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[SWP: Behind the Book] Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story—18 Months after Publication

Posted by Rebecca Coffey on November 26, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

In 1973 when I was 20, I drove cross-country in a beautiful, orange (borrowed) karmann ghia coupe with my friend Beth to see her father, who was a major entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles. We stuffed our marijuana inside our bras when we crossed the border into Arizona because, in those years anyway, Arizona state agriculture agents searched incoming cars for vegetable matter. Though we stayed in Malibu in a lovely beach home and the weather was perfect, I don’t remember ever actually swimming. I do remember encounters we had with powerful film industry people that we met through Beth’s father. We met the legendary actor Rod Steiger, who behaved so badly at dinner that he called to apologize the next morning. On the…

8 Things That Can Go Terribly Wrong at a Book Event (And How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Christelle Lujan on November 12, 2015 at 2:37pm 3 Comments

Is your first book launch coming up? Do you have a signing scheduled? Are you ready to go on tour?


If you are planning to do a physical book tour, you’re likely racked with nerves and excitement. Going store to store isn’t for everyone, but if you’re planning to get some face time in with your audience, don’t fall victim to these unfortunate (and common) mishaps.


You’re Not on the Schedule


Whether you’re planning your events yourself or working with your publisher, sometimes mistakes are made. Whether it be the bookstores fault or a miscommunication from your team, authors have shown up to events only to find no one expected their arrival.


Before departing for your first event, make sure you’ve checked in with the bookstore to confirm…


Best Practices for Selling Your Book to Agents and Editors (or How to Avoid Being Delusional about Getting Published)

Posted by Brooke Warner on November 19, 2015 at 1:01pm 7 Comments

Deciding you’re ready to publish is a huge deal; it’s also the point where you hand over control to someone else, putting the power in the hands of an agent, an editor, the universe.

Most writers have traditional publishing aspirations. They want an agent to fall in love with their project and champion their work; they’re looking for the external validation of being accepted by a publishing house; their fantasies about getting published involve a red carpet experience that’s increasingly elusive in this industry.

I get it. Who wouldn’t want what traditional publishing, at its best, offers its authors: an advance, a built-in team; a publicity campaign. So yes, go for it, by all means, but also be vigilant, self-advocating, and savvy during this process, and remember that publishing is…


Countdown to Publication -- THE HAPPINESS PROJECT.

Posted by Gretchen Rubin on December 20, 2009 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

Days remaining to publication date – 8.

The Happiness Project is an account of the year I spent testing the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. This is my fourth book (or my fifth book, if you include a book I did in collaboration with an artist).

My pub date grows ever closer. I’ve crossed a lot of things off my to-do list that are meant to encourage people to take the plunge and buy the book.

I did a book trailer. I posted sample chapters. I put together an offer of bonus…


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NaNoReMo and the Windward Isles

No, I didn't mean NaNoWriMo. I don't work at that pace, I don't have anything new that I need outside incentive to start, and word count is not my problem. (Ahem.) But I ran across someone doing NaNoEdMo--National Novel Editing Month--which seemed more helpful. Then I realized I was stalled on my current revision of The Stowaway because I needed to do some specific research before I could continue, and aha--NaNoReMo was born.

This part of The Stowaway has been a…

5 Best Tips for Creating Fashion Related Content

The blogosphere is the home for many fashion blogs. There are many niches to focus on, from kids’ apparel to fashion articles dedicated to women and men, touching every single piece of wardrobe anyone could think of.

There are some heavy names in the industry and the competition is fierce. Wondering how these bloggers manage to stay on top and…

The Moral Line by Vanessa Bogenholm

The Moral Line, an erotic romance novel by Vanessa Bogenholm, opens reader’s eyes to the world of high end escorts and the men who frequent them. 



After being rejected and left alone, Alexandria, finds herself going down a moral line. Slightly…

Good Evening!

What are you telling yourself? Are you telling yourself things that make you happy? Do you encourage yourself? Do you see the glass as half-full? Do you treat yourself like your own best friend? If not, why not?

We have a choice in this life. We have the power to make ourselves happy- or to make ourselves…

How I Found My Professional Editor

Good editing is vital for a good book. If you really want your book to shine, you need a professional editor. Editing your book yourself is great and all, but getting another, professional set of eyes can make a huge difference.

If you're publishing traditionally, your publishing house likely has its own editor(s) on hand to work on your book. However, if you, like me, are self-publishing, you need to find an editor yourself. So how do you do that?

I consider myself very lucky,…


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