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Sunday Wash-Up, 27th September

09-09-27a Tony the Misfit, Jumpin' in the rain 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.


Creative Commons: What Is It and How Can It Benefit You?
Joanna Penn is allowing you to use any of her wonderful content. In this post she explains why and how she is protecting herself. Expect to see Shack’s own CC banner soon.

Learn the Elements of a Novel
Here is a neat collection of links, each covering a different aspect of writing your novel.

How To Integrate Facebook With WordPress
Slightly techie but it looks easy enough. Thiemo Fetzer explains how to gain WordPress advantages on Facebook. Fantastic possibilities for your fan page.

After I did a post on alliteration Steve Hanov contacted me and explained how he developed this site to help with alliteration. Very helpful and at times absurdly funny, you must have a peek at this.

On Concepts
Nathan Brandsford puts it so nicely when he says “originality is all about how it’s done, not what it’s about.”

Can You Write the Sequel to Someone Else’s Book?
Well can you? The answer is yes and no. Brian Klems explains it properly.

9 Ways to Strengthen Your Beginning
K.M.Weiland’s post also doubles as ‘Nine checks that your beginning doesn’t suck’. Ignore at your peril.

Apex Reviews
Interesting concept of a paid review and promotion for your book. I have included them here because it is potentially another string to your promotion bow. NOTE: I don’t endorse this company in anyway and suggest you contact their customers before parting with any money.

Digital Publishing: Looking at the Business Model
Interesting discussion by Kassia Krozser, her she ponders on how the new digital publishing bussiness model is shaping up and how it affects publishers, authors and eVendors.Very interesting thoughts even if it is missing the changing roles of agents.

The Espresso Book Machine
This post from Third Place Books, arrived shortly after Kassia’s post and was totally unconnected. It shows just how fast publishing and marketing is changing in the book world and begs the question; in the future, will you even need a publisher and distributor?


On Writing
I just found this endearing. Though I’ll bet Michael Carroll, who wrote it might not take to my feelings. There is a quirky humour here that is simply… Well for example “Really? You’re a human being and you can’t think of any ideas? Rubbish! Of course you can. Ever told a lie? That’s fiction.”

Top 10 Blogs for Writers – The 2009/2010 Winners
Michael Stelzner puts up the winners from his fourth annual top 10 writing blogs poll.

Three Words That Help You Finish Any Writing Project
Three words to keep you from the doldrums from Ali Hale. Ali, if you are reading this, nice use of alliteration on the titles forming the theme, impressed.

Nicola Morgan posts at length on the desire to enhance more than is helpful. The trouble with this fault, is that you can be totally blind to it and what you are doing wrong, because of this it makes it this week’s must read.

Defining Good Writing (Possibly Sententious)
Cheryl Klein is “rolling our eyes at the flatness of the prose, characters, and plot construction,” which has prompted her to post about “and yet we just keep reading on.”

Three Levels of Questions to Revise Structure and Details
Jennifer Jensen, lays out how to approach revising so that you don’t work on that which is destined to be deleted.

Earn Out
Agent Kristin explains what is meant by “Earn Out” in the publishing industry.

Writing goals 1: Don’t expect the unexpected
Iain Broome obviously believes strongly in goals. In this evangelical post he does his utmost to explain why you should to.

A few links about "writer mills"
Kristine Meldrum, has a bee in her bonnet about Helium, Demand Studios and the rest of the article directories. Here she links to some informative posts about these sites.

The crimewriter Andrew Taylor gives advice on getting the plot right
A two year old blast from the past that was tweeted this week. I wonder just who reads newspapers that are two years out of date?


Tell Me the STORY
Over the last two Wash-Ups there has been posts about the theme and the emotional journey. This week Rachelle Gardner post that this is OK, but what she wants to know is, what is the ACTUAL STORY? What does she mean?

We don’t need new gadgets. We need a new publishing industry.
Mike Elgan, ponders on how technology and publishing won’t work together until they both wake up.


I will be including a few podcast links in the Wash-Up from now on, changes at Shack’s camp has driven me to search for interesting writing based podcasts and any I find, I will share with you.

The Creative Penn; Julia McCutchen on Brilliant Book Proposals and the Traditional Publishing Process
Joanna Penn talking about working with traditional publishers, which is a bit of a surprise considering what she normally talks about.

About Short Stories
Nancy O. Greene talks about her short stories and how to write these surprisingly difficult works.

Produced by Litopia Writers’ Colony, Litopia produces podcasts on writing. In their own words, “LITOPIA treats its listeners as if they have brains – and are keen to use them.”

The final six are copied from Friday’s post.

Learn Out Loud ; A lovely list of organised writing podcasts on a wide range of issues

Writing Excuses ; As featured in the wash-up in August. They do 15 minute podcasts

The Secrets ; Michael Stackpole’s brilliant podcasts of how-to’s covering all aspects of writing

The Writing Show ; Very interesting podcasts, well produced, I have listened to two so far and will be going back for more

The Creative Penn ; A list of all Joanna’s podcasts on book publishing and promotion

Grammar Girl. Quick and Dirty Tips ; Mignon Fogarty’s excellent podcast site, and it is not just on Grammar.


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More Writing Lists

Writing Roundup
Jennifer Roland always links to great posts in her round ups. But until next Monday she is on tour promoting her book, click here to read about it. Let us hope she collected loads whilst on tour.

Friday Forum: Queries 101
Jessica Rosen’s focused Friday link love forum, this week it is all about queries. Here is a little secret about Jess Rosen; today she came out of hospital determined to get her Friday Forum up for just you. Isn’t that just astounding? You can follow this gutsy lady on Twitter with this link, @JessrosenBooks.

lunch hour links for writers – 9/23/09
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. Due to my own time constraints, Teresa’s links this week will be my Sunday reading.

WYMJ Weekender All Week – Friday
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 the benefit of all.

Back to the Sunday Wash-Up 20th September

Photo, Jumpin’ in the rain cc Tony the Misfit

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9 comments to Sunday Wash-Up, 27th September

  • A great list as usual Andy – I get some great links for Twitter from here! Thanks so much for mentioning my site! Also, I do still aim to get traditionally published, I want to experience the whole range of publishing options – and hey, don’t we all want to be Dan Brown! so I don’t write it off – it’s just that I don’t have that experience yet so I don’t blog about it! Watch this space… I shall soon have a platform that attracts publishers!
    Have a good week, Joanna

  • Hi Joanna.

    Be careful with the links that you use from here (GRIN), because you might be re-tweeting it again (LOL).

    For everyone else; Joanna is very prolific, a workaholic and tweets good links, often. Some of the above links will certainly be from her original tweets. You can follow Joanna on Twitter @TheCreativePenn, you won’t regret it.

  • Hey Andy,

    How do you do it? Again, these lists are the most eclectic and helpful around.

    I’m stumbling and tweeting these because the rest of the world needs to see your site.


    • George, If you promise not to tell anyone, to keep it real quiet, just between you an’ me an’ these four walls…

      Then I’ll let you into the secret.

      Promise? OK, good. Well the secret of how I do it is

      That I don’t! No not me, uh-uh, not at all.

      Little Shacky has a tweeter army of writers who scour the Internet.

      And anything that is good and that they consider significant enough to share, they then tweet it to me.

      They also tweet it to the rest of the world, but then I don’t pay them anything, so that is fair.

      All I do is bookmark them as I read them and the best of the bookmarks at the end of the week are popped on the Wash-Up.

      So George, you see, and I’m sorry to burst your bubble, It is not me at all.

      It is all the wonderful tweeters that I follow.

      Thanks Guys an’ Galls (and one android), I couldn’t do it without you.

  • Tis ok, Mr. Shack.

    My vision of you is not sullied in the least!



  • Hi Andy .. I really don’t mind how you get them – but this is a brilliant list! & I’m pleased to have found you – so I’ll be around .. and I love the Sunday wash up approach.

    Your list – I am interested to learn the link with twitter and how you can co-ordinate all the information for us. One day I’ll get there.

    I had a note re Commons Attribution License and now see I can find the answer here.

    Thanks – I came over from George at Tumblemoose:

    Have a good week – thanks for the info: Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

    • Hilary, thanks for the kind words.

      How I collect the links from twitter is not that involved but unfortunately too long for it to be described in a comment. I will add it as a future post to my editorial calendar (list).

      Thanks for visiting.

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