Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/13/11)

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.

Best of Best
Seth Godin explores people’s goals in publishing a book
@DanBlank

6 tools to help you format your eBook; includes tools for ePub, Mobi & PDF files
@eBookNewser

What Is the ROI of a Conversation?
[business context, but applies to authors]
@DanBlank


Getting Published + Agents/Editors

Author, Know Thy Self [knowing your genre]
@Porter_Anderson

Should you ask a published author to look at your work and/or give you an agent referral?
@RachelleGardner

What kind of advance can you expect?
@WendyLawton

Query letters – do you have personality?
@elizabethscraig

Craft + Technique

10 Ways to Totally Screw Up Your Novel
@storyfix

10 Ways to Create a Plot Twist
@tn_tobias

Ticking Clock or Option Exhaustion: 2 Ways to Bring Your Novel To A Crisis
@elizabethscraig

The most critical storytelling skill
@AdviceToWriters

Does Your Story Have a Hook or Merely a Gimmick?
@elizabethscraig

3 ways to end your chapters
@writersdigest

8 Ways NOT to Describe Your Main Character

@victoriamixon

Children’s Writing

5 Fast Differences Between YA and MG
@elizabethscraig

Picture book writing tips: “allow the child character to be the one to figure out a solution”
@GalleyCat


Publishing News + Trends

Bookish fits in between Amazon and Goodreads, to solve a “problem” that only exists for publishers, not readers.
@glecharles

Big Think on redefining the e-book experience
@PublishersWkly

Piracy vaults a book to number one bestseller and scores it a movie deal.
@AlanBaxter

Marketing + Self-Promotion

Smashwords Book Marketing Guide is now in the Kindle Store, and it’s FREE starting now
@markcoker

The Dials, Levers and Buttons of Building Your Author Platform
@DanBlank

Websites + Blogs

Do You Really Need a Blog if you’re on Facebook or Twitter?
@KMWeiland

21 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue
@copyblogger


Social Media

Editors, writers & producers are using reactions from fans to improve their storytelling methods
@filodaria

The Ultimate Guide to Twitter Marketing

@copyblogger

Self-Publishing + E-Publishing

Ooh, 2 of my favorite authors: @scottsigler guests on @jakonrath blog on self-publishing
@thecreativepenn

Creating Amazon Kindle bestsellers
@40kBooks

Tracking a Bestseller Through Price Changes – One Book’s Story
@DigiBookWorld

Tips to improve your Amazon sales page
@craftycmc talks to @thecreativepenn

Online Tools + Resources

Looking for some good online writing communities? Check out my FB page – lots of great ones!
@RachelleGardner

10 Kindle Tricks and Tweaks
@Jane_L

10 websites where you download free & legal eBooks

@eBookNewser


Writing Life + Fun

“Famous authors tend to write only for 4 hrs during the morning.” Interesting study about productivity
@irisblasi

Writers & Kitties
@GalleyCat

Writers talk about their lives before they “made it” – an inspiring blog

@jessicastrawser

Stereotyping people by their favorite author
@elizabethscraig

Against Professionalism
@elizabethscraig

Beautiful essay by Christopher Hitchens on losing his voice & the relationship of voice & writing.
@RachelleGardner

Can you teach creative writing?
@guardianbooks


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One thought on “Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/13/11)

  1. Andy

    Regarding Redefining the E-book at BigThink:

    It seems like an enhanced, interactive e-book will be similar to a really great web site, no?

    Just with (hopefully) a high degree of professionalism, a pay wall, and formatting that works on the e-reading devices?

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