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Best of Best
Amazing insight on easily overlooked mistakes writers make (from Pat Holt)
Why “self-publishing” doesn’t mean anything anymore. Enter “cloud-publishing”?
The 10 Rock Solid Elements of Effective Online Marketing (useful for authors too!)
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.
Be widely read in your genre. Seriously–it shows when you aren’t.
Main reason I say NO to queries is the story & the writing don’t impress. Problem is the book, not the query.
Authors: putting “requested material” on your envelope doesn’t fool me, OK?
Please. No more follow-up questions and/or angry e-mails after queries. Please. Please please please
Editing tip of the day. Cut mundane dialogue unless it has meaning, like characters’ awkwardness, tentativeness.
There’s no such thing as “mainstream”, just big and small niches. Profitable publishing comes from knowing where your niche is.
You’d be amazed at how quickly an experienced editor or agent can assess your writing skill. Often, 1 paragraph.
How to create a pitch for your story
Questions to ask yourself before seeking publication: What’s my category/genre? (via @moonrat)
What not to say in your query via agent @RachelleGardner
Good advice from an agent. My favourite: Q: The number one reason for rejecting a book? A: Because it isn’t very good.
When agents stop reading your query letter
If you’re unpublished, it’s too soon to have a breakout novel. You need a break-in novel.
On writing/publishing blogs — I love pimpmynovel.blogspot.com because it’s funny. Thank Thor.
Craft & Technique
Why your story isn’t getting published by @bhurley
Three Key Questions to Ramp Up Your Story’s Mojo
Avoid stating the obvious
Good post for fiction writers on how to identify dragging narrative
Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing
The Eleven Axioms of 21st Century Book Publishing (“A book’s function dictates its file container.”)
“Let’s face it – the whole chain bookstore, publishing house, agent, author thing is bankrupt.” Huff Post
If you haven’t read it, anyone working in bookselling or book publishing (and likely any author) should think about this
Sell 7000 copies and you are a literary success (via @moonrat)
Article Writing Isn’t Dead (via @thewritermama)
“No matter who your editor is… the best, most passionate promoter of a book is going to be its author.“
27 ways to breathe life into your ‘about’ page
Interesting article discussing the power of videos in selling your book [by a veteran of NY publishing]
Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
Authors are brands: @eoinpurcell blogs that self-publishing attracts star authors, too
Enjoying this a lot » How to Write a Good eBook – You Know, the Kind that Doesn’t Suck
Seriously, not just for librarians: 100 Terrific Tips & Tools for Blogging Librarians
The 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging
6 Secrets to Writing Memorable Taglines
26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog (via @mashable)
Twitter / Social Media
My tips for social networking in 15 minutes a day
Love @zephoria’s rant about study saying 40% of twitter is “pointless babble.” She notes, you could say same of talking
Resources and Tools
Free novel-writing software – a review
The Basic Grammar eBook: free if you subscribe to feed
Comprehensive book publishing glossary
85 Resources for Fiction Writing
Great list of 15 Must-Read Blogs for Writers, from @UrbanMuseWriter
The Writing Life / Philosophical / Inspirational
Writers: Don’t rely upon publication for career satisfaction. Advice from Anne Lamott
toni morrison on writing today
Learning from one of the world’s most popular writers: Quips & Tips From J.K. Rowling
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