Saturday, May 25, 2013

6 This Week for Writers 5/25 - Book Giveaways, Pubtips, Writing Tips, Inspiration, Industry News and More

Photo by Steve Corey
I've compiled another huge roundup of good articles, great books, and book giveaways published online and in the blogosphere this week. Scroll down to see the categories. I tried putting shortcuts to them last week, but blogger ate the links, so I'm giving up on that. The list is long because too many people are putting out great information. Which brings me to a question.  

Please Tell Me:

Are you finding these round-ups helpful? With Google Reader going away soon, I am going to have to cobble together alternate ways to compile this weekly list. If we don't have a lot of people who care much either way, I'm wondering if it's worth the hassle. Reading all these blogs definitely cuts down on my ability to leave comments for people, because I'm reading through the reader instead of visiting. What do you think? Are you glad we brought back the THIS WEEK FOR WRITERS posts? Are they worth keeping? And if so, do you have any suggestions or wishes?

Helping Oklahoma:

I spent most of the week enjoying my kids. Hugging them. Smothering them, really, because every time I turned on the TV and saw the devastation in Oklahoma and elsewhere, it reminded me of how easy my life is, and how lucky I am. How much I owe the rest of the world.

Inspiration of the Week:

The heroes and victims from Oklahoma are beyond inspiring. So are all the people who are helping any way they can. If you haven't pitched in yet,  the Red Cross has three easy ways to help. Kate Messner also has a KidLitCares for Oklahoma post. There are others, but that's a good start.

**Note from Jan - I live in Oklahoma, so if you are interested in donating to a local group who is collecting items for the victims, please let me know. I have contact info for some churches that are sending needed items and volunteers to the devastated areas daily.

And on a different but related note, here's another bit of inspiration, a reminder that one person at a time can change the world. Watch it all the way through. It's breathtaking and chill-inducing.

More Inspiration:
Great Book Art:
This photoset of 3D collages from classic books is incredible. Here's a sample.

 The Seven Minute Workout (i.e. Avoiding the Consequences of Butt-in-Chair):
We writers pride ourselves on having our butts in our seats and our fingers on the keyboard. Unfortunately, if I keep going the way I am, I'm going to need a bigger chair. Supposedly, there's science that says this particular Seven Minute Workout is all we need to keep fit. Seven minutes? I'm game.  
Books and Giveaways
Inspiration and Smiles
Writing Craft
Story Elements
Story Structure
Getting Published
Networking and Promotion
Industry News and Trends
   Other Roundups
Share Your Links
What have you read (or written) this week (books, blog posts, articles, thoughts, whatever) that struck a chord with you? Am I missing important posts from a particular site you've found? Share your thoughts and links in the comments!
Happy reading and writing. Have a great weekend!


  1. I'm a very quiet lurker on this blog, but I absolutely love these round-ups. Understandably, they must take a lot of time, but they're incredibly helpful and I get to discover a new amazing blog every week.

    So thank you for these productive weekends!

    1. Thank you for that! I try to look for new blogs and hit their great content, not just post the content from the blogs that everyone reads. It's really hard though. That's why I've been encouraging people to add links in the comments, since I can't get everything. But I haven't had any takers!

      Thanks for taking the time to answer!

  2. Hey Martina and Jan,

    I only discovered this blog a few months ago, but it is easily my favorite writing resource. I always take time to read the links, articles, and guest blog posts you do- they're full of wonderful information that I hope helps me to improve my writing.

    I do hope you keep posting these helpful tips and resources, though as the other poster said, it must take a lot of your time. Thanks so much for what you do! :)

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Aw, thank you! And thanks so much for weighing in. We're so glad to share these wonderful authors and guest posts with you all.

  3. I live for these round ups! as a full time worker, parent with a kid in competitive sports, writer, etc. these round ups are my study buddy every weekend. I hope there is a way that it can be done without become far to time consuming.

    Thanks for all you do.

    1. Hi Sumbee,

      Thanks for weighing in and for visiting! That's the purpose of doing the round-up. It's not that time consuming now since I check the blogs and share what I find via Twitter anyway, but once Google Reader goes away, that will likely change a lot. I'm sorry to say that based on the results to my question, I'm not sure I'll be able to keep doing the round up after all. I think I'm going to run a poll shortly and see what people would find most helpful for a new feature.


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