Friday Features #31

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Fun/Motivation/Productivity

Which Three Writing Practices Are Crucial to Your Success? —Writing Forward

Five Motivational Techniques for Writers - Writing Forward

ROW80 Check-In 5 : Claire Legrand on How To Come To Terms With Your Writing « EM Castellan

The White Queen Age: Why Are We Running as Fast as We Can to Stay in the Same Place?—Anne R. Allen's Blog

5 Ways To Get Your First Draft Material Out Of Your Head And Onto The Page | The Creative Penn

For the Love of Paper—Writer Unboxed

How to Juggle Writing and Life—Writability

More Technology for Writers—Writer Unboxed

Commitments—Writer Unboxed

Priorities And Time Thievery | Publetariat

Resilience: How To Deal With Criticism And Rejection With Mark McGuinness | The Creative Penn

Do You Make This Rookie Writing Mistake? | InkyBites

Daily vs. When the Feeling Strikes—C. Hope Clark

How To Use Mind Mapping Tools To Beat Writing Procrastination—Procrastinating Writers

Why Your Flaws Should (and Must) Define Your Writing Career—Krissy Media Ink

The Commodity of Courage — A Guest Post by Art Holcomb—Storyfix

Have Faith In Your Work—Susan Kaye Quinn, Young Adult Author

Specific Generic Advice – Episode 2: Set Yourself Up for Success—LIve Hacked

God Will Give It To Prince – A NaNoWriMo Blog Post—The Other Side of the Story

Writing Tips & Inspiration

WRAPPING UP: Final Lines—Artzicarol Ramblings

Physical Thesaurus Attributes Entry: Chins and Jaws—The Bookshelf Muse

The Secret to Creating Conflict—The Write Practice

Physical Attributes Thesaurus Entry: Eyes—The Bookshelf Muse

The Biggest Problem Facing the Beginning Novelist—And 6 Tips for Avoiding It—Anne R. Allen's Blog

Characterize through Experiential Description, Part 2—Writer Unboxed

What Is Steampunk? | Publetariat

7 Habits of Highly Prolific Writers | Write to Done

Write A Holiday Story | Publetariat

The J.J. Abrams Guide To Storytelling: Create Revolutionary Characters | kristin nador writes anywhere

Finding Your Voice—And Keeping It—QueryTracker Blog

Stay On Target: When is a Subplot Leading Your Astray?—The Other Side of the Story

Where Ideas Come From—Beth Revis

Five Common First-Chapter Mistakes—Author, Jody Hedlund

How to Use Six-Word Stories As Writing Prompts—The Write Practice

Episodic Storytelling Is A Problem—Moody Writing

Write Like It'll Never Be Read—Writability

What I Learned Writing Dreamlander: Pour on the Conflict—Wordplay

5 Common Mistakes that Even Great Writers Make | Men with Pens

Revision/Editing

Creative Writing and Revising: Rewriting, Editing, and Proofreading - Writing Forward

A Writer in the Spotlight – Aimee L. Salter « EM Castellan

Author Platform

How to Choose a WordPress Theme - Blogging with Amy

How to Make Sure You Don't Miss Facebook Updates - Blogging with Amy

Public Speaking Tips. Filmed In Zurich During WriteCon By Joanna Penn | The Creative Penn

Develop a Slogan to Help Your Author Platform—My Name Is Not Bob

Why Author Email Addresses Make a Difference | Author Media

Why I'm Glad the Internet Didn't Exist When I Was a Beginner—Author, Jody Hedlund

7 Social Media Secrets of the Savvy—The Writers Alley

Indie Author Blogging 101: Simple Tips for Your Blog—Wise Ink

How to Tweet so People Will Listen—Writer Unboxed

Indie Author Marketing – Get a Blog, Right? Wrong… | Publetariat

Facebook Pages vs. Profiles for Authors | Nathan Bransford, Author

Avoid the Twitter timesuck: Twitter in less than 10 minutes a day | 30 Day Books

Top 5 Reasons Nonfiction Authors Should Be Speakers, Too — The Book Designer

Possibly the Best Blogging Tip Ever | Rachelle Gardner

How to Make Your Writer's Website Captivate Your Target Audience - The Savvy Book Marketer

What Does Your Online Activity Say About You? | Rachelle Gardner

Facebook "Get Notifications" and "Pages Feed": More Ways to See the Page Updates You Want - Blogging with Amy

What NOT to Blog About - Books & Such Literary Agency : Books & Such Literary Agency

Book Marketing

The Best Way to Get a Story to Spread: Give It Away | Goins, Writer

50 Ways To Reach Your Reader #4: Media Kit for Indie Authors | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books—The Alliance of Independent Authors

Social media marketing explained in 61 words—Web Ink Now

Timing your book’s launch date for maximum impact—The Book Deal

4 Online Haunts Where Your Readers Live | Publish Your Own Ebooks

My Experience Advertising My Ebook with BookBub | Lindsay Buroker

How Do You Improve Sales at Amazon UK, Apple Overseas Stores, and Other International eBook Sites? | Lindsay Buroker

Overcome Roadblocks to Successful Book Sales - The Savvy Book Marketer

Sell More Fiction by Activating the Power of Book Clubs | Jane Friedman

Reader Engagement With Transmedia: How To Use QR Codes | The Creative Penn

WG2E Guest Joanne Phillips talks “10 Things Readers Hate (And What You Can Do About Them)”—The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

WG2E Guest Gordon Kessler on “Starting Your Ebook Promotions on Your Amazon Book Page”—The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

Making a List and Checking it Twice: Getting Your Books Ready for the Holidays—The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

KDP Select Free Promo: The Secret to Hitting the Top 100 • Ryan Casey

How Twitter Hashtags Help Authors Find Readers by Frances Caballo — The Book Designer

Observations from Running a Free Book Sale | Mystery Writing is Murder

Why Ignoring Offline Promotion is a Baaaad Idea (and 9 Ideas to Get You Started) — Self Publishing Team

Painlessly Use Social Media to Build an Evangelist-Filled Fan Base, Part 1 [Guest Post] — Self Publishing Team

6 ways to promote your book as a holiday gift | Build Book Buzz

How an Enterprising Author Sold a Million Self-Published Books | Copyblogger

Top Five Book Marketing Strategies for Authors, plus Bonus Report—Nick's Writing Blog

Why Settle for Your Reader’s Wallet When You Can Get in Her PANTS? « Kristen Lamb's Blog

Publishing News & Tips

Guest Post: Essential Legal Resources for Freelancers—The Urban Muse

Guest Blog Post: Mustering the Courage to Turn Down a Publishing Contract—Writer Beware

From Small Press to Self-Publishing with Laura Hunsaker | Lindsay Buroker

Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It | David Gaughran

What I Learned Writing Dreamlander: Your Must-Have Book Checklist: From Idea to Publication—Wordplay

Strategy for Publishing Your Books: How Many Books You Want to Publish in a Year and How to Get There « Self-Published Author's Lounge

Queries, Part 2: Writing Your Query Letter—The Writers Alley

Things I’ve learned In A Year « laurenwaters

Mistakes I've Made as a Self-Publisher and Author (A List of Don'ts)—YA INDIE

5 tips for publishing your own anthology | Novel Publicity

Am I a “Real” Author If I Only Publish Ebooks? | Publetariat

The Smartest Thing In Publishing Is To Be Flexible | Publetariat

Selling Ebooks Direct From Your Website—The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2012 — The Book Designer

Does Your Project Need Funding? | Rachelle Gardner

A year in the life of a self-published author: Part II – Preparing the book for launch | Rachel Abbott – Writer

Self-Publishing Young Adult Fiction: An Indie Authors Guide to Success by SR Johannes | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books—The Alliance of Independent Authors

Spacing Out Our Novels’ Releases—Production | Mystery Writing is Murder

Bookstore Returns: Three Can't-Fail Techniques to Defeat Them—Wise Ink

Spacing Releases—to Keep Readers Hooked | Mystery Writing is Murder

What were your favorite links this week?