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

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

3 Common Mistakes an editor is seeing in manuscripts

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

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

Problem: Query letters have a lack of conflict

Stand Alone

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

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

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

Manuscript length and word count, the eternal question.

Craft & Technique

The Most Important Sentence: How to Write a Killer Opening

Nanowrimo Tip 13: Pace Charts

Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing

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

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

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

Twitter & Social Media

*Updated*: Twitter Chats For Writers


Great writing links from @Le_Shack

100 useful links for ebook lovers

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

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

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