Sunday, March 3, 2013


by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig
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A free directory of cover designers, formatters, freelance editors, and more:

The 5 Least Promising Scenes for a Superhero Story:

10 things writers should know about knives and knife fighting: @ajackwriting

11 ways to support a writer's new book: @ChuckSambuchino

Are Unrealistic Expectations Killing Your Writing Career? @cerebralgrump

How 1 writer has dramatically increased her word count: @KatieGanshert

How to Correct an Awkward Interruptive Phrase: @writing_tips

How to Get Your LCCN (Library of Congress #): @MyBookShepherd

2 Ways to Hook and Keep Your Reader:

Why We Should Try Writing in Second Person: @write_practice

The Case Against Blogging: @SarahPinneo

Using stock photos for your self-pub covers? Remember, other authors can use the same image:

Book Design, Internet Marketing and the Nature of Human Consciousness: @jfbookman

How to Write Better Dialogue: @SHalvatzis

Self-Pubbed Authors Share 5 Things They Learned in 2012: @livewritethrive

Tips for showing, not telling: @beccapuglisi

Character Development: Lack and Compensation: @AimeeLSalter

Don't Worry About Other Writers Stealing Your Ideas: @ava_jae

The central question of our plot: @Diana_Hurwitz

Tracking Time in Your Novel: @PBRWriter

7 tips for staying motivated by self-created deadlines: @JennaAvery

An introduction to kid lit: @DIYMFA

How to Deal with Crushing Feedback on Your Creative Work: @markmcguinness

Think Like a Publisher 2013: Projected Income:

3 Warning Signs When Bringing Your Own Emotions into Fiction Writing: @cateartios

To Space or Not To Space and Other Typewriter Formatting Throwbacks: @howtowriteshop

Options for Reactions in a Sequel: @KMWeiland

The Difference Between Book Wholesalers and Distributors: @BookMarketer

Sympathetic Characters: Betrayal: @mooderino

Writing Without Expectation: @aswinn

Should Overseas Publishers Americanize Their Authors' Names for US Distribution? @EdNawotka

Ian McEwan: "My Uneasy Relationship with Fiction": @TNR

What Makes a Writer Want to Rock Out? @jrobertlennon

11 Reasons Your Blog is on a Road to Nowhere (And What to Do About It): @problogger

5 lessons 1 writer has learned along the way: @jmstro

Serious Fiction and #LegitLit: Creating a Hybrid Home: @JennieCoughlin

A writer reports how her sales translate to Amazon rankings: @_ChristineBell

Water as a metaphor: @charmaineclancy

he Internet Trap and What To Do About It: @juliettewade @DeborahJRoss

How will shrinking shelf space impact publishing? @danielsm1

A Book Marketing Pro With 3 Epiphanies About Social Media Marketing for Books: @Sparkabook

Tips for better imagery in our stories:

Where are the older women in SF/F? @hawkwing_lb @tordotcom

The book deal--comparing different publishing options: @behlerpublish

Stories need conflict: @VickyThinks

How to Promote Your Books on Pinterest: @goblinwriter

Four Techniques to Show Rather than Tell: @MarcyKennedy

7 Keys to Book Architecture: @Book_Arch

Building an Audience in the Literary Novel Genre:

What B Movies Can Teach Us: @julie_gray

10 Greatest Prison Breaks in Science Fiction and Fantasy: @io9

How SF Can Highlight Our Historical Bias: @MattMitrovich

Pride & Prejudice 200 Years Later: @Myretta

More Answers to Questions About Commas: @writing_tips

Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office: @wesleyverhoeve

Conflict: Finding the Correct Balance: @americanediting

Freelancers--a query checklist: @karencv

What if You Don't Feel Like Writing? @authornordin

How realistic does a created world have to be? @juliettewade

Why Apple is the stumbling block in Amazon's ebook transition: @laurahazardowen

Formatting Your Ebook, The iTunes Way: @susankayequinn

Hilary Mantel's rules for writers: @fcmalby

What and How to Revise: @fictionnotes

Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing: Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds: @cjlyonswriter @janefriedman

Timelines in the Author Business Plan: @SusanSpann

In Defense of Complexity: @KgElfland2ndCuz

Avoid modifiers: @litreactor

How to Raise the Stakes in the First 50 Pages of Your Novel: @BrianKlems

Signs You've Chosen the Wrong Protagonist: @KMWeiland

Tax Prep--Is Your Writing a Hobby or a Business? @ashkrafton

Writing in the morning for night owls: @criticalmargins

The Character's Freedom: @ShellyFrome

Smashwords: All Function and No Form: @scottmarlowe

5 Parallelism Problems in In-Line Lists: @writing_tips

Writing the High ROI Screenplay: @storydepth

How Feedback Can Make you a Better Author: @ollyrhodes

Using adverbs wisely: @melissadonovan

How To Promote Your Book on Social Media – Without Shouting: @jonathangunson

Reminders vs. Repetition: @MaryVeeWriter

10 Dos and Don'ts of Writing a Query Letter: @brianklems

How much does an author's appearance matter? @passivevoiceblg

Songwriting--how do you sell your songs? You *don't* sell your songs: @usasongs

The Power of a Reader's Word of Mouth: @jodyhedlund

Avoiding the Convenient Plot Point: @davidbcoe

Beware the Under-Cooked Story Concept: @storyfix

Listservs and Forums for Book Marketing: @fictionnotes

Fleshing Out Your Protagonist: Creating An Awesome Character: @woodwardkaren

Creating Sympathetic Characters: @Lindasclare

1 writer reflects on her 2-year self-pub anniversary: @goblinwriter

31 Simple Ways for Writers to Maximize Efficiency in a Home Office: @lifehackorg

Why You Need to Embrace the Conflict in Your Story: @joebunting

Business advice roundup for writers--accounting, marketing, branding: @kristinerusch

Have we planned for success? @behlerpublish

Quick marketing tips: @melissabreau

Writing Your Tragedy: @janelebak

Top 10 fantasy mash-ups: @guardianbooks @danabnettclub

Can't hit send? @rachellegardner

Surviving The Ups and Downs of Being a Writer:

The Financial Reality of a Genre Novelist: @galleycat

Authors, Stay Off the Page: @authorterryo

The 10 Most Notorious Parts of Famous Books: @gabehabash @publisherswkly

Tips for Hiring Editors: @kristinerusch

Storyboarding For Success: Plotters vs. Pantsers: @ChuckSambuchino

How to Survive Rejection 101:

Why Pinterest contests are easier than Facebook contests: @PublicityHound

Write Like You Mean It: @KeithCronin

What To Do When Writing Gets You Down: @bluemaven

3 Things You Need To Know Before Writing A Female Protagonist: @VeronicaSicoe

On Writing Full-Time: @BrianKeene

Today's vampire – a needy, neurotic wimp: @Arifa_Akbar

Words that aren't actually approved words: @writing_tips

Using Physical Activity to Banish Writer's Block:

9 books on reading and writing: @fcmalby

How Much Will it Cost to Publish Your Book? @wherewriterswin

Plot is a Four-Letter Word:

Yes, Narrators Can Still Die: @chihuahuazero

The Business of Screenwriting: Sometimes you just have to say "Yes"… even to crap projects: @gointothestory

How to Know When You Are Killing Your Scenes: @JeanOram

Tips for choosing a narrator for your audio book: @karenrosesmith

Worldbuilding and Plot: @davidbcoe

Sympathetic Characters: Unfairness: @mooderino

Don't read your reviews: @Michelle_Gagnon

How to Find Your Creative Sweet Spot: @emilywenstrom

How to Find Your Creative Sweet Spot: @emilywenstrom

Using spreadsheets for writers' business deductions:

Eliminating Redundancy in Your Writing: @writerscramp1

The Top 10 Mistakes Writers Make When Self-Publishing a Book: @guykawasaki

Stories do not need a Nemesis character: @gointothestory

Tips for sticking with a habit: @leobabauta

Top 10 DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) For Songwriting: @usasong

John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative: @brainpicker

10 Elements of a Successful Writing Career: @buddhapuss

Author vs. Characters: Can Our Morals Be Different? @jamigold

Getting Started With Microsoft Word Styles for Book Layout: @JFBookman

How to Survive the Waiting Game: @ava_jae

Great Character: Lt. Aldo Raine ("Inglourious Basterds"): @gointothestory

The Power of a Storytelling Model: @storyfix

So You Want To Quit Writing? @museinks

The Writer as Inventor: @SarahrCallender

Mystery writing--the butler did it? @kbowenwriter

Come in late and leave early for an effectively written scene: @jeanoram

Points of view: an overview: @p2p_editor

Buying your way into the bestseller lists: @Porter_Anderson @mitchjoel @JeffreyT1

Literary agencies experience mergers: @Porter_Anderson @jonnygeller @jasonashlock

A look at characters who evolve throughout crime fiction series: @mkinberg

10 steps to blogging success: @mollygreene

The desire for respectability as a theme, and motive, in crime fiction: @mkinberg

LibraryThing and Goodreads: Meeting Readers, Book Giveaways and Finding Reviewers: @fcmalby

Advice to a post-Nook Barnes and Noble: @Porter_Anderson @jwikert @laurahazardowen

6 Pitching Tactics You Can Learn From Blake Snyder: @goodinaroom