Posted by: Kerry Gans | April 17, 2014

Top Picks Thursday 04-17-2014

Welcome to this week’s links round-up! We hope you all survived Tax Day and are getting healthy refunds.

Is your To Be Read pile overwhelming? Check out these speed reading apps that say they can boost your speed while enhancing comprehension.

Some of the writers at the LA Times have put together this infograpic on How To Be A Writer.


If you write screenplays, how does genre play into screenwriting?

Jami Gold examines the differences between literary and genre fiction.

Want an audiobook of your book? Roz Morris shares how to create an audiobook with Audible’s ACX (Audible Exchange).

Ninie Hammon lists 3 things every novelist MUST do, and Emily Wenstrom tells us how to make inspiration arrive when you need it.


Self-publishing requires authors to be business people–and, increasingly, even traditional publishing is enhanced by the author’s business savvy. Sarah Pinneo lists some business books writers should not be without. And if you’re an author-entrepreneur, you might want to understand how to manage file sizes for your ebooks.

When trying to sell your book or other content, you need to grab your audience with minimal information–whether your audience is blog readers, book readers, agents or publishers. Joan Stewart gives us 7 tools to create killer headlines, Marie Lamba explains how to create a memorable hook, and Jane Friedman lays it all out there in the Complete Guide to Writing Queries That Will Get Requests.

Social media is key to marketing in this digital world. Anne R. Allen lists 10 Commandments of social media etiquette for writers, Kristin Piombino points out the best times to post to social media sites, and Stef Gonzaga tells us how to grow our email lists.

We need to get the most out of the various platforms online. Andy Crestodina has 14 ways to polish your Google search results, Penny Sansevieri talks about how to sell stuff on Pinterest, and Peg Fitzpatrick tells us how to optimize the new Twitter layout.


We love our libraries here at the Author Chronicles. Check out some photos from Robert Dawson’s Visual Tour of America’s Most Fascinating Public Libraries.

Whether it’s for research, or just because this is completely cool, take a look at this animated map of the Imperial History of the Middle East.

That’s all for us this week!


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