Links to Blog Posts on Writing – April-May 2017



Two issues this roundup:

Amazon made a small change to the way it sells books. Publishers are terrified. – Constance Grady at Vox, on how third party sellers are getting in there before publishers – and so authors are losing out on royalties

In Which a White Guy Talks about Cultural Appropriation – Kenneth Cronin at Writers Unboxed



Choose Your Pain—Hobbyist vs. Professional Author – Kristen Lamb

The Moments That Keep You Going As A Writer – Alex Segura

What I’ve Learned After 5 Years And 20 Books: 25 Lessons – Chuck Wendig

A Hot Steaming Sack Of Business Advice For Writers – Chuck Wendig

Wrestling With Writer’s Block – Maurice Broaddus guesting at Chuck Wendig’s blog

Mushroom Publishers And The Tsunami of Crap – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

What an Editor at a Publishing House Looks For: 6 Myths & Truths – Parul McDonald at Writer Unboxed

Elizabeth Vaughan: Five Things I Learned By Writing Wardance

Dan Koboldt: Five Things I Learned Writing The Island Deception

Carrie Patel: Five Things I Learned Writing Song Of The Dead

David Kazzie: Five Things I Learned Writing A Sequel



How Not to Start Your Novel: 6 First Page No-Nos – Anne R Allen

Struggling With Your Plot? Here’s a Fun Way to Learn Story Structure – Janice Hardy guesting at Writers In The Storm

Third Person Narration: Using the Zoom Lens – Sarah Callender at Writer Unboxed

Deep POV parts One and Two – Kristen Lamb

Why All The Present Tense? – Philip Athans at Fantasy Authors Handbook

How to Write a Great Last Line – Laura Drake at Writers In The Storm

3 Ways to Make Your Writing More Visual – K M Weiland

Producing Your Books in Audio Part One: Should You? and Auditions – Angela Quarles at Fiction University

How to Write (and Not Write) Expository Dialogue – K M Weiland

***Lighten Up! Cutting Down Your Word Count*** – post of the month from Janice Hardy at Fiction University.

Five Worldbuilding Mistakes Even Enthusiasts Make – Chris Winkle at Mythcreants



Amazon Keywords: The Secret to Doubling Your Sales and Pulling in New Readers – Penny Sansevieri at Writers In The Storm




Promoting a Series to Keep Readers Hooked – Daniel Arensen at Bookbub

How to Make ALL Ads, Marketing & Newsletters Work BETTER – Kristen Lamb

Your Author Bio: Does it help your Book Sales or Stop Them Dead? – Anne R Allen

When is the Best Time to Start an Author Platform? – Kristen Lamb

Types of Brands (Branding/Discoverability) and Define Your Target Audience: The Early Stages (Branding/Discoverability) – Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Social Media

The Personalities of Social Media – Janny Hansen at Writers In The Storm

Feeling Invisible on Facebook? How’s Your Organic Reach? – Kristen Lamb

Social Media for Authors—Beware of Experts – Kristen Lamb


Newsletters and Discoverability and Found it! – Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Websites and Blogs

11 Author Website Must Have Elements – Kimberley Grabas at Your Writer Platform

Writing Engaging Content: 70 Powerful Expert Tips – Camilla Hallstrom




Kindle Unlimited: Is It Worth It? – Marcy Kennedy at Fiction University



How to Request A Reversion of Publishing Rights – Susan Spann at Writers In The Storm

The Author’s Biggest Mistake – K J Charles

Knowing When to Walk Away from a Publishing Deal – Susan Spann at Writers In The Storm



14 Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover – Nate Hoffelder at Digital Reader



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