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Friday Features #34

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Features! This week, there are a TON of links on revision & editing (due to NaNoWriMo being done) so be sure to check those out. As always, please consider sharing this list if you found it helpful. Thanks!


What Working Out Taught Us about Writing OR How We Saved Our Writerly Asses | Writer Unboxed

LOL: My publishing experience in GIFs | Novel Girl

ROW80 Check-In 9: Marie Lu on dealing with Writer’s Insecurities « EM Castellan

12 Gifts and Goodies for Writers | Writing Forward

How we learn to be original – a story about creative writing « Nail Your Novel

A Writer’s Guide to What to Do After NaNoWriMo | Men with Pens

Vogue Can Go to Hell–Can I Make Peace with My Thighs? « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Evaluating NaNoWriMo: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly | Author, Jody Hedlund

Scrivener: An Introduction to Novel Writing | LiveHacked

What Writers Can Learn From Entrepreneurs: An Interview With Marcia Hoeck « Courage 2 Create

’Tis the Season for . . . Business Plans??? | QueryTracker Blog

Lucky 13 |

Be Productive! 2 Hard and Soft Methods for Beating Procrastination | Procrastinating Writers

Holiday gifts for authors and writers | Build Book Buzz

How to Write When You Don’t Want To | Writability

Five Writing Lessons I Learned in 2012 • Ryan Casey

Writing Tips & Inspiration

How to Write a Song | The Write Practice

Spicing Up a Story With Similes & Metaphors | Author, Jody Hedlund

The Secret To a Successful Concept | Storyfix

Trust In Your Ability To Tell A Story | Mystery Writing is Murder

How to Write Characters Who Evoke Reader Compassion | Jane Friedman

Could You Write the Next ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? | Write to Done

Dramatic Action Is More Than Doing Stuff | Moody Writing

22 rules of successful storytelling [infographic] | Ebook Friendly

Grammar Geekery: Most Common British/American English Spelling Mistakes | The Creative Penn

Avoiding Common Grammar Mistakes |

Starting a New chapter: Defeating the Blank Page — Fiction Notes

K.M.Weiland: 10 Lessons From a Completed Novel | The Bookshelf Muse

Discussion: What Do You Love to Write About? | Writability

What’s the Difference Between Conflict and Tension? | Wordplay

Tips on Effectively Conveying Character Emotion | The Alliance of Independent Authors

How Do You Know If Your Work is Any Good? | Rachelle Gardner

Inevitability – Let the Dominoes Fall… « Dreaming of Other Realms

Writing Believable Dialogue | Finding Bliss

A Quick & Easy Step to Make Your Manuscript Shine | Finding Bliss

“Couponing” for Authors—Guest Post by J.L. Greger | Mystery Writing is Murder

Making a Genre Switch | Finding Bliss

The Perfect Book Title | Wise Ink

Rogue Novels | Writer Unboxed

Revision & Editing

Editing Through Community Critique | The Creative Penn

Visual Editing: Color Coding Your Way to a Cleaner Manuscript | QueryTracker Blog

How to Completely Captivate Your Readers | The Write Practice

Character Development: Make Them Angry | Writability

You’ve Finished NaNoWriMo: Now What? | The Other Side of the Story

How To Write An eBook, Part 7: Pulling Your Team Together | InkyBites

The Value of your Desk Drawer | The Writers Alley

3 Ninja Editing Tips | Finding Bliss

Writing A Book: What Happens After The First Draft? | The Creative Penn

In Which Diana Discusses Copyedits | GENREALITY

Send up the (Red) Flag: Telling Words That Often Spell Trouble | The Other Side of the Story

Building Your Author Platform

Author Blogging 101: A Community Means Getting a Response — The Book Designer

WG2E Guest Ansha Kotyk on Building a Website Using WordPress | The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

4 Ways Writers Sabotage Themselves On Facebook | Author Media

Replay 2012 | The Writer’s Guide to Making Google Your Friend « Catherine, Caffeinated

Creating blog posts & promo materials with Piktochart | 30 Day Books

Q&A: How do I network effectively to help gain name awareness and visitors? – Blogging with Amy

Free Webinar: 7 Secrets of Effective Author Websites | Rachelle Gardner

Learn How to Podcast | Chris Brogan

The State of Facebook: What’s Working Now | Copyblogger

The Zen Of Slow Blogging | kristin nador writes anywhere

How Can We Brag Without it KILLING Our On-Line Credibility? « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Episode 4: Use Social Media | Live Hacked

1,429 Reasons to Spend Time on Goodreads | YA INDIE

Book Marketing Tips

Replay 2012 | How To Sell Self-Published Books: Read This First « Catherine, Caffeinated

Authors Who Say “I Don’t Have Enough Time for Promotion” Are Doomed to Fail — Self Publishing Team

How Can You Sell More Books at Christmas? | Lindsay Buroker

Quick Tip: Are you using non-fiction angles to promote your fiction book? You should be! | 30 Day Books

How to Market your Book if You’re Not a Marketer | Finding Bliss

Would quitting your job solve your book marketing problems? — Self Publishing Team

WG2E Guest Monica Davis on “Goodreads Ad Campaigns…Should You Take the Plunge?” | The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Publishing News & Tips

Kindle Direct Publishing Adds $1.5 Million Holiday Bonus for KDP Select Authors | The Masquerade Crew

Colonel Shifty’s Handy Dandy Dictionary of Publishing Terms for the Lucky People Who Care for Writers « Beth Hull

Is Exploiting Authors To Be The New Publishing Model? | The Alliance of Independent Authors

Replay 2012 | How (Not?) To Get Your Book Reviewed « Catherine, Caffeinated

Launched my book cover design site BDesign! « ALLIE B BOOKS

Indie Publishing in 2013: Why We Can’t Party Like It’s 2009 | Anne R. Allen’s Blog

The Proverbial Sex Reassignment Surgery: What This [Publishing] Transition Is Really About |

Query Lines to Make an Agent Sigh | Rachelle Gardner

The Journey from Written Word to Spoken Word | YA INDIE

Best Business Advice for Writers (November 2012 edition) } Jane Friedman

Book Reviewing Ethics and Etiquette for Self-Publishers | The Alliance of Independent Authors

How many copies will my self-published book sell? « Must Use Bigger Elephants

The New World of Publishing: How To Get Started Selling Fiction in 2013 | Dean Wesley Smith

True confessions of a serial cover-changer | YA INDIE

How To Write A Pitch « Teens Can Write, Too!

Lovers of ebooks and print books need librarians [infographic] | Ebook Friendly

12 Lessons We Learned Coaching Indie Authors in 2012 | Wise Ink

Are You Still Submitting? Determination Is The Key. |

Replay 2012 | How Much Should I Charge for My E-Book? « Catherine, Caffeinated

WG2E Guest Kiru Taye shares Five Principles for Surviving Your First Year of Indie Epublishing | The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Indie Authors Get Ready for Amazon’s 2013 Breakthrough Novel Award | The Alliance of Independent Authors

A Side Note About Agents | Dean Wesley Smith

What Agents Look For In a Self-Published Author | Finding Bliss

Debut Author vs. Career Author | Susan Kaye Quinn, Young Adult Author

The NY Times is Creating New Middle Grade/Young Adult Bestseller Lists | Nathan Bransford, Author

Digital Only Imprints – Are They Good For Authors? | Susan Kaye Quinn, Young Adult Author

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. Awesome selection of links you’ve got here – thanks for including mine!

  2. Wonderful collection of links! I enjoyed going through them all. Thanks for the shout-out. :)

  3. Another great roundup, Yesenia! Thanks again for including my posts!

  4. Lots of reading material–happy Friday!

  5. Thanks for reading and sharing, everyone!