Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 6/26/09)

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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

Why New Novelists Are Kinda Old, or, Hey, Publishing is Slow
by @scalzi
@dbschlosser

Book publicist reveals one key thing publishers look for before considering your book
@BookWritingTips

The Seven Deadly Writing Sins
@nicoledenae

Where will we be in five years?
@chipmacgregor

Giving ebooks away for free increases print book sales
@bradvertrees

If you only read one marketing post ever, read this one – 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly
@tferriss

Writing Roads: Authentic Trumps Agreeable
@KFZuzulo

36 Free EBooks for Writers by @PacificBlue
@BookBuzzr

Stand Alone

Writing tip 21: Agonize over your 1st story only after you’ve written your 10th, your 10th after your 20th.
@barryintokyo

I have a number of valuable business contacts that I ‘found’ on Twitter. It is a serious tool in day-to-day business life.
@MichaelHyatt

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
@debramarrs

Q. What exactly is a pitch? A. Think of it as back-cover text of your book. Whatzitbout? Whozitfor? Whoyou? Whycare?
@DavidRozansky

No need to note your “copyright” on manuscript. Legally unnecessary (is © as soon as you write it down) and looks amateurish.
@papertyger

No need to “design” your manuscript w/clip art & unusual fonts. The point is the text, not a fancy title page.
@papertyger

Overheard: Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook are merging together: “YouTwitFace.com”
@human3rror

“If you want to build an online community it can’t be about you.” Says @calilewis
@ThomasUmstattd

Getting Published, Agents/Editors
A behind-the-scenes look at the process of choosing a bestseller – Inside publishing!
@kimmerieweiss

How hard is getting published anyway? (via @jackiebarbosa )
@thecreativepenn

Why your book does NOT have to be the next big thing to sell (from agent Rachelle Gardner)
@BubbleCow

How to pitch your book (to agents/editors) with a single email
@BubbleCow

Two things to read: 7 things learned in writing a novel and a successful query
@JohnUpChurch

All aspiring writers need to read this right now
@lilithsaintcrow

Researching Literary Agents = a step by step guide!
@asuen1

Should you self-publish?
@jakonrath

Why I chose to self publish
@zoewinters

App-onomics: How To Succeed In Publishing
@thecreativepenn

Real Simple’s Life Lessons Writing Essay Contest
@WriteSuccess

Craft & Technique

Ernest Hemingway’s Top 9 Words of Wisdom
@dbschlosser

Learn writing from the masters
@motsjustes

John Grisham studied structures of bestsellers to create page-turners
@tferriss

Against the Wind: How Not to Write a Boring Story – Great writing tips from @RGregoryBrowne!
@EmeryRoad

When to cut something out of your manuscript
@Kid_Lit

Joss Whedon on Writing Strong Female Characters
@ThinkandAct

What is left unspoken between your characters?
@gregpincus

Check out this week’s Fix-It Friday revision tip from @sarazarr
@sharigreen

8 ways to make your protagonist more memorable
@benwhiting

Looking for good advice on how to start that novel? We enjoyed this (from Holly Lisle)
@SilverWoodBooks

Passionate comma placement by @blognerd
@motsjustes

Publishing News, Trends, Opinions

Essay about the pitfalls of memoir (LA Times)
@roncharles

Tired of the cynicism in self-publishing
@selfpubreview

Marketing/Promotion

How I Sold My Book by Giving it Away. Excellent piece by crime writer @SethHarwood
@openculture

Essential reading for writers: You MUST help sell your book (from agent Rachelle Gardner)
@BubbleCow

The author as performer
@GuyKawasaki

Astoundingly useful research about readers using authors’ websites
@dbschlosser

27 Things to do Before a Conference from @chrisbrogan – fab!
@Bookgal

listen up – @JeremiahTolbert comments on the curious science of what makes a story podcastable
@papertyger

The 6 levels of engagement in online communication (mindless to existential)
@copyblogger

How to create a pen name by @procrastwriter
@motsjustes

50 things under $50 to promote your book!
@Bookgal

Twitter on Twitter

10 Ways Twitter Can Help Writers
@inkyelbows

My 140conf talk: Twitter as a Publishing Medium (video and transcript)
@timoreilly

Twitterature: 19 Year-Olds Score Twitter Book Deal
@mashable

Online & Offline Resources/Tools

The Write Network – Collected blog articles about writing
@iainbroome

Enjoying all the great info and advice for writers here

@SilverWoodBooks

List of ebook websites for publishing and reading
[Comprehensive look at digital publishing retailers, content, readers, and options]
@thecreativepenn

The Writing Life / Philosophical

Great perspective from @austinkleon in “How Should Creative Writing Be Taught?”
@zoewesthof

“Watch How I Spend My First 20 Minutes Online Every Morning” says Problogger
@MeghnaK

“Use talismans for inspired writing” (I keep a pile of bills within view)
@KFZuzulo

Space apart your email collection to get some work done.
@sanderssays

don’t forget why we do it
@papertyger

Achieving the dream
@nicoledenae

3 P’s of writing
@motsjustes

Fun

McSweeney’s spoof–college class syallbus: Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era
@latta

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