Posted by: Kerry Gans | October 9, 2014

Top Picks Thursday 10-09-2014

We welcome you to another round up of writerly links from around the internet.

For those interested in history, Cartridge Discount has put together an infographic of the history of printing.

Moving on to ebooks, a number of literary lions including Philip Roth and Ursula K. LeGuin have joined the protest over Amazon’s ebook tactics.

Shannon Hale wonders if having age ranges for children’s books encourages exclusivity and cuts writers off from potential readers.

Thinking of starting a podcast? Ellen Britt tells how to build buzz for your podcast.

In the writing community, November is becoming synonymous with massive amounts of writing. Marissa Meyer says if you have an inspiration emergency, write an author manifesto. Nina Amir doesn’t see why fiction writers should have all the fun, and started Write Non-Fiction in November.


Stephanie Burgis talks about chronic illness as a reader and as a writer.

In genre writing, Shallee McArthur discusses the perils of near-future science fiction—and how to write it anyway, while Kira Peikoff shares 5 tips for writing suspense.

Jonathan Hunt writes about the problems of writing in present tense, and Ken Hughes explains why your scene needs a problem.

Dialogue makes your story pop. Roz Morris shows us how to get characters talking, and K.M. Weiland tells how to avoid repetitive dialogue.

One reason writing is so difficult is because so many elements must be strong for the story to work well. John Mauk lays out 3 things your novel’s narrator needs to accomplish, Shannon Donnelly explains how to write satisfying endings, and Janice Hardy counsels when to revise what in your novel.

Jane Smiley shares 5 writing tips, and Sherry Ramsey explains how to write the all-important blurb.

Glimmer Train extols the benefits of procrastination and distraction, while Lauren Schmelz examines instant gratification and asks: what’s the hurry?

Jordan Hamessley London describes life as an editor married to an author, Liam Lowth lists 3 ways travel makes you a better writer, and Chuck Wendig has a tough love talk for writers.

Most writers need to work a day job while writing. Lori Rader-Day explains why writing with a day job can be a good thing, and Patrick Ross celebrates creatives who work a day job.

Even if you have a day job, writing is a full-time business. Joanna Penn describes developing a writer’s production plan, and discusses 5 aspects of your writer business to consider. And for those writers running their full-time business on part-time hours, Ali Luke explains how to stay sane while building your writing career part time.


Every writer wants to earn a living from their writing. Joanna Penn gives us 7 smart ways to earn multiple streams of income from a single manuscript.
In publishing, print books outsold ebooks for the first half of 2014. Also, Lloyd Lofthouse examines how Amazon changed book cover design and why authors need to pay attention.

Agent Janet Reid addresses the problem of revising a novel for one agent and getting a request from another agent at the same time. If you are searching for agents, check out Lana Popovic of Chalberg & Sussman and Kristin Vincent of D4EO.

Victoria Strauss tells us how to request a rights reversion from a publisher.

How do you create successful marketing? Angela Ackerman has 10 tips to organizing a kickass online book event, Lynn Bouchard explains how to weave your uniqueness into your marketing to connect with your readers, Chuck Wendig keeps it real on social media, and Sophie Kinsella shares top 10 tips for being a best-selling author.

The internet is an important tool for writers—but how can you know what’s working? Michael Hardach has tips for getting the most out of Google+, and Frances Caballo discusses AuthorRise, a powerful analytics tool for writers.


Halloween is approaching. Check out these 14 amazing bookish Halloween costumes for children.

Did you know these 10 hit Broadway shows were inspired by bestsellers?

Edgar Allen Poe had a love-hate relationship with his native town of Boston. As of now, Edgar Allan Poe’s feud with Boston is nevermore.

Sara Gentry passes on timeless lessons we’ve learned from Jane Austen.

Check out Macbeth in the digital age.

It’s time to get Medieval. Erik Kwakkel explores 16th century censorship using a paper snippet and the Spanish Inquisition, and he also discusses Medieval doodles on NPR (the second item in).

That’s it for us this week! Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Excellent post today. I will be reading many of those posts.


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