Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 4/30/10)

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Best of Best

Top Ten Things Authors Should NEVER Do To Promote Their Book
@elizabethscraig

Character is destiny: The Edward/Bella dilemma
@msforster

10 Mistakes Authors Make That Can Cost Them a Fortune (and How to Avoid Them)
@bookgal

Stand

Alone

I *DO* slow down and read queries with extra care if you’ve shown me there’s a compelling reason you queried me specifically
@MandyHubbard

Title your nonfiction book with the best promise front and center. Know that it will change before release.
@micksilva

Common mistake authors make when pitching a novel? They fall so in love with the plot that they can’t clearly describe premise
@BookJacquie

Non-fiction tip of the day: Unique chapter titles are just as important as your book title. Treat chapters like mini-books!
@lyoho

For me, if you’re previously self-published it’s irrelevant. It neither helps nor hurts.
@RachelleGardner

You have to take pains in a memoir not to hang on the reader’s arm, like a drunk, and say, “And then I did this and it was so interesting” (Annie Dillard)
@AdviceToWriters

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Helpful Tips from a Harvard Writer’s Conference
@lkblackburne

Rookie Mistakes new authors make
@jennybent

Good critique partners are as essential as air by @chrstinef
@inkyelbows

What is reasonable in a book contract?
@ChipMacgregor

2 years, 3 manuscripts, and 50 rejections—anatomy of an agent search
@elizabethscraig

Craft & Technique

Fascinating!–> The controlled schizophrenia of writers by @p2p_editor
@inkyelbows

Author toolbox—the 3 hooks
@elizabethscraig

Thoughts on the Editing Process (very useful post!)
@selfpubreview

Why “twist endings” sometimes fail, and what to do about it.
@KimsCraftBlog

10 ways to keep your prose strong and simple

@Paize_Fiddler

Publishing

News & Trends

Amazon underwriting literary presses and organizations, like Milkweed, Copper Canyon and PEN. (Okay, I’m impressed.)
@KimsCraftBlog

Interesting defense of Big Record Companies by OK Go frontman, much applies to big publishers, too
@twliterary

Marketing,

Platform Building, Self-Promotion

Guest blog post at Writer Beware: Self-Promotion for Authors: Is It
Possible To Begin Too Soon?

@victoriastrauss

Why You Should Never Pitch the Media
@bookgal

Excellent post over at the Behler Blog on when or whether you’ll need a publicist
@colleenlindsay


Resources/References

& Online Tools

Best Book Publicity and Marketing Twitter Feeds
@galleycat

The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff

Epic Infographic Maps Out The Mechanics Of Book Publishing
@io9

 

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