Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 2/26/10)

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.

Also, quick plug: March is a phenomenal month for Writer’s Digest webinars, with three sessions by fabulous guest presenters:

  • First Page Critique (by yours truly) on March 4, includes guaranteed critique of your first page

Best of Best

Guardian asks many great authors their 10 rules for writing fiction
@dbschlosser

Some of the best writing advice ever, from a READER, not another writer
[Salon response to Guardian article]
@ElisabethWeed

A writer’s starter guide to Twitter: everything I wish someone had told me when I first started
@justinemusk

Remember this! Editing advice you can’t miss from agent @elanaroth

Stand Alone

The WORD COUNT and GENRE of your novel are two crucial pieces of information for the query.
@RachelleGardner

Received 12 rejections in one day? STOP subbing that Q! You are targeting the wrong agents, or the Q needs revision
@MarleneStringer

The words “I just finished my first book” are red flags for agents reading queries. Best to say it another way.
@RachelleGardner

After receiving a pass letter from an agent, don’t email back asking for feedback or referrals to other agents.
@RachelleGardner

If your novel is fewer than 70k words, it will be difficult to place. Agents might not want the extra obstacle.
@rachellegardner

I’m always amused when I request partials and I receive them 2+ weeks later. It just screams “OH CRAP I HAVE TO EDIT/FINISH!
@KOrtizzle

I can’ think of a more over-used plot device in kids/YA fiction than the “magical portal.”
@RachelleGardner

“Professionally edited” doesn’t add anything to your query
@EpsteinLiterary

Use your protagonists’ name in your query’s plot summary.
@EpsteinLiterary

Are you following these ladies? They’re handing out free query help. @laurieabkemeier @KatelynnLacopo @sztownsend81
[via @LianaBrooks]

Reason for rejections: Internal & external conflict don’t work together.
@DocumentDriven

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

How to handle the silent treatment
@pwheeler_agent

Writing a query letter with voice

@elizabethscraig

Query advice: give just enough info to entice, not so much that you bury the pitch. @heleneboudreau tips
@inkyelbows

Tips on creating a one-of-a-kind title, from former in-house fiction editor @bevrosenbaum
@inkyelbows

Craft & Technique

The writer’s toolkit: A voice journal for character development via Alan Rinzler
@thecreativepenn

9 things you must know about your story before you can write it right by @storyfix
@benwhiting

To revive a rejected story: use a new beginning/ending, change POV. Plus more tips.
@kathytemean

Writing a Novel–Plot or Character? Which Comes First?
@BubbleCow

How split-second indicators can help you with show, don’t tell
@elizabethscraig

The necessity and benefits of critique groups, by @chipmacgregor
@benwhiting

The best writing advice. Ever.
@problogger

Publishing News & Trends

3 things (among many) that no one knows about publishing’s digital future
@victoriastrauss

Top speeches at O’Reilly TOC conference on digital publishing
@MichaelHyatt
[with links to presentations]

Twitter, Blogs & Social Media

How often should you tweet? How often should you Blog?
@BubbleCow

11 Characteristics of Highly Influential Bloggers
@problogger

9 ways to be an exceptional guest poster
@elizabethscraig

The reason why writers should blog everyday
@BubbleCow

Marketing & Platform Building

Resources for marketing your book online — by Simon & Schuster
@gioclair

Authors: heard you need an online platform? Here are do’s and don’ts!
[with specific info for kid-lit authors]
@Kid_Lit

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

Top 5 discussion forums for self publishers
@JFBookman

Huffpost – Breaking Down Doors: My Self-Publishing Story
@selfpubreview

Resources & Tools

Publisher Simon & Schuster Says Authors Should Blog and Social Network

[includes links to great resources & how-to]

@thecreativepenn

The Writing Life & Fun Stuff

A short video to make writers smile (on people who try to rewrite our books)
@elizabethscraig

The Writer’s Guide to Money and Passion
@chrisguillebeau

“Make creative work the most important thing you do.” Nice one from @chrisguillebeau
@thecreativepenn


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