From My RSS Reader To Yours: RWA, RITA Winners, Copyright, WordPress Tips And Giveaways

Link Roundup

I spend a good deal of time browsing the blogosphere and I always feel like no matter how many blogs I browse, I’m always missing something. So I thought I’d start a new feature at Fiction Vixen where I share posts of interest to me as well a various giveaways I come across and hopefully spread some linkity love.

Bookish Posts of Interest:

Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog – “Well on one random post, I grabbed one random picture off of google and then a few weeks later I got contacted by the photographer who owned that photo. He sent me a takedown notice, which I responded to immediately because I felt awful that I had unknowingly used a copyrighted pic. The pic was down within minutes. But that wasn’t going to cut it. He wanted compensation for the pic.” Roni Loren, Romance Author

The Principle of Fair Use and Image Usage for Bloggers – “Bloggers have been going through their archives and taking down images out of concern for their own legal liability. The use of images on the internet is conscribed by copyright law.” Dear Author

2012 RITA® and Golden Heart® Award Winners – “Romance Writers of America congratulates the following winners of the 2012 RITA and Golden Heart Awards.” Romance Writers of America

RWA 2012 – The First Full Day of the Conference  – “As always, the Romance Writers of America conference is an almost overwhelming flurry of activity. On the one hand, I love walking through the hotel and hearing snippets of conversations from writers, editors, agents, and others. On the other hand, it can be something of a dizzying whirl. I’ve enjoyed catching up with folks I get to see only once a year, and I’ve gotten to meet some of the authors whose books I’ve loved, which is always a thrill. The sharing of ideas is quite contagious as people exchange information, tips, and gossip. As I’ve spoken to various authors, publishing houses, and agents, a few topics have already come up over and over again.” All About Romance’s News & Commentary Blog

The Continuing Rise of Self Published Authors on the Major Best Selling Book Lists – “For the 21st week in a row, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey still holds the #1 spot, followed by Dark and Freed on the New York Times Combined Print and Ebook list. Not even Daniel Silva with The Fallen Angel for the first week can unseat Fifty or the other 2 books in the trilogy. Self published author, Colleen Hoover has risen up the chart and is now at #11 with Slammed. The sequel, Point of No Return is at number 23. Speaking of self published authors, they’re taking over the chart!” BABBLING ABOUT BOOKS, AND MORE!


Giveaway: Tin Swift by Devon Monk – “Tin Swift Book 2 in the Age of Steam series Open to US only. Giveaway ends 8/2//12 12PM EST. Good luck! ” Hanging with Bells!

Guest Post & Giveaway: Author Dee J. Adams – “Thanks to Dee J. Adams, one lucky winner will receive an ebook copy of Dangerously Close, two lucky Twitter and Facebook fans will each win an ebook copy of Dangerous Race!! Giveaway open Internationally. Giveaway ends 9:00 am (PT) on 8/2/2012 ” The Book Vixen

Friday cuteness – and a giveaway! – “I’m giving away a copy of The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh [by Ros Clarke] to one lucky commenter! Tell me your favourite cute animal – however unlikely! Entries close on Thursday August 2nd at midday (GMT).” Entangled Indulgence Authors

Welcome Seducing Cinderella author Gina Maxwell! Pt 2 – CONTEST! – “Make sure to leave a comment for Gina, Reid or Lucie for your chance to be entered to win your own ebook copy of SEDUCING CINDERELLA! [by Gina Maxwell] ” Cari Quinn, Girl Writer

Win Deceived By the Others & Swag bag! – “Win Deceived By the Others [by Jess Haines] & Swag bag! “Mimmi’s Musings…

The Infinitely Arrangeable Wall Shelf – “An accordion, staircase, or paper fan—this shelf can be arranged in many different configurations to make it resemble anything you want it to. It’s so versatile, it becomes as much a decorative piece, as a functional one.” Gizmodo

Win a copy of Gunmetal Magic – Win a copy of Gunmetal Magic. “Open to US only. Please leave your email with a comment if you are interested in entering the giveaway. Giveaway ends at 7/30/12 at 12PM EST. Good luck!” Hanging with Bells!


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective WordPress Publishers – “Recently, the world lost one of its most highly effective men. Stephen Covey died on July 16, 2012 at age 79. Covey will be remembered as a transformative thinker on leadership and personal effectiveness. His book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is, and will continue to be, one of the greatest instruction manuals for personal growth that has ever been written. Today’s post is a respectful homage to his most lasting legacy — those 7 effective habits. And since we focus on WordPress around here, that’s what we’ll apply them to. So, in honor of the late, great Stephen Covey, here are the seven habits of highly effective WordPress users.” Synthesis Blog


Links of the Week: Simplified Social Reading – “I have found what I now call “the end all be all” reading app for me – Flipboard! If you have an iPad or even an iPhone/iTouch/Android and you read various newspaper articles, or are into various social medias, subscribe to blogs through an RSS feed, etc – this is the app.” Samantha cycles.

Olympic opening ceremony: Photos from a good time in London – “The opening ceremony was REALLY British and super ridiculous, and it did all types of from-outer-space stuff you could get away with only at an event so about itself. Anyway look, you came here for the pictures. They’re below and they’re great. These are our favorite images, the ones you have to see.”

That’s what caught my eye this week in my RSS reader. What did you read in the blogosphere?


    • says

      LOL I’m going to try to wrangle one of those “rumored” smaller iPads out of our budget. Flipboard sounds like just the thing I’ll need. I’ll of course test it out on my iPhone but I really, really think it would be better on a new snazzy iPad, don’t you? (say yes)

      • says

        Can I use profanity here? I’d like to quote Mr. Big from SATC right now. But I’ll just simply say “YES!!” But I think you use it on Kindle Fire as well (you know…to check it out and prepare for you for the mini iPad)