Friday Features #26

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Inspiration/Motivation/Productivity

Remember Who You Were by Dalya Moon at Must Use Bigger Elephants

Why You Need to Finally Face the Fear of Failure by Tim Sinclair at Goins, Writer

The DIY Writing Career #1: The One Thing Holding You Back From Becoming a Successful Writer by Krissy Brady at Krissy Media Ink

It Takes a Village to Raise a Novel by Raewyn Hewitt

How Productive Are You? By Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

4 Tips For Writing a Quick First Draft by Rachelle Gardner at Books & Such

Writing as Catharsis by Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford

A Business Plan for Self-Published Authors (Part Two of a Three Part Series) by Denise Grover Swank at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

A Business Plan for Self-Published Authors (Part Three of a Three Part Series) by Denise Grover Swank at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

The Seven Stages of Publishing Grief (Or Hello Darkness, My Old Friend) by Robin LaFevers at Writer Unboxed

NaNoWriMo—The Pitfalls and How to Deftly Avoid Them by Lisa Cron at Writer Unboxed

Comic: A Writer’s Journey by Debbie Ohi at Writer Unboxed

How Do You Deal with Disappointment? By Dalya Moon at YA Indie

NaNoWrMo—Should You Join In on the Silliness? 9 Reasons to Consider It by Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

6 Steps to Choosing Your Next Writing Project by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

10 Productivity Tips For Writers by Ben Ellis at The Creative Penn

Plan Ahead with the HIveWord Writing Tool by Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse

The Only Two Things Authors Ought To Be Doing by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Research

No links this week.

Writing Tips

Using the 5 Senses to Make Our Stories Jump Off the Page by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

ROW80 Check-In 1: Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing by E.M. Castellan at E.M. Castellan

Reading What You Write by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

5 Ways to Convey a Sense of Place by Anne Trager at Mystery Writing is Murder

Confessions of a How-To Junkie by Keith Cronin at Writer Unboxed

How to Outline Your Novel For National Novel Writing Month—Checklist by Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

Discussion: How Do You Get to Know Your Characters? By Ava Jae at Writability

Writing Tip: Explore Alternate Universes by Ava Jae at Writability

Forcing the Issue: Adding Conflict to Your Scenes by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Physical Attributes Entry: Knees by Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse

Revision/Editing

Revising Your Book: Do’s and Don’ts by Dara M. Beevas at Wordplay

You Can Critique Too Soon by Raewyn Hewitt at Dreaming of Other Realms

Author Platform

Pinterest For Writers by Amberr Meadows at Like a Bump on a Log

Essential HTML For Bloggers Part 1 by Matt Setter at ProBlogger

3 Steps to Creating a Beautiful Book Site For Less Than $100 by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

Is Blogging a Time-Suck For Writers? By Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

When Should I Launch My Author Website? By Thomas Umstattd at Author Media

15 Fanbase-Boosting Facebook Secrets by Shannon at DuoLit

The Startup’s Guide to Facebook Fan Pages by Neil Patel at KISSMetrics

Beyond the Basics: 30 Fresh Social Media Tips for 2012 by Kristi Hines at KISSMetrics

Twitter — How to Use It Effectively by Gwen Fitzgerald at Publetariat

How to Use Your Blog to Sell More Books at Wise, Ink

Marketing

The New World of Publishing: Promotion by Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

Can Posting Stories on Wattpad Help You Sell Books? By Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

How to Ask for a Blurb (Even When You’re Intimidated) by Sarah Pinneo at QueryTracker

Goodreads Giveaways—Part One by Tamara Ward at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Ebook Buyer Research—What Readers Are Really Thinking—Guest Post by Author Elizabeth Ann West at YA Indie

How to Create a Killer Marketing Plan For Your Book Launch by Srinivas Rao at SocialMouths

Selling Our Books on Social Media—Don’t Be a Personal Space Invader by Kristin Lamb at Kristin Lamb’s Blog

How Children’s Authors Can Profit From School Visits by Amber J. Housey at The Savvy Book Marketer

Help! My Book Isn’t Selling. 10 Questions You Need to Answer Honestly If You Want to Sell More Books by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

The 5 Keys to Pain-Free Promotion by Carol Costello at The Book Designer

Taking the Broad Side of Blogging by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Building Your Author Platform—Part 2: Layout and Pages by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

Quick Tips For Contests & Giveaways by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

From Delivering Bread at 2am to Selling 65,000 Copies of His Self-Published Books. Meet Kimanzi Constable! By Laura Pepper Wu at 30 Day Books

Publishing

Your Burning Questions About Taxes on Book Royalties Answered! Self-Published Author Taxes Q&A with ‘Money Girl’ Laura Adams by Laura Pepper Wu at 30 Day Books

Why the Hell Would I Want to Sell a Book? By Patty Jensen at Must Use Bigger Elephants

Your Amazon Author Rank: Boon or Bane? By Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

Jumping Up and Down on Amazon’s Couch by Hugh Howey at Hugh Howey

On Publishing Precise: Choosing Cover Artists by Rebecca Berto at Novel Girl

The Surprises of Self-Publishing: How to Roll With It and Still Kick Booty by Cara Alwill Leyba at DuoLit

Indie Epublished Authors: Build Your Backlist Quicker with Shorter-Length Novels by D.D. Scott at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

10 Signs That You Are Not Ready to Publish by Joseph C. Kunz Jr. at Publetariat

What Should I Put at the Back of My Ebook? By Dalya Moon at YA Indie

Checking Your Kindle Book by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Proofing Your CreateSpace Paperback by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Publishing & eBooks…What’s Ahead? By Sherrinda Ketchersid at The Writers Alley

Plympton: A New Effort to Produce Successful Serial Fiction by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

The Savvy Indie Author’s Guide to ISBNs at Wise, Ink

The Biggest Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make—Part 5 by Dana Lynn Smith at The Savvy Book Marketer

Writing, Creativity, and the Empowerment of the Author in Publishing with Orna Ross by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

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