Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 2/5/10)

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.

Best of Best

Why I say “no” to great work
@Kid_Lit

Hooks that snag great book deals
@BubbleCow

Are you ready to query? Here’s a checklist.
@Janet_Reid

Agent explains how to trim your query to 250 words
@elizabethscraig

Stand Alone

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
@MandyHubbard

If you’re a debut author, be aware it’s virtually impossible to break in with a novel over 120,000 words.
@RachelleGardner

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.
@StaciaDecker

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

It’s a MYTH that getting published is a catch-22. You DON’T need to be published in order to get an agent.
@RachelleGardner

The protagonist should not be able to just walk away from the conflict
@DocumentDriven

Something that sets an experienced, professional author apart from one still cutting their writing teeth? How they handle a rejection
@KatelynnLacopo

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

YA is red hot: Tips from 3 top agents from Alan Rinzler
@thecreativepenn

When is it okay to nudge an agent?
@elizabethscraig

How authors & publishers can collaborate, bond & boost book sales
@thewritermama

Inkygirl interview: How Shannon Reinbold’s cell phone novel ended up as a St. Martin’s Press book
@inkyelbows

Craft & Technique

Great Post About Why Prologues Often Don’t Work
@BubbleCow

Want to write memorable fiction? Create a worthy antagonist.
@BubbleCow

The Career Novelist from Donald Maass agency available for free download
@michellecushatt

Download free worksheets by @becky_levine to help you self-edit and critique like a pro!
@kmnickell

Publishing News & Trends

Back-Loaded Book Deals: The Biggest Bright Spot in Publishing’s Future?
@DigiBookWorld

Twitter, Blogs & Social Media

School Library Journal: “People Who Need People:
How 11 intrepid users get the most out of social media
@filedby

Marketing & Platform Building

Useful post for authors from Berrett-Koehler Publishers on
“How to Book Speaking Engagements” for oneself
@twliterary

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

The Guardian: “How to publish your own book online and make money”
@filedby

What Every Self-Publisher Ought to Know About Editing
@JFBookman

Resources & Tools

A tool for online, real time collaborative editing
@GalenKindley

23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger
@Writeitsideways

The Writing Life & Fun Stuff

“In fact, the term ‘writer’ is almost a misnomer …
A writer must do more than merely write.” @chuckwendig
@glecharles

“Professional Development for Writers: 10 Simple Ideas” by Write Anything
@wawriters

9 ways to trick yourself into writing. I loved this post please RT
@BubbleCow


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