Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/23/10)

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Best of Best

Do you know the real reason not to use passive voice?

They Will Steal Your Idea. They Cannot Steal What Really Matters. (Resources, Execution, Passion.)

“This low-grade contempt then can be seen.. in passive-aggressive gestures like Tin House’s receipt policy.”

Can a writer salvage early manuscripts?

7 Social Marketing Strategy Mistakes That Cripple Your Reputation

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Treading The Commercial Tightrope – The Writer’s Problem

The Anatomy of a SHORT Synopsis

Craft & Technique

5 Screenwriting Tips All Writers Can Learn From

Fascinating metric to measure depth of characterization in writing. Apply to any 2 characters to gauge their value

What “Art of War” Can Teach Us About Plot & Characterization

What Makes a Bad Guy Bad


News & Trends

Behold! The Top 10 Myths About Our E-book Future

Andrew Wylie and Odyssey Editions – and why it’s causing a storm in publishing

RT @jafurtado: United Artists Redux, by Michael Cairns (The potential of author collectives.)

“Amazon is a company that expects to win a market at all costs, even if means upsetting Wall Street.” @sarahw


Platform Building, Self-Promotion

Wow! great book marketing list by @thecreativepenn

How To Be A Multi-Media Author & Stand Out From The Crowd

Publicity Tips for Authors: Blog, Blog, Blog!

How to Boost your Income and Popularity by Giving Stuff Away

Seth’s Blog: Self marketing might be the most important kind

& Blogging

The Blogger’s Guide to Indirect Selling

How Nonfiction Self-Publishers Can Become Keyword Naturals – with a little help from Google

Social Media / Twitter

Forrester: If You Think Social Media Marketing is Worthless, You’re Doing it Wrong by Mike Melanson | ReadWriteWeb

Top 10 ways authors can use Twitter to promote books



Self-Publishing, Self-Promotion, and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

3 Great Typeface Combinations You Can Use in Your Book
Helpful advice on a popular topic

E-Books and E-Publishing

How to publish your book on the iPad

Four authors explain why they feel $1.99 is ideal eBook price; share your thoughts at @eBookNewser

The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff

What separates you from Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, and Gary Vaynerchuk?

Shortcuts to Fame: 5 Tips for Writers

Other Link Roundups

Best links for writers–wk of 7/23


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