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Best of Best
Today’s writing must-read: a literary agent on word count – #pubtip via @bubblecow via @bjmuntain
One agent (@BookEndsJessica) muses on the impact of the recession on the publishing world
Wicked Clever Writing Advice from @mlvalentine – Looking for Publishing Advice? Why Offline Might be Better
Online tools to help you publish your own book from @techradar
If you don’t have publishing credits, don’t say so. No need to draw attention. That you finished a novel is enough.
Querying a novel starting with a dream sequence is almost a guaranteed pass.
When you bemoan lack of quality in publishing, do you realize you’re biting the hand that may someday feed you?
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
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.”
Narrative nonfiction definition: nonfiction that illuminates through story (memoir, history, true crime, etc.)
Most FREE advocates and “Print is dead” pundits have no skin in the game; self-promoters with no responsibility for revenue or employees.
Distribution is primary value-add a publisher offers. Everything else is available to writers w/o an intermediary.
Authors: you do not have to account for *every* *single* *step* in a character action – reader will fill in basic blanks.
WRITING THE BLOCKBUSTER NOVEL: Zuckerman advocates Follett’s method of “illuminating 1 character’s interior in any given scene or chapter.”
Getting the Call = what happens when the editor say YES!
This post contains six of the best tips for writers you may ever read (from agent @RachelleGardner)
What I Wish I Had Known Before Writing My First Book
Craft & Technique
Self-Editing One Step at a Time: How to Identify Dragging Narrative
In it for the long haul—writing series do’s and don’ts
How to structure a story collection, by @bookfox
Publishing News/Trends & The Future of Publishing
“Old Media, New Media and Where the Rubber Meets the Road” via @jafurtado (Smart, hype-free commentary.)
Quality Control: It Matters (for ebooks as well) via @booksquare
Ira Glass: It’s a great time for journalism (It is. “Death” is for the lazy and uninspired.)
5 steps to make your own author podcast
Good tips from @ZimblerMiller on creating an effective online video
Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
My experience thus far with the Publetariat Vault
Self-publishing advice – Q&A interview
13 Idea-Starters for Stuck Bloggers (from @MichaelHyatt)
10 Cool WordPress Themes for Writers
Inspiration: 45 great blog taglines
Twitter on Twitter
Online & Offline Resources/Tools
Lots of good writing and publishing links from @Le_Shack
Five Books to Help You Write a Memoir
18 Web Sites and Blogs That Will Improve Your Writing Skills
The Writing Life / Philosophical / Inspirational
Here’s a fine resource about value of good editors
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