Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week.
The ever fabulous Jami Gold starts us out this week with a pair of exceptional posts featuring an array of tips and insights that every writer will find valuable. Can We Have Too Much Voice? and Editing Tips – How To Use Color-Coding.
Reasons for a Trade Paper Edition by Dean Wesley Smith.
Surviving the Transition: How Writers Can Thrive in the New World of Publishing by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Do Legacy Publishers Treat Authors Badly? by J.A. Konrath.
From Joanna Penn: Marketing Direct to Kindle Readers – Advertising & KDP Select.
David Gaughran takes a look at Print Editions, Mailing Lists, Special Offers, Donations & Ad Spots.
From Bob Mayer: The Reality of Amazon and the Digital Publishing World.
On Social Media
Creating a Professional Website for Nearly Nothing, Except Time by Jen Talty hosted by the Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing.
From Jen Hansen: Triberr Part 5: The Boneyard and Other Tribe-y Hot Spots.
How Do Readers Find E-Books on Goodreads? by Tamara Ward via The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing.
On Writing Craft
Kristen Lamb delves into the Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues.
From Janice Hardy: What if Your Antagonist Isn’t A Villain?, How Important is Genre is Today’s World of E-books? & When To Add A Scene Break.
From the Bookshelf Muse: Character Trait: Naive. Weather Thesaurus: Flood.
Elevate Your Story Through the Sublime & Subliminal – Use of Sub-Text by Larry Brooks.
On the Writer’s Life
How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing by Joanna Penn. Excellent advice in this post!
25 Things I Want To Say To “Aspiring” Writers by Chuck Wendig.
Dan Blank explores how Analytics Should Tell Stories and Compel Action.
Pat Thunstrom takes an interesting look at Authorial Pragmatism.
Writer and health guru August McLaughlin shows us how Deadlines can be Lifelines for Writers.
Competitions & Writing Opportunities (#25) by Donna Newton.
Things are heating up as Holmes dissection of Iran’s past reaches the modern era. Check it out in Timeline Part V & The Rise of the Ayatollahs & the Hostage Rescue Attempt.
Jen Hansen brings us How to Prevent Sinning with the “Sin Collar”. The video with this post is a hilarious must see.
At times words escape us, and yet, in those moments the best words may appear. For a beautiful example of this check out Mhairi Simpson’s The Imperfection of Language.
Piper Bayard brought us an incredible Interview with Best-Selling author Vicki Hinze this week that is a must read.
Karen McFarland brings us a beauty of the natural world in Fire Fall – A Marvel of Nature!
Reviews & Recipes
Movies: Jess Witkins reviews her Top 10 Slightly Absurd Romantic Comedies. Jess also reviews The Tree of Life, Hugo & The Descendents this week. Jillian Dodd reviews This Means War. Lyn Midnight reviews What Dreams are made of – Hugo.
Television: Shea MacLeod reviews Grimm. Tiffany A. White reviews GCB, Breaking In & Fairly Legal. Tiffany also reviews The Firm this week while her partner in “crime” Amber West reviews Smash.
The recipe of the week comes from Jillian Dodd with the Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini. Can you say yum!
That’s all for this week.
Thank you (again!) for the mention, and the great roundup.
I loved most of these pieces the first time around. And can I say (blushing) I just learned August is a woman? Duh! She is a fabulous writer, and I’m happy to have dabbled over at her blog this week. As usual, great mash-up!
Wow—this mashup is chock-full of awesomeness. So honored by the inclusion. Thanks, Gene!
And thanks Renee! Your kudos mean a lot. (I was named after my great grandfather, so no blushing needed… ;))
Why thank you Gene for the mention. Wow! What an awesome list of must reads! 🙂
Thanks for the link, Gene!
More awesome posts to read! Thanks for rounding them up in one spot for me. I have the weekend off (for the Oscars you know!) so I’ll use some time to read through these for sure!
Thanks for mentioning mine! It’s not too late for people to get in on my Oscar contest and win a whole bunch of goodies!
Ditto for all the mentions (blushing too) and I cannot tell you how much your mashups have meant to me over the last few months of work craziness. Now that I understand how much your day job takes from you, I REALLY don’t know how you get so much done every week. I’m in awe, dude. Truly. 🙂
Dan: Happy to get the word out there. You are doing fantastic work for writers!
August: Always happy to have you on – excellent posts 🙂
Karen: You’re welcome 🙂
Pat: Great post!
Jess: Glad to fill your Oscar commercial time with great reads. Enjoy 🙂
Jen: I know many people have rough schedules like me (remember Jess at Christmas). Blog Treasures is my way of helping all of us keep up and it’s a total pleasure to do. Thanks, my friend 🙂
FAB line-up Gene. Will keep me busy the rest of the night. Luv it.
Thanks for including me in your blog. I love these posts that you do. You always find good stuff!
Gene, you have the best mash-ups on the planet. For real.
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I’m way off schedule this week, but still wanted to stop by and check out one of my favorite posts each week. Thanks for the inclusion, Gene!