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

Character is destiny: The Edward/Bella dilemma

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



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

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

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

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

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

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)

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Helpful Tips from a Harvard Writer’s Conference

Rookie Mistakes new authors make

Good critique partners are as essential as air by @chrstinef

What is reasonable in a book contract?

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

Craft & Technique

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

Author toolbox—the 3 hooks

Thoughts on the Editing Process (very useful post!)

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

10 ways to keep your prose strong and simple



News & Trends

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

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


Platform Building, Self-Promotion

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


Why You Should Never Pitch the Media

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


& Online Tools

Best Book Publicity and Marketing Twitter Feeds

The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff

Epic Infographic Maps Out The Mechanics Of Book Publishing


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