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[The Art of Submission] Our Bitter Hearts, Our Savage Selves

Posted by Emily Lackey on October 1, 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments

There’s something very vulnerable about writing about jealousy. It’s an admission that, underneath our Facebook shares and supportive retweets, there is something craggy at the center of our selves. Something unsure and small: a split pit, a sliver of schist.


Maybe it’s because, on the surface, we’re supposed to be happy for each other. Sometimes I feel very capable of this. Sometimes, when a friend receives word of publication, I feel as happy for them as I would for myself. Thrilled! Delighted! Over the moon!


But the other times, it throws me off completely, like waking up from a dream in which I attended my ex-stepfather’s wedding or a receiving a rejection from a journal I knew was perfect for my work.


There are a lot of things written for writers to get us…


If You Are In NYC (Or Anywhere Nearby): Free Coffee And Free Books from SWP!

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on September 30, 2014 at 9:30am 4 Comments

Save the date! Friday October 17th, from 11AM to noon, you can enjoy a free coffee on Keurig--which will be previewing its most advanced brewing system October 15-17 at the Keurig® 2.0 Café--AND meet and mingle with eleven SheWrites Press authors who will be giving away a whopping fifty-five signed copies of their books (five of each author's title) to the first fifty-five people to arrive. The event will take place at 915 Broadway, @21st Street. If you plan to come, please take a minute to RSVP here so we can get an idea of how many people to expect.

I will also be there (with bells on, though without a book, since mine doesn't pub until 2015) to answer any and all questions you may have about publishing with SheWritesPress.

I hope all SheWriters who can make it will consider stopping by and bringing lots and lots of friends. What could be books,…


Your Author Platform Is Not Your Social Media Following

Posted by Brooke Warner on September 29, 2014 at 9:30pm 21 Comments

I’ve spent the past five or six years not only educating authors about how to build an author platform but also about how to position themselves in such a way that the platform they already have truly shines.

So this week, when I received multiple e-mails asking what I thought about an article on Creative Nonfiction called “Platforms Are ‘Overrated,’” my response was that I was bummed out about it because the author, in equating platform to social media, is so incredibly limited in her scope and understanding of what platform actually is, and she’s promoting a defeatist attitude around the importance of building one.


Back in May I wrote a post called …


Marketing Tip: Put Your First Chapter on Your Website

Posted by Maria Murnane on September 30, 2014 at 8:20am 2 Comments

Making the first chapter of your book (or books) available on your website is a smart idea for two reasons:


1)    It gives potential readers who visit your website the opportunity to check out your work at no cost

2)    It gives you a tool for driving potential readers to your website 

Here's the first chapter of Katwalk, my latest novel

I have six published novels, and the first chapters to all of them are available on my website. One way I use those links is via social media. Four of my books make up a series starring the same protagonist, so I created a …


Community Blog

Are You Holding the Reins?

Are you holding the reins? The reins of your life, I mean. Are you holding the reins and steering yourself in the direction you want to go; creating and achieving the goals you set for yourself and feeling good about it, or are you just kind of half hanging on and bouncing all over the place?

If you keep…

Crystallize It! New Class Starts 10/7!


“Crystallize It…Using the Power of Crystals to Help Make Your Goals a Reality”

Crystals have been a big help to me in helping me reach the goals I set for myself and they can help you too!

This four week class teaches you to use crystals and affirmations;…

A Resting Place

Luke 8:1
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him.

Let it be known to the world that I do not like to bed hop. One of the reasons I love camping so much is because I get to sleep in my own bed at night, covered with my own sheet and blanket, snuggled up to my own flat as a fritter pillow. The seventeen days that we were on the road back and forth from…

Interview with John Guzlowski (Part 2)

Posted Part 2 of my in-depth interview with poet and writer John Guzlowski. In "Telling the Stories in Poetry", John Guzlowski answers my questions on his poems about his parents' experiences during the Holocaust.

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone! It's a beautiful day, and the sun is bursting over the horizon now calling to us to join her and put our best foot forward in confidence, knowing we are equal to any task that comes our way! We can!
Make it a wonderful…


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