Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 4/2/10)

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:

  • Self-Marketing
    for Authors
    by agent Chip MacGregor on April 8. This session
    breaks down book marketing into clear, doable steps.
  • Legal Issues Affecting Writers by lawyer Amy Cook on April 15. Whether you’re a novelist, memoirist, or journalist, learn how to stay on the right side of copyright and fair use laws.

Best of Best

Common query-writing errors (that have nothing to do with the query)
@elizabethscraig

Giving it away for free: Obscurity vs. Making Money as a Writer
@bradvertrees

An agent is looking for fresh & new (and what that is)
@elizabethscraig

Self-Publishing Pro and Con(temptuous)
@JFBookman

7 Reasons Why Writers Need To Start Using Video For Book Promotion
@thecreativepenn

Stand

Alone

My job is not to just set down events that happened to me. My job is to create an experience for a reader (memoirist Mary Karr)
@DebraMarrs

First impressions of characters are important. Why should we like them, or want to read about them?
@DocumentDriven

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Going high-concept with your writing
@RoniGriffin

Writers: can you distill your story into 1-2 sentences? @KathleenBolton on logline pitches
@inkyelbows

Literary Agent Nathan Bransford on Pitching (video)
@PublishingSpy

Self entitlement is the law of anti-attraction online
@elizabethscraig

Why writer need to learn the art of pitch: insider tips from Alan Rinzler
@inkyelbows

The Quest for Art vs. The Quest for a Publisher
@storyfixer

An editor on how lead titles are chosen among new releases
@elizabethscraig

From Book to Bestseller: What It Takes To Crack The List
[how bestsellers are determined on the major lists]
@bookgal

Craft & Technique

Hallie Ephron on the best writing advice she ever received
@elizabethscraig

How to Grab Them on Page One
@jamesscottbell

Has your book got a saggy middle? Pick up the pace
@RoniGriffin

4 problems with turning life into fiction
@elizabethscraig

Avoid using the cliche “It suddenly dawned on her” – Character arc & epiphanies
@FictionNotes

5-part blog series on creating believable characters through the 5 stages of grief. Part 1 starts here
@p2p_editor

Publishing

News & Trends

Stephen King rejects iPad, praises Kindle, and furnishes with books
@pubperspectives

Are Mobile Apps Worth the Investment? The future of eBooks, or a distraction?
@DigiBookWorld

Publishers are not staying ahead of the shift
@MikeShatzkin

Blogging & Site Building

4 Foundations of a Successful Blog
@problogger

4 classic mistakes a blogger made in the 1st year–and how she still ended up with 1000 followers
@elizabethscraig

5 Easy Blog Improvements in under 5 Minutes
@Blogussion

What do you talk about on your blog if you write fiction?
@tonyeldridge

Social Media

5 Commonly Misunderstood Things on Twitter
@BubbleCow

Facebook etiquette–things you shouldn’t do on Facebook
@elizabethscraig

Why commenting on blogs is important
@bmillerfiction

Reading author @MargaretAtwood’s early experiences as a Tweeter. A worthy read. She’s funny!
@DebraMarrs

Marketing, Platform Building, Self-Promotion

Marketing your first book: Tips for authors
@thecreativepenn

Marketing 101: Never (Ever) Sell Your Book
@bookgal

8 Steps For Successfully Marketing Yourself Online
@bookgal

Marketing can give a books a boost, but you can’t make something a phenomenon
@NathanBransford

Essential reading for writers building their online presence
@BubbleCow

Self-Publishing
and E-Publishing

Thoughts on Traditionally Published Authors & E-publishing
@thewritermama

Great article: Adventures in Self-Publishing
@BubbleCow

Before You Self Publish: 5 Vital Things To Do

@BubbleCow

Resources/References

& Online Tools

All the Bookkeeping a Freelancer Needs in One Little Web App
@goldenwordsmith

Beyond Amazon–tools for tracking your book sales
@elizabethscraig

The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff

Go Into The Story: “The Best Writing Advice of the Best Writing Advice”
@scribomatic

Should we develop non-attachment to our writing? “As soon as you care, you lose”
@elizabethscraig

Dos and Don’ts of connecting with a writing mentor
@MuseInks

Slush pile lessons–why an editor refuses to be a snarky slusher (and unfollows those who are)
@elizabethscraig

The 7 most motivational quotes of all time
@GuyKawasaki


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One thought on “Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 4/2/10)

  1. Theresa Milstein

    There were a lot of good links, as usual. I especially liked the one about pitching at a conference. Although I don’t have a formal pitch session set up, I do have an agent/editor query critique and a ten-page critique set up, so I have a better sense of how to be prepared in case they ask me about another project.

    As my blog readership increases, it’s hard to keep up with each follower’s blog. I have some that I follow religiously, but it would be great if you ever come across a blog etiquette post, to provide a link. Should I follow everyone who follows me? If not, how often should I try to visit/comment?

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