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[The Art of Submission] Our Bitter Hearts, Our Savage Selves

Posted by Emily Lackey on October 1, 2014 at 6:00am 1 Comment

There’s something very vulnerable about writing about jealousy. It’s an admission that, underneath our Facebook shares and supportive retweets, there is something craggy at the center of our selves. Something unsure and small: a split pit, a sliver of schist.


Maybe it’s because, on the surface, we’re supposed to be happy for each other. Sometimes I feel very capable of this. Sometimes, when a friend receives word of publication, I feel as happy for them as I would for myself. Thrilled! Delighted! Over the moon!


But the other times, it throws me off completely, like waking up from a dream in which I attended my ex-stepfather’s wedding or a receiving a rejection from a journal I knew was perfect for my work.


There are a lot of things written for writers to get us…


If You Are In NYC (Or Anywhere Nearby): Free Coffee And Free Books from SWP!

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on September 30, 2014 at 9:30am 4 Comments

Save the date! Friday October 17th, from 11AM to noon, you can enjoy a free coffee on Keurig--which will be previewing its most advanced brewing system October 15-17 at the Keurig® 2.0 Café--AND meet and mingle with eleven SheWrites Press authors who will be giving away a whopping fifty-five signed copies of their books (five of each author's title) to the first fifty-five people to arrive. The event will take place at 915 Broadway, @21st Street. If you plan to come, please take a minute to RSVP here so we can get an idea of how many people to expect.

I will also be there (with bells on, though without a book, since mine doesn't pub until 2015) to answer any and all questions you may have about publishing with SheWritesPress.

I hope all SheWriters who can make it will consider stopping by and bringing lots and lots of friends. What could be books,…


Your Author Platform Is Not Your Social Media Following

Posted by Brooke Warner on September 29, 2014 at 9:30pm 21 Comments

I’ve spent the past five or six years not only educating authors about how to build an author platform but also about how to position themselves in such a way that the platform they already have truly shines.

So this week, when I received multiple e-mails asking what I thought about an article on Creative Nonfiction called “Platforms Are ‘Overrated,’” my response was that I was bummed out about it because the author, in equating platform to social media, is so incredibly limited in her scope and understanding of what platform actually is, and she’s promoting a defeatist attitude around the importance of building one.


Back in May I wrote a post called …


Marketing Tip: Put Your First Chapter on Your Website

Posted by Maria Murnane on September 30, 2014 at 8:20am 2 Comments

Making the first chapter of your book (or books) available on your website is a smart idea for two reasons:


1)    It gives potential readers who visit your website the opportunity to check out your work at no cost

2)    It gives you a tool for driving potential readers to your website 

Here's the first chapter of Katwalk, my latest novel

I have six published novels, and the first chapters to all of them are available on my website. One way I use those links is via social media. Four of my books make up a series starring the same protagonist, so I created a …


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Interview with John Guzlowski (Part 3)

Posted Part 3 of my in-depth interview with poet and writer John Guzlowski, whose parents suffered in slave labor camps in Germany during World War II. Today: "Keeping the Stories Alive", in which John addresses my questions about his parents in America, his trips to Poland, how his poetry writing has changed since his parents' deaths, and what the word "hope" means to him.…

Step Up and Let Go- Healing the Hurts From Your Past

“Step Up And Let Go” is my new book, available on my website  if you’d like a signed copy and also available on

It chronicles my own personal struggle with still hurting from past comments and…

Good Morning!

Good morning all! It's a beautiful day as I look outside and see all of nature stirring and ready to greet the day. Let's greet the day as well and move through our day in kindness, in caring for others, in being patient and lending a sympathetic ear to those who need their voices to…

. coal tar .

90p, smells of road repairs,
winter fires at home.

decoration only,
adds colour to the bathroom.

gentle room, probably
needs a splash of orange.

traditional soap suitable
for all ages.

contains mainly things,
naturally antiseptic.



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