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Sunday Wash-Up, 20th September

090920aMindfulnessSingingintherain_t 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.


Book-Promotion…..Creating a Lending Library
Stephen Elliot created a buzz about his book before it was published simply by ensuring copies got into the hands of 400 readers.

How To Write The Synopsis
Video excerpt from Bob Mayer’s one day tutorial on writing and marketing novels. As the title suggests, the section selected shows how to write a synopsis.

Iain Banks: Even at my age I still have something to prove
Interview with Ian Banks in the guardian; Ian has taken a cut in his advance but looks on the bright side. He also pleads guilty to self indulgence in his last works.

New Asus Colour eReader Folds Like a Book
I have been waiting for the new generation of colour eReaders to arrive. Looks like Asus is the first.

How to Get the Most from an Online Writing Class
Abigail Green views signing up for writing classes as a necessity for continuous professional development. And as it is her money that she is spending, she wants to get every shred of value from her investment.

About That Book Advance…
Michael Meyer talks about some of the realities behind book advances.

Changes Afoot at Amazon’s Search Inside the Book?
Amazon wants all listed books to have the search inside feature, even before it is officially published. Not everyone is happy with this.

How a Successful Author in First Life Supports Aspiring Authors in Second Life
Michael Stackpole and his wife hold weekly “Office hours” in his office in second life. Friendly and free, they are meetings to help fellow authors. Unfortunately I won’t be meeting you there as it is held at 6pm Pacific time.

Reviews and how to take them
Alan Baxter muses over how people react to reviews and what you can gain from them.

Authors Out There Doing It! What You Can Learn From Dream Raider
Joanna Penn likes what the two authors of “Dream Raider” are doing. Here she is promoting the lessons you can take away from the campaign that these guys are running.

When your book is listed “Out of Print”
Loads of coverage at the moment about the Google book scannings of “out of print” books. So just what are these books?

I don’t know what to make of Gist, it promises to bring important information to my finger tips. It looks like it should be very useful, perhaps I should spend more time with it.
If you are a Gist fan, then let us know more about it in the comments.

17 Reasons Book Manuscripts are Rejected
Can you find your problem in this list? Well worth bookmarking this post and reviewing often.

multiple protagonists, or you’re not Tolkien
It’s the fashion these days for multiple protagonists and intertwined plots, no wonder new authors want to write what they see around them. Teresa Frohock has some words of warning.

Room to Write
Just where did the greats pen their masterpieces? Read on to find out.

National Novel Writing Month
Who hasn’t heard of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo or simply NaNo. Put your life on hold and scribe 50,000 words in one month, that’s all you have to do. Over 100,000 other writers will be trying to do just that, working virtually along side you.

Dr. Grammar’s Frequently Asked Questions
Just where does the full stop go when using quotes? Is it – end.” or – end”. This list of useful examples is a boone to the grammatically challenged.

Myla Goldberg, interviewed by Sarah Anne Johnson
Myla expounds her experience in using short stories to experiment and hone your writing skills. Good advice, after all it has worked well for her.

Thirteen Steps to Write and Publish a Free Ebook In Thirteen Hours
Ali Hale puts together a brilliant post that deconstructs the process of writing an eBook.

Choosing the Right Editor
Straightforward advice on selecting an editor that will work best with you.

The Real Cost of Free
Laura Benedict, muses over the effect that “free” marketing is having on the industry and pulls parallels from the music industry.

Kurt Vonnegut explains drama
Why do people have such a need for drama in their lives? This informative post gives us an insight and it prompted 351 comments. Time to make a fresh brew before you click on the link.

The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences
The Telegraph has no more important news to find, so it has dug through Dan Brown’s work and found some clumsy phrases. Proving yet again, that the power of story triumphs over correct prose every time. Our thanks go to Tom Chivers, for this insight.

The value of the Bechdel Test
Marie Brennan is having problems with how women are being portrayed. How do you portray women? Here she explains a test that will tell you if “half the world” are being treated badly. Remember, half your readers are women.

How to Write Action Scenes
James Scott Bell looks at how Dean Koontz uses clever techniques to draw the reader into his action scenes.

Will Authors of the Future Need Publishers?
Nathan Brandsford, continues a thought he posted on another blog a few weeks back. Namely will agents become the future power houses in publishing.

“What’s Your Favorite Type of Pain?” by. Jason A. Myers
Plotter or Pantser? What pains do the differing styles bring? Jason gives you his view.

217 Babel St
Collaborative writing project based in apartments in a large house (bad explanation, go and have a look). One of the more diverse finds on the internet.

Why You Should Write More Than One Ending
KM. Weiland explains that although she knows her ending at the start, actually finishing with the right ending requires more thought.

winners of The Writers Bureau Poem & Short Story Competition!
Ever wondered what story won that competition? At the top of the table are links to the winning stories and poems. Time to sit on your pride and study just what makes a winner.

5 Reasons For and Against Making Your Blog Multi-Author
If you are promoting your new book then time becomes pressed harder than ever, if your blog suffers because of this, then maybe you will consider hiring writers to lighten the load. Good or bad decision?

Tips for Writing a Long or Short Author Bio for Magazine Articles
Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen lays out all the points you need to consider when assembling your author bio.

Visualize Scenes with a Storyboard
If using storyboards works for the biggest and best Hollywood studios, then us authors should also be able to benefit from them.


Editor at a Chinese restaurant

Editor at Chinese restaurant

 More Writing Lists

Writing Roundup
Jennifer Roland always links to great posts in her round ups. But for this and next week she is on tour promoting her book, click here to read about it, Jennifer has warned us that she will be a bit “sparse” with her posts during this time. The good news is that she intends to keep up with her weekly round ups, just don’t get upset if they are a little delayed.

Friday Forum: Get Read
Jessica Rosen’s focused Friday link love forum. Jessica’s post this week is all about getting your words out there.

lunch hour links for writers – 9/16/09
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. My favourite is the link on “How Syntax Can Help You” with Si-Fi  alien speech.

WYMJ Weekender All Week – Wednesday
B J Keltz pops up a very succinct list of web links found during the week.
(Note the succinct introduction.)

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, Singing in the rain cc Mindfulness

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