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Best Blogs of the Week in #WriteTips, #Writing, #Amwriting

It’s back! I went on a short hiatus as I wove my way around the web on blog tour. But I missed sharing the wonderful tidbits I find during my meanderings. So here again are some posts you may have missed this week in my Twitter feed.

This week, I think the most thought provoking article I found was the one about racial profiling in YA literature. A librarian discovered by talking to teens that many of them feel they’re being stereotyped in many novels. You’ll find the link under the YA Lit subheading of this post.

Also, since it’s Friday, I’m blogging at Honey Creek Books. This week I dug up some trivia about the Fall Equinox and Harvest Moon happening this month. Fascinating stuff. Really.

Writing Inspiration/Motivation

Great advice from a master. http://fb.me/294qVL4oh 

A fellow writer shares a touching memoir of her battle against ovarian cancer. She’s a survivor! http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/saving-myself/ 

Learn the Craft of Writing

Should Books Be Priced According to Their Length? http://flpbd.it/GSIPQ 

The Publishing Process in Pictures (so funny & true!)http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/08/the-publishing-process-in-gif-form.html … via @NathanBransford#amwriting

Writing Jobs and Markets

#TMPress is now open to category #romance submissions!http://www.turquoisemorningpressbookstore.com/pages/category-romance-the-boutique-collection … #romlit#amwriting

Contemporary YA Pitch contest.http://tangledupinwords.blogspot.com/2012/09/big-news-book-nostalgia-and-impromptu.html … #Yalit #amwriting

No agent? No problem. Harper Voyager to Accept Unagented Manuscripts for Two Weeks http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/harper-voyager-to-accept-unagented-manuscripts-for-two-weeks_b57443 … via@galleycat #scifilit

Writing Resources

New Twitter Profile Tips for Writers http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/new-twitter-profile-tips-for-writers_b57767 …via @galleycat

YA Lit and MG Lit

Racial stereotyping in #YAlit? Thought provoking post here:http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2012/06/racial-stereotyping-in-ya-lit.html?m=1 … #amwriting

Yay! Love That Dog is on the list of most checked out #MGlit books!http://www.storysnoops.com/blog/?p=3946  What are your kids reading?

Interesting. 55% of YA Books Bought by Adultshttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/53937-new-study-55-of-ya-books-bought-by-adults.html … via @publisherswkly #yalit

Write well and write prolifically, my friends!


Best Blogs of the Week in #WriteTips, #YAlit and #Amwriting

Here are some posts you may have missed this week in my Twitter feed. Bookmark this page so you can read them at your leisure.

Just Plain Entertaining and Fun

The imprisoned French cat Henri chronicles his captivity. http://youtu.be/Q34z5dCmC4M #cats #funny

Classic Jane Austen with a modern day retelling. Moms, are you doing this to your daughters? The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. http://youtu.be/KisuGP2lcPs #classiclit #yalit #janeausten

Writing Inspiration/Motivation
Learn the Craft of Writing

7 Setting Basics to Bring a Story to Life. Post by @jodyhedlund http://tinyurl.com/7zgor4q #amwriting #writetips

Writing Contests and Markets
Agents and Editors
Social Media Tips

Write well and read prolifically!

Best Blogs of the Week in #WriteTips, #Writing, #Amwriting and #Teaching

Here are some posts you may have missed this week in my @suzannelilly Twitter feed. Bookmark this page and you can read them at your leisure.

Writing Inspiration/Motivation

Tips about tools for writing that you have right now. http://t.co/hAaaPfuD #writetips

6 types of book titles that get noticed. Fun read & memorable titles! http://goo.gl/525F6 #amwriting #YAlit #MGlit

Pushing Yourself to be Better, interview of @aswinn at Writer Unboxed. Great info! http://tinyurl.com/6ud9m55 #writetips

Staying Flexible. (Not as in yoga, as in writing.) blog.janicehardy.com/2012/04/guest-author-delilah-s-dawson-better.html

Learn the Craft of Writing

Playing with Chronology in the Written Narrative by @wordstrumpet. #amwriting #writetips http://tinyurl.com/6vhjsot

Why Writing the End is No End at All on the Romance & Beyond blog. http://goo.gl/eFISz #amwriting #fiction

4 tips to add a new twist to a tired old plot. http://tinyurl.com/77o6kfb  by @Janice_Hardy #amwriting #writetips

Can’t figure out what genre your book fits into? Check out this list by @Janice_Hardy http://goo.gl/aEjcR #amwriting #writetips

Great article: Beyond the Cliche, How to Create Characters that Fascinate http://tinyurl.com/89wxokt #writetips #amwriting

How to be Subtle with Subtext. Post at QueryTracker by @StinaLL . http://goo.gl/LuR7U #amwriting #writetips

Teaching Writing Tips

Remember these rules about subject-verb agreement. Post by @Yukongraham http://tinyurl.com/d6oxmm3 #writetips #teaching

Social Media Tips

What are the proven best times to promote your books? http://tinyurl.com/6osvha6 #pubtips #writetips

Write well and write prolifically, my friends!

Best Blogs of the Week in #WriteTips, #Writing and #Amwriting

Here are some posts you may have missed this week in my @suzannelilly Twitter feed. Bookmark this page so you can read them at your leisure.

Writing Inspiration/Motivation

In a quandary over character names? Here are some NOT to use. Funny article at the Sportsjim81 blog. sportsjim81. http://goo.gl/iVO67

Don’t panic and lose sight of your publishing goal. http://tinyurl.com/8xz3jqx @victoriamixon #amwriting #inspiration

Are you gullible enough to write stories? http://goo.gl/bs2N1 Blog by @dirtywhitecandy #amwriting #fiction

Watch for moments of transcendence, post by @gretchenrubin http://tinyurl.com/8y4onug #happiness #inspiration

Tips about tools for writing that you have right now. http://tinyurl.com/82oqn7w #writetips

Learn the Craft of Writing

Short, sweet, and to the point. 5 important writing tips. http://tinyurl.com/84y9ysn @writingsisters #writetips #amwriting

Sentence parallelism. What it is, and why it’s important to teachers and writers. http://goo.gl/syJdP #writetips #amwriting #teaching

Some fab writers worksheets for scene, character, synopsis and more. http://tinyurl.com/6m3jfva #amwriting #writetips

Don’t write what you know. Write what you don’t know. Post at Writer Unboxed by @jaelmchenry http://tinyurl.com/72embhy #amwriting

How to squeeze backstory into your writing without the infodump. http://tinyurl.com/8xyf693 Advice from @Janice_Hardy #writetips

2 rules for expert suspension of disbelief, or make your readers believe anything. http://tinyurl.com/7uxyk2e  Post by @Ava_Jae #writetips

What makes a good story idea? Find out from Donald Maas. http://tinyurl.com/764dytu #writetips #amwriting

Writing For Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers

To #%&* or Not to #%&*: profanity in middle grade fiction. http://tinyurl.com/6sumwkw #mglit #kitlit #amwriting

Make something fresh out of the 36 dramatic situations. http://goo.gl/Z3qQy Blog post by @4kidlit. #kidlit #mglit #amwriting

Agents and Editors

Rachelle Gardner answers “What’s a Typical Advance?” http://tinyurl.com/738g7mb #askagent #amwriting

Social Media Tips

Open thread for authors at @dearauthor to promote their new books. http://tinyurl.com/7luqr4n #pubtips

Blog by @jodyhedlund reminds us that not all readers use ebooks. Many still love paper. http://tinyurl.com/87m6ml4 #reading #fiction

Teaching Ideas

These are your kids’ brains on fiction. http://tinyurl.com/7bhu6le via@bridgettebooth #kidlit #yalit #mglit

Thomas Edison’s creative thinkering lessons. http://tinyurl.com/6rdy7wk via Psychology Today #teaching #amwriting

Helping children learn how to craft memorable characters. http://tinyurl.com/7j4qkew #teaching #writing #amwriting

Write well and write prolifically, my friends!

Tips for Writers – Building Your Social Network One Person at a Time

In this evolving publishing landscape, writers are encouraged daily to:

  • Build a platform!
  • Market books!
  • Create a brand!

I’m using exclamation marks because the message has begun to sound like carnival workers hawking their wares. “Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Be amazed! Come one, come all!”

But we’re not carnival workers, and our social networks aren’t one night stands. Lasting reader and writer relationships are based on the interests of our audiences.

This may seem daunting, especially when looking at other writers who have tremendous followings that rival those of a Hollywood star. It can be discouraging to look at a small following.

Happy family with arms out.

Image by Photostock at freedigitalphotos.net

The mistake in that kind of thinking is that we’re lumping everyone into a nebulous “following.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be thought of as a “following.” That sounds like something out of a science fiction novel. I want to be thought of as the person I am, the person who loves family, food, teaching, and writing. How about you? Are you more than a number?

The key word in social networks is social. The key to social lives is people. Let’s not forget our social networks are made up of people, individuals with feelings, hopes, dreams, and desires. These are people just like you and me. People all want similar things, and for most people, one of those things is to be noticed and acknowledged in a positive way.

I’ve come up with a few guidelines for building a social network based on what people desire. Yes, it’s touchy-feely, but that’s the kind of gal I am.

  1. Remember that each follower is a person, not a number. When someone follows you or “likes” you, take a moment to thank them. Don’t use a generic thank you. See who they are, what they represent, read a few of their tweets or posts, and write a thoughtful note of appreciation or post a thoughtful note on their blog. This makes a big difference in people’s perception of you.
  2. Be social and reach out to others. Visit other people’s blogs and pages. This can be managed through a reader. I use Google reader and it helps to keep the posts organized, but there are other readers to use. When a person opts into your social network, or comments on your blog, take the time to find out about them. Follow them if you like what you see. Check out other people who comment on blogs you read. This will extend your network.
  3. Each person is valuable, even if they are small. Some people don’t follow a person back unless he or she has a huge following. But we don’t know what a person has to offer just by looking at numbers. Look at what that person is doing. Consider who he or she is, not just how many other people follow their blog or Twitter account.
  4. Budget time to spend socializing regularly. It doesn’t have to be a large amount of time. Some people say they spend about 15-20 minutes per day. For those of us working full time, that may be all we can manage. Yet even small amounts of time, managed daily, will add up to big results. A novel isn’t written in a day. Social communities aren’t built in a day either.
  5. Start small. Everything starts small. Steve Jobs started small. Walt Disney started small. They had a vision for what they wanted to do, and they did it, one piece at a time. Every little piece counts, like a brick in a wall. Every brick is valuable. Every person in your network is an important individual.
  6. The golden rule in social networking is to give more than you receive. When you communicate, don’t talk at people, talk with them. Get to know them. No one likes to have ads blasted at them all the time. When we take a personal interest in people, chatting with them and engaging in conversations, it’s more likely we’ll have a meaningful network of friends and followers. A few loyal friends online is more valuable than thousands of nameless followers shouting ads at one another, don’t you think?

Did you like this post? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

One Forty Fiction Accepting Submissions

I just learned about One Forty Fiction this week on Twitter. They accept well written stories in 140 characters or less.

The theme right now is Back to School. They have an upcoming Autumnal Equinox theme and a Halloween theme. Surprisingly, in 140 characters, it’s possible to evoke strong imagery and emotion. It’s a great way to practice clarity in writing; obviously, you cannot waste words here.

Need a boost? Try using one of the pictures from Picture Prompt Monday to get you started.

Happy writing!

WriteonCon Produces #TeacherWriter Hashtag

Teacher Cupcakes

#TeacherWriter Photo/Clevercupcakes on Flickr

WriteonCon, the amazing online conference for PB, MG, and YA authors, agents, and editors is ending in about two hours. These past three days have been a whirlwind of the glued-to-my-computer type of activities.

I even forgot to eat a couple of times. I completely forgot about school.

My family just giggles when I say, “I can’t talk now, I’ve got an online conference going on!”

I’ve met so many wonderful writers, so many of them teachers. It seems a shame to lose that camaraderie after the conference. Once we all head back to the classrooms, we’ll get so busy that writing might get moved to the back burner.

So, to encourage teachers who write to keep in touch, keep us accountable, and keep supporting one another, I’m starting a #teacherwriter hashtag on Twitter. If you write and teach, or if you love someone who does, or if you’re just curious and want to lurk, please join.

I’m on  Twitter most school day mornings as @suzannelilly between 4 & 6 am PST. I’ll check in to see if anyone from the #teacherwriter group is on and chat. Of course, anyone can use the hashtag anytime. That’s just my schedule.




I’ll be keeping an eye out for you!