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Best of Best
Should You Self-Publish?
This is good re: self pub “myths” RT @AlanBaxter: @jimchines talks self-publishing
Marketing tips for authors round-up from @TonyEldridge
It’s becoming more and more common for unpubbed fiction writers to query before the book is complete. don’t even think about it.
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.
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.
What should you be doing while you’re waiting for responses to your queries? Writing your next book.
To authors offering a review copy of your book to book bloggers, personalize your pitch based on their reviews & review guidelines.
If “seem” is in the first sentence of your novel, cut it right now. I want to read about things that ARE, not SEEM.
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!”
Keep in mind that that phrase “fiction novel” is a hot button for most editors and agents. They hate it!
A well-written, thoroughly researched conventional query is more likely to stand out in the slush than an “unconventional” one.
What if you started your query letter with a rhetorical question? Would that interest agents? (Uh, no.)
Writing a nonfiction book proposal? Can you identify your idea in 25 words or less? If not, keep trying.
If you go into querying thinking of literary agents as your opponents, you’re more likely to fail to get one.
Don’t try to pitch/query agents via their blog, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc., unless they specifically ask for it.
“…*mentioning* strong feelings [in your writing] only cheapens them.” —Josip Novakovich
“If your metaphors explicitly draw attention to themselves, your prose will appear labored and mannered.” —Josip Novakovich
“You don’t find the meaning of life, you create it. A successful writer, is a self-fulfilled one.”
What makes your literary agent worry? Great tips for writers, with/without an agent!
How close is that book deal?
Puncturing another writers’ myth: “You have to know someone.”
How Much Editing Can An Agent Do? Asks @RachelleGardner
Craft & Technique
Stephen King’s Top 7 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer (via @featureBlend)
13 writing tips by Chuck Palahniuk
Publishing Biz, Trends, Future of Publishing
What numbers mean when we talk about how many books an author “sells.” Outstanding writing/publishing insights
Re-thinking the Publisher/Author Partnership via @PubPerspectives [Bob Miller from HarperStudio]
Good WSJ article on rise of plotted commercial novel/fall of Modernist literary novel
Harlequin revenues up 8.7%, to $225.5M in 1st 1/2 …
Nearly 1/3 of purchases R #author-driven.
Who cares if Steve Jobs is lying about eBooks? Publishers aren’t ready for the iPod of eReaders yet
Scribd says it wants to shake up bookselling: now it’s starting to look like the document-sharing startup might succeed.
Why You Should Help Your Publisher Sell Your Book (via @RachelleGardner)
Have You Prepared Your Book’s Marketing Plan? via @rogercparker
Terrific post from @LoisKelly What marketers can learn from screenwriters.
10 Ways Freelance Writers Can Make More Money via @UrbanMuseWriter
Piracy vs Obscurity
“Helpful is always a powerful way to compete.” via @chrisbrogan
Self-Publishing and E-Publishing
The business of digital publishing [via @booksquare]
26 Free eBooks For Bloggers
Resources and Tools
The Editor Unleashed 25 Best Writing Blogs
40 Freelance Writing Blogs
Excellent List of Writing Critique Groups
Thought you’d like to share this tool with your readers (writing prompt tool)
The Writing Life / Philosophical / Inspirational
My Ten-Year Overnight Success via @bakerkline ~ inspiring to keep one writing through the droughts.
Want to be a better writer? Read!
The Last Remaining Ways to Get a Book Deal via @gawker
Just for fun: I stumbled upon a book of The Writer magazine issues from 1892-93! U can download @ end of Alcott post.
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