Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week. Hope your New Year is bright and productive!
The best of week award goes to Jami Gold for her in-depth and exceptional post: Pitch Prep: How to Write a Pitch. Jami digs for a nugget and comes back with a mountain of treasure. Absolute must read! Be sure to check out Jami’s follow up post as well: Pitch Prep: What Makes A Great First Page?
Publishing & Social Media
The most shared post of the week (from the hundreds I share weekly) is Chuck Wendig’s 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing (right f*ing now). Give it a look if you haven’t already.
Jane Friedman is an excellent source for all things publishing. This week she asks (and answers) a question that on every writers mind at one time or another: How Do You Know If Your Agent Is Any Good?
Amy Shojai brings us solid advice this week in Non-fiction Proposals: Query or Not?
Theresa Stevens of Edittorrent brings us a great post on blogging and platform this week: Your Author Blog or Website.
Mike Shatzkin brings us an excellent and in-depth post on the publishing world in: The Digital Future Still is a Mystery if You Don’t Publish “Immersive Reading”.
My favorite craft maven, Janice Hardy, runs one of the best craft sites on the web. Here are a few gems from her this week: Reevaluating Your Writing Process, Three Things Die Hard Can Teach Us About Seamless Plotting and Making Backstory Work For You.
Angela Ackerman takes a look at Winter in the Bookshelf Muse’s latest weather thesaurus offering. Congrats to the Muse on being named one of the top 10 sites for writers in 2011-2012!
Every project starts with brainstorming (at least for most of us). Kait Nolan brings us an insightful little post down this line that worth the read: A Note on Brainstorming.
Lisa Gail Green always brings us excellent (and quirky) insight on writing. This week she explores The Isn’t My Character THE BEST Syndrome.
Kristen Lamb brings us a masterful treasure trove of writer resources in: Kung-fu Writing: Taking On The Year of the Dragon.
The Writing Life
Life, especially for writers, is full of ups and downs. We either roll with them or they roll us away. Mhairi Simpson shares her insightful look back over the lessons of 2011 and provides excellent advice heading into 2012: Looking Back and Taking Responsibility for Your Dreams.
Dan Blank challenges us to start the year off right with expert advice in Are You Planning Strategically or Just Putting Out Fires?
Being a writer, full-time, part-time, traditional or indie is no easy feat. NYT Best-Seller Bob Mayer shares his thoughts and 20 years of experience with us in: Goal Setting for Writers in 2012.
Gabriela Pereira (DIYMFA) provides with a fantastic article full of inspirational quotes that are guaranteed to inspire us to get up and move forward on even the darkest writing days: Making the Most of Failure.
Donna Newton shares another fantastic Competitions & Writing Opportunities Round Up.
Mary Jo Gibson shares the art and wonder of the Clark Museum with us. A single piece of art is worth a novel. Or two. If you’re looking for inspiration this is a must read.
August McLaughlin is always on the look out for our health, wellness and safety. This week she brings us a post on Lifesaving Resolution: Mindful Driving.
I love history and myth and aliens and…well, you get it. My personal favorite from the week is an post by Kate Wood: Ancient…Aliens? Fun and insightful read, give it a look.
Piper Bayard always finds the most incredible stories. This one will have you rolling: Dennis Rodman to Coach Topless Women’s Basketball Team. Wow, I’d ask if it can get weirder but somehow I think it always can.
Piper’s writing partner, the shadowy and brilliant Holmes is one of my favorite history bloggers. This week he takes a look at the Four Freedoms (F.D.R and the American mission statement). If you want to know how the U.S. started on its current path, here it is.
Reviews & Recipes
Amanda Rudd reviews Mastiff by Tamora Pierce: Exciting Journey, Rough Ending.
Pat Thunstrom reviews The Clockwork Giant by Brooke Johnson.
Lynn Kelley reviews Princess Kandake by Stephanie Jefferson.
Jen Talty offers us an excerpt from her latest work: Jane Doe’s Return, which, by the way, is FREE on Kindle for the next few days. Great opportunity!