A lot of today’s stuff may seem basic, not Great (except for Kristin’s piece on metadata, which isn’t basic by any means for lots of writers), but it’s all stuff we need to know and sometimes just need to be reminded of.
There’s nothing really new in Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton’s 6 Reasons Being a Pirate Is Like Being a Writer but it’s a fun take on basic requirements of a story. Nothing here that’ll make you want to say, “Arrrgh!” but follow her tips and your readers won’t want to, either.
Want to know 7 Ways to Speed Up Your Writing? Sure you do. That’s why KM Weiland (@KMWeiland) brought Steve Aedy on board to give them to you. OK, full disclosure time: you probably know most of them already. Make writing a priority, don’t panic when things aren’t going well, have a designated writing place, play beat the clock, accept imperfection, read your work aloud, do all your research at once. There are other things you can do too, but this is a good set. So what are you waiting for? Get busy!
Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s (@kriswrites) long but very informative Business Rusch piece is called Editorial Revisions, and it is about that, but it’s more about what the various editors at a traditional publishing house are called (some “editors” don’t edit), what they do, and your best bets for working successfully with them. If you’re planning on or trying to publish with a traditional publisher (Big 6 or smaller press), this is a must-read.
Like a particular book or author? Want to let the world know (and maybe help that author along)? Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) lists 8 Ways To Help Your Favorite Author*. Note that you can only read the full post on the Books & Such Literary Agency blog, which is the link I’ve provided. She’s put a half-post teaser on her own blog, then makes you click over to B&S for the rest, which I wish she wouldn’t do.
The cover of your book is important. Everyone knows that, right? Like it or not, covers drive sales… or drive them away. That’s why Nick Thacker (@nickthacker) is guest posting on The Book Designer to discuss not just Why You Should Judge a Book By Its Cover, but what you can do to make sure your potential readers come to the right judgment (“Hmm, I think I’ll give that one a try.”) about your book.
Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt) reveals a question he’d never been asked before today: what do you write about on Twitter or Facebook? Surprised he hadn’t been asked? Me too. He replied with 10 Types of Social Media Updates (of course, there are lots more as well) but for anyone just starting out on social media (not just Twitter or Facebook) this list should give you some ideas. Some you won’t want to do, some will seem natural. Pick what works, ignore the rest.
Metadata. OK, don’t freak out on me here. Among other things, “metadata” is the information generated about a book’s sales from what tags (keywords) are used to describe it. That important? In Kristin Discusses the Importance of Metadata, agent Kristin Nelson not only discusses this in a general way, she give specific examples of how using metadata properly produces big results, whether your traditionally published or self-published. Be sure to watch the video Kristin posted, too. It’s shaky (hand-held camera pointing at a projection screen) and the audio isn’t great, but the information is worth the eye/ear strain.
What important reminders have you come across lately?