Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/20/09)

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

4 mistakes commonly made by beginning writers (by Caro Clarke)
@inkyelbows

24 Agents Looking for New Writers
@WritersDigest

50 Things a Writer Shouldn’t Do
@mystorywriter

AWESOME article: The Most Powerful Two Hours You’ll Ever Spend as a Storyteller
@merylkevans

Stand Alone

Thanks for important reminder! (from @KimsCraftBlog):
Story ideas can’t be copyrighted. You have to write it first.
@merylkevans

Writers are artists. authors are businesspeople. or they should be.
@booksquare

If you don’t tell me where your last book was published, I am going to assume it was self published AND you are trying to trick me.
@bostonbookgirl

Self-publishing is a business decision, not an artistic or political statement. Can we move on now?
@glecharles

SECRET #pubtip: If you talk to me on twitter and I know (recognize) you,  I’ll pay more attention to your query
@WolfsonLiterary

Queries with “So + so suggested I contact you” but I have no idea who so + so is. Don’t do that.
@WolfsonLiterary

If your query is 3/4 about you and only 1/4 about your novel, you’re doing it wrong.
@agentgame

Decide what emotion you want reader to feel in scene/chapter & focus emotional arc to achieve that.
@DocumentDriven

Saying it again- you have little control over how your finished book will appear (size, paper, etc.). It does not belong in a query.
@KatelynnLacopo

Authors: Twitter is a great tool. But don’t neglect “old-school” internet—not all readers are on Twitter. 1st stop is a website.
@papertyger

If nobody is requesting partials from your query, rework your query. Perhaps your book isn’t coming across as strong as you’d like.
@WolfsonLiterary

If you can’t write a good query, you either don’t know how to sell your book, or you need to write better one.
@RachelleGardner

With nonfiction queries, after I get the idea I scan for your credentials. If they aren’t there, I decline.
@bostonbookgirl

Regarding self-pub, would prefer to see that you are querying with a new manuscript, but still would like to see sales numbers on last one.
@WolfsonLiterary

Leave out “this is my first novel” in a query (at least to me). I prefer to think you have written one or two practice novels first.
@bostonbookgirl

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Rachelle Gardner on some bad advice about agents floating around the Internet
@NathanBransford

Stop worrying about “all those awful books being published.” Advice from lit agent @RachelleGardner
@inkyelbows

What do agents look for? Great writers and great professionals
@motsjustes

My Least Favorite Plots
@tordotcom

When is a manuscript finished? When to query? My take
@Kid_Lit

The Synopsis: what is is, what it isn’t & how to write it
by Caro Clarke
@inkyelbows

Craft & Technique

Are how-to-write books worth anything?
@jamesscottbell

Stupid Writer Tricks: 10 Writing Tricks to Avoid by @davidledelman
@missdaisyfrost

10 words you don’t want an editor to think when they read your manuscript
@ElizabethSCraig

8 Secrets to Creating Emotion in Your Novel

@jtlongandco

Top 7 reasons readers stop reading
@ElizabethSCraig

How to avoid boring readers with 1st person POV by @jamesscottbell
@benwhiting

11 ways to create suspense in your story by Gail Carson Levine
@inkyelbows

Character creation tip via @p2p_editor: Do your characters’ flaws work on more than one level?
@inkyelbows

How much descriptive detail is too much? Gail Carson Levine offers tips
@inkyelbows

Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing

Writers: Here’s an explanation of sell-in, sell-through, and earn out
@RachelleGardner

Twitter, Blogs & Social Media

Writers who tweet for book deals:
Another good piece from @LydiaBreakfast
@milehighfool

Blog posts now have a longer life span and travel further thanks to social networks.
@rww

Knowing if your social media is worth it. New post from @lizallen
@AndreaJarrell

Marketing and Promotion

How to Plan a Blog Tour
@Le_Shack


Resources/Tools

Authors keep asking me, “where do I find free stock photos.” Here are the top 12 free stock photo sites
@AuthorTech

The Writing Life

Are Writers Born or Made?
@GalleyCat

Fascinating post by @gwenbell about how to create your personal manifesto
@gretchenrubin

From Writer’s Digest

Mitch Albom: The Keys to a Memoir (and a prompt) from @WritersDigest
@mystorywriter

10 Ways for Writers to Use Twitter Effectively
@robertleebrewer

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0 thoughts on “Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/20/09)

  1. RKCharron

    Hi Jane 🙂
    Thank you very much for your weekly roundups!
    Thank you for taking the time to post all these & the links.
    I hope you have a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving!
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    xoxo

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