The Internet has made a big difference in the amount of information to which we have access. For writers & authors seeking publication or promotional tips, there's plenty out there. But sometimes it can be too much of a good thing!
Just consider some of these sources:
Websites listing publishers & resources.
Online magazines with writing tips.
Sites that list contests and book festivals.
Yahoo groups and listservs
Websites with marketing tips - and free newsletters
Millions of blogs with tips
Social sites geared toward writers & authors
And Twitter, where everyone provides a link to one of the above!
And so many other resources I failed to mention...
Add to this all of the physical books available, plus book festivals and writer conferences and writer clubs...
Wow... that's a lot of STUFF!
We need to prepare and plan and learn everything possible, but... if I spent all day reading everything available online, I'd never write or promote a thing!
Finding a balance is important. After setting a goal. it's easy to get sucked into the how-to stage and never move past that point. It's also tempting to just skip all that and go for it. Neither plan is productive!
So how do you balance learning and producing? How do you cope with information overload?