Monday Must-Reads [07.24.17]

Christmas in July

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Productivity Tips

The Writers Alley: Top 10 List of Ways Writers Can Utilize Their Time

Book Writing Software: Top 10 Pieces of Software for Writers - The Write Practice

The Only 3 Productivity Tips You Need to Know! - Strange & CharmedStrange & Charmed

8 Questions with Upstart Author Logan Rutherford - Sterling & Stone

Real Artists Don't Starve. Creativity And Money With Jeff Goins | The Creative Penn

Neo - A Word Processor for Authors - The Wayfinder - Hugh C. Howey

Writing Tips & Inspiration

Fiction University: Broken, but Still Good: 3 Ways to Create Character Flaws

Writer's Block and Depression: Why Writers Need to "Fill the Well" - Anne R. Allen's Blog... with Ruth Harris

How to Make Names That Don’t Suck – Chris Fox Writes

How Walt Disney Made Me A Better Writer | The Creative Penn

Subplot Ideas: 5 Tips for Writing Better Subplots | Now Novel

How Your Ancestors Can Help You Write | Writers In The Storm

Author Platform Tips

Instagram Live Replays: What Marketers Need to Know : Social Media Examiner

So You're an Author Without a Social Media Presence: Now What? | Jane Friedman

Book Marketing Tips

When Reader Targeting Goes Wrong | David Gaughran

7 Global BookBub Reader Trends You Need to Know

Note to All Creatives: Marketing is Your Job

Publishing News & Tips

Review: Vellum Book Formatting Software

9 Ways To Get The Very Best Out Of Your Book Cover Designer | The Creative Penn