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Sometimes when people find out that I'm an author, they ask if I write under my own name or if I use a pseudonym. Given how hard it is to generate awareness about my books using the name I've had my entire life, this question always makes me laugh. However, I do think for some authors a pen name isn't necessarily a bad idea, so I thought it was worth writing a blog post on the subject.
If you've already published a book, then you've learned first-hand how much effort goes into promoting it, no matter who your publisher is. And if you've read my blog with any regularity you'll see that many of my suggestions for book marketing involve tapping into personal and professional networks. College alumni magazines and alumni groups, fraternity/sorority connections, business associations, social media accounts - these all offer receptive, credible channels for getting news about your book out to…Continue
One of the things I like most about being an editor is my exposure to a wildly diverse array of books. Over the years, I’ve worked on everything from novels to prescriptive nonfiction to memoir to cookbooks, and I’ve learned something new from each manuscript I’ve touched.
Despite the variability of the content I’ve edited, however, what remains a constant is authors’ misuse of certain phrases and expressions in their writing. Sometimes called eggcorns, these terms retain their original intended meaning but employ the wrong words to do so. I’ve been keeping a tally of the ten most common examples of these errors, and while I’m no etymologist, I’d love to know where things went awry for the…Continue
“Writing [now] is like taking a long cool drink of water after a walk down a hot dusty road--revitalizing. I often forget to do that--take a long cool drink of water, literally. When I’m tired or stressed I look to some restorative function to pick me back up again. It used to be cigarettes, can sometimes be alcohol, could always be chocolate, occasionally a nap and, surprisingly these days, exercise. But of all those times, a glass of water can usually do the trick. And I never remember that.
I also forget that when I am agitated of the soul and hurried of the mind and I look to those resuscitative devices again, it’s the figurative long cool drink of water I need. I need to write.…Continue
I used to say I was a fish biologist undergoing metamorphosis into an author and I think it’s safe to say that thanks to She Writes Press, I’ve completed my transformation. Now that my first book has fledged and taken wing, I can simply title myself Author.
In the past year I’ve changed out of my pajamas, put on make-up, and attended over thirty events from readings to book signings to book clubs. I’ve spoken at conferences, been interviewed in print and on radio talk shows, and had essays published on websites and in anthologies. Breathe went on a thirteen-stop blog tour and received rave reviews. It has 120 fabulous reviews on Amazon where it was ranked Number One for Books on Dysfunctional Families and Number One on Kindle for Motherhood, Family, Women’s…Continue
Nothing affects our skin as does the weather. The changing temperatures and humidity can take a toll on our skin. Consequently, with each changing season, we need to change skin care regimen and habits to ensure that it remains attractive and healthy. Spring is the time when you would be out of the tights and spend more time outdoors. However, the air outside is still dry and can lead to the same effects as winter. Proper precautions need to be taken when you step out to avoid cracks and…
did you know that
i am scared of reading,
i pretend to be
famous, it does not work.
i tell you i stand here
before you, shaking, you
who encouraged me.
i like to be quiet, only
when you asked the question.
not sure why i came.
i think you invited me?
Well, I'm a poet who rarely reads poetry, but when I hear poets talk about plagiarism, I can't believe people have the audacity to actually do that. Perhaps an unknown writer would use another unknown writer's work thinking they'd never get caught. Or it's possible that a well-known writer could plagiarize an unknown author's work. Either way, it would be completely abhorrent and reprehensible--but I suppose it actually does happen. There seems to be no limit to how creepy some people can…
We know that the stories we are compelled to write are the stories that haunt us, the ones that won’t let go. For many of us, these stories are based on memories. We write memoirs in order to reflect on our past and make sense of it, to share our experiences and the insights gained, and to capture those moments of joy or terror that make us who we are. I believe every one of us has a powerful and engaging story to tell.
“What would happen if…
All writers are weird. We're usually awkward and would rather sit at our desks and type away all day rather than exposing ourselves to the great outdoors. I guess we're also like vampires...
All writers have different ways of writing, and ways of how to write. Some of us sit at our computers for hours on end every day, while others can only write so many words a day, or week, etc. Every writer is different and has their own way of doing things as they write the stories they…
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