Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Saturday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave
it in the Comments, or if you want more of a particular category of Tweet, also comment.)
Best of Best
Adorable AND valuable – 5 Things Sesame Street Can Teach You About Breakthrough Blogging
Just compiled a writing advice database of past posts
@NathanBransford (literary agent)
Writing revision checklist for fiction
Love this post: Top Ten Things I Know About Editing
20 Must-Read Blogs For Freelance Writers
Better than great sales or bestseller lists are letters from readers saying your book reflects their lives & makes them feel relevant.
Idea: Use a Facebook Fan page or group to give away knowledge and tools. Be a resource. <LOVECAT think: Knowledge networking>
“It’s nearly always better to resist the urge to explain.”
—Renni Browne and Dave King
Social networking is about building relationships BEFORE you ask people to represent you, buy your work or offer you a contract.
“Tell almost the whole story.”
“There’s nobody out there waiting for it, and nobody’s going to scold you if you don’t do it.”
—LYNNE SHARON SCHWARTZ
@thecreativepenn and @mariaschneider routinely dig up great things on the web for writers, and are worth following.
Writing Tip: Make your writing reader-centric: always answer the implicit or explicit “What’s in it for me?” question.
Getting Published, Agents/Editors
Should I send a revision to agents currently looking at my work? You know you’ve had the urge
Should you query now or wait to meet an agent at a conference? @RachelleGardner gives some insight
7 reasons manuscripts are rejected & how you can avoid it
Done writing? Tips for hiring an editor
Publishing Comparisons (POD vs. POD)
Considering a pen name? The pros and cons.
Craft & Technique
Weekend Writing tip: Plan Through Character
Some lunchtime reading for any writers out there: “Writing: The power of three”
Plotting by Elimination
Great writing podcast by three authors (one writes fantasy, the other horror, the other webcomics)
Setting as a Character – agent Maass on writing mythic significance into the landscape
“Just say no to dialect, y’all”
… a new talk, on plotting and springing surprises in novels (by Arthur A. Levine editor)
Publishing News, Trends, Opinions
TIME: Amazon defining the future of publishing
Author Christina Katz @thewritermama with platform ideas and mistakes
Building an Author Platform (Video)
A pain free method of self-promotion
Twitter on Twitter
Some deep insights into twitter in this post by @cheeky_geeky. Really thought-provoking.
USA Today on the art of writing on Twitter (and Facebook):
Why Writers Should Use Twitter
Note to writers: Twitter may be a better platform than a blog.
The grand unveiling: The Smashwords Writer’s Digest ad, written by your tweets (and yes, winners inside the ad)
Online & Offline Resources/Tools
Five sites to get free books
The 50 Best Books on Writing Fiction
Sunday writers links (Thx @le_shack !)
Detect Plagiarism on the Web by @CathyStucker
The Writing Life / Philosophical
Writers: Are you indispensable?
Just blogged about 3 things John Cleese taught me on unleashing creativity at will
“Listen Up, Old School Journalists” (via RecessionWire)
Actual student comments in writing workshop from McSweeney’s -hilarious!
The Top 15 Bad Romance Novel Opening Lines (giggle!)
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