Here you will find a selection of the best of the blogsphere from – well, a little over a month (yes, I was lost in a time/space wormhole, but a very nice group of Klingon’s gave me a lift home). It took me a bit to sift through the 1000+ posts, but I’m sure you’ll find something below that fits your interests and needs. You’ll notice a bit of a title and format change – this is for the best. Grab your coffee, straighten the glasses or spritz those contacts and above all – enjoy.
Best Resource Of The Week!
Ed Ditto: How to Publish from Word to Kindle in Under Ten Minutes. This is not a mere post – this is a Full Guide, with photo’s and step-by-step instruction. Great work, Ed!
On Author Platform
Dan Blank video interview Seth Godin on Kickstarter and the Value of Author Platform. This is an incredible video packed with useful information (and thinking) – and, if you’ve never seen Seth live, wow, let me tell you his energy radiates off the screen!
Lisa Hall-Wilson: Maximizing Facebook – What we can Learn from Puppy Dog Eyes and LOL Cats. Incredible tips, oh, and she is teaching a couple of classes on this that are so incredible they even made Kristen Lamb a believer. Just sayin.
Jenny Hansen: What do your Facebook interactions really say about You? Fantastic post with charts, insightful tips, and a cool new tool.
Kristen Lamb: The Most Powerful Social Media Tool Building an Author Platform
Cate Russell-Cole: Where to Promote your Blog. Great site resources.
Elizabeth Craig: Blogging for Writers. Post looks at a different view of blogging and its influence on your sales and reader connections.
Gabriela Pereira: Why Writers Should Write Guest Posts. Other than to get a complimentary drink or chocolate…
Joel Friedlander: Google+ Communities Create New Networks for Authors & Publishers.
Matthew Turner: How to Engage Your Readers. Excellent tips and ideas in this post.
Kristin Morin: Divide & Conquer: Building an Author Platform by Proxy. Lots of insightful tips.
Here there be Acid-Dripping Trolls…a Public Service Announcement.
Kristen Lamb: Plagiarism and Terrell Mims – A Chronic Case of EPIC Stupid. Excerpt: “I don’t even think I should have to blog about this, because COME ON! Plagiarism? In this day and age? REALLY???? Just…really. But, we live in a world that must caution us not to blow-dry our hair in the shower or use power saws while sleeping, so here goes. Plagiarism. Yes, it happens.”
Jami Gold: Behave…the Internet NEVER Forgets. Excerpt: “When we interact with people in real life, we’re often advised not to talk about politics or religion. Bringing up those emotionally charged topics is a good way to start arguments with strangers and friends alike. Yet I’ve seen countless authors, aspiring and published, break this rule online.”
Inform & Inspire
Amy Shojai: First Aid for Pets & Writers. Besides being the reincarnation of Princess Aurora able to call and calm the worlds favorite fauna, Amy also provides great resources for writers. This is her latest, anchored by an incredible speech by Neil Gaiman on creativity and following your dreams.
August McLaughlin: Reassuring Facts for the Creatively Compulsive. Excerpt: “If you’re one who has a tougher time pressing pause than start, I hope you find the following tidbits as comforting as I do. 5 Reassuring Facts for the Creatively Compulsive. 1. We’re not alone.”
Jami Gold: 12 Tips for Recovering from Writing Burnout. Excerpt: “Is Overdoing It a Given for Writers? Mental health professionals recommend that we avoid stress and overdoing things, but writing is a career of deadlines. The techniques to avoid burnout (getting enough sleep, saying no to deadlines, not taking on too much) aren’t always compatible with a writing career.”
Jeff Goins: Keep Dreaming – Even when they think you’re Nuts. Especially, when they think you’re nuts.
Larry Brooks: The Hierarchy of Clarity. How we think has much to do with how we achieve – Here there be great thinking.
Gabriela Pereira: Introduction to KidLit. Excerpt: “Whether you’re a writer who loves children’s books or that style of literature has never really spoken to you, we all have one thing in common: we were all kids once. At some point in our lives, we’ve all had that experience of finding a book that captured us in a profound way. Chances are that book was one we read as a child.”
Kristen Lamb: 10 Ways for an ADD Writer to be Productive. Excellent tips!
K.M. Weiland: K.M. is a tremendous resource for scene structure ideas. Here are a few you’ll want to take a look at:
Larry Brooks: The Trifecta of Storytelling Power. Keys and tips to unlocking your stories potential.
Janice Hardy: Janice is my go-to person for excellent writing advice and posts. Here are few to wet your appetite:
Suzannah Windsor Freeman: Want Agents to Read Your Novel? Do this first. Great tips!
Jami Gold: Will Omniscient POV ever be popular again? Excellent look at this topic.
Roz Morris: How to Strengthen a Story Idea. Great tips! Also from Roz:
Chuck Wendig: How Chuck Wendig Edits a Novel. I’m may it involve whiskey. And a flying pony. And maybe a death robot…
Dean Wesley Smith: Want to be an indie publisher? Know tons about writing but maybe not so much about Business (like me)? If you answered yes, you are in luck. Dean is updating his Think like a Publisher series, which is a basic guide into the business end of indie publishing. Give it a look, you’ll be glad you did.
Joanna Penn: State of Self-Publishing and 5 Things to Get Sorted. Brilliant and insightful. Includes an audio clip.
Susan Spann: Your Author Business Plan: Compare, Contrast & Conquer. Great tips.
Jeff Goins: Everyone Should Start an Online Business – Or, How you can be your own Patron.
Lindsay Buroker: Attending Conventions & Conferences as an Independent Author.
Donna Newton: Novel Layouts – Getting it Right. Tips and Tricks for the formatting ebooks.
The Coolest – Most Innovative – Resume I’ve Ever Seen
Philippe Dubost: An Amaz-ing Resume. Just go look, you will be awed by this one. Really, just go look!
On Marketing Technique
Elizabeth Craig: On Promo and Approaching Promo in 2013. Tips and ideas for finding a balance.
Dan Blank: In a Crowded Marketplace, Voice is Your Differentiator. Good insights.
Laura Pepper Wu: What makes a good Book Trailer? Some Key Elements to think about.
On the Writer’s Life
MaryJo Gibson: National Handwriting Day and the Artist. For those of us who still utilize and appreciate the artistry of longhand.
Kristen Lamb: Kristen is running a series of posts on “Enemies of the Art” – face it, we all carry roadblocks in our heads, erroneous thinking that can leave us curled up under a rock whispering “Redrum” over and over. Kristen provides common sense advice and a touch of tough love to help us avoid the pitfalls and find success.
Susan Spann: Susan is a lawyer and a shinobi (i.e. super-awesome ninja). Her current series on contract negotiations is a Must Read for anyone looking down the publishing road.
Joanna Penn: How to Publish a Book 101. Tips and tricks for book publishing.
Jane Friedman: Best Business Advice for Writers. Provides links to an array of useful content focused on improving our business practices and knowledge. Also from Jane:
Kristen Lamb: Predictions for the Future of Publishing and Authors of the Digital Age. Insightful post.
Lindsay Buroker: Thoughts on the Past & What’s Going to Work in the Future. Garnered from two years of intelligent experimentation in self-publishing – great insights.
Chuck Wendig: What Flavor of Publishing Will You Choose? Tip: Avoid the vanilla. Also from Chuck:
Bob Mayer: Looking Back and Ahead as an Author & Publisher. It’s Bob. It’s intelligent. It is worth the two minutes to read.
Laughter Saves the Soul
Piper Bayard: Princess Bride T-Shirt Sparks Terrorist Scare. Go watch it already – you know you want to (smile).
Jenny Hansen: Are Your Spammers trying to have Sex with You too? Need more be said – go read this!
On Recipes: Fuel for the creative body, mind & soul.
Jami Gold: Introducing the Query/Blurb Exchange Club. Excellent resource!
Elizabeth Craig: Help with Character Development. Links to a host of additional resources.
Cate Russell-Cole: Cate gave out a ton, and I do mean a full metric ton, of incredible resources at the end of the year. If you missed them, now is a second chance to fill your writing cart up with writerly gold: