Sunday Mash-Up: 07/22-28/2012

I’m trying something new. I read (as probably many of you do) tons of blog posts and articles each week about writing, the business of writing and others just for fun. After talking about this with my awesome peeps in my writers’ workshop, I promised to send them a list of those that I found particularly helpful about writing.

I did this last week and realized that I was already doing the work, so I might as well post it here in case anyone else may find one or more useful. I may also throw in a couple here and there that were helpful in other areas or just plain fun.

Before I start with the main listing though, I just want to put this one up front and hope you all will take the time to read it if you haven’t already. Stephanie Laurens delivered the Keynote Address at the RWA National Conference a few days ago and what an amazing speech it was. She made the text and PowerPoints available on her website. Weathering the Transition…Keeping the Faith is all about what a glorious time it is to be an author and the many paths we have to choose from.

So here’s this past week’s posts of interest:

Writing Related Links:

Rachel Berens-VanHeest posted an article on the proper use of quotation marks at How to Write Shop. I’ve seen a lot of misuse recently so thought it might be useful.

If you haven’t popped in at David N. Walker’s blog, you may want to give it a look. His grammar posts help me remember things I once knew well, but now have to dig through the brain rust to find.

Kristen Lamb talks about the Five Mistakes Killing Self-Published Authors. They’re all important, but I think the most important is publishing before you’re ready. Check around her website. She has tons of great info on writing and social media.

K.M. Weiland asks: What’s the Purpose of Your Scene? I subscribe to her posts because she has such helpful info on writing.

Planning to go the traditional route to publication? Check out Anne Mini’s series on formatting a manuscript for submission and what to put in a submission packet. I’ve never visited Anne’s site before, but if you look at the sidebar it seems she has tons of info that would be helpful to any writer. I’m definitely going back to read more.

Another from K.M. Weiland about the Protagonist’s Arc. See — I told you she was helpful.

Brandon Clements wrote a guest post for Jeff Goins about emotions in books and how you, as the writer, have to go first.

K.S. Brooks from Indies Unlimited gives some good advice about writing blurbs  and more do’s and don’ts related to book descriptions and synopsis issues:

I’ve been known to have my mind in the gutter on occasion. So, when I saw the title “Telescoping Penetration” you know exactly where my mind went. BUT…add to that the fact that it came from a daily post called, Daily Kick in the Pants, well, I got the giggles. LOL All joking aside though, if you don’t subscribe to David McFarland’s Daily Kick email blast, you’re missing out on some awesome writing tips.


The Business End of Writing Links

Piracy is a big issue for writers. And within the past two weeks, it’s been a really big deal for some who have found their books on a site where the owner basically told them to bleep off and threatened to put their personal info on the website just because they asked to have their stolen books removed. Stephanie Lawton wrote a great post on The Steps to Deal with Book Piracy. Thank you, Stephanie!

PJ Sharon talks about some of the promotional tools she’s used over at the Writing Secrets of 7 Scribes.

Here’s more info on promotion from Theresa Ragan. Theresa is a best-selling indie author with HUGE sales. She shares how she spent her advertising dollars at the Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing (WG2E).

Need to know the difference in types of editing? Take a look at the latest Ruth Harris Report from The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing. Yes, this is the 2nd from the WG2E. If you haven’t been to this site before, I highly recommend it. D.D. Scott and her crew dispense valuable information on a daily basis, especially for the indie author.

As an independent author you may be required to make estimated tax payments throughout the year to the IRS. Jana DeLeon has graciously put up a tax course online for free. Thank you, Jana!

Dean Wesley Smith talks about the fear in publishing and how not to let it guide your choices:  For those unfamiliar with Mr. Smith, he actually has a lot of great advice on writing and publishing. Spend a little (or preferably a lot) of time there reading his past posts. You’ll learn a lot. And his wife, Kristine Kathyrn Rusch has tons of great info on her blog as well on the industry and contracts. I would recommend spending time there as well.

Okay, this post by Thomas A. Knight has a lot of technical jargon and math. Enough so that my eyes glazed over at one point. But it’s important if you want to know more about Amazon’s algorithms and getting in those recommendation lists. He promises more info in a later post as well.

People sometimes get these mixed up. If you’re one of them, head over to author and publishing law attorney Susan Spann’s website where she talks about copyrights and trademarks.


Blogging, Fun and Other Links

Coleen Patrick discusses Putting the You in Blogging. Finding what to write about and branding yourself can be hard. Coleen gives some great tips.

Kristin Nador is just starting a series on Mental Health and Creative Types. Per Kristin, “Realizing the connection between your emotions, mental health and your creative temperment may help your productivity and your daily life.”

Julie Glover gives some great advice about how to talk to children about death and the loss of a loved one.  Not exactly a fun topic, but one that is important. It’s always difficult knowing what to say to a child when questioned about death. If you want fun/funny, check out some of Julie’s other posts. They’re great!

PJ Sharon shares self-defense techniques and tips. This is the 3rd post of the series, but you’ll find links back to the other two in the post. Awesome info!

After the recent scare about an author being sued for an image she used on her blog, Melinda VanLone wrote this very helpful post which provides a list of places to get photos without worry and 7 of those are free!

August McLauglin provides another post on images/graphics here:   I added both because they’re both good and I just don’t think you can have too much information on this topic or enough sources for images.

And of course, I’m giving my guest, Louise Behiel another shout out. She was the first author for my new Authors Give Back Feature. Thanks again for sharing your favorite charity with us, Louise!

That’s it for this week. Hope you each find something helpful and/or entertaining.

What about you? Did you find an exceptional article or post you want to share with everyone? If so, post it in the comments and thanks for sharing!

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The award-winning author of THE CONSUMING, and the zombie apocalypse series, SURVIVAL. She writes horror/sci-fi, paranormal, YA urban fantasy, suspense, and middle grade.

38 Responses

  1. Coleen Patrick

    Link posts are great. Everything on twitter, FB, etc is so fast paced that I easily miss so much. I’ve already got tabs open from your compilation! Thanks Rhonda–and thanks for including my post. I really appreciate the support 🙂

  2. Jolyse Barnett

    Great collection of articles, Rhonda. I’ve read a number of them already (being a blog-hopper like you) but you’ve given me some new bloggers to check out as well. Thanks for the research. Much appreciated!

  3. Julie Glover

    Thanks for the shout-out! I enjoy mash-ups because, as Coleen pointed out, I just don’t catch everything I want or need to read! I often find some of the best links through fellow bloggers who have combed their reading queue for the best of the best. Thanks, Rhonda!

    • Rhonda Hopkins

      You’re so welcome, Julie. Your post had great information. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I’m glad you liked the mash-up. Take care. {{{hugs}}}

  4. Louise Behiel

    what a fabulous resource, Rhonda. thx so much for pulling these together. i’ve saved it in my favorites

  5. Donna Coe-Velleman

    Definitely going to check out these site. Thanks so much!

  6. Natalie G. Owens

    What a fantastic idea and what a great job you did putting all the info together, Rhonda! Such a job, thank you. I’ve already listed some sites I want to check out.

  7. Dana Delamar

    Wow, Rhonda! This is an amazing collection of links! It’s going to take me a while to work through them all. Thank you *so* much! 🙂

  8. Kiru Taye

    Absolutely, wow! What a wonderful list. Thank you so much, Rhonda. Have a fabulous week.

  9. August McLaughlin

    What a great mash-up, Rhonda. Thanks for sharing my link!

    I can’t believe I missed your collaboration with Louise. Off to check it out. 😉