Blog Treasures 4~28

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*


“There is no one way to build a successful writing career but there are essential ingredients. One of the most important, I believe, boils down to two little words: saying no.” This is the opening for this weeks featured post by the fabulous August McLaughlin – Check Out the Rest at -> Saying “No” – A Successful Writer’s Must.

On the Publishing Industry

Should You Price Ebooks at 99 cents when You’re a New, Unknown Author by Lindsay Buroker. Also from Lindsay: Ebook Pricing, How Much is Too Much?

Pricing, Visibility & Experimentation by David Gaughran.

From Dean Wesley Smith: Think Like a Publisher: Early Decisions & Think Like a Publisher: Expected Costs.

Kait Nolan had a fantastic post this week that is a Must Read: Say What You Want About Amazon’s Business Practices, But They Treat Customers Right. And a great follow up to that is Amazon may not be the Bad Guy and Publishers Need To Innovate via Teleread. The moral of this story: Don’t bash the innovator if you aren’t willing to innovate.

On Aspects of Publishing

Traditional – POD – Indie – Oh My! Publishing Choices by Susan Spann via Writers in the Storm.

Traditional Publishing & Self-Publishing Are Not Mutually Exclusive by Joanna Penn.

How Do You Balance Writing With Platform Building? by Jane Friedman. Excellent tips!

On Social Media

5 Resources to Help You Write SEO Friendly Blog Posts by Carrie Mumford. This is an awesome opening resource for those looking for ways to expand their site visibility.

How I Built My Author Website by Roni Loren.

Making Time To Be Socially-Smart by Natalie C. Markey.

GoodReads vs. Library Thing by Tamara Ward via EPubGuide.

On Writing Craft

How To Write A Novel Without Selling Your Soul by Nick Thacker via Joanna Penn’s site.

5 Steps To Testing Your Opening Scene by the magnificent Roni Loren.

How To Create a Remarkable Writing Voice by Les Edgerton via Kristen Lamb’s site.

How (Not) To Write Great Characters by Ava Jae. Also from Ava: How To Finish Writing a Novel.

3 Exercises for Perfecting Your First Page by Jane Friedman.

The Key Ingredient for Dramatic Tension – Understanding the Antagonist by Kristen Lamb.

Tips for Writing Back Cover Copy by Roz Morris via Jami Gold’s site.

On the Writer’s Life

10 Ways Free iPhone Apps Supercharge Writers by Joel Friedlander.

4 Writing Tips on Getting Started for Young Authors by Lisa Hall-Wilson.

Productivity Tools for Writers by Gabriela Pereira (DIYMFA). Also from Gabriela: 5 Pockets of Time You Never Knew You Had.

Us vs. Them – A Call for Detente in the Author Wars by Laura Drake via Writers in the Storm.

How to be both Original and Universal by James Killick.

Do You Worry You Won’t Succeed as a Writer? by Marcy Kennedy.

From Donna Newton: Classes, Competitions & Writing Opportunities.

Fun Posts!

Fitness guru and writer, August McLaughlin has some awesome snack tips in Healthy Snack Attack!

What Makes Someone Sexy? by Leanne Shirtliffe.

Breaking Down Garden Design Into Colorful Niches by Shawna Coronado. And as a follow up to this (because I know Shawna and Lisa Hall-Wilson spoke), from Lisa: DIY Vertical Gardening Tips.

10 Computer Phrases that Sound Dirty but Aren’t by Jenny Hansen.

Spy Ships – The U.S. Navy Comes of Age by Holmes.

Puppy Rescue – What to Expect by Amy Shojai.

Movie Reviews

From Gloria Oliver: Cabin in the Woods and The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

From Jillian Dodd: Think Like a Man. Be sure to check out Jillian’s MANday Challenge to get CJ West to flash his abs – click the review link to find the details.

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 4~28

  1. Jenny Hansen says:

    Ooooh, I have the first commenter slot! How exciting…

    I don’t even know where to start my thank you’s. Should it be for:

    – The shout out to TWO posts from Writers In The Storm?
    – Mentioning my “naughty” computer phrase post?
    – All these amazing links I get to browse this weekend?
    – Just being the rockstar you are…

    I can’t pick. So, for all of the above, many thanks!!! 🙂

  2. LauraDrake says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, Gene! I’ve found your mash ups to be great, not only for great information/education, but I almost always come up with great ideas for subjects for my own blogs!
    You do a wonderful serice here, thank you.

  3. Fantastic resources, Gene! I’m so honored to be among them. I seriously think you should hold the Mayor of Mash-Ups position—sponsors, paychecks, the whole shebang. 😉 Thanks for all you do for writers. Admirable to say the least.

  4. Awesome links, Gene! I’ve got five new posts I need to read. Now all I need is a nice cup of tea and I’ve got my morning set. Thanks for all the fab writer stuff and just plain fun links you provide.

  5. Carrie M says:

    Thanks for the fantastic links and the mention! Just like Tameri, I’m off to make a tea and settle in for some blog reading.

  6. You listed all my favorite posts from the week, and some great sounding posts I haven’t seen yet. Thanks again for including me in such great company 🙂

  7. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    I love August’s title for you, Mayor of Mash-Ups! You get my vote, Gene! Thanks for another awesome mash-up.

  8. Reetta Raitanen says:

    You feature all the latest and greatest posts a writer can need, Gene. Thank you so much for taking the time to curate for us all.

  9. Thanks for the mention, Gene!

    Glad to come across your site again!

  10. Woot! Thanks for the mentions 😛 Much appreciated. I’m with August. Gene for Mayor!

  11. Marcia says:

    I, also, love your mash-ups! I read 6 of them before commenting because they sounded too good to wait on. Now I have to go read a couple others I missed. Thanks, Gene!

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