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Friday Features #34

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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!

Fun/Motivation/Productivity

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 | www.publetariat.com

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 | www.publetariat.com

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 | www.publetariat.com

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. | www.publetariat.com

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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Comments

  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!

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