Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the past week. My Irish ancestry begs me say:
Scott Turow, head of the Author’s Guild, created quite a stir over the last week when he foolishly leapt to defend the writing world from the evils of Amazon without seeming to know his facts. Since this is leading to a lawsuit that will affect writers, and it is smart business to stay on top of events like this, I’m featuring it to help you get up to speed, if you choose. David Gaughran breaks down Turow’s comments in Wrong About Everything. J.A Konrath and Barry Eisler give a realistic view in Presumed Inane. Dean Wesley Smith chimes in with “Scott Turow”. Scott’s interview with Salon.com: Scott Turow On Why We Should Fear Amazon.
Secrets of Traditional and Indie Publishing with NYT Bestseller C.J. Lyons from Joanna Penn.
Steena Holmes on Falling in Love with Indie Publishing guest posting for Tameri Etherton.
Does Publishing Support the Writer-Artist? by Kristen Lamb.
Profiting Outside Amazon guest post by Sarah Woodbury for David Gaughran.
Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson.
On Social Media
From social media Jedi master Kristen Lamb: Deadly Doses – Politics, Religion and Our Author Platform.
Blog Tours: The Good – The Bad – The Ugly by Cynthia D’Alba guest posting on Writers in the Storm.
The Write It Forward Author Branding Plan by Jen Talty.
From Donna Newton: So, You Want to be an Author, Part 3 – Social Media.
On Writing Craft
From the brilliance of Janice Hardy: Being Evil: Plotting from the Antagonist’s Perspective. Also: Clarifying What Your Characters Do.
What Do We Mean By “Strong Female Characters” by Marcy Kennedy. Insightful post!
Lessons I’ve Learned About Memoir Writing by Jenny Hansen guest posting for Nicole Basaraba.
From Joanna Penn: 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Memoir.
The SubTextual Gap: The what, why and how of Subtext by James Killick.
Tiffany Lawson Inman guest posts on Jenny Hansen’s site with What Is More Dramatic Than A Fight?
Why Do Research? Isn’t Imagination Enough? by Gordon Kirkland for EPubGuide.
On the Writer’s Life
Is Taking the Hard Road a “Waste”? by Jami Gold.
From Roni Loren: A Lesson in “Don’t Write To The Trend”.
Bridget Straub guest posts on Robert Lee Brewer’s (My Name is not Bob) site with Overcoming Depression to Publish A Novel.
From Donna Newton: Classes, Competitions and Writing Opportunities (#28).
Quit Plotting and Write from Martha Alderson (the Plot Whisperer).
From Chuck Wendig: 25 Things You Should Know About Creativity.
Context Means Everything: Weighing Feedback by Cate Woods.
From Kristina McMorris guest posting for Writers in the Storm: How to Handle a Scathing Review.
Writing Multiple Books a Year Doesn’t Take As Much Time As You Think by Elizabeth S. Craig.
Does taking a tour of Venice sound fun but the budget and time just aren’t there for it? Mary Jo Gibson profiles a way to take the tour from the comfort your favorite chair by using your iPad in Museum Planet: Venice, Italy.
Jenny Hansen asks one of the greatest questions of all time: Why are Bodily Functions So Dang Funny?
An Hour a Day Keeps the Drama at Bay by Ingrid Schaffenburg
Why ‘Carb’ is not a Cuss Word by August McLaughlin.
Love and Murder – Online a true and twisted tale from Catie Rhodes. Gripping read!
Reviews & Recipes
Books: Kristine Kathryn Rusch brings us her February Recommended Reading List, tons of great material! Slipping this in here for the attentive – St. Patrick’s Day Blowout: 30 Books by 26 Authors for 99 cents (special limited offer – see details at David Gaughran’s site).
Recipes: Kate Wood brings us a cool St. Patty’s Day treat in Lucky Eats. Mmm, cupcakes!