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Best of Best
Top 10 Question Dutton Editors Ask Themselves
[applicable to ALL editors]
Think you know a lot about social networking? Check out this video
[Note from Jane: This video exemplifies the massive change affecting all of us and the pressure it puts on the media/publishing industry]
Your novel may, of course, have a theme, but if you, the author, have an agenda, we shouldn’t be aware of it. No grinding axes!
Dialogue: “said” is less distracting,fades into background; scene context & action indicate how dialogue said, not adverbs.
Avoid using brand names unless significant to character, story, or world in some way.
No, seriously: Do. Not. Start. Your. Story. With. A. Dream. (For that matter, don’t start it with a sleeping character at all.)
25 reasons editors don’t get back to writers faster
“An editor requested my manuscript at a conference. What should my expectations be?” @moonrat advice
Many new kids’ writers start w/picture books, mistakenly assuming they’re simple by @upstartcrowlit
5 Things To Watch For In Your First Book Contract
Pros and cons of using a pen name: Advice from @NathanBransford
Craft & Technique
When to describe a thing, and how detailed you should be with @doycet
3 editing tips via Storytellers Unplugged: 1. Cut mercilessly 2. Show don’t tell, 3. Realistic dialogue
Backstory and narration analyzed in two very short stories from Tobias Wolff’s The Night in Question.
Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing
“Books sell dreams. There will always be a market for dreams.” @mikecane’s compelling vision for DIGITAL books.
Thomas Nelson’s @MichaelHyatt has written a very smart post:
The End of Book Publishing As We Know It
“Why I Hate Ereaders, And Doubt They’ll Ever Hit the Mainstream” @Gizmodo nails the problem.
Twitter, Blogs & Social Media
5 easy ways to open your blog post with a bang
5 ways to use Twitter and Facebook Effectively
Marketing and Promotion
Brilliant brilliant book marketing ideas from @tferriss on 4 Hour Work Week
15 commandments for getting free book publicity
50+ Free Resources for Writers, Bloggers, And Other Freelancers
Stacks of great writing links from the great @Le_Shack
The Writing Life
Great advice from @brooke_warner on finding/starting a writers’ group @twliterary
By/From Writer’s Digest
How to Channel Passion in Your Writing
(by literary mega-agent Donald Maass)
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