Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/29/11)

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I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the comments.

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Best of the Best

The vague test and your first line

Should your agent self-publish you? Can your agent self-publish you?

Getting Published

6 tips for your book’s market analysis

Publishing News + Trends

Publishing is living in a world not of its own making

The newsonomics of Netflix and the digital shift / Nieman Lab

Digital Reading: Getting Beyond the Book Fetish

Marketing + Self-Promotion

Pitch Trainwrecks: How Not to Pitch Bloggers and Media

2 Rules for Online Self Promotion

The Paradoxical Secret of Obsession-Worthy Branding by @michaelellsberg

Social Media

We’ve counted nearly 400 writers on Google+. Here are six G+ promotional tools for writers

Updated Google+ Literary Lists directory for easier sharing (writers, kidlit/YA, book bloggers, librarians, etc.)

Unbound: Kickstarter for book projects

Blogging + Websites

The art of getting more traffic for your blog /more people who give a damn

Nice inspirational list RT @problogger 14 Types of stories can you tell on your blog

An amazing article for bloggers & tweeters. Light bulb moment!

Self-Publishing + E-Publishing

The Hybrid Writer: Balancing Traditional and Self-publishing

How to Make Six Figures in Self-Publishing

The marvelous @donovancreed (John Locke) answers questions: writing fast, finding customers & foreign rights

Kindle for the Web – How It Can Be Used by Authors? 

The Writing Life

The New Vastness

5 articles that will make you stop in your tracks

Other Resources

Best links for writers and publishers


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Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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I’ve been so busy I really do appreciate these roundups you post. Thanks again.

Marsha Prescod
Marsha Prescod

Just started a twitter account 3 weeks ago.The #shakespeare4murdoch thread drew me in and I had a ball tweeting extracts from Hamlet and MacBeth. In the course of looking around twitter I saw your tweets and started following you. Thank you for your helpful, warm and welcoming material. Im about to gird up my loins and set up a blog before publishing on kindle. Your help for writers is fabulous. 🙂 


[…] Porter has been well-known to me since 2010 as one of the most dedicated Twitter feeders of great online articles for writers. When he began introducing me to fabulous stuff I had never seen, I knew he deserved a dedicated column. So here he is! (For those paying attention, this feature takes the place of my old series, Best Tweets for Writers.) […]