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for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the
welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature.
Quick plug: Check out these upcoming Writer’s
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.
- Self-Marketing for Authors by agent Chip MacGregor on April 8. This session breaks down book marketing into clear, doable steps.
Best of Best
Where to spend your blogging time
What’s it like to be a NYT bestseller?
Am I Good Enough to E-Publish?
The Pitfalls of Using Self-Publishing Book Packages
Writers: “Always remember, perseverance is as important as talent.” –Dean Koontz
Poetry exists to embody the harsh wonder of existence, the improbability of consciousness. ~ John Repp
If you really don’t care which agent you get, you’re doing it wrong.
No need to tell me it’s a multiple submission. I assume it is.
“Even now, I have a hard time believing that it all happened.” Cliche opening. Don’t use it.
A query should be a missile directed to a specific target/agent. It is very obvious when you are mass-mailing a query.
Author tip: Promising in proposal 2 promote your book thru a business you haven’t started yet does not an Author’s Platform make.
Hero/ine must not be able to just walk away from the conflict or easily resolve it by discussing problem.
First novel sales–the data from Writers Beware
Don’t settle for being published badly
Craft & Technique
How to hook your reader in your opening scene
Raising the stakes: more advice on creating sympathetic characters, from @p2p_editor
One writer’s thoughts on fitting in backstory
15 Reader Frustrations to Avoid in Your Novel
“What a Mouse Can Teach You About Story Arc”
The Secret of Great Scenes
A case for natural introductions of characters in novels
News & Trends
Ebook market exploding
Put your backlist on the Kindle – now!
I quite liked this breakdown of current eBook formats (by @Paisano)
Using Scribd for book marketing and more
Site Building & Social Media
A blog tip to get you more comments
13 mistakes authors make on their blogs
Anatomy of a multi-author blog
& Platform Building
How great author events happen
The Pain of Promotion
A quick platform analysis for writers (“bloom where you’re planted”)
Writers: self-conscious about self-promotion? @SGRedling has some advice
Tips on Book Titles, Back Cover Copy and Author Promotion by @SusanKendrick
Creating an iPhone app for your book or author brand
Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
Considering self-publishing? 10 questions to ask yourself
& Online Tools
Excellent post on writers’ grants by C. Hope Clark
Great sites for aspiring writers
Check out @lformichelli’s How to Find the Best Sources
Plot generator (useful for writing exercises)
The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff
5 ways to grow as a writer
Lack confidence in your writing? Might not be a bad thing
How to play nice at writers’ conferences
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