Blog Treasures 4~21

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*

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Is Social Media taking away from your writing time? Have you ever sat down to send a couple tweets and then it was six hours later and you only signed off because the dog was chewing on your foot in hunger? If so, then this weeks featured post, by the fabulous and witty August McLaughlin is just what the doctor ordered: The Truth About Social Media Time Suck.

On the Publishing Industry

The Agency Model Sucks by J.A. Konrath.

Don’t Be Fooled: Big Publishing Hates Competition by David Gaughran.

The New World of Publishing: No Balance by Dean Wesley Smith. Excellent breakdown of money and contract issues between traditional and indie publishing streams.

The Changing Definition of Publishing by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

The Excitement of What’s Coming Around the Bend in Publishing by Elizabeth S. Craig.

On Aspects of Publishing

Professional Editors: The Smart Writer’s #1 Competitive Advantage by Joanna Penn.

25 Things You Should Know About Transmedia Storytelling by Chuck Wendig.

3 Selling Tactics Authors Can Borrow From Internet Marketing Guru’s by Lindsay Buroker.

Self-Publishing Tips: Cover Art by Gemma Halliday.

On Social Media

How to Set Up RSS for Your Blog by Carrie Mumford.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Get Found by Robert Lee Brewer.

Hash Tags – The Trouble With Twitter Tribbles by Kristen Lamb.

On Writing Craft

Man Up: Writing Male POV from Roni Loren. Also from Roni: The Not So Dreaded Synopsis.

Log Lines – part of Donna Newtons “So You Want To Be An Author” series. Excellent description of how to generate a powerful one-sentence summary.

Getting Critiques by Lisa Gail Green.

What Does “Writing Is Subjective” Mean? by Jami Gold.

Choosing a Historical Fiction Topic (or any topic) by Heather Webb guest posting for Janice Hardy.

On the Writer’s Life

How to use Timers to be More Productive by Ava Jae. Also from Ava, A Lesson from Bestsellers: Write Whatever You Want.

How to Streamline Daily Tasks to Make More Time For Writing by ReGi McClain guest posting for Lindsay Buroker.

Prep Work: Ways to be a More Productive Writer by Janice Hardy.

Jenny Hansen’s Top Ten OneNote Tips posted on K.B. Owens site. Full of excellent tips!

Four Secrets About Writer’s Conference Faculty by Marcy Kennedy.

Ways To Stay Creative by Robin Lythgoe. Lots of great tips in this post!

Fun Posts

For all the poets out there: Poetry Reading List and Resources from DIYMFA.

Three Pillars of Lasting Love by Ingrid Shaffenburg.

What makes you laugh? Try Catie Rhodes fantastic post On Humor.

Have you ever had to remind yourself Not To Glue Gun the Kids Together? by Leanne Shirtliffe *smile*.

This was a good week for all types of humor, as shown by Holmes with The Secret Service and its Not-So-Secret Booty Call.


Movies: Gloria Oliver reviews Lockout and Cabin In The Woods. Jillian Dodd reviews Mirror, Mirror. Tiffany White reviews the American Pie series of movies.

TV: Television Characters Worthy of a Slap by Tiffany A. White. Tiffany also reviews Lifetime’s The Client List. Amber West reviews ABC’s political drama Scandal.

About Gene Lempp

Gene Lempp is a writer blending elements of alternate history, the paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror for dark and delicious fun. He unearths stories by digging into history, archeology, myth and fable in his Designing from Bones blog series. “Only the moment is eternal and in a moment, everything will change,” sums the heart of his philosophy. You can find Gene at his Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, WANATribe, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
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12 Responses to Blog Treasures 4~21

  1. Marcia says:

    I’ve actually had time to read a few of these this week, but I love finding many i missed all in one place. Fantastic list, Gene! Thanks for scouring the internet for us!

  2. Not sure what’s better—the links or the stay-focused beagle-cop photo. 😉 Available for hire???
    Thanks for the super shout out, Gene! And for another fantastic compilation.

  3. jbw0123 says:

    Gee, where can I get a dog like that?

    Thanks for doing the weeding for us.

  4. I basically keep the tab of your Saturday mash-ups open through the week for when I get a chance to read. So much great material as usual 🙂

    Thanks again for including me.

  5. Roni Loren says:

    Thanks so much for the link love! 🙂 I always enjoy your round ups.

  6. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    Saturdays are one day that I actually have time to sit back and read lots of blogs. I love your Saturday mashups!!

  7. J Holmes says:

    Thank you for the links Gene.

  8. I found a few I need to check out! Great links as always, Gene. Took me a day to get here, but it’s totally worth the trip.

  9. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    I’ve been itching to get to your mashup all weekend. Great variety of links. Thanks so much, Gene. I really appreciate you putting these together for us. Even though I don’t have time to read all the links, I know where to go when I need to research a certain topic. All these treasures right here at our fingertips!

  10. Reetta Raitanen says:

    Excellent links about all aspects of writing life. I really needed the roundup since I’ve been out of the loop for past 5 days.

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  12. Piper Bayard says:

    Hi Gene. Thanks so much for the shout out. It’s always an honor to be featured on your blog. 🙂

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