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
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!
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.
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.