Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/24/09)

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Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday (or Sunday!) 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

Reading 67 Overlooked Freelance Writing Niches
Great ideas!
@UrbanMuseWriter

100 Inspirational Posts to Make You a Better Writer
@flipbooks

Good post with a list of 25 book blogs [and how to pitch bloggers]
@BubbleCow

Top book marketing posts from @TonyEldridge
@thecreativepenn

Stand Alone

Some people write great books but not killer queries; I give the sample pages more weight than the letter.
@rachellegardner

A good memoir requires all the writing ability of fiction, and all the platform & marketing of nonfiction.
@RachelleGardner

DON’T say “the book gets exciting in chap 5” or “the pace picks up toward the end.” Make it shine from page 1.
@rachellegardner

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
@BookEndsJessica

Writers, please research your genres for word count. I can’ t sell a 39K word romance, nor a 165K mystery.
@MarleneStringer

Begging in a query is a real turnoff. “Please give me a chance!”
@RachelleGardner

Requests for fulls/partials, but no agent yet? Go back and work on craft & story. Take your time, get help.
@RachelleGardner

the sign of a really good writer isn’t the first draft, but how well revisions are handled.
@BookEndsJessica

“Plot, in fact, is yearning challenged and thwarted,” by Robert Olen Butler. Wish I had said that. Sublime.
@plotwhisperer

Getting Published, Agents/Editors
Free e-book of interest to writers: How to Write a Great Query Letter by Noah Lukeman
@kdwashburn

Some great advice for writers [from an agent]! Reading for Research
@kdwashburn

5 Must-Have Qualities to Become a Top Freelancer (via @designcoyote @DesignerDepot)
@flipbooks

Anatomy of a good query letter
@NathanBransford

Care and Feeding of Editors [for freelancers]
@writingislife

Redlines and Deadlines explains what happens to a manuscript after it’s sold
@Rachel_Brady

Outstanding perspective on writing from book cover designer via @eoinpurcell
@dbschlosser

GREAT post on how to write a good plot summary for a book pitch
@BubbleCow

Therese Walsh shares The Secret of getting published
@inkyelbows

Unmissable advice from an agent who says you MUST wait 30 days before chasing a query
@BubbleCow

Craft & Technique

Bestselling thriller author John Gilstrap discusses the power of the 1st page
@JoeMoore_writer

Fiction writers, the seven “shoulds” of subplot
@thewritermama

Read this because it’s a VERY smart piece about writing.
@susanorlean

5 laws of the novelist
@motsjustes

An editor offers some very useful tips on how to improve your writing style
@BubbleCow

Author Holly Lisle’s advice on how to create a character.
(Great guidelines, not rules)
@Writepop

Novel writing: “Six core competencies” (from Men with Pens).
@KimsCraftBlog

What fairy tales can teach us about writing
@ElizabethSCraig

How to Add Hooks That Reel Readers In
@nicoledenae

16 steps to plotting a thriller
@ElizabethSCraig

How to write your first novel
@jpan_es

Avoid these dialogue disasters
@motsjustes

How a great story works – By concealing its purpose in entertainment, luring us to the experience
@dbschlosser

Publishing News/Trends & The Future of Publishing

Are 40% of books pulped? via @moonrat (and why the hell is it allowed?)
@thecreativepenn

A publisher weighs in on delaying publication of an ebook. Interesting discussion ensues.
@writingislife

A review of the ebook timing discussion started by @draccah with my opinions to follow in a subsequent post
@MikeShatzkin

Financial Times editor says most news websites will charge within a year (@guardian)
@draccah

Ebooks are just another container; publishers need to focus on readers because that’s who’s in control
@glecharles

reading Mark Potts’ brilliant Turing Test that every newspaper Web site should – but doesn’t – pass
@twliterary

Printcasting: Web site anyone can put together a magazine with their own blog posts or articles and items from others
@Personanondata

Writer burns bridge.
@merylkevans

Marketing/Promotion

The Top 7 Things Every Aspiring Author’s Website Must Have
@JordanMcCollum

Writers & Social Media Fans – Controlling Online Participation is Part of Your Job!
@AnnaDeStefano

How to market fiction
@Bookgal

“Bottom line – value is the one business model that never fails. Even for novelists and bloggers.”
@glecharles

Smart marketing strategies from a YA author who used to work in the Random House Sales Dept.
@mariaschneider

Authors: YOU are IT when it comes to yr work, sez media guru Bernoff. decide yr objectives & tools.
@BeyondTheBook

It really is easy to Podcast your writing
@tumblemoose

Top 10 Tips to Help Authors Promote Their Books
@cherylktardif

How to Write a Better Title in Ten Minutes
@michelelinn

“What Makes a Story Work” by @chrisbrogan
@kdwashburn


Blogging

Tips for Choosing the Best WordPress Theme for Your Blog
@QuipsAndTips

How to comment on blogs to promote your book
@Bookgal

Twitter on Twitter


15 Kick-Ass Re-Tweet Tips for Writers

@flipbooks

10 Stunning (And Useful) Stats About Twitter
(interesting summary)
@iamkhayyam

Five reasons why no one likes you on Twitter (#6: You think there are concrete rules to using it.)
@MackCollier

Why I love Twitter: It’s like a #writing conference that never ever ends! And has all the best information, too!
@DavidRozansky

My #followfriday pick is @MichelleRafter because she really *gets* how writers can leverage blogs & social media.
@UrbanMuseWriter

If you’re into freelance writing make sure to check out: @contentrich @LFormichelli @dianaburrell for great tips!
@suite101

If I could follow only one person it would be @jafurtado. He tweets the most informative links abt publishing.
@dearauthor

Online & Offline Resources/Tools

50 Places that Hire Freelance Writers
@DebNg

10 Websites for Book Lovers
@Larryferlazzo

Boston writing careers 101: What are the best web sites for writers?
@Paragraph_Soul

Just found a nice little on-line newsletter with some good articles. Vision: A Resource for Writers
@alittlesandy

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.
@dbschlosser

Writers: Take the 1000 A Day Challenge
@inkyelbows

My new Writing Tips newletter on how to handle criticism
@JoeFinder

Posted to my blog: Frank McCourt, A Teacher’s Brush with The Teacher Man
@debramarrs

6 Talks to Make You Reassess What You’re Doing With Your Life
@PasteMagazine

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