Hey, it’s Friday Sept 9 and I’m just getting settled into the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference. But first, let me share the best articles about writing I read this week. Happy Five Links Friday!
1. Ali Luke has a great article on her blog about How to Write a Great Blurb for Your Self-Published Novel. While this is totally important for the self-published author, it’s also great advice for anyone seeking a traditional publisher, as writing a good blurb will help with your query letter and elevator pitch.
2. This quick post by Heather Weidner gives us 8 Customer Service Truths That Apply to Authors. An interesting–and helpful–way to see things.
3. This is rather interesting. Every human knows what it’s like to be “sad” every now and then, but how many of us understand actual depression? I sure don’t. Here’s an older post by Fiona Quinn at Thrill Writing with some info on depression and how to use this with your character-building: Do You Think Your Character Might Be Depressed? Psych 101 for Writers.
4. Here’s an article on Gizmodo arguing that Tech Hasn’t Killed Books Yet. Best quote: “The bad news is you can’t blame your lack of book deal on the fact that nobody buys ‘em anymore. Sorry babe.” Ha!
5. Finally, here’s a quick Q & A at WrittenWord.ca with Raine Thomas and Doug Dorow asking What do best-selling authors like to read?. A good question to ponder and we strive to perfect our own books.
So that’s it for the week. If you happen to be at RMFW this weekend, be sure to say hi. I’ll be the guy wandering around with a coffee in one hand and a laptop in the other.