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Pros and Cons of Using a Pen Name

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 13, 2015 at 11:30am 6 Comments

Sometimes when people find out that I'm an author, they ask if I write under my own name or if I use a pseudonym. Given how hard it is to generate awareness about my books using the name I've had my entire life, this question always makes me laugh. However, I do think for some authors a pen name isn't necessarily a bad idea, so I thought it was worth writing a blog post on the subject.

 

If you've already published a book, then you've learned first-hand how much effort goes into promoting it, no matter who your publisher is. And if you've read my blog with any regularity you'll see that many of my suggestions for book marketing involve tapping into personal and professional networks. College alumni magazines and alumni groups, fraternity/sorority connections, business associations, social media accounts - these all offer receptive, credible channels for getting news about your book out to…

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Grammergency #16: Authors’ Top Ten Misused Phrases

Posted by Annie Tucker on July 7, 2015 at 9:00am 5 Comments

One of the things I like most about being an editor is my exposure to a wildly diverse array of books. Over the years, I’ve worked on everything from novels to prescriptive nonfiction to memoir to cookbooks, and I’ve learned something new from each manuscript I’ve touched.  

Despite the variability of the content I’ve edited, however, what remains a constant is authors’ misuse of certain phrases and expressions in their writing. Sometimes called eggcorns, these terms retain their original intended meaning but employ the wrong words to do so. I’ve been keeping a tally of the ten most common examples of these errors, and while I’m no etymologist, I’d love to know where things went awry for the…

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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writing as Nourishment

Posted by Cindy Eastman on July 20, 2015 at 3:23pm 1 Comment

I once wrote about writing as compared to a long, cool drink of water:

 

“Writing [now] is like taking a long cool drink of water after a walk down a hot dusty road--revitalizing.  I often forget to do that--take a long cool drink of water, literally. When I’m tired or stressed I look to some restorative function to pick me back up again. It used to be cigarettes, can sometimes be alcohol, could always be chocolate, occasionally a nap and, surprisingly these days, exercise. But of all those times, a glass of water can usually do the trick. And I never remember that.

 

I also forget that when I am agitated of the soul and hurried of the mind and I look to those resuscitative devices again, it’s the figurative long cool drink of water I need. I need to write.…

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Beyond the Book: Breathe Turned One!

Posted by Kelly Kittel on July 20, 2015 at 9:52am 6 Comments

I used to say I was a fish biologist undergoing metamorphosis into an author and I think it’s safe to say that thanks to She Writes Press, I’ve completed my transformation. Now that my first book has fledged and taken wing, I can simply title myself Author.

In the past year I’ve changed out of my pajamas, put on make-up, and attended over thirty events from readings to book signings to book clubs. I’ve spoken at conferences, been interviewed in print and on radio talk shows, and had essays published on websites and in anthologies. Breathe went on a thirteen-stop blog tour and received rave reviews. It has 120 fabulous reviews on Amazon where it was ranked Number One for Books on Dysfunctional Families and Number One on Kindle for Motherhood, Family, Women’s…

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[REALITY CHECK] – Amazon’s Kindle Lending: Pennies or Progress? by Jim Brown

Could the days of making big (if not easy) money selling your ebooks through Amazon be over? 

If you have ebooks on sale through Amazon and participate in Kindle Unlimited  and/or the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, chances are you have become aware of the change with regard to your Kindle…

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone on this rainy Tuesday…

.undeniable.

it happens to most of us,
some times, other times,
seem good, almost boring.

it knocks us sideways,
even assunder. i asked you
to carry me.

yet, you left me outside
in the rain. it has been
like this for days. wet.

most of us get over it.

use an umbrella.

sbm.…

Trees Falling Unheard

Philosophers ask whether a tree falling in a forest makes a sound if no one hears it. A different question is closer to my heart: does writing matter if no one reads it? I must admit to believing in the importance of readers to completion of the art that is writing. See Hungry Writers and Smart Readers. Printed words are meant to be read. But likewise songs are meant to be heard, and yet I defy anyone to dispute the value of…

Are You Making Room?

Are you making room in your life for the things that really matter to you? Like your family and friends? People who are important to you and really matter? Or do you get so caught up in other things, like worrying about the fact that you overheard John at work tell Ted that he thought you tie was stupid? Or…

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