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[SWP: Behind the Book] All in Her Head: A Novel

Posted by Sunny Mera on March 23, 2015 at 5:30pm 5 Comments

After years of going back and forth and second-guessing about sharing my story, I made a decision to tell my story as fiction based on a true story.

During the birth of my daughter I experienced something I didn't know was possible. I had an orgasmic labor, then during the examination my mind broke and I was lost in the land between fantasy and reality. I experienced mental illness for the first time, and broke free from reality. My journey toward learning to live with my illness was an adventure toward separating real from unreal. From the time I thought a New York Times application was speaking to me in new ways to reporting fires (like the one at the burning Icon site in the East Village of Manhattan), I struggled to understand my reality. Trusting the people around me was my…

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Remember Why You Wrote Your Book in the First Place

Posted by Maria Murnane on March 30, 2015 at 8:00am 4 Comments

Last fall my good friends Martha and Tanya had a "stoop sale," which is what we apartment-dwelling New Yorkers call a good old-fashioned garage sale. As the three of us were discussing how much to charge for a beaded purse and why no one had yet bought the wooden elephant, a kind older gentleman strolled by. He struck up a conversation about the stack of books Martha and Tanya were selling. He said his name was Leland William Howard and explained that he'd written a memoir about the 20 years he'd spent with his beloved dog Betsy.

With tears of joy in his eyes, Mr. Howard told us how writing the book was purely a labor of love. He'd published it on his own and hadn't sold many copies, but that didn't matter to him. He had a story to tell, he'd told it, and he was extremely proud of having done so.

Bravo, Mr. Howard!…

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The Importance of Asking for Feedback

Posted by Maria Murnane on March 23, 2015 at 2:00am 18 Comments

Requesting feedback is a valuable - and critical - element of the writing process. When it's positive, feedback can encourage you to keep going when you might otherwise lack momentum. On a more granular level, it can reveal what's strongest about your writing, which characters and storylines readers respond to the most, etc. All in all, it's a wonderful motivator in what can be an extremely lonely endeavor. 

Negative feedback, while sometimes (or perhaps always) tough to swallow, is equally important. Constructive criticism on plot, character development, dialogue, or even grammar can alert you to weaknesses in your writing - and give you time to address them before taking your manuscript to a bigger stage.

However, while many people would love to help you, not everyone is cut out to criticize the work of friends or family members. So unless you're sure the person in question will be completely honest with his or her opinion, good or bad,…

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[REALITY CHECK] - The Realities of Being a Published Author by Kathleen Kaska

Posted by Zetta Brown on March 24, 2015 at 7:30am 5 Comments

Kathleen Kaska is an award-winning mystery author. Her Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series is set in the 1950s and features the plucky "girl" reporter and sleuth of the same name.

She is also the author of the innovative Classic Mystery Triviography™ Series--a series of books that will appeal to Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sherlock Holmes fans of all ages, as well as trivia enthusiasts, mystery buffs, and lovers of classic films.

Today on [REALITY CHECK],…

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Book Review: Naked and Transparent

     Do you have fulfilling relationships?  More importantly, do you have a healthy, accepting, and loving…

So What's Your Story

What’s your story? Okay, what I mean is- what story do you tell yourself? Do you tell yourself a story of how you’re not good enough or that you can’t do anything right or that everybody else on this planet is somehow better than you?

That’s a crummy story. It’s also a lie. You’re telling yourself…

How's the Book Doing? Well

According to Amazon, The Girl On the Wall's rank today is #180,692 out of over one million paid books selling on Amazon.com.
This puts me in the top 20% of books selling on Amazon.
Yay!

Now, the day the book was released, I ranked #37,653 out of over a million.

Double Yay!

How many books does this translate to? Honestly, I have no clue.

I think these rankings are of limited usefulness for that reason.

And, on top of that, go try to fit 37,653 into a…

5 Free Online Courses That Entrepreneurs Can Avail of

Every entrepreneur can make the most out of education. And it doesn’t matter whether you are just at the beginning of your career path or you are an experienced business owner already – online courses are always a perfect way to learn something new and then apply it in your business! Luckily, you don’t have to take evening courses (like it’s been long time ago). Nowadays all you need is to make a cup of coffee and take excellent free…

Writing About Your Life: It Doesn't Have To Be (And Sometimes Shouldn't Be) A Memoir

Everyone has heard the expression: write what you know. The real question is, write what you know...how? For some writers this isn't a difficult question. If you are writing fantasy or historical fiction, you write what you know by drawing from your life experiences with love, loss, and conflict to give your…

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