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This week's [REALITY CHECK] comes courtesy of author/publisher Mary Caelsto.
With over a decade in publishing as an author (over 50 books/novellas published under a couple of different pen names) as well as approaching five years as a publisher, Mary Caelsto helps authors create careers as inspired as the stories they write. With her work as The Muse Charmer, she puts authors in touch with their muse. Visit her website at http://www.musecharmer.com to learn more about Mary and her work.
Read Mary's advice below and find out how you can tap into this resource to boost your writing…Continue
I give consultations on book marketing, and one of the first things I tell my clients to do is put up a website, preferably in the form of yourname.com. If you have a common name, I suggest seeing if yournameauthor.com or yournamebooks.com is available. I prefer this to thenameofyourbook.com, because what if you end up writing another book?
A screen shot of my website: www.mariamurnane.com
Here are some reasons why having a website is important:
It makes you look successful.
Getting people to pay attention is HARD, especially if you're an independent author.…Continue
When She Writes comes to my doorstep to celebrate and teach, I put on bells and whistles to be there. It’s a rare joy to be connected not just online, but live, in a room with colleagues, other She Writers, editors, and She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner.
At an elegant Berkeley hotel, there were the first books, beautiful to look at and thumb through, impeccably published, exactly like any quality mainstream paperbacks. There were the ten women who had written them, happily talking about the experience of working together with Brooke and her editorial and production team. Getting guidance, support and every practical help needed was paramount for first-timers, but I also heard similar praise from old-timers who told me they had no desire to jump through the million hoops of traditional…Continue
Jules Finn and Szaja Trautman know that sorrow can sink deeply, so deeply it can drown a soul.
Growing up in her parents’ crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules’ imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. Somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother.
David, Jules’ surviving brother, turns up the TV volume when their parents start screaming, but Jules calls the police, anonymously reporting child abuse and later concocts a timely Mafia-like death threat, complete with a dead fish, to rid the household of her father’s tyranny.
Jules’ story alternates with the saga of her grandfather Szaja, an orthodox Jew, who survives the murderous Ukranian pogroms of the 1920’s, the Majdonek Death Camp and the torpedoing of the Mefkura, a ship carrying refugees to…Continue
Starting a blog?
We've got a killer guest post from WritersBucketList.com contributor Kelly Gurnett to help you get a head start!
I’m a blogger myself. Two and a half years ago, I was right where you are. I know how intimidating it can be, staring at that blank WordPress screen and…
The Bucket List. Never liked that title. I imagine it comes from the popular phrase, 'kicked the bucket' ! I prefer the title, 'Pushing up Daisies'. I am aware they essentially mean the same thing. When you are dead, you're dead! I get it.
I am getting to that time in my life when I should start my list. All my friends are doing it. On Facebook the other day one of my besties had taken a picture of her earlobe. It had a tiny silver stud of an earring protruding out the front and back…
Dear She Write Sisters,
This blog post is in response to an article in the Atlantic that I hope you all read. Links to it are in my post. I'd love your input on this topic and relish your comments. Thank you and happy June!…
I just read "The Crypt Thief" by Mark Pryor and thought readers would be interested in this fascinating series, a crime series starring a gentlemanly protagonist and set in Paris. Below is an interview with district attorney, Texas Brit and author Mark Pryor.
Hi Mark, Welcome to Murder…
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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
A record of O’Barr’s personal and professional journey—one that paralleled…Continue