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 Publishing and Social Media
The fabulous Jen Talty discusses alternatives to traditional publishing in Notes from Thrillerfest Part 2. Then, New York Times Bestseller Bob Mayer wraps up the series in Thrillerfest Wrap Up– Thoughts on Traditional Publishing, Agents and Self-Publishing.
Janice Hardy takes an in-depth look at Marketing to the Middle Grade. Post includes excellent resources and site reviews.
Historical fiction author, Haley Whitehall, launched her new website and Twitter hashtag (#LightonHistory) Thursday. Stop by and check out the site then drop her a line a Twitter.
Hubspot Blog brings us an excellent article by Kara Sassone: 9 Insider PR tips for Attracting Media Attention (that don’t require running down a football field in boxers or less).
On the Craft of Writing
The writing life can be hard on us physically. Writing guru extraordinaire Kristen Lamb offers us Tips for Being a Healthy Writer. Because it is important that our manuscripts stay in good shape along with us, Kristen also gives us advice on Editing – Meet the Novel-Killer.
Larry Brooks explores the power of Sub-Text in “The Help”: Recognizing the Screaming Power of Narrative Sub-Text.
Is pacing your novel becoming a struggle? Janice Hardy offers us some excellent advice in Move Along: Fixing Problem Pacing.
Looking for tips on how to best convey your Theme? Roz Morris brings us excellent tips and advice in Theme: Don’t Get Down in the Dumps.
Fae Rowen continues her World-Building series with a deep look at Social and Cultural Aspects over at Writers in the Storm.
Susan Bischoff discusses the need for writers to be vigilant and flexible with their writing process in My Second Book Syndrome: Change of Process.
Ever wonder what word count is acceptable for your genre. Elizabeth S. Craig brings us her Thoughts and Links on Word Count. Is your character feeling a bit two-dimensional? Well, Elizabeth also offers us tips this week for Fluffing up a Character.
Cat Woods brings us a powerful series of posts that explore the depths of our characters motivations in Psychological Writing Series: Honor. Be sure to check out her other posts on Integrity, Honesty, Truth and Loyalty.
One of the best writer resources out there, The Bookshelf Muse, defined several more fascinating topics this week: Character Trait: Honesty and Weather Thesaurus: Dust or Sandstorm written by Jami Gold. Be sure to check out Jami’s video’s of the recent haboob (yes, that’s what this type of dust storm is called) that hit Phoenix in her Writer Resource post. Awe-inspiring!
Fun sites and Fan Fiction
K.B. Owen gives us a fashion show, 19th Century style: The Nightdress.
Female spies need more press and luckily for us Piper Bayard’s partner Holmes has provided us with an exceptional look at them in Mata Hari, Anne Chapman & Booty Spooks.
The ever fantastic Jess Witkins brings us another incredible travelogue from her recent adventure in New Orleans: Saints & Sinners.
Catie Rhodes takes an entertaining look at songs written about real people in Behind the Music.
The “Artier, Smartier” Late Bloomer, Elle B, brings us an inspirational post about 6 Late Blooming Athletes to Get You Going.
Jen Kirchner’s Site 27 is off to a dangerous and mind-bending start. Join in this “vote-your-own-adventure” thriller.
Steve Montano has a fun vampocalypse short fiction series running in Tales of a Blood Earth.
If you missed the Life List Club blog fest yesterday you can find my guest post, Gremlins and Goals over at the fantastic Lyn Midnights site.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to check back on Wednesday when I’ll be exploring an island Dystopia with an ancient and rich history in my Designing from Bones series.