Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week.
This week I’m featuring a subject: The New Publishing Paradigm. Here are the best of the week from some of the brightest minds in indie publishing today exploring this subject. Amazon will Destroy You by J.A. Konrath. The Future of Big Publishing in the New Paradigm by Kristen Lamb. Amazon is Creating Competition Not Killing It by David Gaughran. Readers Matter from Kait Nolan.
From Kristine Kathryn Rusch: The Business Rusch: Sneaky Growth. Excellent post!
Should You Publish Your Novel to Build Your Platform? by Roz Morris.
From Mike Shatzkin: By One Benchmark (at least) We Are Halfway Through the Revolution.
On Social Media
Your Author Platform: Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better by Dan Blank.
From the “fantabulous” Jenny Hansen: Does Being an Introvert or an Extrovert Affect Blogging? Excellent comments well worth the read.
How to Stay Safe and Secure Online from Amber West.
One Trick For Keeping Track of Clicks by Jen Talty.
From Jane Friedman: 2 Ways to Make the Most of Goodreads.
16 Reasons Pinterest is Worth Your Time from Marcia A. Richards.
Natalie Hartford guest posts on Elena Aitken’s site with Managing the Social Media Beast.
On the Writing Craft
Key Story Elements: Lessons From Musical Theater from Alexandra Sokoloff (tons of great examples in this post).
From James Killick: How to Create Suspense.
25 Things You Should Know About Protagonists from Chuck Wendig.
Elizabeth S. Craig takes a look at the benefits of Thinking Like A Reader.
How To Revise for Structure Part II from Jami Gold. Excellent downloadable resources!
Know Before You Go: Should You Know Your Genre First? from Janice Hardy. Also check out Janice’s advice on Avoiding the Dreaded Infodump.
From Angela Ackerman at the Bookshelf Muse: Character Trait Entry: Clever & Weather Entry: Sleet. Angela also guest posted on Write to Done this week with a great post on how to Turn Your Writing Weaknesses into Strength.
Place Description: It’s About Atmosphere, Not a Travel Log from Sharla Rae at Writers in the Storm.
On the Writing Life
Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling – What To Do When You Feel Burned Out from the fantastic Kristen Lamb.
Foods for a Beautiful Brain from writing health expert August McLaughlin
Dan Blank guest posts on the Creative Penn with a Writing and Publishing Conference Round Up.
Writers Retreats – Time for You from the Writers Guide to E-Publishing.
From Donna Newton: Competitions & Writing Opportunities (#24).
Why Writers Must Be Readers First from Gabriela Pereira (DIYMFA).
Shea MacLeod explores the history and realities of Voodoo in That Voodoo That You Do.
“Get Off Me!” A Sad (but funny) Valentine’s Day Tale from Jenny Hansen.
When Being Locked Up Doesn’t Mean He Loves You from Piper Bayard.
Books: Kristine Kathryn Rusch brings us her January 2012 Recommended Reading List (includes review of Stephen Kings 11/22/63). Tony Bandy from Teleread shared a tremendous resource with us this week: Internet Archives Texts: E-Books for Everyone!