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
Success as a writer depends more on intelligent persistence than on raw talent. – Ellen Jackson
Book promo–alternatives and stigmas
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.
Agent hunt advice: If 1 agent makes an offer, contact others w/manuscript & give them time to respond.
If you’re querying a vampire book, it better have a plot that is UNIQUE. Bella wannabees are nearly instant rejections.
Query your own work. Don’t delegate this important task to a friend or family member.
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
What if a submission needs more work? [If it’s close, is it possible it will be accepted?]
How to format an e-mailed query letter
Resources for synopsis writing
Children’s magazine market for writers
Neil Gaiman on literary agents
[advice from 2005, mostly sound]
Craft & Technique
Great characters are like origami
Awesome tips on writing dialogue
The prologue–use it or lose it?
Publishing News & Trends
Fascinating historical perspective from an epub insider: why ebooks failed in 2000, and what it means for 2010
Blogging, Site Building & Social Media
10 ways to build traffic to your site
The secret ingredient to an irresistible blog
15 free tools to mobilize your blog
Marketing & Platform Building
10 Ways To Raise Your Online Writing Profile
DIY Book Tours
How to get a blogger’s attention
15 Commandments for Getting FREE Book Publicity by @FrugalBookPromo
Brave New Writing World–Fans, Friends, and Followers
The Publicity Paradox
Resources/References & Online Tools
Who are “The Big Six” publishers?
Writing contests to avoid
The Writing Life & Fun Stuff
Christina Katz on Habits That Pay Off
Something to think about before complaining about your editor
Even famous writers had day jobs! (So quit whining.) Check it out
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