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[TIPS OF THE TRADE] How Many Readers is Enough?

Posted by Ellen Cassedy on April 17, 2014 at 12:30am 4 Comments

How many readers is enough? 

 

Five panelists at the AWP conference in Seattle (February 26-March 1, 2014) posed this question and tried to answer it. 

 

“How many readers will it take to feel I haven’t wasted my time?” asked moderator Valerie Vogrin, who’s at work on her second novel. 

 

After considering the question from various angles and with various degrees of seriousness, she (perhaps tongue in cheek) came up with a figure: 150.

 

More numbers:  

  • Virginia Woolf thought 1,500 readers was a lot.       
  • For a university press, two or three thousand…
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[Making the Leap] Singing Like Amy

Posted by Julie Luek on April 15, 2014 at 12:00pm 8 Comments

When I was younger, like in high school younger, I used to sing a lot. I wasn't all that bad, back in th’ day. Of course, when I sang with the school choir, I sang with my choir voice. When I sang alone in my bedroom using the hair brush as a microphone (oh come on, you did it too, admit it), I tried to sound like Barbara Streisand or whoever was on the radio at the time.



Back in high school a group of my friends formed a band. Someone played guitar, another friend played the drums, and like all high school bands, we thought they rocked the joint. To my delight, they invited me to sing with them for a performance (just once, now that I think about it). After our show a friend’s mom who had been in…

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From the First Self-Publishing Summit to a First Self-Published Book, Part 2

Posted by Renate Stendhal on April 15, 2014 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

Baby Steps in Platform Shoes

Continued dialogue between Kim Chernin and Renate Stendhal

 

Kim: Let’s call this blog post “Stumbling onto a New Path.”…

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Planning a Book Launch, Month by Month

Posted by Anjali Mitter Duva on April 14, 2014 at 11:00am 4 Comments

(Third in a series on month-by-month preparations in the year before a book launch. In this case, the book launch is in October 2014, with She Writes Press. These are some of the things to think about, questions to ask oneself, and issues to research in the course of this complex process which these days involves more and more of the author's time and savvy. Previous posts are here and here. I'll be covering 2 months at a time for a bit in order to catch up with the reality of my actual launch.)…

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Cover Reveal: The Alchemy of Shards The Alchemy of Shards. This is the new book cover for my latest release, which should be available for purchase this Spring. (From Devoured): “Barefoot, I moved…


Cover Reveal: The Alchemy of Shards


The Alchemy of Shards.

This is the new book cover for my latest release, which should be available for purchase this Spring.

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(From Devoured): “Barefoot, I moved through the woods like a hurricane. They were at my heels, sticks and stones in their hands. Promises to burn and…

FoodFic Look at "The Night Circus"

I love carnival food. Who doesn’t? My favorite is the fries; they have that inexplicable something* that is somehow conjured up by every unique traveling show, yet can be found nowhere else on Earth.
Maybe it’s magic.
Now don’t tell me you don’t believe; real magic…

O is for Ottawa Ontario

 This will be the biggest stretch I’ve made, sorry.  Would you believe there is only one country that begins with the letter “O?” Can you guess it? I’ll give you a second…. Oman. I knew this because several of my awesome students are from there. I did not, however, know it was the only one. So I shall write to you about Canada, specifically, kind of, Ottawa Ontario, for which I feel I should receive bonus…

All Art Friday

I've posted a new edition of All Art Friday.

Today's spotlights: Yale University Press's new release on Miro; Art Everywhere; the uCurate app from The Phillips Collection; French coal miner-turned-painter Augustin Lesage; Britta Berg's fiber art; Valeria Nascimento's ceramics; and Eric Standley's cut-paper sculptures.

The roundup highlights exhibitions at Smith College Museum of Art ('The Eye Is a Door'), Ballroom Marfa (Teresa Hubbard's and Alexander Birchler's…

Daphne's Dilemma

Recently one of the book reviews I wrote All The Birds, Singing resulted in a comment asking to hear more of my own story.

So over the last two days I share a short story, which is true, called Daphne's Dilemma.

It happened when I was 11 or 12 year's old, a child confronting life, birth and death. I would love you to read it and let me know what you…

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    What's the absolute best use for new writing material?

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    My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue

    She Writes Press News: Announcing Hysterical, by Rebecca Coffey

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    There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue

     
     
     

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