Find out who we are and whether we're the right publishing solution for you.

 

Organizations we support: Find out more about Girls Write Now

She Writes has a special relationship with Girls Write Now, partly because Kamy is its board chair, but mostly because it is an organization dedicated to creating the next generation of women writers through mentorship.  

She Writes Press Coaches and Editors

Let one of our coaches/editors take you all the way to the finish line!

She Writes Advertising

Are you planning an event or do you offer services that would be of interest/benefit to our members? Advertise in our twice-weekly newsletter and reach our community of more than 20,000 women writers!  

Blog Posts

What Makes A Book A Success?

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on October 21, 2014 at 11:00am 4 Comments

A year after my first book came out, a then-friend said to me, over dinner at an Italian restaurant on a cold winter night: "Your book was a failure." My friend didn't say it harshly--though perhaps it's no surprise that we are not friends anymore. He said it matter-of-factly, as in, the things you hoped for when your book came out, like selling hundreds of thousands of copies, or establishing yourself as a cultural critic with a seat at the National Important People Conversation Table, didn't happen. He was right. My book didn't even sell through its modest first print run, and I never earned a cent beyond my advance. I appeared on national television and NPR but my message never caught anybody's attention beyond those book-related interviews. I only got to call myself a "bestselling author" because when…

Continue

Before Order: A Poet’s Tale

Posted by Melissa Studdard on October 22, 2014 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” —A. A. Milne

 

I wrote my novel by the seat of my pants. I created characters I was in love with, and I let them tell me what they wanted to do. It was easy to “organize.” There was a plot, and I rolled along, adventure after adventure, discovering the way as I happened upon it. Organization was holistic, organic—as easy as breathing.

But that’s not to say the prose always flowed. There were times my mind wouldn’t turn that way, and I’d find myself instead engaged in a wild, messy, passionate affair with poetry. Between scenes, between chapters, between scraps of dialogue, I’d sneak off to a café and flirt with a…

Continue

[REALITY CHECK] Self-Publishing: Adventures in Editing! by Patricia Robertson

Posted by Zetta Brown on October 22, 2014 at 7:00am 0 Comments

I don't care if you are self-published, indie-published, or NYC-published. Speaking as an editor, author, and publisher, it doesn't matter how many times you go through something you've written, you will either find a mistake or some minor thing you wish you could correct.



Perhaps the hardest thing when it comes to publishing (after getting published!) is to let go and let your book-child fend for itself. But like any responsible parent, you want to prepare your book-child as much as possible to defend itself, especially against critics. Having your work edited thoroughly helps strengthen your book and makes it harder for critical snipers to accuse your book-child of being sloppy.



Patricia Robertson shares what she has learned about self-publishing after…

Continue

Why Grammar Matters

Posted by Maria Murnane on October 21, 2014 at 8:06am 0 Comments

I recently began watching "The Wire" (yes, I realize I'm 12 years late), and I love it! So far it has lived up to the hype. It also gave me a good idea for this blog post. In one of the early episodes, one of the main characters (a police officer) spends a lot of time preparing a report about possible criminal activity at a housing project in Baltimore, and then presents it to a judge in hopes of gaining authorization for a wiretap. In this particular scene, we see the police officer sitting anxiously in his chair, so proud of all his hard work, just waiting for a pat on the back from the judge for following a very specific list of legal requirements to get what he really needs to stop the bad guys.

 

What does the judge do…

Continue

Community Blog

Self Talk

A: What's wrong with you?

B: Don't know. I feel so off.

A: Well, nothing wrong with feeling off; long as you remember to switch back on.

B: Sometimes, I wonder if I'm just trying to go crazy.

Thursday's Three on Art

Thursday's Three today presents a trio of art-related videos on, respectively, Turkish paper marbling, sculptures by Jung Ran Bae, and the restoration of Mark Rothko's 'Black on Maroon':

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/10/thursdays-three-on-art.html

Intensive Counseling

DO YOU HAVE SOME GOALS YOU’D LIKE TO MEET BUT SOMEHOW FEEL BLOCKED?

Thinking of trying some personal counseling?

Let me help you along the way. Together we can work to help you find answers to life’s little (or big) problems; and to help you meet the goals you set for yourself (or…

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone! It's a new day, but still dark outside and the stars are twinkling brightly. It is so peaceful, and my favorite time of day. It's a great time, at least for me to meditate and connect with my inner self. And you too, should set aside time to do the same, whether…

. cold tea .

some things are inevitable, old tea

sips badly, after all the work is done.

stains the cup if left standing,

remember the hotel, 1964,

we used to scour them especially

round the handle, then the base.

we peeled the tomatoes, and waited

for our boyfriends on the high wall outside.

the whitehall hotel. bournemouth.

sbm.

Chat

Active Conversations

Disconnected (8 online)

    Disconnected

    You are disconnected from chat. Connect to join the chat.

    Suspended From Chat

    Sign up to chat on She Writes.

    Sign Up

     
     
     

    Latest Activity

    Brooke Warner commented on the blog post 'What Makes A Book A Success?'
    "This is so moving, Kamy. Thank you for writing this, and it's so awesome to see this group of SWP authors together. So very cool. Yes to defining our own success. This makes me so happy!"
    46 seconds ago
    Jean P. Moore liked Kamy Wicoff's blog post What Makes A Book A Success?
    3 minutes ago
    Jean P. Moore liked Kamy Wicoff's blog post What Makes A Book A Success?
    3 minutes ago
    Anna Redsand posted a status
    "Just found out that my memoir essay, "Naturalization," in Clockhouse Review Summer 2013 is listed "Notable" in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2014!"
    8 minutes ago

    Members

    Badge

    Loading…

    © 2014   Created by Kamy Wicoff.

    Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service