Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week.
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Kristen Lamb. That’s right, the Social Media for Writers Jedi Master herself, with three fantastic posts that you don’t want to miss: We Are Not Alone, Vol. 1, Who Will Rule Social Media? Introverts vs Extroverts (includes a cool vlog) & T.E.A.M – Together Everyone Achieves More.
Amazon You Confuse Me by Kait Nolan. All writers should pay attention to this one – something you may not have known or considered.
Why Giving Away Thousands of Free Books is a Good Thing by David Gaughran.
Dean Wesley Smith brings us his experienced view on Pricing Indie Books…Some 2012 Thoughts.
Why Amazon’s KDP Select is God’s Gift to Authors from Joanna Penn.
From Kristine Rusch: The Business Rusch: You Asked For My Opinion….
On Social Media
From Joanna Penn: Social Media: Why Don Draper Won’t Take Your Excuses
Some Bitly and a little more Klout by Jen Talty.
From Jane Friedman: Build a More Effective Author Website.
Can Blogging Help Your Writing Process? by Jenny Hansen.
On Writing Craft
Kait Nolan provides the best writing advice of the week (in my opinion) in Nothing Is Set In Stone.
Too Quick To Tears: Emotional Timing is Everything by Tiffany Lawson Inman guest posting on Writers in the Storm.
True Colors: Using Color Theory to Boost Your Writing by Gabriela Pereira (DIYMFA)
From Bob Mayer: Idea & Conflict: The Heart & Fuel of Your Story.
Revelations & Reveals: How to Surprise Your Reader by James Killick.
From Marcy Kennedy (Girls with Pens): 6 Ways to Develop Your Voice.
How To Begin a Romance Novel: Seven Tips by Ruthie Knox guest posting on Writers in the Storm.
From Jami Gold: Ask Jami – Editing Tips: Tightening Scenes.
On the Writer’s Life
Leaping Smart: Useful Steps for Authors by August McLaughlin.
From Donna Newton about the writer’s journey and defining your path: Back When I First Started to Write & So, You Want to be an Author? Part One – Why? And no, I didn’t forget, also from Donna: Classes, Competitions & Writing Opportunities (#26).
The Author Intros: Writers, Editors, Agents Wanted! from Lyn Midnight. Check out this new opportunity.
Tips for Writer’s Conferences by Elizabeth S. Craig.
The Incredible Power of Raphael’s Rooms by Mary Jo Gibson. One of the many beauties of the Vatican.
Ingrid Schaffenburg takes a does an interesting comparison of Mardi Gras and monogamous relationships in Let the Good Times Roll.
The Urge to Create Takes Many Forms, check out this cool one by Mhairi Simpson.
How to Insult Your Spouse & Get Away With It from Leanne Shirtliffe.
Books: Amanda Rudd reviews a pair of cool fairy tales in Nightmares & Beasts for Children.