Posts I loved this week

A wonderful week in posts, these posts made me grin, smile and be grateful I’ve started blogging and have found them. What a wonderful set of posts. A huge thank you to every author for their talent and wisdom!

If you’re thinking of advertising to boost sales or even just create awareness about your book, check out this fantastic post by Chris McMullen. It has the pros, cons and all the choices you need. A huge thank you to Chris for all the research that went into that post!

Are you editing? Here’s a great post with 5 steps to edit your manuscript from Nikki Woods, a Global Visibility Expert.

Having trouble getting motivated? Try this post with 8 suggestions on how to get going from Sage Weidner or this other one by Mazie Bishop both on Writerology.

Just adorable, this post on what writing and dog training have in common made me laugh. A huge thank you to James L’Etoile for the laughs!

Mystery vs. thriller? Urban fantasy vs. paranormal romance? If you’re having trouble classifying your WIP or have ever wondered about the difference between some genres, this post is for you. From Writers in the Storm, a great, clear way to know which is which with answers straight from agents! And while you’re there, check out this other fantastic post with 8 Tips on Writing faster!

Trouble formatting from Word to Createspace? Here’s a post with a video showing the steps on how to do just that. A huge thank you to Steve Vernon for that great post!

Julie Lawford has 10 tips to instantly improve your writing. They’re precise, easy to follow and hold a lot of sense. A huge thanks to her for the post and to The Story Reading Ape for finding this gem!

Need a little help getting your blog writing and other activities balanced in your life? Check out this post by Ronovan Writes: Blogging Personality: The Key to Success. Ronovan Writes is a fantastic blog full of great positive ideas like BeWow.

Overwhelmed with the WordPress Dashboard? You can customize it! Check out this YouTube video showing you how to do just that. A huge thank you to Barb Drozdowich of Bakerview Consulting and to Molly Greene for the great post that had this tip in it.

If you’re still debating having a blog or website, check out this post by Anita Lovett on that subject.

Looking for a great book to read? Check out the Top Ten Tuesday post from Part Time Monster with its choices for Spring Reads. What a great selection!

Both true and insightful, this post by the Crimson League hits them all, Six reasons why writers can’t write.

The Story Reading Ape is an incredible blog full of resources for authors, bloggers, book reviewers and poets. Now, even better, it has updated its resources. Check it out here.

If you’re looking for a great blog to follow, check out Sourcerer, a fantastic blog with a wide range of interests. Here’s a great post from this site telling you just what’s coming up and what you can look forward to!

Finally, a quote that I particularly loved.

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Posts I loved this week

An incredible week on posts, I was actually tempted to break this post into two parts because there were so many amazing posts out there. A huge thank you to everyone who’s written this inspirational, moving posts. They got me through a very snowy and tough week!

Suzie81 Speaks has a beautiful idea. She promotes a new blog on Mondays under the post Blog of the Day. Check out this wonderful idea here and meet a new blogger!

Hilarious and yet insightful, this post by The Story Reading Ape made me laugh. I absolutely loved it!

With her usual hilarious humour, Winter Bayne wrote this fantastic post on the Fifty Shades books. I loved it because it was not only insightful and incredibly honest but also so well written. Winter is an amazing, very talented author (check out the book covers she creates) don’t miss this awesome post!

A fantastic post on how to overcome the 7 worst writing barriers. Both true and insightful, those barriers are there in my head every day. A great post to get writing from Write To Done.

If you’re starting out your blog and wonder just how to get traffic, check out this post on how to create a loyal audience from Quick Sprout.

For those who love links and referrals, Nathan Bransford has his own post with them here.

The Top Ten Tuesday is quickly becoming a favourite feature of mine. Check out this week’s version on Part Time Monster and see why. Cute, adorable and funny, I just love that post!

A Writer’s Life For Me had a wonderful, insightful look at heroines and our attitude towards violence. I loved each and every word.

Molly Greene had a great post on blogging. She explains what authors should blog about with 6 things readers are looking for and things to avoid. As always, she’s a pro and the post is outstanding.

On the idea of the dangerous internet, check out this insightful post by Nathan Bransford on what happened to an author who reacted badly to an unkind review. Titled ‘Virtual Witch Hunts’, it scared me silly.

Just Gene’O, an amazing blog, had this fantastic series of posts on Internet Trolls. It started with Trollery, defining what it is and why it’s so hard to deal with it, moved on to Indicators, eight sure signs you’re dealing with a troll, How he handles it, with explanations as to why these ideas work, and finishes with a great series of questions to see How Vulnerable you are. We all hope to never meet at troll, but this is a great way to be prepared. A huge thanks to Gene’O for that incredible series!

Friday was a very special day online. Bloggers everywhere wrote about compassion. Instead of highlighting the ones I adored (and there were many) I thought I’d link you to one of the hosts and let you find the posts that move you. They’re all different but all on compassion, something we can all use more of.

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A little heads up

I’m a small author. I’ve written one book and am slowly working on my second. I’m a teeny, tiny fish in a very big ocean. So, when I read this post by Molly Greene about ebook piracy, I thought: no way that can happen to me. No one even knows I exist.

Well, no one may know I exist, but my book was in the general ebooks site. And you could get it for free. I didn’t know if to be flattered or offended.

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Good news, Molly Greene’s article explains what to do and she even has the email that got her books removed from the site. I’ve sent them the email and hope that they’ll remove my book.

I’m really hoping that no one else finds their book on that site but, if you do remember, knowledge is power. Check out Molly Greene’s post and get your book back.

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PS. If you know of other ways to get rid of books pirated, share them with me and I’ll pass them on as well!

PSS. I sent the email verbatim from Molly Greene’s site and the very next day, I got an email from general ebooks that said:

“Thanks for your report!

Links was removed.

Kindly yours.”

Success, even if it’s poorly written. 😀

Posts I loved this week

There were some truly awesome posts this week. Check them out!

My ongoing obsession with Outlander wouldn’t be complete without reading this review and this one. A huge thank you to Penny Dreadful Book Reviews for continuing these lovely posts. Can’t wait for the next one!

If you’re into reviews, check out the blog Natacha Guyot. It’s consistently reviewing movies and has outstanding posts. Check out this one on the movie Maleficent.

If you’re into photographs, the site That Montreal Girl is amazing. Check out this picture of flowers. It took my breath away.

A fantastic post on Banned Books Week to finish it off, I cheered out loud at it. Don’t miss this wonderful post by Winter Bayne.

A huge congrats to Infinitefreetime for releasing Skylights and to Mishka Jenkins for releasing The Magic Spark.

Why you need to write a series is a great post for those of us starting out writing. Check it out in Writer Unboxed.

Ridiculous self-indulgence…but here are a bunch of photos from Outlander. Sigh…

Jeff Goins posted about the realization that turned him from amateur to professional in this post.

Five Tips for writing Historical Fiction by Live Write Thrive.

A test to see if you’re showing or telling by Monica M. Clark from The Write Practice.

Tips from Molly Greene on how to build the Perfect Blog Post.

Here‘s a great post on 9 ways to promote your book without being obnoxious about it on Positive Writer.

How negative attention can be a good thing for your book by Wise Ink. I have to admit, I never once thought of this when I got a bad review.

Finally, this lovely quote from freeholidayquotes.com

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Posts I loved this week

A fantastic set of posts this week as we start September. These are awesome!

With her own set of posts she loves this week, Live to Write and Write to Live is a blog not to be missed. A huge thank you to Jamie Lee Wallace for her awesome post!

A great post on how to write better dialogue on The Write Practice. And while you’re there check out this post on Mondegreens, a great way to add humour to your story.

Do you have an author platform? Here’s a post with 12 rules you need to know to build one on Writer Unboxed.

A great post that made me stop and think, this one is by Jodie Llewellyn.

For those who are curious about Scrivener but need a little help getting started, here’s a link to a video course that will teach you the program step by step from Helping Writers Become Authors.

I never, ever get poems…but this one is incredible by Callum McLaughlin.

The Best Websites for Indie Authors according to Molly Greene.

Some great tips and tricks on how to create genuine characters for your novel from Live Write Thrive.

Top 30 websites for Indie authors from Author Marketing Experts.

If you’re considering getting a business plan, you’re doing awesome. Don’t take my word for it, check out this post by Jami Gold on why and when writers need a business plan.

Catch this one at the very start. It’s a brand new blog by Gene’O. Fantastic already!

This one has a bit of math and a great kick for indie authors. I loved it so a big thank you to Shawn Coyne at Steven Pressfield.

Total self-indulgence, here‘s a great review of Outlander S1 Ep 2.

If your book is published but you want to pitch it to an agent, this post is for you by Chuck Sambuchino in Writers in the Storm.

Finally, super-interesting on how to research for a book. I loved this post by Margarita Morris.

Posts I loved this week

A fantastic week for blogs everywhere. I was a little worried about the size of this post (again). Then, just to add to the madness, I created a group of nonsensical categories and added more posts!

This is an awesome post on how to get deeper into your characters by finding out who they blame. Is it others or themselves? Locus of control is key. Writerology is such an awesome blog!

The Positive Writer has this great post on beating burnout with 4 great ideas. Loved it!

If you’re trying to get published and have written some short fiction, check out this post on how to get that fiction published in a Literary Magazine by  at Writer Unboxed.

Cute and informative, Winter Bayne tipped me onto this great post about punctuation from an editor in Zen/Xen.

Here are Molly Greene‘s 15 Must-have essentials for your website. A fantastic post! And, while you’re at the site, check out this other post on how to write a great blog title.

Interesting and touching, 5 Things I’ve learned since Publishing had me at the title by Skye Callahan.

The Write Practice is smoking with great posts! Check out this one on how long a post should be and how that affects its goals. And this other great post on 5 elements for writing the ‘perfect post’. Both by Joe Bunting!

If you’re writing the blurb for your book, this one is for you. It has explanations and examples of duds and great blurbs by Becca Puglisi in Writers Helping Writers.

I’m always interested in checking out what other programs there are out there that will help me become a better writer. This post has several productivity tools described and explained on Live to Write – Write to Live.

If you write science fiction, fantasy or paranormal, check out this post on world-building with great tips and steps by Catherine Spangler in Writers in the Storm.

From guest blogging to secrets to writing, this post has 51 resources to help you get there. An great post by Bryan Hutchinson on the Positive Writer.

There are six archetypes every novel needs and this post tells you who they are and why you need them. It’s by Bill Ferris from Writer Unboxed. A great post and reference.

Check out the new Just Gene’O. With a new, easy-to-navigate layout, amazing photographs, great resources and new blogs to check out, this is a blog I followed instantly. Don’t miss it.

For bloggers, check out this post on 10 blog content ideas on The Bookbaby Blog.

For those looking for an agent, Author Zone has 12 Query-Writing Resources that are not to be missed.

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In an effort to entertain, I made up the following categories. Please keep in mind this is just for fun. There is no award for getting one of these.

Best Writer’s Rant: My choice for Best Rant of the Week has to go to Infinitefreetime for this post.

Funniest Movie Review: Goes to Yours in Storytelling and his hilarious review of Noah (and happy birthday!).

Kindest Post of the Week: Goes to Callum McLaughlin for this wonderful post in support of Indie authors.

Best Find: Inside the Life of Moi, hilarious and with great posts. Check this post on The Good Wife: Expectations vs. Reality.

Funniest Post of the Week: I had to give it to this one by Outmanned. OMG.

Wacko Post of the Week: Goes to this hilarious post on Penny Dreadful pondering Chewbacca’s dating qualities.

Posts I loved this week

I loved the posts this week. From funny to instructive, they’re all excellent. They entertained, amused, interested and enlightened me. I hope they do the same for you!

Another how-to from Sourcerer, this post is about tags and a must-read for bloggers. Tags are so important to create traffic and WordPress will punish you if you use them wrong (I had no idea). Check out this post and learn the ins and outs. All the tricks are spelled out here and detailed so your post gets maximum traffic. A huge thank you to Sourcerer for this gem!

This post is about a very important idea. We all know it, but it’s so important to pass it on. Crystin Goodwin has it right on the money.

On the same topic, here‘s a list of awesome indie books to read for the summer. A big thanks to Harliqueen for the great post!

Ah…how to keep readers engaged. This one is a definite must for me. It talks about creating an emotional connection with readers. In only four tips. A big thank you for the excellent post to Janice Hardy on Writers in the Storm.

I loved the choices in this post by Winter Bayne. 48 paranormal and sci-fi romance author blogs! Like she says, “…with the list below you can find something that will intrigue you.” Awesome!

If you’re looking for a laugh, this post will get you there. It’s written by Infinitefreetime, a blog I rarely miss.

Absolutely stunning, I’m in awe of these photographs. They’re simply breathtaking. I want to get them, frame them and put them on my walls. That beautiful.

I loved this post by Molly Greene because it has so many must-knows for bloggers. From 101 topic ideas to 10 tips to increase traffic, she’s got them all. An amazing post!

This one is just simply delicious. It’s a rant against Twilight. I should add that I read the books like an addict–over and over–but I still find the post hilarious. I highly recommend it. Thank you Liz Bureman for the great post, laughs and very clear examples!

This post gives you 4 ways to love marketing. I need to read this post because I hate marketing my own books. And, since the marketing fairy doesn’t exist, I had better embrace that part of being an author. This post helped me start on that road. A big thank you to Emily Wenstrom and The Write Practice!

A great post by Part Time Monster, this top ten Bookcover Likes/Dislikes immediately peaked my interest. Not only is it a countdown, it has pictures! Love it!

I had to add this one because there’s something intangible about the photographs by Gene’O that just makes me stop and stare. I have no idea how to put it into words but this picture says it in spades.

Finally, I loved this one because it made me laugh. Heather B Costa might just make you blush with this one…or snort coffee like I did!

Useful links for bloggers and writers

I thought these were too good to pass up and keep under wraps.

Check out this post by Molly Greene on How to use Twitter to grow your blog. Isn’t it awesome? I’m still struggling to understand how to work Twitter without somehow sending an insult instead of a happy face, let alone use it to grow my blog, but she’s a pro.

This one is for writers a how-to in developing your plot and filling out your characters by Vanessa Knight. Personally, I loved the pictures. But the content is the real gem–don’t listen to me, I’ve had too much coffee.

Some grammar advice from a pro, this post is pretty important for those authors out there. Turns out, adverbs are pretty tricky and D. Emmery Bunn knows just how to tame those little suckers into behaving.

One for those of you sick of getting writing advice and ready to throw the laptop across the room because those words just won’t behave. Writing isn’t easy. Nope, it’s frustrating. That’s what it is. Don’t take my word for it, Carlos Cooper says it much better on his post.

Some very insightful tips for writers from a pro. Robin LaFevers delivers in this amazing post.

And finally, change those passwords. Here is the reason and the sites affected: The heart bleed bug.

Posts I loved this week

Here are the posts I loved this week!

Congrats to Nina Kaytel who’s published. Big congrats! And a great follow up post on how to start any novel. Excellent post!

A very cool idea at Sourcerer (Cool ideas happen often at Sourcerer–just saying) but this one is pretty neat. But there another fantastic one here. I highly recommend this one. It’s basically a how-to for those interested in building their Twitter accounts. Amazing. A big thanks to Gene’O!

This one is not writing related. I love this blog because it’s about doggies and Rachel (who runs the blog) seems to love them in that caring, selfless way animal-lovers have. This is a very sweet, humour story of her two doggies in Washington. So cute!

Jodie Llewellyn has such a great blog I actually had trouble choosing the best among her blog posts. They’re all really good! Here’s an example. I really liked that one. But…here’s another! 

Infinitefreetime is one of my guilty pleasures. I think he’s just a hoot. Hilarious. The posts he comes up with! Here’s this week’s example. But, on a serious note, he can also write. he got some really good news this week. A big congrats to him!

Jamie Lee Wallace had an excellent post on writer’s doubt. The blog, Live to write – Write to live is just superb. Please note the amazing round up of blog links at the end of Jamie’s post. An awesome resource!

A big shout out to Penny Dreadful Books and Reviews. I always check out her blog because she has the best reviews and reads everything under the sun. Here’s an example.

Molly Greene had a great post on how to increase blog traffic. Check it out here.

The Procrastiwriter had a great post on staying motivated and making plans. Part one and part two. Great tips!

This one is a lovely, lovely post that just made me relax and feel over all amazing. I have James Need to thank for that.

What an awesome week in blog posts!

100th Post

Hm…a post about posts. Hee hee.

Well, this is my 100th post and I thought I’d share a few insights about this blog’s stats. For example:

The very top post was For Authors…and for Bloggers. You loved it I think because it had tips that were (hopefully) helpful.

Very close up was Formatting Nightmares. I think you might have liked that one simply because you could relate…or at least, I’d like to think I’m not the only one experiencing problems when formatting.

Molly Greene got the most clicks coming out of this blog…and, in my humble opinion, rightly so.

The USA is the top viewer of my blog, with 676 views, closely followed by Canada with 462.

But what do the numbers, stats and trends mean? It’s an odd experience, having a blog, but one I’d recommend. It keeps me writing and editing, if only on a minute scale. I’ve heard it said that having a blog is an excellent idea for a starting author. I would have to agree. But I would also add that having a blog is an excellent idea period. If I wasn’t trying to be successful at writing, I would so run a blog…maybe on doggies…or on drawing…or on what to not do with chili…or…