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[REALITY CHECK] Print vs. Digital Magazine Publishing by Sally Whitney

Posted by Zetta Brown on April 23, 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments

I've wanted to be a published author since I was a kid. My dream came true when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the junior college I attended. My next success came a few years later when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the university I attended. Both journals were in print, but the overall readership and distribution...I'd be surprised if more than 500 people read either story.

That was more than 20 years ago when ebooks were in their infancy along with audiobooks and a new creature called an "e-zine."

Electronic magazines were starting to pop up, trying to collect the musings of writers in thematic volumes before the blog boom. But did these pioneering e-zines cultivate or crash the dreams of the submitting authors?…


What Would Diane Lockhart Do? And Why It Matters to Writers

Posted by Jill Jepson on April 21, 2014 at 3:00pm 8 Comments

Last week I had a few bad days. A conflict at work was niggling at me. Things weren’t going well with an editor. Work on my latest book was dragging. The stress turned into a giant migraine, making me cancel my classes for a day—something I detest doing.

I spent Thursday nursing my headache and feeling sorry for myself, saying dumb things like, Why is everything going wrong? Then I asked myself a question: Under these circumstances, what would Diane Lockhart do?

For those of you unfamiliar with the TV series The Good Wife, Diane Lockhart is the fictional head of a law firm. Developed by writers Michelle and Robert King, …


Three Easy Marketing Ideas

Posted by Maria Murnane on April 22, 2014 at 9:09am 2 Comments

In a previous post, I recommended doing one thing per day, every day, to promote your book. If you took that advice to heart, you're probably currently in the process of building a "marketing checklist" and might also be wondering what to put on it. In addition to the items I suggested, here are three additional ideas to include:


  1. Set up a Twitter account. Even if you aren't ready to actually tweet anything, set up an account before you get too famous and someone uses your Twitter name for their account. (Optimism is a good thing!) Using your real name makes it easy for people to find you. My Twitter handle is…

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] How to Deal With Rejection

Posted by Cindy Eastman on April 21, 2014 at 6:30pm 16 Comments

How to deal with literary rejection?

Easy. I’m not going to.

That question was the subject line of an email that taunted me from my inbox. At first I didn’t want to look at it. After the official launch of my first book, I was riding high on the positive waves of the newly published. There had been an amazingly well-attended party, the line graph on Author Central began shooting upward and there were great reviews -- three of ’em! I did not want to read about rejection in any form whatsoever. No sir. Not this girl. No way.

And then I gave in, because we writers are nothing if not our own saboteurs. I got a momentary reprieve: the link in the email led me to a collection of other articles about dealing with rejection. Still reeling from acceptance, I was hesitant to stick my toes…


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Love This! There now that's more like it, start positive.

I love this post and can totally relate to it. I am not as fortunate to have circumnavigated the rejections quite yet but know in my heart my day in the sun will come. My main criticism comes from the place you most need support from, your partner. Never having even read my work it was instantly disregarded as a waste of time. With age comes obstinacy and having alwats been a determined person I may have consigned my efforts to a plastic storage box, for a few years, now it is back amongst…

S is for Spain

3 ways Spain has influenced my life


1. While walking along Las Ramblas with Abra on our aforementioned college students backpacking around Europe trip, we found the inspiration for the tattoo we would get to commemorate our trip.  It was the various moonscapes of the many spray paint artists along the street which motivated us to create a tattoo of a world with wings. It displays Europe…

From the First Self-Publishing Summit to a First Self-Published Book, Part 3

Prize-winning authors Kim Chernin and Renate Stendhal talk about The Do’s and Don’ts of Proper Writer’s Etiquette.

Renate: Thanks to the Supreme Court decision in California, we had a topic for our new book: lesbian marriage. And, thanks to She Writes, we had the…

Cosmopolitan Magazine: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Cosmopolitan is an international women’s magazine published by Hearst Magazine corporation. Although the first publication dates back to the late 1800s, the magazine itself has continued to revamp its content and image based on the industry’s trends and societal standards, which obviously have transformed this print publication to something entirely different from it’s debut issue in 1886.

It’s no surprise that the culture surrounding a magazine will influence the magazine’s…


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