Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week.
SOPA/PIPA was obviously at the center of the news this week (see the banner in the corner). After reading many articles on the subject I think that one by the brilliant Chuck Wendig sums it up the best: Why SOPA and PIPA and Other Anti-Piracy Bullshit Matters to Writers.
The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing brings us: Everybody in the pool! Understanding KDP Select.
From David Gaughran: The Joys of KDP Select: Patrice Fitzgerald’s Story. She breaks down her experience and provides tons of information in this post.
For all the NF writers out there (I can see you), Amy Shojai provides an excellent post on the Non-Fiction Proposal: Overview & Competition.
Dean Wesley Smith starts a new series “But why would you…?”, the first installment: Why Would You Not Publish to all Bookstores???
From Jane Friedman: E-Book Statistics for Authors to Watch. This is an excellent overview. Highly recommended.
On Social Media
Jenny Hansen continues her series on a new social media option, Triberr. How do I splash in the Triberr Kiddie Pool?
Carrie Mumford takes a look at WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org. Which is Right for You?
Kristen Lamb continues her “Don’t Eat the Butt” series with Lies That Can Poison Our Writing Career #2. Hint: If you are waiting for the approval of someone else to know you are a writer, you’re waiting on the wrong person.
On Writing Craft
Alexandra Sokoloff is masterful at translating the methods of screenwriting into the language of fiction. This week she answers the question: So what is a Sequence, really? The answer is one every writer will want to know.
Fae Rowen of Writers in the Storm covers a powerful tool for writers this week. Myers-Briggs: A Tool for Authors and Other Humans.
Janice Hardy brings us: It’s Alive! Poking Dead Scenes with a Stick, Part 2. Also be sure to check out Rhythm of the Words: Voice in Dialogue.
Jen Hansen hosted the brilliant Margie Lawson this week with an excellent post: Put Your Reader in the POV Character’s Skin. Great read!
On the Writers Life
Joanna (the Creative) Penn provides an excellent post on 7 Lessons for Writers from Leonardo Da Vinci.
From Donna Newton: Competitions & Writing Opportunities #20.
Jeannie Campbell is running a two-minute poll about writers, music and productivity: Writer’s Quiz: Music & Writing. Simple, easy and the results are always enlightening.
From Chuck Wendig: 25 Things Writers Should Start Doing (ASAFP). If you missed this, Chuck is always a fun and informative read.
Finding time to write is often a matter of planning (at least for me). Elizabeth S. Craig takes a look this week at Calendars for Organizing Writing & Life.
Ever wonder who the model for the Tough Cop Archetype was. The ever fabulous Holmes takes a look at Jelly Bryce – The Real Supercop. This is the stuff of legends.
Classics are the Ultimate Best Sellers by Ellie Soderstrom. I could not agree more.
I love myth, legend and mystery and the various religions are often loaded with all three (although not necessarily high in vitamin content). Shea MacLeod delves into one such myth this week in The Nephilim – Angels or Aliens?
K.B. Owen takes a fun and entertaining look at 19th Century “Personal Enhancement” Products. If you thought today’s ads and products were strange, wait til you see these.
Catie Rhodes takes a look at some Modern Day Outlaws. Fun Read!
Reviews & Recipes
Tiffany A. White covers a host of new shows in Why it’s Worth a Watch: Where we are now.
Annalise Green brings us a few fun book reviews in Some Precious Books for Your Consideration.
This one isn’t a review or a recipe, but I’m putting here (because I can *grin*): The Indie Eclective is running a Kindle Fire Giveaway! Find out about it on Shea MacLeod’s site and be sure to enter.