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[1st BOOKS] From Factory to Bestselling Author

Posted by 1st Books on August 29, 2014 at 5:30am 0 Comments

If you think you have an excuse not to write, I have little doubt that today's guest post by bestselling author Jean Kwok will disabuse you of that and send you to your writing chair. I've known Jean's writing since the fabulous success of her first novel, Girl in Translation, an award-winning New York Times bestseller which has been published in 17 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. She's back with a second novel which has already been named a Best Book of 2014 by Woman's Day and Real Simple. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing--a story which may sound a little familiar after you read her post. -…

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The Best Summer of My Life

Posted by Lindsey Lewandowski on August 27, 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

I joined She Writes in 2010.

 

At the time, I was a newspaper novice looking to network. I was a few years out of J-School. I had already befriended a handful of aspiring writers, and conversations with all of them INSPIRED me. Really. I had a number of great discussions with people who, like me, loved storytelling, sharing, empathizing. Pursuing their dreams.

 

The trouble with the pursuit of dreams, of happiness, of the perfect job is that doing so involves taking a step forward (hopefully), or at least in a different direction.

 

I found out in a roundtable newsroom staff meeting in 2011 that I would be losing my job in 2012. It turned out to be a false prediction, because in spring 2012, I was not laid off, but rather was offered a job transfer to Des…

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[REALITY CHECK] - Kindle Pre-orders: How it Works and What You Need to Know!

Posted by Zetta Brown on August 27, 2014 at 7:00am 2 Comments

We're going a little off schedule this week on [REALITY CHECK]. In Jim's previous post about what Amazon can (and can't) do with your ebook (see "Amazon Ate My Ebook!"), he said, "Later in August I plan to publish another article that centres around Amazon, this time about print books."

Well, sometimes you're better off not planning ahead just in case something juicy pops up...and it has...and that something juicy is Amazon's new Kindle pre-order feature for ebooks.

Jim will be back to fulfill his earlier promise, but right now he wants to share some info you may or may not be aware of regarding this new tool for publishers and authors who sell…

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A Q&A with Kelly Sundberg, Author of “It Will Look Like a Sunset”

Posted by Melanie Bishop on August 27, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few questions. She was wonderfully gracious, taking time to answer my questions that same day, from Idaho, at her summer job in  the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Our email conversation follows.

Bishop: You say that the publication of "It Will Look Like a Sunset" led to over 20,000 views of your blog. My guess is by now that number is much higher. The essay has obvious literary value, but also has societal and cultural relevance as an essay that pioneers the…

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Seven Life-lessons I Learned by Creating an Audiobook

I’ve learned a lot since the spring of 2013 when my debut novel got published. Sure, there were the normal things like learning about the process of getting a book ready for launch and all of the post-launch procedures for helping the book to succeed. Though I don’t feel anywhere near…

Something New

For a while now I've been working on some short stories for younger readers. Originally, it was conceived as a script and presented to a producer but it was felt that the concept was to 'high' and that cost would be prohibitive. So, I went back to the drawing board and wrote them out as short stories. 

I had one published by an on line company called Knowonder! and it also featured in their third Anthology …

How to Pack Big Style into Small Spaces

It’s all part of the modern condition, more and more of us want to live on our own driving property prices up and the amount of square footage you can get for your money down. It might take a pinch more imagination and a dash of careful design, but living in a small house or flat doesn’t mean that you can’t live in style!

Optical Illusions

We all know that the eye and with it people’s perceptions can be fooled. There are a couple of surprisingly simple techniques…

All Art Friday

Posted new edition of All Art Friday.

In the spotlights: illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusson; IAM's new Tumblr site; wood-cut artist Tom Killion; portraiture of Annemarie Busschers; and moving-image artworks for a celebration of Mandela Day (video).

The roundup highlights exhibitions at Taubman Museum of Art (Jennifer D. Anderson and Annette Nancarrow), The Contemporary Austin (Do Ho Suh), Maine's Portland Museum of Art (Richard Estes), and Virginia Museum of…

[1st BOOKS] From Factory to Bestselling Author

If you think you have an excuse not to write, I have little doubt that today's guest post by bestselling author Jean Kwok will disabuse you of that and send you to your writing chair. I've known Jean's writing since the fabulous success of her first novel, Girl in Translation, an award-winning New York Times bestseller which has been published in 17 countries…

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