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Friday
Aug052011

Fill-Me-In Friday

 

Hope everyone has had a lovely week. Mine has been a bit stressful, so I'm happy the weekend is almost here. And to give you some reading material for the next few days, here are my favorite links of the week.
On writing:
The New Author Platform: What You Need to Know on The Book Deal - Really great information on how authors need approach their platform.
Just Your Average Crazy Writer: Writing For Writing's Sake--How I Missed This by Rhonda Stapleton -- great reminder of what we need to focus on
And if you've never heard them, check out Heinlein's Rules For Writing


What You Missed on the Author Blog:


Alright, that's it for now. Hope you all have a great weekend!  Are there any kickass links I missed that you'd like to fill me in on?

 

 

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Friday
Jul292011

Fill-Me-In Friday

 

Whew, it's been a busy week. I think for the first time I've felt like a "working" writer, meaning this week I felt like I was working a job. Not that I wasn't enjoying what I was doing--there was just a big to-do list to check off instead of just sitting in my office and writing stories.
Okay, so first before we get to the link roundup, I do want to let y'all know that I'm one of the authors who has been interviewed over at Writer Unboxed for Lydia Sharp's post: Orange Rinds and Apple Peels - Finding Comfort in Your Own Skin with regards to social networking. So I hope ya'll will check it out. :)
Now on to the links of the week...
On writing:
The Unproductive Writer's Guide to Success by Michael Hyatt -- I LOVE this. Rachelle Gardner tweeted this today saying it was a lightbulb moment for her--and it was for me as well.
A Debut Author's Take on Self-Publishing over at Regency Seductions -- Great thoughts on why you shouldn't just assume you're going to make all this money going into self-pubbing.
Build Diversity in Your Online Presence with Jane Friedman --complete with the graphic below, which makes my head hurt
20 Most Awe-Inspiring Writer's Rooms by Bachelors Degrees Online
Book Addict Patti Discusses Why Some Book Bloggers Are Reluctant to Post Reviews on Amazon - I had no idea these things were issues.
Kinda Funny Frankly:
Foo Fighters vs. Glee - found this via Chuck Wendig. I'm a big Foo Fighters fan. And though I enjoy Glee, this made me laugh.
What You Missed on the Author Blog:
(lots of great comments on this one too)

And remember, today's the last day to enter my MEGA AWESOME BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

 

Alright, that's it for now. Hope you all have a great weekend!  Are there any kickass links I missed that you'd like to fill me in on?

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Friday
Jul222011

Fill-Me-In Friday

 

Time for another edition of Fill-Me-In Friday where I share some of my fave links from the week.

 

From the Blogosphere:

List of Authors on Google + by RK Charron - I resisted opening up a google + page, but it seems people are flooding over there, so I joined. It's pretty cool, more like Facebook than Twitter, but with some added features. So anyway, if you'd like to start building your writer circle over there, here's a good list to start with. :)

Jamie Gold asks What's Your Blogging Style? - and explains why short blog posts aren't necessarily better. (Thank God since I can't seem to write a short blog post.)

Jody Hedlund asks What Is a Blogger's Role in Responding to Comments? - This post relieved some of the guilt I feel about not having time to respond in the comments lately. I think her approach and way of looking at it is a good one. And just know that on those days that I don't respond in the comments, be assured I am reading each and every comment. I love hearing everyone's opinions and thoughts.

Author Elizabeth Silver over at Dirty Birdies shares useful tips on how to have a successful writing partnership (i.e. co-writing a book with someone else). Fair Warning: The excerpt used as an example contains explicit material.


Jamie Wesley talks about Already Missing Borders and what her book-buying options are now. - I feel her pain. Borders was my preferred store as well. :(  And on that same note here is the Simplest, Clearest Explanation You'll Find of How Borders Closing Affects the Book Industry

And now that we're depressed about our bookstores closing, here are some Weekly Deals via Dear Author on ebooks: 29+ Books Under 2.99 and some FREE (including freebies from some of my fave authors like Lauren Dane, woot). I downloaded more than I needed to from this post. (If you need a recommendation from the list Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon is FABulous and a steal at 2.99.)

Kristen Lamb Gives Us 10 Tips for Blogging Awesomeness.

Thought-provoking post by Allison Brennan on why she thinks Twitter/Facebook/Blogging doesn't sell books and that authors shouldn't be pressured to be on social media. Also worth reading the comments where she and Kristen Lamb discuss their opposing viewpoints. : )

For laughs: Sierra Godfrey responds to a Nigerian scammer with a form rejection.

Looking for a crit partner? Check out Ladies Who Critique a new website about to launch to help you find your critter match. : )



What You Missed on the Author Blog This Week:

 

(my response to the Nathan Bransford self-promo kerfuffle)

 

So now it's your turn to fill us in, what was your fave link of the week? 

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Friday
Jul152011

Fill-Me-In Friday

 


It's time again for our new feature where I try to find some of the best links of the week you may have missed and pass them along to you.

 

On the Web...

The Trials and Tribulations of the Modern Day Writer by Chuck Wendig including such advice as "Write More, Word Slave" and why writers needs to be like Great White Honeysharks. (See, don't you want to know what that is now?)

Ten Suggestions For Authors on Twitter from the perspective of a reader by May over at Smexy Books - Love to hear what readers hope to see from authors on Twitter

Writers and Doubt (and why it's a good thing) by James Scott Bell at The Kill Zone

The Importance of Knowing and Writing for our Target Readers by Jody Hedlund

What Readers Won't Miss About Corporate Publishers by Anne R. Allen - Now, I'm not one who thinks the big publishers are just going to collapse into oblivion anytime soon. I think the whole industry is changing and with that comes some good things and some bad things. But what I like about Anne's post is the point that with the boom in self-publishing, genres that are considered "out of style" will have a chance again. Anne selects the top genres she looks forward to seeing making a comeback.

Ellora's Cave (one of the biggest digital-first publishers of erotic romance) is planning to launch a line for men. This is super fascinating to me because I'm always so interested in how the male and female minds work differently. The comments from guys on the post were pretty insightful too. I'll be interested to see if this line is successful and will definitely pick up a few of the books once they come out to see how they differ from the female-centric stories.

Creative Kryptonite and the Death of Productivity by Jonathan Fields - What all this multi-tasking, tweeting, facebooking, emailing is doing to our brains and how it can hurt our ability to create.

What You Missed on the Author Blog...

 

(my response to a comment on my post on Wednesday about writing fast to build a career)
*and then in response to THAT post, Geoffrey Young Haney responded in his own post

So thoughts on any of these? And it's your turn to fill ME in, what are some of your favorite links from the week? Have a great weekend!

 


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Friday
Jul082011

Fill-Me-In Friday

 


Welcome to the new Friday feature--Fill-Me-In Friday where I share some of the best links I've come across during the week.


On the web...

 


Sherrilyn Kenyon's keynote speech from RWA - Totally made me cry when I heard it in person. If you ever want to get whiny about writing, go read this and kick your own ass.

 

 

thefaultinourstarscovers:photo credit here[submitted by Jen]
*not actual cover, check out others here*

A Social Media Marketing Success Story via Anne R. Allen and the post she's talking about: An Unfinished Book Hits Number One

 

Things Learned at RWA 11 via Dear Author - I linked to it on Wednesday, but if you didn't check it out, go now. :)

Romances Don't Have Enough Condoms and Have Too Much Fantasy - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books take on the latest study blaming all of life's woes on romance novels. All of the stuff that is blamed on romance novels makes me tired. Really, really tired. (And for the record, I would say 99% of romance novels I read tackle the issue of protection. The only ones who don't are historical novels where birth control methods weren't exactly available.)

Forget Everyone Else by Jessica Faust - On writing the story you want to write.

There's going to be a Q & A with author Maya Banks on Dear Author on Sunday- Everything you were afraid to ask about publishing. Maya is both e-pubbed and traditionally pubbed and is now venturing into self-pubbing. You can go submit questions still and she said not to hold back! :)

 

Kristen Lamb is giving her intitial thoughts on Google+ and is generously going to test it out for those of us who are wary of entering yet another social media zone.

 

 

What Separates Man From Penmonkey by Chuck Wendig - Warning: If you haven't read Chuck before, his posts are hilarious and insightful, but rated R. There, you've been warned. :) Now go read it.

 



What You Missed on my Author Blog:

 


And if you missed Monday's post, I'm still looking for people willing to host me for a spot on my blog tour for CRASH INTO YOU. If you're interested, please sign up here.

 

And last bit of personal pimping--I've been interviewed for the Writer's Knowledge Base newsletter. Check it out here! And if you haven't already, subscribe to this super helpful free newsletter. Lots of good info each month.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! What was your favorite link of the week? Have you read any of the ones above yet?

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