Friday Twitter Tips Vol. 4 - #PubTips from Agents and Editors

  Welcome to the fourth installment of Friday Twitter Tips where my sympathy for agents and editors grows ever more acute. Y'all see it all, over and over and over again. On behalf of every author out there, I'm sorry.

https://twitter.com/notjustanyboggs/status/434050562384863232

https://twitter.com/notjustanyboggs/status/434050346415976449

Personal story time: in fifth grade, Mrs. Starnes gave our class a worksheet, told us to read it through then complete the worksheet. Of course, I started answering the questions right away. When I got to the last question, it said to only answer one or two questions. Mrs. Starnes, looking very smug at the front of the room, didn't even have to spell out the moral of the lesson. Based on what I read from agents on Twitter, very few writers had their own Mrs. Starnes.
Read the agent's submission and query guidelines! They're all different!

https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/433699617016778752

https://twitter.com/MKDB/status/433697923549786112

Who doesn't want writing advice from a Dalek?

https://twitter.com/DalekAdvice/status/433669776888455168

Query Etiquitte

https://twitter.com/sarahlapolla/status/433624183004614657

Always good advice from Elmore Leonard:

https://twitter.com/BrianKlems/status/433327154277789696

Absolutely the way to get an agent to like you:

https://twitter.com/BookaliciousPam/status/433057904438964224

https://twitter.com/Fizzygrrl/status/433330802714087424

Hugh Howie, self-described self-publishing success outlier, makes the case for self-publishing, using numbers.

https://twitter.com/sarahw/status/433575992792453120

On the other hand, if you're self-publishing to get into traditional?

https://twitter.com/byobrooks/status/432954828118319104

Know your genre.

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/431839664048054272

Makes me glad I don't write YA.

https://twitter.com/SaraMegibow/status/431837870664339456

Moral of this tweet: Revisions may seem evil, but they're just misunderstood. Like Draco Malfoy.

https://twitter.com/lindaurbanbooks/status/431777225189621760

Moral of this tweet: don't be easy to mock. Oh, and get a friend to read your query.

https://twitter.com/TyrusBooks/status/431857758267142144

More editing tips. From editors!

https://twitter.com/BathNovelAward/status/432485095924965376

 

TWITTER TIP OF THE WEEK

https://twitter.com/gordonwarnock/status/432280332600344576

Previous Editions of Friday Twitter Tips

Friday Twitter Tips 2/7

Friday Twitter Tips 1/31

Friday Twitter Tips 1/24