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What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

Posted by Brooke Warner on June 29, 2015 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

A simple look at the definition of “genre” might cause confusion for any writer seeking to understand the difference between genre and category. According to Merriam-Webster, genre is:

“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.”

So if genre is a category of literary composition, what’s a category? And why does genre matter? A post on agentquery.com articulates a great response to “why genre matters” with the simple statement that genres are “a staple of the publishing world.” This characterizes what genre is better than the actual definition above because it speaks to…


[REALITY CHECK] Non-Writing Friends – and Why You Should Have Them

Posted by Zetta Brown on June 30, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Authors, I’m sorry to say, can be a fickle, thankless bunch.


When I started moving deeper in publishing circles as an author and a publisher, I began to meet a lot of wonderful authors, publishers, artists, and others in the industry. I like to say that I’m friends with many of them and even good friends with some of them.


But I also discovered there were authors who were no better than the cry babies and bullies from the schoolyard playground I thought I left behind decades ago. Some throw tantrums and make more demands than a Kardashian, while others take time out of their life to drum up a mob in order to bully or “destroy” another author.

I avoid those people and don't care to associate with them. I prefer not to court trouble.


Speaking as…


If She Writes Has Meant Something To You, Please Support Me Today.

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on June 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 22 Comments

Dear She Writers,

Six years ago today, June 29th, Deborah Siegel and I opened the virtual doors of this community, She Writes. Our vision was simple: in the rapidly changing, head-spinningly complex world of publishing, writers--and women writers in particular--needed a place to come together to share what they were learning, be inspired, and gather information about the craft and the business of writing. We created, in other words, the thing we needed. In the beginning, I thought we were founding an online home for off-line communities we were already part of. But in our first week we went from 40 founding members to 1,000, and today, we have more than 26,000 worldwide. There are She Writers in Italy and South Africa, Arizona and Alaska, Mexico and Dubai. Our growth amazes me, especially…


First Line Catches the Reader

Posted by Dee Ann Waite on June 6, 2015 at 12:00pm 34 Comments

Ever hear the phrase The Early Bird Catches the Worm? The writer’s twist would be:

The First Line Catches the Reader

They--the seasoned writers and professionals--say that the first line of any story is the one that gets the reader’s attention and keeps them reading. Of course. Makes sense, right? But I’ve been finding that many indie authors are overlooking this very important lesson. I can’t tell you how many indie books I’ve been asked to read where the beginning of the book just totally didn’t do it for me. The only reason I continued on was because of my obligation to the author who asked me for an honest review. Often, much to my surprise, these book find their momentum and completely thrill me.

I work a daily exercise that I created for myself called First Lines. Each evening, after I’ve met my daily word count on my current novel, I open a little blue notebook titled NEW IDEAS and leaf through the hundreds of ideas that I’ve jotted…


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Audiobook Giveaway

Audiobook Giveaway July 2 – 9: You have a chance to win a Romantic Cozy Mystery Audiobook, The Bali Mystery. I will be giving an audiobook away, but to enter the contest you must comment why you like mysteries on my blog.


When listening to an audiobook, the narrator brings everything to life. You hear the anxiety, suspense, comedy, and romance in the person’s voice as you sit and relax in an easy chair or if you’re driving down the road to work.…

Artist Eva Kot'atkova at MIT

Posted brief profile of and video interview with Eva Kot'atkova, whose work is on view at MIT's List Visual Arts Center.


. angel .

the word came involutarily,
others were stuck, yet i knew
them to be beautiful, and
so they are.

powers and dominions,
virtues, re search them.

it was cool there,
we learned about protection,
quiet spaces.

there is an heirarchy, yet
some words remain faultless.

some need to be remembered.



What Happens After "The End."

This past weekend, I finally finished my first novel. I got to write those two glorious words, "The End."


The manuscript is off to my writers group where I will get notes on it next month, and in the meantime, well, I'll just lie on the deck sipping lemonade and listening to the birds chirp in the cool calm of the morning...


I'll research agents, polish my query letter and embark on the roller-coaster that is trying to get a first novel…


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