Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/3/09)

I
watch
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
@cassidylewis

Ten Marketing Questions Authors are Asking (excellent) via @chipmacgregor
@thecreativepenn

The media comments on self-published books (via @MoriahJovan) [for everyone who wonders why the self-pub stigma continues]
@thecreativepenn

Publishers will turn into sports teams, trading lists the way teams trade players. Another aspect of verticalization.
@MikeShatzkin

Do family businesses have some advantages over their competitors in our changing industry? I think so.
@MikeShatzkin

13 Lessons Learned Launching an eBook
@problogger

Do Twitter and Blogs Really Drive Book Sales? (via @charabbott )
@thecreativepenn

Stand Alone

Friday self-editing tip: make sure your dialogue is appropriate for characters given educational backgrounds, upbringing & context
@IPublishPress

When agents/editors refer to EDITING, they rarely mean typos & punctuation. Usually it’s more content/structure.
@RachelleGardner

When you open your query with a question to which my answer is NO, you’ve pretty much killed it.
@RachelleGardner

Getting Published, Agents/Editors
Ten things editors look for in non-fiction
(Or….collaborate with a big name!)
@RachelleGardner

Great discussion about agents and eeking out a living as a novelist in the 21st century
@JonathanEvison

More Thoughts on Re-Pitching Agents
@BubbleCow

Authors: 6 Other Things to Do with Your Book Idea (via @TSCB )
@thecreativepenn

Literary agent @ChipMacGregor answers the really “Basic, Basic, Basic Questions” about getting published. Excellent!
@MichaelHyatt

Author’s job: come to the agent with a publishable book [get a trusted editor] from @RachelleGardner
@dbschlosser

PSA about vampires (what you should know if your novel has vampires, zombies, faeries, pixies, or Dick Cheney)
@NathanBransford

4 Other Ways to Get a Literary Agent
@ScifiWatch

Craft & Technique

How to Write About Plights Without Falling Prey to “Plight Syndrome”
@collazoprojects

Starting sentences w/participles confusing the actual function of participles
@dbschlosser

THE secret to great writing: Show or tell
@BubbleCow

How music can help your writing
@benwhiting

Ten Things to Help You with Titles
@thecreativepenn

As an author, who should you be writing for? Chances are, your audience.
@GreenleafBookGr

Finding plot and character inspiration from the Bible
@benwhiting

Why Stories are the Writer’s Elemental Tool from @WriteToDone
@TXBirder

Publishing News/Trends & The Future of Publishing

The rise of the e-book first, print book later publisher. The new e-book publishing landscape.
@PublishersWkly

Mike Shatzkin’s smart, thoughtful look at the evolving role of literary agents
@twliterary

“‘Free’ is just a way to destroy your competitor, but it doesn’t make a business sustainable.” (writers: read this one)
@glecharles

If you read only one article this week/month, make sure it’s this one. [Is scientific publishing about to be disrupted?]
@jwikert

Martha Stewart web initiatives versus Penguin’s. There is emerging opportunity but Big 6 will miss it.
@MikeShatzkin

“It was highly edited, full of personality … Proof that you don’t need to have everything, just the right things.
@glecharles

@realjohngreen’s case for lower advances, higher royalties, and more frequent payments to authors
@mitaliperkins

Publishers as judges of best Internet content?
@stefaniecpeters

Agents need to be more flexible on e-rights: Agents must be more flexible when selling
@TheBookseller

Michael Hyatt, the Tweeting CEO [of Thomas Nelson]
@PublishersLunch

Great article if you haven’t seen it: Clive Thompson on the future of reading-not publishing-in a digital world.
@GreenleafBookGr

Most newspapers will disappear in the next 5-10 years, along with the vast majority of websites and wannabe writers.
@glecharles

Proliferation of ebook devices, platforms, reader softwares, and retailers making you dizzy? It’s GREAT for publishers
@MikeShatzkin

Marketing/Promotion

Developing a Platform For Nonfiction Writers
@tonyeldridge

Need help finding the perfect name for your author website? Here are 6 free tools to help.
@AuthorTech

10 Secrets of the Best Social Media Users
@AlexKaris

7 Ways to Build Your Author Brand Online by @MichaelHyatt
@AuthorTech

Marketing a Book @chrisbrogan starts marketing his
@thecreativepenn

What is the purpose of a book cover? Seth Godin’s answer may surprise you
@MichaelHyatt

19 management chores for your online presence you COULD do every day by @chrisbrogan
@Mediabistro

Blogging

I’m watching Tim Ferris video, “How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself.” It’s excellent.
@MichaelHyatt

Blog to Book: An Elegant Execution from The New Yorker
@selfpubreview

6 great lessons to blogging brought to you by Copyblogger & Winnie the Pooh
@flipbooks

Jennifer Fulwiler guest posts on agent @RachelleGardner ‘s blog: How to Build Traffic on Your Blog.
@GreenleafBookGr

Awesome demonstration of blogging authentically
@pamslim

E-books and e-publishing

How to Write an Ebook that Sells in 2009 by Copyblogger
@JDEbberly

So you want to write an ebook? 30 tips for success
(via @dmscott)
@thecreativepenn

Self-Publishing

Ready to get your book into bookstores? Here are some great tips (via Publishers Weekly)
@Bookgal

Self publishing carnival of great links (Thanks @BryceBeattie )
@thecreativepenn

Twitter on Twitter

Mashable compares 19 different Twitter apps. It includes ratings and the “hit feature” for each
@MichaelHyatt

Twitter directory of industry people you might want to follow [very good and manageable list of agents, editors, publishers]
@susanwrites

Online & Offline Resources/Tools

Just discovered “Smashing Magazine.” Check out their “50 Free Resources to Improve Your Writing Skills
@jwikert

50+ writer uses for twitter
@merylkevans

Authors who share
@motsjustes

Here’s something to bookmark on your iPhone: iKnow’s 100 Best Reference Tools for your iPhone
@jwikert

Ten Books for Mothers Who Write
@alittlesandy

The Writing Life / Philosophical

11 Types of Bad Writing Advice RT @paperbackjack: Everything you know is wrong
@nicoledenae

The Full-Time Writing Life: If It Doesn’t Kill You 1st, It’ll Kill You 2nd
@jeffvandermeer

10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds from Julia Cameron’s Writing Diet 
@QuipsAndTips

Steve Almond explains why he never says no to ANY writing assignment. No matter what.
@roncharles

Fun

10 Ways to Take a Bad Author Photo
@saltpublishing

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