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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
Excellent writing checklist for authors going through revisions from YA writer Natalie Whipple
What @jakonrath knows about writing and publishing
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.
What magazine editors actually value from freelancers—it ain’t just good writing
Why it’s never been more important to treat your editor well
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
Publishing News & Trends
“E” is for Experiment (Not E-books) by @glecharles
“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
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
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
Resources & Tools
A must-read for writers who need to comply with the FTC
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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