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
@elizabethscraig

What’s it like to be a NYT bestseller?
@Writeitsideways

Am I Good Enough to E-Publish?
@jakonrath

The Pitfalls of Using Self-Publishing Book Packages
@selfpubreview

Stand
Alone


Writers: “Always remember, perseverance is as important as talent.” –Dean Koontz
@DebraMarrs

Poetry exists to embody the harsh wonder of existence, the improbability of consciousness. ~ John Repp
@DebraMarrs

If you really don’t care which agent you get, you’re doing it wrong.
@agentgame

No need to tell me it’s a multiple submission. I assume it is.
@EpsteinLiterary

“Even now, I have a hard time believing that it all happened.” Cliche opening. Don’t use it.
@WeronikaJanczuk

A query should be a missile directed to a specific target/agent. It is very obvious when you are mass-mailing a query.
@NatalieOksana

Author tip: Promising in proposal 2 promote your book thru a business you haven’t started yet does not an Author’s Platform make.
@BookJacquie

Hero/ine must not be able to just walk away from the conflict or easily resolve it by discussing problem.
@DocumentDriven

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

First novel sales–the data from Writers Beware
@victoriastrauss

Don’t settle for being published badly
@elizabethscraig

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

Craft & Technique

How to hook your reader in your opening scene
@elizabethscraig

Raising the stakes: more advice on creating sympathetic characters, from @p2p_editor
@inkyelbows

One writer’s thoughts on fitting in backstory
@elizabethscraig

15 Reader Frustrations to Avoid in Your Novel
@Writeitsideways

“What a Mouse Can Teach You About Story Arc”
@KMWeiland

The Secret of Great Scenes
@ScreenplayChick

A case for natural introductions of characters in novels
@elizabethscraig

Character description–the art of ‘just enough’
@yaHighway

Publishing
News & Trends

Ebook market exploding
@markcoker

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

Put your backlist on the Kindle – now!
@jakonrath

I quite liked this breakdown of current eBook formats (by @Paisano)
@gregpincus

Using Scribd for book marketing and more
@JFBookman

Blogging,
Site Building & Social Media

A blog tip to get you more comments
@alexisgrant

13 mistakes authors make on their blogs
@WarrenWhitlock

Anatomy of a multi-author blog
@elizabethscraig

Marketing
& Platform Building

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

The Seven Book Marketing Mistakes That Authors Make
@BookBuzzr

How great author events happen
@elizabethscraig

The Pain of Promotion
@selfpubreview

A quick platform analysis for writers (“bloom where you’re planted”)
@elizabethscraig

Writers: self-conscious about self-promotion? @SGRedling has some advice
@inkyelbows

Tips on Book Titles, Back Cover Copy and Author Promotion by @SusanKendrick
@womenonwriting

Creating an iPhone app for your book or author brand

@johnkremer

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

Considering self-publishing? 10 questions to ask yourself
@NathanBransford

Resources/References
& Online Tools

Excellent post on writers’ grants by C. Hope Clark
@WriterBeware

Great sites for aspiring writers
@authonomy

Check out @lformichelli’s How to Find the Best Sources
@stephauteri

Plot generator (useful for writing exercises)
@elizabethscraig

The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff

5 ways to grow as a writer
@benwhiting

Lack confidence in your writing? Might not be a bad thing

@NathanBransford

How to play nice at writers’ conferences
@elizabethcraig


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