Sunday, August 14, 2011



Below are my tweets from the last week.

The Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine, designed by software engineer and writer Mike Fleming, makes all these links searchable—try it for searches on plotting, characterization, querying, book promo, and more.

I’m also compiling a directory of ebook professionals—cover designers, formatters, freelance editors, etc.—to make it easier for writers to connect with services. If you’d like to be added, please email me at elizabethspanncraig (at) gmail (dot) com with your contact info, website, etc. An interesting interview with a publishing insider: @ajackwriting

Alternative magic systems for the fantasy writer:

All about urban fantasy:

Revise Grand Entrance Scene to Set up Character Relationship:

The Number One Reason Why Marketing Tactics Fail:

Literary Agents: Top 10 Ways to Make or Break that Relationship:The Agent as Superman/Superwoman:

A series on avoiding mushy book middles: and

Tips for landing an agent:

10 things 1 writer has learned about blogging: @CatsEyeWriter

3 Ways Social Media Can Help You Avoid Procrastination:

The positive side of distractions:

7 Ways to Pick Yourself Up After a Painful Rejection:

The Secret to Twitter That Can't Be Taught:

Finding Rest Is Essential to Creative Inspiration:

Capitalization Rules for the Names of Games:

1 writer's homemade MFA: @BTMargins

Is literary jargon alive and well? NY Times:

The Audubon* Field Guide to Unpublished Writers: @GeoffreyCubbage

7 Reasons Reviews Sell Books: @BookBuzzr

An author's thoughts on libel and fiction:

Joe Konrath addresses ebook misconceptions:

Publishers Playing the Social Media Game: @WriteAngleBlog

Writing for fun for 10 minutes a day: @BookEmDonna

A singer/songwriter recommends focusing on writing, not social media:

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Writers Don't Need to Practice:

Weeding out weaknesses in our books: @Mommy_Authors

Keeping personal bias out of your stories:

How to Query Agents Part 1: @EmilyCaseysMuse

Superhero Comics Could Learn a Thing or Two from Superhero Films:

From Good to Better: 10 Tips On Editing Your WIP: @AnneRAllen

6 Effective Ways to Become Persistent:

Pretend your main character isn't there: @dirtywhitecandy

How to write a great novel (WSJ):

The art of discovering your innate genius:

Great Ways for Writers, Authors, Speakers, and Readers to Use Google+:

Remind yourself of the joy of writing:

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Making Writing Work For You When You Still Have To Work:

Regency sex ed:

Ladies, Don't Let Anyone Tell You You're Not Awesome:

25 ways to abuse your characters {strong lang.}:

Editorial Agent, or what?

The Publishing World Turned Upside Down:

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir:

The 5-Second Trick To Writing More Each Week:

POV confusion? Helpful links:

How to Read a Book Contract – Who Decides What Contracts You Sign? @PassiveVoiceBlg

7 Ways to Make Family and Pets Respect Your Writing Time: @KMWeiland

Why Novelists Can Embrace Unexpected Life Change: @writeitsideways

Writing Psychic Superheroes and Psionics:

Ebook cover designers, formatters, & freelance editors--I'm compiling a directory. To be listed:

The Inevitable Traffic Jams on the Journey to Publication: @jodyhedlund

3 tips for writing thrillers:

Enrich Your Life – Go on a Digital Sabbatical:

How authors can get started with video blogging: @jfbookman

Seeing Stars: Why Some Reviews Matter . . . and Some Don't: @YAHighway

Switching From Literary To Genre Fiction: @thecreativepenn

The Low-Down on Literary Magazines: @LTWFblog

An agent talks about questionable practices by literary agents: @rachellegardner

Break Writer's Block: Become the Storyteller, Not the Writer:

7 Types of Hyphenation That May Seem Wrong But Aren't:

Networking as a means of promotion:

Tips for naming characters: @BTMargins

Russian Publishing 101: @pubperspectives

Start Today, Not Tomorrow: @jeffgoins

10 Twitter Hashtags for Writers:

Why Self-Published Authors Know Best:

5 mistakes that turn your ebook promotion into spam:

"My novel's too 'fringe' – will any commercial publisher on the planet be interested?"

Knowledge Plants the Seed. Imagination Makes it Bloom. @SherryIsaac @joanswan

Getting the Reader's Sympathy:

Will print and ebook publishers ultimately be doing the same books?

Wake up your readers! How to thicken a plot:

3 Steps to Finding Your True Writing Voice:

7 things one YA writer has learned so far:

The Power and SEO Behind Blog Commenting:

10 Tips For Polishing Your Manuscript:

Giving "It's Not Quite There" Feedback:

Sympathy For The Devils: How To Make Disagreeable Characters Agreeable:

10 keys to hosting a successful Twitter chat: @michellerafter

Surviving the Literary Gong Show:

A Guide to Publishing an Ebook on Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords:

6 Steps to a Winning Writing Workshop:

Need research help with your character's medical ailment? A doctor to the rescue: via @spunkonastick

Thoughts and tips for handling backstory:

Favorite snacks of great writers (NY Times):

8 Personal Development Mistakes:

Crossover genres (genre blending):

The Speed Of Writing:

Adjusting To The Paradigm Shift in Publishing:

Public speaking tips for writers: @jhansenwrites

Genre blending crime fiction to lure non-mystery-reading friends: @mkinberg

A Writer's Tools: WriteWay Pro: @manon_eileen @GeneLempp:

An agent explains what you should bring to a conference:

To blog or not to blog about writing: @LauraPauling

What Do You Do When You Can't Write? @writeitsideways

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How Starving Artists Can Support Their Work:

Pacing and 4 types of rests in books: @FantasyFaction

Concerns (and Solutions!) for Freelance Writers:

Resources for finding an agent:

Writing A Book – Structure:

The (Not So) Dreaded Synopsis - 5 Tips To Set You Free: @roniloren

6 reasons an agent/publisher will stop reading your submission:

The difference between ebook conversion and ebook formatting:

Critique Workshopped The Voice Right Out Of There:

An agent advises: don't clutter your story with stuff: @greyhausagency

A summary of the Assoc. of Amer. Pub.'s sales data for books (online retail is tops): @PassiveVoiceBlg

The rule of 3: @iggiandgabi

5 reasons Facebook and Twitter won't replace 1 writer's blog: @CatsEyeWriter

Investigation into Underpayment of Ebook Royalties: @PassiveVoiceBlg

An Entrepreneur Tackles Book Publicity: @BlurbIsAVerb

A screenwriter on endless producer notes:

Writing A Book – Discipline:

Dreaming in Two Languages – Writing In The Second:

10 Terms of Gender Identity:

Why It's Hard To Write Well (And How To Do It Faster): @ChandlerWrites

Cover design:Color: Image: Font: Layout: @clarissadraper

Can You See Your Lion?

Are you an expert? Plan to Promote Your Work:

3 Tips To Help You Choose An Editor:

Tips for finding an agent: @bubblecow

Insiders and Outsiders (in Worldbuilding Cultures): @JulietteWade

Spam Toad vs. Author Brand: @KristenLambTX

Tips for writing back cover copy: @WriteAngleBlog

Best Articles This Week for Writers 8/12/11: @4kidlit

4 Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity: @jodyhedlund

Creativity Tweets of the Week — 8/12/11: @on_creativity

4 techniques to create a likeable character:

How Do You Deal with Difficult Characters? @JamiGold

Writing a Saleable Book:

Conflict v. Tension: @AngelaAckerman

5 Ways to Reduce Use of Prepositions:

"The process of this first revision is as much about rereading as rewriting." @BrunoniaBarry RT @Porter_Anderson

Description and Your Characters' Lens: @bluemaven

The importance of covers:

Figuring out your strengths and weaknesses:

5 things to do between writing projects:

How to Create an Informational E-Book: @AlexisGrant

Need help with pacing?

Why Writing Can Be Dangerous:

Is Your Character a Windbag? @KMWeiland

How to Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul:

Take 5 Minutes to Make WordPress 10 Times More Secure:

Suggestions for your writer's reference shelf:

How to write and market an ebook:

New publishing numbers and some insight:

Tests of character: @JulietteWade

8 Reasons Authors Don't Complete Their Manuscripts:

Ideas for Real Life Characters:

How Literary Agents Can Survive the Digital Revolution: @GalleyCat

Conflict - The most frequently screwed up story element:

An agent explains what agents do:

Scrivener: The Ultimate Multitool for Writers:

Why There'll Never Be a Perfect Time to Write:

What to write?

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: The Myth of Talent:

Pseudo-Agents Take Advantage of India's Aspiring Authors:

An agent explains how to become a literary agent:

Writing a Book – Finding Time:

What Does it Take to Craft a Historical Novel?

The agent as friend:

The Anxious Writer: 200 Questions Before Lunch: @BTMargins

How high are your stakes?