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Sunday Wash-Up 10th May

09-05-10a magnusfranklin, Elephant and keeper play
Welcome to the second Sunday Wash-Up. This post is for all the writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net.

Just like last week’s Sunday Wash-Up, this is a collection of writing based links that attracted my attention during the week. All neatly listed for you to pass a quiet hour browsing the web and drinking a warm beverage. Forget about washing the car, you know it will only get dirty again.

Seesmic Desktop Fully Integrates Facebook: It’s Awesome
Ever wanted to do everything you do on Facebook…on your desktop? Thanks to the new Facebook API for status updates, there are apps springing up to do just that. Today, Twitter desktop app maker Seesmic Desktop launched this exact integration: it’s very neat indeed

A day in the life of Jonathan Crossfield
“When people ask me how I am able to produce so much content or how I am so knowledgeable in my chosen topic areas, I should probably point out how effectively I use my time each and every day.”

Places I Go To Find Jobs
SpiketheLobster offers some help to writers looking for freelance work. “Now, I’m no expert on the world of online work, since I only started back in November, but I thought I’d put up a list of the places I go to find jobs and my thoughts on each.”

Seven different ways to create a beautiful and useful social start page
When you first rise out of bed, turn on that computer, and open your browser, what’s the first thing you see? For many of us, it’s a customized start page. This guide highlights seven different ways to create a beautiful and useful social start page.

Smashwords Book Marketing Guide Updated
This morning I published a new edition of the free Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, a primer on book marketing. Share it with your author friends.

Thinking out of the “text is king” blogging box
Marko Sairic introduces picture blogging. “I have already written about how video blogging can give you unique perspective into a saturated world of text blogging. But there is a new trend – picture blogs. Picture blogs with an aim to entertain the visitors.”

Win $500 in 1000 word flash fiction 40 contest
Win $500 in the Editor Unleashed/Smashwords Flash Fiction 40 Contest . Write 1,000 words or less, win $500. Top 39 runner-ups earn $25.00. Entry fee: FREE.

It sounds too good to be true. It isn’t.

Mind Map words in visual thesaurus
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps. Interesting and different, will suit some and not others.

Master of Micro-Fiction: Arjun Basu
If you’re thinking about writing a piece of flash fiction for a contest and trying to figure out how to tell a story in less then 1,000 words, Arjun Basu will be an inspiration.

Laura Spencer writes about long distance working problems
Laura Spencer is a freelance writer from North Central Texas with over 18 years of professional business writing experience, writes about long distance working problems.

10 free e books for writers
These e-books offer real, useful information to help you to either write more, write better, or sell more of what you do write. All of them are available in PDF.

60 tutorials on designing your own logo
Absolutely awesome post on designing your own logo for your own brand. 60 tutorials to give you some fantastic ideas of your own. A must read.

30 of the best online creative commons resources
SitePoint has gathered up over 30 of the best resources online for audio, video, images and more for finding just the perfect Creative Commons licensed item for use in your next project. So, have a look around and get inspired!

6 WordPress plugins that help your blog’s maintenance
Comment spam and broken links are the broken windows of the internet blog. If your website is based on WordPress, here are a few plugins to help you keep a neat blog

7 Steps to Squeaky Clean Copy
“A writer must situate their words in a way that makes the reader feel like they are adjacent to the writer, listening to every word while never once wanting to interrupt. These seven steps can help you take your copy from crusty to clean.”

#tweetcoding: code something cool in <=140 characters of AS3
Winners!
We had a surprise tie for first place, and our sponsors (Adobe and Friends of Ed) were nice enough to accomodate it with prizes. Both winners receive…

Free Ebook: Why Bloggers Need Twitter
Hunter Nuttall explains why he has changed camps on the anti/pro Twitter issue. Plus he is giving a nice guide away to prove it.

When The Unreasonable Becomes Reasonable
SpikeTheLobster under goes one of those life lessons and his writing comes out tops. “Freezing my butt off outside was therefore not a lost cause: I learned another” Good job he is not living in Alaska.

Author-Agent Agreements
Rachelle Gardner lays it all out on the table. “Today I’m going to tell you a little about agent-author agreements. I can’t begin to cover it all here, so consider this a brief introduction, and feel free to ask questions.”

Big News From Two eBook Sellers: Amazon and Smashwords
Amazon held a press conference this morning, officially announcing what the New York Times not-so-subtly leaked this weekend, the Kindle DX. On the other hand, the internet’s equivalent of an independent bookstore, Smashwords is taking things up a notch. The year old service, which
previously catered largely to self-published authors, has announced that it will offer its services to publishers.

50 Simple Marketing Ideas All Freelancers Can Use
Thursday Bram produces an amazing list of self marketing ideas for freelancers. “As a freelancer, you have a wide variety of marketing options available to you. Just which ones will bring you the clients you prefer to work with depends — it’s important to make sure that the methods you use allow you to reach the places prospective clients will be.”

How to Create a Highly Viral Blog
Jonathan Mead runs out his thoughts on creating a viral blog. “Viral is one of the biggest buzzwords these days in blogging world. Everyone wants to create something viral, so their blog or product will “market itself.” Despite all the buzz about creating “viral content” and a “viral blog,” not many people really understand how this is done.”

Back to Sunday Wash-Up 3rd May

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