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Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


The end of the year is upon us and that means it's time to round up the best of the best for the Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017.

There are so many great websites out there for writers and authors that it's impossible to fit them all into one blog post so if you know of a fantastic site that didn't get included please feel free to share the link in the comments section of this post. Who knows, they might make next years list ;) 

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


Hands down one of my favourite websites from this year has to be http://www.creativindie.com/ Loads of excellent posts including stuff like this one that compares the print quality of Createspace vs Lightning Source http://www.creativindie.com/createspace-vs-lightning-source-print-quality-battle-comparison/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


https://writeitsideways.com/ has some fantastic articles on site including ones like this one about treadmill desks and productivity https://writeitsideways.com/treadmill-desks-productivity-writers/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/ is packed with resources and advice on writing. Check out the novel writing checklist at https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017

I love the insight with splashes of humour at http://authorkristenlamb.com/ . She writes interesting posts packed with great advice and tips, and breaks them up nicely with images and meme's. As a mum of two boys who do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu her post about why pain and wounds are vital for fiction particularly caught my attention. Hop on over and check it out at http://authorkristenlamb.com/2017/11/woundedpeople/ and you'll see why. 

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


https://writetodone.com/ has a wide variety of content. Their article 67 Top Tools for Writers and Bloggers in 2018 is an awesome resource https://writetodone.com/top-writing-blogging-tools/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


https://thewritelife.com/ is an excellent resource particularly for freelance writers. If you're looking to make money as a freelance writer check out their post https://thewritelife.com/publications-that-pay/. they also have posts on site for authors, and include topics about book marketing, and publishing.

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


https://thewritepractice.com/ has some excellent articles on site including this one about building your author website https://thewritepractice.com/building-an-author-website/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/blog/ has been a site I revisit for years now. Joanna Penn offers great behind the scenes insight into the publishing industry. An example of such a post is this one about crowdfunding a book https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/11/24/crowdfunding-book-authors/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


http://positivewriter.com/ is another site I come back to time and time again. Want more attention in 2018? Check out this post http://positivewriter.com/why-no-one-is-paying-attention-to-you-and-how-to-change-it/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


I only discovered https://storyempire.com/ this year, but I'm so glad I did. if you write fiction you want to bookmark this one. Loads of great articles about writing and publishing. I particularly like this one about writing a series https://storyempire.com/2017/12/04/six-steps-plotting-series/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


https://www.thebookdesigner.com/ is another site that has long been on my reading list. This site is packed with great information and advice about publishing. A must read for indie authors and non. A recent post I liked was this one about making a self publishers survival kit https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2017/11/make-self-publishers-survival-kit/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017

https://www.nownovel.com/ has some excellent articles, including this one about how to hook readers https://www.nownovel.com/blog/write-hook-lure-readers/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


http://novelrocket.com/ has some interesting articles on site including this one about what to do when your story stalls https://novelrocket.com/2017/12/when-your-story-stalls.html/

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017

Best Websites for Writers and Authors 2017


Special mentions:


http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com/ does a great job of showcasing writers work, and lists free international writing contests.


http://blog.nanowrimo.org/ The National Novel Writing blog is packed full of posts to help you overcome writers block and maintain your writing momentum throughout the year. 

http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/ has a directory of Agents and Editors. Also home to the Twitter hashtag #MSWL. 

http://www.publetariat.com/ does a great job of rounding up posts and sharing about the latest publishing trends.

Interview with Brandy Potter

Interview with Brandy Potter


What genre do you write and why?
I write various Genres. Venomous Lives is Romance/Drama, but I have a Fantasy Novel; a Paranormal/Mystery/Romance series; and a Noir Mystery Romance. I write stories that interest me. I write what I want to read. I WROTE Venomous Lives, but every read there are parts that make me cry, laugh, get angry. That’s what a good book is to me. A story that I can read over and over and still emote to.

Interview with Brandy Potter
Tell us about your latest book.
Venomous Lives was just re-released. It focuses on a female Glam rock band and their struggles.

What did you edit out of this book?
A third marriage for the main character. Several relationships. A few characters. A few abuse and intimate scenes.

How was this book published? (traditional, small press, self pub, etcc...)  Why did you choose that particular publishing route?
I originally went with Print on Demand, basically because I didn’t know better. Now I am with Amazon. I feel that this is the publishing route of the future. TO be honest, most don’t know, but publishing companies as we know them are relatively new. When the printing press was invented, people self published so we are back full circle.

How do you select the names of your characters?
Mostly on Nationality. I actually have a baby names book I consult frequently. But I go through say Irish girls names and find one I feel fits the character’s personality.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book? 
At the moment, I am being very bad with the promoting. I was out of work for a snap and I had to job search. However I try to follow Ms. Linsdell’s Twitter posting suggestions and my own advise about book reviews and such.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones?
I do read reviews. One would be silly not to. It can help with your craft. None of us knows everything there is to know. Also, not everyone is going to LIKE what you write. Perhaps they don’t like romance or paranormal, you can’t take that personally. I also am quite thick skinned.

Do you Google yourself?
Doesn’t everyone?

What formats is the book available in?
E-book and paperback

Who are your favourite authors?
Sooooooooo many. Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkein, Rudyard Kipling, Nora Roberts, Heather Graham; David Eddings

Interview with Brandy Potter
What advice do you have for other writers?
I feel that I might sound a bit presumptuous giving advice but I think the two best things I have heard is just write every day and write something you want to read.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
Writing is the only thing that, when i do it, I don’t feel I should be doing anything else. ~ Gloria Steinham

What's the best thing about being a writer?
I can honor those I love and take out frustrations on people just by making them, or some part of them a character.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

Who is you favourite character in your book and why?
Wow. Hmmmm That’s like picking which child is your favorite isn’t it. I have to say Alene. She’s funny, but she is also the grounding force for the band. 

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
It’s a great story with strong female characters. It touches on many issues, addiction, abuse, strength in adversity. There is humor and tragedy and a great insight into rock and roll.

How long did it take you to write your book?
A year

Who designed the cover?
I did

Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected?
Laughs – that I could finish one

Where can a reader purchase your book?

What are you doing to market the book? 
Right now, I am getting ready to drop the price for Christmas, doing Twitter posts and interviews.

Who inspires you?
My daughter, everyday

When and where do you write?
Where I can, as often as I can. Most often at my dining room table when the whole house is sleep.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Pantser, and a chrono (write in chronological order)

Do you believe in writers block?
I do. I usually take out my favorite scene to over come it. Laugh if you want, it works

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Go to that writing college you wanted to go to and start now!

How do you research your books?
Depends on the book. Google, documentaries, people studies

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
I am working on a paranormal detective series. In the series there are ghost hunters and a sceptic detective that investigate murders with a paranormal ring. The first case is a murdered Valet and an old Rock icon over dose… or was it…..

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?
True traditional publishing WAS self publishing. Traditional publishing as we know it came in in the late 1800’s. I think you should choose which way is best for you

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
My 10th grade English teacher. Ms Nixon

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
Yes. They are understanding and they all buy the book J

What are you currently reading?
I am not reading. It’s Christmas, I am crocheting

What are some of your all time favourite books?
The Middle Earth Series; Pride and Prejudice; The Belgariad

What is your favourite book you've read this year so far?
I’ve been bad. I haven’t read anything new. My sister passed in May so I have been surrounding myself with old Friends.

What books or authors have most influenced your life?
Anything David Eddings wrote

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading.


Stress Management for Authors

Stress Management for Authors, guest post by Ingrid Kelada @ikelada @iReadBookTours #21DaysToHappiness #IngridKelada

Did you know?

According to the Statistic Brain website, 76% of people cite money and work as the main causes of their stress.

As a psychologist and a happiness expert, I can tell you that people think it's normal to be stressed, overwhelmed and tired, but it's not! Certainly, when experiencing it, stress gives energy, but in the long run, it hurts our performance.

Stress is the answer to a perception of danger. In difficult situations, the adrenaline released allows us to be fast, strong and agile. It's very practical in the moment, but in the long term it harms our physical and psychological health.

Stress Management for Authors, guest post by Ingrid Kelada @ikelada @iReadBookTours #21DaysToHappiness #IngridKelada


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Here are the 2 most effective tips for authors that I recommend you practice.

Breathe Slowly and Deeply

By slowing down our breathing, we send a signal to our brain that we are in control. This allows us to react better because we are more focused, creative and effective when we are calm than when anxious or exhausted.

A practical tool to control our breathing is cardiac coherence. This method of monitoring heart rhythms was discovered by American researchers and then widely publicized by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber.

It is believed that the average number of complete breaths that is related to positive emotions and well-being is between 5 and 7 per minute, depending on the person. By "complete breathing" we mean long, deep inhalations and total exhalation: the cycle is about 10 seconds in total (5 seconds of inhalation, 5 seconds of exhalation).

Quick tip: try this…Before you sit down to write, here is a video with English instructions or my favorite video on YouTube, you get a bonus free mini vacation with the second one!

In addition, I suggest you download the APP RespiRelax-iOs or RespiRelax-Android on your smartphone, so you can easily "de-stress" between crises in about five minutes!

Learn to De-dramatize

When you need to focus on your writing but something goes wrong you can feel unable to function. Stress, as previously mentioned, is caused first and foremost by our perceptions or interpretation or events. If you think a situation is serious or negative, your stress automatically increases. Conversely, if you think there is a solution to everything and that things could be worse, your stress decreases. One thing I love to do to help de de-dramatize comes from the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. The book poses the question “will it matter a year from now?”. Usually, the answer is NO! Most of the time, we are stressed with things that are usually quickly resolved. We tend to manage multiple emergencies and crises per week to which we most often find solutions. I always say: “if there is not a solution, there is a lesson!”

Quick tip: try this…Since I am not a physician, when dealing with problematic situations at work, I often say to myself: "There are no lives in danger" and this allows me to regain my composure in order to find the best way to deal with the issue.


Stress Management for Authors, guest post by Ingrid Kelada @ikelada @iReadBookTours #21DaysToHappiness #IngridKelada
Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at www.keladacc.ca

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Book Showcase: Countdown by Carey Baldwin

Book Showcase: Countdown by Carey Baldwin

Title: Countdown

Author: Carey Baldwin

Purchasing link: http://amzn.to/2ygGyHM

About the book:

Book Showcase: Countdown by Carey Baldwin
The next pulse-pounding Cassidy and Spenser thriller from USA Today bestselling author Carey Baldwin!
Don’t believe everything you see.
Special Agent Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy are in Tahiti enjoying a much-needed break from the FBI when they spot newlyweds taking fun photos on the beach. But as the groom carries his bride deeper into the waves, Spense is positive he sees a flash of terror cross her face. All his instincts scream that this woman is in danger. Yet moments later, it’s the groom who has nearly drowned… and the bride has vanished, leaving a bloody wedding dress floating in her wake.
The authorities aren’t sure who to believe—the groom, who insists his wife tried to murder him… or her twin, who claims her sister must have acted in self-defense. Intrigued, Spense and Caity agree to help investigate. But when they discover that the missing bride is the daughter of a notorious confidence man, they begin to suspect that all is not what it seems. Now they’ll need to separate victim from villain, fact from fiction, truth from lie, to determine if there’s really a killer on the loose… or if it’s all one big con.

About the Author:

Book Showcase: Countdown by Carey Baldwin
CAREY BALDWIN is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award-winning author of edgy suspense by night. She holds two doctoral degrees, one in medicine and one in psychology. A USA Today bestselling author, she loves reading and writing stories that keep you off balance and on the edge of your seat. Carey lives in the southwestern United States with her amazing family. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and chasing wildflowers.

Carey loves to hear from readers so please visit her at www.CareyBaldwin.com, on Facebook facebook.com/CareyBaldwinAuthor, or Twitter twitter.com/CareyBaldwin!


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Book Showcase: The Nomad Series by Georges Benay

Book Showcase: The Nomad Series by Georges Benay @NomadG8on @iReadBookTours


Title: Nomad on the Run 
Author: Georges Benay

Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
Release date: April 15, 2011
Content Rating: PG (No swear words, some violence and minimal/clean sex scene)

About the book:

Book Showcase: The Nomad Series by Georges Benay @NomadG8on @iReadBookTours
Beneath greed, deceit and coercion hides the truth.
Enticed by an investment firm in Morocco, Eric Martin is caught in a world where no one can be trusted.


Beneath the golden desert and azure seas of Morocco lurks a hidden world of greed, deceit and financial terrorism. But the players are not who you might think. Lured away from his seemingly idyllic life as a managing director for a major international bank in Toronto, Eric Martin returns to his ancestral roots in Morocco.

Tempted by a mysterious offer from a boutique financial firm, Eric soon discovers he has walked into the middle of a whirlwind where everyone has their own secret agenda, and he unwittingly has become the key to unlocking them all. From the broad avenues of Toronto to the mean streets of Casablanca, Eric rushes to discover the truth before time runs out. But who can he trust?

The power and attraction of money is strong. In the midst of a dangerous cast of characters, Jeff Offenbach, bank president, knows more than he lets on. But how much does he know? Is he a key player in a scheme to terrorize the global economy, or is he just trying to save his firm from becoming another victim of the global economic collapse? Valerie is the unknown factor. Is she involved in the partners' machinations, or is she as guileless as Eric? Can he trust her? And more importantly, will he survive long enough to find out?



Title: The Nomad's Premonition

Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Release date: April 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (some violence, a couple of swear words - minimal)

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Book Showcase: The Nomad Series by Georges Benay @NomadG8on @iReadBookTours
A new mystery waiting to be unraveled.
Eric Martin has a gut feeling that his worst nightmare is about to make a comeback the moment the electronic record of the stock market trade flashes across his monitor.


Eric Martin is desperate to forget his past, one that almost cost him his future.

Working in Paris as deputy head of a bank's internal security department, Eric notices a high-speed trader's uncanny ability to predict extremely profitable trades. Even though there's nothing illegal about the activity, he knows the trader's success is more than just luck.

But, no one believes him. Armed only with a handful of data and a powerful instinct, Eric searches for the mysterious trader on his own. He suspects that a predictive algorithm has fallen into the wrong hands.

Eric sets off for Istanbul to find answers promised to him by an informant. He finds an unlikely ally in Interpol agent Stephanie Brule. With Interpol wanting him back in Paris and out of the way, Eric's quest is also hampered by the sudden appearance of his ex-lover, a boss he's not sure he can trust, and a terrorist who always seems one step ahead.

Will Eric put an end, once and for all, to the nightmare that began when he accepted a job that was too good to be true? Or will his need for revenge and justice lead him deeper into a treacherous world he has no way of escaping?


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About the Author:


Book Showcase: The Nomad Series by Georges Benay @NomadG8on @iReadBookTours
Georges Benay is a former international banker who is now working as a Toronto-based writer and award-winning photographer. He is the author of two novels, including The Nomad's Premonition and a collection of short stories. His award-winning pictures have been featured in several magazines and book covers.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Photography Website ~ Twitter






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