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Sunday Wash-Up, 18th October

18a Emrank, I Hate Shower 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.


Price War Over Books Worries Industry
Wal-Mart and Amazon go head to head, giving concern to the industry that small independent booksellers could be squeezed out, so destroying opportunity for new authors.

NaNoWriMo: Writing with the Bulls
Why do writers do it? Alegra Clarke tries to explain, but at the point where she describes running naked down the street, I start to feel that November as ‘the’ writing month may have been a poor choice. Brrrr!

5 Steps To Make Your Own Author Podcast
After Friday’s post about the importance of podcasts as a audience finding tool for new writers. It seems only fair that I include a ‘How-To’ in the Wash-Up. This post from Joanna Penn tells you the basics and where to go to next.

A Sci-Fi Writer’s Manifesto: Detail #1
A Sci-Fi Writer’s Manifesto: Detail #2
A Sci-Fi Writer’s Manifesto: Detail #3
A Sci-Fi Writer’s Manifesto: Detail #4
A Sci-Fi Writer’s Manifesto: Detail #5
Graham Storrs puts down his guiding thoughts for his writing. Each page has an index at the top linking to the other four details and it also gives the full title of each. I really like Detail #3, “Do Not Write Unless You Have Something Important To Say”, and it applies to other genres as well.

Gantter – The Ultimate Free Creative Project Management Tool Home Page
Ryan has given us all a brilliant tool when he provided us with this link. Look at his article (first link), and then think about my 215 things to do list (two posts back). Then think “Hmmm, if I put all the actions needed for a blog tour on this plan and then save a second copy as a template. Then next time I can roll out my old plan, modify the dates and durations from experience, presto instant tour plan. I may even be able to get some sleep.”

Authors Den
Authors community which claims to have more than 1,400,000 visitors a month. I have heard some good things about this community over the last few weeks, so I thought I would leave their link in this weeks wash-Up.

On blogging, travel writing and working for free
Linda Jones wrote a book telling writers to not give away their work, yet now she is editing a site that has no budget for contributions.  Bless her, the problem is keeping her awake at night. So how does she resolve the resulting inner conflict?

I want to talk about books…
Louise Wise talks here about what questions you should keep in your mind as you read. If you look in the column to the right you will find an offer from her. She is willing to edit your first 2000 words for free. What a kind girl.

What Makes a Dream Author
Fourteen things that amount to being the dream author. Reads – Yes, yes again, and again yes, of course, absolutely yes, Uh Huh… Wow! Mr editor, yoo hoo, here I am, over here in damp England.

Why You Should Be Writing Scared
I have no doubt whatsoever that I will spend most of the winter and part of the spring in abject terror. If you see a writer running around with bloodshot eyes and hair frizzed out on end,” KM Weiland is intending to walk her talk; in this post she explains why fear will help your writing.


What Walt Disney Can Teach You about Writing
Harry points out how being aware of suspension of disbelief and use of the imagination helped to make Walt Disney his fortune.It will help you to.

The Art of Seeing: How Photos Can Make Your Blog Writing Better
Do you use photos to support your posts and articles? Everett Bogue lists eight points on how to use photos to spice up your blog.

Frankfurt Book Fair: Sara Lloyd Kicks Off First European TOC
Sara Lloyd continues on the points raised in a 6,000 word blog post first published last year. Amongst her points was, “she thinks, those in the publishing space need to hire new kinds of people ”, now isn’t she an interesting lady.

The Rules of Engagement, Part One: The Rule
The Rules of Engagement, Part Two:  How to Disengage A Reader
The Rules of Engagement, Part Three:  A Case Study
Cheryl Klein post the transcript of a talk she gave about the little things that you can do to keep your reader engaged in your unfolding prose. Lots of useful tips.

Why Don’t We Throw Some Money at It! Like, 5 Bucks! (or, Book Marketing)
A post that comes all the way back from April, that has been tweeted this week. It’s not really surprising since much of Moonrat’s material is high quality. In this post the way the marketing budget is formed and allocated is explained. Also how the rob Peter to bail out Paul, practice works.

51 Ways To Improve Your Writing
The title says it all. Make a fresh brew, pick up some more cookies and take your time. Thanks to The Writers Pulse.

Why book publishers love short stories
Agents and editors search these literary journals and magazines for new authors.  And every year publishers take chances on new writers who aren’t particularly famous yet “ I don’t think I have to add anything else.

Getting It Down on Paper: The Pantsers-Piano Analogy
Larry is getting hate mail from people who “do not want to hear about it”. So why has architecture and structure caused so much unrest?

Kindle Numbers: Traditional Publishing Vs. Self Publishing
JA Konrath tells us exactly how much his self publishing nets him each year and how much his traditional publishing royalties net him each year. So which is better and why? Very interesting read.

On creativity and the creative life
Kristi Jenkins has just introduced me to TED lectures, twenty minutes of inspiration and thought. Now all I have to do is figure out how to extract the sound and convert it to MP3 format, then I can listen during my daily commute.

Google Wave and Publishing – Will It Blend?
So just what is Google Wave? If like me it was yet another word bandied about on the net, then you need to read this.


In the beginning . . .
Joe Moore discusses the important factors to consider in the early parts of your book.

Subject: Our Marketing Plan
Don’t pick up your notebook and pen, this marketing plan is designed to elevate the corners of your mouth. Has anyone heard the saying “Many a true word is said in jest.”




Podcast: Neal Hoskins on Publishing Books as iPhone Apps
Neil Hoskins is from Winged Chariot Press, here he is talking to Joanna Penn about how his company is embracing the iPhone app.

The Writing Show; Writing Dialogue #1: Character Agenda
Twenty minutes of information about dialogue and what it should do.


Inky Girls Cartoon, Busy Procrastinating

Busy Procrastinating


More Writing Lists

Friday Forum: Confidence
Jessica Rosen’s focused Friday link love forum, this week it is all about confidence. She asked her Twitter followers what they wanted to know about and the rest is history.

lunch hour links for writers — 10/14/09
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. This week head straight for her link to the Nathan Brandsford blog, you’ll see why when you get there.

Writing Roundup,
Jennifer Roland always links to great posts in her round ups. She has now added a neat contents list at the top which links to a subject. Real cool. Shack is away again this weekend, so the above link is to her home page.

Marketing Tips Around The Net: October 16th
Tony Eldridge has put together ten links from around the web that he believes will help you market your book.

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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