Friday Features #43, #44, #45

Hey, sorry for the absence these past couple of weeks! I promise I'm still doing Friday Features :) Here are the best tips for writers from the past three weeks. Expect more tips each week as usual. Hope you enjoy and share this particularly long list of helpful tips! 

Fun Stuff & Productivity Tips

Scrivener or yWriter: why I use neither | QueryTracker Blog

Author, Jody Hedlund: What to Do When Our Families Don't Support Our Writing

How to Create a PDF | Author Media

Social Media Tutorials: Apps For Writers And Other Creative People | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

When the Tools You Use Don’t Serve You | Transformational Editor

How To Avoid The Activity That’s Slowly Killing Writers | InkyBites

9 Essential Apps for Writers | Procrastinating Writers

Writers: It’s Time to Think About Taxes by Michael N. Marcus — The Book Designer

Seth's Blog: The simple form that could save your life

YA INDIE: The Best Advice is Specific Advice

Writability: A Quick, Easy Way to Write More

How To Write More And Create A Daily Writing Habit | The Creative Penn

Author, Jody Hedlund: How Busy People Can Find More Time for Reading

How to make an e-reader cover from an old hardback [infographic]

The Bookshelf Muse: Lengthening the Chain: Part 2

11 Ways to Solve Your Writing Procrastination Problem | Procrastinating Writers

How To Push Past The Bullshit And Write That Goddamn Novel: A Very Simple No-Fuckery Writing Plan To Get Shit Done « terribleminds: chuck wendig

The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Mediocre People - The Rumpus.net

Write Your Novel - Staying Motivated - Novelicious.com | The Women's Fiction and Chick Lit Blog

David Farland’s Kick in the Pants—Being Prolific

Writing Tips & Inspiration

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 9: Options for Dilemmas in a Sequel

Writer Unboxed » Lessons Learned from the Original Star Wars Trilogy to Up Your Writing Game

Beth Revis: Writing Tip: On Research and Planning

Start Small: Moving From Notebook to Story | Jane Friedman

10 tips to improve your grammar [infographic] | Ebook Friendly

My Favorite Plotting Book EVER* (*Contains Cats) | Catherine, Caffeinated

How Eminem Makes Me a Better Writer | Kristen Lamb's Blog

The Writers Alley: GUEST POST: Jeanne Takenaka on Learning from Contests

How to Deal with Rejection and Criticism as an Indie Author - Before Publication | Successful Self-Publishing

5 easy ways to trick yourself into writing more | Novel Publicity

Character Development—Distinguishing Secondary Characters from Each Other | Mystery Writing is Murder

5 More Ways to Add Humor | Fiction Notes

What’s in a Name? « Speaking to the Eyes

Author, Jody Hedlund: The Opening Hook of a Book: Is It Important or Not?

Why learning to write is only the beginning | Must Use Bigger Elephants

Make Your Own MFA in Creative Writing: How to Build a DIY Curriculum | BookBaby Blog

Dream A Story, Write A Book: Where Writing Ideas Come From | kristin nador writes anywhere

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Structuring Your Story’s Sequels, Pt. 10: Options for Decisions in a Sequel

C. Hope Clark: How We Treat Writers

Author, Jody Hedlund: What Makes a Romance Novel Truly Romantic?

Author, Jody Hedlund: The Most Important Quality In Best Selling Authors

NA Alley: The Lie is in the Details

5 Key Questions to Ask as You Write Your Novel | Write to Done

Not a novelist | Sara Flower Writes

The Writers Alley: Heroes According to Jane Austen - Part 1

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Structuring Your Scenes, Pt. 11: Variations on the Sequel

The Hardest Writerly Truth Of Them All « terribleminds: chuck wendig

25 Things You Should Know About Narrative Point-Of-View « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Improve Your Writing By Eliminating Redundancies | Writing Forward

Writer Unboxed » Notes From a Desk (1)

Writer Unboxed » The Man (or Woman) in the Mirror

QueryTracker Blog: Drawing the Reader in through Character Emotion

Make More Art: Interview with Seth Godin | The Write Practice

How to Write Non-Fiction & Keep Your Friends | The Write Practice

The Other Side of the Story: Alternative Ways to Describe Character Reactions

Writing Authentic Crime: How To Get Away With Murder. | The Creative Penn

Writer Unboxed » When Characters Go Their Own Way

Authors: Why Self-Publish/Indie Epublish? | WG2E

The Bookshelf Muse: Physical Attributes Entry: Stomach

Writing Advice in Tweet Form | Nathan Bransford, Author

Readers Have Needs | Moody Writing

Creating Anticipation | Moody Writing

The Bookshelf Muse: Dumping The Info Dumps

On Violence And Writing Fight Scenes With Jarrah Loh | The Creative Penn

The Bookshelf Muse: Physical Attributes Entry: Toes

The Other Side of the Story: Theme Me Up: How to Develop Your Theme

Why You Should Never Delete Your Writing | The Write Practice

Writer Unboxed » 5 Reasons Why Readers Love Your Story

Writer Unboxed » A Broken Piece

Writer Unboxed » Let Music Set the Mood

Why It’s Important To Widen Your View of What’s Possible « Courage 2 Create

Writer Unboxed » Flog a Pro: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

The Writers Alley: I Have a Dream: Defining Your Characters' Dreams

The Writers Alley: Reading outside your comfort zone

Starting A Story In The Middle | Moody Writing

Making the Pages Cry | Kristen Lamb's Blog

Facing Failure: The Art of Eating Live Frogs | Goins, Writer

Finding Bliss: To Journal, or Not to Journal—Now, THAT is the Writer’s Dilemma

For Writers and Poets | Sara Flower Writes

Why You Need To Stop Believing In Failure - SHELLI JOHNSON

The Other Side of the Story: Three Ways to Ground Readers in Your World

How To Be Creative When Your Brain Doesn’t Want To Play

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Did Agatha Christie Have a Formula for Success?

Visual Methods of Writing | Mystery Writing is Murder

Writing as a Worthwhile Struggle | Mystery Writing is Murder

Good to Great: Nail a Better Concept To Empower Your Story | Storyfix

How to Get In Touch With Your Characters (Especially When You Have Writer’s Block) | The Write Practice

The Other Side of the Story: The Benefits of Talking Through Your Scenes

Old-School Tips for Writing Epic Shit | Procrastinating Writers

How To Read Like A Writer « terribleminds: chuck wendig

4 Techniques To Mix Fantasy With Realism | The Write Practice

Revision & Editing Tips

The Other Side of the Story: Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now

Finding Bliss: Surviving Your First Draft

How to edit out crap from your manuscript | Novel Girl

Rewriting a Novel: Five Ways to Make It Less Painful • Ryan Casey

Are You at THAT Stage of Revision? Keep Writing!

Writability: How to Use What Ifs While Revising

Who Should Read Your Unpublished Work? - Rachelle Gardner

7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing by David Kudler — The Book Designer

Chapter Edits – A Quick Overview | Dreaming of Other Realms

Carey Heywood...: Beta Reading...

Writability: Writing Tool: iBooks

Writability: Why Critiquing Others Helps You

Episode 3: Beta Readers, Author Blogging and KDP Select — Self Publishing Team

Self-Editing Tips from New York Times Bestselling Author Gemma Halliday | WG2E

Author Platform Tips

How to Monetize Your Blog without Selling Your Soul | Michael Hyatt

The 17 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media, SEO, and Better Visitor Engagement in 2013 | Social Media Today

7 splendid articles on using Goodreads as an author | Iain Broome

Anne R. Allen's Blog: Why You Should Google Yourself: It's Not Vain—It's Good Business

How to Get Your Headshot to Appear in Google Results—Wherever Your Content is Published : @ProBlogger

Digital Sheep Get Slaughtered–Being Safe On Social Media | Kristen Lamb's Blog

How to Take Good Author Photos | The BookBaby Blog

64 Google+ Content Strategies [Infographic] | Copyblogger

How to Upload a File to Your Wordpress Site | Author Media

Goodreads for Writers | Mystery Writing is Murder

The Author With The Biggest Mailing List Wins | David Gaughran

5 Facebook Marketing Tips for Authors | Lindsay Buroker

Feeling Overwhelmed? Social Media Can Make Us Crazy–Part 3 | Kristen Lamb's Blog

Paging Dr. Page: your Amazon Author Central page |WG2E

Writer Unboxed » Twitter Lists to the Rescue

What is Author Rank? Part 1 - Blogging with Amy

Social Media for Authors: [Groan] Do I HAVE To? | Catherine, Caffeinated

The Other Side of the Story: How Do You Feel About Re-Posting Old Blog Posts?

LinkedIn—Making The Most of Your Six Seconds | Kristen Lamb's Blog

The Best Way to Build an Author Website | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 12 Social Media Mistakes for Authors to Avoid

Build Your Mailing List! 5 Ideas That Really Work [Indie ReCon Post] — Self Publishing Team

What is Author Rank? Part 2 - Blogging with Amy

What is Author Rank? Part 3 - Blogging with Amy

Five Blogging Tips for Indie Authors | Successful Self-Publishing

How I Got a Six-Figure Twitter Following

Book Marketing Tips

Does Social Media Sell Books? Gillian Flynn's Agent Gives Her Perspective - The Huffington Post

Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, on How to Get People to Read Your Book - The Huffington Post

Filling a Need and Finding Your Niche—by L. Diane Wolfe | Mystery Writing is Murder

10 Things to Write to Help You Rock Your Book Launch [Guest Post] — Self Publishing Team

Indie eBook Marketing: When You Get to the Fork in the Road, You Must Take It. |

How To Write Perfect Press Releases With Steven Lewis | The Creative Penn

Marketing Idea: Developing a Song Playlist for Your Novel 30 Day Books | 30 Day Books

Why Even a Novelist Should Know How to Write Strong Copy by Dana Sitar — The Book Designer

Book Marketing 101: Making Money With Your eBook | The BookBaby Blog

5 Elevator Pitch Tips - Blogging with Amy

How to Promote Your Book (When You’re Scared Out of Your Mind) — Self Publishing Team

Episode 1: Blog Tours, Mailing List Setup, Reviews — Self Publishing Team

Anne R. Allen's Blog: Are You Neglecting This Important Book Sales Tool? 5 Steps to a Great Product Description

10 Ways Proven to Draw Readers to Your Novel’s Website | Author Media

7 Ways to Promote Your Book with Vine | The BookBaby Blog

How do you promote your self-published book? | Must Use Bigger Elephants

Susan Kaye Quinn, Young Adult Author: FREE Books: Bane or Boon?

Building a Platform vs. Promoting a Book - Rachelle Gardner

The Power of the Author Interview - The Savvy Book Marketer

Never Again Hate Self-Promotion - Rachelle Gardner

Are You Making This HUGE Book Marketing Mistake? — Self Publishing Team

Publishing News & Tips

Tutorial: NovelRank | Indies Unlimited

Tools of Change for Publishing - Insight, Events, Resources - O'Reilly Media

The Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make When Self-Publishing a Book | Digital Book World

Think Like a Publisher 2013: Chapter Four: Production and Scheduling | Dean Wesley Smith

What Agents Are Doing These Days - Rachelle Gardner

Is Barnes and Noble Going The Way of Borders…as in Bankrupt? | WG2E

Mailbag Monday With Answers to your Self-Publishing Questions — The Book Designer

WG2E Guest Liz Matis Goes “Free” and Here are Her Real Ebook Sales Numbers! | WG2E

Choosing Cover Art for Your Indie Book | Lindsay Buroker

Digital Publishing & Self-Publishing Conferences in 2013 | Publish Your Own Ebooks

25 Thoughts On Book Piracy « terribleminds: chuck wendig

KDP Now Paying ALL Royalties By EFT | Catherine, Caffeinated

Why I Hope You Don’t Pirate My Book « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Some Odd Stuff | Dean Wesley Smith

Nick's Writing Blog: Lots of Opportunities with Chicken Soup for the Soul

And This Is Where It All Gets Totally Fucking Bonkers: “Used E-Books” « terribleminds: chuck wendig

What Makes a Review Fair? | WG2E

And Now for Something Completely Different! Redefining the Writing Conference | Kristen Lamb's Blog

Apple’s New “Breakout Books” Section Features Many Independent Authors (and me too) | Lindsay Buroker

25 Hard Truths About Writing And Publishing | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: How To Sell Ebooks

Are Self-Pub Books the New Slush Pile? - Rachelle Gardner

Ten Qualities You Must Have To Succeed As An Indie Author | Successful Self-Publishing

Finding Bliss: All About ISBNs For Self-Publishing

Frustrated with Smashwords? There Are Alternatives! | India Drummond

Susan Kaye Quinn, Young Adult Author: 20 Reasons Why You Should Register for IndieReCon

On Small Presses – Guest Post by Danielle Ellison | Teens Can Write, Too!

Think Like a Publisher 2013: Chapter 5: Return on Investment | Dean Wesley Smith

Used Ebooks, the Ridiculous Idea that Could Also Destroy the Publishing Industry | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Ebook Parts

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Amazon Numbers

WG2E Guest Vickie Taylor talks “SWOT Your Way to a Sustainable Writing Business | WG2E

Indie Authors Share 10 Golden Nuggets of Info: The ONE Thing That I’ve Done to Get More Readers 30 Day Books | 30 Day Books

The thing about Literary Agents is… | ALLIE B BOOKS

Amazon to Sell USED eBooks? - BookBaby Blog

Make Your Own Audiobook on a Budget | The BookBaby Blog

Nine Reasons Authors Still Choose Traditional Publishing | Writing Forward

Draft2Digital – A New Ebook Distributor in Town! | WG2E

Should Independent Authors Have Their Books Translated into Foreign Languages? | Lindsay Buroker

Can Bookish Be a Game Changer? | Nathan Bransford, Author

Back Matter: The Simple Secret to Selling More Books • Ryan Casey

Author Copies | Mystery Writing is Murder

Book Design Quick Tips for Self-Publishers — The Book Designer

e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2013 — The Book Designer

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Hungry Dogs

Do you need a literary agent? | Nail Your Novel

How To Format The Dreaded Synopsis | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

To Register Or Not To Register Your Copyright | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

Amazon’s Recommendation Engine Trumps The Competition | David Gaughran

The future of libraries, libraries of the future [infographic] | Ebook Friendly

Why Writing is a Business – and How to Win at it [Guest Post] — Self Publishing Team

Why And How To Use MultiMedia To Enhance Your Ebooks | The Creative Penn

From Amazon to the iBookstore: 3 easy ways to self-publish your book | Novel Publicity

How to Submit Your eBook to Pixel of Ink and BookBub | The BookBaby Blog

New Harry Potter Covers! | Nathan Bransford, Author

Episode 2: Service Providers, Image-heavy books, eBook formatting — Self Publishing Team

QueryTracker Blog: Should Authors Be Reviewers?

Should Consumers Be Able to Buy and Sell Used E-books? | Nathan Bransford, Author

Things I Wish I Knew When I First Started Self-Publishing: Indie Authors Share their Insights30 Day Books | 30 Day Books

Should Writers Pay to Use Duotrope? | Write It Sideways

Think Like a Publisher 2013: Chapter 6: Sales Plans | Dean Wesley Smith

Smashwords Alternatives Followup | India Drummond

Killing the “Pay First, Read Later” E-bookselling Model | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

We Interrupt This Series On Marketing With A Timely Lesson On How NOT To Succeed… | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

Are You Going To Be Left Behind? | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

Amazon’s Bestselling Thomas & Mercer Author Theresa Ragan Treats You to the Steps She Took to Self-Publish | WG2E

5 Reasons Agents Don't Explain their Rejections - Rachelle Gardner

Book Piracy: A Reader Gained, Not a Sale Lost • Ryan Casey

QueryTracker Blog: Author As Assistant Cover Artist

How To Make A Professional Standard Print Book Interior With Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer | The Creative Penn

10 Steps To Write And Publish Your Non-Fiction Book | The Creative Penn

Book Designer Plays the Template Game — The Book Designer

Ruth Harris Reports #14: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ebook Formatting But Were Afraid to Ask (Part Four) | WG2E

Amazon's New Free Ebook Rules = Huge KDP Select Changes Ahead • Ryan Casey