Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 8/13/10)

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Digest online classes:

Best of Best

12 dos and don’ts for making the first page of your novel more compelling

Ultimate Checklist for Submitting to Publishers: 10 Tests a Novel Must Pass

Great article. Why it takes more than a sad story to write a memoir


How To Improve Your Blog: Lessons Learned From The Problogger Event

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

“A pen name won’t hide you” and 6 other things Lydia Sharp would tell her younger self

Bowker’s new manuscript submission service: a deconstruction
[in short: “save your cash”]


Questions to ask an agent when The Call comes – a list to bookmark

“There are countless ineffective ways to pitch a manuscript.”

Pros & cons of different publishing options, compiled by @moonrat

Craft & Technique

5 questions to ask yourself before you start a revision

Do You Suffer From One of These Writing Maladies?

How To Write The Ending Of Your Novel

Conflict–the fuel of your story

Crime fiction–depicting the murderer’s reaction to killing

How to use historical figures in your novels without getting trapped in the facts


News & Trends

Hey, editors! @cinemanche asks, “Is the publishing industry hiding its stars [aka YOU] on purpose?”

Books vs. eBooks: A rather dramatic infographic


Frere-Jones’ smart New Yorker article about music business is a must-read for everyone in publishing


Platform Building, Self-Promotion

How to be the thought-leader of the pack

LOVE THIS about author bios! Which do you prefer?

Blogging / Websites

How to write compelling blog headlines
[This can work for Tweets, too]

How one sold a blog for $20,000 in 8 months

Social Media / Twitter

In case you missed it: My first video intervew! @MarianSchembari discusses why authors need social media

What Your Twitter Numbers Say About You [how to organize the info flow to be effective]

Online Resources & Tools

Best Places to Get Free Books – The Ultimate Guide

The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff

The Phenomenology of Writing by Hand


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