I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday
for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always
welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature.
Check out new Twitter lists:
- List of Tweeps most often included in weekly Best Tweets for Writers (always under development)
- Writer’s Digest list of publishers on Twitter (let us know who we missed)
- Writer’s Digest list of agents on Twitter (let us know who we missed)
Best of Best
The top 5 Secrets to Getting a [nonfiction] Book Deal
(by editor Alan Rinzler)
Good post on word counts for novels [by an agent]
Allow backstory to come out as visually as possible, in small bits, throughout the story on an as-needed basis.
Never, never, NEVER query if you are not ready to send requested partial that very same day. Or even full ms.
REMEMBER NaNoWriMo only gives you a skimpy first draft – it takes months of editing to make it publishable!
Authors: there really is no need, AT ALL, to call my office after I request your partial MS to ask about “format.” Really. NO NEED.
Types and meaning of rejection letters
Craft & Technique
A Dozen Ways to Create an Opening Scene
“Doorways of no return” are the key to solid story structure.
How to Create a Pageturner
An editor weighs in on what “well-written” means in #publishing
Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing
The Day Publishing All Changed
Forget Everything You’ve Heard About Book Publishing
Book reviews don’t sell books anymore
Nice post from an agent about what happens when your book goes out of print
The Five Steps to Beginning a Social Media Strategy: “A strong social media presence takes time.”
Using Social Media to Build Your Author Brand
Free report: The Truth About Book Marketing
Pimp My Novel answers marketing questions from a [trade book] sales view
Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
Good thoughts on design + formatting using word processors in “From Word to Kindle”
[Note from Jane: Most impressive step-by-step I’ve seen on topic]
How to sell all copies of your self-pub book & *still* lose money
(& how to not)
Great blog post about turning your blog into a book, from @alexisgrant
Twitter on Twitter
Resources and Tools
Thinking of buying an e-reader but confused by options? Here’s a cheat sheet by @HarryMccracken
Does your book title have what it takes to be a bestseller?
From Writer’s Digest (or linking to Writer’s Digest)
How to write a novel using the Web (great list of tools from @mashable)
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