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[SWP NEWS] NEW BOOKS COMING THIS SPRING!

Posted by Lauren Wise on January 26, 2016 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love, and Lead

By Suzanne Anderson MA and Susan Cannon PhD

The Way of the Mysterial Woman is for every woman who feels the call into greatness, authenticity, and meaningful living; women who are finally ready to step into their lives with mind, body, heart, and soul fully engaged and awaken their true potential. Women’s leadership development pioneers Suzanne Anderson and Susan Cannon know that we’re not alone in our yearning to meet this call. In fact, they assure us that this is a naturally occurring global imperative for women.



So we hear the clarion call, but how do we meet it? It’s almost like we need a completely new internal operating system. Fortunately, the co-authors have discovered exactly that―this dynamic guidebook offers us the upgrade we’ve been searching for.



The Way of the…

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Commercial vs. Literary Fiction

Posted by Caitlyn Levin on February 10, 2016 at 12:30pm 9 Comments

What is commercial fiction? The term gets thrown around a lot. Do you write “literary” fiction, or “commercial” fiction? As a writer, I hate this question. Labelling some kinds of fiction as commercial and others as literary implies that one is a higher calling than another. This question seems to be a favorite among writers, however. I’m only asked this question by other people who write, usually when we’re in class together. It usually strikes me as rude, because anyone who knows anything about the connotation of words (like writers do) would know that it’s a backwards sort of insult.

People usually ask this question when they consider themselves writers of literary fiction (to be said with a hoity-toity,…

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Promote Your Book with Book Awards

Posted by Dana Lynn Smith on February 10, 2016 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Book award contests can be a great promotion tool for authors. When your book wins an award, you can promote yourself as an "award-winning author" and the book as an "award-winning book."



In addition, the award organizers often promote the winners and they usually provide some kind of a graphic (such as the one shown here) that you can use for promotional purposes.



For example, my book, How to Get Your Book Reviewed, won an Indie Excellence award. The award was for the paperback version, but the book is also available in PDF, Kindle, and epub formats. Here are some of the things that I did to promote this award:

  •     Wrote a blog post about book awards.
  •     Wrote an article in my newsletter about my award.
  •     Added the award graphic to the book's sales page and the media page on my website.  
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3 Rules of Writing the Workshops Get Wrong

Writers are (often erroneously) taught to avoid: genre, sentimentality, and telling instead of showing. Unfortunately, this advice leads many writers astray. Here’s some further reading on why genre is not a dirty word, why there is a place for sentimentality in writing, and why “show don’t tell” isn’t quite the whole story.

Why Genre Is Not a Dirty Word

When I was in grad school, genre was a dirty word. The last thing you wanted to be accused of…

WWI

I wonder where you draw the line between historical fiction and more contemporary war stories? Would it be WWI? That's one war that interests me and in comparison to WWII I think it has been less used for fiction. 

[SWP NEWS] NEW BOOKS COMING THIS SPRING!

Queerspawn in Love: A Memoir

by Kellen Kaiser

Despite growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area as the daughter of four lesbians, Kellen Kaiser envisioned her life working out, fairy tale–like, with a Prince Charming. When her possible prince did arrive, however, it was not without complications. Home on leave from the Israeli army, the man Kaiser picks doesn’t seem like a sure bet. Starting with some casual sex gone awry, they face a…

Lilias Trotter: Painter and Missionary

Posted a brief intro to a wonderful film, "Many Beautiful Things", about Lilias Trotter, a watercolorist who was mentored by John Ruskin and spent 40 years as a missionary in Algeria.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2016/02/lilias-trotter-painter-and-missionary.html

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Good morning on this sunny Thurs. Do you keep a written list of your goals? Today just might be the day to begin. Our days are so busy that it's easy to forget what you want to do and the steps you need to get there. Keep a list and then checking off the items on it is a great way…

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