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Announcing: Elizabeth Gilbert Live event + exclusive discount

Posted by Kristin Bustamante on August 25, 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

We have exciting news for the She Writes community! 

She Writes has joined Albert Flynn DeSilver and BrilliantWriter.com to present:

Elizabeth Gilbert Live 

This one-day workshop is being held on November 7, 2015, in Napa Valley, CA. Join us and hear from Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love.  

She Writes members get 10% off the ticket price!

Register today! This event will definitely sell out. ALL She Writes members are eligible for 10% off the normal ticket price. It's as easy as 1-2-3:

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Avoid This Marketing No-No

Posted by Maria Murnane on August 10, 2015 at 6:00am 8 Comments

Yesterday I received a bulk email from an acquaintance about a book his son had recently self-published. The well-crafted, perfectly appropriate message explained that the son had asked his father to forward a note, written by the son, about the book. The father, conscious of spamming his friends, threw in a line about how any parent would do the same for his kid. He also said that his son was a lot funnier than he was.

Who could blame the man for helping out his son? I certainly couldn't. He also used blind copy in the email, a nice touch in my opinion. 

The forwarded note from the son, however, raised the hair on the back of my neck. In it he explicitly asks people to post a review of his book on Amazon, regardless of whether or not they had or planned to read…

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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Think Differently

Posted by Cindy Eastman on August 17, 2015 at 7:30am 3 Comments



Think different.



You just edited me didn't you?



I did the same thing each morning I walked into the computer lab in which I helped the upcoming generation navigate the dangers of the Internet and the vagaries of Microsoft Word. Those Apple Think Different posters hung on the walls of my room and every single day I silently thought, "Think Different-ly." I really thought it would make as much sense if it were grammatically correct. This was years ago when I worked in an elementary school and my ambitions to be A Writer were wedged around being a single parent, staying gainfully employed and putting gas in the car. I think (I hope) I still have most of these posters tightly, safely rolled up in a cardboard tube somewhere. Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso and…

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The Catch-22 of Memoir Writing

Posted by Jessica Barraco on August 21, 2015 at 4:00pm 10 Comments

When I started to write The Butterfly Groove, which follows my search for answers among my mother’s mysteries from her past, a decade after losing her, I had a hope that I set too high on my list of Miracle Writer Tactics. Not only was I going to write a great book with journalistic integrity, unravel a thrilling family mystery, and, tell it from a dual perspective, I was also going to open people’s minds about who my mother was to them. I was going to make them see why she behaved poorly sometimes, and greatly others. They were going to reassess and empathize that her being sick for nearly 20 years takes a toll on somebody, and that she couldn’t be blamed for her illnesses, as a lot of them liked to believe. (“She was too stressed out, they’d say, “She was…

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Read an excerpt of Kalisha's novel-in-progress, SPEAKING OF SUMMER.

Intellectual Refuge has published an excerpt of Kalisha’s novel-in-progress, Speaking of Summer. The story follows a successful but overwhelmed New York woman who finds out her interpretation of her twin sister’s death may say more about her own life than her deceased sister’s. Kalisha appears alongside other…

Unexpected Book, TV, and Movie Delights of the summer of '15

Labor Day. Unofficial End to Summer. But summer of 2015 had a few unexpected delights…

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Re-read Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret. How ahead of the time was Judy Blume? unexpectedly fresh and relevant, especially…

Northwestern's Writing Chicago Conference


I’m still processing much of the information I learned at Northwestern’s Writing Chicago conference. Some mornings I wake up thinking about one thing or another that I learned. It’s a good feeling: I wake up fresh, rejuvenated, inspired and ready to go.

 

I took the train into Chicago…

New title, new cover (hoping it'll be worth it!)

Following a super-popular blog post from Joanna Penn on the merits of retitling an existing book, I've given my newish novel, Rules for the Perpetual Diet, a new fun title, as well as a wonderful new cover.

Check out: The Paris Effect. …

It's Okay!

It's okay to be happy and to smile- to let your spirit shine though! It's okay to feel good.

You know. many of us were raised with the idea that we always had to serious; you know that nose-to-the-grindstone stuff. And that if we even picked up our noses from that grindstone then we weren't being serious…

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