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Sunday Wash-Up 17th May

09-05-17a luri fernandes, plin Welcome to the third Sunday Wash-Up. For all writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net, this post is for you.

It is quite simply a collection of interesting writing based web pages that fluttered past me recently. Most links have come from Twitter and if they had elegant plumage, then whilst they perched on my desk, I added the details where they normally roost to my list.

Normally you could allow an hour to go through these, but this list has three posts that blossom out dramatically. You could be here a while. Sorry :)

The Monster List of Freelance Job Sites – 2009 Update
Every freelancer needs clients. We rely on them, nurture our relationships with them, and provide a quality of service that keeps then coming back. And we can never have enough of them! The Monster List of Freelance Job Sites has one purpose: to massively increase your source of potential clients and potential jobs.

Linked-In review, why it is important to authors and job seekers
Darlene McDaniel explains “Linkedin is a social media tool for professionals. That’s simple definition for a tool that I believe can help you as a job seeker connect with old colleagues and meet new people that can help you network your way into your next job opportunity.”

I’m Published, Now What?
Penny Sansevieri outlines quite a few activities for you once your book leaves the press. “So you’re published! Congratulations! Now if you’re like most authors you may be asking yourself, now what? There are so many ways to market yourself, so many in fact it’s sometimes tough to know which one you should chose.”

How to measure your online success
April K. Hamilton Guest posts on Maria Schneiders blog, “So, you’ve got your author website up, you’re blogging regularly, and maybe you’re even doing some guest blogging on others’ sites. But how do you know if it’s working?”

Stop Censoring Yourself! Video About Writing
Elizabeth Lyon, author of Manuscript Makeover, talks about unconscious self-censorship in writing. It’s part of her conversation about style. The video is nine minutes long, worth watching twice and taking notes. To me her words on emotion are a knowledge nugget.

Literary Tweets: 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter
The quality as well as the quantity of this list is outstanding. “One very apparent trend is that some authors only plug their books or related products in their tweets and never provide any other information. These authors were culled from the list in favor of those writers who are trying to carry on a conversation with their followers and present information they might find valuable, whether it directly benefits them or not. After all, why would I want to follow someone who only tries to sell me something?”

Writing Contest Tips
What can you do to make that your application makes it past the preliminary judges, who whittle down the stack of applications into a manageable group. Ginny Wiehardt explains.

Free E-Book; The Inspired Query Letter
A short and sweet little e-book filled with powerful information about how to write the perfect query letter. As a writer, if you can’t write a good query letter, you’ll never be able to market your work.

Steve Weber, author/publisher tells his experiences with Amazon
Paul Biba posts “Editor’s note: I received an email from Steve Weber, a writer/publisher, about his experiences recently with Amazon. It was most interesting and I asked Steve if he could “pontificate” a bit more for publication on TeleRead. Well, he did and here is experience in the front lines of Amazon bookselling/publishing. By the way, Steve did not include any url to his own site, so I had to find it myself. Says something for his credibility:”

Book Promotion Tips from the Pros: Featured Author, Elizabeth Lyon
Cindy Hudson talks to Elizabeth Lyon, who is the author of six writing books on fiction and nonfiction, revision, and marketing

Don’t Be Afraid to Rewrite
Rachelle Gardner talks about actions to help you get an agent or publisher.

How to Mine Twitter for Information
Dawn Foster explains “a few tips for feeding your information habit by mining Twitter for information. Twitter tools are popping up like weeds lately, so rather than try to be comprehensive, I’m just going to highlight a few of my favorite tools for getting information out of Twitter.”

Kindle books won’t pay affiliate commissions for Amazon Associates
After the #amazonfail debacle, it has now come out that Amazon are not paying site owners commissions on e-books whilst adopting a policy of promoting them in the associate ads. Considering that Amazon is already pocketing more than on printed books it all adds up to #amazongreed.

Why Do People Hate Self-Publishing So Much?
Henry Baum, pens his thoughts on public misconceptions of self-publishing.

What are Your 3 Best Writing Tips?
Mary Jaksch generates a brilliant article without any information. She asks for it in the comments. Loads of writers all pour forth their best three tips for writing. A must read.

Welcome to the 7th Son Audiofiction Experience
After you have finished writing your novel, what then? Publish, Self publish, E-book…? Have you considered reading it? J.C. Hutchins is doing just that. Podcasts are a medium that you need to be aware of.

How To Edit Your Own Writing (Self-Editing)
Jeff Chapman lists the self-editing steps he takes; “I do a fair amount of writing; I wish I had an editor. Since I don’t though, I’ve managed to accumulate eleven golden rules for editing my own documents”


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