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Friday Features #33

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Features, a roundup of links for writers. Enjoy going through this week’s gems, and please consider sharing if you found the list helpful. Thanks!


Frazzled? Frustrated? Going Mental? 6 Ways to Beat the Breakdown | Anne R. Allen’s Blog

Writing During the Holidays—Tips | Mystery Writing is Murder

Success in 90-Minute Increments | Rachelle Gardner

Quality Writing Projects Require Safe Places—And Here Are Five | Jane Friedman

Creativity | GENREALITY

How to Know It’s Time to Shelve Your Novel } Writability

5 Ways Writers Can Cure Where-do-I-begin-itis | Write It Sideways

Knitting a Book is Like Writing a Sweater | QueryTracker Blog

6 Moneysaving Tips for Writers | Krissy Media Ink

Who are you writing for? | YA INDIE

Tax Deductions for Authors–Updated | AuthorCulture

12 Perfect Gifts for Writers in 2012 — Fiction Notes

10 Steps I Take to Begin Every Weekend | Goins, Writer

Pack Your Bags, We’re Going on a Guilt Trip « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

NaNoNowWHAT? Small Steps for BIG Change « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Writers Working from Home: How to Easily Improve Your Focus and Increase Your Productivity | Nick Daws’ Writing Blog

Achieve Your Writing Dreams: Sound Appealing? | Procrastinating Writers

7 Things to Do When NaNoWriMo Is Over | The Write Practice

Tempted to Give up on Your Story? Don’t! | Wordplay

How to Make NaNoWriMo Especially Difficult | Writability

How (Not) to Finish Writing a First Draft | Writability


Tools to use to Recreate the Past: Annie Fuller’s Boarding House |

Writing Tips & Inspiration

Three Big Takeaways from the My Book Therapy Storycrafters Retreat: Guest Post by Lindsay Harrel | The Writers Alley

Physical Attributes Entry: Ears | The Bookshelf Muse

If you hate writing a character… don’t write them « Nail Your Novel

ROW80 Check-In 8: 5 Writing Tips from Laini Taylor « EM Castellan

How to Start Your Novel: What The Movie TRUE LIES Taught Me | Writer Unboxed

New: Two Affordable Story Coaching Options… That Can Put Your Story Over the Top | Storyfix

Adapting Story Structure for Any Project | The Bookshelf Muse

The Ten Commandments of Choosing the Right Book Title [Guest Post] — Self Publishing Team

Knowledge Is Power But Story Is King | Moody Writing

Rounding Out Your Characters | GENREALITY

Starting Your Writing Journey: Two Easy Ways to Get Inspired — Aliventures

A Method Through the Madness: 5 Tips for Writing Scenes | Author, Jody Hedlund

When A Scene Isn’t Working | Moody Writing

8 Unstoppable Rules For Writing Killer Short Stories |

Writing a Strong Opening Chapter | The Writers Alley

Using Book Structure to Create Compelling Stories–Guest Post by Terry Ambrose | Mystery Writing is Murder

Writing The First Draft Of A Novel Using Questions And Modelling | The Creative Penn

Guest Author C.J. Redwine: How to Escalate Conflict in Your Novel | The Other Side of the Story


Writing Wednesday: How to Find Critique Partners | Beth Revis

Author Platform

Author Blogging 101: Top 10 Tasks to Get Your Blog Ready for Prime Time — The Book Designer

9 Ways to Improve the Impact of Your Email – The Works | Chris Brogan

Making Twitter more manageable with Twitter Lists | 30 Day Books

10 Ways to Build Long-Lasting Traffic to Your Author Website or Blog | Jane Friedman

Twitter for Authors: Is It Necessary? And, What We Saw Update • Ryan Casey

10 Year-End Indie Author Blog Post Ideas | 10 Year-End Indie Author Blog Post Ideas

Book Marketing

Hashtags to Connect With Readers — Fiction Notes

Forget Facebook. GoodReads Is The Best Social Network for Indie Authors | The Alliance of Independent Authors

Do free books help sell books? | YA INDIE

How to pitch radio and become a talk show guest | Build Book Buzz

Did you proofread your book’s marketing and promotion materials? | Build Book Buzz

A New (Free) Way to Sell Books from your Sidebar by Claire Ryan — The Book Designer

Publishing News & Tips

Are You Ready for the Pain of Publishing? | Rachelle Gardner

Ebook Publishing On Kobo With Mark Lefebvre | The Creative Penn

What I Learned Writing Dreamlander: 6 Types of Courageous Characters | Wordplay

D. D. Scott’s Indie Epublishing Strategic Planning – Part Two (Ebook Pricing) | The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Making Love to Criticism | C. Hope Clark

How to Publish Your Blog on Amazon Kindle : @ProBlogger

‘It’s not you. It’s me’: why agents don’t connect with certain projects « Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

Authors Beware the Simon&Schuster Self-Pub Option | Susan Kaye Quinn, Young Adult Author

How much does self-publishing cost? « Must Use Bigger Elephants

Simon & Schuster Joins Forces With Author Solutions To Rip Off Writers | David Gaughran

New Way For Uninformed Writers to Spend Money | Dean Wesley Smith

Amazon Reviews #2: Answers To Indie Authors’ Questions About Customer Reviews Policy | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books

How Much Does Self-Publishing a Book Cost? | Lindsay Buroker

Serious Advice for Serious Independent Authors | Wise Ink

Hey Simon & Shuster: I’m Calling You Out! | Live Hacked

Episode 3: Build A Platform | Live Hacked

KDP Select: Is it worth it? (6 Takeaways From My Experience) — Self Publishing Team

Finding Free Fonts for Your Self-Published Book — The Book Designer

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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 husband.

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  1. Thanks for including my blog post on how to pitch radio!

    Sandy Beckwith

  2. Yesenia thanks as always for including Wise Ink!!

  3. As always, thanks so much for the mention darlin! Hope your writing is going fantabulous! :0)