John Scalzi has a very matter-of-fact post about what it takes to become a New York Times Bestseller. There’s no great secrets there, but its a great example of an author looking at their own success and contextualising the work it took them to reach that point.

The fluidity of content in ebooks allows authors and publishers to make quick updates, but it seems this freedom comes with a downside. Dear Author vents their aggravation in When I Bought Your Book I Didn’t Sign Up To Be Your Beta-Reader.

A similar theme emerges in Kristina Rusch’s post on writers and perfection this week, although it also covers re-releasing backlists, workshop environments, and other elements along the way. Rusch argues that writers don’t have to be perfect, and that the quest for perfection is only going to ’cause trouble.

Jane Litte offers up some advice for bloggers about working with publicists.

Carleen Brice writes about How to Tackle Critique Notes over on Writer Unboxed, offering advice on the most effective ways to synthesize editorial feedback and apply it to your work.

Catherine, Caffeinated offers up The Writers Guide to Making Google Your Best Friend, which tackles the question of how useful SEO truly is for writers and what we should consider doing instead.

Those are the links that caught our attention here in the AWM offices this week – how about you? If you’ve come across a great post about writing, the writers life, or reading, please share it in the comments.

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