Lots-O-Links #12

I think this is the twelfth edition of Lots-O-Links, posts where I randomly share links. Fun, huh? I can now call it the weekly post that three people have gone on record as liking. Pretty cool!

Julie asks Why Can’t Everyone Play Nicely Together? and discusses the in and outs of social networking; when does it go from friendly to “creepy”?

Melanie Niles also talks about adult interactions, though she discusses adult bullying. She was kind enough to allow Ruth to repost it on the Self Published Authors’ Lounge.

And speaking of nice people and reposts, Reena Jacobs was kind enough to do a guest post for SPAL, too, about how to find book reviewers.

Swagday is back at I Smell Sheep – go play the author matching game for a chance to win LOTS of free stuff!  Also worth mentioning from the Sheep (yeah, that’s what i call them all behind their backs – ha ha! I mean it in a nice way!!) Why Women Love Vampires – see if you agree. And check out their other blogs – the Sheep are taking all the cool stuff (Renaissance fairs, superheroes, sci-fi, anime, comic books, you name it) back for the girls! yeah!

DM has an excellent post about proofreading with lots of great advice. Having just spent days on this, it was a topic especially close to home.

And while we’re discussing proofreading, Julie turned me on to a very awesome program called Natural Reader (which I used, by the way!) that not only reads your book to you on your PC, but is free – so long as you’re happy with Microsoft Sam’s monotone. I found it sort f fun as I believe he sounds a lot like Spock, especially on words with lots of a’s in them. Try it and you’ll see what I mean!

And though DM also links to this in her post, I thought it was worth mentioning twice – there is a kind of fun proofreading test that is a bit lengthy. As of writing this I haven;t finished it yet – though I will say they do things in a different order than I do, so it drove me nuts (I check for misspellings first, and that is not one of your first options.)

If you have any links to share please mail them to me at Joleene (at) JoleeneNaylor (dot) com or else post them in the comments!

And that’s all I have right now. Have a great week everyone!

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  1. A friend of mine turned me on to Natural Reader and I went with the upgrade so I could have different voices. It really helps with edits/proofing because you’re using a different medium so the mistakes stand out more.
    I also convert the files so I can use my iPod and listen when driving.

  2. Sam and I have been friends for awhile now. Glad you two are getting along together. 😉 He does have Vulcan thing going, doesn’t he? It used to bother me when he’d mispronounce my charcter’s names, but I’ve gotten used to it. I haven’t bothered upgrading to the “better” voices. Even though my two my characters are female, I don’t like the sound of Natural Reader’s female voices. They’re too much like the ones used on GPS, or as we fondly call her, “The witch in the box.” (We use another word that rhymes, but I kept it clean for your blog.) 😉 He! He!


    • haha! I loved how her pronounced Verchiel – it made me laugh every time (that was a lot of laughs for one book :p) he did pretty good on several of the names, so made me think “yay! I am spelling them phonetically” – wait… is that a good thing?

  3. Hey Jo! Found another fun link for you, if you don’t know it already:


    Another writer buddy of mine uses it. It seems pretty easy to use and it might be another place for you to promote your books, if you’re not already. I know, I know…yet ANOTHER social networking site! This one’s for writers and readers, so that might make this one better than some.

    Have a great day!

  4. Thanks for mentioning my blog.
    I love these links you find. I check them all out. great idea.


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