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Best of Best
8 Ways of Seeing People that Can Sabotage Your Writing by @dahveed_miller
Big writing secret: what “show, don’t tell” really means and why it’s important
What writers should know about Writing Contests
Fiction always has a plot. Something to unify it. If it doesn’t have a plot, then it’s an essay.
Writers: The magic really is in the revisions.
People that know you are not good evaluators of whether a book is marketable, for a host of reasons.
Just a helpful hint: don’t spend more words in your query describing yourself than you do on your novel.
We agents who request sample MS pages in the query are aware of formatting issues – don’t stress about it.
#ebooksummit @DanCosta asks what writers can do to survive. Matt Shatz: “Write code.”
#ebooksummit Tech fetishists overlook the power of a direct relationship with customers. That’s Amazon’s real advantage. (Apple’s, too.)
#ebooksummit Kindle beat Sony Reader primarily because they had the direct consumer connection and trust. One-click. Done.
A big advance isn’t always a good thing. Other tips for authors on negotiating by @bookendsJessica
Little, Brown’s list of what makes a good children’s book
Be wary of unqualified people giving pub advice by @RachelleGardner
Publishing veteran says publishers are desperate for great debut novels
5 tips for authors before signing with a small publisher
6 Key Characteristics of Effective Book Titles
Craft & Technique
When To Stop Revising by @amy7a
The formula for a story and why stories exist
Today’s post is a dialogue masterclass
How to Mock-up a Picture Book: Tips from Darcy Pattison
Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing
Another brilliant post by @MikeShatzkin. Publishers’ survival won’t be distribution, it’s amassing eyeballs
Pogue in NYT – Should e-Books Be Copy Protected? His book was pirated to the skies but sales did not fall
7 Habits of Highly Profitable Authors
[Covey’s direct deal with Amazon on e-book]
At eBook Summit: agreement that $9.99 price not enough to support content creation & distribution; is advertising next?
Why ebooks don’t cost that much less 2 produce than p-books
Twitter, Blogs & Social Media
Does twitter kill the author mystique? Or does it sell books?
Lessons learned from a year on Twitter
This piece by @hrheingold is probably the best “why use twitter” piece I’ve seen
Self-Publishing & E-Publishing
3 Steps to Help You Choose a Topic for an E-Book
How a Self-Published Book Became a Best-seller
Finding a printer by @dmargulis
The Writing Life
Are You Making the All-Or-Nothing Mistake? by @ProcrastWriter
The Golden Rule of Writing by @onviolence on @WritetoDone
The converse of Gates’s law would be @timoreilly ‘s law: create more value than you capture.
Free for personal use–> Printer-ready 5×7 “Gift of Time” certificate for writers
By/From Writer’s Digest
8 articles to check out when it’s time to start revising
Defining picture books, middle grade, and young adult
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