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.
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).
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.