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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…

[Making the Leap] Singing Like Amy

Posted by Julie Luek on April 15, 2014 at 12:00pm 7 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…


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.”…


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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SW Blog Post Virgin

I have wanted so long to get back to writing.  For years, writing was my constant companion, the invisible lover I couldn't wait to return to.  I remember writing long into hundreds of humid Georgia nights, drinking tea and smoking Camel Wides.  (I miss smoking too but I want to return to good habits.)  I remember hardly ever being without a pen and paper nearby and writing on napkins, paper plates, cigarette boxes, receipts - anything that would hold my thoughts until I could tuck them away…

Editing and Writing and Reading

My book continues to move forward. I got edits back on Chapter 11, 12 and 13 yesterday. Finished with those edits, and am now working on Chapter 14. It's due Saturday. I'm also reading about the publishing world trying to learn about the industry. 

Reality Check: Learn To Be Alone

I've been the New Girl a handful of times.

Second grade, eighth grade, freshman year of high school, freshman year of college, in addition to moving to an unknown city at 20 years old--then returning a year later.

All in all, a feeling of social rejection regardless of the situation…

Chicks Versus Dicks

"Men are from Mars and women are from Venus”—that is the age-old phrase that best explains the seemingly endless battle of the sexes. And while we technically aren’t from different universes, this mantra indicates a truth that we have learned to accept: we differ in more ways than not.

They say opposites attract though, right?


The differences between sexes are some of the first things noticeable at birth because of our telling…

Sometimes we're led to find truth and meaning in roundabout ways

It may not always start in the art studio,

but somehow, eventually, it all gets there! 

A visit to my local library prompted this most

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