Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 9/11/09)

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. Always
welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature.

Best of Best

Great post: “When should I consider spending my own money on having an outside marketing person work with me?”
@BubbleCow

Should You Self-Publish?
@selfpubreview

This is good re: self pub “myths” RT @AlanBaxter: @jimchines talks self-publishing
@thecreativepenn

Marketing tips for authors round-up from @TonyEldridge
@thecreativepenn

Stand Alone

It’s becoming more and more common for unpubbed fiction writers to query before the book is complete. don’t even think about it.
@BookEndsJessica

Authors: I’m not a fan of prologues–I view them as unnecessary. I really don’t see the point of a preface AND a prologue.
@ginger_clark

It’s usually the book that’s the problem, not the query, so emailing to ask me how to fix the query won’t help. Sorry.
@agentgame

What should you be doing while you’re waiting for responses to your queries? Writing your next book.
@agentgame

To authors offering a review copy of your book to book bloggers, personalize your pitch based on their reviews & review guidelines.
@GenreReviewer

If “seem” is in the first sentence of your novel, cut it right now. I want to read about things that ARE, not SEEM.
@kate_mckean

If in your query u sound difficult to work w/ I’ll pass. Even if I like the plot. & when u respond rudely, I think “bullet dodged!”
@jessregel

Keep in mind that that phrase “fiction novel” is a hot button for most editors and agents. They hate it!
@rachellegardner

A well-written, thoroughly researched conventional query is more likely to stand out in the slush than an “unconventional” one.
@bostonbookgirl

What if you started your query letter with a rhetorical question? Would that interest agents? (Uh, no.)
@DaphneUn

Writing a nonfiction book proposal? Can you identify your idea in 25 words or less? If not, keep trying.
@promptedtowrite

If you go into querying thinking of literary agents as your opponents, you’re more likely to fail to get one.
@agentgame

Don’t try to pitch/query agents via their blog, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc., unless they specifically ask for it.
@agentgame

“…*mentioning* strong feelings [in your writing] only cheapens them.”  —Josip Novakovich
@KMWeiland

“If your metaphors explicitly draw attention to themselves, your prose will appear labored and mannered.” —Josip Novakovich
@KMWeiland

“You don’t find the meaning of life, you create it. A successful writer, is a self-fulfilled one.”
@RyanJVanSeters

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

If an agent doesn’t follow up about a manuscript there is a 9/10 chance we’re not going to read it [from an editor]
@asuen1

What makes your literary agent worry? Great tips for writers, with/without an agent!
@inkyelbows

How close is that book deal?
@BubbleCow

Puncturing another writers’ myth: “You have to know someone.”
@victoriastrauss

How Much Editing Can An Agent Do? Asks @RachelleGardner
@BookBuzzr

Crime novelist’s tips on getting published
@sarahw

Craft & Technique

Stephen King’s Top 7 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer (via @featureBlend)
@Flipbooks

13 writing tips by Chuck Palahniuk
@mystorywriter

Do you know the REAL reason not to use passive voice?
@p2p_editor

5 Grammar Mistakes that Make You Sound Like a Chimp
@Copyblogger

Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing

What numbers mean when we talk about how many books an author “sells.” Outstanding writing/publishing insights
@dbschlosser

Fascinating study of the monetary advances that book authors receive before their books are published.
@BookBuzzr

Re-thinking the Publisher/Author Partnership via @PubPerspectives [Bob Miller from HarperStudio]
@thecreativepenn

Good WSJ article on rise of plotted commercial novel/fall of Modernist literary novel
@SJDriscoll

Harlequin revenues up 8.7%, to $225.5M in 1st 1/2 …
Nearly 1/3 of purchases R #author-driven.
@DigiBookWorld

Who cares if Steve Jobs is lying about eBooks? Publishers aren’t ready for the iPod of eReaders yet
@glecharles

Scribd says it wants to shake up bookselling: now it’s starting to look like the document-sharing startup might succeed.
@Personanondata

Marketing/Promotion

Why You Should Help Your Publisher Sell Your Book (via @RachelleGardner)
@BookBuzzr

Have You Prepared Your Book’s Marketing Plan? via @rogercparker
@thecreativepenn

Terrific post from @LoisKelly What marketers can learn from screenwriters.
@AndreaJarrell

10 Ways Freelance Writers Can Make More Money via @UrbanMuseWriter
@thecreativepenn

Piracy vs Obscurity
@thecreativepenn

Helpful is always a powerful way to compete.” via @chrisbrogan
@mariaschneider

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

The business of digital publishing [via @booksquare]
@KFZuzulo



Blogging

26 Free eBooks For Bloggers
@TrendTracker

Resources and Tools

The Editor Unleashed 25 Best Writing Blogs
@mariaschneider

40 Freelance Writing Blogs
@flipbooks

31 podcasts that keep freelance professionals informed
@LStudios

Excellent List of Writing Critique Groups
@BubbleCow

Thought you’d like to share this tool with your readers (writing prompt tool)
@ProcrastWriter

The Writing Life / Philosophical / Inspirational

My Ten-Year Overnight Success via @bakerkline ~ inspiring to keep one writing through the droughts.
@mystorywriter

Want to be a better writer? Read!
@alittlesandy

Fun

The Last Remaining Ways to Get a Book Deal via @gawker
@thecreativepenn

Just for fun: I stumbled upon a book of The Writer magazine issues from 1892-93! U can download @ end of Alcott post.
@WritingSpirit

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