Friday, July 16, 2010

Writing and Query Letters

Joanna Penn wrote Writing Thrillers: Lessons Learned From James Rollins.

Donald Maass wrote about creating suspense: It’s Not the Cougar.

Why smart characters make dumb mistakes.

Rachelle Gardner wrote A Monkey Could Have Written That and Stuff You Pay For and Sometimes It's Not About Your Book and How Do Agents & Publishers Make Decisions?

Joyce Magnin wrote about revising your manuscript in Seeing the Forest and the Trees.

Jessica Faust wrote Query Don'ts.

Daniel Friedman wrote about query letters in The Rejection Ballet.

Kristin Nelson wrote Why You Can’t Buy An eBook In English Outside The U.S.

Eric wrote about Co-ops and cover art.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Writing and Self-Promotion Advice

Jeannie Campbell wrote Character Stereotypes: The Cynic.

Robin Parrish wrote The Power of Mystery.

Rachelle Gardner wrote Keeping Track of Details.

Nathan Bransford wrote Balancing showing and telling.

Alicia Rasley wrote 9 Questions to Ask Your Main Character.

Mike Duran wrote The Dilemma of Self-Promotion.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Writing, Branding, and Twitter.

Mary wrote about writing for children: Know Your Category and Manuscript Length.

Bryan Russell on the Architecture of Revision.

R.L. LaFevers wrote Does Branding Make Sense?

List of publishers on Twitter.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Advice on Writing and Book Contracts

Kristin Nelson wrote about bok deals: One Book or Two? Maybe Three? and The One-Book Deal and One Possible Peril Of A Multi-book Deal. She also wrote about average advances for a debut novel.

Nathan Bransford wrote Why I Write Vague Rejection Letters.

Lynn Viehl wrote about Fighting Fatigue.

Delia Cabe wrote about cliches to avoid in your writing.

William Cane summarized Stephen King's 3 Steps to Create Suspense.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Writing and the Business of Writing

Sally MacKenzie wrote about The Business of Writing.

Nathan Bransford wrote about What Makes a Great Setting.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pitches, Promotion, Contracts, and Technology

Nathan Bransford wrote How to Write a One Sentence Pitch.

Jessica Faust wrote Using Your Galleys to promote your book.

Kristin Nelson wrote eBook Royalty: Another Way To Protect.

Alan Rinzler wrote How an iPad App can add sizzle to your book.

Joanna Penn wrote 5 Reasons Writers Need To Embrace Technology.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Publicity, Pitches, and Writing

Yolanda Johnson-Bryant wrote about Using Promotional Material to Boost Publicity.

Rachelle Gardner wrote Secrets of a Great Pitch.

Kristin Nelson wrote about Starting A Novel In The Wrong Place and POV—Which Is Best?

Karen Witemeyer wrote The Benefit of Hindsight.

Dave Cullen wrote Writing Wisdom.

Nathan Bransford wrote How to Craft a Great Voice.

Mary wrote Know Your Category.

Agency Gatekeeper wrote On Acknowledgments.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Marketing and Contracts

Jessica Faust wrote Author-Agent Agreements.

Rachelle Gardner wrote What's in a Publishing Contract?

Eric wrote Terms to Know: Non-Compete Clause and other Terms to Know.

Christa Allan wrote Journaling Your Way Out of Writer’s Block.

Editorial Anonymous wrote differences in presenting Children vs Adults books.

Alyx Dellamonica wrote Self-Promotion--Starting Too Soon?

Jane Friedman wrote What, Me Market? (Book Marketing for the Clueless)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Trade Shows, Critique Groups, and Buzz

The Rejecter wrote about going to trade shows.

Becky Levine wrote about Choosing a Critique Group That's Right For YOU.

Kristin Nelson wrote an ISBN That Could Hurt about giving out free work to build a following and about self-publishing.

Nathan Bransford wrote The Science of Buzz.

Chip MacGregor wrote Estimating a Book's Size.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Queries, marketing, and the publishing business

Rachelle Gardner wrote It's Not Like Other Businesses and Query Critique: Carey On.

Penny C. Sansevieri wrote Why (Some) Authors Fail.

Abigail Goben wrote How Libraries Choose Books to Purchase.

If you're looking for someone to critique your query, Phoenix will do so on her blog.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Query Letters and The Business of Being an Author

Jessica Faust wrote Getting Reviews and about Making Comparisons in your query letter.

Rachelle Gardner wrote The Tax Man Cometh and Keeping Track of Things.

Nathan Bransford wrote All About Co-op and The Importance of the Pitch.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Writing and query letters

Writer's Relief Staff wrote How To Do Research For Historical Fiction.

Moonrat answered what's a standard submission process like?

Nathan Bransford wrote a great post on how to format an e-mail query letter. He also wrote The Secret Strength of Killer Queries: Specificity.

Various agents shares Querying Blunders: One, Two, Three.

Jenny Bent wrote Rookie Query Mistakes.

Rachelle Gardner talks about elements needed in nonfiction queries.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Queries and Writing Advice

Jessica Faust wrote Query Pet Peeves.

Rachelle Gardner wrote Common Questions Answered about the querying process and related topics. She also wrote Think Hard Before Self-Publishing.

Jane Friedman wrote The Biggest Bad Advice About Story Openings.

Jennifer R. Hubbard wrote Tension: Desire and Obstacles.

Ronnie Kendig wrote about writing suspense novels.

Steven James wrote Crafting Killer Thrillers.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Writing and Titles

Rachelle Gardner wrote How To Title Your Book.

Nathan Bransford wrote What Writing and Lying Have in Common.

Cheryl Klein wrote about emotional plots and action plots, especially in children's picture books (though it's good information for everyone to think about).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Writing, Marketing, and Agent Communication

Kathi Lipp wrote about the differences in writing your second novel after the first is published.

Shelli Johanes-Wells wrote Marketing Stages for after the deal and after the book comes out.

Rachelle Gardner wrote about Communicating with Your Agent.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Marketing, Writing, Why Rejection, etc.

Shelli Johanes-Wells wrote about Marketing Stages.

Rachelle Gardner wrote A Day in the Life and Saying No After I've Requested Your Manuscript.

Jessica Faust wrote about Obtaining Permissions and Formatting Guidelines.

Suzette Saxton wrote How to Plot (or Revise) Your Book.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Writing advice and queries

Kristin Nelson wrote Why Prologues Often Don’t Work.

Rachelle Gardner wrote Craft, Story, and Voice.

Brandilyn Collins wrote Ten Ways To Create Character Empathy.

Shawn Grady wrote He Wouldn’t Have Lived If I Hadn’t Shot Him, about good opening lines.

Janet Reid wrote What you need before you query.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

eBooks, queries, and more

Craig Morgan Teicher wrote The Making of an eBook: Part 1 and Part 2.

Kristin Nelson wrote about how ebooks and iBookstore are changing how the publishing game is played.

Nathan Bransford wrote What Should an E-book Cost?

Jessica Faust wrote about Writing Series and Trilogies and about how you handle revisions.

Rachelle Gardner wrote The Top Ten Query Mistakes and Should You Have a Book Trailer?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Lot of Writing Advice

Becky Levine wrote about Critique Groups.

Kristin Nelson wrote about no-no's for the first few pages of a story.

Jessica Faust wrote about using Poetry and Music in Books.

Nathan Bransford wrote Think About What Everyone Else Would Do: Then Do Something Different.

Suzannah Windsor Freeman wrote Are You a Word Nerd or a Grammar Rebel?

Gordon Silverstein on Humorous Reminders of Common Writing Mistakes.

Rachelle Gardner wrote Email Protocol.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Book Marketing

Nathan Bransford wrote The Key to Marketing Your Book: Time Well-Spent.

Myrlin A. Hermes wrote How to Make a Book Trailer.

Yen wrote Why authors shouldn’t contact journalists directly.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Writing Advice and Publishing Answers

Candace Calvert wrote Writer 911: “Help, my character’s fallen and can’t get up” about correctly describing medical problems in our novels.

A.J.Barnett wrote 20 Top Tips for Editing that Novel.

Jessica Faust answered Questions on Mysteries and A Discussion of Sell-Through.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Distributor, Wholesaler; Rejection; and Cover Art

Cathy Clamp wrote about Distributor vs. Wholesaler--Getting Your Book on the Shelf.

Rachelle Gardner wrote Why Didn't I Say Yes to Your Novel?

Irene Gallo gave information about free Famous Artists Courses.