Posted by: Kerry Gans | September 14, 2017

Top Picks Thursday! For Writers & Readers 09-14-2017

*The Author Chronicles hopes all those impacted by Irma, Harvey, and the wildfires out West are able to find peace and safety and begin the process of rebuilding.*

Welcome to this week’s Top Picks Thursday!

Something every author needs to know: How to register your book’s copyright.

It’s September, so that means NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. Alysia W. Morales has your 6-week prep plan for NaNoWriMo.

Words matter. Stories have power. Detroit redefines itself by hiring America’s first official “chief storyteller.


Check out 7 offensive mistakes well-intentioned writers make.

This week, Jeff Lyons finishes his series Don’t Believe These Writing Myths, with the top 5 worst advice myths for writers.

Stories feed on conflict, and every scene must have some. Janice Hardy explores why your story conflict isn’t working and how to fix it, and Mary Kole examines how to know which scenes to include in your novel.

Joyce Scarbrough shares 7 tips for writing great love scenes, Nancy L. Erikson explains how to conflate and tighten your story, and Sunny Singh reminds us to dissect how your characters inhabit their world.

We often talk about single protagonists driving a story, but what about when you have more than one? H.M. Bouwman talks about writing with an ensemble cast. And no matter how many protagonists you have, your book will have its share of minor characters, too. Michele Jones digs into the role of minor characters, and Donald Maass looks at secondary characters as part of the journey.

Crime fiction can be gritty in its realism. AJ Waines discusses the limits of using “real life” in crime fiction, and Margot Kinberg explores police and PIs in fiction who are set up to fail.

Get the creative process flowing. Helen Scheuerer shows how authors can use Pinterest for fiction writing and novels, Melissa Donovan lists 23 creative writing activities that don’t involve writing, and Sarah Moore gives us an easy trick for nipping creative fear in the bud.


Freelancing is a great career for some people, while others need to have a day job. Danielle Corcione explains why she quit freelancing, went to 9 to 5, and then went back.

Do you have a book that would work best if it could lay flat (think workbook, cookbook, coloring book)? Joel Friedlander discusses lay flat binding options for your book.

If you are querying, you need two things to catch an agents eye: a great title and a great query letter. Jody Rein and Michael Larsen discuss how to title your nonfiction book. Some authors think adding blurbs to your query is a good way to make it stand out, but Janet Reid explains why asking for blurbs at the query stage is a waste of resources.

Marketing knows no seasons, but marketing campaigns do. Joan Stewart explores how to tie your marketing into winter, spring, summer, or fall for timely book hooks, and Kevin Coolidge talks about selling a book to independent booksellers. Peggy J. Shaw tells how to get the word out about your book, Janet Reid looks at how not to be a bone-head promoter, and Diana Urban shares 119 book marketing ideas that can help authors increase sales.

Sydney Mathieu asks why authors should care about digital marketing, Jane Friedman wonders what’s more important: author website or social media, Publisher’s Weekly discusses reaching YA readers where they are online, Allison Tait explores whether podcasts help sell books, and Chris Syme has 5 reasons to be a social media minimalist.


In an interesting court case, a judge rules that a verse of “We Shall Overcome” is not under copyright.

As if we authors didn’t already have a hard time conveying emotions in our work: Scientists pinpoint 27 states of emotion.

Bet you didn’t know that these 10 books were written on a bet.

That’s all for this week’s Top Picks Thursday! See you back here next week for more writerly links.


  1. Thank you very much for the kind link.


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