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[TIPS OF THE TRADE] How Many Readers is Enough?

Posted by Ellen Cassedy on April 17, 2014 at 12:30am 2 Comments

How many readers is enough? 

 

Five panelists at the AWP conference in Seattle (February 26-March 1, 2014) posed this question and tried to answer it. 

 

“How many readers will it take to feel I haven’t wasted my time?” asked moderator Valerie Vogrin, who’s at work on her second novel. 

 

After considering the question from various angles and with various degrees of seriousness, she (perhaps tongue in cheek) came up with a figure: 150.

 

More numbers:  

  • Virginia Woolf thought 1,500 readers was a lot.       
  • For a university press, two or three thousand…
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[Making the Leap] Singing Like Amy

Posted by Julie Luek on April 15, 2014 at 12:00pm 6 Comments

When I was younger, like in high school younger, I used to sing a lot. I wasn't all that bad, back in th’ day. Of course, when I sang with the school choir, I sang with my choir voice. When I sang alone in my bedroom using the hair brush as a microphone (oh come on, you did it too, admit it), I tried to sound like Barbara Streisand or whoever was on the radio at the time.



Back in high school a group of my friends formed a band. Someone played guitar, another friend played the drums, and like all high school bands, we thought they rocked the joint. To my delight, they invited me to sing with them for a performance (just once, now that I think about it). After our show a friend’s mom who had been in…

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From the First Self-Publishing Summit to a First Self-Published Book, Part 2

Posted by Renate Stendhal on April 15, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Baby Steps in Platform Shoes

Continued dialogue between Kim Chernin and Renate Stendhal

 

Kim: Let’s call this blog post “Stumbling onto a New Path.”…

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Planning a Book Launch, Month by Month

Posted by Anjali Mitter Duva on April 14, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

(Third in a series on month-by-month preparations in the year before a book launch. In this case, the book launch is in October 2014, with She Writes Press. These are some of the things to think about, questions to ask oneself, and issues to research in the course of this complex process which these days involves more and more of the author's time and savvy. Previous posts are here and here. I'll be covering 2 months at a time for a bit in order to catch up with the reality of my actual launch.)…

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Befriending Insecurities

Why do we, myself included, carry so much doubt? Our eyes, our hair, our noses and mouths, the way we walk, the way we dress, the way we speak, our talents — we doubt so many things about ourselves. And when it comes down to a negative comment from one person, and compliment from someone…

O is for Openings

Grand openings, opening day at the ball park, opening presents Christmas morning, opening the door of your first home and opening that acceptance letter: What could be more exciting than opening something new?

 

And these moments should be exciting.  As writers we…

6 Ways To Make Your Racing Thoughts Work For you!


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Where would we be without creative types? No literature to take us on journeys, no music to soothe us like a breeze, no art to give us pleasure…

Secrets

Secrets are like caves.

Dark and cold with

unexplored rooms and water

so still the dead

seem to live underneath.

Our whispers chain us together

like Ethiopian slaves.

Not bound for the Promised Land

or The Red Sea.

Lost- there is no way

we will see the sun and stars again.

We have no money to

pay for our passage out to freedom.

We empty our pockets we pull out

living bats with hair caught on…

The root of it all


Every now and then, I have to go back to the root of it all.

Why do I spend so much time on something that most would…

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    What's the absolute best use for new writing material?

    Started by Francine Huss in General. Last reply by Anna Miriam Keller Feb 28. 7 Replies

    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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