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
- How Do Editors & Agents Decide? by agent Rachelle Gardner on March 11
- How to Create an iPhone App by author Al Katkowsky on March 25
- Break Into Corporate Writing by freelancer I.J. Schecter on March 31
Best of Best
Guardian asks many great authors their 10 rules for writing fiction
Some of the best writing advice ever, from a READER, not another writer
[Salon response to Guardian article]
A writer’s starter guide to Twitter: everything I wish someone had told me when I first started
Remember this! Editing advice you can’t miss from agent @elanaroth
The WORD COUNT and GENRE of your novel are two crucial pieces of information for the query.
Received 12 rejections in one day? STOP subbing that Q! You are targeting the wrong agents, or the Q needs revision
The words “I just finished my first book” are red flags for agents reading queries. Best to say it another way.
After receiving a pass letter from an agent, don’t email back asking for feedback or referrals to other agents.
If your novel is fewer than 70k words, it will be difficult to place. Agents might not want the extra obstacle.
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!
I can’ think of a more over-used plot device in kids/YA fiction than the “magical portal.”
“Professionally edited” doesn’t add anything to your query
Use your protagonists’ name in your query’s plot summary.
Are you following these ladies? They’re handing out free query help. @laurieabkemeier @KatelynnLacopo @sztownsend81
Reason for rejections: Internal & external conflict don’t work together.
Query advice: give just enough info to entice, not so much that you bury the pitch. @heleneboudreau tips
Tips on creating a one-of-a-kind title, from former in-house fiction editor @bevrosenbaum
Craft & Technique
The writer’s toolkit: A voice journal for character development via Alan Rinzler
9 things you must know about your story before you can write it right by @storyfix
How split-second indicators can help you with show, don’t tell
The necessity and benefits of critique groups, by @chipmacgregor
The best writing advice. Ever.
Publishing News & Trends
3 things (among many) that no one knows about publishing’s digital future
Top speeches at O’Reilly TOC conference on digital publishing
[with links to presentations]
Twitter, Blogs & Social Media
How often should you tweet? How often should you Blog?
9 ways to be an exceptional guest poster
Marketing & Platform Building
Resources for marketing your book online — by Simon & Schuster
Authors: heard you need an online platform? Here are do’s and don’ts!
[with specific info for kid-lit authors]
Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
Top 5 discussion forums for self publishers
Huffpost – Breaking Down Doors: My Self-Publishing Story
Resources & Tools
Publisher Simon & Schuster Says Authors Should Blog and Social Network
[includes links to great resources & how-to]
The Writing Life & Fun Stuff
A short video to make writers smile (on people who try to rewrite our books)
The Writer’s Guide to Money and Passion
“Make creative work the most important thing you do.” Nice one from @chrisguillebeau
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