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Sunday Wash-Up 5th July

09-07-05a Extranoise, frozen moment Welcome to my Sunday Wash-Up. This post is for all the writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net, due to work or other commitments.

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 these little tweeting birds had elegant plumage, then whilst they perched on my desk, I quickly added their roosting details my list.

Hash Platform Chat
Another  Twitter hashtag discussion group, this time about your platform. Find it at 11am PT / 1pm CT on Fridays. #platformchat

No one pointed a gun at my head and said, become a science fiction writer
Good interview of a Si-Fi writer who has been accepted. ”Alastair Reynolds is in reflective mood. Nineteen years after the first short story was published, he’s just signed a 10-year, 10-book contract for £1m with Gollancz

Four roles for publishers: staying relevant when you are no longer a gatekeeper
Andy Oram looks at the changing role of publishers, “Since we are no longer gatekeepers, publishers have to focus on how we add quality

Five Ideas for Using Twitter to Sell Your Books and eBooks
Author’s promotions and platform building, Amanda McArthur gives us some clues on letting Twitter help.

11 Types of Bad Writing Advice
Susan K. Perry Ph.D is out to make you question the advice you receive, an important ability in my book. “Rotten writing advice gets in the way of creativity & success.”

You Tell Me: Where Did You Hear About the Book You’re Reading?
Nathan Bransford asks a simple question and gets loads of anwers. So where are your readers hearing about what they are reading? Is your message there?

Ten Marketing Questions Authors are Asking
Thinking about your author ‘platform’? Chip MacGregor answer ten questions authors have asked him recently.

Internet Defamation, Author Platform And You, Part 1
Internet Defamation, Author Platform And You, Part 2
April Hamilton, recently ran into the problem of personal attacks via the internet. Now having graduated from the university of hard knocks she is passing on her lessons to you.

How are books published? (Part 1 of 3)
How are books published? (Part 2 of 3)
How are books published? (Part 3 of 3)
There is a great deal of misinformation floating around about the way books are published. Authors and many others throw around terms like “POD publisher,” “traditional publisher,” and “self-published” with lack of understanding of what terms really mean.”

50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills
All I can say is OH – WOW! It will take you a while just organising these links in your browser, let alone reading all the fab sites. My favourite is the reverse dictionary.

So you want to write an ebook? 30 tips for success
David Meerman Scott, dissects a new e-book and shows us how all the parts fit together.

The International Association of Writers (Speakers and Experts)
This is a paid membership association, currently I have subscribed to their newsletter and will be using it to decide if I want to dip into my wallet each month. From their site, “The International Association of Writers is a writing organization that educates, connects, inspires, and promotes published and unpublished writers, experts, and speakers worldwide.”

Using Evernote For Book Research
Joanna Penn get very excited about EverNote. I’m now trying it, since it can sync across computers and so may become part of my Location Independant toolset.

WIP Tip 6/29: Story Dump (Part one)
WIP Tip 6/30: Write Yourself Back into Your Story (or, Story Dump, Part two)
Beth M, provides us with a simple but powerful tool to keep our words flowing when we hit problems with our creativity.

How to Start a Novel
At the start of your new novel? Holly Lisle, lays out your thinking for you. “I had a slew of thirty-page novel starts before I finally found out how to start a novel that I could finish. See, that’s the trick. You have to start the novel, but you have to have planned to finish it before you type the first word on page one.“

Directory of Writers Associations
eBook Crossroads has put together a nice list and summary of writers associations.

Victoria Strauss — Hassett vs. Hasselbeck: What A Plagiarism Lawsuit Reveals About Writers’ Fear of Theft
Writer Beware examines a recent legal case and expands on common myths about plagiarism.

Pre-Editing (Or, My Thoughts on Hiring Freelance Developmental Editors Pre-Submission)
Moonrat has a “TON” of thoughts on hiring a pre-editor before you submit your manuscript. The bolg readers also have a ton of thought on this emotive matter. Read this, even if you skim the comments.

Should You Self-Publish?
“The Newbies’s Guide to Publishing”
J A Konrath, gives us eight different scenarios to consider on self publishing and the medium to consider. At the end of the article he links to his free eBook, The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing’, at ~750 pages this is not your usual flimsy eBook give away.

8 Tips for Success When Freelancing On the Road
Glen Allsopp, is about to depart on a one year round world trip. Naturally having everything in order before he leaves is uppermost in his mind. Here he shares his thoughts with you.


More Writing Lists

Jennifer Roland’s – Writing Roundup, July 2
Each week I am linking to Jennifer Roland’s Roundup, so if you have loads of time or the links here were not of high interest then pop over to her page.

Writer Shout Out July 3rd
Angela Neal otherwise known as @SparklyScotty, publishes her Shout Out and NIbby Award every Friday. Pop over to Writers Remorse for some good blogs to follow.

Friday Forum: Character Creation
Jessica Rosen has started a new focused link love forum. Should be good. “Each week, the Friday Forum will focus on a certain subject links to do with writing and/or publishing. I’ll do some research and show you what I’ve kept for my own use as helpful”.”


If you know of other writing link lists please add them in the comments and I will append them to the Sunday Wash-up, for all to benefit from.

Back to the Sunday Wash-UP 28th June

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