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The Art of Submission: A Confession

Posted by Emily Lackey on June 24, 2015 at 4:00am 1 Comment

Forgive me, She Writers, for I have sinned.

It has been three months since my last submission. And, believe me, the hypocrisy of this—the fact that I haven't submitted my work in months and yet continue to give submission advice through this platform—is not lost on me. Every week I've scrambled, hours before my deadline, to think of something—anything—to share with you all about the process. Something I've learned, something I'm thinking about, something I'd like to be doing better. 

What are my reasons? Plenty. Because I haven't finished a new story in months. Because my old stories feel old and woven tightly with the doubt that comes from continuously being rejected. Because this is hard. Because I often question the legitimacy of my changes in this world without…

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[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] What I Have Learned from Leaping Off the Cliff

Posted by Jill Jepson on July 6, 2015 at 8:00am 2 Comments

Like many women of her generation, my mother was deeply concerned with appearances. We weren’t well off, but she managed always to dress herself and her children nicely. We never went out without being perfectly groomed. We were taught excellent manners, and any time guests stepped foot in our house, they found it spotless.

I didn’t embrace my mother’s preoccupation with appearance (imagine her shock when I became a free-spirited 60’s college student in ragged jeans!)—except in one area of my life: My fiction.

I have always been a perfectionist with respect to my fiction writing. I am shy about my drafts. I hone and polish again and again before I let a single person read a chapter. No one—not an editor, a beta-reader, or my closest friend—lays eyes on a story until it has been…

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What’s the Difference between Genre and Category?

Posted by Brooke Warner on June 29, 2015 at 9:30pm 9 Comments

A simple look at the definition of “genre” might cause confusion for any writer seeking to understand the difference between genre and category. According to Merriam-Webster, genre is:

“a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.”

So if genre is a category of literary composition, what’s a category? And why does genre matter? A post on agentquery.com articulates a great response to “why genre matters” with the simple statement that genres are “a staple of the publishing world.” This characterizes what genre is better than the actual definition above because it speaks to something universal in the…

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Marketing Tip: Set Up an Author Page on Amazon

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 6, 2015 at 9:46am 0 Comments

Did you know you probably have an Author Page on Amazon? Amazon automatically creates Author Pages for most authors, but if you haven't claimed yours, you aren't taking full advantage of this option. Setting it up on Amazon's Author Central site is easy, free, and a great way to connect with readers. In addition to information about your book(s), your page can include your photo and bio (where you can include your e-mail address, a link to your Facebook page or website or anything else you want to share with readers), your tweets and blog posts, even video! There's also a "Follow" button under your profile image that allows anyone to connect with you and receive notifications if you write additional books. (In my opinion, that feature alone is worth creating a page.)…

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