Friday Features #35

Welcome to this week's edition of Friday Features, where you'll find the best tips of the week. Share the love if you can. My heart is particularly saddened today for the families affected by the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Please keep those precious people and their loved ones in your thoughts as they deal with this tragedy.  As a parent and soon-to-be middle school teacher, I can't imagine what they're going through. 

Fun/Motivation/Productivity

Do You Want to Create? Then Prepare for Pain | Goins, Writer

WG2E Guest SK Holmesly on Managing Your Epublishing Business as an LLC | The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

Comparison Will Suck Your Soul Dry - SHELLI JOHNSON

Hating Your Project | C. Hope Clark

How to Supercharge Your Writing by Changing Up Your Personal Life | Men with Pens

8 Signs That You Were Meant to Be a Writer | Write to Done

How Do We Handle Rejection and Keep on Pressing? « Kristen Lamb's Blog

People Say the Darndest Things to Writers — Fiction Notes

What Does It Really Take to Be a Die-Hard Writer? | Author, Jody Hedlund

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers| Writer Unboxed

Writing in Small Chunks of Time—Pros and Cons | Mystery Writing is Murder

Savor the Now | Writer Unboxed

Lost Your Motivation To Write? How to Get Your Mojo Back | Write to Done

What’s Your Holiday Writing Plan? | Rachelle Gardner

How to Be an Organized Writer | The Writers Alley

5 Ways to Deal With Failure | Rachelle Gardner

The New World of Publishing: Goals and Dreams | Dean Wesley Smith

The Importance of Doing Nothing | Mystery Writing is Murder

7 Killer Resources For Creative Homemade Gifts | InkyBites

Research

Psychology Q&A: Abusive Teen Relationships | zQueryTracker Blog

Writing Tips & Inspiration

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 1: Mastering the Two Different Types of Scene | Wordplay

A Year of Reading the World | The Write Practice

Why Your Story Shouldn’t Be Too Tidy | Write It Sideways

The Why's & How's of Co-Writing a Novel | Finding Bliss

Don’t Let the Overwhelm Keep You From Your Best Book (and a Pro Editing Discount!) — Self Publishing Team

Fiction Is About Facing Problems | Moody Writing

The truth in erotica | GENREALITY

The Five Stages of a Writer's Growth | YA INDIE

Don’t Choose Wrong: Connotation vs. Denotation | The Write Practice

When Writing, Cannibalize Everything | Writability

Should you Always Show-Don’t-Tell? — Fiction Notes

Ten Techniques for Getting Tension on Every Page | Author, Jody Hedlund

Guest Author: Jade Kerrion: The Hero’s Journey through the Double Helix series | The Other Side of the Story

How To Keep Your Story On Track: Chart “Who Knows What, When” | Writer Unboxed

Does Your Story Really Matter? | The Write Practice

Guest Author David Allen: Getting Started With Dictation | The Other Side of the Story

How to Write a Novel: Stop Reading This! | The BookBaby Blog

Do Over | The Write Practice

That is So Cliche! | Finding Bliss

Revision & Editing Tips

Writing A Book: What Happens After The First Draft? | The Creative Penn

A Simple Approach to Revisions | Writer Unboxed

How to ignore an editor’s suggestions and still fix your novel « Nail Your Novel

Cutting the Fat from Your WIP by Gina Conroy | Mystery Writing is Murder

NaNoWriMo Winner? Hold On to that Novel! | Writability

Freelance Editing: How to Hire an Editor for Your Book or Query Letter | Writer Unboxed

The Role of a Critique Partner | The Writers Alley

Manuscript Critiques—A Help or a Hindrance? by C.S. Lakin — The Book Designer

How to Cut the Filler and Tighten Your Book | Wordplay

Author Platform

How to Write Emails that Get an Immediate Response : @ProBlogger

7 Ways Twitter is a Writer’s Endless Holiday Party | Writer Unboxed

Author Blogging 101: How to Create Foundation Posts for Your Blog — The Book Designer

Let Me Check the Numbers: Is it Possible to Have Too Many Twitter Followers? | The Other Side of the Story

Things Are Changing at Amazon and Facebook….So How Do You Cope? « Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

How to Find Your Most Popular Facebook Post & Use It to Your Advantage - Blogging with Amy

Social Media Scrooge | The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

Where My Blog Art Comes From | Nathan Bransford, Author

Confessions of an Analogian Writing for the Webs | www.publetariat.com

Author Blogging 101: How to Create an Endless Stream of Blog Post Ideas — The Book Designer

Dealing with Offense–When is It Okay to Lecture Others? « Kristen Lamb's Blog

Getting to Grips with Goodreads: 6 actionable ideas | 30 Day Books

Why I Created A Separate Site For My Series « laurenwaters

The Future of Goodreads | The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

50 Ways To Reach Your Reader # : Twitter For Indie Authors | The Alliance of Independent Authors

Copywriting And Making Money As A Writer With Mindy McHorse | The Creative Penn

A Simple Way to Run a Mastermind Group - Blogging with Amy

The KISSmetrics Guide to Blogging | KISSmetrics

Book Marketing

For authors who want success: the secrets I promised are HERE! — Self Publishing Team

Promote Your Book on Twitter: An Intermediate's Guide for Authors | The BookBaby Blog

Let's talk marketing with NYT Best-Seller Chelsea Cameron | NA Alley

Guest Author Heather Webb: 6 Best Marketing Tips for Authors | The Other Side of the Story

Replay 2012 | Why Promoting Your Book Online is (a bit) Like Fight Club « Catherine, Caffeinated

A Promotional Strategy for Overwhelmed Introverts | Writer Unboxed

Episode 5: Don’t Be Afraid to Promote | Live Hacked

Ebook Marketing Thoughts — What’s Changed and What’s Still Working? (guest post from Collin J. Earl) | Lindsay Buroker

Build a Great Audience, Not Just a Great Idea | We Grow Media – Dan Blank

How to Creatively Market Your E-Book: An Interview with Author Julia Tagliere | Wise Ink

5 Tips For Building Buzz For Your Book | Finding Bliss

Publishing News & Tips

The Digital Publishing Explosion | Visual.ly

What Writers, Editors, and Publishers Should Worry About | My Name Is Not Bob

50/50 Shades of Grey [Infographic] | Nick's Writing Blog

ROW80 Check-In 10: Garth Nix on Parting Company with Your Book « EM Castellan

Book Cover Design Resources | www.publetariat.com

How Do You Find a Literary Agent? | Rachelle Gardner

Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing? Which is the Right First Step for YOU? Win a Free Book to Help You Decide | Anne R. Allen's Blog

On the shelf or in the Aether? « Speaking to the Eyes

Interview with Guy Kawasaki | A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

How to Sell Ebooks at the Apple iBookstore | www.publetariat.com

The Definitive Guide to eBook Pricing | Live Hacked

Free Online INDIE Revolution Conference 12 - 14 February | The Alliance of Independent Authors

One More Agent Question | Dean Wesley Smith

$0.99? $2.99? $9.99? My Answers to Ebook Pricing Questions | Lindsay Buroker

Why You Should Pitch a Single Book | Rachelle Gardner

Should Friends Request Your Book at Libraries? - The Savvy Book Marketer

Emperor’s Edge Ebook Series Free to Libraries | Lindsay Buroker

wordhaus – New Short Story eZine Ready to Launch! | Transformational Editor

Want Professional Ebook Covers On A Budget? Try Ready-To-Go Options. | The Creative Penn

Amazon’s Kindle Store – A Breakdown of Books by Category | Publish Your Own Ebooks

Replay 2012 | Why, For Me, Print Will Never Be Extinct « Catherine, Caffeinated

Translation Rights for Indie Authors | The Alliance of Independent Authors

Formatting for CreateSpace | India Drummond

The Business Rusch: Writing Like It’s 2009 « Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Q&A with Guy Kawasaki, author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book | 30 Day Books

Self-Publishing: It’s Not a Backup Plan | Writability