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
17 Reasons book manuscripts are rejected
Ten Marketing Questions Authors are Asking (excellent) via @chipmacgregor
The media comments on self-published books (via @MoriahJovan) [for everyone who wonders why the self-pub stigma continues]
Publishers will turn into sports teams, trading lists the way teams trade players. Another aspect of verticalization.
13 Lessons Learned Launching an eBook
Do Twitter and Blogs Really Drive Book Sales? (via @charabbott )
Friday self-editing tip: make sure your dialogue is appropriate for characters given educational backgrounds, upbringing & context
When agents/editors refer to EDITING, they rarely mean typos & punctuation. Usually it’s more content/structure.
When you open your query with a question to which my answer is NO, you’ve pretty much killed it.
Ten things editors look for in non-fiction
(Or….collaborate with a big name!)
More Thoughts on Re-Pitching Agents
Authors: 6 Other Things to Do with Your Book Idea (via @TSCB )
Literary agent @ChipMacGregor answers the really “Basic, Basic, Basic Questions” about getting published. Excellent!
Author’s job: come to the agent with a publishable book [get a trusted editor] from @RachelleGardner
PSA about vampires (what you should know if your novel has vampires, zombies, faeries, pixies, or Dick Cheney)
4 Other Ways to Get a Literary Agent
Craft & Technique
How to Write About Plights Without Falling Prey to “Plight Syndrome”
THE secret to great writing: Show or tell
How music can help your writing
Ten Things to Help You with Titles
Why Stories are the Writer’s Elemental Tool from @WriteToDone
Publishing News/Trends & The Future of Publishing
The rise of the e-book first, print book later publisher. The new e-book publishing landscape.
Mike Shatzkin’s smart, thoughtful look at the evolving role of literary agents
“‘Free’ is just a way to destroy your competitor, but it doesn’t make a business sustainable.” (writers: read this one)
If you read only one article this week/month, make sure it’s this one. [Is scientific publishing about to be disrupted?]
Martha Stewart web initiatives versus Penguin’s. There is emerging opportunity but Big 6 will miss it.
“It was highly edited, full of personality … Proof that you don’t need to have everything, just the right things.”
@realjohngreen’s case for lower advances, higher royalties, and more frequent payments to authors
Publishers as judges of best Internet content?
Agents need to be more flexible on e-rights: Agents must be more flexible when selling
Michael Hyatt, the Tweeting CEO [of Thomas Nelson]
Great article if you haven’t seen it: Clive Thompson on the future of reading-not publishing-in a digital world.
Proliferation of ebook devices, platforms, reader softwares, and retailers making you dizzy? It’s GREAT for publishers
Developing a Platform For Nonfiction Writers
Need help finding the perfect name for your author website? Here are 6 free tools to help.
10 Secrets of the Best Social Media Users
7 Ways to Build Your Author Brand Online by @MichaelHyatt
Marketing a Book @chrisbrogan starts marketing his
What is the purpose of a book cover? Seth Godin’s answer may surprise you
19 management chores for your online presence you COULD do every day by @chrisbrogan
I’m watching Tim Ferris video, “How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself.” It’s excellent.
Blog to Book: An Elegant Execution from The New Yorker
Jennifer Fulwiler guest posts on agent @RachelleGardner ‘s blog: How to Build Traffic on Your Blog.
E-books and e-publishing
How to Write an Ebook that Sells in 2009 by Copyblogger
So you want to write an ebook? 30 tips for success
Ready to get your book into bookstores? Here are some great tips (via Publishers Weekly)
Self publishing carnival of great links (Thanks @BryceBeattie )
Twitter on Twitter
Mashable compares 19 different Twitter apps. It includes ratings and the “hit feature” for each
Twitter directory of industry people you might want to follow [very good and manageable list of agents, editors, publishers]
Online & Offline Resources/Tools
Just discovered “Smashing Magazine.” Check out their “50 Free Resources to Improve Your Writing Skills“
50+ writer uses for twitter
Authors who share
Here’s something to bookmark on your iPhone: iKnow’s 100 Best Reference Tools for your iPhone
Ten Books for Mothers Who Write
The Writing Life / Philosophical
11 Types of Bad Writing Advice RT @paperbackjack: Everything you know is wrong
Steve Almond explains why he never says no to ANY writing assignment. No matter what.
10 Ways to Take a Bad Author Photo
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