Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Writer Wednesday: #Pubtip Collection and Hanukkah Happiness!

You may have heard about this crazy little thing called Twitter. It's a social media conglomeration to the nth degree. And Dawn gave us some great tips last week about how to take part in its stormy seas. Now, I'd like to tell you about a hastag called . As we learned, hashtags are used to track conversations. Anyone can use them and anyone can post...well, pretty much anything. But, is often used my agents, editors and writers to help convey some "truths" about the publishing universe.
How cool is this picture?
Since I often enjoy the conversations, I thought I'd put together this string of some of the best I've come across.

Been saying similar thing in many submission passes--too much front load exposition. Hook me by starting with questions, not answers. (Dec. 13)

Someone once compared email to a conference, and Twitter to the after party. I concur. Twitter is not for business correspondence  (Dec. 13)

When submitting a manuscript, name the file after your book. Using sample.doc or book.doc will get lost in an editor's inbox. (Dec. 17)

Never pester an agent after getting a rejection letter. It wont' change my mind. It'll only make me mark your email address as Spam. (Dec. 16)

If 1 of your characters ever says "As you know..." delete EVERYTHING said after that. People don't talk about stuff they both know. (Dec. 15)

Never make editors jump through hoops to read your submission. Going to your website, accessing your shared docs etc--all bad. (Dec. 15)

You may see your manuscript as part of a series, but make sure it stands alone as well (and indicate that in your query letter). (Dec. 13)

Feel free to debate these or add your own in the comments. I'd love to get your feedback.

And to all my Jewish readers out there...


  1. Thanks for sharing some of these great & informative #pubtips, Tina! I have to make sure I create a column just for these so I can follow these more closely from now on :)

  2. I love the #pubtip thread! Excellent convos in there and I always learn a ton from them.

  3. Those are great! I don't usually pay too much attention to that particular hashtag, I'll have to change that. And thanks for the Hannukah wishes!! :D Merry Christmas to you!

  4. What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing these. I need to read more of these on twitter.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday, Tina! See you in the new year. :)

  5. These are some really fantastic tips--thanks for sharing them! I'll have to check out the #pubtip thread in the future.

    Have a wonderful new year!