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Sunday Wash-Up 30th August

09-08-30a JBLondon Parkour in the Fountains 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.


Ever considered a Virtual Book Tour?
Sue Eckstein author of The Cloths of Heaven  is coming to the end of her own Virtual Book Tour and BubbleCow jumped at the chance to get a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the reality of what was involved.”

How to Set Up a Blog Book Tour and Why You Should
Alan Baxter produces a good guest post on Pat Bertram’s site and talks about his finds of blog book tours. This article lists some interesting further reading and there is a list of further reading links at the end of the article.

On Agents Part II
Bob Mayer is tired of agents winging about how hard it is to work their inquiries and believes they should be guiding authors to develop a career plan.

Agent E-mail Stats
Bob Mayer may have been referring to Nathan Bransford in the post link above. Hear Nathan outlines the task facing him each day when dealing with his inbox.

Yet Another New Route to Publication
FlatWorld Knowledge is attempting to provide free textbooks on line and seeks authors to assist in the endeavour. This short post tries to convince you that getting involved is a good idea.

SF/F/H Reviewer Linkup Meme, 2nd Edition
Writing SF/F/H? Thinking of a blog book tour? This extensive list should provide you with all the right connections.

Should the Term “Self-Publishing” Be Replaced?
Will changing the name suddenly make self-publishing cool? Henry Baum disagrees.

Writer Mills: You Can Do Better
Is providing content to writer mills actually damaging your credibility, Jesaka Long thinks so.

What advice do you give a writer?
Mike Shatzkin is giving this speech on Sept 18th, here is his planned lore of advice. Interestingly he is not above accepting good suggestions.

Guest Blog by Rosy Thornton – Whose Voice is it Anyway?
Rosy Thornton and Catherine have a very close relationship, which is good. It is also the problem.

8 Elements of Effective Author Newsletters
Thinking of producing your own author newsletter? Maybe you have one, either way Author Tech Tips lays out the key elements of one for you.

Never Trust A Computer
Spike Wyatt plays with some nitty-gritty. Do you know why your grammar checker thinks you are a dunce?

I am your editor: submitting your novel
This is a common post from editors and agents; once again explaining what causes a submission to be rejected before it is even read (or opened). I am linking this one from Caro Clarke because bad submissions are still happening.

More than one main character
I don’t normally link to forum discussions but this one became interesting when the discussion moved on to publishers preferences.

America’s oldest freelance book editing firm
One of the most influential books on my writing was Self-Editing for Fiction Writers co-authored by Rennie Browne. Recently I was informed that Rennie is available for editing services at “The Editorial Department”. Just thought I would let you know, don’t tell her that Shack sent you, she doesn’t know me from Adam.

Business Cards for Books
Are you promoting your book? Do you have a business card just for your book? Natalie Wickham advocates that you should.

Tips for Writers – Beginnings to Avoid
Camy Tang writes for Suite101 and explains three damaging openings for your novel.

When Should You Capitalize Words?
Grammar Girl explains some of the reasoning behind tricky capitalisations.

Structure vs. the “Indiana Jones” writing method
Absolutely nothing to do with a bull whip but all to do with using your brain. This funny post is packed with good information, well worth the time reading it.

Ebook growth explosive; serious disruptions around the corner
Mike Shatzkin reasons that the percentage growth in e-books is actually higher than publishers claim. He also believes the authors royalties are due for a widespread change.

Are You Really Ready to Contact Literary Agents with Your Idea for Writing a Nonfiction Book to Build Your Brand and Promote Your Business?
My, what a huge title! Roger Parker outlines some necessary thinking before you promote your non-fiction book, don’t worry his post is not as verbose as his title.

Steampunk: What it is, why I came to like it, and why I think it’ll stick around
Last week I was waiting for the third SteamPunk bus to arrive after posting two related posts. This week it arrived; driven by The clockwork Century blog.

5 Questions for Those Who Don’t Have Time to Market/Promote
Here are five questions that occur to me when faced with this dilemma. I wish there were an easy answer, but everyone has to figure it out for themselves.” Jane Friedman.

Top ten tips for editing your own book
Gary Smailes lists some good suggestions from “our editors”, I liked tip ten.

Spouses and Writing
Jason Myers is a lucky man and I believe his wife must love him dearly. Work life balance? Jason has all the questions but few answers.

10 Warning Signs that a Writing Contest Is A Loser
Diane Thomas, tries to give us the warning signs about rouge writing contests. However do we have the eyes to see them. (eyes wide shut, come to mind.)

Critique Groups: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Jeanne Lyet Gassman, talks through what to look for in selecting a critique group.

Guest Post: Troubleshoot Your First Draft in One Pass
Roz Morris outlines a neat tool that can assist you in sorting your first draft. It neatly takes the toil from your mind allowing you to make good choices.


More Writing Lists

Writing Roundup, August 28
Jennifer Roland has has some great posts in this round up For example, part one of eleven, “Rebecca Emrich begins a new series on the role of passion and confidence”

Friday Forum: Publishing 101
Jessica Rosen’s focused Friday link love forum.  “Publishing in this day and age of social media looks very different than publishing even twenty years ago.

lunch hour links for writers – week of 8/25/09
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. Her jewel for me this week was a link from Robert L. Bacon covering shifts.

Best Tweets for Writers
Jane Friedman produces a lovely collection of links, all organised and grouped to make it easy for you. ”I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Friday or Saturday for the week’s best Tweets.” Her page is not up at the moment so the above link is to her home page. Fingers crossed the tweet page will be waiting there for you.

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.


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Photo, Parkour in the Fountains  cc JB London

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