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
Why I say “no” to great work
Hooks that snag great book deals
Are you ready to query? Here’s a checklist.
Agent explains how to trim your query to 250 words
It amazes me how many people need to cut the first paragraph of their query. If your query makes sense without it, it needs to go
If you’re a debut author, be aware it’s virtually impossible to break in with a novel over 120,000 words.
Why do some queries include how many chapters are in the mss? Why would that matter? What does that tell me? Just tell me word count.
Reason for rejections: Internal & external conflict don’t work together.
It’s a MYTH that getting published is a catch-22. You DON’T need to be published in order to get an agent.
The protagonist should not be able to just walk away from the conflict
Something that sets an experienced, professional author apart from one still cutting their writing teeth? How they handle a rejection
YA is red hot: Tips from 3 top agents from Alan Rinzler
When is it okay to nudge an agent?
Inkygirl interview: How Shannon Reinbold’s cell phone novel ended up as a St. Martin’s Press book
Craft & Technique
Great Post About Why Prologues Often Don’t Work
Want to write memorable fiction? Create a worthy antagonist.
Publishing News & Trends
Twitter, Blogs & Social Media
School Library Journal: “People Who Need People:
How 11 intrepid users get the most out of social media
Marketing & Platform Building
Useful post for authors from Berrett-Koehler Publishers on
“How to Book Speaking Engagements” for oneself
Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
The Guardian: “How to publish your own book online and make money”
Resources & Tools
A tool for online, real time collaborative editing
23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger
The Writing Life & Fun Stuff
“In fact, the term ‘writer’ is almost a misnomer …
A writer must do more than merely write.” @chuckwendig
“Professional Development for Writers: 10 Simple Ideas” by Write Anything
9 ways to trick yourself into writing. I loved this post please RT
Looking for more?
- List of Tweeps most often included in weekly Best Tweets for Writers (always under development)
Follow Writer’s Digest editors on Twitter: @writersdigest @JaneFriedman @brianklems @robertleebrewer @alicepope
Become a fan at our Facebook
- Join our online community, kind of like Facebook for writers
(about 3,000 members and growing)