Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 12/4/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday
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

According to @joefinder these are the 14 biggest mistakes even best-selling writers make
@mystorywriter

Easy on the hooptedoodle and 9 other writing tips from Elmore Leonard
@benwhiting

How to negotiate the biggest possible book advance: 9 tips for writers from Alan Rinzler
@inkyelbows

“Most rejection letters mean nothing”
– 8 Rules of Rejections from a children’s book editor
@inkyelbows

Failure to be published: the harsh reality
@ElizabethSCraig


Stand Alone

Memoir-writing is one of the most demanding of the literary arts. It’s not just writing down your life story.
@rachellegardner

I’m sorry but it doesn’t sound right when you call your own novel “remarkable” in the first line of your query
@RachelleGardner

Best to avoid adjectives in your query. Don’t call your book upbeat, exciting, quirky, haunting, or fascinating.
@RachelleGardner

Sending a correction to the query you sent an hour ago doesn’t make you look very professional. Proof before you send.
@agentgame

Dialogue:”said” is less distracting, fades into background; scene context & action indicate how dialogue is said, not adverbs.
@DocumentDriven

Just received query that wins the prize for the worst opening line ever:”Tell me why you would be qualified to handle an all-time bestseller”
@DanielLiterary

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Why Your Story Was Rejected: The Query Letter Conundrum
@Tweetmeme

1st time authors: Don’t make it harder on yourself by writing a book longer/shorter than industry standard
@inkyelbows

Can author credentials (or lack thereof) ever hurt a query?
Lit agent @bookendsJessica answers
@inkyelbows

What can I expect of my agent? from Editorial Ass
@WolfsonLiterary

Craft & Technique

10 Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do)
@CafeNirvana

Self-edit checklist: Consistent pt of view? Unintentional repetition? Showing vs telling?
@inkyelbows

Don’t tell the reader someone was happy/sad. When you do, reader has nothing to see by @alexanderchee
@inkyelbows

What makes a novel BIG? by Donald Maass
@ThereseWalsh

The Single Most Powerful Writing Tool You’ll Ever See That Fits On One Page
@storyfix

The Secret of How to Create Conflict in Your Novel
@ajbarnett

How to use narrative tension to propel your story from @storyfix
@benwhiting

Ask the editor: 6 steps to writing a memoir – by Alan Rinzler
@inkyelbows

Five Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Write a Novel
@menwithpens

Fine-tuning our sentence structure
@ElizabethSCraig

Intention + Obstacle = Story | Story idea formula & other tips from @paulayoo
@inkyelbows

Fresh idea for writers: start with the setting, then develop plot
@SylviaDSmith

One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle – by @hollylisle
@inkyelbows

Tips for writing transitions between scenes
@ElizabethSCraig

Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing

I liked David Carr’s perspective on publishing in the NYT today. Some companies are dying, others being born.
@timoreilly

Smart look at the pros and cons of author vs. publisher branding by @dearauthor: “Book Branding”
@glecharles

Twitter, Blogs & Social Media

Do You Make These 10 Mistakes When You Blog? Great tips from @MichaelHyatt
@QuipsAndTips

Are you a blogger? Top 5 blogging misconceptions
(on Daily Blog Tips)
@RachelleGardner

Help Other Writers be More Visible
@BubbleCow

A Guide to Interesting Twitter Fiction Projects, Past and Present
@litdrift

Self-Publishing

“The way that a book was published doesn’t matter at all. All that matters is the book.” by @selfpubreview (Agreed.)
@glecharles

New post at Writer Beware: how the distinction btwn self- and vanity publishing has blurred over past 10 yrs
@victoriastrauss


Marketing and Promotion

What is an author platform? via @ChipMacGregor
@thecreativepenn

Podcast: Author @sethharwood on podcasting to print publishing and building your author platform
@thecreativepenn

Great info from @MarketLikeAChik – 5 Tips On How To Market Yourself As Your Main Product
@QuipsAndTips


What can book advertising trends teach you about how readers are discovering books? Check out new #followreader post.
@charabbott


Resources/Tools

New blog post: Introducing the Fiction Feed
@FictionMatters

100 Online Resources That Will Make You A Better Writer
@thecreativepenn

The Writing Life

For those who missed it yesterday:
Portrait of a high-maintenance author
@ColleenLindsay

4 Reasons to Quit Writing Exercises
@ElizabethSCraig

43 Most inspiring Writing Advice Posts of 2009
@ProcrastWriter

No one starts out as a great writer. You have to write garbage first. There are no shortcuts – by @barrylyga
@inkyelbows

Keep writing, be honest w/yourself, & you’ll be able to tell between good & bad writing by @barrylyga
@inkyelbows

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