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Sunday Wash-Up, 3rd October

09-10-03a John-Morgan, Freesia 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.

Submitting to Editors Without an Agent
Nathan Bransford puts to rest the “suddenly-rampant myth that you must have a book deal or an offer in order to find an agent” and explains the three cases where submissions to editors make sense.

An Ebook Price Rant from Test Driver Liz
Liz has got the hump, justifiably, over the price of an eBook. So have 90 commentators. Just why the printed book is a third of the price of the digital copy is unfortunately a secret.

Editing and Authors
When you are a famous author do editors really turn a blind eye. Are all those info dumps in Dan Brown’s work deliberately left in. We are told tight editing is important, or is it?

Planning a Blog Tour
The Blog Tour Is Over: Lessons Learned
This one of those before and after things. Jennifer Roland, plans a blog tour and lets us know what she found out the hard way. Then she does the tour and lets us know what she found out the really hard way. You just have to love her.

How to write a book proposal
Gary Smailes lets us into “a number of tricks and tips” from an insider that will give you a greater chance of success with an agent or publisher.

Guest Post: 5 Commonly Misused Words and Phrases in Writing
Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, guest posts on the Urban Muse. Are any of these common faults yours?

On Web, A Most Novel Approach, part 1
On Web, A Most Novel Approach, part 2
The Washington post seems surprised that Kelly Corrigan had to promote her book herself. Welcome to the world of a modern author.

The Story Starter
OK, this one is not for me, but it made me laugh and it might be for you. If you can start a story from “The poor silverware polisher repaired the bomb in the scorching desert to find the missing horse.” then send it in and I’ll post it.

Thoughts on Print Fidelity and Accessibility
Kassia Krozser, is a little perturbed at the liberties that eBooks take on her formatting, but then it might be for the best. You decide.

Thinking About Your Writer’s Platform? Consider Your Online Reputation First.
Monica Valentinelli, explains what your on-line reputation is and why you should be giving it some thought.


The Web Site Checklist
Joel Heffner updates an old list and asks you to use it and give your site the once over. Your readers will thank you for it.

List of Anthologies, Writing Contests, Writing Conferences, and More
Writers Relief Blog has collected a list of places looking for submissions. Looks like a good site to bookmark, RSS and pop back to often.

Best Buy, Verizon to Boost E-Book Sales by Millions
A new reading device is set to widen the availability of digital books, which can only be good news for the midlist, newbie and self publisher.

Do You Write For HubPages Yet? If Not, Why Not?
Julie-Ann Amos guest posts about Hubpages and joining the 30 hub pages in 30 days challenge. According to Julie it will make you financially better off.
Note; if you were a cynical sort, you might think committing to an initial 30 article task, just might be a ruse for generating content. Careful out there dear reader.

Web Fiction Directory
Neat Idea from Tonya Moore, add a link to your fiction on your site and so form another channel to get your name out there. You will also be generating a new link to your site with each entry, so, double whammy.

When An Editor Wants A Rewrite
Scott outlines the four options you have when an editor asks for a rewrite. Funny, I thought there was a fifth one i.e. “5, Throw your dummy out of the pram.”

Self-Publishing: Future Prerequisite
April Hamilton is pushing heavily on the the idea that self publishing for most of us is the right choice and eventually will become the norm. I happen to agree.

You Gotta Love the Conflict!
Valerie Storey explains why you MUST have conflict in your story and how it can be subtle but still be conflict.

An aspirational author’s guide to effective self sabotage (Part 1)
An aspirational author’s guide to (success or) self sabotage-(part 2)
I liked the humour in this, the ironic statements actually made me smile. Keeping in the vein of the piece, you probably should not bother to read it. How about a nice couple of hours on the sofa, doing Sudoku?

New Author Uses Guerrilla Tactics To Publish Traditional Book
If this guy’s techniques got Obama in the White House, just think what they could do for your sales.


Legitimizing Yourself as a New Writer
Allison Boyer offering advice to the new and struggling freelancer, trying to get recognized.

Making the Time to Write
Making Time
Making Time to Write, part 2
It’s the first time I have included one of my posts in the Wash-Up but MTtW part2 so compliments Michele and Jackie’s post that I simply had to.

Don’t tell me to write for fun
Don’t expect me to write for money
Sam and Rod Both write for Strictly Writing and they don’t exactly see eye to eye. I wonder what your thoughts are?

Leading and Trailing Modifiers
I have read Alicia’s first paragraph a number of times and I have come to the conclusion that there is a level of grammar I can’t aspire to. Maybe you can make more of it than I could.

Should You Be Obsessed With Getting Published?
Larry makes the point that if you want to be published then you must be obsessed with your goal. Anything else will not cut it.

5 Lessons I’ve learned about writing dialogue in fiction
Brad lists five lessons he has learned from the book “Write Great Fiction – Dialogue”. This is personally one of my favourite books on dialogue, and I assure you that in the book there are far more than five lessons. In fact far too many for Brad to list in one post..

Just One More Blogging Benefit for Aspiring Writers
Why do we blog? Is it just for the platform or are there other benefits? Jane Friedman points out some you might otherwise overlook.

The Freelancer’s Phrase Book: All About the Hook
Another post for the freelancers out there but also relevant to shorties and novelists. How to draw the reader in and keep them reading.



Create your own Free Serialized Audiobook and Build an Audience
Seth Harwood and Scott Sigler talk about podcasting and how they landed major publishing deals by doing so.

Just the FAQs Podcast; Dana Lynn Smith
Dana Lynn Smith on marketing your book.

Podcast: Dana Lynn Smith on Book Marketing
Dana’s been busy, here she is again, this time with Joanna Penn


InkyGirl is NaNoWriMo mad
InkyGirl is revving up for NaNoWriMo by producing a series of writing month related cartoons. So don’t forget to pop over and appreciate her genius.

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More Writing Lists

Friday Forum: Stickability
Jessica Rosen’s focused Friday link love forum, this week it is all about stickability. Yes, that’s right stickability. Don’t know what that is? Then I suggest you pop over and find out.

lunch hour links for writers – 9/30/09
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. Even though this week she is behind on her own deadline, she has still produced a brilliant selection.

Marketing Tips Around The Net: September 25th
Tony Eldridge has put together ten links from around the web that he believes will help you market your book. Don’t forget to say thanks to him when you visit.

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.

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Photo, Freesia in the rain cc John Morgan

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