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[What's Next?] Opening Up

Posted by Caitlyn Levin on April 22, 2015 at 4:35pm 3 Comments

Well everyone, I did it. I sat down and pushed through my final edits. I got to a place where I feel comfortable saying it: I’m done! Now that said, I’m the type of person who thinks writing is never done—there’s always something you’ll want to change, always something that could be better. But I’m as done as I’m going to be without an editor, and so as far as I’m concerned, that’s done.

I’m someone who doesn’t like to share my work until I think it’s finished. In fact, I don’t even like to talk about it. Maybe I’m superstitious. Maybe I like to keep expectations low. At any rate, I don’t like to tell anyone I’m writing something until I think it’s finished, and then I’m ready to share. There are some people who have been waiting to read my first novel, and waiting patiently (hi dad!). It’s…

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[REALITY CHECK] - 10 Lessons I Learned My First Year as a Hybrid Author by L. G. O’Connor

Posted by Zetta Brown on April 21, 2015 at 7:30am 4 Comments

This week, my friend, fellow author, and She Writer, L. G. O'Connor is summarizing her first year's experience of being a published author. The following blog post is what inspired me to start this blog a few years ago.

I published my debut novel in 2008 and L. G. published her's just over a year ago, and as you will see, a lot has changed in the industry between my debut and hers. Whether you are an established author or just starting out, you want to read and learn from L. G. because what worked even a year ago may not be your best option today.

This post is a bit longer than normal because this isn't just food for thought. This is a primer for those of you who are about to take the plunge for the first…

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[Breakfast with the Muse] 3 Questions Never to Ask When You Start a Book

Posted by Jill Jepson on April 19, 2015 at 6:43pm 0 Comments

When a writer starts a book—or any long, complicated project—she's full of questions. Some of our questions are important ones—even essential. If we're writing fiction, we need to know the characters, their back stories, their motivations. For memoir, we may need to do a ton of research. We always have to get a feel for the voice in which we will be writing. There are many, many questions to be asked and answered as we launch our work. 

There are also certain questions that we simply should NOT be asking. These questions should not be part of the conversation, for two reasons: a) There is no answer to them, and b) They show that you are focusing on the wrong things.

Here are three.

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Marketing Tip: Are You Making the Most of Your Email Signature?

Posted by Maria Murnane on April 20, 2015 at 7:54am 5 Comments

For quite some time now, I've been recommending that authors use their email signatures as an indirect way to promote their work. Apparently a lot of you are taking my advice, because almost all the emails I get these days from authors mention their book(s) in their email signatures.

Nice!

Unfortunately, however, many of the emails I get from authors also go overboard on the self-promotion in the signature - which defeats the purpose. You want your email signature to get me to want to check out your writing, not to feel overwhelmed by all the hyperlinks - and underwhelmed by the content/professionalism.

Here are some quick dos and don'ts for email signatures:

  • DO include a brief, compelling line about your work…
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Writing tip: Don't be afraid to cut

In my first job out of college, one of my assignments was to co-write an opinion piece for my boss. (In this case, "co-write" meant "write.") He told me the points he wanted to make, and my role was to turn those ideas into a clear, readable argument that a prominent magazine in our industry would accept. Both of us would get the byline, so I was excited!

I'll never forget my boss's reaction when I proudly showed him my masterpiece. He smiled at me, then sighed and said something…

Making a Moment Count

Bring up the music, cue the lights, zoom in the camera – when movie directors want to make a moment bigger, they can bring a lot of tools to bear. Writers only have words, but that doesn’t mean they can’t invest a moment with similar power. Orchestrating the score is part of crafting a novel: making some moments bigger and others smaller, changing pace, holding a note, building to a crescendo, and quieting down. Making a moment count isn’t simply a question of content. Writers can…

A Still Center

You’re fretting in traffic, stuck at a light, late for something that matters. Then the sun glints off the car next to you, catching you hard in the eye, and you think of another woman, not necessarily you, but someone you once saw in traffic – or could imagine seeing – her face pinched in worry until the sun hits her eyes. At that moment, her muscles contract, revealing an unexpected, exhausted beauty. You begin to search for the words to capture that, the way it makes you sad and hopeful…

Making a Moment Count

Bring up the music, cue the lights, zoom in the camera – when movie directors want to make a moment bigger, they can bring a lot of tools to bear. Writers only have words, but that doesn’t mean they can’t invest a moment with similar power. Orchestrating the score is part of crafting a novel: making some moments bigger and others smaller, changing pace, holding a note, building to a crescendo, and quieting down. Making a moment count isn’t simply a question of content. Writers can…

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