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Friday Features #24

Welcome to Friday Features, a weekly roundup of the best links for writers. Please consider sharing this edition of Friday Features if you find it helpful. 


Why a Break From Writing Will Kill Your Spirit by Sean D’Souza at Write to Done

Inspiring You by Sasha White at Genreality

Creating a Five Year Plan by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

The Grass is Always Greener… by Lauren Waters at Lauren Waters

How to Be What You Do: Beyond the To Do List Interview by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

Day After Day After Day—Showing Up At The Page No Matter What by Barbara O’Neal at Writer Unboxed

How to Avoid Distractions and Create a Career in Fiction: Interview with Holly Lisle by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice 


No links this week.

Writing Tips

Why Story Beginnings and Endings Must Be Linked by K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

Breakaway Body Parts: Are Your Characters’ Body Parts Acting On Their Own? By Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

The Naked Writer Project by India Drummond at India Drummond

Spelling and Grammar Comics From The Oatmeal Will Sharpen Your Skills And Make You Laugh at Publetariat

Cliffhangers for Unscrupulous Writers by Mooderino at Moody Writing

The Hopes and Dreams of Truly Awful People—A Guest Post by Art Holcomb at Storyfix

Confessions of an English Tutor: The Two Writing Errors EVERYBODY Makes by Jessica Ruane at Live Hacked

5 Characters Every Writer Needs to Master by Ken Myers at Wordplay

Organizing a Book and a Time-Saving Technique for Editing by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

Body Language by Patricia C. Wrede at Patricia C. Wrede

How to Let Your Characters Drive Your Story by Katie Axelson at The Write Practice

Rules, Schmules: Don’t Follow the Rules, Tell a Great Story by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story


Why You Should Edit Your First Draft For Captain Obvious by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Write Tighter, Write Smarter by Ash Krafton at QueryTracker

How to Give a Fair Critique by Ava Jae at Writability

Ruth Harris Reports #9: Editors and Editing (Part Three of a Series) by Ruth Harris at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Paid and Free Editing Software for Manuscripts by Virginia Ripple at Publetariat

5 Things Authors Should Know About Proofreading by Dalya Moon at YA Indie

Author Platform

How to Find the Perfect Niche Audience For Your Blog by Nick Thacker at Live Hacked

Social Proof For Authors by Sandra Beckwith at Build Book Buzz

Twitter For the Absolutely Terrified Newbie Author by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Would Hemingway Blog? By Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Top 10 Self-Sabotaging Mistakes of Author-Bloggers by Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

Tips N Tricks: Using HTML to Guest Post by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Twitter Dilemma: To Follow or Not to Follow? By Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey Books

12 Blog Organization Tips by Amy Lynn Andrews at Blogging with Amy

Social Media Basket by Stina Lindenblatt at QueryTracker

How Nonfiction Authors Can Build Niche Authority Through Content Marketing by Judy Cullins at The Savvy Book Marketer

Infographic on Guest Blogging Applies to Virtual Book Tours by Sandra Beckwith at Build Book Buzz

Pinterest For Books: Is It For You? By Sandra Beckwith at Build Book Buzz 


Reach New Readers By Asking This One Simple Question by Laura Pepper Wu at 30 Day Books

What I Learned About Book Signings From Beverly Lewis by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Advertising with Project Wonderful by Anna Kyss at YA Indie

Four Quick Marketing Methods For When You’re Short on Time by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

How Writers Can Reach Readers Without Self-Promotion by Orna Ross at How to Successfully Self-Publish

Buy My Book! Buy My Book! Buy My Book! (The Value of Repetition) by Dan Blank at Writer Unboxed

The Biggest Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make—Part 2 by Dana Lynn Smith at The Savvy Book Marketer

How to Find Your Books Target Market by Sandra Beckwith at Build Book Buzz


The 11 Key Questions Every Indie Author Must Know About the Competition at Wise, Ink

Ebook Pricing Strategy for a Stand Alone Novel by Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

The New World of Publishing: The Seasons of Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

On Being an Unpublished Writer: Enjoy It While You Can by Ava Jae at Writability

Tips N Tricks: A Checklist For Self-Publishing by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Should We Rethink Pseudonyms? By Rachelle Gardner at Books & Such

Choosing the Right Route by Talli Roland by The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Ebook Pricing the D.D. Scott Way: Do I Still Want to Be the Snickers Bar of Ebooks? U Betchya! By D.D. Scott at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Writing Thrillers and Adventures in Publishing with Boyd Morrison by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Konrath’s Sales by J.A. Konrath at The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

Self-Publishing by Design: Real-Life Lessons by Susan Bearman at Write It Sideways

9 Frequently Asked Questions About Query Letters by Chuck Sambuchino at Writer Unboxed

How to Read a Publishing Contract by Anne Rooney at Publetariat

Eight Resources for Ebook Cover Design by Stephanie at Publetariat

Theresa Ragan on Signing with Thomas & Mercer by Theresa Ragan at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Self-Printed 2.0: Self-Publishing and Marketing Tips with Catherine Ryan Howard by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Think Before You Thank: Writers & Acknowledgements by Kate Messner at Kate Messner

Self-Publishing vs. Playing the Lottery: Embrace the Business Mindset (Instead of the Gambler’s) by Tracey Atkins at DuoLit

Leaving an Agent and Choosing to Self-Publish with Kendra Highley by Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

How to Beat 7 Common Self-Publishing Fears by Ali Luke at CopyBlogger

The Biggest Mistakes Self-Publishers Make by Dana Lynn Smith at The Savvy Book Marketer

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

About the Writer

Yesenia Vargas

I write books (now working on the second) and blog helpful tips for indie authors, book updates, and other fun stuff. In addition, I'm a copyeditor and proofreader. In my pretty much nonexistent spare time, I read on my Kindle Fire, attempt to stay active, and watch Netflix. I live in Georgia with my daughter and fiance.

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  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! What an awesome list. Thanks much!!! :-)

  2. What a comprehensive list! And thanks for the shout-out for my post on blogger mistakes. Now I have to get clicking on all the posts I missed…