Links

History/Current Affairs

Atlas Obscura – reporting on the oddities you can find in hidden corners of the world and the history behind them

The Atlantic – a rare island of clear-headed analysis of current affairs

Foreign Policy Magazine – in another life, I think I would have been a diplomatic wonk

History Hit – a new history channel from one of my favourite presenters, Dan Snow


Reading

Project Gutenberg – a great place to find old-timey (that’s the technical term) books to read for free


Writing

Anne R. Allen and Ruth Harris – industry vets who mainly blog about publishing, but I discovered them through this excellent post on eliminating “filter words” from your writing

Suzenyms – author and editor Susan McGregor blogs frequently about the do’s and don’ts of writing learned from the slush pile


Publishing

David Gaughran – author of Let’s Get Digital, an all-in-one primer on writing and self-publishing a novel

Hugh Howey – bestselling sci-fi author (the Wool series) and self-publishing advocate

Jane Friedman – a publishing industry veteran with advice on the latest development in digital publishing

Just Publishing Advice – from author Derek Haines, an invaluable resource for technical and financial advice relating to self-publishing

Self Publishing Adventure – if you’re a Canadian, there’s some specific aspects of self-publishing that the mostly American blogs don’t know about


Marketing

Nicholas Erik – an urban fantasy author who’s done a lot of detailed analysis on what marketing techniques have worked for him and especially how to use Amazon algorithms to your advantage

Write Hacked – The Official Self-Published Marketing Plan – I’m not following this plan precisely, but by laying out the steps with a timeframe, this is an invaluable resource for my own plan

Your Writer Platform – another great Canadian blog that has plenty of posts laying out practical steps you can take to market your book


Other “Go To” Websites

Five Thirty Eight – Nate Silver is my analytics god

The Onion A.V. Club – I go here after watching prestige TV shows to decide how I felt about it

The Ringer – from the ashes of Grantland, an intersection of sports and pop culture


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