Friday feed: twitter cheat sheet for writers, #editreport & how to land an agent
Angela James | June 29th, 2012
Twitter Cheat Sheet for Writers – GalleyCat – ““Tweeting during the day is the way to go. Tweets during ‘busy hours’ (8AM-7PM) receive 30% higher engagement than Tweets published outside that time frame. This includes Tweets published on Saturday and Sunday.””
Note: Can we all agree that 4 tweets a day isn’t super practical for hitting a world audience? And also, that ASKING people to RT is a bit annoying? We know how Twitter works, we’ll RT it if we think it merits it & our audience should see it.
June 2012 #editreport (with tweets) · angelajames · Storify – “For the background of #editreport, this page is the best place to start. It also has Frequently Asked Questions: bit.ly/xHc37R”
Note: Edit report is meant to be a non-snarky, honest look into why manuscripts in slush get rejected. Read at your own risk, I’m told it causes a bit of paranoia.
Bent on Books: It’s Really NOT About Who You Know… – “why is this letter so good? It has all the elements I encourage people to include in their queries: a great logline, a terrific summary, a fabulous hook, comp titles of other books that I love, a compelling reason for querying me in particular, and intriguing biographical information that is relevant to the book she has written. “
Note: Both editors and agents form a first impression of your writing skills from your query letter. I think writers often underestimate the power of this first impression.