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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.
One of the things that happens when you’ve been an editor for a long time is that you find yourself not just reading book manuscripts line by line, but also reading between the lines for implications, nuances, and open-ended questions—basically, anything a writer leaves unsaid that a reader might pick up on.
I’m all in favor of foreshadowing when it’s employed effectively, but most of the time when I have a hunch that an author isn’t giving me the full story in a particular scene, it’s not so much because she’s intentionally trying to create narrative suspense as because she’s hesitant within herself about “going there” in her writing.
When I get this gut feeling and ask, “Is there something you’re not telling us in this passage?” the answer is almost always yes. Authors withhold information from readers for all sorts of reasons—because…Continue
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 them move forward. While I sometimes say and do routine things while traversing this path, teaching is a journey that feels very much alive and present-moment oriented. Like my writing, I carry with me into teaching the full scope and range of my life experiences. I never know what ideas will present themselves as I listen to my students, and I am often surprised and delighted.
I’ve just begun teaching my fall classes. I love new beginnings. On the first afternoon or evening of a…Continue
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
I happened to be listening to a local radio station the other day who had a guest speaker on talking about the significance of an ISBN and I found their advice to be generic and unfulfilling. At the end of the interview, the question still remained…does a writer need an ISBN?
ISBN means International Standard Book Number. An ISBN is a number, used like a serial number so that bookstores can accurately order books. An ISBN is not a bar code.
So, the answer to the question is twofold:
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