Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 1/15/10)

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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

Is your novel way too long? One question that will help you revise

Do YOU overwrite? Excellent tips from @moonrat

The key to marketing your book

How I learned to be a writer that gets paid

Excellent writing checklist for authors going through revisions from YA writer Natalie Whipple

What @jakonrath knows about writing and publishing

Stand Alone

Memoirs are not reports. In most cases, they need to be carefully crafted literary works, and they should read like fiction.

Oi vey, when pitching your YA novel, DO NOT start with what “Three major messages” you plan to convey to teens.

Also? It’s very nice that you are “very interested in a book tour.” I am too. ALL AUTHORS ARE. Let’s leave that part out of the query

Don’t disparage the competition, EVER.

Always, always, always put page numbers on your manuscript!

One should spend more time writing than researching agents/submissions if one has not yet FINISHED THE BOOK!

Cc’ing 50 agents will not improve your response rate. My guess is that rate of agent response will be inverse to the # copied.

The bio section of your query is important in case I google you and you share your name with a scary religious freak.

Characterization—what are the things your character couldn’t live without.

Most commentary on eBooks ignores legacy costs, infrastructure and/or rights issues; ignorance ins bliss in Punditlandia.

AGENT OBVIOUS TIP OF THE DAY: Don’t quote other agents, especially not their rejections, in the query letter.

It would be good if we could get unenhanced ebooks right first, then worry about enhanced.

Finished answering 25 queries. Stopwatch says: 25 minutes.

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

10 Lessons I’ve Learned from 19+ Years as a Freelance Writer & Recruiter in the Editorial Industry

What magazine editors actually value from freelancers—it ain’t just good writing

Writing contests can open doors for writers. @KathyTemean’s tips on how to win them

Why it’s never been more important to treat your editor well

Should I go to a writing conference?

Kindle “Bestseller” Cinderella Story: Indie Author Signs with Major Agent

Craft & Technique

Where Can I Find an Original Plot?

Where does the story start? Finding your WIP’s beginning

Editor Alan Rinzler talks about writing memoir: 7 Tips for Defeating Your Inner Critic

Last Revision Checklist Before Submission

Authors: do you intrude too much in your own story?
Tips from @p2p_editor

Dialogue interruptus: How to punctuate interruptions in conversation

Publishing News & Trends

“E” is for Experiment (Not E-books) by @glecharles

Has Amazon’s power in the bookselling and ebook world actually peaked, just as they seem most dominant?

“The thorny issue of e-book royalties” via @mikecane (Intelligent commentary about eBooks? So rare!)

Twitter, Blogs & Social Media

Great post from @Janet_Reid on Twitter effectiveness to promote yourself or your book.

Create a writer’s profile in Facebook

10 Questions You Should Ask & Answer About Your Blog

Why writers, agents, editors, publishers, book publicists should be on Twitter by @cherylrainfield

Marketing & Platform Building

This chart is a helpful visual for authors about to launch a book

The D.I.Y. Book Tour: Steven Elliott goes on his own tour and learns a lot. Better his way.

How @jonpinnock used flash fiction techniques to find a readership for his story

This is the best video I have ever seen about building an online presence

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

Distributor vs. Wholesaler–Getting Your Book on the Shelf

How @JFbookman sold 10,000 copies of his self-published book

DIY: The Amazon Way – @nevenmrgan describes his first experience self-publishing a story via Amazon


Resources & Tools

A must-read for writers who need to comply with the FTC

The Best of Copyblogger 2009 (great articles!)

Do-It-Yourself E-Book Conversions


The Writing Life & Fun Stuff

Great advice from @AdrienneKress re: how to stay positive in this crazy industry

Your Personality, Summarized in a Typeface

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0 thoughts on “Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 1/15/10)

  1. Jane Friedman

    Appreciate the comment, thank you!

    I definitely agree with you, and think (or hope) Marlene would too. I think her advice is more about appropriate ratios of time spent on writing vs. pub research, at least until you’ve finished your book.

    E.g., if I had to break it down, it’s probably appropriate to spend about 75% of your time writing, and 25% on industry reading/research, until you have something to sell.

  2. G. Jackson

    Thanks, Jane for another great list of Tweets. I love following your picks and am rarely disappointed!

    I just wanted to remark on @MarleneStringer’s note about putting off researching agents until first finishing the book , which I disagree with – but give extra points for its humor!

    I am a first time novelist who spends at least four hours a day writing, which is my priority. BUT, I also dedicate about an hour daily to keeping up with the publishing industry – which often includes reading agent blogs and following them on twitter. @MarleneStringer’s advice seems to run contrary to most agents I have read, who encourage writers like me to keep up with them so when we come to the querying phase of our work, we come informed. I think agents like Stringer have a lot of wisdom to impart and should encourage more writers to follow them – of course, not at the expense of writing, but as a companion to it.

    Thanks for including the comment, because it is though-provoking, but in the end, I’ll have to disagree. (And as this comment brings my daily hour for research to an end, it’s time to get back to writing).

    Thanks for the posts and keep up the good work!


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