Blog Treasures 2-4

Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week.


Dean Wesley Smith adds two installments to his New World of Publishing Series this week: Pen Names and Following Others Advice. Great posts with excellent discussions in the comments.

On Publishing

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published from Jane Friedman.

Infringement, Fair Use and Derivative Works by DIYMFA.

From Amy Shojai: The Non-Fiction Proposal: Author Bio & Promo.

From Publishing Perspectives: A Self-Help Rights Guide for Independent Publishers.

The Business Rusch: The Book Trade by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

On Social Media

Indie E-Pub Authors…Beware of Sockpuppets from The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing. Informative post about those who use fake online identities to manipulate sites in order to promote themselves.

Promoting a Pen Name by Elizabeth S. Craig.

3 Numbers that Matter to Your Platform by Jane Friedman.

On the Writing Craft

Game Changer: Create an Inner Dialogue with your Hero, and your Villain by Larry Brooks. Also from Larry this week: So What’s Your Story(ies)? a breakdown of the master thread lines writers need to pay attention to.

The Empty World – Is Your World Eerily Deserted? by Roz Morris.

The the Bookshelf Muse, a master resource for writers: Character Trait: Disorganized.

From Janice Hardy: Person? Place? Thing? Let’s Talk About Nouns; Top 10 Self-Editing Tips.

25 Things You Should Know About Story Structure by Chuck Wendig.

Writing Lessons From Song Lyrics by Catie Rhodes.

On the Writing Life

From Donna Newton: Competitions & Writing Opportunities (#22).

Writing at the Speed of Light by David Gaughran. Will you take the challenge?

From Kristen Lamb: Training to be a Career Author – Writing is more than the Writing.

Nifty Tools for Tax Season by Jenny Hansen.

25 Ways to Come Up With Great Ideas for Your Writing by Ali Luke (Aliventures).

Dan Blank partners with Mediabistro to bring us a new class “Digital Content Strategy”.

From Jami Gold: What Makes You Feel Legitimate?

Fun Posts

The Making of an Intelligence Operative…Sort of, by Piper Bayard on Holmes.

K.B. Owen takes an entertaining look at “The Saint” by Leslie Charteris. Also, be sure to check out K.B’s excellent Backyard Gardening Tips. She is one versatile lady.

Angels and Ancient Aliens, by Shea MacLeod. “I’m not saying it was the aliens – but, it was the aliens.” Fun post!

Sonia G. Medeiros brings us her February Writing Challenge: Of Love and Leap Years.

Reviews & Recipes

Movie review of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by Gloria Oliver.

Waving Goodbye to “Chuck” (TV Review) by Tiffany A. White. Be sure to check out Tiffany’s review of the “Lying Game” while you’re there.

Jess Witkins reviews “Falling Through the Earth” by Danielle Trussoni.

Amanda Rudd reviews the “Fairy Tale Trap” by Emily Casey.

About Gene Lempp

Gene Lempp is a writer blending elements of alternate history, the paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror for dark and delicious fun. He unearths stories by digging into history, archeology, myth and fable in his Designing from Bones blog series. β€œOnly the moment is eternal and in a moment, everything will change,” sums the heart of his philosophy. You can find Gene at his Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, WANATribe, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
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15 Responses to Blog Treasures 2-4

  1. Thanks for the awesome resources, Gene!

  2. Oh my! So many I need to check out this week. Better make more tea. Thanks Gene!

  3. Piper Bayard says:

    Your excellent mashups are only one of the many treasures to be found on your blog. I appreciate your professionalism and devotion to excellence. Thank you for including me. It’s an honor.

  4. amyshojai says:

    Ohhh, I know what I’ll be doing today–reading, taking notes, reading some more. Thanks Gene!

  5. Laura Drake says:

    I am now a huge Catie Rhodes fan! Thanks, as always, Gene!

    • Gene Lempp says:

      August: You’re welcome πŸ™‚

      Tamari: More tea is always a good idea. Enjoy πŸ™‚

      Piper: Thank you and the honor is all mine. Always enjoy posts by you and Holmes.

      Amy: Enjoy πŸ™‚

      Laura: Catie is incredible, always has fantastic posts. Enjoy the links πŸ™‚

  6. K.B. Owen says:

    Wow, Gene, a double recommendation! Thanks for the kind words and linky-love!

  7. Marcia says:

    Great mash-up, Gene, as always!

  8. Another wonderful mashup. I love how you put so much good stuff in one spot. Thanks, Gene! And thanks for including me. πŸ˜€

  9. Jenny Hansen says:

    Holy cowbell, I love your Saturday posts!! You help me be a busy mom and worker-be AND keep up with the happenings in our writing world. I don’t see a single post here that I’m not excited to read. Thanks for including mine!! πŸ™‚

  10. Jami Gold says:

    Thanks for the link, Gene! I missed *everything* during this crazy week, so I’m so glad I have you to round these up for us. πŸ™‚

  11. Jess Witkins says:

    Two weeks in a row! You flatter me, Lempp. But I’m not done reading all the posts from last week’s mash up!!! Slow down already, you’re making the rest of us look bad. πŸ˜› LOL

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  13. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    Week after week you put together awesome mashups for us, Gene. That sockpuppet post has piqued my curiosity. Gotta check it out first. So many great links. Thanks!

  14. Wow, Gene…as always, you have outdone yourself! So many great links to check out that I haven’t already seen. And thanks for the linky love for Chuck and The Lying Game. πŸ™‚

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