by August McLaughlin

How To Write A Masterpiece at Just 18 and 3/4 by Colin Falconer

Why Are Fantasy Films All About The Men? (tor.com)

10 Changes From Books To Season 2 of HBO’s Game Of Thrones Series (tor.com) [Spoiler alert!]

Ripley vs. Shaw – The Women Of The Alien Universe (tor.com) [Spoiler alert!]

 

Fun Stuff

Who’s The Best Archer by Fabio Bueno

15 Thrilling Moments At The Cinema by Ellie Ann Soderstrom

Mancandy (Pinterest board)

4 Steps To Buying Indie Books You’ll Like by Laura Pauling

How To Create An Awesome Summer Reading List (Lifehacker)

Huge List of YA SF Books by Margo Berendsen (includes dystopia, steampunk & fantasy)

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

 

Blogging

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

Link Feast For Writers Vol. 11

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 (Character Special)

Drop The Drama Bomb by Mario Acevendo at Writers In The Storm

Spice Up Your Writing With Optimal Learning Styles by Jan O’Hara at Writer Unboxed

Ask Your Character: Why Do You Matter? by Donald Maass at Writer Unboxed

Depth of Character by Donald Maass at Writer Unboxed

First Impressions by Diana Peterfreund

Giving Your Character A Unique Voice (Film Script Writing)

5 Tests To See If Character’s Voice Is Working by Christopher Boone

Character Development Sheet

What Makes A Female Character Strong by Jami Gold

10 Antagonist No No’s by Lynn Viehl

16 Villain Archetypes by Tami Cowden

Top 10 Mentor Characters by Alexandra Sokoloff

Where Are All The Female Mentor Characters by Stella Carter at Jezebel

How To Kill Characterization (at Drying Ink)

Myers-Briggs As A Tool For Authors by Fae Rowen

Chinese Element Personality Types For Fun & Writing by Fae Rowen

Creating Character Depth With Astrological Signs by C.J. Winters

Character Trading Cards by Lynn Viehl

Using Tarot For Creative Writing by Janet Boyer

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Dialogue by Ali Luke at Write To Done

Create a Rough Sketch Of Your Work In Progress (diymfa.com)

12 Ways To Create Suspense by Gail Carson Levine

What Everyone Knows & Team Mundane by Catherynne M. Valente

Practical Writing Tips From 22 Brilliant Authors (scroll down to get the advice. My favourite bit was: “Write the first chapter LAST”)

Writing Quickly: A Secret Strategy by Ava Jae

Trend Tracking Versus Jumping by Lynn Viehl

Write Books That Change Lives by Ingrid Sundberg

Book Series Sell by agent Rusell Galen

Do You Read Like A Reader Or A Writer by Janice Hardy

Fighting Writer Fatique by Lynn Viehl

 

Your Author Platform

How Much Interaction Should Writers Have With Their Readers by Jody Hedlund

Hustling: How To Spread Word About Your Book by Chris Guillebeau

Convention Schmoozing 101 by Mary Robinette Kowal

How To Write Free Content That Gets You An Avalanche Of Traffic by Danny Iny

How To Keep Your Book Talk Fresh by Roz Morris

3 Selling Tactics From The Internet Marketing Gurus by Lindsay Buroker

89 Book Marketing Ideas (Author Media)

How To Launch A Book Without Losing Your Mind by Elizabeth S. Craig

 

Blogging

How Long Does It Take To Get Blog Readers? by Nina Amir

Top 10 Blog Traffic Killers by Michael Hyatt

How To Get Better Results With List Posts (Pushing Social)

3 Guaranteed Ways To Get Your Blog Post Read (Pushing Social)

Put Some Thought Into Your Blog Comments: No Vanilla Adjectives Please by Susie Lindau (check out the comments too)

How To Write A Good Blog Comment by Nathan Bradsford

Find Your Blog’s Unique Voice by Jeff Goins at ProBlogger

How To Promote Your Blog Like The Big Guys by Leo Baubata

How To Get Serious About Promoting Your Blog (Pushing Social)

Launching A Successful Blog Tour by Alan Rinzler

Hosting Your Own WordPress Website by Melinda Van Lone

Must Have WordPress Plug-ins by Annabel Candy

If I Started Blogging Today, I Would… by Annette Gendler

The New Style Of Blog Writing by Mary Jaksch

Shakespeare on Blogging by Leanne Shirtliffe

How To Figure Out What Content People Want (at Social Triggers)

 

Social Media

8 Ways To Grow Your Social Media Footprint by Jenny Hansen

Why Authors Tweet (NYTimes)

Twitter Success Tricks from @thewritermama

Content Creator’s Twitter Evolution (Writer’s Digest)

Control Your Social Media So It Doesn’t Control You by Elizabeth S. Craig

Triberr Review: Useful Tool Or Shiny Toy? by Linda Adams

Tumblr For Writers by Ava Jae

 

Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (June 2)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (June 3)

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas (June 1)

Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson (May 31)

 

Deep Stuff

What’s the First Thing You Do When You Open The Computer? by Seth Godin

Expand Your Circles by Amber West

Email Sanity: How To Clear Your Inbox When You’re Drowning at Zen Habits

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: The Princess Culture by Margot Magowan

 

Fun Stuff

Male & Female Eye Candy (collection of actor photos)

FictFact – Track Your Favorite Book Series

Bookmarks From Hell by Lynn Viehl

10 Signs You’ve Attended Too Many Writing Workshops by Lynn Viehl

The Vampire Smythe (short story by Lynn Viehl)

Dark & Devastating Secrets (shot, funny story by Lynn Viehl)

Armor-ella (short fairytale retelling by Holly Lisle)

Link Feast For Writers, vol. 10

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

Scenes Must Grab Interest & Move Story Forward by Lori Devoti

Scene Structure: Goal, Conflict & Disaster by Lori Devoti

Blurb Critique by a Marketing Goddess by Edie Ramer

10 Secrets To Better Fiction by Bob Mayer

How Janet Evanovich Storyboards by Zanchary Petit at Writer’s Digest

How To Create Distinctive Character Voices by L.B. Gale

What Avengers Teaches Us About Heroes by Sarah Hoyt

I Wanna Be Evil (aka How To Do Antagonist Well) by Sarah Hoyt

The Hero’s Journey by Cornell De Ville

Paranormal Romantic Writer’s Pop Quiz by Lynn Viehl (sadly the examples here are from real books, some even bestselling series)

Tools For Developing Characters: Must-Haves For Your Writing Bookshelf by Kathy Steffen

Recipe For a Best Selling Book by Laura Miller at salon.com

13 Most Common Errors On Novel’s First Page by Catherine Rankovic

Editing For People Who Hate Editing by Rachel Aaron

What’s In A Name – Choosing The Right Book Title by Sarah Baughman at Write It Sideways

Fun & Inexpensive Ideas For Writing Retreats by Sherrinda Ketchersid at The Writers Alley

10 Secret Killers That Destroy Your Personal Productivity by Dries Cronje

The Comfort Zone Is For Pets, Not Professionals by Kristen Lamb

 

Your Author Platform

Why It’s So Stinking Hard To Sell Books by Stephanie Chandler (Average person reads only 7 books a year)

Why It’s So Stinking Hard To Sell Books – Part 2 (A Reader should have heard of you or your book about 6-8 times before buying)

Who Are The Big 6 & What Does Indie Really Mean? Answers To Not-So-Dumb Questions You Were Afraid To Ask by Anne R. Allen

Catherine Ryan Howard (author of Mousetrapped) shares her great tips for marketing books

Every Author Has A Unique Marketing Voice & Approach by Jane Friedman at Writer Unboxed

Marrying Marketing & Writing Goals by Monica Valentinelli

Tips on Setting Your Marketing Priorities by Michele Linn

The Number One Reason Why Marketing Tactics Fail by Monica Valentinelli

3 Steps To An Effective Social Media Strategy by Amy Porterfield at Social Media Examiner

Send Newsletters, Not “Me Me Me Letters” by Rob Eagan

8 Elements of Effective Newsletters by Rob Eagan

What Makes Word Of Mouth Work – Part 1 by Rob Eagan at Writer’s Digest

What Makes Word of Mouth Work – Part 2 by Rob Eagan at Writer’s Digest

10 Ways To Sell Books At Amazon by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Using Wattpad To Market Your Books by Edie Ramer

Wattpad Marketing Success Stories by Edie Ramer

Recommended Marketing Tools by Big Brand Systems

Cover Design Tips From Pros by Ruth Harris (Pros share the stock photo services they use)

14 Tips For Good eBook Cover Design by C.L. Smith

What Do I Need An Agent For Again by Gemma Holliday

Earn More Money With A Book: 10 Business Models For Non-Fiction Authors by Stephanie Chandler

4 Important Marketing Actions To Take On Amazon As Soon As Your Book Is Published by Stephanie Chandler

 

Blogging

An Original Blog Idea Is Overrated by Henneke Duistermaat

21 Warning Signs You Chose The Wrong Blog Topic by Jon Morrow

7 Dumbest Mistakes With a New Blog by Jon Morrow

Why Posting Every Day Is a Silly Strategy (And What To Do Instead) by Dries Cronje

How To Make Your Blog Writing Real by Brian Clark at Copyblogger

Spice Up Boring Blog Posts Into Delicious Content by Brian Gardner

How To Improve Your Website Trust Factor by Chris Garrett

A Popular YA Blogger Turned Out To Be a Plagiarist (at Gossamer Obsessions)

From Blogger To Book Author: The 4 Step Guide by Jeff Goins

How To Plan Your Blog Posts For A Year In Advance by Laura Roeder at Content Marketing Institute

Write An Article In 20 Minutes by Jim Estill at Copyblogger

How To Host A Blog Event & Why You Should by Lori Devoti

7 Free Places To Submit Your Website by Fred Campos

Blogging Tips A-Z: Networking by Annabel Candy at Successful Blogging

Stephen King’s 20 Tips For Becoming A Better Blog Writer by Jon Morrow
Social Media

Finding Your Voice In Social Media by C. Hope Clark

20 Ways To Build Your Audience In Twitter by Stephanie Chandler

Frequency and Timing of Twitter Posts by Fred Campos

8 Ways To Get More ReTweets by Brian Gardner

25 Ways To Gain More Likes On Your Facebook Fan Page – Part 1 by Fred Campos

Pinterest For Writers by Beth Gwazdosky

5 Tips To Increase Interest On Your Books On Pinterest by Fred Campos

How Pinterest Can Increase Traffic For Your Blog by Brian Gardner

Get More Viral Traffic From Pinterest With This Simple Strategy

 

Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (May 26th)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (May 27th)

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas (May 25th) (her link collection blew me away & I feature some here)

Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson (May 24th)

Build Your World: 10 Resources by Lynn Viehl

Writing Hero: Martha Alderson (aka The Plot Whisperer) [Must See Links]

10 Must Have Templates For Content Creators

 

Deep Stuff

8 Reasons Paper Books Will Become an Endangered Species by Marcy Kennedy

Safeguard Your Files by Lynn Viehl

Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren’t Translatable Into English by Pamela Haag at Think Big

What Advice Would You Give To a Kid Choosing a Future Career? by Sarah Hoyt

Those Who Can’t Create by Sarah Hoyt

Find Out The Price Of Your Desire & Commit To Paying It by Johnny B. Truant

Half An Ass Does You No Good by Emma Burcart

If you love history of Scotland, this post by Emmie Mears is for you:

Who’s different, Rob Roy’s wife Mary, William Wallace’s wife Murron or Merida from Pixar’s Brave?

 

Fun Stuff

Nebula Awards Winners (tor.com) – Aka the Best of Fantasy This Year (you can read the short stories awarded through the links)

Romantic Comedy Movie Generator by Fabio Bueno

The Brain Of The Beginning Blogger (Infographic)

How To See What a Blog Is About At Glance by Lynn Viehl

Eau d’Olde Book (a fascinating video) by Lynn Viehl

What If Famous Authors Had Written Advertising Slogans by Lynn Viehl

Would you be surprised by this loo? (Huffington Post)

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