NaNoWriMo Resources

November is fast approaching and you will want to start gearing up for NaNoWriMo. At the Writersaurus there are plenty of links and other information to help with character development.

2015 NaNoWriMo Resources: Character

General NaNoWriMo info (Coming Soon)

NaNoWriMo Plotting Resources

NaNoWriMo World Building Resources (Coming Soon)

NaNoWriMo Resources: World Building (Coming Soon)

NaNoWriMo Resources: Inspiration (Coming Soon)

NaNoWriMo Resources: Beating Writer’s Block (Coming Soon)

Finding Out Who Your Characters Are

Marcel Proust’s 35 Questions to Ask Your Characters (The Write Practice)

The Gotham Writers’ Character Questionnaire (Gotham Writer’s Workshop)

Blank Character Sheet – Over 370 Questions! (The Chugs Boson on Deviant Art)B


Self-Publishing E-Books In The Library

Indie authors can now present their self-published works to their local library. This is great news! Be sure to stop by Elizabeth Spann Craig’s site to learn more.

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English: Steacie Science and Engineering Library at York University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SELF-e Gets Indie Books Into Library Catalogs

The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition opened yesterday, Thursday (25th June, #alaac15), in San Francisco with something unprecedented being offered at this year’s gathering: Library SELF-e’s first-ever national curated collection is now ready, an array of 200 indie ebooks that librarians can peruse and consider carrying for their patrons to check out and read.

Big thanks to Elizabeth for letting me jump onto her blog today to tell you about it.

As originally endorsed by indie bestsellers Hugh Howey and CJ Lyons, Library SELF-e is one of the breakthroughs many independent authors have hoped to see. READ MORE HERE!

Audio Book Resources For Writers

I can’t wait to get started recording an audio book. I’ve created an account with ACX. But before I add any recordings I have to do a lot of practicing first. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to keep a steady even toned voice when reading aloud. And on top of that, I have to stay close to the microphone. I’ve recently discovered a post at the AM Institute on other audio resources. It is an awesome and informative post. I plan to really dive into each and every suggested site. Actually, I already have. I hope you find this information helpful.

An audiocassette recording

An audiocassette recording (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How to Distribute Non-ACX Audiobooks

Quick Tips For Building A Writer Platform

English: Semiotics of Social Networking

English: Semiotics of Social Networking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

101 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Build the Writer Platform of Your Dreams

What does it really take to build a writer or author platform?



An intimate knowledge of vampires, wizardry or erotic romance?

Actually, the most important aspect  to building an author platform is understanding that it’s about engagement; about connecting and interacting with people who are aligned with your message and affected by your story.

Your platform is a web of intertwined beliefs, values, emotions, thoughts, stories, images and ideas that stem from your own core philosophy and are ultimately shared by your fans.

The tricky part is finding ways to effectively share your message with an audience that is yet unknown to you, and you to them.  Read more here.

Platform Building From The Experts

The Making of Harry Potter 29-05-2012

The Making of Harry Potter 29-05-2012 (Photo credit: Karen Roe)

21 Platform Building Insights from Authors and Experts Who Excel at It

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic potion you could drink, a stunt you could perform or even a test you could take that would automagically take you from obscurity to popularity in one painless step?Wouldn’t it be even better if someone would just hand you the keys to the perfect Writer Platform and you could just hop in, rev the engine and race off to Author Superstardom?So great, right?!


Right.  Back to reality.

Ok, so perhaps there is a bit (read a lot!) more effort involved in building a strong platform that draws people to you and your work.  But there is a way to flatten the learning curve and increase your chances of a favourable outcome.

The shortcut?  Seek the advice and perspectives of those who have already successfully navigated the near impossible.  The following is some of the most useful and insightful advice to be had from authors and experts who have built thriving platforms – and lived to tell about it. Read more here.