Blog Treasures 5~12

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*


The power of social media is in sharing; its greatest reciprocal potential in helping each other reach ever broader audiences. But. There is a right and a wrong way to “help” and the question comes down to: Just whom are you trying to help, yourself or the other person?

In this case, I am trying to help Kait Nolan help all of us. Here is the right way to do it:

Excerpt: “Social media is a great thing.  It is a lynchpin to any good platform that our content be shared.  Our mamas all taught us that sharing is a good thing.  But when it comes to sharing intellectual property like blog posts and…”

Link: Read the rest at: The Correct Way to Share by Kait Nolan

Now – Go read Kait’s post, seriously, this was the most relevant post I saw all week and it is absolutely worth the 5 minutes (or less for you fast readers) *smile*

On the Publishing Industry

The Ebook Marketplace is a long way from settled by Mike Shatzkin.

AAR Fail (Association of Authors Representives) by J.A. Konrath.

On Aspects of Publishing

3 Tips for Self-Publishing Success by Lindsay Buroker. Also from Lindsay: Can a Goodreads Giveaway Help With Book Promotion?

5 Inexpensive Book Marketing Tips by Marcia A. Richards.

Where will Self-Publishing Get Quality Control by Roz Morris.

A Third Alternative: Small Press by Bharti Kirchner guest posting at Elizabeth S. Craig’s site.

Ask a Formatting Expert. Answers! with Heather Adkins on the Bookshelf Muse.

How to Make Digital Products That Sell by Alexis Grant guest posting on Robert Lee Brewer’s site.

How Do Covers for a Series Work? by Bob Mayer. Lots of interesting examples in this post.

On Social Media

Author Blogging 101: Finding Time for Blogging by Joel Friedlander.

10 Tips for a DIY Author Website by Laura Drake.

How to Build (or Improve) Your Writer Website in 30 Days by Robert Lee Brewer.

Why Writers Should Engage in Social Media and Blogging by Dan Blank.

Four Little-Known Factors that Could Destroy Your Blogs Chances of Success by Marcy Kennedy.

On Writing Craft

Villains vs. Antagonists by Gabriela Pereira (DIYMFA). Also from Gabriela: 5 Archetypes for Supporting Characters.

Character Flaws: When is Too Far Too Far? by Jeannie Campbell.

Adding Conflict to Our Stories by Elizabeth S. Craig.

Smart Writers Expand Time by Margie Lawson guest posting on Writers in the Storm.

The Value of Reading Your WIP Outloud by Ava Jae.

Does Every Scene Need a Goal? by Jami Gold.

Setpiece Scenes – The Unlimited Production Budget by Alexandra Sokoloff.

25 Things Writers Should Know About Creating Mystery by Chuck Wendig.

On the Writer’s Life

How (Not) To Write a Novel by Ava Jae. Funny and insightful, this is a must read post.

The Tricks of a Therapeutic Writer by Natalie C. Markey.

The Future is about Teamwork, Humility & Innovation by Kristen Lamb.

Distinguishing Between Straight-Up Advice and Paradigm Shift by Jane Friedman.

From Writer to Author to Publisher to Marketer by Joel Friedlander.

How to Change the Editor Font in Scrivener for Windows by Kait Nolan.

Classes, Competitions and Writing Opportunities by Donna Newton.

Fun Posts!

Movies: Gloria Oliver reviews The Lucky One. Tiffany A. White reviews The Avengers. Jillian Dodd reviews The Avengers. Roni Loren reviews The Avengers – Boyfriends of the Week. From Ellie Soderstrom: Which Avenger Are You? A fun movie-based quiz – by the way, I’m Black Widow *grin*

Designing from Bones ~ A Modern Dystopia. “The strictures of society drive many to compliance, some to crime, a few to rebellion, and in one case, a man to found a nation among the waves. Nineteen days after anti-pirate radio legislation came into effect, Paddy Bates declared his sovereignty from England and renamed a small marine platform the Principality of Sealand…”

Peaceful Journeys!

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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11 Responses to Blog Treasures 5~12

  1. Marcia says:

    Oooh, what a delicious assortment of posts to read! I’m going to read Kait’s and Jane’s first! Can’t wait! Thanks Gene! Thanks for including my post among all these stellar bloggers!

  2. Thanks for including me in another great mash-up. I think the social media section is going to be my reading material over lunch 🙂

  3. LauraDrake says:

    I don’t know how you find time to write, Gene and find all these awesome posts – things I don’t see elsewhere. I’ve found a bunch of new blogs to follow along the way too!
    Thanks so much for the WITS mention!

  4. Great stuff as always, Gene. Thanks!

  5. Reetta Raitanen says:

    Brilliant mashup. Plenty of new posts to me. You really covered every aspect of the writing life.

  6. L.S. Engler says:

    Another awesome set of links for me to drool over! Thanks for sharing, Gene!

    And I love that you got Black Widow. I got Hawkeye by one point, since I had a little of everyone in there.

  7. Jenny Hansen says:

    I love that you’ve govered all the latest publishing brouhaha…I’ve been meaning to dig into that all week! Thanks, my friend. 🙂

    p.s. I am Hawkeye by one point. Hmmm….

  8. Jenny Hansen says:

    Um, that would be COVERED.

  9. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    Thanks for another awesome mashup, Gene!

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Thanks to everyone for stopping by and I’m glad that you found the links useful 🙂

      On “Black Widow”: This was not a close thing for me, I scored as Black Widow on all but one question where apparently a sleeper cell of Captain America lives. No one is perfect after all – gives me something to work on 🙂

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