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Best of Best
Why New Novelists Are Kinda Old, or, Hey, Publishing is Slow
Book publicist reveals one key thing publishers look for before considering your book
The Seven Deadly Writing Sins
Where will we be in five years?
Giving ebooks away for free increases print book sales
If you only read one marketing post ever, read this one – 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly
36 Free EBooks for Writers by @PacificBlue
Writing tip 21: Agonize over your 1st story only after you’ve written your 10th, your 10th after your 20th.
I have a number of valuable business contacts that I ‘found’ on Twitter. It is a serious tool in day-to-day business life.
A poet once said that handwriting connects the pulse of the heart, down the arm, to the fingers, to the pen, to the page. #writechat
Q. What exactly is a pitch? A. Think of it as back-cover text of your book. Whatzitbout? Whozitfor? Whoyou? Whycare?
No need to note your “copyright” on manuscript. Legally unnecessary (is © as soon as you write it down) and looks amateurish.
No need to “design” your manuscript w/clip art & unusual fonts. The point is the text, not a fancy title page.
Overheard: Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook are merging together: “YouTwitFace.com”
“If you want to build an online community it can’t be about you.” Says @calilewis
A behind-the-scenes look at the process of choosing a bestseller – Inside publishing!
How hard is getting published anyway? (via @jackiebarbosa )
Why your book does NOT have to be the next big thing to sell (from agent Rachelle Gardner)
All aspiring writers need to read this right now
Should you self-publish?
Why I chose to self publish
App-onomics: How To Succeed In Publishing
Real Simple’s Life Lessons Writing Essay Contest
Craft & Technique
Ernest Hemingway’s Top 9 Words of Wisdom
Learn writing from the masters
Against the Wind: How Not to Write a Boring Story – Great writing tips from @RGregoryBrowne!
Joss Whedon on Writing Strong Female Characters
What is left unspoken between your characters?
Check out this week’s Fix-It Friday revision tip from @sarazarr
Looking for good advice on how to start that novel? We enjoyed this (from Holly Lisle)
Passionate comma placement by @blognerd
Publishing News, Trends, Opinions
Essay about the pitfalls of memoir (LA Times)
Tired of the cynicism in self-publishing
How I Sold My Book by Giving it Away. Excellent piece by crime writer @SethHarwood
Essential reading for writers: You MUST help sell your book (from agent Rachelle Gardner)
The author as performer
27 Things to do Before a Conference from @chrisbrogan – fab!
listen up – @JeremiahTolbert comments on the curious science of what makes a story podcastable
The 6 levels of engagement in online communication (mindless to existential)
How to create a pen name by @procrastwriter
Twitter on Twitter
10 Ways Twitter Can Help Writers
My 140conf talk: Twitter as a Publishing Medium (video and transcript)
Twitterature: 19 Year-Olds Score Twitter Book Deal
Online & Offline Resources/Tools
The Write Network – Collected blog articles about writing
Enjoying all the great info and advice for writers here
List of ebook websites for publishing and reading
[Comprehensive look at digital publishing retailers, content, readers, and options]
The Writing Life / Philosophical
Great perspective from @austinkleon in “How Should Creative Writing Be Taught?”
“Watch How I Spend My First 20 Minutes Online Every Morning” says Problogger
“Use talismans for inspired writing” (I keep a pile of bills within view)
don’t forget why we do it
Achieving the dream
3 P’s of writing
McSweeney’s spoof–college class syallbus: Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era
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