Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week.
Normally, I do a writing or publishing post here. But not this week. Nope. Because – this week I have something even more important to share with you –
– over at the brilliant, quirky and stupendously fun Clay Morgan’s site. Join the contest, leave a comment, read the comments (hilarious stuff in there) and enjoy a blast with your favorite movie heroes.
Every week, Porter Anderson compiles a comprehensive report on the publishing world called Writing on the Ether – hosted by Jane Friedman – this is an excellent way to stay on top of the ever shifting sands of the industry. Give it a look.
From Joanna “the Creative” Penn: The 7 Worst Mistakes of Indie Authors and How to Fix Them.
Agent Fun & Stupidity from Dean Wesley Smith.
Beware of Kings with no Clothing – Calculation on Royalty Fees in Publishing Contracts by Susan Spann posting at Writers in the Storm.
From Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Lies, Damned Lie and Statistics – The Business Rusch.
When Does Fan Fiction Cross an Ethical Line by Jami Gold.
From Bob Mayer: The Secret Handshake of Successful Digital Publishing.
How to Submit to Literary Magazines by Gabriela Pereira.
On Social Media
How To Make LinkedIn Your Happy Place by Jen Hansen
From Dan Blank: Building Your Author Platform Should Be Like Joining Weight Watchers. Lots of great advice in this post.
How to Identify Top Websites & Blogs in Your Category by Jane Friedman.
Not Just Another Writer’s Writing Blog by Susan Bearman at Write It Sideways.
Personality Online – How Much Is Too Much? by Mhairi Simpson.
On Writing Craft
25 Things You Should Know About Word Choice by Chuck Wendig.
From the Bookshelf Muse: Character Trait: Thrifty.
Writing Historical Fiction by Joanna Penn.
Driving the Hero’s Journey by Rachel Funk Heller. This is one of the best analogies of the Hero’s Journey concept I’ve seen – well worth the read.
What Makes a Character Unique? by Jami Gold.
Understanding and Controlling Pace by Janice Hardy.
On the Writer’s Life
Nine Writing Milestones to Celebrate (And Aim For) by Ali Luke.
From Roni Loren: 12 Writer Woes and How To Cure Them.
The Most Underestimated Key to Success from The Matrix by Marcy Kennedy.
Finding the Right Home for Your Work by Gabriela Pereira (DIYMFA).
From J. A. Konrath: Writing Matters.
So, You Want to be an Author? Part 2 – Genre by Donna Newton.
Finding Writers in Real Life by Kait Nolan. By the way – Did you know Kait’s RED is a finalist in the DABWAHA Tourney? Show your support for a superb indie writer!
From the Brilliant Shea MacLeod: Zombies and Romance. What combination could be better then this?
Fantastic post from Catie Rhodes on a deep-rooted paranormal folktale The Pool From Which We All Drink (based on a statement by Stephen King).
Understanding Texicans from David N. Walker.
Research Made Me Do It. Really. by Tameri Etherton.
Doorjamb Found that Proves Fictional Pharaoh Existed by Livius Drusus (The History Blog). Makes one wonder what archeologists will find 500 years from now to prove any of us existed?
When Someone Shows You Who They Really Are by Ingrid Shaffenburg
Embracing Mid-Life: Part 1 by Marcia A. Richards.
Books: Jess Witkins reviews Shifting by Bethany Wiggins.