Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 3/26/10)

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.

Quick plug: Check out these upcoming Writer’s
Digest webinars

  • 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.
  • 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.

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

First novel sales–the data from Writers Beware

Don’t settle for being published badly

Answering questions on Sci Fi–potential income, resources, breaking in

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

Character description–the art of ‘just enough’

News & Trends

Ebook market exploding

Eoin Purcell starts an “occasional” series on Things Publishers Fear–#1 is (surprise) Amazon

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

Top five tips to finding (and keeping) fans for your writing

The Seven Book Marketing Mistakes That Authors Make

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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