Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/22/09)

I
watch
Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave
it in the Comments.)

Stand Alone (no links)

“What if…?” + Problem = Concept. Concept + Character = Plot. Plot + Character Change = Story.
@jamesscottbell

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Tortured Trilogies
(Why do all fantasy novels seem to come as trilogies?)
@cjlitagency

Useful description of what and how an author gets paid
(Thanks to Moonrat)
@DaphneUn

Why pre-pub website is important
@indieauthor

To self-publish or not: This is a fine list of the considerations.
@selfpubreview

Where to Find a Self-Published Book Editor
@selfpubreview

Craft & Technique


How Do You Learn to Write? Great advice from multi-pubbed authors in my blog comments.
@RachelleGardner

If you are writing profiles, the interview is key 
@thewritermama

Writers, do you belong to a book club? Here’s how it can improve your writing skills!
@quipsandtips

Best kept secret of enduring characters: quintessentialism
@dbschlosser

The Elegant Art of Writing Less
@michele_menard

Until you write the end you will not truly know the beginning
@dbschlosser

Great recap of a conversation about revision
@gregpincus

Marketing/Promotion

Author @SherryThomas describes the symbiotic relationship between libraries & readers & how it seeds sales
@jane_l

Build Your Author Platform With Online Forums
@BookMarketer

Author discovers that dropping price on his Kindle book pushes it up the bestseller list
@jennifertribe

Twitter on Twitter

Nonfiction Tweets: 70+ Authors to Follow on Twitter
@mashable

The Twitter Scorecard–for book publishers. Which houses are tweeting and who’s getting the followers? 
@PublishersWkly

Twitter Scorecard from @publisherswkly updated and more thorough is posted at O’Reilly
@mikehatora

Exhaustive list of publishers & authors on Twitter
@KrisUnderwood

Twitter is changing how publishers do business, 140 characters at a time. 
@PublishersWkly

Trends & Opinions

Kudos to Harlequin for driving innovation, loving their writers & readers
@LibreDigital

With books, as with just about everything else, the “good old days” never really existed
@victoriastrauss

The top 50 women in publishing share passionate advice
@HarperCollinsCa

Online Publishers: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
@ReadWriteWeb

What I learned from my MFA in Writing Poetry
@PeakePoetics

Resources/Tools

Email out of control? You might want to read my “Yes, You Can Stay on Top of Email.”
@MichaelHyatt

Philosophical

Is fiction necessary for our survival as a species? Fascinating article on salon.com
@lawritersgroup


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