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She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner shares inside tips from the publishing world and advice to help writers navigate this changing environment.
It’s been a long journey but my first novel, The Black Velvet Coat, was just published by She Writes Press. After a twenty-plus year career as a public school educator, I turned to writing. With my background, I thought I’d compose a children’s book or a classroom memoir, but that’s not what happened at all. To learn how to write I began to attend a weekly prompt based drop-in writing group. Writing in community helped keep my pen to the page and continue going even when I wanted to stop.
Months later I tried on a coat at a yard sale, loved it, but thinking it was too fancy, passed on it. That night I dreamt about it and early the next morning I knocked on the neighbor’s door; then it was mine. Shortly thereafter, the coat showed up on my writing practice pages with Anne, a San…Continue
As promised, this week on [REALITY CHECK] is the follow-up post of LeTeisha Newton's "Interracial Writers and the Problems We Face."
If you write about or have a cast of interracial and/or multicultural characters and fear of being typecast or finding yourself on the receiving end of (unwarranted) criticism about your characters and your credentials to write about them, LeTeisha's previous post raises the questions: "What can you do about it?" and "What do you mean by mainstream?"
Read this post and see how LeTisha has found a way to reach a broader audience without limiting herself to genre--or demographic. It's a simple solution and…Continue
My first novel, Wishful Thinking, came out in late April, but as any of you who have published books traditionally know, that means I finished it nearly a year before that, and had done most of the heavy lifting, writing-wise, even longer ago. It has been years, in other words, since I was caught up in the maddening, wondrous, joyful struggle that is writing a book, and I am more than ready to dive back into it. Having been in "promotion" mode for the last six months, which sometimes feels a bit like being in a really loud bar trying to be heard as you talk and talk until your voice gets hoarse (though don't get me wrong,…Continue
I read a short essay recently by Janis Cook Newman about holding regular writing dates in her house. Once a month she and a group of writing friends gather in the same room to write quietly together. Her tribe, she calls them. The essay stresses the importance of creating that kind of community as a writer, and I couldn't agree more. But when it comes to writing, sitting around in a circle while everyone else is frantically inspired does not sound like fun to me.
I love the idea of the type of tribe that Newman suggests we all have, but I seriously doubt the logistics of it. As a wirter who has been apart of more writing groups that have fallen apart than I care to consider, I've come to…Continue
Don’t carry it around with you- any ill-will about a disagreement you might have had with someone years ago. It’s like a heavy weight it weighs you down with anger and regret. ou need to get rid of it and fast.
Talk to that person. Get it out in the open. apologize if you…
For the past seven years, I’ve been teaching private writing classes. Teaching is a great joy and pleasure for me—and as creative an act as writing is. I love meeting people wherever they happen to be with their writing (and their life) and helping…
Posted Thursday's Three on Poetry, a trio of videos for the 'I Am a Poet' series for the UK's National Poetry Day:
Good morning everyone. You know, I was thinking that so many times we hang onto mistakes that we made or mentally beat ourselves up for something we did or didn't do. And we hang onto it- relieving that bad feeling over & over. But what does it do for us really? Nothing! Let's let that go today &…
Who doesn’t want big hair, really!? Unfortunately, not all of us have that super Kardashian hair thickness to pride on which is why we need to resort to ways to make it look naturally big, smooth and awesome.
Depending on your hair quality, the volume will vary. There are some tricks to make it look super amazing and with just a few strokes. Yes, literally, just a few.…
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