Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 8/14/09)

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Best of Best

The myth of “just an author”: it’s not true today and I doubt it ever was
@NathanBransford

Amazing insight on easily overlooked mistakes writers make (from Pat Holt)
@AprilParent

Why “self-publishing” doesn’t mean anything anymore. Enter “cloud-publishing”?
@bookoven

The 10 Rock Solid Elements of Effective Online Marketing (useful for authors too!)
@thecreativepenn

Considering writing your first book? 5 tips before you start
@kristycolley

Stand Alone

Please don’t refer me to your website or attachment for your sample pages. I won’t read. Put them in the body of the email.
@MarleneStringer

Be widely read in your genre. Seriously–it shows when you aren’t.
@bostonbookgirl

Main reason I say NO to queries is the story & the writing don’t impress. Problem is the book, not the query.
@RachelleGardner

Authors: putting “requested material” on your envelope doesn’t fool me, OK?
@ginger_clark

Please. No more follow-up questions and/or angry e-mails after queries. Please. Please please please
@NathanBransford

Editing tip of the day. Cut mundane dialogue unless it has meaning, like characters’ awkwardness, tentativeness.
@LisaRomeo

There’s no such thing as “mainstream”, just big and small niches. Profitable publishing comes from knowing where your niche is.
@glecharles

You’d be amazed at how quickly an experienced editor or agent can assess your writing skill. Often, 1 paragraph.
@RachelleGardner

Getting Published, Agents/Editors
How to create a pitch for your story
@benwhiting

WHEN NO BECOMES YES: YA Author’s candid story
@Danoosha

Questions to ask yourself before seeking publication: What’s my category/genre? (via @moonrat)
@thecreativepenn

Here’s some good advice about the real role of an agent
@BubbleCow

What not to say in your query via agent @RachelleGardner
(hard truth)
@JohnUpChurch

Friends/family or God telling you to write a book? Don’t put it in yourr query!
@RachelleGardner

Good advice from an agent. My favourite: Q: The number one reason for rejecting a book? A: Because it isn’t very good.
@BubbleCow

When agents stop reading your query letter
@thecreativepenn

If you’re unpublished, it’s too soon to have a breakout novel. You need a break-in novel.
@bubblecow

On writing/publishing blogs — I love pimpmynovel.blogspot.com because it’s funny. Thank Thor.
@OnLocustStreet

Craft & Technique

Why your story isn’t getting published by @bhurley
@motsjustes

Three Key Questions to Ramp Up Your Story’s Mojo
@cleshastaten

Avoid stating the obvious
@motsjustes

Good post for fiction writers on how to identify dragging narrative
@DanielLiterary

An editor offers some good advice on using powerful verbs in your writing
@BubbleCow

Here’s something to think about when creating characters: birth order
@PamCallow

Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing

Explosive ebook growth continues and that means big strategic challenges are just around the corner.
@MikeShatzkin

The Eleven Axioms of 21st Century Book Publishing (“A book’s function dictates its file container.”)
@mikecane

“Let’s face it –  the whole chain bookstore, publishing house, agent, author thing is bankrupt.” Huff Post
@TMatlack

If you haven’t read it, anyone working in bookselling or book publishing (and likely any author) should think about this
@draccah

Sell 7000 copies and you are a literary success (via @moonrat)
@thecreativepenn

Article Writing Isn’t Dead (via @thewritermama)
@thecreativepenn

Steampunk: What it is, why I came to like it, and why I think it’ll stick around
@torbooks

Marketing/Promotion

“No matter who your editor is… the best, most passionate promoter of a book is going to be its author.
@glecharles

27 ways to breathe life into your ‘about’ page
@indieauthor

Interesting article discussing the power of videos in selling your book [by a veteran of NY publishing]
@BubbleCow

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

Authors are brands: @eoinpurcell blogs that self-publishing attracts star authors, too
@dbschlosser

Covey: 2 months from a manuscript to self-pub book vs. a year with a traditional publisher
@dbschlosser

Wall Street Journal: No Agent? Publish Yourself Video
@Stecyk

Enjoying this a lot » How to Write a Good eBook – You Know, the Kind that Doesn’t Suck
@namenick


Blogging

Seriously, not just for librarians: 100 Terrific Tips & Tools for Blogging Librarians
@UrbanMuseWriter

The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging
@flipbooks

6 Secrets to Writing Memorable Taglines
@flipbooks

26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog (via @mashable)
@thecreativepenn

Twitter / Social Media


My tips for social networking in 15 minutes a day
@RachelleGardner

5 Reasons Every Book Editor Should Be on Twitter
@jcheiffetz

Google Reader is one of the four primary social media tools every writer should be using
@glecharles

Love @zephoria’s rant about study saying 40% of twitter is “pointless babble.” She notes, you could say same of talking
@timoreilly

Resources and Tools

Free novel-writing software – a review
@motsjustes

The Basic Grammar eBook: free if you subscribe to feed
@BubbleCow

Comprehensive book publishing glossary
@NathanBransford

85 Resources for Fiction Writing
@BubbleCow

Great list of 15 Must-Read Blogs for Writers, from @UrbanMuseWriter
@QuipsAndTips

The Writing Life / Philosophical / Inspirational

Writers: Don’t rely upon publication for career satisfaction. Advice from Anne Lamott
@DebraMarrs

toni morrison on writing today
@reetamac

Learning from one of the world’s most popular writers: Quips & Tips From J.K. Rowling
@QuipsAndTips

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