Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/31/09)

I
watch
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

Today’s writing must-read: a literary agent on word count – #pubtip via @bubblecow via @bjmuntain
@dbschlosser

One agent (@BookEndsJessica) muses on the impact of the recession on the publishing world
@BubbleCow

The pros and cons of hiring a professional publicist
@AuthorsNews

Wicked Clever Writing Advice from @mlvalentine – Looking for Publishing Advice? Why Offline Might be Better
@jesshartley

Online tools to help you publish your own book from @techradar
@TXBirder

Stand Alone

If you don’t have publishing credits, don’t say so. No need to draw attention. That you finished a novel is enough.
@jodimeadows

Querying a novel starting with a dream sequence is almost a guaranteed pass.
@MarleneStringer

When you bemoan lack of quality in publishing, do you realize you’re biting the hand that may someday feed you?
@rachellegardner

Don’t tell me your book targets young adults and adults. that’s rare. who does it target more–where should it go in the store
@BookEndsJessica

If ms takes more than 5pp to hook me, it’s not going to hook an editor. Don’t say it gets good after first 50pp.”
@MarleneStringer

Narrative nonfiction definition: nonfiction that illuminates through story (memoir, history, true crime, etc.)
@NathanBransford

Most FREE advocates and “Print is dead” pundits have no skin in the game; self-promoters with no responsibility for revenue or employees.
@glecharles

Distribution is primary value-add a publisher offers. Everything else is available to writers w/o an intermediary.
@glecharles

Authors: you do not have to account for *every* *single* *step* in a character action – reader will fill in basic blanks.
@papertyger

WRITING THE BLOCKBUSTER NOVEL: Zuckerman advocates Follett’s method of “illuminating 1 character’s interior in any given scene or chapter.”
@KFZuzulo

Getting Published, Agents/Editors
Exclusives STINK!
@Janet_Reid

Getting the Call = what happens when the editor say YES!
@asuen1

This post contains six of the best tips for writers you may ever read (from agent @RachelleGardner)
@BubbleCow

What I Wish I Had Known Before Writing My First Book
@thecreativepenn

Craft & Technique

Self-Editing One Step at a Time: How to Identify Dragging Narrative
@BubbleCow

In it for the long haul—writing series do’s and don’ts
@motsjustes

How to keep your characters’ dialogue internally consistent
@benwhiting

3 tips to make your writing exciting and irresistible at the sentence level!
@Kid_Lit

How to structure a story collection, by @bookfox
@motsjustes

Publishing News/Trends & The Future of Publishing

Old Media, New Media and Where the Rubber Meets the Road” via @jafurtado (Smart, hype-free commentary.)
@glecharles

Quality Control: It Matters (for ebooks as well) via @booksquare
@thecreativepenn

Cursor, my model for the future of [some] publishing, described in current Publishers Weekly feature story
@R_Nash

Ira Glass: It’s a great time for journalism (It is. “Death” is for the lazy and uninspired.)
@UtneReader

Marketing/Promotion

Great piece about authors & their readers on Twitter
@JoeFinder

5 steps to make your own author podcast
@thecreativepenn

Great post on getting the most out of Linked In
@BubbleCow

Good tips from @ZimblerMiller on creating an effective online video
@BookMarketer

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

Is Social Publishing simply Vanity Publishing 2.0?
@glecharles

My experience thus far with the Publetariat Vault
@selfpubreview

Self-publishing advice – Q&A interview
@bizauthor


Blogging

13 Idea-Starters for Stuck Bloggers (from @MichaelHyatt)
@DebraMarrs

10 Cool WordPress Themes for Writers
@mariaschneider

Inspiration: 45 great blog taglines
@GuyKawasaki

Twitter on Twitter


For great posts on writing, wherever they might be found: @BubbleCow
(recommended by @motsjustes)

Online & Offline Resources/Tools

Lots of good writing and publishing links from @Le_Shack
@thecreativepenn

Five Books to Help You Write a Memoir
@alittlesandy

18 Web Sites and Blogs That Will Improve Your Writing Skills
@YourWritingDept

The Writing Life / Philosophical / Inspirational

Here’s a fine resource about value of good editors
@clreese

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