Blog Treasures 2-11

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


Jen Talty, the lovely and brilliant partner of Bob Mayer at Who Dares Wins Publishing asks the question of the week: If You Don’t Exist On The Internet Do You Exist At All? Great post and comment string.

On Publishing

Self-Publishing is Easy…and Other Myths from Talli Roland (WG2E).

From Dean Wesley Smith: What Indie Production Actually Costs. Enlightening Post!

10 Questions to Ask Before Committing to Any E-Publishing Service by Jane Friedman.

From David Gaughran: Comprehensive Self-Publishing Survey – Please Participate!

Clever Moves all around in the B&N and Amazon Chess Game by Mike Shatzkin.

Why Kindle Select Might Be Bad for Self-Published Authors by Chris Matthews (Teleread).

From Gabriela Pereira (DIYMFA): Copyright Resource List.

On Social Media

From Kristen Lamb: 10 Ways to Improve Your Likeability Quotient.

Alexis Grant guest posts on The Creative Penn with Make Your Own Luck In Social Media.

From Jane Friedman: Please Don’t Blog Your Book: 4 Reasons Why.

Become Friendly with Goodreads by Tamara Ward (WG2E).

From Jen Hansen: Triberr 4: Lazing Around in the Royal Triberr Hot Tub.

On the Writing Craft

The story begins here – or here – or wait, over here. Roz Morris discusses the pro’s and cons of Prologues: Please Use Responsibly.

From Jami Gold: How To Use The “Save the Cat” Beat Sheet for Revisions. Excellent downloadable sheet with this post that you’ll want to check out.

Descriptions That Pack a Punch! from Laura Drake of Writers in the Storm.

From DIYMFA: 5 Promises You Make to Your Reader.

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi at the Bookshelf Muse were busy this week with three excellent and useful entries for us: Character Entry: Visionary, Setting Entry: Catacombs & Weather/Phenomenon Entry: Eclipse.

On the Writers Life

Barbara McDowell guests posts on Natalie Hartford’s Blog with a superb piece on Rehab for Writer’s in Hiding.

From Joanna Penn (the Creative Penn): Scrivener: 3 Reasons You Should Use It For Your Book.

From Amy Shojai: Non-Fiction Proposals & Samples.

A New Approach to a Traditional Group – The Concept Critique from Kristen Lamb.

August McLaughlin brings us an excellent post on Pursuing Passion (LSR #7).

9 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write from Ali Luke (Aliventures).

From Donna Newton: Competitions and Writing Opportunities (#23).

Fun Posts

It’s no secret that I love history. Holmes started a new series this week: Special Edition Iran – Timeline Part One & Timeline Part Two. Take a look, you might be surprised at what you discover.

25 Reasons Why Writers are Bug-Fuck Nuts by Chuck Wendig.

Debra Eve takes a look at Jules Verne: From Failed Stockbroker to Father of Science Fiction.

The Men’s Guide to the Perfect Valentine’s Gift by Jillian Dodd. Lots of cool gift ideas in this one.


Movies & TV: Gloria Oliver reviews “Man on a Ledge”. Tiffany A. White reviews a host of paranormal shows in Supernaturally Yours – Warlocks & Breaking Out to Do Good (Break Out Kings). Amber West reviews the TV police procedural Southland.

Books: Pat Thunstrom reviews “Shotgun Gravy” by Chuck Wendig. Gene Lempp reviews “The Tiger Warrior” by David Gibbins. Jane Friedman shares 7 Free E-books for Writers.

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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18 Responses to Blog Treasures 2-11

  1. Natasha says:

    Wow!!! Thanks for connecting us to these great writers!!!

  2. Thanks for sharing the review, Gene. Shotgun Gravy was definitely a great read.

  3. Jen Talty says:

    Thanks for the shout out! What a great list of resources. Head is exploding going through them all.

  4. Wow. So many great links I’ve missed! Thanks so much, Gene, both for this mashup and my inclusion. πŸ™‚

  5. Fab mashup, Gene! Thanks for including my guest post at Natalie’s digs. Appreciate it. πŸ™‚

    I keep hearing people talking about “Save the Cat.” I’m going to check that one out. As well as the Goodreads tips since I’m getting into using that more efficiently.

  6. Thanks again for the blog love, Gene. As always, you point me in wonderful directions.
    Laura Drake swears by Save the Cat, too!
    -Fae Rowen

  7. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    Great writer’s posts! And thanks for sharing my Valentine’s gift guide for men!!

  8. Jenny Hansen says:

    Oooh-oooh!! You have Scrivener, Snyder, cool indie stuff AND me. (And when is your Scrivener post coming, dude? I need it!!)

    I get blown away every Saturday, Gene. You help make my weekend with this EVERY week, but during software rollout weeks like I’ve had lately, it’s such a relief to feel like I’m not missing out on all the great posts.


  9. Piper Bayard says:

    Thanks so much for giving Holmes the shout out. I’m finding this fascinating. Hold on for the ride when he gets to what’s happening in the present day. Many people won’t believe it because it’s so very far from the American mindset. Honored, Gene. You have the best mashups.

  10. Diane Tibert says:

    Usually I arrive and devour these links without saying thank you. So I’m back to explore more links and thought I should drop a line: Thank you for gathering and posting these wonderful links. I’m always on the look out for the topics covered in them and it’s great to find them all in one place.

    And now I’m off to do more exploring.

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Thanks to everyone for stopping by and I’m glad you are finding the links useful. I’m looking at ways to refine Blog Treasures, watching what you are finding useful and hope over the next couple of months to make it an even more valuable resource. Stay tuned.

      Barbara: Right with you. Loved Save the Cat and currently learning Goodreads and how to use it effectively. Slow process.

      Piper: I’m looking forward to it. Love Holmes posts and yours, of course πŸ˜€

      Diane: Nice to see you and I’m glad the links are helping out. Explore to your hearts content πŸ™‚

  11. Amazing line-up. I’ll be spending sometime this evening going through the amazing posts. And thanks for the fab shout-out. πŸ™‚

  12. Lynn Kelley says:

    I feel like a kid in a candy store with all these great links. Thanks so much, Gene!

  13. Jami Gold says:

    Thanks for the link, Gene! Great roundup, as always. πŸ™‚ I think I just opened about 15 tabs. LOL!

  14. Again, so many great links…thanks for including me, Gene!

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  16. Marcia says:

    I’m so far behind, I feel like the White Rabbit! I missed all of Jane Friedman’s posts and I see others I want to read. thanks Gene for pulling these all together in one awesome place!

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