Okay, so I missed Monday. And ICYM TUESDAY just doesn't have the same alliterative ring to it, so just deal. Here's my roundup of the most interesting, informative, and entertaining post for writers and bloggers. Enjoy.
Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer's Digest, has one of the best blogs for writers period. Recently, she spent the day on Reddit's AMA (Ask Me Anything) board. The wealth of information she shared (from agents to e-books and everything in between) is astounding. If you are an aspiring writer/editor, this is a must read. Too many links to mention. Go. See. Learn.
Kristen Lamb, the self-proclaimed Social Media Jedi for Writers, sets the record straight about 3 Social Media Myths that can cripple our platform. (Hint: tweeting and blogging about things besides writing is GOOD.) I still need to pick up copies of her best-selling books We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer .
Tracy Garvis Graves, author of the bestseller On the Island, rose from self pub fame to a double book deal. She finally posted her Self Publishing FAQ. If you're even considering going the self pub route, give this a read. Pay attention.
Need some ideas? Need to know if your brainstorm is a boring cliche or trope? (Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations.) TV Tropes is a running list of all things trope. Their Literature section breaks down tropes by era, genre, region, and language.
Here are 8 underused structures you can use to craft attention-grabbing blog posts (and to stand out from fellow bloggers in your field). Why not pick one to try this week? Via SEOJoe
Ever consider throwing a book party? From invites to supplies and what to do with the kiddos, Nichole Bernier shares her secrets on How to Throw a Book Party That Rocks via Beyond the Margins
Sarah Pinneo, author of Julia's Child, explains why pitching, like taxes, is part of (the publishing) life via QueryTrackerBlog.
Do you sometimes find yourself salivating over foods in your favorite books? Quirkbook.com listed 10 of their favorite foods from lit you can actually make yourself. (If you want an entire cookbook filled with treats inspired by favorite novels pick up The Book Club Cookbook —reviewed here.)
And I know we are all SO OVER politics and feel as if reading one more article or post could send us over the edge—but this one made me laugh and just nod my head yes. This. Letter to future Republican strategist regarding white people by Eric Garland.