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Sunday Wash-Up 16th August

09-08-16a Trazomfreak, Washing Linens 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.

How to Write a Good eBook – You Know, the Kind that Doesn’t Suck
Men with Pens put out a good post on writing eBooks about Wookie words and uninteresting things. I just wish I had Taylor’s light touch when it comes to writing a post.

Critique–”If You Can’t Stand the Heat, then Get Out of the Kitchen”
If we are blind to what we don’t know, then no matter how many words we write we will keep repeating the same mistakes. So we all need critiques of our work. Trouble is can we take it?

Don’t judge this book by its cover: Bloomsbury deny ‘white-washing’ character
Justine Larbalestier, raged privately and publicly at her publisher about the cover they put on her book. All to no avail. Public pressure turned them around but why should it take public pressure before they listen to the author?

Beginners’ four faults
The four faults are:- Walk and Chew Gum, Furry Dice, Tea Vicar, and Styrofoam. Of course you knew all that didn’t you?

Scribd Adds Social Networking
Platfom building? Are your Twitter followers 90% SEO marketers? Scribd can now be the quickest way to grow targeted followers who are actual fans of your work.

7 Tips for Writing for Publication
Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen thinks crummy writing will spell success for you and tantalize your readers.

Amazon Tagging: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Nick Daws has made some interesting observations on tagging work on Amazon. Ugly tags, abuse and author opportunity are all covered in this post.

10 Tips for Becoming a Location Independent Professional
Steve Beyatte, gives out the wisdom of lessons learned.

Writing advice on making your novel more readable
Simple advice that is not so simple to follow. Print them out and post these points on your wall.

The ISBN Is Dead
I didn’t know that the ISBN was in trouble. Yet another institution that is having difficulty with the digital world.

 research and characterization
I just loved this post. How serious are you with having your characters on the page, grab your readers interest? Teresa Frohock shows us the way.

Monday Morning Grammar: Pronouns Part III—Number
Tuesday Afternoon Punctuation: Commas, Part VIII—Adjectives
Mots Justes, is a recent “find” and I am deeply indebted to Teressa Frohock for their link. I intend to spend some time browsing their nooks and crannies. They have too many series with too many posts to do my usual series list. So pop over and enjoy.

Digital Distribution Means Global, Not Local
Andrew Savikas, vice-president of O’Reilly Media explains what digital copy means to his company.

Proofreaders’ Marks
Useful guide as to just what those funny little marks all over your returned copy actually mean.

Book Publishing  Glossary
A glossary of industry terms. “Sell-through” and “Trade paperback” were amongst the new ones to me.

Free copy of “The Elements of Style”
Free copy of this classic from Feedbooks. Read my last post, Free Strunk & White; Good Grammar Guide before you thank me for listing this link.

Indirect vs. Direct Speech and Thoughts
BJ Muntain added an informed comment on this blog. So I took an interest in BJ’s site and found this neat explanation of portraying speech and thoughts.

Public Speaking for Authors: Preparing for a Reading
Third part in a public speaking series, links to part one and two are in the first paragraph.

Write a Novel – Point of View and Techniques for Effective Shifts
Time and time again I have read agents bemoan “head hopping”. Robert Bacon gives you some tips on using this powerful tool with out alienating the agents.


On Procrastination
Jennifer Haymore declares herself the queen of procrastination. How many of these are you guilty of?

How not to impress a publisher
Just for fun, A list of innovative ways some authors have actually tried to sway a publisher. Did I snigger? Nope, I laughed my scribbling head off.


More Writing Lists

Writing Roundup, Aug. 14
Jennifer Roland has moved. Find her latest and best Roundup here.

Friday Forum: Platform
Jessica Rosen’s focused link love forum.  “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 8/12/09
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. It is because of Teresa’s great links that I found Mots Justes.

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 2nd August

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