Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the last week. Enjoy the links!
When it comes to writing and blogging our readers and King, Queen and the rest of the Court. Jami Gold addresses this subject with two fantastic posts: How to Keep Readers on Your Side and When the Reader Becomes the Enemy: Lessons from Pottermore (written for Harry Potter for Writers).
On Publishing & Social Media
Thoughts on KDP Select from Kait Nolan.
Self-Publishing and the Definition of an Indie Author from Joanna (The Creative) Penn.
Beware the #FF Firehose from Kristen Lamb.
Tips for Dividing Your Novel for Serialization by Roz Morris.
How to Create Great Content for Your Blog from James Killick.
Making Marketing Connections from Jenny Bennett.
On the Craft of Writing
From Kristen Lamb: Is Your Novel a Spineless Weakling?
How to Squeeze the Most out of Scenes by Jami Gold.
From Donna Newton: Passive or Active: Which Voice Are You?
3 Ways to Work Through a Difficult First Draft by Christi Craig writing for Write It Sideways.
A Question of POV & Voice by Janice Hardy.
On the Writing Life
Competitions & Writing Opportunities from Donna Newton (tons of great opportunities here).
Should I Write a Memoir, a Novel or a Fictionalized Memoir? Roz Morris explores the differences.
Is Writing a Real Job? by Lauralynn Elliott (written for ROW80).
How to Use “Track Changes” in Word from Jenny Hansen. (great post for those looking to use this valuable tool).
From Carrie Mumford: 5 Favorite Blogs about Writing. (great resources).
Setting Goals (a Writers Bucket List) by Elizabeth S. Craig.
Dare to Fail, great post from Kait Nolan.
Fun & Interesting Links
Tour the Cluny Museum in Paris, France with Mary Jo Gibson. Also join Mary Jo for a deeper look at the history of saving antiquities, British illuminated manuscripts, a full size limewood carving and more in her Cabinet of Curiosities.
Top of the Food Chain? from K. B. Owen. (all about squirrels with cool linkage).
One of my all time favorites, Holmes, continues his series on the Cambridge Forty spy ring with John Cairncross (Working-class man of the Cambridge Forty) & John Cairncross (Favorite of the Soviets).
Shea MacLeod takes a great look at Christmas in Roman Misrule, Pagan Yule & an Attitude of Gratitude.
Coffee-snorting Holiday Videos from Jenny Hansen.
The Grinch is Pregnant by the very funny Myndi Shafer.
Holiday Survival with Bayard & Holmes (from Piper Bayard).
Movie & TV: Review of Arthur Christmas by Gloria Oliver. From Tiffany A. White: X-Men First-Class & Fast Five; Romantic Dramas Past & Present; Growing Pains & The Cosby Show. The Real Conflict (The Walking Dead) from Catie Rhodes.
Books: New Release, Dragonlace by Robin Lythgoe. Ashes to Beauty: The Real Cinderella Story review from Jeannie Campbell. Is this the Real Jane Austen? from The History Blog. Dark Corners by Liz Schulte review by Tiffany A. White. Five Book Reviews from Jenny Bennett. Review of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves from Sonia G. Medeiros.