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What I Tell My Writer Friends

1. Don’t send your book to people for free, especially trying to show them you’re good. They won’t read it. And often, they don’t deserve it.

#writerscommunity
2. Don’t rely on another writer to promote your books. Rely on your content and the audience you’re creating it for. If writers choose to promote you however, it’s also good.

#writerscommunity
3. Don’t give your manuscript to editors who’re not as good as you, or probably better than you but unfamiliar with your style. They’ll try to rewrite you and then ruin your voice. Some people’s books get boring bcs of their editors. Know the kind of editor that is right for you.
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Not so long after #ASuitableBoy came out I first met #VikramSeth autographing copies at #Blackwells at #Oxford. When my turn came he asked where I was from. I told him. He warmed up - he was already fairly jovial with those present - & told me how he learnt Urdu for the novel 1/
that he loved Urdu poetry & wished to visit Pakistan. He wrote a couple of sentences in Urdu on my copy. Turned out he was an alumnus of #corpuschristi which I was attending & which had recently made him Honorary Fellow. I asked him for an interview which he very graciously 2/
agreed to. A few days later we sat in the heavenly back lawn of our College. Libas Magazine carried it in the summer of ‘94. I met him a few times thereafter as well - we invited him over for a reading & he invited me back for formal hall. A few times he hung out in the 3/
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If you read one #book before November's contentious, horrifying #election, "We #Recommend" you check out this seminal, groundbreaking one on #democracy and #voting by #RollingStone and #Guardian reporter Greg Palast!

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In his inimitable, rousing, feisty fashion @Greg_Palast within chronicles past & present weaknesses & vulnerabilities of #voting in America & provides crucial instruction on how to assure yours gets counted and is not thrown out.

(Real possibilities you might be unaware of!)
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Thread of the Russian Author Anton Chekhov's Life Story Begins!

1⃣ #AntonChekhov was born in Taganrog in South Russia on the Azov Sea on January 17, 1860. He was the third of six children of Pavel Egorovich Chekhov, a grocery store owner. Chekhov's grandfather was a serf ++ Anton Chekhov
2⃣ who bought his family's freedom in 1841. The young #Chekhov and his brothers and sisters worked in the family store and studied in the local school. Their extremely religious father often beat them. ++ Anton Chekhov
3⃣ In 1876 his father's business failed, and the family moved to Moscow, #Russia, for a fresh start. #Chekhov, then sixteen, was left behind to finish his schooling. ++ Anton Chekhov
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1. Formatting book for e-version (pdf) from MS Word - advice is welcome from fellow #writers , @AcademicChatter or even kind #indie #publishers:
2. My book, to be published in a little more than a month, is now just a word docx. I have to format it myself although it has an ISBN and it is institution material.
3. I found a few MS Word templates for download, although I believe all I need to to is follow best formatting guidelines and format the final edited version.
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1/ Self publishing vs other options.

Let's get one thing out of the way.

You should publish once with a mainstream publisher. Get it out of the system. You should sell a title on Amazon. Make it to your genre, subject top 10 list. Even hit the numero uno spot for a day.
2/ But once you are done, you are done.

It doesn't matter who your publisher, distributor or book seller is. In the end you, the author, sells the book.

You create the hype, you generate the traffic, you direct the buyers.

Amazon doesn't get people to your book, you do
3/ So if you are writing the book, editing it, marketing it, promoting it, how much of the book proceeds do you get?

Do you get to talk or see or engage with your customers? Do you even know who they are?

With main stream publishing, no. There is no data, real time or otherwise
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1/ So what did we learn from #launch week

Doesn't matter how hard you have prepped and worked, things will go wrong. Things that you didn't even anticipate or expect.

When that happens, focus on the things you can control and fix. Don't have a melt down. It will get sorted.
2/ The run up to launch week. Give yourself time.

Started thinking about the launch in Dec. Got shot down due to work and Covid-19. Restarted again in April. Locked down July date in first week of June.

Seems like a lot but you will need the time. There is lots to do.
3/ Get the #book out in front of #reviewers.

Early. Like real early. Like 8 to ten weeks early. Listen to their feedback and comments.

Unlike a #publisher, in self #publishing mode, you can change stuff all the way to launch. Try not to do that.

Lock a version down early.
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1/ Launch check list.

Just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone.

Thank you for getting word out & for your preorders for #FounderPuzzles

We crossed our first big milestone yesterday. 105 orders

A thread on the path for that journey, if you plan to follow it one day.
2/ Book launch check list.

Nov 2019 is when we first thought of shipping the book. It had been a work in progress for 4 years.

Prior book launches had taught me the importance of pre-orders.

Step one. Plan to open pre-orders a month before the book will be ready for launch
3/ Enough content to feed you for a month.

Opening up pre-orders isn't enough.

You have to create interest in the book and keep it out there for everyone to see.

Can't be same content shared again and again. Has to be fresh and relevant.

You also have to mix mediums.
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1/ An author interested in selling digital books/media, which social platform should you focus on?

What performance metrics should you track? How do you go about measuring them? A thread

@jehan_ara
@sanasaleem
@TheNestiO
@babushka99
@snajmi
@Sameerpeace
#authors #writing
2/ Recently introduced to @dvassallo + @david_perell
Both exceedingly generous and open with their advice and models.

I am based in Pakistan with a #desi network. I wondered if their models would work and scale on the other side of the planet.
3/ For my digital book pre-orders launch campaign this week I designed a simple experiment

Put up a @Bitly link for pre-orders.
Launched organic campaign posts on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter at the same time.
Collated results at the end of 4 days.

Here is what I learnt
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Hi #Writers!

A few people have DMed me recently to ask how I always get so much engagement on my posts, so I decided to share some helpful tips for boosting yours.

(A thread)
1. This is the most obvious one. Engage! Comment on other people's posts. When you do, this actually helps your own posts show up at the top of their feed.

Also, reply to people who comment on your posts. Don't just "like" their answers, actually talk to them.
2. Don't just talk about yourself. WIP updates & facts about your life are fantastic, but you need balance.

Writers LOVE talking about their stories and characters, so ask questions about them. The more interest you show in their work, the more interest they will show in yours.
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I accessed many great ideas.

And it made me think!

I hope you learn something too from reading this thread.

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Audience is the new currency.

David Perell interviews Anthony Pompliano (aka Pomp) on growing an online audience.



@david_perell @APompliano

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2. Rahile Dawut
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4. Tashpolat Teyip
5. Chimengul Awut
6. Arslan Abdulla
7. Dilmurat Ghopur
8. Jemile Saqi
9. Abdukerim Rahman
10. Abduqadir Jalalidin
11. Zulpiqar Barat
12. Alim Ehet
13. Nurbiye Yadikar
14. Mutellip Sidiq Qahiri
15. Gheyretjan Osman
16. Abdurehim Rahman
17. Ababekri Ablet
18. Perhat Behti
19. Abdusebir Shukri
20. Tursunjan Behti
21. Dilmurat Tursun
22. Erkin Omer
23. Qurban Osman
24. Kamil Metrehim
25. Nijat Sopi
26. Sattar Sawut
27. Abdurahman Ebey
28. Abdurazaq Sayim
29. Abduletip Abdurehim
30. Hebibulla Tohti
31. Muhemmed Salih Damolla
32. Gheyret Abdurahman
33. Qurban Mamut
34. Tahir Nasir
35. Ehmetjan Momin
36. Alimjan Memtimin
37. Ablimit Bilge
38. Ilham Weli
39. Kuresh Tahir
40. Tursunjan Hezim
41. Omerjan Nuri
42. Muhtar Rozi
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I don't think I can go back to selling books through #Amazon again. I never liked doing so, but here's a brief thread on the problem for #writers and #publishers in the era of #Bezos
First off, I really recommend @FranklinFoer's book World Without Mind, which has a good bit on the way that tech and algorithms have changed the way information is taken in and perceived, but also valued and distributed.
It's got a good bit on Bezos and how he commodified info.
The result of social media was to act as though giving a platform really elevated voices, but by now we should know it was all an act. The bot stories show how easily you can either buy or create a majority, and even seeing half the reopen shit was astroturfed.
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1/ Quick notes from

"How to sell million copies of your book" lecture at @HabibUniversity

No shortcuts.

Its a long lonely path and you won't end up with a million. You would be lucky to crack 5,000. Most books can't even reach 1,000.

#Authors #Writers #Founders #startups
2/ To save time and heart break. Here is a short summary.

If you crack it, it will take 20 years + a portfolio of books that are readable and of great quality. You will be broke, hungry and in pain for most of those 20 years.

And there is no guarantee that you will crack it
3/ Write about what you know and care about. Growing as an author requires you to read and write.

Consume and produce.

Don't just read about writing. Read everything. And practice the art by writing. Starting early helps.
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Just got my ARC’s for THIS IS A SEAHORSE! (@AlbertWhitman, 2020) Since people seem curious about the process of making a picture book, I figured I'd write up a THREAD breaking down the choices I made when designing the first book in this series, THIS IS A SEA COW (2019).
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First, a quick jump back in time to 2015 when I attended my first @SCBWI conference. @dsantat spoke about book design. “Form follows function.” It was a lesson that really resonated with me and I became determined to apply what I’d learned to the dummy I was working on.
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That dummy would become my first published book, THIS IS A SEA COW (@AlbertWhitman, 2019).
3/19
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protip for #writers from a normally but now somewhat less-patient editor:

One way to tell you're about to send something chock-full of inappropriate passive voice: scan for "by."

"received by the firm"
"used by the contractors"
"provided by the client"
"issued by the auditors"
Also, don't use passive voice.
Also, if drafts 1 through 4 come back with dozens of revisions from passive to active, maybe consider not including a few dozen more new passives in draft 5? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Okay #WritingCommunity, I'm going to tell you a story and then we're going to talk about Novel In A Year.

This is the story of how suspenders, puddles, and bad writing advice got me to today where I am SUPER excited about helping you finish and publish your book.
We're gonna start with me as a little boy in very white, very affluent NJ. I was a small sick little kid with a ton of health issues, so going outside was always dicey. My mom worried a lot. I remember being told to avoid puddles.
I loved puddles. I loved splashing in them. I loved looking into them. I loved walking right through them. You could tell me there were puddles and rather than avoid them, I was drawn to them. (This is mostly still true today)
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The #Reads for the Rest of Us list for Dec is coming soon @MsMagazine! I'm also working on the mother of all "most anticipated" reads (by women, #TGNC, #queer, #fat, #immigrant, #neurodivergent, international, and otherwise underrepresented writers) of 2020 list.
It's a big job! I have over 300 titles that I am sifting thru; so many look fantastic. #Fiction, #nonfiction, #poetry, and more. Some I've already #read, others not yet. I've heard from or reached out to over 65 #publishers and #publicists, they are working hard for you!
Do I know about your #newbook? Message me, email me, Tweet me, if you're not sure. My goal is to help raise visibility of historically marginalized #writers. I'm so lucky to get to learn about and read your amazing work along the way!
#womenwriters #readwomen #tbr #diversebooks
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Strap in #writers - it's time to talk about developmental editing and my thought process when I'm reading over manuscripts.

#writingcommunity #pubtip #writetip #ontheporch
Let's start with what is a developmental editor? This type of editor - which differs highly from a line editor or proof reader - looks at big picture elements of your story.

Think structure and content.

#writingcommunity #pubtip #writetip #ontheporch
When I'm hired for a developmental edit, I'm keeping an eye on four major elements of a story:

1. Plot
2. Character
3. Worldbuilding
4. Pacing

#writingcommunity #pubtip #writetip #ontheporch
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Good morning bbs. We are so close to the weekend! Today I’m attending a protest & having lunch with a colleague so my work #goals are minimal:
-Complete reverse outline process to re-organize my book chapter

Don’t know what a reverse outline is? Ooh baby are you in for a treat!
Thread on #writing & #revision: A reverse outline is a way to see the structure of what you’ve written in a draft in order to reorganize it. You start by marking up a pdf or print copy of your draft & numbering every paragraph. My book chap has 33 paragraphs.
Once you’ve numbered, make a list from 1 to whatever number of paragraphs you have. Re-read each paragraph & write a short summary (a phrase, not even a sentence) describing what each paragraph is about or doing.
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1) Let's talk about #art and the #UBI. @AndrewYang, anytime you want to talk, I'm ready!
2) I'm an #artist of sorts. I #paint, I get paid for it, I teach some classes, so let's say that I'm an #artist for the sake or argument, shall we? If you're on board, I'm on board. Let's get this thread started.
3) We could wax poetically for hours about the social good that #art does. There are thinkers and philosophers who have said more than I ever could about this and I suggest that you do your own research. Discovery is #beauty.
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For this morning's THREAD, I present a challenge.

By the time this thread is over, you'll have a Twitter-sized pitch for whatever you're writing. And it'll be a good one.

Let's go #writers living a #writerslife as a member of the #WritingCommunity who are #amwriting
A pitch is a sharp singular presentation with one goal: to make the person receiving the pitch want more information.

It's not a summary.
It's not a ramble.

It's the start of a conversation that will lead to questions and reading and more talking.
A pitch is less about context (world-building) and more about the stakes of that context (the thing that's in danger/risked/a problem) and how the character is going to have to do something about it.
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Tips for pitching to a producer: a short thread #film #tv #producing #pitching #writers #directors
1. Don’t send us your life story, just a short sentence or two about your experience
2. Send a short synopsis of your project that gives us a clear idea of the concept
3. Keep it concise, don’t give us long treatments or scripts to read unless we ask for it
4. If you’re a director, include your showreel. If you don’t have enough material to make a showreel you probably need to make more
5. Make sure there are dialogue scenes in your showreel, a 2 min montage of pretty shots set to music doesn’t tell us if you can direct actors
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[Puts on editor hat] #writers, PLEASE believe you will have more ideas and good ones at that. Getting a rejection is not the end all be all of your career or ideas. Every publication is different, every editor is different. There are more chances.
As I say, repeatedly, I give VERY specific feedback when I reject something. It can be as simple as the subber NOT reading the publication or as thorough as the piece not working for various reasons.
One rejection does not mean ALL your ideas are bad from here on out. Unless you were incredibly disrespectful to an editor--which I hope you aren't--you *can* pitch them again.
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