The Daily Port of Call: August 6, 2014

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find thirteen golden lines from RWA14, the ultimate guide to beta readers, and the Liliana Nirvana technique for launching a successful self-publishing career.

Check out this collection of thirteen golden lines from the RWA14. The list includes a heaping helping of craft tips, the care and feeding of the social media beast, and how to keep your creative brain waves in optimal condition.

Avoid the info dump with an offhand remark. “If it takes 100 words to say something, figure out how to say it in 50. If it takes 10 words, say it in 5.”

Discover the ultimate guide to beta readers.

Lev Grossman shares how not to write your first novel. “I was trying to write about what I knew, which in itself probably wasn’t a bad idea, but I was mistaken about what that was. I thought that what I knew most about was myself, but I could not have been more wrong.”

Discover the Liliana Nirvana Technique for launching a successful self-publishing career.

Be in the game: Michael Noll shares his experience with rejecting rejection.