Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 1/21/11)

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This week’s installment is more abbreviated than usual due to the Writer’s Digest Conference. Look for the best lessons/advice on this blog in the next few days!

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

How to Write a Synopsis When You Have Lots of Characters in Your Story

Great piece by @andrewtshaffer on why complaining will get you nowhere fast in publishing

Beware of Agent Solicitations

Craft & Technique

Tension vs. Just Plain Old Annoying

An additional post on openings–defining our characters at the start of our book

Interesting article about the difference between edits and revisions

Marketing & Promotion

WSJ: How authors move their own merchandise: “Sometimes, you have to throw sex toys.”

10 free online tools every PR pro should master

Marketing Yourself in the Digital Age


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3 thoughts on “Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 1/21/11)

  1. Steven M Moore

    Re "Why complaining will get you nowhere…": May I point out that in a recent number of WD, traditional MFAs were not presented in a good light? Moreover, many of the so-called complaints are really about the fast-changing publishing industry and how to get published and market your books in these fast-changing times. If an author is so lucky to (1) find an agent and (2) obtain a publisher, he or she still has to do most of the marketing. I’m not complaining when I say the latter is difficult–I’m merely observing that I’m not very good at it because my career is writing, not advertising. The complaint is that I, and most authors, don’t really have the $$$$ to pay for pro marketing help.
    Thanks for the tips, though. Yours and blogs like them are useful and educational…and perhaps give us too much information so that we are able to complain? 😉