Friday Features #6


Turning Points: Guest Post By Jenny Torres Sanchez by Jenny Torres Sanchez at Distraction No. 99

Writing Tips From a Dead Woman by Carol at Make A Living Writing

Fun and Inexpensive Ideas for Writing Retreats! by Sherrinda Ketchersid at The Writer's Alley

33 Things To Do When You Are Feeling Angry With Your Novel by Leila Austin at YA Highway

Encouraging Words From Seasoned Professionals by Ingrid Schaffenburg at Threadbare Gypsy Soul

The Benefits of Building a Writing Platform by Jeff Goins at Jeff Goins Writer


Research is a 4-Letter Word by Michaelbrent Collings at Two Ends of the Pen

Writing Advice

How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day by Rachel Aaron at Pretentious Title

How I Plot a Novel in 5 Steps by Rachel Aaron at Pretentious Title

How Do You Market Contemporary YA in a Fantasy/Paranormal Driven World? by Angela Scott at Whimsy & Writing

Self-Publishing Success: 3 Tips to Finding Your Definition by Shannon at DuoLit

Respecting the Process: First Draft vs. Final Draft by Susan Kay Quinn at Susan Kay Quinn

Chipping Away at Writer's Block by Kathy at Writing and Illustrating

Writing Dangers: Shiny New Idea Syndrome by Ava Jae at Writability

Writing Fast, Writing Slow – and Why One Book a Year Suits Hardly Anyone by Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

Learning to Embrace My Limits by Kristan Hoffman at Writer Unboxed

Hunger Games 6 – The Stealth Power of Sequencing by Larry Brooks at StoryFix

Writing Characters Worth Reading by Mooderino at Moody Writing

Another Take on Show, Don't Tell For Writers by Chuck Sambuchino at Guide to Literary Agents

The Power of Surprise in Fiction by Nick Daws at Nick Daws' Writing Blog

The 13 Most Common Errors on a Novel's First Page by Catherine Rankovic at Book Eval

Write Tip: Outlining From a Finished Draft for Pantsers by Bryan Thomas Schmidt at Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Expressing Thought Reactions in Fiction by Jodie Renner at The Blood Red Pencil

Don't Write Well, Write Now by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Why Writers Should Read Part 4 – Pacing by Mary Vee at The Writer's Alley

Would You Never Write If You Were Never Getting Published? By Ava Jae at Writability

Achieve Faster Flow States: Swap Your iPad for a Notepad by Christ Skoyles at LifeHack

The Hero's Journey by Cornell De'Ville at Cornell De'Ville

Dictation: I'm a Story Teller, Not a Story Typer by Eric Kent Edstrom at DuoLit

Do You Write With Your Mood? By Lauren Waters at Lauren Waters

Nine NO's of Dialogue by Gabriela Pereira at DiY MFA

Stephen King's 20 Tips for Becoming a Frighteningly Good Writer by Jon Morrow at Boost Blog Traffic

Conflict in Story is Like Finding Gold by Mooderino at Moody Writing

How to Get Published in Literary Magazines: Interview with Glimmer Train Stories by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

That Fear...That Silence by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

Let's Talk Money by Megg Jensen at Author 2 Author

6 Habits to Help You Write When You Don't Have the Time by Tyler Braun at Jeff Goins Writer


4 Editing and Proofreading Techniques for Your Novel by Courtney Carpenter at Writer's Digest

Editing for People Who Hate Editing by RachelAaron at Pretentious Title

Crossing Words Off Your List: Making the Most of Editing "What Not to Use" Lists by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Proofreading 101 by Krista Phillips at The Writer's Alley

6 Ways Copy Editors Make Your Book Better by Linda Jay Geldens at The Book Designer

Build Your Author Platform

Why it’s So Stinking Hard to Sell Books: Author Marketing Report Part 1 by Stephanie Chandler at Authority Publishing

Why it’s So Stinking Hard to Sell Books: Author Marketing Report Part 2 by Stephanie Chandler at Authority Publishing

Twitter: A Tool for Writers to Create Community by Alon Shalev at Left Coast Voices

Effective Ways Of Getting Social On Social Media by Amber Meadows at Like a Bump on a Log

How a Virtual Book Tour Can Help You Publicize Your Book by Ali Luke at Cheryl Reif Writes

Social Media is an Imperfect Sales Tool. Use It Anyway. By Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford

31 Twitter Hashtags for the Indie Author at Wise, Ink

Yes, Email Still Works for Book Marketing by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

Remember, It's All About the Readers by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

How to Get On Well with Twitter by Roz Morris at Authors Electric

Backdoor Platform by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

Don't You Forget About Me by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

The Value of Paid Reviews: It Might Not Be What You'd Expect by Susan Helene Gottfried at Novel Publicity

Please Do Not Pay Money for an Online Ad Until You Read This by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

5 Ways to Connect with Other Writers. Which One is Best for You? By Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

10 Social Media Pet Peeves by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Shooting for the Moon (Or: Don't Just Listen to Me) by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Does Your Author Photo Scare the Reader Away? Here Are 5 Tips You Need to Get It Right by Angela Scott at Novel Publicity

Learn From My Fail: 7 Lessons to Improve Your Author Website by Toni at DuoLit

11 Best Marketing Books for Your 2012 Summer Reading List by Michael Brenner at Business 2 Community

What It Really Takes to Build a Platform in Today's Noisy World by Jeff Goins at Jeff Goins Writer

10 Ways to Increase Your Influence on Social Media at

What Authors Seems to Forget About Marketing, Especially Those Who Dislike It by Jane Friedman at Writer Unboxed


Who Are the Big Six? What Does “Indie” Really Mean? Answers to Not-So-Dumb Questions You Were Afraid to Ask by Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen's Blog

Is Freeloading Via Amazon Select On the Wane? By Phoenix Sullivan at Phoenix Sullivan

CreateSpace in Europe by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Book Planning, Title, and Design Ideas by Roger C. Parker at Published & Profitable

ISBN 101 for Self-Publishers by Joell Friedlander at The Book Designer

Six Essential Things Every Author Needs to Think About Before Publishing by Keith at Indie Book Writers

Infographic Ebook Market 2012 – US, UK, Canada, Australia at BWM Books

Book Design: Have You Checked Your Margins by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Wait Until You Hear This: The Taleist Self-Publishing Survey by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Stop the Press: Half of Self-Published Authors Earn Less Than $500 at The Guardian

Survey of Authors Reveals Widespread Dissatisfaction With the Publishing Industry by Passive Guy at The Passive Voice

14 Tips for Good Kindle Cover Design by C.L. Smith at Humble Nations

How to Publish a Kindle eBook by at CopyBlogger

Book Page Layout Preparation: Cleaning Up Your Word Files by at The Book Designer

Kindle Formatting: Requirements for the Kindle Book Cover Image by Suzanne Parrott at Unruly Guides

What were your favorite articles this week? What did I miss?