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Best of Best
Reading 67 Overlooked Freelance Writing Niches
Top book marketing posts from @TonyEldridge
Some people write great books but not killer queries; I give the sample pages more weight than the letter.
A good memoir requires all the writing ability of fiction, and all the platform & marketing of nonfiction.
DON’T say “the book gets exciting in chap 5” or “the pace picks up toward the end.” Make it shine from page 1.
do not put in a query that you are still editing and revising. it’s so much better if you are done and at work on the next thing
Writers, please research your genres for word count. I can’ t sell a 39K word romance, nor a 165K mystery.
Begging in a query is a real turnoff. “Please give me a chance!”
Requests for fulls/partials, but no agent yet? Go back and work on craft & story. Take your time, get help.
the sign of a really good writer isn’t the first draft, but how well revisions are handled.
“Plot, in fact, is yearning challenged and thwarted,” by Robert Olen Butler. Wish I had said that. Sublime.
Free e-book of interest to writers: How to Write a Great Query Letter by Noah Lukeman
Some great advice for writers [from an agent]! Reading for Research
5 Must-Have Qualities to Become a Top Freelancer (via @designcoyote @DesignerDepot)
Anatomy of a good query letter
Care and Feeding of Editors [for freelancers]
Redlines and Deadlines explains what happens to a manuscript after it’s sold
Outstanding perspective on writing from book cover designer via @eoinpurcell
GREAT post on how to write a good plot summary for a book pitch
Therese Walsh shares The Secret of getting published
Unmissable advice from an agent who says you MUST wait 30 days before chasing a query
Craft & Technique
Fiction writers, the seven “shoulds” of subplot
Read this because it’s a VERY smart piece about writing.
5 laws of the novelist
An editor offers some very useful tips on how to improve your writing style
Author Holly Lisle’s advice on how to create a character.
(Great guidelines, not rules)
Novel writing: “Six core competencies” (from Men with Pens).
What fairy tales can teach us about writing
How to Add Hooks That Reel Readers In
16 steps to plotting a thriller
How to write your first novel
Avoid these dialogue disasters
How a great story works – By concealing its purpose in entertainment, luring us to the experience
Publishing News/Trends & The Future of Publishing
Are 40% of books pulped? via @moonrat (and why the hell is it allowed?)
A publisher weighs in on delaying publication of an ebook. Interesting discussion ensues.
A review of the ebook timing discussion started by @draccah with my opinions to follow in a subsequent post
Financial Times editor says most news websites will charge within a year (@guardian)
reading Mark Potts’ brilliant Turing Test that every newspaper Web site should – but doesn’t – pass
Printcasting: Web site anyone can put together a magazine with their own blog posts or articles and items from others
Writer burns bridge.
The Top 7 Things Every Aspiring Author’s Website Must Have
Writers & Social Media Fans – Controlling Online Participation is Part of Your Job!
How to market fiction
“Bottom line – value is the one business model that never fails. Even for novelists and bloggers.”
It really is easy to Podcast your writing
Top 10 Tips to Help Authors Promote Their Books
How to Write a Better Title in Ten Minutes
“What Makes a Story Work” by @chrisbrogan
Twitter on Twitter
15 Kick-Ass Re-Tweet Tips for Writers
10 Stunning (And Useful) Stats About Twitter
Five reasons why no one likes you on Twitter (#6: You think there are concrete rules to using it.)
Why I love Twitter: It’s like a #writing conference that never ever ends! And has all the best information, too!
My #followfriday pick is @MichelleRafter because she really *gets* how writers can leverage blogs & social media.
If you’re into freelance writing make sure to check out: @contentrich @LFormichelli @dianaburrell for great tips!
If I could follow only one person it would be @jafurtado. He tweets the most informative links abt publishing.
Online & Offline Resources/Tools
10 Websites for Book Lovers
Boston writing careers 101: What are the best web sites for writers?
Just found a nice little on-line newsletter with some good articles. Vision: A Resource for Writers
The Writing Life / Philosophical / Inspirational
Writing a novel should be fun though it’s hard. While there are guides, it’s all up to you.
Writers: Take the 1000 A Day Challenge
Posted to my blog: Frank McCourt, A Teacher’s Brush with The Teacher Man
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