Kamy Wicoff shares her tips from the trenches as she promotes her
new novel Wishful Thinking, out this April
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I remember thinking that her novel had a lot going for it. It wasn’t very good yet, but it had promise—a clever idea, interesting characters. I thought, With some work on style and plotting, she could really go somewhere with this.
About a year later, I ran into that same writer online again, and we shared what we’d been doing in the past few months. I learned with dismay that, soon after our class ended, she’d sent her novel out to several publishers, and after a mere six rejections had decided to self-publish it.
I was surprised at how disappointed I was. Rather…Continue
I have, and I don't like it. Some readers and fans love pointing out mistakes--like Trekkies, for example. I love the TV show Mythbusters and how they've debunked things Hollywood movies have gotten us to believe and some of these myths have seeped into fiction writing. For example, the Mythbusters showed how people DO NOT get thrown across the room when shot--they just crumple to the ground.
Hey, we're all human, and we all make mistakes. But there is a difference between making a one-off mistake and doing sloppy research.
"The devil is in the…Continue
I read a stunning submission this week from one of my students that had all the elements of good storytelling minus one thing: body sensations. I found myself desperately wanting her to describe the sensations that must have been coming up for her as she wrote about what for her was a true-life, horrid event of discovering that her child had been murdered. And although she’s writing memoir, it’s not just memoir that requires us to get into the physical sensations our characters feel. Whether your character is you or a made-up protagonist, body sensations (literally what you or your characters physically feel in reaction to circumstances) help your reader know that what they’re feeling is aligned with what you wanted them to feel when you envisioned or wrote the…Continue
Book descriptions can be an effective marketing tool, but they can also be tricky. Here are three keys to writing a good one:
What’s up with the book is that I had almost decided to self-publish, then changed my mind because I got the name of an agent through my author friend Rebecca Goldstein. Now I'm waiting for that agent, Barer Literary, to get back to me. I got a form letter that says they have my query.
These are the steps I took to self-publish my book, which are the same steps one would take to send the book out to agents:
I edited and re-edited the manuscript, gave it to a couple of…
Yes, in that moment when something gets to you well, it just feels like the right thing to do to get mad; to yell and perhaps even to make a scene. It might even feel good in that one moment.
But how many times have we gotten angry right away…
From the day of She Writes' launch -- June 29th, 2009 -- Lori A. May has been here. She was one of the first people to join who I didn't already know personally, and it has been such a pleasure to get to know her here and in our correspondence since then. (She is the founder of the…
Born in Yugoslavia in the 1970s, Marija Bulatovic, along with her parents, immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s just ahead of the 1990s Yugoslav wars and the breakup of the country. An accomplished business professional with years of experience driving enterprise business with Fortune 500 companies, Bulatovic graduated from Colgate University. Marija Bulatovic lives in…
The more I learn about Bunchy Carter, his time and his family, the more parallels I see between then and now, Ferguson, Staten Island and our current movement to end racial bias and brutality under the law in this country. …
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