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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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[REALITY CHECK] - Kindle Pre-orders: How it Works and What You Need to Know!

Posted by Zetta Brown on August 27, 2014 at 7:00am 2 Comments

We're going a little off schedule this week on [REALITY CHECK]. In Jim's previous post about what Amazon can (and can't) do with your ebook (see "Amazon Ate My Ebook!"), he said, "Later in August I plan to publish another article that centres around Amazon, this time about print books."

Well, sometimes you're better off not planning ahead just in case something juicy pops up...and it has...and that something juicy is Amazon's new Kindle pre-order feature for ebooks.

Jim will be back to fulfill his earlier promise, but right now he wants to share some info you may or may not be aware of regarding this new tool for publishers and authors who sell…

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A Q&A with Kelly Sundberg, Author of “It Will Look Like a Sunset”

Posted by Melanie Bishop on August 27, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few questions. She was wonderfully gracious, taking time to answer my questions that same day, from Idaho, at her summer job in  the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Our email conversation follows.

Bishop: You say that the publication of "It Will Look Like a Sunset" led to over 20,000 views of your blog. My guess is by now that number is much higher. The essay has obvious literary value, but also has societal and cultural relevance as an essay that pioneers the…

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On Labor Day: Does Your Work as a Writer Make You Happy? Stephen King Thinks It Should

Seven years ago, a student of mine recommended Stephen King's book, "…

Give It a Try

Give it a try…a new situation. Let me give you an example.

Many years ago, right after my divorce. I wanted to meet someone new, but I just wasn’t looking in the right places. And so, one day I picked up this little magazine called the “”Selling Post” Okay, it sold mostly farm equipment, but on the back page…

Thought for the Day

The Thought for the Day comes from a Sam Willetts's poem, 'Garden'.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/08/thought-for-day_31.html

Profiling Brits of African Descent - Help Writer Participate in London Workshop

Always Tell Your Own Stories

Olaudah Equiano ( 1745-1797)

Kidnapped from Nigeria, taken to the Caribbean and then England, Olaudah Equiano wrote his autobiography, in 1789, detailing his life as a boy in his homeland, the Middle Passage and his life as a slave and free man. Equiano would…

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