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Discrimination against Print-on-Demand Books Is Out of Touch and Bad for the Environment Too

Posted by Brooke Warner on September 1, 2014 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

When I think about the publishing community at large, my mind doesn’t immediately gravitate toward images of excess, waste, and environmental unconsciousness. And yet, unfortunately, because of the nature of book manufacturing and the routine destruction of books for tax write-offs, this image is an accurate depiction of some publishing ventures. Most publishers destroy thousands (even hundreds of thousands) of books every year in a process called “pulping” to get rid of excess inventory. It’s practically criminal, honestly, when you think about deforestation and other climate concerns. And more so given that print on demand (POD) technology allows publishers and authors to print more conservatively and then to fulfill orders to demand as needed, or to print on demand from the get-go,…

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[SWP: Behind the Book] Write Through This

Posted by Kelley Clink on August 30, 2014 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

Wow. I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks and I have to say: reliving the creation of my book? Not as easy as I thought it would be.  Probably because while writing a memoir about losing my brother to suicide was incredibly healing, it was also slow and raw and painful, like digging glass splinters out of my heart with my fingers.

It's been ten years since my brother took his own life. I was 24 at the time. Fresh out of a graduate program in literature, I believed words were the answer to everything. I would write about my brother eventually, I knew. What I didn’t know was when I would do it or what I would say. The first year without him the grief was too hot and too sharp to touch. I worked a series of low-paying jobs and zombie-walked my way through the days, waiting…

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[1st BOOKS] From Factory to Bestselling Author

Posted by 1st Books on August 29, 2014 at 5:30am 0 Comments

If you think you have an excuse not to write, I have little doubt that today's guest post by bestselling author Jean Kwok will disabuse you of that and send you to your writing chair. I've known Jean's writing since the fabulous success of her first novel, Girl in Translation, an award-winning New York Times bestseller which has been published in 17 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. She's back with a second novel which has already been named a Best Book of 2014 by Woman's Day and Real Simple. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing--a story which may sound a little familiar after you read her post. -…

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The Best Summer of My Life

Posted by Lindsey Lewandowski on August 27, 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

I joined She Writes in 2010.

 

At the time, I was a newspaper novice looking to network. I was a few years out of J-School. I had already befriended a handful of aspiring writers, and conversations with all of them INSPIRED me. Really. I had a number of great discussions with people who, like me, loved storytelling, sharing, empathizing. Pursuing their dreams.

 

The trouble with the pursuit of dreams, of happiness, of the perfect job is that doing so involves taking a step forward (hopefully), or at least in a different direction.

 

I found out in a roundtable newsroom staff meeting in 2011 that I would be losing my job in 2012. It turned out to be a false prediction, because in spring 2012, I was not laid off, but rather was offered a job transfer to Des…

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Lucky

Out of the millions of adoptees adopted in the closed adoption system (Post-WW II Baby Scoop Era), I’m one of the lucky ones who found her biological family.  Fifty years ago, no one would have believed in the power of the internet, (because there was no internet), to be able to find these people and to connect with them.  It’s really a God-send for us adoptees, and for our first (birth) mothers, not to mention the…

Grammar Tip: Don't Overcapitalize

In last week's post, I discussed a grammatical error authors tend to make when writing their own bios. Another common mistake I see in author bios is the capitalization of the titles they hold/held in their current or previous day jobs.

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The Case of Jakob W.

Posted a new poem inspired by a recent German newspaper interview with a former guard at Auschwitz:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-case-of-jakob-w-poem.html

4 Essentials You Won't Learn in Writing Class

I am a big fan of writing classes. Despite some people’s doubts about MFA’s, I consider my time at Vermont College of Fine Arts well spent—and every class I’ve taken since has offered me something useful. But writing classes can’t teach everything, and there are certain essentials they universally miss.

Here are four things writing classes don’t cover—four things I believe can make the difference between a fulfilling and successful writing life and one that runs off…

Step Up and Let Go- Healing the Hurts From Your Past

“Step Up And Let Go” is my new book, available on my website http://www.optimistforever.com  if you’d like a signed copy and also available on Amazon.com

It chronicles my own personal struggle with still hurting from past comments and…

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    My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue

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    There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue

     
     
     

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