Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Links of the Week

Photo of the week: This ornament keeps trying to knock down the tree

The title of this one is a bit of a misnomer. I haven't done a Fill Me In Friday in a while, so this is more like the best of the last three weeks. :) But there are definitely some great ones in here. Enjoy!

On Writing/Publishing:


On Social Media/Marketing:


Bright, Shiny Randomness:


What You May Have Missed Here:


That's all I have for you. I'm not sure I'll be posting again until after Christmas so I hope you all have a lovely holiday! 


Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Writing Links of the Week

Bellagio Fountains

So it's that time of the week. I missed it last week because I was on my mini Vegas vacation (hence the photos), so this will include links from the last two weeks.

Also, you may have noticed (if you're particularly observant) that I've been a bit quieter on the blog and on Twitter lately. This has been by design because I'm under a tight deadline right now and have to put most of my time into that. BUT, it's working. I just tallied last month's word count and I wrote 40k in September. Woot! That's definitely a record for me. Now I have 35k to write by Nov. 1. *breathes into paper bag* So posting may be continue to be a little less regular for a little while longer. 

Alright, on to the links...

*First, I've posted an exclusive snippet of FALL INTO YOU on facebook if you'd like to check that out. (And if you want to follow me there, this is the place I focus on more reader-oriented vs. writer stuff.)

On Writing/Publishing:

What a Concept! Plotting Your Novel Conceptually via Janice Hardy

real actual hilary: Why writing with a book deal is a whole different game

delilah s. dawson: 10 Tips for Barfing a Book

Penguin, 3M E-Book Pilot 3M Goes Live <--Penguin working with a new library ebook service

How to write a bad review -

Book Piracy – An Insiders Perspective - Stacey O'Neale's Site

Comparison Doesn’t Work - Books & Such Literary Agency : Books & Such Literary Agency

Co-Authoring: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly via Rachelle Gardner

Our hotel bed looked like it should be at The Ranch

Calls for Submissions:

Submissions opportunity: one week only…feedback & 6 week response time via Carina Press -- Great opportunity to get feedback

Now acquiring: Contemporary crack at Carina Press <--after reading Angela James' discussion of contemporary crack, I'm starting to think this is what I write, lol. The drama! The angst! The smex! :)

Now acquiring: New Adult at Carina Press <--I just talked about this genre in a post last week (linked below) and here you go, a publisher actively looking for it


On Social Media/Promotion/Marketing:

Is Your Author Website Helping You or Holding You Back? | BookBaby Blog

Why Content Marketing is the New Branding | Copyblogger

Does Social Media Sell Books? « Writerland


For Gits and Shiggles (and a little panting):

Channing Tatum opens his New Orleans bar “Saints and Sinners” this weekend - <--why oh why didn't I plan a trip home to New Orleans this weekend??? I'm tempted to send my mother out to the opening with a camera. ;)

Ten Tips for Bringing BDSM Into Your Bedroom by Joey Hill | <--I get asked about this privately pretty often since my books make some readers curious about how BDSM can work in real life. These are some great, practical tips on getting started.


At the Marilyn Manson (and Buckcherry) concert

What You May Have Missed Here:

The New Adult Genre: Here To Stay This Time?

Natalie Bahm and Agent Sara Megibow On Self-Pubbing For a Good Cause

7 Things That Make the Chronic Finisher Put Down a Book

Book Deal Squee-ing: More Loving on the Edge On the Way! <--in case you haven't seen me squaking about it all over the interwebs. :)



That's all I have for you this week. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Writing Links of the Week

School bus

Kidlet goes back to school next week!

 So this week has continued to be crazy and my current WIP has changed a few times over again. Let's not even talk about deadlines. But I'm not going to complain because deadlines mean I have book contracts and that is always a good thing. :)

But can I say I'm SO happy kidlet goes back to school next week. He only goes for half a day in the afternoons so I'm not going to be getting much more time than I get now with him in daycare in the mornings, but afternoon time is so much more productive for me writing wise. AND a bus will pick up kidlet instead of me having to play taxi. So yay for that.

Oh, and for those of you who remember me asking about other programs to use to organize and save links like Delicious, I think I've found one that works for me. Zootool allows me to save a link with one click of a bookmark button and I can organize them into "packs" which is similar to when Delicious still had "stacks" (the feature I was missing in the new design). So then I can just make a pack for each week and save things throughout the week for this Friday post. :)

Now, on to the links...

On Writing/Publishing:


On Social Media/Promotion: 


Other Awesome Stuff:

  • Natalie Bahm: BIG News - My agency-mate Natalie is self-pubbing her first novel and ALL proceeds are going to help a family with a very sick child. How amazing is Natalie? She's going to stop by the blog next month to talk more about it, but go check out what she's doing and spread the word.
  • Dogshaming - This was making the rounds on Twitter this week, but in case you missed it, go check it out. HILARIOUS. 


What You May Have Missed Here:


That's all I've got this week. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! 

Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Writing Links of the Week

Young Gymnast Trains in the Gymnasium of the Turner Club in New Ulm, Minnesota...

(Photo via the U.S. National Archives)

Status: Still trying to find balance this week

So I'm still buried this week with writing the new WIP and going through copyedits for FALL INTO YOU, so this list may be a little shorter than normal. Maybe one day I'll figure out how to balance working under deadlne and keeping up with everything else. But hopefully you'll find some links worth clicking. 

On Writing/Publishing:


On Social Media/Marketing:


Other stuff and what you may have missed from me this week:


So what good links have you come across this week? Hope y'all have a great weekend!


Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Writing Links of the Week


 Fave photo of the week: My haul from RWA *pets*

How is it the end of the week already? Wow. All right, so those who may new to the blog, on Fridays I do a links round up of the best writing and publishing posts (along with a few fun posts thrown in) of the week. Since I was at RWA last week, I skipped a week, so this list will be a bit chunky. :) 

On Writing/Publishing:


On Social Media/Blogging/Promotion:


For Gits and Shiggles: 


What You May Have Missed Here:


All right, that's what I have this week. Now I'm off to hopefully write two winning book proposals. I hope y'all have a great weekend! :)

Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Writing Links of the Week


Favorite Photo of the Week: A.J. of Lit at Billy Bob's this past weekend. Yes, a rock band at a the world's largest honky tonk. It was like walking into a scene from Urban Cowboy but then they were playing Nine Inch Nails on the speakers. o.0


This week's list of links is going to be a little shorter than usual because I've been holed up in the rewriting cave under a tight deadline. I'm still in there, but I can almost see light at the end of the title (ha, that last word was a typo, but I think I'll leave it as stands, it's appropriate). That concert (above) is about the only relaxation I've had this week, so I'm looking forward to getting this book sent off so I can breathe. Well at least until I start drafting book four next week, lol.

So here are some of the best links I've come across this week...


On Writing/Publishing:



On Reviews (since that seems to be the BIG topic this week, with lots of kerfuffleness going on) 



On Social Networking and Marketing:



On Other Stuff: 



What You May Have Missed From Me This Week: 


Alright, that's what I've got this week. How has your week been? What's your weekend looking like?

Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Writing Links of the Week


Signing MELT INTO YOU at B&N

Whew, it's been a whirlwind week. MELT INTO YOU released (thanks to everyone who's bought it so far!) and I've been staying with my parents, so I've felt a bit off balance all week. I haven't written, and I've barely managed to blog. It's been a fun two weeks away from home, but boy am I ready to get back to my routine.

And though I haven't been able to surf articles as much this week, I did find a few can't miss posts that I wanted to share with you.

On Writing/Publishing:

7 Ways You Give Away Your Power – and How to Avoid It | Rachelle Gardner

The Luxury of Having Options | Mystery Writing is Murder

See How Easily You Can Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method via BubbleCow (This idea gives me heart palpitations, but it may work for you.)

Between Fact and Fiction: Allow Yourself To Think Of Alternatives

For writers: Steps to deal with book piracy « Stephanie Lawton

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing via Chuck Wendig

Bisy Backson: The Unsung Value of Idle Time « Writerland

Cheryl Rainfield » Evernote: A Great Free Tool For Writers

Successful Fiction Begins With a Great Concept - via Kill Zone

Protecting Your Writing Time – And Yourself via Writer Unboxed


On Social Networking/Promotion:

6 Rules of Facebook Engagement via Lisa Hall Wilson

Blogging Basics: 10 Places to Find Images That DON'T Cost a Penny via Amberr Meadows

Cat's Eye Writer Blog | Judy Dunn - Pencils, Pens and Writing - The Beauty of Low Tech Blogging

Authors online–good or bad? via Carina Press


For Fun:

Top ten myths about introverts – Basically a breakdown of me. | Chris Conner

ME AND MAGIC MIKE | TheRomanceMan <--a guy's perspective


What You May Have Missed Here:

Hats, hats, hats...

5 Signs You're Having a Blog Identity Crisis & 8 Ways To Fix It


That's all I've got this week. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! My blog will be back to "normal" next week since I'll be back home again.

Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Writing Links of the Week


Did I miss the train?

Photo by Son of Groucho

 Need to catch up? Here are the best posts I've come across this week.

On Writing/Publsihing:

Beth Revis: How to Respond to Negative Reviews <--A must read

Stephen King’s 20 Tips for Becoming a Frighteningly Good Writer via Boost Blog Traffic

4 Reasons for Published Authors to Attend Conferences - Books & Such Literary Agency

Five tell-tale signs of a novice novelist « helencareybooks

Beating the Anxiety of Online Reading :zenhabits

Author, Jody Hedlund: Why Skimping on Macro Editing Could Cost You Readers

In Which I Get A Little Grumpy | Lauren Dane

Can You Hear the People Sing? :: The Knight Agency, Inc. -- A Literary Agency (on "no" not meaning "never" anymore)

Bad Girls, Good Guys, and Two-Fisted Action: The Horror of It All -- Writers on Being Scary With Words


On Social Media:

5 Types of Marketing Platforms: Which Is Right for You? | Goins, Writer

Should You Move from to | Marcy Kennedy


Random Stuff:

13 books to read after Fifty Shades of Grey | Cassandra Carr

JCPenney Responds to Homophobic Boycott Calls with Gay Father's Day Ad <--go on with your bad self JC Penney


What You May Have Missed Here:


Made of Win Monday: Reading Binges


THE SIREN Takes Over Boyfriend of the Week



Readers Face the Slush Pile: A Few Hard Truths

(one of the most popular posts I've had in a long time)



Spice It Up Thursday: Sexy Role-Playing (And a STILL INTO YOU excerpt) 


Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Fill-Me-In Friday: Best Publishing Links of the Week


Did I miss the train?

Photo by Son of Groucho

 Need to catch up? It's that time of the week again--round up day.

But first, a quick reminder that if you're at DFWCon this weekend, I'll be teaching two workshops (How To Write Love Scenes and Erotic Romance 101), so I'd love if you checked them out. I'll be giving out a "Why Does This Love Scene Suck?" checklist and possibly a book or two, so how can you pass that up? :) 

AND, if you didn't see the annoucement on Twitter, I sorta sold another novella this week. So yay! From Publisher's Marketplace:

National Bestselling Author Roni Loren's NOT UNTIL YOU, the next in her Loving on the Edge series, to Kate Seaver at Berkley Heat, for publication in 2013, by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency (World English). 

Alright, enough about me, now for the good stuff...

Writing and Publishing:

33 things to do when you are feeling a bit angry with your novel via YA Highway

On The Privilege Of Being A Writer via Chuck Wendig

Kate Hart: Uncovering YA Covers: 2011 <--really interesting stats and cool graphics

Author, Jody Hedlund: Everyone Gets Jealous, Even Published Authors

Jungle Red Writers: Control Your Social Media So It Doesn't Control You by Elizabeth Craig

When Self-Publishing Is More Useful As a Marketing Tool | Jane Friedman

Copyright Terms Should Be Shorter via Dear Author

The Correct Way To Share | Kait Nolan <--great post about re-blogging etiquette

In E-Reader Age of Writer’s Cramp, a Book a Year Is Slacking - <--This has definitely been my experience so far

A tale of two royalty statements « Courtney Milan’s Blog

5 Undying Myths About Published Writers And Their Eerie Powers via Warrior Poet

Keep Money in Its Place - Rachelle Gardner <--on not counting on publishing a book to get you out of a financial crunch

The Intern: Publishers Weekly: The Deals You Don't See


On Other Stuff:

Tim Gunn and me via Janet Reid

MANday: Rugby | Jillian Dodd

What You May Have Missed Here:


Made of Win Monday: People Who Can Laugh At Themselves



Patrick Stewart - Boyfriend of the Week by Leah Petersen



Follow At Your Own Risk: Why My Social Media Shouldn't Have To Be G-Rated


Alright, that's all I've got for the week. Hope you have a great weekend!

Xtra, Xtra: Best Writing Links of the Week #atozchallenge



It's that time of the week again--best links! (And yes, I'm stretching the a to z challenge thing today, but come one--it's X. Ugh.) So here we go...

On Writing/Publishing:
For Random Fun and Info:
What You May Have Missed Here:

(my post at Peanut Butter on the Keyboard)
Alright, that's all I've got this week. What have been some of your favorite links of the week? 
Have a great weekend!

Fill Me In Friday - Best Writing Links of the Week


Did I miss the train?

Photo by Son of Groucho

 Had a busy week? Need to catch up on the writing blogosphere? That's what Fill Me In Friday is all about. : )  This is where I gather up the best writing links I've come across this week. Enjoy!


On Writing/Publishing:

If Publicity Doesn’t Sell Books, What Does? « Meghan Ward's Writerland 

Focus Your Story | The Editor's Blog

Goodbye, Google Friend Connect–Now What? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

Can Blogging Help Your Writing Process? | Jenny Hansen's Blog

Make Me Stay: Author Blogs | Camryn Rhys

2 Ways to Make the Most of Goodreads | Jane Friedman

Lara Schiffbauer's Motivation for Creation: Blogging Your Naked Passion - Are You Brave Enough?

Are You a Purple Cow? | Author Media <--on standing out

Are Teens Embracing E-books? via Publisher's Weekly

Between Fact and Fiction: 10 Things I Wish I Would Have Done Differently (Natalie Whipple)

25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called “Aspiring” Writers by Chuck Wendig

25 Ways To Unf**k Your Story by Chuck Wendig 


On Romance Writing:

BDSM: A Conversation With Eden Bradley (a.k.a. Eve Berlin)

Oh, You Write THOSE Books – On Writing Romance | Nicole Basaraba (my guest post)


What You May Have Missed Here:

Made of Win Monday: Movies That TRULY Make You LOL



Boyfriend of the Week - Chris Pine



Enough With the Quid Pro Quo Blogging Etiquette - Free Yourself


All right, that's what I've got for the week. What are some of the best links you've seen this week? Hope you all have a great weekend! :)