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Marketing Tip: Make Sure Your Outreach Has a Purpose

Posted by Maria Murnane on August 19, 2014 at 8:46am 0 Comments

I recently received a tweet that left me scratching my head. A woman tweeted (to me, not to the world), a photo of herself holding a book. There was no accompanying note, no greeting or explanation, nothing. And she wasn't holding up one of my books, so it clearly wasn't a fan tweet.

 

Huh?

 

Do your marketing messages make sense to the recipient?

I tweeted back asking if she'd forgotten to include a message with the photo. She replied that she was an author and thought I might want to read her book.

 

That's all she wrote.

 

Again, huh?

 

Book marketing takes a lot of work, and I commend any author who makes the effort to get the word out, but it's…

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Why I Canceled My Amazon Prime Account (following Amazon's Spamming of My Inbox)

Posted by Brooke Warner on August 18, 2014 at 9:30pm 16 Comments

For those of you who follow publishing news, or who are KDP authors, you know that on August 9, Amazon sent a very bizarre email to all of its KDP customers, which has been dissected best, in my opinion, here and here.

 

You can read the full email here, but this post is really about why I canceled my Amazon Prime account the next day.

There is no question in my mind…

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How The Wilderness Act Helps Me Write

Posted by Marybeth Holleman on August 18, 2014 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

Fresh out of college, I visited my older sister, a ceramic artist teaching in West Virginia. She beckoned me to her yard to see her latest creation—a six-foot oblong curved shape, slightly hollow in the center. It was unlike anything I’d seen, and yet also strangely familiar. “It’s beautiful,” I said. She beamed, and walked over to another shelf, picking up a piece of wood, weathered and shined by time. “It was inspired by this,” she said, “that you gave me.” I didn’t remember this remnant tree limb, but she said I’d found it on a hike in the Smokies near Asheville, NC, where we grew up. That I’d given it to her, and it had inspired her art.

 

Harriman Fjord, Nellie Juan College Fjord Wilderness Study Area, Chugach National Forest,…

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Planning a Book Launch: Three Months Out

Posted by Anjali Mitter Duva on August 18, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Many people who are not involved in the publishing world have asked me why it takes so long between the announcement of a publishing contract and the actual book-on-the-shelves moment. As is the case with anyone unfamiliar with the inner workings of a given industry, it can seem bizarre that it takes so long to get a product to market. I point out to these people that, actually, with She Writes Press, the time has been much more efficient than with traditional publishers (11 months instead of 18 or so) and that I’m very happy to have had this time to get ready. As I write this, I have only two months left, and despite having spent so much time prepping since January, I find this to be very alarming. I can’t imagine getting ready in any shorter time.…

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What Are Your Thoughts Made Of?

What are your thoughts made of?

Are they made of “happy stuff” laughter and smiles and pleasant memories? Do they lift your mood just to think of them? Do they lift other people’s moods just to be around you? Are they made of thoughts of success and of achieving with ease?

Then good for you, just keep on…

"A Memoir is Not a Status Update" - New Yorker article by Dani Shapiro

I was blown away by Dani Shapiro's exquisite article on memoir writing in this week's New Yorker.  She writes of the Facebook era, where so much is shared online - and makes the point that: "In order to write a memoir, I've sat still inside the swirling vortex of my own complicated history like a piece of old driftwood, battered by the sea." No instant gratification swirls over us writers as we create our stories; instead we "turn out small, personal sorrows and individual tragedies…

There'll Be Days Like These

Yes, there'll be days like today when things just don't happen...

When after hours of working on one single article, trashed it, couldn't write anymore because I was exhausted...

That after getting ready to work on my blog -- I wasn't able to get into it...

That after giving up on 1 and 2, moved on to "reading," and the…

Wednesday Wonder: Paris, Reimagined

Posted a film by the team of Claire and Max that reimagines the architecture of Paris:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/08/wednesday-wonder-paris-reimagined.html

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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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