Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 4/23/10)

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
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Best of Best

The reason that the majority of what’s not published by publishers isn’t published is that it’s bad, plain and simple.
@debramarrs

How many copies must sell for a book to be a “success”?
@Lit_Gal

Is it possible for an author to make a living from selling eBooks?
@GalleyCat

How one writer has become successful on Kindle–with no platform or name recognition
@elizabethscraig

Reader’s advice to writers: We’re really not interested in your narcissistic fantasy life
@sarahw

Stand

Alone

Many novels convey a message about life. That’s different from having an agenda. Message=good. Agenda=not good.
@rachellegardner

When we negotiate contracts, the advance is only ONE of 20+ crucial points. You’d be amazed at the details.
@rachellegardner

Best rejection response ever: “I truly appreciate your kind words, and thank you for the candid feedback.” Me: SUBMIT AGAIN PLEASE!
@Natalie_Fischer

If you keep your MS password protected, secured under deadbolt & never show it to anyone, you are paranoid.
@rachellegardner

I hate how many non-fiction projects I have to say NO to. “Great idea, nice execution, no platform, sorry.”
@rachellegardner

Shankman #asja10 core message: Make your use of social media about the folks in your network, not about you.
@twliterary

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Query tip from @MeganCrewe: study blurbs on the backs of published books
@inkyelbows

How to Stalk an Agent (nicely)
@BubbleCow

New Ways to Find a Publisher
@Bookgal

How important is the publisher to a book’s success?
@elizabethscraig

Craft & Technique

How to Cut Your Manuscript by 20% or More… And Love It
@storyfix

Does your first chapter contain these weaknesses?
@JodyHedlund

Plotting Made Easy – The Complications Worksheet
@inkyelbows

Writers, check out @lainitaylor’s BRILLIANT online plotting workshop! Be sure and read all 3 parts!
@lisa_schroeder

Ever wondered how to find a critique group? Guest blogger today
@RachelleGardner

How to Write a Book Series: tips from @suzanne_young
@inkyelbows

Chapter Endings & The Hunger Games by @kathytemean
@inkyelbows

Publishing

News & Trends

Publish or Perish: Ken Auletta asks, Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?
@dbschlosser

An interview with Joseph Matheny about, you know, #futurepub
@R_Nash

Blogging
& Site Building

21 tips to land a guest post every time
@elizabethscraig

Post of the day for me: 5 google analytic tips you need to know
@BubbleCow

How to run successful blog contests
@problogger

Social
Media

In today’s post, I explain 20-to-1 rule of social media deposits and
withdrawals.
What do you think?
@MichaelHyatt

How to use Twitter to promote your ebook or paper book—and build professional and personal relationships
@EvaMcWriting

Marketing,
Platform Building, Self-Promotion

‘They don’t pay us to write books; they pay us to sell books.’ A writer’s wisdom from client @kmaezenmiller
@twliterary

WRITERS, read! –> You’ve Got to be Kidding!
@mikecane

Why your book isn’t selling
@bookgal

Is Facebook replacing the book tour?
@VictoriaHoward

Self-Publishing

and E-Publishing

Book Publishing Numbers That Tell A Story
@BubbleCow

A novel concept: Roll your own iBooks with ePub
[word processing software that saves your documents as ePub files]
@selfpubreview

The Self-Publisher’s Self-Questionnaire
@BubbleCow

Very interesting post about Print On Demand
[how to spot a publishing service masquerading as a publisher]
@BubbleCow

Resources/References

& Online Tools

Great list from @LiaKeyes of agents who blog
@gregpincus

The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff

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