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Sunday Wash-Up 25th October

09-10-25a Richard0, Low Tide 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.


Squeeze in Your Writing Time
Rachel Zincke is pondering NaNoWriMo and looking at what will have to be dropped or trimmed to make it happen. I wish her good luck. Note: at the end of the post she has collected some good links, takes her research seriously this one.

Brenda Hiatt has a link on her blog to an ice-cream lovers site, how supremely sensible. She also has compiled actual pay data from publishers for romance novels. Want to know what percentage to expect? Brenda can give you some idea.

15 Basics of Insanely Useful Blogwriting
Some things make your blog easier for the reader to read and return to. Which in turn makes your blog popular. Leo Babauta writes about what 1500 blog posts have taught him.

I Need A What?
If I said “Pizza box” would it immediately factor in your book promotion thoughts? No? I thought not.

What Will You Give Up To Write Your Book?
Joanna Penn’s post on making time is amongst the most popular I have seen. It is referenced in many posts, probably because NaNoWriMo is so close.

Dramatic frustration: remember to keep the emotions real
K.M. Weiland writes about an easy mistake we all make and are unfortunately unaware of because we are to close.

another take on the synopsis
Teresa Frohock is trying to condense 87,000 words into a one page document. Not easy but she has a cunning plan! She is adapting ‘plotting OCD style’ into a new tool for us all.

Twitter Lists; Limitations, bugs, impact, and brilliance
Scobleizer raves about the new twitter feature and how it will help us all.

The Fiction Writing Workshop: Don’t Forget the Reader
Kristin O’Keeffe gets trapped in Mark Haddon’s A Spot of Bother; before she escapes she manages to figure out how his trap works.

Reading Group Guides Dot Com
Think of this site as a tool. It lists every question you need to know when asking reading groups to host your blog tour. It has questions for reading groups about popular books, will your work stand such scrutiny? Read between the lines and see this site for the writers resource it really is.


Looking for Money in the Slush Pile
Thomas Nelson have started to embrace self-publishing, for a fee. So is the stigma finally gone? Is self-publishing legit? Or is it publishers using the slush pile to shore up a haemorrhaging business model?

Johnny, Dressed in Layers
Theresa peels away poor Johnny with the help of the zodiac and some social observations. So how carefully do you consider your characters traits?

Research – a labour of love, or just one more diversion?
Donna Carrick can see right through me. Get on with writing, why? When there are so many interesting facts that just might have a real significant use in my novel. Maybe I could use them to do a whole chapter info dump like Dan Brown?

Your Characters Aren’t You
”Psst, wanna get even?” Randy Ingermanson has been asked about the “get my own back” novel/exposé.

7 Book Marketing Lessons from Virgin’s Richard Branson- By Joanna Penn
Henry Bauum and Joanna Penn made music this week. Here is one of her brilliant marketing posts on his blog and in the podcast section is his podcast interview on her blog.

Don’t Taint My Talent
Aggie Villanueva knows what to throw away and when and it has only taken her years to know what that means.

Market Research for Authors
Most authors balk at having to promote themselves.  After all, they are ‘Creators’, not salespeople.  That’s the job for publicists or agents or publishers or someone else.  However one might feel about it, the responsibility for marketing one’s book is the author’s.”   Couldn’t have said it better myself, so I didn’t.

Sloppy Firsts
Anna Elliott allows her characters to drag her through the tough parts of her books. Interesting thoughts.

You Tell Me: When Is Writing Unhealthy?
Nathan Bransford is struck by a likeness of compulsive writing to drug addiction. As usual on his blog the comments come thick and fast. Please excuse me whilst I suck on a pencil and inhale some new book smell.

15 Twitter Users Shaping the Future of Publishing
Maria Schneider pop up on Mashable’s blog and lists some must follow tweeters.


Crafting the Bones, Part I
Crafting the Bones, Part II
Kathryn Craft poses the question “What am I really trying to say?” Easy to ask difficult to answer, but you had better know the answer for each scene and chapter, before an editor asks you, “What are you trying to say here?”

Agents Do More Than Sell Books
What help can an agent offer a non-fiction author? Jessica gives us her thoughts.



Podcast: Henry Baum on Exciting Developments in Self-Publishing
Henry Bauum of Self Publishing Review on the Creative Penn site, talks about the movement of opinion in the market towards self-publishing.

The Red Pen Editor – weekly grammar tips
These tips are about three minutes long and have the most obscure names so you have to rename them as you save, which is a REAL DRAG. However if you have a few minutes waiting for the kettle then invest in popping some of these in your mp3 player. Podcast subscription is halfway down on the left.


 Inky Girl’s Cartoon,

Adverb Discrimination

More Writing Lists

Friday Forum: NaNo and Character Development
Jessica Rosen’s focused Friday link love forum, this week it is focused on what you will need for NaNoWriMo. And if you aren’t subscribing to the literary madness? Check it out anyway.

lunch hour links for writers — 10/21/09
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 my pick of her links is the Jonathan Danz post.

Writing Roundup, October 23
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. The one that I picked up on was about readers rights about sharing eBooks.

Marketing Tips Around The Net: October 23rd
Tony Eldridge has put together ten links from around the web that he believes will help you market your book.

Weekend Reading
Ami Spencer has put together a serious list of links. Simple and concise, it is neatly done.

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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