Happy Friday Lists and Links!
These 6 Writing Tips From John Steinbeck were culled from a Facebook post by Justine Musk. She always finds the coolest things to share with everyone so, I thought I’d share it further…with all of you.
1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
1. Author Diana Gabaldon discusses with the Authors Road why the writing and scientific process are two sides of the same coin, and her interesting experiences as the creator of a wildly popular series of novels that fall into a dozen genres.
Before she became a novelist she wrote Scrooge McDuck comic books and articles for computing publications. She was the founding editor of Science Software Quarterly, garnered a BS in Zoology, an MA in Marine Biology and a PhD in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, and was a professor at ASU for 18 years.
Note: This video is absolutely fascinating and worth the time. Savor it when you have 30 minutes free time to learn what she has to share.
2. Brian Clark of Copyblogger has a list of 15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly.
3. Elizabeth Spann Craig, Mystery Writing is Murder, tells us why Protecting Our Writing Time is important.
4. Elizabeth Spann Craig ‘s Writing Multiple Books a Year-It Doesn’t Take As Much Time As You Think empowers you to think, “I can do this, too!”
5. Amy Sue Nathan guest posts on Nicole Basaraba’s blog on The Women’s Fiction Mystique, continuing Nicole’s series on genre fiction.
6. Violeta Nedkova, aka Lyn Midnight, has an idea to bring a variety of talented creatives into a media mix-up in one place currently titled The Big Anthology.
On Marketing and Publishing:
1. The always brilliant Jane Friedman offers the definitive word on author platforms in her post, A Definition of Author Platform.
3. The fab Jami Gold asks the question, ‘Do readers really care about the quality of writing?’, in her post, Who Cares About Quality Writing Anymore?
5. In Justine Musk’s post, How To Be an Original, she explains in her masterful and unique voice, The Four Qualities of a Compelling Creative Voice.
6. David Gaughran’s guest, Sarah Woodbury, share her sales figures for four months after deciding NOT to participate in KDP Select in Profiting Outside Amazon.
Just For fun: A Sampling of Book Trailers
1. Book Trailer for “Sweet Enemy” by Heather Snow, a Regency Historical Romance from Penguin/NAL Signet Eclipse in February 2012.
2. Stolen Prey by Lindsay Mawson, an Indie eBook thriller.
3. Catherine Dixon is everyone’s dream girl. Girls want to be her. Men want to be with her. But is perfection a mask for untold disaster? check out Pandora Poikilos’ trailer for Frequent Traveller.
4. Crossroads, a fantasy by Mary Ting.
Do book trailers help you decide whether to purchase a book?
One trailer was done by Penguin Publishing. The other three were done by the indie authors. How would you compare the indie trailers to Penguin’s?
Are you planning a trailer for your books?
There was so much rich content available these past two weeks with regard to writing, marketing and publishing. I hope you find some of it helpful and interesting.
Have a fabulous and safe Saint Patrick’s Day tomorrow!
You know I love hearing from you!