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
welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature.
Quick plug for these upcoming Writer’s
to Publish Your Poetry Collection by WritersMarket.com editor
Robert Brewer on April 29. Learn from the guy who brings you the
Poem-a-Day Challenge and champions poetry over at Poetic Asides.
- Critique Series: Novel Queries & Pitches by GLA editor Chuck Sambuchino. Get your query or novel hook critiqued on May 6.
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.
Many novels convey a message about life. That’s different from having an agenda. Message=good. Agenda=not good.
When we negotiate contracts, the advance is only ONE of 20+ crucial points. You’d be amazed at the details.
Best rejection response ever: “I truly appreciate your kind words, and thank you for the candid feedback.” Me: SUBMIT AGAIN PLEASE!
If you keep your MS password protected, secured under deadbolt & never show it to anyone, you are paranoid.
I hate how many non-fiction projects I have to say NO to. “Great idea, nice execution, no platform, sorry.”
Shankman #asja10 core message: Make your use of social media about the folks in your network, not about you.
Query tip from @MeganCrewe: study blurbs on the backs of published books
How to Stalk an Agent (nicely)
New Ways to Find a Publisher
How important is the publisher to a book’s success?
Craft & Technique
Does your first chapter contain these weaknesses?
Plotting Made Easy – The Complications Worksheet
Writers, check out @lainitaylor’s BRILLIANT online plotting workshop! Be sure and read all 3 parts!
Ever wondered how to find a critique group? Guest blogger today
How to Write a Book Series: tips from @suzanne_young
Chapter Endings & The Hunger Games by @kathytemean
News & Trends
Publish or Perish: Ken Auletta asks, Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?
& Site Building
21 tips to land a guest post every time
Post of the day for me: 5 google analytic tips you need to know
How to run successful blog contests
In today’s post, I explain 20-to-1 rule of social media deposits and
withdrawals. What do you think?
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
Why your book isn’t selling
Is Facebook replacing the book tour?
Book Publishing Numbers That Tell A Story
A novel concept: Roll your own iBooks with ePub
[word processing software that saves your documents as ePub files]
The Self-Publisher’s Self-Questionnaire
Very interesting post about Print On Demand
[how to spot a publishing service masquerading as a publisher]
& Online Tools
Great list from @LiaKeyes of agents who blog
The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff
Poster: Ready to Publish Your Novel?
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