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Friday Features #42

 Time for your weekly dose of best links for writers! Hope you enjoy and share!

Fun Stuff & Productivity Tips

Making Progress On Your Work-In-Progress: 8 Easy Ways to Finish Your Manuscript – GroggSpot

QueryTracker Blog: Is Your Writing a Hobby or a Business?

Author, Jody Hedlund: 10 Ways to Foster a Love of Reading

10 Reasons You Should Be A Writer-preneur | InkyBites

Health Care for Writers | Fiction Notes

Enemies of the Art Part 5–Fatigue « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Anne R. Allen’s Blog: DANGER: Writer at work…Where do Bestselling Authors Create their Masterpieces?

Author, Jody Hedlund: If I Could Do Things Over:What I’d Change & What I Wouldn’t

A Different Tapestry: The Kobo Arc « Speaking to the Eyes

 Writing Tips & Inspiration

Writing Classes: Are They Worth the Investment? | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

Writing to Change the World Just Because We Can | The Write Practice

Finding Bliss: Six Questions with Rebecca Berto

Time Saving Tip When Writing Series | Mystery Writing is Murder

Why You Should Try Writing in Second Person | The Write Practice

The Bookshelf Muse: Show-Don’t-Tell: The Basics

Writability: Don’t Worry About Other Writers Stealing Your Ideas

A Stranger Year | Hugh Howey

Stuck or blocked? How to keep writing anyway « Nail Your Novel

Wordplay: Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 8: Options for Reactions in a Sequel

Writer Unboxed » How to Change Telling into Showing

Weaving Our Real Life Experiences into Our Stories | Mystery Writing is Murder

3 Reasons Writers Read Books | The Write Practice

I Don’t Know Writing, But I Know What I Like… | Hugh Howey

C. Hope Clark: What Might Have Been

Sympathetic Characters Part 6: Unfairness | Moody Writing

On Writing Unforgettable Secondary Characters – With Ianto Jones « EM Castellan

Indies Forward: Anxiety & Overcoming Life’s Obstacles • Ryan Casey

Writing Tips: Abolish the Adverbs : Writing Forward

Seven Keys to Book Architecture | The Creative Penn

6 Steps to Successfully Launching a Dream | Goins, Writer

Enemies of the Art Part 3—F.E.A.R. « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Writer Unboxed » On Writing Without Expectation

Yes, Virginia, You Can Be A Paid Writer, Too « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Creating Real, Strong Girls in Today’s Teen Fiction | Successful Self-Publishing

Sympathetic Characters Part 5: Betrayal | Moody Writing

Bring your fiction to life by understanding the characters: An editor’s how-to guide | Novel Publicity

Revision & Editing Tips

The Other Side of the Story: Three Ways to Add Tension During Revisions

WG2E Guest Lexi Ryan on “Five Rules for Choosing and Using Beta Readers” | The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

ROW80 Check-In 3: On the importance of being a good beta-reader or critique partner « EM Castellan

Lessons From Oleander–Beware of Premature Editing « Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Author Platform Tips

January Blog Post Replay: “Do I really need an author website?” Some thoughts.30 Day Books | 30 Day Books

How to Avoid Bullet-Hard Emails | Men with Pens

How to Copy from Microsoft Word into WordPress | Author Media

6 Ways to Stand Out at a Writer’s Conference | The BookBaby Blog

QueryTracker Blog: The Case Against Blogging

Book Marketing Tips

10 Amazing Low-Cost Ways To Market Your Book |

More Thoughts on Free | Mystery Writing is Murder

7 Simple Tips to Help You Promote Your Book on Twitter | The BookBaby Blog

Wonders of Bookbub « laurenwaters

January Blog Post Replay: Book marketing for shy authors30 Day Books | 30 Day Books

A + B = You (The Secret Equation Every Author Needs to Know) — Self Publishing Team

How to Promote Your Books on Pinterest | Lindsay Buroker

How Not To Ask For Blurbs « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Mentor Texts: Market Your Book to Teachers | Fiction Notes

What Should Authors Do Between Promotion Cycles? – BookBaby Blog

Publishing News & Tips

Amazon Children’s Publishing Names Two New Imprints

Considering Self-Publishing? Don’t Bother, Unless You Follow Guy Kawasaki’s Advice – Forbes

7 Things joining KDP Select Can and Can’t do for you | M. Louisa Locke

Find your 2012 royalties from CreateSpace, Kindle, 3 others

5 Great Reasons Writers Should Use a Pen Name (AKA Pseudonym)

Writing Contests–Always Read the Fine Print | See Brian Write

Think Like a Publisher 2013: Chapter 3: Projected Income | Dean Wesley Smith

Do You Have An Unanswered Question About Self-Publishing? « Catherine, Caffeinated

Infographic: The Future of Libraries | Publetariat

A Revelation in Reading: the Kobo Arc Experience « Speaking to the Eyes

So You Want to Read Your Reviews… | Mystery Writing is Murder

What’s the Difference Between Book Wholesalers and Distributors? – The Savvy Book Marketer

Susan Kaye Quinn’s Self-Pub Basics (Part Three of Four): Formatting, The Hard Way | The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Writability: How to Survive the Waiting Game

How EBook Readers Shop And The Importance Of Sampling | The Creative Penn

Writability: Why Enter Pitch Contests?

How to Qualify for PayPal’s Mass Payment Feature – Blogging with Amy

Trust Your Cover Artist | India Drummond

Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing: Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds | Jane Friedman

The Other Side of the Story: A Q&A With Nelson Literary Agency’s Anita Mumm

The Bookshelf Muse: Success: Is It Happening To You, Only You Don’t Realize It?

Susan Kaye Quinn’s Self-Pub Basics (Part Four of Four): Formatting, The iTunes Way | The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

How To Publish A Book 101 | Publetariat: For People Who Publish! |

Getting Started With Microsoft Word Styles for Book Layout — The Book Designer

How to Be a Writer Who Thinks Like a Publisher | Wise Ink

Who reads ebooks? [infographic] | Ebook Friendly

Barnes & Noble Plans to Close a Third of Its Stores | Nathan Bransford, Author

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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. Great links, yet again! Thanks for sharing these, Yesenia, and thank you for including my posts in your round up!

  2. Thanks again for mentioning my blog Yesenia! And great round-up as always 🙂