Pick of the Twitter: September, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Twitter picks for September, 2014:

    1.  27 Places to Get a Book Tour (and the Top Ten) via @WriterUnboxed @selfpubreview

    2.  How Stephen King Teaches Writing  via @theAtlantic @WriterlyTweets

    3.  How to Really Stop Checking Your Email Constantly  via @dailymuse @HughOSmith

    4.  How to Write a Gut-Wrenching Tragic Scene-Thanks to One Surprising Detail!  via @KMWeiland @WriterlyTweets

    5.  Submission Tip Checklist   @ChuckSambuchino via @WritetoSell

    6. Writers: How To Let Go Of The Pressure To Be Perfect  via @writersrelief @elizabethcraig

    7.  The Evolving Role of the Literary Agent by @JaneFriedman via @WritersDigest

    8.  Will Bookstores Sell Your Indie Books? A Case Study @WhereWritersWin

    9. 7 Ancient Archetypes Your Brand Storytelling Should Use  via @BrianHonigman

    10. Attending Conventions and Conferences as an Independent Author @Goblinwriter via @EricStoffle

    11. How to Avoid the Extra Work of Social Media @JaneFriedman

    12. 7 Point-of-View Basics Every Writer Should Know  @JodyHedlund

 

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Pick of the Twitter: August, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Twitter picks for August, 2014:

  1. The Right Sort (A Short Story on Twitter) by David Mitchell @Sceptre Books

  2.  Nietzsche’s 10 Rules for Writers by Maria Popova  via @brainpickings @WriterlyTweets

  3. How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags by Suzannah Windsor Freeman via @WriterUnboxed

  4.   7 Writing/Publishing Resources and How to Use Them @111publishing

  5. Blogging Tips for Authors: How to Generate New Blog Ideas  @chrisrobley @BookBaby

  6. Show, Don’t Tell, How Time Is Passing  @CSLakin (Great post!)

  7.  The Best Literary Hashtags on Twitter by Michele Filgate  via @Salon @HughOSmith  (Love this!)

  8. How I Write 8 Blog Posts a Week While Running 2 Companies by Neil Patel @neilpatel via @BrianHonigman

  9. Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing: Annotated by Ron Yates @Jhawker69

  10. Query Question: Getting Requests for Full MS but No Rep  by @Janet_Reid (As always, superb response. Love this blog.)

  11. My Latest Thoughts on Marketing for Writers   @JaneFriedman

  12. 10 Ways to Grow From “Someone Who Writes” Into a Writer by Diane O’Connell @WriteToSell

  13. 10 Ways to Tighten Your Pitch – How’s yours?  by Shari Stauch @WhereWritersWin

  14.  TWITTER TIPS for AUTHORS  @IndieAuthorNews

 

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Pick of the Twitter: July, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Twitter picks for July, 2014:

  1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Workflow Management  by Molly Greene @mollygreene

  2. 16 things to do prior to sending your work out to agents & editors  by Chuck Sambuchino via  @WritersDigest

  3. Top 5 Pet Peeves in Books–Angela Ackerman | Mindy Hardwick’s Blog   via @AngelaAckerman @WriterJoMalby

  4. A day in the life of a Literary Agent by Katie Shea Boutillier via @WomenWriters

  5. Foreshadowing’s #1 Job in Your Story by @KmWeiland

  6. Pitching a Guest Post? 7 Ways to Stand Out in an Editor’s Inbox by Adrienne Erin via @thewritelife

  7. Query Question: Plan B  by Janet Reid @Janet_Reid

  8. 5 Tips to Help Writers Avoid Overwhelm   by C. S. Lakin @CSLakin

  9. What exactly does a Poet Laureate do? by  via @nytimesarts @nationalbook

  10. Tips to help you be successful on a blog tour! by Stephanie Bond @stephaniebond via @bkmkting

  11. 10 Tips to Writing Excellent Book Reviews  via @IndieAuthorNews

  12. 5 Things to Keep In Mind When Writing a Memoir by Diane O’Connell @WriteToSell

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

  14. How Many Tweets is Too Many Tweets?   by Jade Furubayashi via @simplymeasured @HughOSmith

  15. A Writer’s Guide to Stop Panicking and Get the Most from a Critique  by Emily Wenstrom @emilywenstrom via @write_practice

  16.  Authors: 11 Ways to Quote Promote Your Book Using Images   by R. J. Adams via @bkmkting @Joelfriedlander

  17. Stephen King’s 20 Tips for Becoming a Frighteningly Good Writer  via @111publishing

  18. 4 Ways Authors Can Reach Readers on Pinterest by Jody Hedlund @JodyHedlund

  19. Dealing with Rejection Letters from Agents & Publishers  by Ron Yates @Jhawker69

  20. So You Want To Make A Living Writing? 13 Great Truths  by Bob Mayer @Bob_Mayer

  21. Using Track Changes to Revise an Outline by Elizabeth S. Craig @elizabethscraig

  22. Manage Your Beta Readers  by Richard Ridley via @CreateSpace

 

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Pick of the Twitter: May, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Twitter Picks for May, 2014:

 

  1. 13 Ways to Convince a Literary Agent to Represent You   by @Rachelle Gardner

  2. Twitter Tools: HootSuite & TweetDeck Highlights  by @laurazera via @mollygreene

  3. The Hectic Life of a Multi-Published Author  by @JodyHedlund

  4. What to expect when you attend a literary conference, trade show, or book fair by @chrisrobley @BookBaby

  5. How to Book a Successful Blog Tour  by @stephaniebond via @bkmkting

  6.  Questions about Editing by @CSLakin

  7. How to Easily Double Your Traffic from Social Media via @Mariner_Consult

  8.  Writing Tip: #23 The Notecard System  by @JakeVanderArk via @EricStoffle

  9. Smart Quotes by Ilene Strizver   (Annie here>>>I’m curious: Authors, do U use smart quotes? Do U turn them off? Which is better?)

  10. Being an Author vs. Running a Business as an Author  by @JaneFriedman

  11. What Do I Do with Random LinkedIn Connections?  by Ezra Chasser  @sorethumbnyc (Loved this post. Great info!)

  12. How to Keep Your Writing in Your Over-the-Top Busy Life: Helpful Techniques from the Experts by Mary Caroll Moore

  13. 10 Pinterest Rules Every Business Needs to Know Before Posting by Matthew Kobach

  14. Consider Advertising Your Book Locally by Richard Ridley @CreateSpace

  15.  7 Times When A Comma Has Made A MAJOR Difference  by @MaddieCrum @HuffPostbooks via @RandomHouseCA

 

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Pick of the Twitter: April, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Ten oops! Twenty** Twitter picks for April, 2014:

**I usually pull 16 or 17 tweets at month end and pare down to 10. This time around, I dug up 32. So many great posts! Thus, the 20! Enjoy! 🙂

  1.  5 Marketing Strategies for Writers Who Hate Promoting Their Own Work by @HughOSmith @thewritelife

  2. So You Want To Make A Living Writing? 13 Harsh Truths.  by @Bob_Mayer

  3. How to Cheat to Find More Work Time   by @Jody Hedlund

  4. Why Author Email Addresses Make a Difference by Caitlin Muir @AuthorMedia

  5. What “Learning to Say No” Really Means by @alexisgrant

  6. The Writer’s High by Harrison Demchick  @BookBaby

  7. Productivity For Authors. Fighting Overwhelm And How I Am Refocusing My Workload by Joanna Penn @thecreativepenn

  8. How to Use Research to Take Content From Flimsy to Fabulous by Emily Gaines Buchler @socialmedia2day

  9.  Want to be a better writer? Read more! @HuffPostBooks

  10. I love my job, oh yes I do   @Janet_Reid (I love this agent’s blog!)

  11. Revising with the Present Perfect by Maeve Maddox  (Excellent revision tip!)

  12.  5 Tips to Speed Up Your Writing and Skyrocket Your Quality by Danny Iny @WriteToDone via @EricStoffle

  13. The Art of Creating Memorable Villains Whatever Your Genre by Lisa Alber @WriterUnboxed

  14. The Story Grid: A Writer’s Tool   by @Bob_Mayer

  15.  The 10 best books about self publishing – a reading list by Robert Wood @standoutbooks via @elizabethscraig

  16. The Complete Guide to Query Letters That Get Manuscript Requests  by @JaneFriedman

  17.  Must Have Conflict! How to Introduce Conflict into your Fiction by @CSLakin

  18. The Perfect Storm that All Writers Need to Avoid by James Chartrand  

  19.  Five Tips for Cutting through Twitter Noise: by @PGillin  @skyword via @BrianHonigman

  20.  5 Beautifully Written Books To Inspire Your Writing by Diane O’Connell @WriteToSell

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Pick of the Twitter: March, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Ten Twitter picks for March, 2014:

  1.  3 Reasons Aspiring Novelists Should Retreat by Diane O’Connell @WriteToSell

  2. The New Publishing Platform on LinkedIn: Why You Should Care and How to Contribute  by Stephanie Chandler @bizauthor

  3.  How To Complete Every Writing Project You Start: Become a Completion Addict by Jessica Baverstock @WriteToDone

  4. 29 Ways to Stay Creative: VIDEO INFOGRAPHIC by Dianna Dilworth @GalleyCat

  5. Book Promotions That Work by Molly Greene @mollygreene

  6. What Do Agents Like to See When They Google Writers? by Carly Watters  @carlywatters

  7. How to Find the Time in your Busy Life to Make Writing a Priority   RT @AmazonKDP via @HuffPostBooks

  8. Should You Write the Whole Book before Pitching?  by Rachelle Gardner @RachelleGardner

  9. THE VARIED EMOTIONAL STAGES OF WRITING A BOOK by Chuck Wendig  (I can relate to this! How about you?)

  10. QueryTip: Wait! Wait!  by Janet Reid @Janet_Reid

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Pick of the Twitter: February, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Ten Twitter picks for February, 2014:

  1. 11 Fantastic Apps for Writers   @HuffPostBooks
  2. 5 Ways to Make Time to Write by Diane O’Connell  @WriteToSell
  3. A Quick 5-Point Checklist for Writing a Scene @JodyHedlund
  4. The (Quiet) Omniscient Narrator by Celeste Ng  @glimmertrain via @JaneFriedman
  5. Timeless Writing Tips from Successful Writers Of Our Time by Irwin Lagman  @bloggingtips
  6. Why Your Antagonist Needs a Mushy Moment  @KMWeiland
  7. A Template for Marketing Books: “The Official Self-Published Book Marketing Plan”  by Nick Thacker @CSLakin
  8. Radio 101: Tips for Authors & Speakers Doing Radio Interviews  @BookBaby
  9.  Why You should Embrace Your Creative Blocks  by Melissa Dinwiddie @HuffPostBooks
  10. 10 Tips for Aspiring Historical Fiction Authors   @stephaniedray

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Pick of the Twitter, November 2013

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Ten Twitter picks for November, 2013:

  1. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing a Short Story  by @ChrisRobley @BookBaby

  2.  Breakaway Body Parts: Are Your Characters’ Body Parts Acting on Their Own?   by @Janice_Hardy via @ EricStoffle

  3. Preparing for a Productive Writing Day  by @elizabethcraig

  4.  Five Design Must-Haves for Every Author Website  @HuffPost Books

  5. How to Get in the Zone and Stay in the Zone A PodCast  with Tom Evans  from Joanna Penn @thecreativepenn

  6. George Stroumboulopoulos Interview with Author Sue Grafton from @cbc @strombo

  7. The Book Marketing Maze: 22 Wrong Turns Authors Make and How To Avoid Them by @JonathanGunson 

  8. Your Artist Self and Your Business Self by @RachelleGardner

  9. Announcing the Novel Marketing Podcast  from @AuthorMedia

  10. Infographic: Here’s Why You Should Invest in Social Media Marketing Today  @Marine_Consult

Many thanks to Tweeters and Bloggers alike!

My best to you,

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Writing Resources: My Current Favorites

by @AnnieDaylon 

Looking for Writing Resources? Here, categorized by Story, Style, and Sell are my current favorites.

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  1. Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence  by Lisa Cron

  2. How to Write a Damn Good Thriller  by James N. Frey

  3. The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction  by James Alexander Thom

  4. The Writer’s Journey  by Christopher Vogler

Style:

  1.  Finding Your Writer’s Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction  by Thaisa Frank & Dorothy Wall

  2. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed  by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

  3. Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation  by Lynne Truss

  4. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression   by Angela Ackerman

Sell:

  1. The Frugal Book Promoter   by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

  2. Blog It! The Author’s Guide to Building a Successful Online Brand  by Molly Greene

 

There you have it, my current Top Ten writing resources. Am always looking to update; any suggestions as to resources I can add?

 

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The Business of Writing: Time and Money

Post II: Time and Money

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Given that you have a product (your writing, your teaching skills, or both), and that your goal is to sell it, your must figure out how to do that. Any business, writing included, demands TIME and requires MONEY. But how do you allocate each?

There are three things that impact your TIME and MONEY : production, marketing, and administration. When you first start writing, you put all of your time into production. You keep your costs to a minimum (computer and internet provider) and, hopefully, you put some money aside. (Helpful hint: Start a savings account NOW.)  When your product is ready, or near ready, the pendulum must swing away from all-production-all-the-time.

Frustrating? Oh yes! How can you be a great writer if you must steal valuable time from your craft? Last year, when I decided to learn the business of writing, there were days when frustration was spilling from my core. But the reality of business mandated that I learn so I got started and now? I am coming to terms with production, marketing, and administration.

There are varying ways of dividing these into categories. What follows are my choices…

  • PRODUCTION: Writing, Publishing, Editing, Courses, Webinars, Contests, Research
  • MARKETING: Market Research, Memberships, Website Costs, Social Media, Travel, (whatever I do with the specific aim of selling my writing and/or my teaching skills)
  • ADMINISTRATION: Computer, Tech Support, Books, Postage, Office SuppliesWebsite photos 022

My TIME: I keep track of my work and try to divide my time as follows: 30% Production, 65% Sales/Marketing, 5% Administration. This is flexible and will change with my needs.

My MONEY: I have set a budget for 2013 and divided it equally—33% each on Production, Marketing, and Administration. My goal for this year is to break even. That means frugality… but that’s another reality byte, another blog post…

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