Sunday, October 30, 2011



Below are the writing-related links I tweeted last week.

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Recent news: the 3rd book in the Memphis Barbeque series will release November 1—Hickory Smoked Barbeque (available now for preorder).

iPads as writing tools for authors – resources: @rogercparker

Facebook security updates – how to make your account more secure: @eset

5 Things You Should Never Do in Epic Fantasy: @AISFPpodcast

Book Promotion: Show, Don't Tell: @pitchuniversity

Why 1 writer is betting on the Kindle for self-publishing: @shurleyhall

The agent's view--the thrilling world of pitching: @jennybent

On Writing Well: Repetition:

Am I providing enough information for the reader to get into the story immediately? @Janice_Hardy

Stare Down Your Limiting Beliefs: @storyfix

Why Writers Should Get Over Pop Music: @Porter_Anderson

Publishing--the worst business in the world: @bentarnoff

Publish the Way You Want. Ignore the Dinosaurs: @ireadiwrite

On worldbuilding--Vamps with a pulse: @kalayna

A writer's thoughts on critique groups: @AlexSokoloff

Top 20 Free Book Apps of the Week: @ebooknewser

Politics in Fantasy: @FantasyFaction

Talking mysteries--my interview with @VictoriaMixon:

How to write fiction--the importance of plot: (Guardian--Kate Moss)

Pros and Cons of E-publishing:

Short fiction and the subway theory of reading: @40kBooks

Should you tie up all the ends when you type 'The End'? @DirtyWhiteCandy

6 Prescriptions to Cure the Heartbreak of Being Published: @annerallen

All about flash fiction and tips for writing it: @BTMargins

5 Elements of a Resonant Closing Line: @KMWeiland

Do you use superpowers in your story? Tips to keep them from getting stale:

Why 1 writer might stop self-pubbing paperbacks: @cathryanhoward

What's wrong with a readable book? @TorontoStar

A useful resource for describing settings, emotions, shapes, textures, and more: @AngelaAckerman

For literary inspiration follow @AdviceToWriters. Jon Winokur dispenses writerly wisdom of the ages.

Harness the power of resentment: @storyfix

List of Words that Sparkle! Jazz up your Writing/Pitch/Synopsis: @veiledvirtues

Using 'they' for third-person singular: @VictoriaMixon

10 Best-Selling Books That Were Originally Rejected: @flavorpill

6 Ways to Become More Self-Motivated: @aliventures

Why 1 writer believes in fiction: @WriterNancyJane

What late-blooming writers can learn from Edgar Rice Burroughs (creator of Tarzan): @Later_Bloomer

The craft of coffeehouse reading: @SherryIsaac for @JoanSwan

The Difference between Steampunk & Gaslamp Fantasy: @LiaKeyes

Plot points from a pantster:

For writing parents--The Guardian's series on reading with kids:

Governance and the Not-for-profit Publisher: @scholarlykitchn

Cover Art Development for a Romance Novel: @JoanSwan

Story Structure Dos & Don'ts: @galleycat

Keep scenes dramatic by knowing what to narrate and what to summarize: @Edittorrent

Sharpen your story's hook: @storyfix

Preparing to be a published author: @RachelleGardner

Top 5 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo This Year: @MuseInks

Top 8 Tactics to Power Your Online Book Launch: @JFBookman

You Don't Have To Be An Expert To Self Publish On The Kindle: @BubbleCow

Google Plus as a Storytelling Platform: @ChrisBrogan

Protecting Yourself From Yucky People (Social Account Security):

How to write fiction: MJ Hyland on revising and rewriting (Guardian):

Writing advice--Voice: @author_sullivan

Why is dystopia so appealing to young adults? (Guardian):

6 Things NOT to Put in Your YA Novel: @mrsctyler

Why 1 writer hates heists in genre: @tordotcom

The Shrinking Orphan Works Problem: @scholarlykitchn

3 Tips for Consistent Tone: @writersdigest

The Future of Self-Improvement: Grit Is More Important Than Talent: @jkglei

Why Writers Should Embrace Amazon's Takeover of Publishing (New Republic): @ruth_franklin via @PassiveVoiceBlg

Good intentions in crime fiction: @mkinberg

Moral ambiguity in crime fiction novels: @mkinberg

Music inspires and @Porter_Anderson has some atmospheric ideas & a site with free streaming:

What makes writing mysteries so interesting? My interview with @VictoriaMixon:

An agent on simultaneous submissions: @RachelleGardner

5 Rules About Conjunctive Adverbs:

Change for writers--how do we know we've changed?

10 tips for effective research trips:

More than Five Senses: Writing with Visceral Impact: @lucymonroe

Writing Tip: Get In Late, Get Out Early: @BryanThomasS

Want a satisfying ending for readers? Include resonance in your story: @VictoriaMixon

Tips for writing a synopsis: @JaneFriedman

8 tips for slicing through the research jungle: @JulieMusil

4 tips for continuing your story's pace during its 2nd act: @Mommy_Authors

How to Write Your Bio for a Byline or Query: @writeitsideways

4 lies the internet tells you about writing: @jammer0501

The Non-Transitional Transition: @editorrent

Smart ways to use Twitter lists: @alexisgrant

Find musical inspiration on Q2--a 24-hour free online stream of contemporary classical music: via @Porter_Anderson

Writing Short Stories or Articles with a Fantastical Twist:

A Checklist for Eliminating Unnecessary Prose: @CherylRWrites

A Small Press Implodes: The Inside Story of Aspen Mountain Press: @VictoriaStrauss

Tips for good plot flow: @jamesagard

The Amazon Question: Blind Faith vs. Reality: @behlerpublish

Sometimes writers stand in their own way:

How to Get Guest Posts on Big Name Blogs: @OllinMorales

Tips for successful blogging for writers: @Blogussion

The Agent-Author Relationship Is A Team Affair: @greyhausagency

Royalty Reporting Systems – Garbage In/Garbage Out: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Take a Break from Blogging without Losing Your Audience: @JeffGoins

How to Plot Your Writing Time During the Month of November: @plotwhisperer

Commas…To Avoid Confusion: @FantasyFaction

Author Blogging 101: 11 Reasons Your Blog Isn't Working: @JFBookman

Several options for designing ebook covers: @PYOEbooks

How to Be Creative When You Are Busy: @write_practice

A Strategy for Introducing Your Hero: @storyfix

106 Excuses That Prevent You From Ever Becoming Great: @ChrisBrogan

An agent recommends that novelists stop branding themselves: @RachelleGardner

5 Tips for Styling Numbers:

Tips for improving your story: @StoryMeBad @TheCreativePenn

Some Tough Love for Authors on Rights: @scholarlykitchn

Why 1 writer is now selling his books primarily on Amazon and not his website: @rule17

Literary references in crime fiction: @mkinberg

The Dark Side of Metrics–Writer Friend or Ticket to Crazy Town? @KristenLambTX

The end--wrapping up your stories: @FantasyFaction

3 Tips for Writing Paranormals: @RoniLoren

How Digital Became the Self-Publishing Beacon of Hope for Comics: @WesleyCGreen

The timing of payments from different self-pub venues: via @PassiveVoiceBlg

3 Tips for Writing When the Words Won't Come: @keligwyn

12 fiction writing checklists:

How to write tight prose: @LynnetteLabelle

The Dilemma of Coaching Yourself: @jkglei

Turn Your Novel into a Literary Destination: @catewoods

How To Make People Fall In Love With Grammar: An Interview With Grammar Girl: @OllinMorales

An Experiment in Serial Fiction and Self-Publication: @selfpubreview

Stuck? Borrow Techniques from Popular Authors: @ProcrastWriter

5 things you need to know about Kindle Format 8 (KF8), Amazon's new ebook format: @rule17

How to Make a Book Trailer with Your Phone: @GalleyCat

NaNo Prep: Planning Your Novel: @Janice_Hardy

Strive to make *every* novel a thriller with quality : @NakedEditor @JHansenWrites

How To Use Your Blog To Sell Your Self Published Book: @BubbleCow

Opening for a Distinct Purpose and a Specific Reader:

Content as Commodity — Price Elasticity and New Business Models: @scholarlykitchn

WordPress Plug-Ins: The Bare Essentials: @JaneFriedman

The latest installment of @GeneLempp 's series on archaeology, mythology & human history artifacts to design stories:

Indie Publishing's Impact on Independent Publishing: @selfpubreview

17 Twitter Marketing Tips From the Pros: @smexaminer

Serialization: A Timely Return for the Digital Age? @thedavidwwright

5 Biggest Mistakes Writers Make About Lawyers: @DearAuthor

e-Book Cover File Size Specifications: @JFBookman

Publishing debates--should we take sides? @JamiGold

Tips for writing climaxes: @lisagailgreen

An Insiders Look At What Books Are Selling:

Author Blogging 101: Presenting Your Content: @JFBookman

Characters and instant conflict: @LauraPauling

Why Every Writer Needs As Much Editing As Possible: @JodyHedlund

Is an 80% ebook world for straight text really in sight? @MikeShatzkin

Is Self-Publishing Giving People A Misconception Of Publishing? @greyhausagency

A few tools to help you escape the emotional cycle of writing: @write_practice

Using Social Networking to Promote Your Event:

Catch up with this week's publishing buzz--platforms, metrics, & Amazon--with @Porter_Anderson for @JaneFriedman:

Best Articles This Week for Writers 10/28/11: @4kidlit

E-book pricing – dart, meet bull's eye: @behlerpublish

Creativity Tweets of the Week – 10/28/11: @on_creativity

How To Keep Yourself Grounded When Writing Away From Home: @ollinmorales

Self-Published Authors Have Great Power, But Are They Taking Responsibility? @JaneFriedman

Copyright Is People: @michaelcapobian @VictoriaStrauss

Are Successful Writers Just Lucky? @KristenLambTX

How to Write a Year's Worth of Posts in 30 Days: @kellykingman

Chris Van Allsburg on Picture Book Writing: @GalleyCat

The complete and unabridged guide to GoodReads for authors: @novelpublicity via @PassiveVoiceBlg

How to Carve a Library Lion in Your Halloween Pumpkin: @GalleyCat