Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week.
Kristen Lamb, social media Jedi master, started a new series this week that I would recommend to every writer, every creative mind, heck, anyone that considers being a professional in life. Don’t Eat the Butt – Lies Can Poison Your Writing Career. “Owning it (the title of writer) is the first rite of passage” – Piper Bayard from the comment thread.
The Writers Guide to E-Publishing brings us a post on one of the eternal debates of the e-pub world: pricing. Ruth Harris, NYT Best Seller, explores the topic in: Case Study #1: E-book Pricing.
Amy Shojai brings us excellent advice and tips and she Dissects the Non-Fiction Proposal. Must Read for NF writers!
Jane Friedman takes an in-depth look at a topic that worries many writers, especially those with a backlist: Do You Hold E-Rights to Your Traditionally Published Book?
Marilyn Peake guest posts on David Gaughran’s site with Time Traveling Through the Past Decade of Publishing.
On Social Media
Roz Morris (a.k.a. @dirtywhitecandy) brings us an enlightening post on How I get time to blog as well as write. Also see Roz’s follow up post: Your new writing blog: Avoid these faux-pas.
James Chartrand guest posts on The Creative Penn with: Is Your Website Hurting Your Writing?
No one can travel the net without running into a few that seem bent creating havoc for others. Kristen Lamb explores this topic and how to handle it in: Here There Be Blog Trolls – How to Spot Them and What to do.
Jami Gold explores a topic that every blogger must consider: How Tightly Do You Control Your Blog?
Dan Blank gives us the inside scoop on how he Redesigned His Website.
On the Craft
Craft maven Janice Hardy brings us an insightful post on Knowing Where to Start Your Novel. The line forms where?
There are parts of the craft that can be learned and parts that can only be gained through practice and dedication. Chuck Wendig explores one of the second kind with wit and wisdom in 25 Things Writers Should Know About Finding Their Voice.
James Killick explores the heart of powerful fiction with How to Make Good Writing Great. Follow the in-post link to find the key to Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer’s success. Enlightening!
The Bookshelf Muse brings us two new resource additions to their thesaurus: Sky and Wounded.
On the Writing Life
Dean Wesley Smith is a new favorite that I’m excited to share with all of you. This week he explores Writer vs. Author in his New World of Publishing series.
Porter Anderson and Dan Blank team up to bring us Your Guide to Writing & Publishing Conferences, 2012.
One of the greatest dangers of the writing road is a tiny gremlin in our heads called Self-Defeat. This week, Ali Luke explores ways to put the gremlin in its cage in How to have Confidence in Your Writing – and Yourself.
Susan Bearman writing for Write it Sideways explores How Writing Groups Can Work For You.
Debra Eve loves to cover late bloomers and history, a combination I love. Check out her most recent look at Heinrich Schliemann & the Truth about Troy Part 1 and Part 2.
Jen Hansen is smart and witty and nails it on the head with A Discussion on “Man-speak” and her follow up Another Peek Into “Man-Speak”.
Painting and writing have much in common. Both study the emotion of a scene and attempt to bring out the character of living people in a non-living medium. Mary Jo Gibson explores Renaissance Portraits this week. See if you can determine the character of those portrayed, an enlightening study for the writing mind.
Catie Rhodes explores the haunted streets of the oldest town in Texas, Haunted Nocogdoches. Ever wonder what hauntings are floating around in your back woods?
Reviews & Recipes
Gloria Oliver reviews the movie “War Horse” (“Black Beauty meets the Red Violin!”).
“Some movies are like dear old friends,” says Sonia G. Medeiros as she takes a look at the movie Krull in Heroes, Glaives and Beasts, oh my!
Tiffany A. White takes a look at 2012’s New Dramas: Alcatraz, The Finder & The Firm.
Bayard & Holmes brings us a fun review of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Can’t wait to see this one!
Kristine Kathryn Rusch reviews 17 great reads in her Recommended Reading List 12/11.
A fantastic collection of treasures Gene. I agree that Kristen Lamb’s Don’t Eat the Butt – Lies Can Poison Your Writing Career is essential reading for any professional. Thanks for including me in such prestigious company. Art can bring new inspiration to any writer, even the tiny background images of life will change an individual’s perspective of possibilities.
True blog treasures, ROWbro. Great job, as always. ~clink~
Thank you, again, for putting me on your treasures list – and for curating so many more that I’ll be sure to hop to. Love the blog’s new outfit!
Loving this weekly roundup of awesomeness! Thanks once again for including me.
Another great line-up, Gene! I’m to visit a couple I missed! Have a great weekend and hope you’re walking!
Gene, you’ve seriously outdone yourself this time. I can’t thank you enough for keeping me up-to-date in the writing/publishing world. Don’t know how you do it, being such a busy, working, family man.(Oh I recall, you don’t sleep.)
And thanks for including me!
Great collection of links (as always!), Gene. Thanks for including me! 🙂
I, too, loved Kristen’s new series! She’s feeling fresh in 2012! Great reads – as always – and I remain in awe of how you keep track of this. I still haven’t figured out that secret. 😉
MJ: Kristen’s series is truly awesome. Hey, thanks for all the great art, you’ve inspired more than a few stories for me 🙂
Kerry: Thanks, bro ~clink~
Roz: Thanks for the compliment, I’m diggin the new suit too 🙂
Amy: Thanks and you’re welcome!
Marcia: Thanks and yes, I walked 5 times this week. Woohoo!
Debra: That I sleep is a vicious rumor, don’t believe it *grin* Glad to have you on, loved the Troy history.
Jami: Thanks and you’re welcome!
Renee: I keep a small tribe of magical elves in my basement, refuges really, they work cheap but shhhh its a secret 🙂
Yep, I second Debra’s assumption that you don’t sleep, but that’s a low commodity for me too, so we get to night owl together! 🙂 Soooo glad you enjoyed the posts on Man-Speak! Thanks for including those.
And thank you, thank you, huge triple-thank you for keeping up on all these great blogosphere happenings while I’m in the middle of software rollouts and haven’t been able to. You have no idea the service you’re providing. I appreciate it with huge cyber-hugs on top.
p.s. Pretty sure you’re in Triberr, just not with your Twitter hooked up. Do you want me to sic Dino on the matter?
As always, wonderful links! I can’t wait to go read Ruth Harris’ post about e-book pricing. This topic seems to almost be as hot as discussing DRM (digital rights management). Some people won’t even think about buying a first time novelist’s e-book if it’s more than $2.99, but I have a friend whose first book is priced well above that and she’s selling thousands of copies! What to do, what to do…
Also, thanks for including my blog post this week. Gene, you’re the best!
Great round up! Haven’t seen you in a while~
Another fantastic list of links, Gene. Gotta check some of these out, though I’m in zombie mode and too wiped out to comment. Thanks for putting this list together for us.
Great stuff, a very good read added to bookmarks so will head back for new content and to read other people’s comments. Cheers again.