Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 9/3/10)

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Best of Best


Why is your hook so important? @ColleenLindsay explains
@inkyelbows

How to tell when it’s time to set aside a beloved manuscript.
@Aswinn

10 Mistakes Authors Make that Can Cost them a Fortune (and how to avoid them)
@elizabethscraig

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Helpful suggestions for submitting a requested full/partial via email
@ColleenLindsay

Why your writing should do the talking in a query letter
@Writeitsideways

What the term “high concept” means, and why it’s important
@NathanBransford

Don’t broadcast your rejections
@heathertrese

The query shark takes another bite
@Janet_Reid

Craft & Technique

You *don’t* have to write every day
@elizabethscraig

Why You Should Shoot Adverbs on Sight
@writetodone

Building Character: Know More Than Your Reader
@elizabethscraig

Writing a sex scene that won’t make your readers cringe. Don’t be shy now.
@dirtywhitecandy

Looks and personality—how they can affect life for our characters
@elizabethscraig

What should you cut from your scene?
@dirtywhitecandy

Writing Online Book Reviews
@rachellegardner

The Difference Between Mysteries, Suspense and Thrillers
@NathanBransford

Publishing

News & Trends

The last laugh: If self-published authors owned the midlist from Alan Rinzler
@thecreativepenn

Very smart piece by Tim Ferriss on “How Authors Really Make Money” and supposed “Death of Traditional Publishing”
@twliterary

Marketing,

Platform Building, Self-Promotion

What’s your small, local plan for promoting your book (hint: “Get on Oprah” is not “small and local”)
@Weegee

Can Writers Market Themselves Without Making Eyes Roll?
@BubbleCow

How to Monetize “Free”
@bookgal

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

ISBNs Don’t Matter As Much As You Probably Think They Do, But You Might Want To Start Owning Your Own Anyway
@BubbleCow

Blogging & Websites

Excellent tips & insights on author blogging from @AlexanderChee
@chasingray

How to Grow Traffic to Your Blog
@chrisbrogan

Understanding, Accepting and Learning to Love Your Small Blog
@bookgal

How To Feature On The Most Influential Websites In The World
@thecreativepenn

How I Generated Over 6,000 Ideas to Write About on My Blog in 15 Minutes
@problogger


Online Tools & Resources


Free (for now) tool for tracking book sales
@BubbleCow

How to Get the Most from an Online Writing Class
@thewritermama


The Writing Life
& Fun Stuff

Poignant Steve Almond piece @The_Rumpus on storytelling and writers’ ambitions
@twliterary

Must A Novelist Begin With Short Stories? If you want to write novels, write novels.
@4KidLit

“Part of becoming a writer has been: being honest about what I like, what I enjoy, what moves me.”
Justin Kramon
@Quotes4Writers

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