Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/13/09)

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.

Best of Best

Great post from an agent about why books are rejected
@BubbleCow

@RachelleGardner on when/how a book becomes profitable. Best thing I’ve read all week.
@ChuckSambuchino

3 Common Mistakes an editor is seeing in manuscripts
@ElizabethSCraig

Great post about what an agent looks for in a query letter
@BubbleCow

Annie Dillard’s take-no-prisoners approach to writing (via @ContraryMag @catchingdays)
@DebraMarrs

Problem: Query letters have a lack of conflict
@inkyelbows

Stand Alone

Poets: build audience online and via live performances. Digitize everything, and think beyond text. Print = archive/souvenir/premium.
@glecharles

Nothing against the book, but too many poets see it as end game. Solo poetry books don’t sell; think bigger.
@glecharles

Poets should be all over digital publishing: eChapbooks, podcasts, video, Kinetic Typography. Save “the book” for when you’re dead.
@glecharles

If you want to know what you get done in a day, log not only your writing, but your procrastination tools, too. Amazing.
@Vanessaftw

Don’t query me right after finishing the 1st draft of your novel. Or, you know, don’t tell me that in your query.
@Ginger_Clark

Yes, it’s true we [agents] Google you to see who you are. If you say you have a web presence, please provide specific URLs.
@sjaejones

Don’t TELL me your ms is thrilling, suspenseful, and the absolute best. SHOW me within the query.
@MarleneStriner

Writers: Pretty much anything you do to get our attn in your query, besides a terrific blurb, is wasted effort.
@rachellegardner

Wasn’t one of the ten commandments, “Thy e-mail font size shall be 10 or 12?” No? Moses, seriously, get on it.
@NathanBransford

Fiction = good. Novel = good. “Fiction novel” = redundant.
@NathanBransford

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

What to know about comparing your book to another book/author in a query
@NathanBransford

“Stop thinking like an employee and start thinking like an entrepreneur” by @MoriahJovan (For everyone in publishing.)
@glecharles

Manuscript length and word count, the eternal question.
@Kid_Lit

Craft & Technique

The Most Important Sentence: How to Write a Killer Opening
@BubbleCow

Nanowrimo Tip 13: Pace Charts
@thecreativepenn

Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing

A really savvy and balanced post by Joe Esposito about Google and the publishing ecosystem
@MikeShatzkin

Three anonymous agents helped me create a blog post at lunch this week, tho that wasn’t their intent. Thanks.
@MikeShatzkin

My first post at HuffPo about the difficulty publishers are having “moving the needle”
@NathanBransford

Twitter & Social Media

*Updated*: Twitter Chats For Writers
@inkyelbows

Resources/Tools

Great writing links from @Le_Shack
@thecreativepenn

100 useful links for ebook lovers
@victoriastrauss

New at #FollowReader: Friday Hot Links + Overheard on Twitter
@sgoodin

How to quickly turn an RSS feed into a widget. My latest O’Reilly Answers post.
@jwikert

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