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Sunday Wash-Up 2nd August

09-08-02a Aussiegall, Wash day 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.


Top ten tips for editing your own book
Gary Smailes explains how he helps writers tackle the problem of editing their own work.

Sickhouse – A short story podcast
Not directly on writing but more and more authors are growing their platform by using podcasts. Here George from TumbleMoose displays a no frills well put together podcast of a short story. Time to buy a mike folks.

My Creative Process — Why I Make The Same Mistakes
Jenni Holbrook, produces a very good post for the new novelist and the seasoned scribbler.

How Not To Write A Story
You have to feel for Jon Konrath, he’s judging a story competition and… Well just how many time can you see the same mistake, without blowing a fuse?

EPUB: The next PDF? pt1
EPUB: The next PDF? pt2
The open standard format for reflowable text is driving e-book sales. Stand aside PDF.

10 Cool WordPress Themes for Writers
A main part of your platform is your blog, best then to make it look as cool as you can.

When democracy fails: the Hugo SF awards
Hugos 2009
Two separate posts featuring Adam Roberts. Let us just say that he wasn’t too happy with the public selection of the Hugos this year.

How to Plan a Successful Book Signing
This SEO title is a bit light on it’s promised planning detail but it shows you how important it is to get off your bum when your book gets signed.

Unadventurous Reading Gets You Nowhere
Love, love this title, also loved the content of the post. If you skip every other link this week do not skip this one.

Critters Workshop
Critters is an on-line workshop/critique group for serious writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. You get your work critiqued in exchange for critiquing the work of others.

TheBigPicture: Online Organizer & Innovative Project Manager
This is so cool (and free). If you are web based or LIP then it gets even more interesting. In their words “TheBigPicture is a free online organizer and innovative project management tool which combines things like tasks, to-dos, calendar and other project management related features into an intuitive mind map style interface.”

Online Writing Workshop For Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
This is a fee based community, let me introduce themselves in their own words. “It’s an online community of writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror–brand-new and published–who help each other improve their work. Whatever your level, the workshop can help you grow as a writer–through the useful critiques you receive and through what you learn by reviewing the work of others.”

Time Couriers
A very good example of what a book site should not be. Lean by the expensive mistakes of others.

If abundant instruction would make us into novelists, the people of England ought to be a Nation of Fieldings’
Sara Bailey has a lot to say on the subject of self help books about writing.

How To Create A Writing Portfolio
Freelancing? How does your portfolio measure up? How have you organisd your samples? Sharon Hurley Hall is handing out some, as usual, sound advice.

73 Ways to Become a Better Writer
73? Mary Jaksch must come from the Douglas Adams school of numbering. That aside how many of these can you put a tick beside?

(Douglas Adams ; Prime factorial of the universe, time, everything is 42)

10 literary agents who represent speculative fiction
Josh Vogt, details the approach and ten agents that are a bit out there.

How To Live Like You Were Dying
DO NOT wait till it is too late. Insight Writer give you food for thought. (He/She even has a good taste in WordPress themes.)

Editing with index cards and post-it notes
Calistro writer has a novel way to organise her major editing task. Well worth reading, hint, hint.

DIY book
Hamish McDonald has put together this brilliant set of pages. It just shows you what can be done with effort and imagination.

The Basics of a Good Blogsite – Part One
The Basics of a Good Blogsite – Part Two
Melinda has put together two class posts on the options and pitfalls of a good blog.

Writing as Hobby
Do hobbyist writers muddy the publishing waters? Henry Baum thinks so.

What is an imprint?
Do you know this? Is it important to a writer? read on. “Larger publishing houses — like Random House, the Penguin Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, etc. — are divided into departments called imprints.  Sometimes, several imprints are affiliated in an official group.”

When are you a “real” writer?
An old blog post from 2008, but just as relevant today. So where do you draw your line in the sand?

Six Ways Authors Can Promote on Facebook
Do you promote on Facebook? Interesting post with a few handy pointers for people like me who have failed to develop the Facebook relationship.

On Efficiency, Or How To Get Everything Done As A Multi-Tasking Writer
Joanna Penn explains how she fits an eighty hour week into a 40 hour slot, (my words not hers). Somehow she makes it seem so simple.

Visual writing – lemme see your words
Good thoughtful post by Lynn Price. How much do you need, when is it not enough, when is it overload? She tries to convey her thoughts to you.

In Defense of Agents
Link rich post that tells it from the other side of the desk. Well worth reading and following the links.

On Book Cover Design
Video post with C.S. Richardson, the creative director at Random House of Canada. Talking about book cover design and the effects of colour, graphics and human nature.

The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Authors
I think the title explains it well enough.



Author’s Nightmare: Two publishers choose the same cover for different books
The title explains it all. It’s not funny, think of the poor… Aww, who am I trying to kid, snigger.



More Writing Lists

Writing Roundup, July 31
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. This week her sections on craft and fiction look really interesting, I think I’ll read them on Sunday morning.

Friday Forum: Blog Your Heart Out
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.”

lunch hour links for writers – week of 7/27/09
Teresa Frohock, shares a little link love on Wednesdays and includes a quick reason with each, as to why you should click on the links. Brilliant list again this week, make sure to check out the “Plot Protagonist Secrets”.

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 27th July

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