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Best of Best
According to @joefinder these are the 14 biggest mistakes even best-selling writers make
How to negotiate the biggest possible book advance: 9 tips for writers from Alan Rinzler
“Most rejection letters mean nothing” – 8 Rules of Rejections from a children’s book editor
Failure to be published: the harsh reality
Memoir-writing is one of the most demanding of the literary arts. It’s not just writing down your life story.
I’m sorry but it doesn’t sound right when you call your own novel “remarkable” in the first line of your query
Best to avoid adjectives in your query. Don’t call your book upbeat, exciting, quirky, haunting, or fascinating.
Sending a correction to the query you sent an hour ago doesn’t make you look very professional. Proof before you send.
Dialogue:”said” is less distracting, fades into background; scene context & action indicate how dialogue is said, not adverbs.
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”
1st time authors: Don’t make it harder on yourself by writing a book longer/shorter than industry standard
Can author credentials (or lack thereof) ever hurt a query?
Lit agent @bookendsJessica answers
What can I expect of my agent? from Editorial Ass
Craft & Technique
10 Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do)
Don’t tell the reader someone was happy/sad. When you do, reader has nothing to see by @alexanderchee
How to use narrative tension to propel your story from @storyfix
Ask the editor: 6 steps to writing a memoir – by Alan Rinzler
Fine-tuning our sentence structure
Intention + Obstacle = Story | Story idea formula & other tips from @paulayoo
Fresh idea for writers: start with the setting, then develop plot
One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle – by @hollylisle
Tips for writing transitions between scenes
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.
Smart look at the pros and cons of author vs. publisher branding by @dearauthor: “Book Branding”
Twitter, Blogs & Social Media
Do You Make These 10 Mistakes When You Blog? Great tips from @MichaelHyatt
Are you a blogger? Top 5 blogging misconceptions
(on Daily Blog Tips)
Help Other Writers be More Visible
A Guide to Interesting Twitter Fiction Projects, Past and Present
“The way that a book was published doesn’t matter at all. All that matters is the book.” by @selfpubreview (Agreed.)
New post at Writer Beware: how the distinction btwn self- and vanity publishing has blurred over past 10 yrs
Marketing and Promotion
What is an author platform? via @ChipMacGregor
Podcast: Author @sethharwood on podcasting to print publishing and building your author platform
Great info from @MarketLikeAChik – 5 Tips On How To Market Yourself As Your Main Product
What can book advertising trends teach you about how readers are discovering books? Check out new #followreader post.
New blog post: Introducing the Fiction Feed
100 Online Resources That Will Make You A Better Writer
The Writing Life
For those who missed it yesterday:
Portrait of a high-maintenance author
4 Reasons to Quit Writing Exercises
43 Most inspiring Writing Advice Posts of 2009
No one starts out as a great writer. You have to write garbage first. There are no shortcuts – by @barrylyga
Keep writing, be honest w/yourself, & you’ll be able to tell between good & bad writing by @barrylyga
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