For writers

This one is for the writers out there. I’ve been in a writing slump for a while now and nothing helps me more than sending out a little love. I’ve collected some links that I hope will be helpful and written a bit about them so you can make that decision without too much effort. Hope you enjoy them.

1. ScrivenerThis link is from Writers in the Storm and has 10 great features from this writing tool just for writers.

2. Scams – The web is a wonderful place but it can be dangerous too. Chris the Story Reading Ape (an incredible resource for writers) has this great reblog of sharks out there looking for unsuspecting writers. Check it out and avoid the scams.

3. Contests – If you’re running a contest Chris McMullen will give you free promotion as long as you let him know about it. And if you’re looking for a contest, look no further.

4. Pricing – Deciding on the best price for your book can be a nail-biting puzzle. You want to make a profit but you want it to sell. Is too cheap off-putting? What is the right price for you? The Sprint Shack has a great article on that subject with options pros and cons.

5. Self-Publishing – If you’re ready to self-publish, check out this post by Jeremiah Kleckner with tips for that very important step with thoughts, insight and great links.

6. Book Marketing – A huge thanks to Nicholas C. Rossis for doing the research so we don’t have to. In his awesome post, he lists the best places to promote your book.

Finally, a little humour to make you smile.

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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

It may be March but it’s still freezing and snowing around here. Thank goodness the blog posts rock. They cheer me up and keep me going through our endless winter. A huge thank you to everyone for their fantastic contributions!

A post that definitely caught my attention was The Most Anticipated (and Likely Best) Books of 2015 from Gawker Review of Books. Incredibly, the authors are all women!

I loved this post on Decluttering. It has 10 Creative ways to do it and I loved the ideas. A huge thank you to Becoming Minimalist!

Looking for a good laugh? Check out this post by Norm 2.0 where he lists the 7 reasons he hates listicles. I laughed out loud. Sooo good!

I’m always on the look out for tips on blogging. Here are 5 to make blogging easier! A huge thanks to ProBlogger for that great post!

Hilarious, check out this post by Pecked to Death By Chickens, 31 Reasons You Made Your Preschooler Cry. So true and just so good. A huge thank you to Pecked to Death by Chickens for that wonderful post!

On that subject, here’s a post with 10 Tips for writing Posts Faster from She Owns It. If you’re still eager for more, here’s a great post with 39 Blogging Tools from Buffer Social.

The #1000Speak on Compassion might be over but Just Gene’O is organizing a way to keep the idea growing organically. Check out this post at Just Gene’O and add your link!

Not only true but definitely very funny, this post on How to Survive a Relationship with a Writer made me laugh out loud. A huge thanks to The Writing Chimp for that gem and to Mishka Jenkins for referring me to it!

For the dog-lovers out there, this post is for you from one dog-lover with an intuitive mind in The Silent Eye.

Another funny one, You Know You’re a Writer When made me laugh out loud. Those great pictures didn’t hurt either. A huge thanks to Happy Messy Life for that hilarious post!

Are you trying to market your book and you find it painful? Check out this post from Writers In the Storm with 4 Pain-Free Tips to Market your Book.

A great new blog I just discovered, Ronovan Writes has a great initiative for Wednesdays (BeWow – Be Wonderful on wednesdays) along with great posts with blogging tips. A huge thanks to Natacha Guyot for finding and sharing this great blog and while you’re reading, check out her blog news here!

A fantastic step-by-step description of the writing process from Winter Bayne, this post made me want to take down notes. It’s part 3 bu with two other parts also filled with great tips. A huge thanks to Winter Bayne for those great tips!

#1000Speak is not done, there’s a blog (here) and you can find them on Facebook (here). This month, the focus is bullying. Find out more from this great post by the Qwiet Muse.

Just because she’s right, and puppies do make everything better, check out this post by Rose B. Fisher. Awwww…puppies!

Finally, a couple of bookworms reading away,

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Posts I loved this week

This week the posts are filled with helpful tips and how-to’s. An absolute feast for the reader, this selection made me grin through a very cold, February week. A huge thanks to everyone for these amazing posts!

Looking to do a little blog promo? Suzi81 Speaks has an opportunity for you. Check it out here.

If your manuscript is finally done, check this list on how to self-publish with 12 handy steps. Don’t do what I did which was to do it wrong over and over until I stumbled on the correct way by sheer luck! A big thanks to The Sprint Shack for that very helpful post!

What would a Saturday be without me getting my WeekendCoffeeShare fix? I love these posts and this one in particular had everything from a good update to Mardi Grass, to Compassion. A big thanks to Part Time Monster for that gem!

Filled with his great sense of humour, Bill Ferris has this great post on how to Nurture Your Fan Base and it’s filled with great ideas. A huge thank you to Writer Unboxed for that wonderful post!

Another hilarious version of the Weekend Coffee Share, this one is by Write On Sisters and I laughed out loud because I’m from Canada too and I get those comments on the weather!

If you have a couple of minutes and are into this, check out this survey on reading and methods of reading. When you vote it’ll show you the results but here they are all tallied up. Pretty interesting stuff! A big thanks to Chris McMullen for setting that up.

Not only does April mean the start of Spring, it’s also the A to Z Challenge. This blog challenge comes with a Theme this year and it’s growing into an epic movement. Check out the sign up site and you can add your blog or find an awesome site to follow! Where did I hear about this? From the one and only Just Gene’O. Check out this post with all kinds of awesome announcements.

If you’re into Twitter, here’s a great post with links and tips just for you from Writer Christoph Fischer. If you’re into Facebook, here’s a great post with tips for for you from Ellen Meister at Writers in the Storm.

Thinking about joining WordPress.org and hosting your own domain and website? Check out this post from Jemima Pett, someone who did. They cover all the do’s and don’ts. A huge thanks to Chris The Story Reading Ape for finding this awesome post!

On that topic, if you’re not ready for your own domain and website, check out this step-by-step post on how to set up a blog of your own from On Blast Blog. It’s simple, easy and has not only links but buttons. What an awesome post from a fantastic blog filled with resources! And if you do set up your own blog, let me know so I can snoop around and give you a shout out! 🙂

Help me congratulate Winter Bayne on her debut release! Secret Identities is out and looks absolutely amazing! Typical of Winter, she humbly posts about her success while sharing the secrets that got her a publishing contract. A huge congrats to her on this great accomplishment!

The Annual Reader Poll for 2014 releases is in at All About Romance. Find out what book made it to the top of the Best Romance according to readers just like you, or the best Historical or Paranormal. It’s a great chance to find a new book!

Tiny Buddha had this great post, 10 Choices that Lead to a Happy, Fulfilling Life and I loved it. Maybe it was the coffee but I’d bet it was the wisdom in those 10 suggestions. If you’re looking for something to make you feel better, I couldn’t recommend a better post.

Jen Owenby has this great post with Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers. They both surprised me and made me laugh. A big thank you to her for this great post!

Finally, a little something to make you smile.

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Posts I loved this week

This week was absolutely incredible in posts. I try to keep these posts manageable because there’s a limit to ridiculousness but these couldn’t be kept out, ridiculous length or not. Like teens say, they’re absolutely ‘Tha bomb’.

The 100 best websites for Writers is an awesome post that I immediately added to this list. A huge thank you to The Write Life for that great resource.

In April, there’s a great Blogging challenge to blog topics from A to Z. It’s awesome and not just because of the letters but because truly great posts appear. Check out the schedule for Sourcerer and a little intro on the challenge. This is going to be soooo good! I can’t wait.

I love If We were having Coffee posts. Just eat them up. I think they might have started off in Part Time Monster. They’re intimate and personal and I feel like I get a little update of the person and how they’re doing. Check out this one by Winter Bayne. Isn’t it lovely?

This week, Positive Writer posted the Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2015. A fantastic post you can check out here.

Okay, this one is a little self-serving but Just Gene’O came out with this wonderful new feature to share some blog love around. It’s just like him because he’s truly a very kind person. But don’t go too far. Check out this other post on the same blog with some very cool ideas and news coming up in this awesome blog!

If you’re looking for a little promo for your book, check out this post by Ch’kara Silverwolf. Isn’t that an awesome gesture of kindness? A huge thanks to her for that wonderful gift to all authors.

I found this post through Steve Vernon. He often reblogs awesome posts and this one is one of them. 6 Reasons why you should be reading books by Alana Munro. I had no idea reading was so beneficial!

If you’re trying to contact a literary agent but don’t want to go the traditional ‘query letter’ route, try this post on 4 different ways to do so from Writers In the Storm.

The 1000 Voices Speaking for Compassion is doing awesome. Check out the brand new blog at WordPress supporting this great project.

Natacha Guyot‘s debut post on Sourcerer was a thing of beauty with a wonderful message. Check it out here.

I’ve spoken about The Story Reading Ape before but this blog is amazing. Not only is it full of every resource an author could want (everything from places to get reviews, to covers, to editing help), it also has reviews of other books so you can find your next great read.

Okay, don’t miss this post. I absolutely loved it. It’s got humour that made me laugh, a beautiful story, pictures and fantastic writing all in one post. A big, huge thank you to Just Ponderin’ for this one…and…have you ever thought of writing a book?

For all those fans of Melissa Barker-Simpson (like me!) out there, here’s a very special bit of good news! She’s taking part in the A to Z challenge this April. Her writing is fresh, funny and so captivating. Those posts are going to be awesome!

Looking for a good book for February? Check out this post from the BookChick with all the upcoming releases in that month and covers to tempt your taste buds!

So true, Wise Ink has these 5 Myths about Self-Publishing.

On a completely different note, I loved this post by The Tiny Buddha10 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Be Happy. So wise and true!

Melissa Barker-Simpson is looking for contributors to the Writing Room 101. Check out the post and see if you’re interested.

A beautifully written post on Feminism, Gene’O explains the whys and reasons in such a kind, fluid way that it reminded me of Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations on the same topic. A huge thank you to Part Time Monster for that wonderful post.

The Story Reading Ape reblogged this great post with five videos of Real Editors giving Writing Advice. A great resource in an amazing blog.

Finally, a friendly quote from a famous doctor. 🙂

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Posts I loved this week

From exciting new announcements to awesome roundups, this week has everything! If you’re off, have a happy, restful holiday and if you’re around, we’ll be chatting soon! Thanks to everyone for creating awesome posts that enable me to write this one!

The top 11 posts from Infinitefreetime. Here’s the top 11 reasons why this blog has exploded onto the web.

Check out the new look for Sourcerer! Isn’t it awesome? Easy to navigate, accessible, neat and still has that awesome header. I love it! Plus, it has exciting new changes!!

If you’re considering querying agents, this post is for you. From Writers in the Storm, a nifty check list to help you prep that all-important letter.

If you’re into photography, That Montreal Girl is a great blog for you. Check out this beautiful shot in black and white.

For those indie authors considering putting their books on print, Musings and Marvels has some options for you that won’t break the bank.

New, exciting and upcoming, these books are getting released in the next few months. Book Chick with Kick has them organized by month with links and covers. A huge thank you to her for getting them all organized like that and sharing them with us!

A huge congratulations to David C. Cassidy, fantastic author, blogger and photographer to name a few, for his new release The Dark. So exciting and now available here.

Amos M. Carpenter hit it right on the head with this post about the holiday season. So true!

Finally, OMG! I’m so excited about this one. Melissa Barker-Simpson’s new announcement had me doing a little happy dance! How awesome is that!

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P.S. Did you find any awesome posts that I missed? Let me know!

Posts I loved this week

What a wonderful week in posts. While we were buried in snow, bloggers out there were busy. A big thank you to everyone who wrote these inspirational posts!

Why Social Media is important to your writing career by Laura Kaye from Writers in the Storm.

9 Habits of Successful Writers on Twitter was a great informative post from Savvy Writers and e-Books online. A huge thanks for those tips.

I’m with Steve Vernon on this one. Plotting works. Check out the post for reasons why.

The Sprint Shack had a wonderful idea for those writers who are stuck with Writers Block. Check it out here.

I always appreciate good humour and this post has just that…plus extra tips from Gene’O and a great music video. A huge thanks to Just Gene’O for that great post!

A very informative post on how to deal with reviews, good or bad from Musings and Marvels but found through Steve Vernon so a big thanks to him for the tip!

This post is a thought-provoking analysis of Jamie Fraser from Outlander and poses the question, Is he a dreamboat or a Douchebag? I loved how unbiased it was and that it made me think. A huge thank you to All About Romance for this excellent post!

I loved this one because it was so wise, insightful and beautifully written. I read it and sighed with delight. What a wonderful post from Open Hearted Musings!

Part Time Monster wrote an incredibly beautiful, moving post about a life-changing decision. The writing not only touched me but it moved me so that I had to include it here. Check it out. It’s so powerful.

A very cute post, 10 Reasons why being a Writer is Like Being Santa Claus made me grin, then laugh out loud. A big thank you to Tara Sparling for that gem.

Heather B. Costa has this lovely post about a commute in London. I’ve lived in London and not only is it just like Heather describes, it can be very lonely and scary. Her post was absolutely beautiful. What a delight to read!

Finally, a little picture to make you smile,

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Posts I loved this week

This week we got a ton of snow but a great set of posts to offset that weather. If I missed something that you found awesome, let me know!

I am in awe of Winter Bayne‘s workout plan. It’s incredibly dedicated (just like her) and thorough. My hat goes off to her.

A huge congrats to Natacha Guyot on her upcoming book! So exciting!

Looking for reviews for your book? Laekan Zea Kemp has accumulated a list of 555 reviewers for indie authors. You heard that right, 555! If you go to the site, give her a huge thanks for sharing that list!

Interesting Literarture had the top 10 poems everyone should read from T. S. Eliot. A fantastic read even for those of us (like me) who can only appreciate poems with mild understanding of their wonder.

Infinitefreetime’s post on his bathroom reno is hilarious. I remember him starting that project a year ago…So funny.

A very interesting post, Sequels I can’t Wait for, was an instant hit with me. I love reading about upcoming books. A huge thanks to My Friend The Writer for this post!

That Montreal Girl has a series of posts on how-to photography that blow my head off–She even has examples to show what she means! Check them out here or here.

False Awakening is on sale and if you haven’t got your copy of this awesome book, this is your chance. Check it out here on Callum McLaughlin.

Part Time Monster has a weekly post that counts down favourite things. It’s something I look forward to because I love countdowns. This week’s was particularly cute. Check it out here.

Writers in the Storm has this great post for writers who use Twitter. It has the 12 best Hashtags for writers.

If you’re looking for a neat blog to follow, check out this post by Just Gene’O where he explains what’s what in this awesome blog. Pretty neat. Just saying.

Very, very exciting, Melissa Barker-Simpson released her latest novel The Fifth Watcher. Have I mentioned how much I love her writing? Check it out here.

A great post for those trying to get an agent, this one has examples of successful queries and explains why they were successful. A huge thanks to Aussie Writers.

For the bloggers out there, three tips for getting your post noticed from Steve Vernon.

Finally, a little thought on writing.

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Posts I loved this week

The weather might be terrible this week but the posts were awesome! Look at the beauties I found!

A fantastic look ahead to upcoming books in November, this post from All About Romance is a great place to find your next awesome read!

I needed this post. I really did. Callum McLaughlin wrote this fabulous, inspirational post and it was just what I needed. I’m including it here hoping you might get the encouragement I felt when I read it.

A cheerful, funny post, 18 Freaky Reasons Your Book Could get you Fired made me laugh. A great post from Wise Ink.

The weather might be terrible *cough, cough* snow *cough, cough*, but the posts are amazing. Check out these beauties!

Congratulations to Part Time Monster for her blogiversary! May you have many more!

If you’d like a little help promoting your book, Ch’kara Silverwolf is doing a promotion on her blog for any authors interested. What an awesome opportunity!

This post from the Write Practice has three tricks to write faster. No. Not better, faster. Still, I thought it was worth mentioning for all those out there doing NaNoWriMo.

A great post for those of us who haven’t got enough time in the day to check our email and that dreaded burn out. Thank you to Orly Konig-Lopez for it from Writers in the Storm.

Hilarious post that rambles about choices. I laughed out loud because it’s so true and funny at the same time. This one is pretty much for the ladies, though. A huge thanks to Pecked to Death by Chickens for the link to In the Powder Room!

If you’ve ever wondered about the wonders of American-English versus British-English, check out this great post Lost in Translation from Odyssey of a Novice Writer. With a British hubby, this post made me laugh out loud.

Finally, a little cuteness!

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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.