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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:
- 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
Write A Selling Synopsis Without Losing Your Mind
Great post here: why self pub books get picked up for publication by Alan Rinzler
The ONLY necessary qualification to have your novel plucked out of the slush is great writing.
Conflict should escalate, & when the big moment arrives, pace should slow to give reader full scope of scene they’ve waited for.
Semiautobiographical, or barely autobiographical, fiction should not be queried as if it were memoir. It’s not about you anymore.
Using the word “I” is the key to self promotion failure.
An agent on submitting a partial
Defining steampunk as a genre
What does it take to succeed as a novelist?
Craft & Technique
What makes a good ending?
Opening lines–12 ways to start your novel
A film technique that could be useful for writers
Publishing News & Trends
Books overtake games as most numerous iPhone apps (Guardian, UK)
Twitter, Blogs & Social Media
Marketing & Platform Building
Marketing–focus more on community than platform
Thoughts on writing communities
[developing connections that impact your success]
Trent Reznor’s music advice applies to writing: What to do as a New | Unknown Artist. Establish goals, forge your own path
Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
The Real Source of Self-Publishing Stigma by @zoewinters
Trad Author Goes Indie and Back
Think that most of what’s pubbed today is crap? Robert McCrum points out that this is nothing new
The Writing Life & Fun Stuff
Take this Job + Write it: NYT on writing that proclaims the intelligence, peculiarity, beauty, horror of the workplace
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