Welcome to Blog Treasures! Here you’ll find the best of the blogsphere from the past week. So, grab your coffee, sit back and above all – enjoy *smile*
Hackers. Phishers. Scammers. Con Artists. All of them are out there, all the time, trying to find a way to take advantage of the unwary, happy-go-lucky, generally good citizen. This week Kristen Lamb posted a superb essay on the subject: how to be prepared and proactive when running into the criminal side of the technological world.
On the Publishing Industry
Jodi Picoult and the Myth of the Segregated Marketplace by David Gaughran. An eye opening post, especially for those that, or aspire to, self-publish.
My find of the week – Lindsay Buroker (@GoblinWriter), indie fantasy author with a kickass content-filled blog you’ll want to take time to peruse. Here are two to get you started: Are More Authors Than You Think Making A Living Self-Publishing? and Facebook or Twitter, Which is Better for Book Promotion?
From Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Writers and the DOJ Lawsuit on The Business Rusch. Enlightened and informative post.
From David Gaughran: How the Agency Model Led to an Anti-Trust Lawsuit.
On Aspects of Publishing
From Dean Wesley Smith: When to Mail Short Fiction to Traditional Publishers.
Conferences: How to Improve Your Pitching by Laura Drake.
Book Design: Choosing Your Paragraphing Style by Joel Friedlander. Also from Joel, Finding People to Read, Review and Recommend Your Book.
On Social Media
4 FREE E-Books for Writers by Carrie Mumford. Read Carrie’s post and you’ll know why I put this in the “on social media” category.
Are You Missing Blog Readers? by Jami Gold. If you had or were subscribed to a site through Google Friend Connect you’ll want to read this enlightening post.
If You Can’t Find Anything in the New Triberr, You’re in the Right Post by the ever fabulous Jenny Hansen.
The Wonder of Widgets on GoodReads by Tamara Ward.
My #1 most Retweeted tweet of the week goes to Robert Lee Brewer with How I Handle Social Media: Time Management Tips. It does contain excellent tips by the way *smile*
Pinterest and Blogging: 7 Keys to Success by August McLaughlin.
On Writing Craft
Six Tips to Make the Story Grab the Reader; Something Has to Happen by Alexandra Sokoloff.
The Details Make the Story by Lisa Hall-Wilson.
From Elizabeth S. Craig – her writing process: Lists and Layers. Interesting hints and advice in this post.
How to Create Characters that Fascinate by Becca Puglisi.
From Chuck Wendig: 25 Reasons I Hate Your Main Character.
Final Edits – What Do You Look For? by Roz Morris.
On the Writer’s Life
Tips for Writers: On the Importance of Persistence by Joanna Penn.
From Jane Friedman: Why It’s Okay To Be Naive.
Working all the “important” things into a day is the eternal quest of most writers. Here’s a great piece by Ava Jae on Time and Priorities for Writers with excellent tips and advice.
And to anchor this mini-run of posts (see I did have a theme in mind), a great post from the brilliant mind of Kristen Lamb: Stress Less, Write More.
Could You Be An Evil Person? by Marcy Kennedy. My answer: Yes, what fun is there in always being good? *grins*.
Find out about The Chocolate Diet over at K.B. Owen’s fantastic blog.
Spy Ships – In the Beginning by Holmes. Be wary of sailors bearing gifts.
Movies: Jillian Dodd reviews American Pie Reunion. Catie Rhodes reviews The Stepfather (1987 edition) while Tiffany White reviews The Stepfather (2009). Catie follows these two fantastic reviews up with John List: Inspiration for the Stepfather.
Books: Kristine Kathryn Rusch reviews 16 excellent works in her March Recommended Reading List.
Two Calls For Assistance I want to pass on:
1) The Bookshelf Muse Needs Your Help – lots of cute puppies for those that take a look.
2) DIY MFA is looking for an Intern – a rare and precious opportunity.