Blog Treasures 6-4

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the best Treasures I’ve found on the blogsphere during the past week. Glad you stopped by, enjoy!

On the Publishing Industry

There were four excellent over views of traditional publishing vs. self/indie publishing this week that are must reads for all writers.

Bob Mayer explores the current realities of publishing in There is Gold in Self-Publishing. Bob also explores the power of pricing values for e-books at The Pricing of E-books and Perceived Value.

Randy Ingermanson gives an wonderful response to a new writer seeking knowledge on whether to go the traditional route at What’s a Newbie Novelist to do?

Joe Konrath interviews NY Times #1 Bestselling Author James Rollins with a healthy discussion on book pricing at Interview with James Rollins.

On Writing Craft and Social Media for Writers

What are some things we should focus on when building our author brand? Jami Gold brings us a new and powerful series exploring this topic at Branding 101: Online Brand vs. Author Brand and Be Google-able.

If you are looking for incredible ideas on how to empower your writing than Janice Hardy’s “The Other Side of the Story” is a great place to go. This week she brings us Expect the Unexpected: Creating Plot Twists and a cool series that delves into writer samples Real Life Diagnostics: Does this Opening Work?

Write it Sideways has an excellent guest post by Lisa Kilian on How to Nix the Fear and Pitch that Post. Also this week from Write it Sideways comes an powerful article on resuscitating a struggling WIP at 3 Signs you’re Renovating a Condemned Novel.

Looking for ways to interview your characters and keep all of their sundry information in order? Well the incredible Manon Eileen brings us an in-depth tool to do just that. You can find it at Writer’s Tools: Main Character Survey.

Craft-master and top-selling author James Scott Bell shares the Best and Worst Writing Advice he ever got at Killzone. This is an informative and fun read give it a view.

Fun Fiction and Fiction Challenges

This weeks featured Fiction Challenge comes from Sonia G. Mederios. Join her June Writing challenge: Creature Feature!

I’ve been a fan of “pick-your-path” adventures since childhood so it comes as no surprise that I’m hooked on a few excellent ones I’ve found online. If you enjoy a fun read and having a voice in the movement of the story try out Jen Kirchner’s “The Relic” and Mark Lidstone’s “Zombies – No Place Like Home”

Cool Resources

This week I found two cool resources for Art and Free Books.

Mary Jo Gibson’s “Cabinet of Curiosities” features an array of museums and their online offerings, including Yale Universities search-able catalog of 1.4 million unique items!

Late Bloomer brings us Fourteen books, from Charles Perrault, Jules Verne, Bram Stoker and many others, all with Free Kindle Links! 14 Free Books by Literary Late Bloomers.

That’s it for this week!

Happy Blogging and Peaceful Journeys!

About Gene Lempp

Gene Lempp is a writer blending elements of alternate history, the paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror for dark and delicious fun. He unearths stories by digging into history, archeology, myth and fable in his Designing from Bones blog series. “Only the moment is eternal and in a moment, everything will change,” sums the heart of his philosophy. You can find Gene at his Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, WANATribe, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
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16 Responses to Blog Treasures 6-4

  1. Thanks for the great links, Gene!

  2. Great treasures! With so much available, moving a career forward in writing can now be a process instead of a dream for so many new voices.


  3. Some great stuff this week, I especially liked Ingermanson’s blog.

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Hi Pat!

      Oh yeah, Randy Ingermanson is one of favorites. He was the first blogger I found when I started searching the web for advice on improving my craft. His “Snowflake” approach is a powerful tool that compliments the work of Larry Brooks, James Scott Bell and quite a few other excellent teachers of story structure and novel writing.

  4. Catie Rhodes says:

    Thanks for doing this, Gene. I miss a lot during the week. This gives me a chance to look at some things I didn’t catch.

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Hi Catie!

      Glad to help out. We all have busy weeks which is what makes “mash-ups” such a wonderful tool. Enjoy the links, all are incredible bloggers/authors with some of the best advice that I’ve been able to find.

      Happy surfing 🙂

  5. Jami Gold says:

    Thanks for the link. I appreciate it! And I missed some of those other articles. Great round-up! *runs off to check them*

  6. Great links! There were several I hadn’t seen. Thank you!

  7. Jen Kirchner says:

    I must admit, I look forward to your “Treasures” posts every week and am pretty surprised to see Mark and I listed here. I’m so glad you’re enjoying our stories. It’s such a rush to be involved with such amazing people. I’m truly honored.

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Hi Jen!

      I’ve truly enjoyed The Relic, a fun and thrilling ride, and Mark Lidstones Zombie series is off to a “bloody grand” start!

      Thanks for the compliment and the comment 🙂

  8. Manon Eileen says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out Gene, I appreciate it 😀

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