Writers' Roundup

June 12, 2009 · 0 comments

Pieces of my book are starting to come together. I’m now plugging a few holes in Chapters Seven, Eight and Nine, and should soon be able to read straight through ’em.

A few links that helped focus my writer’s mind this week:

* A hilarious post on how to be a good local author. Note to self: Do not call neighborhood bookstore every week to ask how my book is selling.

* Jane Friedman of Writer’s Digest explains what it takes for a blog to become a book. “Consider how a book will offer an experience or a benefit that is unique or distinctive apart from the blog,” she advises.

* General but very helpful advice for authors on Seth Godin’s blog. “The best time to start promoting your book,” he writes, “is three years before it comes out.”

* How do prolific writers manage to write so much? Insight from the Writing Companion blog.

* A smorgasbord of 54 Tips for Writers, From Writers, including: “If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” — Margaret Atwood

* A revision checklist from Nathan Bradford. Saving this for later. You might also check out his writing advice database.

*Advice for pulling off a great library event. Yet another promotional tool I’ll need later.

Have a great weekend!

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Elizabeth Craig June 12, 2009 at 9:06 am

Great links Alexis! Thanks. I’m enjoying your Friday round-ups…

Mystery Writing is Murder


Karen Walker June 12, 2009 at 9:51 am

As always, good info,Alexis. Congrats on your chapters coming together.
Karen Waker


Jane Kennedy Sutton June 12, 2009 at 11:14 am

You always come across the greatest links! Thanks for sharing them. Now I must go check them all out.



Elle Parker June 12, 2009 at 11:28 am

Great stuff here – thanks!!

Elle Parker


NA Sharpe June 12, 2009 at 11:36 am

I really like this feature – so many great links! Okay – I’m off to see what you found – Thanks!

Nancy, from Just a Thought…


Patricia Stoltey June 12, 2009 at 11:41 am

I really appreciate your Friday links, Alexis. I’m always looking for good tips to send on to my critique groups, so I check out every article or blog you mention. Thanks for doing this.


Marvin D Wilson June 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Value packed post, Alexis, with all the links. 🙂 And keep fillin’ in those holes. Can’t wait to rejoice with you when your first baby enters the literary world. !

The Old Silly From Free Spirit Blot


Enid Wilson June 13, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Oh, I’m too late then, I haven’t started promoting my book that will come out in a month’s time. That’s the problem with part-time writers. You need to balance a day job, writing the next novel and promoting the present one and start promoting the coming one.


Karen Brees June 19, 2009 at 10:56 am

Like the info. You’re at the top of your game, Alexis! It’s all coming together.


dirtywhitecandy June 23, 2009 at 4:41 am

What a truly useful site – great links, thoughtfully chosen. Have bookmarked you as a favourite. Nice to ‘meet’ you, Alexis!


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