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  • 10:09 RT @BostonBookGirl: Threatening in your query to self publish will not get you an agent any faster. #pubtip #
  • 10:09 Snow day = reading day #
  • 11:47 Author Mike @Shevdon (one of the @angryrobotbooks crew) with wise words on reviews and reviewers: is.gd/9fun2 #
  • 11:56 Thanks for #followfriday mentions @hopefulauthor @craftycmc @MadeleineRex @jasouders @reginaldstjohn @AngieLedbetter @DrIreneBlinston #FF #
  • 12:28 RT @hroot: I would also recommend against including that cover you designed. #pubtip #
  • 16:26 Thanks for the #followfriday notice @ddsnorth and @PeggyBechko #ff #
  • 18:44 Got surprising amount of reading done today, which means now have pile of notes to write up. Who thought this was a good plan? #

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26 February 2010 at 11:55 pm

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  • 00:13 RT @colleenlindsay: This is NOT the way to get Random House’s attention. Or any other publisher. bit.ly/aK7npn #
  • 10:39 It’s a great analogy. RT @BookEndsKim: Jessica’s blog today is so true! is.gd/9a3pU #
  • 13:00 10 Reasons to Avoid Talking on the Phone: is.gd/9aCyg (via @AmandaMarcotte) #
  • 13:27 Author Charlie Stross has an informative post about How Books Are Made: is.gd/9aLoN #

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25 February 2010 at 11:55 pm

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  • 09:50 RT @elanaroth: I’d rather get a bad title than UNTITLED. It makes you look amateur. Or like an MFA student. I don’t know which is worse. #
  • 10:52 Nicely explained! RT @RachelleGardner: Why do agents put so much emphasis on submission guidelines? bit.ly/9nzrC3 #
  • 16:09 RT @RachelleGardner: PLEASE don’t write to ask if I’ll look at your query. If an agent is open to queries, they’ll look at it! #pubtip #
  • 16:09 RT @BostonBookGirl: I find nothing creepier then when you come into my office to pitch me. NOTHING CREEPIER. #
  • 16:30 @RachelleGardner It’s a virus/worm, and all the people you’re getting them from apparently clicked on the link. #
  • 16:48 RT @safety: Update re: phishing on the Twitter status blog: status.twitter.com/post/409689888/update-re-phishing. #

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24 February 2010 at 11:55 pm

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  • 11:46 Good++ advice indeed. RT @pwheeler_agent: How to handle the silent treatment. Nice advice. s.hbr.org/bOU3MC #
  • 13:53 Writer Nick Mamatas (@NMamatas ) on some benefits and drawbacks of writing literary vs. commercial fiction is.gd/91lmd #
  • 15:49 A big thank you to every writer who sends an agent a professional query which carefully follows that agent’s guidelines. #
  • 16:06 RT @RachelleGardner: #pubtip The words "I just finished my first book" are red flags for agents reading queries. Best to say it another way. #

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23 February 2010 at 11:55 pm

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  • 13:05 Good stuff -> RT @RachelleGardner: How’s the communication with your agent? is.gd/8VzRQ #
  • 13:05 Two additional points: 1) If you’re not happy with your agent’s communication, actually let them know. #
  • 13:06 2) Please remember that your agent has other clients, who may be in need of your agent’s attention at the same time as you. #
  • 14:02 RT @EFF: Great report on Google Books Settlement hearing by James Grimmelman and his students at NYLS: eff.org/r.3gk #gbs #
  • 14:04 RT @EFF: Here’s a great detailed roundup of arguments over Google Book Search made in court Saturday, incl EFF’s: eff.org/r.3gk #gbs #
  • 14:06 @bradfordlit I hate it when that happens. Always sad. #

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22 February 2010 at 11:55 pm

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  • 00:21 RT @neilhimself: Over at the Grauniad a bunch of writers give their 10 (or less) bits of writing advice. I managed 8 – bit.ly/dmYsJB #
  • 00:28 BTW, I think @neilhimself meant to type "Guardian" rather than "Grauniad." Mind you, I’m not certain. #
  • 10:22 Thanks to all who set me straight on the whole Guardian/Grauniad thing! #

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20 February 2010 at 11:55 pm

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  • 11:29 Don’t spend space in your query telling me how you’ve always loved writing. #pubtip #
  • 11:30 Don’t spend space in your query telling me about your spouse/kids/pets. #pubtip #
  • 11:31 Don’t spend space in your query talking about writing credits that don’t relate to what you’re pitching. #pubtip #
  • 11:38 RT @kate_mckean: @agentgame Don’t spend space in your query telling me how you’ve been writing since you were 5. We all have. #pubtip #
  • 11:39 @Ed_Kuehnel Only if someone got attacked by a bear. Or ninjas. #
  • 13:13 RT @arcaedia: Help save Polyphony! "Wheatland Press – Final Reminder: Polyphony 7 preorder deadline is March 1, 2010" is.gd/8JGgD #
  • 16:54 Thanks for the #FollowFriday mentions @LindseyHimmler, @Lynvia and @julichilliard #ff #
  • 18:40 *facepalm* for some of those RT @arcaedia: New Query Wars post on my agent blog – this week with extra! stats! bit.ly/azGKtZ #
  • 21:08 Is Friday night a good time to be working on editorial notes? Not really. Am I doing it anyway? Yes. #
  • 21:12 More #FF thanks to @DelilahSDawson, @KatGirl_Studio and @reginaldstjohn #
  • 21:52 RT @papertyger: I swear to Spaghetti Monster, if authors don’t learn to NUMBER THEIR PAGES, I am going to CUT someone. #
  • 22:02 Writers, in your head and on the page are not the same thing. #
  • 23:29 RT @dianagill: Authors who are willing to listen and rewrite when needed are worth their weight in gold, rubies, and unicorns. #

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19 February 2010 at 11:55 pm

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