Friday Features #36

Welcome to this week's edition of Friday Features. Sorry for the delay. I just had to do some holiday cleaning (I couldn't walk in my office anymore!). Hope you enjoy and share!

Fun/Motivation/Productivity

Change this fucking world for the better | kseniaanske - Blog

Art Isn't A Result. It's A Journey. Lessons From Seth Godin's The Icarus Deception | The Creative Penn

Why I Use Scrivener | QueryTracker Blog

How Writing Helps Us Heal | The Write Practice

Why We Are All Artists: Seth Godin in Conversation - Part 1 | Write to Done

Tormented by Toothless Writing Goals? Try These Tools | Writer Unboxed

Banging Your Head Against the Wall. Is it really worth it? | YA INDIE

How to Make the Time « Speaking to the Eyes

The Problem with Working from Home | Blog Tyrant

Productivity For Writers And Taking Writing Seriously | The Creative Penn

The Essential Sadness of Art | Goins, Writer

Best Moments of Courage (2012) « Courage 2 Create

Accomplished Authors Talk Inspiration! - BookBaby Blog

The End is Near and We Deserve It–The Top 12 Reasons Earth Deserves Annihilation « Kristen Lamb's Blog

What’s Your Holiday Style? « Kristen Lamb's Blog

The Mayans Were Right About the End of the World | Goins, Writer

Scrivener: More than Word | Finding Bliss

Birthing a Book: What to Expect | YA INDIE

A Cheatsheet for Making 2013 Your Best Creative Year Yet | InkyBites

How To Get Writing Done During Your Christmas Break | Procrastinating Writers

Writing To Heal Grief | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

How to become a Successful Writer: Seth Godin in Conversation | Wrute to Done

On the Care and Feeding of Your Writer | Writer Unboxed

Rewire | Publetariat

Writers: Keeping Up with the Hustle and Bustle? | Wise Ink

Writing Tips & Inspiration

Writing Religion in Fantasy | GENREALITY

Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 2: The Three Building Blocks of the Scene | Wordplay

Male Authors, Discover Your Feminine Side | Writer Unboxed

Physical Attributes Entry: Noses | The Bookshelf Muse

Different Characters, Different Beliefs | Moody Writing

Six Powerful Quotes to Get You Writing [Guest Post] — Aliventures

10 Books For Writers You'll Want For Christmas | Author Media

Writers as Promise Keepers | C. Hope Clark

Character Development: What Do They Want? Writability

Blog Swap: Guest Author Linda LaRoche: Building an Unforgettable Character | The Other Side of the Story

Building a Sense of Place into Your Writing--Guest Post by F.C. Malby | Mystery Writing is Murder

The Mayans Were Right [writing prompt] | The Write Practice

Made-Up Facts (Plus: Giveaway) | Writer Unboxed

An Indie Epublishing Career Begins with a Single Word – That First Word on That First Page | The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

The Anatomy of Fan-Fiction (And How it Can Help Us Write Better) | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

Confessions of an English Tutor: 5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Writing

Stupid Characters vs. Stupid Decisions: They're Not the Same | Writability

What You Haven’t Written Yet | The Write Practice

Six Effective Ways to Inspire Yourself | The Write Practice

How Music Affects the Writing Process | Wordplay

Revision & Editing Tips

Unleashing the Internal Editor: A Self-Editing Checklist | Author, Jody Hedlund

Editing Process Part 1: Choosing an Editor • Ryan Casey

Feedback on a Works in Progress: When, How Often, How — Fiction Notes

What Do You Do When Your Editor is Swamped? « laurenwaters

Editing Process Part 2: Dealing With Feedback • Ryan Casey

Author Platform Tips

Social Media Overload: How Do Authors Reach READERS? Advice from Bestselling Romance Author Roni Loren | Anne R. Allen's Blog

Why Every Author Should Create a Goodreads Profile | Wise Ink

The Instagram Flap | Nathan Bransford, Author

Kindleboards: How to add your signature to your profile, network, and other tips | 30 Day Books

How to Embed a Twitter Tweet Into Your Blog Post — The Book Designer

Backing Up WordPress? Don’t Make These 9 Mistakes : @ProBlogger

Three Reasons Why You Need a Mailing List as an Author — Aliventures

How You Use the Twitter @ Symbol Determines Who Sees Your Tweet

5 Ways to Optimise Your Facebook Author Page | 30 Day Books

Should Fiction Authors Be Bloggers? — The Book Designer

Book Marketing Tips

10 Ways to Get 100 Copies of Your Book into the Hands of Readers | The BookBaby Blog

Innovative Book Promotion for Indie Authors | Successful Self-Publishing

The Importance of a WOW Book in an Overcrowded Marketplace | Writer Unboxed

Traditional Marketing in the Digital Age of Publishing | Mystery Writing is Murder

10 Tips For a Great Launch | Finding Bliss

Promotional Techniques for Authors | QueryTracker Blog

Feel Like You’re Running in Place? 4 Simple Ways to Track Your Book Marketing Progress — Self Publishing Team

Publishing News & Tips

The Dreaded Nasty Review | Novel Girl

Copyright Basics for Co-Authors, Ghost Writers, and Illustrators | The BookBaby Blog

Kindle Nation Daily Offers Discounts On Author / Publisher Sponsorships | Publetariat

Cover Conferences | Mystery Writing is Murder

Should You Re-Query an Agency? | Rachelle Gardner

KDP Select Layering Strategy | Finding Bliss

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

D. D. Scott’s 2012 Epublishing Predictions – Nailed or Failed – and Epublishing Predictions for 2013 | The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

On Dealing with Rejection | Writability

Episode 6: Design Matters | Live Hacked

Getting Published in Literary Magazines and Journals | Writing Forward

Your Questions Answered | Rachelle Gardner

Self-publishing Advice from Best-Selling Indie Sensation Liliana Hart | YA INDIE

My Writing Blog - Top Posts of 2012 | Nick's Writing Blog

Joanna Penn's Secrets to Successful Self-Publishing: What She Learned Promoting Her First Two Books - BookBaby Blog

Dealing with Writer Rejection | The BookBaby Blog

Idol for YA Romance Writers: New Macmillan Imprint — Fiction Notes

BookBaby's Top 10 Articles of 2012 - BookBaby Blog

Kobo Becoming a Player for Self-Published Ebook Authors | Lindsay Buroker

WG2E-Land: Check Out Amazon’s New Author Rank! | The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

Want More Time to Write? Go Indie | Lindsay Buroker

Hooking Readers – The Power of a Great Book Blurb | Rachel Abbott – Writer

The Top 10 Live Hacked Posts of 2012

Book Awards and Writing Contests for Authors - The Savvy Book Marketer

5 Things on the New Year's "To-Do" List for Every Purpose-Driven Author | Wise Ink