Monday, May 9, 2011

Meanwhile at the other blog. . .

I'm holding a give-away at my other blog to celebrate seven years of blogging and my son's first birthday, if you're reading this blog please swing by and check it out, fun giftings to come!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Monday Morning Linkety Link

I love sharing round ups of my favorite links of the week at my other blog but lately all my bookmarked links are the awesome writing blogs I'm reading lately, so I figured that it was time to start this up here at my writing blog. If you found these helpful please share and I'll try to make it a regular thing!

My favorite section of Writer's Digest magazine is the debut authors section where they discuss their books and their journey to publication. Lately they've added a new section: platform. Platform has always been important to sell books but with the increasing influence of social media its becoming more important than ever it seems. Ashley Graham wrote a great post about Three Reasons To Get Your Name Out There and discusses why, as a writer, its important get your name out there as soon as possible.

Julie Musli wrote this poetic post Writers and the In Between about the state of in between we as writers seem to constantly inhabit. Despite this in-between, she reminds us, we must take the courage to leap to the other side:"You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however." - Richard Bach

So excited to have discovered Shrinking Violet Promotions, they provide introverts with fantastic tips on marketing and promoting ones book. I enjoyed this guest post Thoughts on Marketing and Promotion where author, Donna Gephart gives advice for aspiring authors on how to promote your book, your brand, and also importantly, not to let it consume you.

I've admired Sarah Ockler's blog for years and enjoyed reading about her journey towards finding an agent, to publication and beyond. I enjoyed this inspirational story she shared about following ones dreams and how sometimes you have to chuck 'practicality' and do what you've always dreamed of doing: following your creativity.

And last but certainly not least, if you write, then you are familiar with the inherent frustration we feel at writing from time-to-time. Kristan wrote this beautiful post about recapturing one's zen when you are feeling frustrated as a writer [and a link to her awesome guest post at Writer Unboxed! A fantastic writerly blog!]

Thoughts? Any interesting writing links you found lately?