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Sunday Wash-Up, 8th November

09-11-07a r-z, Water Time Welcome to my Sunday Wash-Up. This post is for all the writers who due to work or other commitments, cannot catch the information being passed around on the net.

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.

Thirteen Ways to Write With Magazine Cut-Outs
Valerie Storey has penned a great article about using scrapbook techniques to visualise your characters, places and props. Thanks to her, I now know that I am not alone in doing this.

The Nook by Barnes & Noble vs. Kindle International & Wins?
Quick rundown of everything Nook. Includes links to videos about this latest addition to the eBook reader ranks.

Twitter TwerpScan — Anti-Fool Contact Management
Authors need to build a following on Twitter in order to grow a platform. With the followers come the fools, TwerpScan claims to have the answer.

Start with a Promise
Jessica Morrell guests on the Editor Unleashed blog about the opening of a story. I like her imagery, “your opening needs to have the impact of a starlet draped in a strapless gown and diamonds.”

Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post
In Chuck Sambuchino’s words, “Word count is something I don’t think about too often until I travel to a writers’ conference, and then someone asks a simple, innocent question and a firestorm follows.  With that in mind, I’ve tried to put together the definitive post on word count. “

Sample Publishing Lesson: Do it right and still lose money
April Hamilton at her best. Very long and detailed post about how an author successfully self-published and despite being able to sell all his work, missed out on any financial benefits.

Show Don’t Tell Roundup
Show, Don’t Tell
When To Tell
Ways To Show
Use Specificity
Use Description
Eliminate Your Filter
Anita Nolan has been busy. Lovely collection of bite sized posts on showing and not telling.

What is the Problem with International Ebooks?
Joanna Penn has a bee in her bonnet over international boundaries curtailing her business interests. However SmashWords comes out top, again. Hip-hip hooray for Mark Coker.

The Age-Old Battle Between Author & Publisher
Jane Friedman looks at the old battle between publisher and author, she also looks at the new battle field and how changing tactics may encourage positive business growth.

Being an Agent Who Edits
When an agent gets involved in editing, who benefits? Is this query pointing at something? “I know this needs a lot of work but I’m fed up with it. I need professional help because, if I ever have to look at this manuscript again, so help me God…


Feedback; it isn’t just a radio term
Mom loves your work, the guy in the bar liked your work and positively raved about it at closing time. Lynn Price puts feedback from friends in perspective and discusses professional sources.

IdleBackup – Use Your Idle Time to Backup Data (Windows)
Small freeware backup program that can use idle time on your PC to back-up your files. Add a cheap USB stand-alone drive to this and never worry about a crash again.

Blog Tour Sample: Come Play with Us. And Learn!
An invite to join in on a fun virtual blog tour. If you are considering ever doing your own, then here is a fun and painless way of gaining the knowledge.

Some Deep Point of View tips
Camy Tang posts a wonderful investigation on how to deepen your characters point of view and captivate your reader in the process. This is a must read.

Nicola Mogan is such a sweet nice lady. However, she writes “The third one is a totally crappy structure.” The crabbit old bat at her best, this is the second must read this week.

Special Fiction Writing Week: Creating a Plot
Taylor from the men with pens blog, covers the essence of plots and demonstrates how even in the most complex seeming of plots there is a more primitive plot beneath.

iPhone Beating E-Readers at Their Own Game?
Who on earth wants to read a book on their phone screen? Surprisingly iPhone owners do not seem to have a problem with this.

Breaking the news
Joseph Lewis reviews a few books each month and is seeing a “disturbing trend”, next he has to explain his findings to the author.

Take the Book Marketing Expertise Quiz!
A neat little fun quiz that gives you some idea of how serious you have been about allowing others to read your book. Base on the promotion of Christian books, it nonetheless is appropriate to all.

This Week in Publishing
Nathan Bransford’s round up of news from the publishing industry.


Ray Bradbury’s Lifelong Love Affair With Comics
Ray Bradbury Meets Mr. Electrico
Ray Bradbury: “They’re All Graphic Novels”
Ray Bradbury: “A Theatre Inside My Head”
Ray Bradbury on Adaptation
The first five of seven interviews with Ray Bradbury by Tor are also serialising a graphic novel of Bradbury’s Farenheit 451. The next two interviews will be posted on the Tor site each Friday over the next two weeks.

Fahrenheit 451, Part 1
The first part of Tim Hamilton’s graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

The five stages of grief
Jason Black outlines the five stages of human response to tragic events. Good post that will ensure your character reacts in a ‘real world’ manner.

Get Rid of “It” (and other vague words)
Having read this post I had a strong urge to go and read my last writing and just see how bad I have been. Do you know if you are guilty of it?

The Savvy Author’s Guide to Podcasting
Emma Newman gives us the benefit of the lessons learned whilst serialising her book as a podcast. Useful links and tips embedded throughout in this post.


Inky Girl’s Cartoon,
Inky Girl is putting out some brilliant NaNoWriMo cartoons and posts, don’t forget to pop over and check them out.


More Writing Lists

Friday Forum: Nano Tricks
Jessica Rosen is back and full of advice for NaNoWriMo. If you are doing NaNoWrimo you can’t miss this post.

lunch hour links for writers – 11/4/09
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 one from Alexandra Sokoloff.

Writing Roundup, Nov. 6: “Still Friday on the West Coast” Edition
Jennifer Roland always links to great posts in her round ups. This week head straight to Moonrat’s post on  ‘How to cut text from your novel and not lose your soul.’

Marketing Tips Around The Net: November 6th
Tony Eldridge has ten more superb links for writers now considering how to get their work out there.

Writers’ Roundup
Useful links from the well travelled Alexis Grant. She also cleverly picked up on Moonrat’s post on cutting text from your work.

Weekend Reading
Ami Spencer is taking part in NaNoWriMo, normality will resume in December.

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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