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Best of Best
Trends in fiction from agent Chip MacGregor
Writers: If the phrase “dazzlingly brilliant hues” sounds good to you, read these tips from @moonrat
Trade secrets on getting your book noticed
One more time ~ rhetorical questions not great in a Q. As soon as the answer to “have you ever…” is NO, you lose.
The protagonist should not be able to just walk away from the conflict
Before submitting a manuscript, put it away & write something else. Then reread–places that need work will stand out
Don’t say things like “my friends & family LOVED this.” I am sure they did, but I don’t want biased opinions from your pals.
Publishers don’t nurse you; they buy and sell you. P.D. JAMES
Writers should never query an agency that doesn’t list the agents by name.
Rather than query 1K of your favorite agents at once, try 5-7
Top reasons for rejection … and acceptance
Craft & Technique
What is ‘high concept’ in writing?
Realizing something is wrong with your manuscript
Basic Picture Book Construction
[for picture book writers]
Publishing News & Trends
Interesting article about blog-to-book deals, a trend apparently not slowing down (but fiction writers need not apply)
Twitter, Blogs & Social Media
10 reasons people aren’t commenting on your blog
Twitter Chats For Writers: schedule, tips, tools
Marketing & Platform Building
Do authors really need to promote their own books?
Leverage Relationships to Sell More Books
Piracy vs Obscurity: Which Is Worse For Authors?
Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
Authorship in the Information Age
[long but very worthwhile]
Resources & Tools
23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger
8 More Free Toys And Downloads For Authors
The Writing Life & Fun Stuff
Linking to Writer’s Digest
21 tips to get out of the slush pile – tweaks for reviving a rejected story or writing |editing your 1st draft
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