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Why I'm Choosing To Self-Publish

Posted by Janine Kovac on February 28, 2017 at 12:00pm 1 Comment



Before I became a writer (or a wife or a mother), I was a ballet dancer. I danced in Europe for most of my career—in Iceland, Italy, Germany, and Austria. For nearly six years I stitched together gigs here and there, which required a mix of talent, timing, and connections. I thought I’d finally cracked the code when I landed three great jobs that would keep me employed for the next year.

But then, all in the same week, the three companies contacted me again. I sat on the couch with a letter from Austria, a fax from Germany, and a telegram in Italian—all informing me of the same news: they were rescinding the job offers. None of the companies was willing to file the paperwork to extend my EU visa. It had nothing to do my dancing.

This is the scene that came to mind this summer when I read email after email…

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

Posted by Marianne C. Bohr on February 28, 2017 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Can you judge a book by its cover? If so, I don’t know how I feel about being on the jacket of my book.  My first reaction when my publisher sent me the cover concept for Gap Year Girl asking for my feedback on “the direction,” was wow (!), I’m on the cover. You put me on the cover? Really? Not sure that’s something I’m comfortable with. At all.

To get the creative process rolling, I’d sent She Writes Press several book covers I liked along with a couple dozen of our own photos, never dreaming they’d choose the one that featured me so prominently. We’d taken gorgeous shots of castles, colorful doorways and narrow, cobblestoned streets, but they wanted me. I couldn’t even show my husband, Joe, the image for a couple days, putting it facedown on my nightstand telling myself each night that I’d deal with it “tomorrow.”

But the more I looked, peeking at the image, lifting just its…

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THE JOY OF WRITING

Posted by Joan Steinau Lester on February 27, 2017 at 9:20am 0 Comments

            “You must have so much discipline!” non-writers exclaim when they discover my profession. “Do you write every day?” They gaze in wonder.

            “A writing day is a good day,” I say. “The hardest part is not writing. When there’s too much else I have to do, so my mind won’t settle down. I’m not happy then.”

            “Oh, I could never get myself to write regularly.” But each woman who says this to me could fill herself with satisfaction if she found the impetus to start. Beginning. That’s the hardest part. It’s like exercise. Once we build momentum, the process takes over until we’re humming with pleasure.

           So many women yearn for creative self-expression. If writing is the activity that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning ready to go, be brave and plunge in. Some artists find the same exquisite pleasure in painting or sculpting. Weaving or printmaking. But if playing with words lifts your heart and causes you to…

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7 Ways To Improve Your Amazon Author Page

Posted by Kristin Bustamante on February 24, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Your author page on Amazon is a prime opportunity to sell yourself to a new potential reader, induce them to indulge in your book or enlighten a potential new publisher to exactly who you are – so you best make it as enticing as possible. In a literary sea of life stories and a superfluous universe of author platforms, being the stand out author isn’t always an easy feat, but She Writes is on your side. Here are five quick ways to improve your Amazon author page so every reader has you mentally bookmarked.  

Be Inspired

There is nothing criminal about being inspired by other author pages. Digest the pages of several of your favorite authors and note what you admired and what you didn’t. Gravitate toward the areas that wowed you and allow that inspiration to fuel your own author page.

Complete Book Listings

Be sure to list all your current published works with full details – editorial reviews, fantastic blurbs, high-res book covers,…

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

Can you judge a book by its cover? If so, I don’t know how I feel about being on the jacket of my book.  My first reaction when my publisher sent me the cover concept for Gap Year Girl asking for my feedback on “the direction,” was wow (!), I’m on the cover. You put me on the cover? Really? Not sure that’s something I’m comfortable with. At all.

To get the creative process rolling, I’d sent She Writes Press several book covers…

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