TSM Recommends: Blog Posts on Marketing, Editing, and Writing

TSM Recommends

The Internet is full of writers looking for and offering an array of tips to make it in the writing industry. This past month, I’ve read a few blog posts via Twitter (and Tweeted them myself) that give some interesting insights and advice on marketing, editing, or writing. Below you’ll find a few of them. Of course, you’re always welcome to see what the Muses have been writing about this month, too!

71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book by Kimberly Grabas:

This article is from 2013 and I know the market is always changing, but if you’ve published a book and want to find ways to give it an extra promotional push, maybe you’ll find something new here to try.

How Writers Can Remix the Past by Drew Chial

Some good advice from a previous script reader. This post illustrates how to use and balance events from the past to the advantage of your story and probable misfortune of your characters.

Top 7 Ways Authors Are Using Instagram by Adrienne Erin

Let’s face it, many people respond better to visual stimuli. That’s one reason Instagram works so well. Curious as to how it works for writers? Pick up some tips from Adrienne’s article.

4 Ways to Plan Your Writing by Jacqui Murray

I’d say most writers are familiar with the plotter/pantser terminology, but I’d hazard to guess that at some point, no matter what kind of writer you are, some planning will come into play when developing your story. If you’re curious to know of a few ways to go about this, check out Jacqui’s post.

Five Ways to Spot the Wrong Proofreader by JuliaProofreader

If you’ve finished a story, you’re familiar with the process that comes after: betas, editing . . . more editing. But after the editing phase, what’s next? Proofreading. You want your manuscript as polished as possible. JuliaProofreader gives some advice on what to look out for when choosing your proofreader.

Have anymore post suggestions? Share below! We’d love to check them out!



TSM’s Weekly Recommendations: Art Contests, Blog Articles, and Podcasts

TSM Recommends: Podcasts for WritersIn addition to the normal blog posts and videos that I normally mention in TSM’s Weekly Recommendations, I figured I’d also throw in a bonus announcement. Fantasy Scroll Magazine is hosting a cover art contest and it pays. Artists can win up to $700! You can find more information HERE.

Two articles by Janice Hardy:

This first one looks at the pros and cons of hiring a copy editor for your novel and whether its possible to do it yourself:

This second article looks at how to set your goals for your author business plan:

Patrick Ross writes about using extended metaphors in your writing in part one of his extended metaphor series:

Charlotte Dixon discusses writer self-care in this first part of her Guide to the Care and Tending of Writers:

Jann Alexander discusses how to start writing when you suddenly want to do anything but write. I know we’ve all been there:

A podcast on finding the right editor for your novel:

TSM’s Weekly Recommendation: The Editor’s Blog

TSM Recommends: Podcasts for WritersIt’s Saturday, folks. (TGIS?) And you know what that means? It’s weekly recommendation time!

Admittedly, this week I have read nothing but articles pertaining to stylistics (and we’re talking articles from the 60s and 70s here), so unless you want to learn about the poetic function and a bunch of linguistic babble (I’m sorry, Chris, for making you edit my thesis), then I suppose I’d better redirect you to my other weekly indulgence: The Editor’s Blog.

Many of you enjoy my editing posts, but Beth Hill’s compilation of articles is absolutely amazing. Whether I’m reading her posts or her responses to readers, I’m always learning something new. She covers a range of topics from dialogue tags to punctuation to style to scenes. Basically, she talks about everything. And if you have a specific question to ask, she’ll probably answer it. Free editing advice? Sign me up.

Warning: if you go, you may not come back. Case in point: I just spent two and a half hours with my “morning” coffee at her blog.

Have anything to recommend? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!


TSM’s Weekly Recommendations: Articles, Videos, and Other Resources on Writing

TSM Recommends: Podcasts for WritersI was supposed to start these recommendation posts some weeks ago, but December ended up being the Muse Month of Hell, and so I put the project to the side. But now that we’ve more or less got our ducks in a nice, semi-chaotic row, I feel it’s time to get back to business.

Each week the Muses read, watch, and listen to a vast amount of articles, YouTube videos, and podcasts. Sometimes we come across things we think are worth sharing with you guys. So each weekend I will attempt to put together the Muse suggestions of the week and post them.

Note: The selections for this week weren’t necessarily written this week.

Blog posts, articles, resource suggestions:

The YA Muses (we’re apparently not the only ones who call ourselves the Muses) wrote a comprehensive list of things to take into consideration when worldbuilding a few years ago. You can find it here: http://yamuses.blogspot.com/2011/12/world-building-checklist.html

Lisa Voisin wrote an article a couple years ago about writing fight scenes, which I thought made some pertinent points. Definitely check it out if you write stories that involve any hand-to-hand combat or warfare: https://lisavoisin.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/fiction-friday-8-things-writers-forget-when-writing-fight-scenes/

Marcy McKay recently wrote a post titled “Trusting your Writer’s Intuition.” Intuition is arguably the number one resource we as writers have at our disposal. Learning to trust it is essential. Read the post here: http://mudpiewriting.com/intuition/

Looking to connect with other writers or find more information on the current writing, publishing, and editing world? The Write Life has compiled a list of the best 100 websites for writers: http://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-for-writers-2015/#f2sStE:nJD

Dani Shapiro talks about how living our daily life (and all its positives and negatives) feeds our creative needs by providing experience we can use in our artistic lives. Read more “On Art and Life”: http://danishapiro.com/on-art-and-life/

This article discusses why writing in general is good for us psychologically: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/01/19/the-power-of-writing-3-types-of-therapeutic-writing/

Short Stories

If you’re looking for a dose of fiction and if, like me, you like trains and the speculative, then I’d recommend this short story by Finnish author Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen at TOR.com: “Where the Trains Turn.”

Also, the online fantasy magazine I edit for recently (last month) published a new volume of short stories. They’re free to read, so check out Issue #4 at Fantasy Scroll Magazine.


And here is a TED talk on how to build your creative confidence:

Did you find any of these useful? What kind of posts/videos/podcasts do you look for?