Friday Features #38

Happy 2013! Welcome to this year's first edition of Friday Features :) It's packed with tons of resolution and goal-type tips as well as publishing predictions. Be sure to check out first Revision & Editing Tip (it's a gem) as well as the posts by Blogging with Amy in the first section. Anyway, hope you enjoy and share!

Fun Stuff & Productivity Tips

End Of Year Reflection: Celebrate What You Have Achieved And Understand What Didn't Quite Make It | The Creative Penn

Encouragment for the New Year | Author Culture

Recipe for a Successful Indie Novel | YA INDIE

The Secret to Staying Loyal to Your Writing Schedule « Courage 2 Create

7 Principles to Live By in 2013 - Blogging with Amy

Top Ten New Year Resolutions for Writers | The Writers Alley

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2013, and a Look Back at 2012 | The Other Side of the Story

Why You Should Prepare to Fail in 2013 | Nick's Writing Blog

What are your book marketing goals for 2013? | Build Book Buzz

What Do You Mean New Year's Resolutions? | C. Hope Clark

I am in Charge of My Own Writing — Fiction Notes

9 Ways To Stay On The Writer’s Fast Track Once You’re On It « Courage 2 Create

Plans and Goals and Stuff « Catherine, Caffeinated

What’s Your 2013 Focus? | Rachelle Gardner

You can’t have everything | GENREALITY

Writers' Resolutions for the New Year - BookBaby Blog

How I Deal with New Year's Resolutions - Blogging with Amy

Nine Good Gifts for the New Year | Writer Unboxed

What Will You Write in 2013? Ten Mini-Resolutions to Get You Started — Aliventures

Writing Tips & Inspiration

Time Marches On: Dealing With the Passage of Time Between Scenes | The Other Side of the Story

3 Ways to Supercharge Your Writing This Year — The Book Designer

On world building and how to avoid the “info-dump” « EM Castellan

10 Steps to Dealing With Mean-Spirited Critics, Comment Trolls, and Other Jerks | The Write Practice

Help With Character Development | Mystery Writing is Murder

Designing Character Interviews That Really Matter (Including Genre-Inspired Questions) | Publetariat: For People Who Publish!

Writing Flash Fiction for Your Blog | The BookBaby Blog

Let Characters Be Wrong | Moody Writing

Here’s What You Really Need In Your Creative Life | InkyBites

Writing Tip #1–How Much Detail Should Writers Use? « Kristen Lamb's Blog

Why Side Characters Steal the Spotlight (and How to Steal Some Back) | Publetariat: For People Who Publish!

Female leads and romances | YA INDIE

Exposition and backstory in science fiction and fantasy « Must Use Bigger Elephants

Why the best writing tip is much easier than you’d think | Novel Girl

Right Now Is the Best Time EVER To Be a Writer (if you work for it) | We Grow Media – Dan Blank

Lies that Can Poison Your Dreams–Don’t Eat the Butt in 2013 « Kristen Lamb's Blog

It Gets Verse: The Power of Poetry to Tell a Story | The Other Side of the Story

The Best Writing Posts From 2012 | Wordplay

The Paradox | Writer Unboxed

Why 2012 Was a Year Worth Celebrating: Top Posts & Other Highlights | Goins, Writer

Writing a Book Series from a Blog Series | inding Bliss

Top 5 Posts of 2012 and Top 5 Tips for 2013 | Susan Kaye Quinn, Young Adult Author

An Editor Confesses: 6 Things Writers Taught Ruth Harris | Anne R. Allen's Blog

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 4: Options for Conflict in a Scene | Wordplay

Writing Tip #2–Writing is Pain, Learn to Take a Hit « Kristen Lamb's Blog

Revision & Editing Tips

What Type of Edit Does Your Book Need? | Marcy Kennedy

How to Create a Useful Style Sheet | Wise Ink

Author Platform Tips

How to Make Your Email Open and Click-Through Rates Skyrocket | KISSmetrics

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution: Set up a Social, Search-optimized WordPress Blog … Today : @ProBlogger

40 Ways to Develop and Protect Your Writing Brand | Write to Done

Book Marketing Tips

Will 2013 Be Your Year? Start Here! — Self Publishing Team

New Beginnings for Authors - The Savvy Book Marketer

Publishing News & Tips

Why 2013 Will Be A Great Year For Indie Authors | Successful Self-Publishing

Smashwords Year in Review 2012 - The Power in Publishing is Shifting to Authors | Publetariat: For People Who Publish!

Authors: How Are You Handling the New Batch of 1-Star Reviews from Peeps Who “Haven’t Read It Yet”? | The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

Publishing Predictions for 2013 | Finding Bliss

Why I Use yWriter (Writer Software) | QueryTracker Blog

First Ever E-Book Cover Design Giveaway | Writability

Best Business Advice for Writers: December 2012 | Jane Friedman

Look, Ma, I have a boxed set! AKA - my first year | YA Indie

Traditionally Published and Nearing the End of Your Contract? Don't Sweat It. | Mystery Writing is Murder

Reading Trends for 2013 | Author Media

Predictions for self-publishing in 2013 | YA INDIE

15 Publishing Industry Predictions for 2013 | Author Media

Getting Over the One-Star Review | Inspiration for Creation

Is Amazon becoming just a little sinister? | Taleist

Posts You Might Have Missed This Week

2012 in Review + 2013 Writing Goals