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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Twitter Tuesday~Contest, Agent Advice, An Announcement, And More

This week I bring you a lot of great advice from agents and editors to digest, plus a few contests. Since so many of you have been asking, this first one is the first of my big announcements (mark your calendars):
@HeatherMcCorkle Heather McCorkle The first of my big announcements (and the last one happening!):tinyurl.com/4x2rzhy A live chat on YA Bound August 30th! #WritersRoad

This one is an indispensible list of great tweets for writers from Jane Friedman:@WritersDigest Writer's Digest Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/15/11) - I watch Twitter, so you don't have to. Visit each Sunday for the wee... http://ow.ly/1dQNGP

If you love writing contests then you've got to check out Writer's Digest's new contest:
@WritersDigest Writer's Digest Win $1000 in our new YA writing competition: http://bit.ly/qehF57
Enter your science fiction/fantasy story in our new competition:http://bit.ly/r0mbe0
Got winning romance? Enter it in our new Romance competition:http://bit.ly/qcu0VV

Jane Friedman points us toward a post on building our platforms:
@JaneFriedman Jane Friedman Relationship building should be part of your platform. This post has some excellent ideas for doing just that! http://ow.ly/5GhlJ

TeeTate brings us this tweet from agent Laura Bradford reminds us not to forget about agent who have our work when we've been made an offer by another:
@bradfordlit Laura Bradford Its really a lovely thing if you follow up w/ agents who have yr work/have requested your work to let them know if you are signing elsewhere

TeeTate brings us this sad news from Galley Cat:
@GalleyCat GalleyCat Borders liquidation to close 399 stores & cut 10,700 workers. Will there be publishing layoffs? http://mbist.ro/nIN8va

Editor Diana Gill reminds us of an important storytelling fundamental:
@dianagill Diana Gill No matter what your vision of the story may be, remember that the readers only see what you actually put on the page. #pubtip

If you're on the agent hunt check this out:
@WritersDigest Writer's Digest New Agent Alert: Halli Melnitsky of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth http://ow.ly/5I56F

If you win this contest you'll get an appearance in Writer's Digest!

@WritersDigest Writer's Digest Chance to appear in Writer's Digest! Can you write an opening sentence for this photo prompt? http://ow.ly/5JbMS

Writer Julie Chillard brings us an important reminder from agent Laura Bradford:
@bradfordlit Laura Bradford Include your email address w/ your address & phone # when you send a sub or a query or a full or anything. For the love of Pete #pubtip

Writer Julie Chillard brings us this tweet from the Greyhaus Agency about what not to do:
@greyhausagency greyhausagency #pubtips Be careful starting your story with too much on an information dump. If I wasn't in a good mood right now, I might have stopped

Writer Julie Chillard brings us another great tweet from Greyhaus Agency:
@greyhausagency greyhausagency #Pubtip Remember that a rejection "with comments" is not something bad, but a way to make improvements in your craft.

Elizabeth Law, editor with Egmont USA, brings us her great #AskYAed segment:

@EgmontGal Elizabeth Law My tip for queries: PLS don't overhype your work. Don't want to hear it's the next {insert mega seller here] or how groundbreaking #askyaed

Agent Jennifer Laughran reminds us about the snails pace of publishing (traditional publishing that is ;):
@literaticat jennifer laughran Guys, I'm selling books today that might not be out till 2014. Writing "trendy" is pointless. #askYAed

Don't miss this giveaway, it's a book of your choice!
@HeatherMcCorkle Heather McCorkle Need a great book to read? Check out @TrishWolfe 's great giveaway: tinyurl.com/3fusy84

Enjoy clicking! 

12 comments:

  1. Heather, Thank you for the great tweets! So many contests... and so much fun! Twitter Tuesday really keeps us connected to what's happening in the writing world. Thank you!

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  2. What a great round-up, Heather! So much good stuff going on... how come I don't see my wine o'clock in there? :)

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  3. Karlene, you're very welcome! I'm glad I can help keep my friends connected. :)

    Talli, thank you! There is a lot of great stuff going on, and more to come! I should TOTALLY put your wine-o'clock in there! LOL!

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  4. I don't keep up with Twitter, so thanks for the links! And I have to say - Greyhaus's rejections with comments are GREAT!! :)

    Books on sub now aren't coming out until 2014??!! Wow.
    erica

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  5. Nicely done! Good round up. I love Twitter Tuesday.

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  6. Erica, you're welcome! Glad to help. Yeah, 2014, isn't that insane?! That's traditional publishing for yah.

    Christa, thank you!

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  7. I don't keep up on tweets either. I'm not on Twitter either. Awesome about your live chat.

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  8. "A rejection with comments is not bad"—I like that and couldn't agree more! Thanks for all the great links. Oh, Heather, I just realized as I read your post that I completely forgot #WritersRoad last night! Drat! I love #WritersRoad!

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  9. Natalie, bummer! It's the writer hang out. :)

    Linda, that's okay. Sounds like you needed the break! :)

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  10. Thanks Heather :) I don't tweet, so I'm glad you do.

    .......dhole

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  11. Thank you so much for the tweet updates. I keep promising myself I'll jump back into Twitter, but I just can't find the time. And congratulations on your your live chat. That is going to be awesome!

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  12. Donna, I'm glad I could help out then!

    VR, I know the feeling. Don't worry, I'll keep you up to date. :) Thanks for the congrats, I look forward to chatting with you there!!!

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