Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 3/19/10)

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 these sessions by fabulous guest presenters:

  • How to Create an iPhone App by author Al Katkowsky on March 25. Learn how you can adapt your book to a mobile application, work with a developer, and build an engaged audience for your work. (Remember: Fortune favors the bold!)
  • Break Into Corporate Writing by freelancer I.J. Schecter on March 31. Wondering how to make a living as a freelancer? The best money is often in corporate writing.

Best of Best

What makes a query catch an agent’s eye? Specificity
@benwhiting / @NathanBransford

10 things you can do now to promote the novel you haven’t sold yet
@elizabethcraig

Success as a writer depends more on intelligent persistence than on raw talent. – Ellen Jackson
[incredible story]
@inkyelbows

Best Top 10 Rules for Writers Culled From Guardian’s Top 10 Series
@inkyelbows

2 myths–overnight successes and ‘you have to know someone to get published’
@elizabethscraig

Book promo–alternatives and stigmas
@elizabethscraig

Stand Alone

No 3rd person queries. Don’t write as though the author of the book and the author of the query letter are two different people.
@tor_intheory

Agent hunt advice: If 1 agent makes an offer, contact others w/manuscript & give them time to respond.
@vickydreiling

If you’re querying a vampire book, it better have a plot that is UNIQUE. Bella wannabees are nearly instant rejections.
@thatwemightfly

Query your own work. Don’t delegate this important task to a friend or family member.
@KatelynnLacopo

If you use alt formats in yr novel (diary, poems) ask whether
it’s b/c it’s easier for you to write or if it benefits
the story.
@kate_mckean

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Strategies a writer could take to ensure a publishing deal
@BubbleCow

What if a submission needs more work? [If it’s close, is it possible it will be accepted?]
@BubbleCow

How to format an e-mailed query letter
@NathanBransford

Resources for synopsis writing
@lkblackburne

Children’s magazine market for writers
@elizabethscraig

Neil Gaiman on literary agents
@AdviceToWriters
[advice from 2005, mostly sound]

Craft & Technique

Great characters are like origami
@AdviceToWriters

When you tell but don’t show, the character in your mind doesn’t make it on the page
@benwhiting

Awesome tips on writing dialogue
@Writeitsideways

The prologue–use it or lose it?
@elizabethscraig

Publishing News & Trends

Fascinating historical perspective from an epub insider: why ebooks failed in 2000, and what it means for 2010
@victoriastrauss

Blogging, Site Building & Social Media

100 Twitter Feeds That Will Improve Your Writing

10 ways to build traffic to your site
@BubbleCow

The secret ingredient to an irresistible blog
@copyblogger

15 free tools to mobilize your blog
@namenick

Marketing & Platform Building

10 Ways To Raise Your Online Writing Profile
@AdviceToWriters

DIY Book Tours
@AdviceToWriters

How to get a blogger’s attention
@elizabethscraig

15 Commandments for Getting FREE Book Publicity by @FrugalBookPromo
@bookmarketer

Brave New Writing World–Fans, Friends, and Followers
@elizabethscraig

The Publicity Paradox
@AdviceToWriters

Resources/References & Online Tools

Who are “The Big Six” publishers?
@FictionMatters

Writing contests to avoid

@elizabethscraig

The Writing Life & Fun Stuff

Christina Katz on Habits That Pay Off
@thewritermama

Something to think about before complaining about your editor
@elizabethscraig

Even famous writers had day jobs! (So quit whining.) Check it out
@RachelleGardner

“Without a strong love-interest it would not go”: 110-yr-old rejection letter
@chavelaque


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2 thoughts on “Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 3/19/10)

  1. Theresa Milstein

    The two Nathan Bransford posts related to query letters were great, as well as several of the Bubblecow posts. I’ve been wrestling with a prologue, so I liked that post as too. But the most helpful was the rejection post – I needed a positive spin on that subject. Thanks for passing on all of these great links.

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