Wednesday links: Selling tools and “said”

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most this week.

1. Selling Tools, from Books and Such Literary Management: You need to prepare a lot of different things before you’ll be able–or even ready–to sell your book. This post does a great job of explaining them. Excerpt: “I don’t want to pile more on anyone’s already full writing plate, but I just want to remind you that the manuscript is just one component of the elements a writer needs in order to sell that book. You need to also create selling tools.”

2. Avoiding “Said”, from Helping Writers Become Authors: A lot of writers want to avoid using the word “said.” After all, we’re told to make sure we don’t overuse any words. But this may be an exception to that rule. Excerpt: “Surely writers overuse this ubiquitous little word more often than not, don’t they? As a matter of fact: nope. Indeed, trying to avoid this hard-working little speaker-attribution tag can, in most instances, lead you into some major prose problems.”

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