The following is a compilation of resources for writers. You can find the subject that is on your radar by looking at the hashtags.
[Update: May 2nd, 2013 This is an update from the previous release date of this article. Please see the hyperlinked article on Editing: Knowing When To Stop from Writer’s Digest which is under the There Are No Rules banner.
Are you in the research phase of your book? Most of the links in this resource
are tailored to the non-fiction writer but do be aware that inspiration for your fiction
characters can be found be reading about people in our history; especially if it is a
Let’s say you want to know more about Edmund Spencer, who wrote for Elizabeth I in
varied poetry and prose. The Bio Website can help you with loads of info. Officially, it is
called Biography as it is taken from the much-lauded Biography Channel. Play
around in the sandbox of all of the information in various formats they have
gathered for your perusal. You can have fun and fill in your weekly research
goals at the same time.
Anyone in the book business should read Publishing Perspectives everyday
along with their morning cup of coffee. Packed with information that you
can use and should be ‘up on’.
There are several great sites that help with character development Also,
as writers, we tend to pass around our own cheat sheets on questions that
we have worked up for our characters.
There are a few that I would like to highlight: The first is Critiques Circle which is an
online writing workshop. You will need to sign up to be a member. They have free
and premium version. It is a great community and the tools that
they give the author are incredible.
At J.P. Sloan’s Fistful of Fiction, he has created many workbooks and
cheat-sheets to help you flesh out your characters.
Creative Writing Now has a wonderful site with a character questionnaire
for your characters to which I am very partial.
Hope this helps in your efforts on three-dimensional characters that will
jump off the 2 dimensional page. Let me know!
We all need this article on self-editing.This is an article from Anna Lewis
who is a co-founder of VoxBox and a pretty incredible person. Do yourself
a favor and check out this webpage.
In my efforts to find you the best assistance with your author platform,
I have put together some resources for you. All of these are built from the
ground up by writers who have the networks necessary for word-of-mouth
and have gone through the trenches themselves. For instance, check out this
wonderful font of information at The Writing Platform.
Melissa Foster fits perfectly under the rubric of authors who have been through
the publishing and marketing process and have the contacts and knowledge to
help others beyond writing and editing. She has just written a wonderful book
called Fostering Success. The tag-line for the book is “You’ve written a book.
Now What?” I think this will hit home to a great deal of authors, if not all, who
are in need of guidance with publishing and book marketing. You can find
massive amounts of helpful author platform information on the book here
If you need help in promoting your book, the Shameless Promoter has a
wealth of experience under her belt and is there for you with the tools,
connections and coaching you need to help guide you through the necessary
Best-selling and self-published author Hugh Howey who authored the Wool
series has a great piece at MediaBistro about what he does for self-promotion.
You would be surprised! This piece was based on the Ask Me Anything interview
he did at Reddit.
Also at the Galley Cat are several more articles on your platform and promotion.
You can find them listed right under Hugh’s article or below:
If you are looking for a well-qualified coach and well as book marketer and social media expert to increase your sales and profile of you and your book? Susan Gilbert is the person to contact. Check out her site which shows just how many media outlets she has ‘ins’ with and book her stat. (No pun intended.)
#Social Media for Writers
Kristen Lamb’s blog always has great content with a friendly manner attached
to her writing voice. This week, she has a great piece on social media (of which,
she wrote the book We Are Not Alone) and disasters; specifically the automation
of tweets during the Boston bombing. I have her book, by the way, and highly
recommend it. Check out her blog.
Porter Anderson in his characteristic character, has written an amazing
Amazon buys Goodreads post including all reactions from all perspectives
and all social media at Publishing Perspectives in his Ether for Authors.
As I have always said; Keep Calm and Write On.
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