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The Blank Screen: If You Don't Have Anything to Blog About, Should You Blog Anyway?

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on November 18, 2014 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

There is the blank page. We all know about that one. The void all intrepid writers face when we are about to begin a full-length writing project, the intimidating primordial blankness which, at the start, appears as insurmountable and pitiless as The Wall in Game of Thrones. Then there is the blank screen, which, despite the fact that I compose all of my long projects on a computer, to me is different. The blank screen is what I confront when it is time to blog, and I have not a thought, idea or clue about what to blog about, and, according to the deadline I have given myself, my blog is due immediately.

I am experiencing it now, ergo, this blog. Anybody with me?

When Deborah Siegel and I first started She Writes, I had blog-o-phobia. Accustomed to spending years on a book and having months…


On Leaving the Boring out of your Book

Posted by Pamela Olson on November 18, 2014 at 3:14pm 2 Comments

Confession time: I come across in my memoir as more collected and clever than I really am, and my life seems more exciting and interesting than it actually is.

This is due not to dishonesty — everything in the memoir is true. It’s because of the nature and structure of storytelling. Unless there’s a good story-based reason, it’s generally advisable to skip the part where the protagonist was awkward or tired or missed the point, the seven meaningless dead ends before she found the way forward, or the nine so-so people she met before running into a kindred spirit who changed everything. Not to mention the cumulative hours she spent in line at the grocery store or where she went to get glycerin suppositories to deal with a bout of severe constipation.

All this is very innocent on the…


[REALITY CHECK] What Are Your Favorite Writing References?

Posted by Zetta Brown on November 19, 2014 at 7:00am 1 Comment

While some of us are hot and sweaty and in the middle of NaNoWriMo-ing, laser-focused on their plot and word count, there are those of us who are easily distracted. We find our eyes wandering away from the keyboard or notepad.


The other day as my eyes wandered away for the Nth time, they rested their gaze upon my bookshelf. I have two tall bookshelves. One has books for general reading, and the other bookcase is full of my reference books. The rest of my books are in boxes or in piles along the wall of my bedroom.


I haven’t taken any time to really study if there is an underlying theme that ties my reference books together. There could be one, and at the moment, I’d say that finding a recurring theme on my bookshelf would be easier than trying to find one in my NaNoWriMo…


Two Creative Digital Marketing Tips

Posted by Maria Murnane on November 18, 2014 at 9:14am 0 Comments

People often ask me what the term "digital marketing" means. In my opinion, it's pursuing any online exposure that will help potential readers find you. Digital marketing can be an effective way to spread the word about your book because it doesn't cost much - if anything - more than your time and energy. Here are two examples:

There are countless ways to promote your work online


1)  List your book(s) on Authorgraph


Signing books is one of the great joys of being an author. There's nothing quite like holding a copy of a book you wrote in your hands, then inscribing it for a real person who is excited to read it. The majority of my book sales come from eBooks, however, which…


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Your voice is real. Let me help her speak..

I give women the gift of voice, and I give myself the gift of voice.

I believe you have a story you must tell- the story of the moments when your voice didn’t come through- in order to own fully that you do have a voice from which you can speak.

Lest you believe that you are alone in experiencing a loss of self and voice, a turning in your life when it became harder to know your insides, harder to speak, psychological research shows the opposite is…

My Achilles Heel

What? You are afraid of...? (Click here to find out what scares me)

Yep...if you watch the video, you know one of the things that makes me fearful.  No, no, no.  I was not attacked by some mean woman who wanted what I was getting ready to buy.  I was not lost for days in the racks when I was little because I was hiding from my parents.  

Here's the deal.  We are fearful of…

Dreams by Steven Fujita, author of Toe Up to 10K

Toe Up to 10K
Author: Steven Fujita
Publisher: BookBaby
Pages: 168
Genre: Self-Help
Format: Ebook

In June 2012, Steven Fujita went to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with…

How to make more than thousand dollars with paid surveys

Surveys are simple questionnaires or research work done by leading companies and service providers to know the response of the masses regarding their products and services. Before launching a new product of project in the market, it is always wise to know whether common people will like it and whether it matches to their likes and preferences. It is not always possible for a research company or manufacturer to get to know the views of the mass across the world. Therefore to gain access of…

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Sweetness: the girl on the cover

So,” some may ask, “is that you on the book cover?” I shake my head…no. There’s no need to explain that the child adorning the cover of my novel, The Sweetness, was born years before me; and no need to say “but, we are related,” and certainly no need to mention, although we are second cousins, we have never met. Yet what burns inside me is a yearning to tell all, every single detail about the story.…


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