Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/19/09)

Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or 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

Ask the editor: Do publishers have rules about POV?

Check out Jim Shepard on writing: “I don’t think you realize how hard this is for me.” [in Oprah’s magazine]

How to find something great to read

Getting Published, Agents/Editors
Terrific advice on hiring a literary agent from @MichaelHyatt

Should you go to a writers conference? Easy list of pros and cons!

Who says $1 a word freelance markets are dead? The latest FundsforWriters newsletter from @hopeclark

The Editorial Process [with a traditional publisher]

Should You Self Publish Your book? ~~VERY Good Article

What not to edit

Craft & Technique

Essay on compelling story telling

The dangers of starting with dialogue – from @NathanBransford

The importance of good characters in your novel

10 Myths of Writer’s Workshop [particularly for educators]

Letting your characters rule the story

How to write a novel when you have no plot. Hint: it involves bumper stickers.

Publishing News, Trends, Opinions

How the Lit Fic Crowd Can Make Digital Publishing Legitimate

Kindle and book business: this is the best analysis I’ve seen recently.

There’s a rich and vibrant world at the opposite end of mediocrity, and it represents the real future of publishing

What if people steal my book? Karmic rights management (via @thebookwright )


6 Things Readers Want from Your Author Website
(smart tips; focus on the fundamentals)

Advanced platform strategy from Chris Brogan and here

Twitter on Twitter

I don’t want, or know how, to develop a strategy for my authenticity. Apparently, I will not be a successful tweeter.

Online & Offline Resources/Tools

The Economist’s writing style guide is fantastic.

Five Good Books About Genre Writing by Actual Authors

The Writing Life / Philosophical

Excellent article about not letting your day job kill your writing life

Love this by Seth Godin, YOU MATTER, reminds me of my 2009 mantra, Make Good Things Happen

For tomorrow: Get up on the right side of bed. A new routine that’ll change ur life.


This week, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” a sad, lovely piece from my writing teacher Sandra Tsing Loh

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