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If You Are In NYC (Or Anywhere Nearby): Free Coffee And Free Books from SWP!

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on September 30, 2014 at 9:30am 1 Comment

Save the date! Friday October 17th, from 11AM to noon, you can enjoy a free coffee on Keurig--which will be previewing its most advanced brewing system October 15-17 at the Keurig® 2.0 Café--AND meet and mingle with eleven SheWrites Press authors who will be giving away a whopping fifty-five signed copies of their books (five of each author's title) to the first fifty-five people to arrive. The event will take place at 915 Broadway, @21st Street. If you plan to come, please take a minute to RSVP here so we can get an idea of how many people to expect.

I will also be there (with bells on, though without a book, since mine doesn't pub until 2015) to answer any and all questions you may have about publishing with SheWritesPress.

I hope all SheWriters who can make it will consider stopping by and bringing lots and lots of friends. What could be better...free books,…

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Your Author Platform Is Not Your Social Media Following

Posted by Brooke Warner on September 29, 2014 at 9:30pm 5 Comments

I’ve spent the past five or six years not only educating authors about how to build an author platform but also about how to position themselves in such a way that the platform they already have truly shines.



So this week, when I received multiple e-mails asking what I thought about an article on Creative Nonfiction called “Platforms Are ‘Overrated,’” my response was that I was bummed out about it because the author, in equating platform to social media, is so incredibly limited in her scope and understanding of what platform actually is, and she’s promoting a defeatist attitude around the importance of building one.

 

Back in May I wrote a post called …

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Marketing Tip: Put Your First Chapter on Your Website

Posted by Maria Murnane on September 30, 2014 at 8:20am 0 Comments

Making the first chapter of your book (or books) available on your website is a smart idea for two reasons:

 

1)    It gives potential readers who visit your website the opportunity to check out your work at no cost

2)    It gives you a tool for driving potential readers to your website 

Here's the first chapter of Katwalk, my latest novel

I have six published novels, and the first chapters to all of them are available on my website. One way I use those links is via social media. Four of my books make up a series starring the same protagonist, so I created a …

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A Niche to Call Our Own: Building Vela Magazine

Posted by Amanda Giracca on September 25, 2014 at 9:00am 5 Comments

It all started with a need for a home.

In the summer before the second year of my MFA program, my friend and colleague Sarah Menkedick wrote me a long and frantic e-mail.

“I feel split between worlds,” she wrote. “Between internet world and print world, elite Harper's world [where she was an intern] and gritty backpacker/travel world, school world and work world. Ultimately I think I am going to have to let something go, to move closer to one and further from the others.”

We’d been having these conversations all throughout grad school. How were we going to make this writing thing work? I was struggling to define what kind of writer I was—nature writer? Science writer? Neither sounded quite right. Night classes were always…

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If You Are In NYC (Or Anywhere Nearby): Free Coffee And Free Books from SWP!

Save the date! Friday October 17th, from 11AM to noon, you can enjoy a free coffee on Keurig--which will be previewing its most advanced brewing system October 15-17 at the Keurig® 2.0 Café--AND meet and mingle with eleven SheWrites Press authors who will be giving away a whopping fifty-five signed copies of their books (five of each author's title) to the first fifty-five people to arrive. The event will take place at 915 Broadway, @21st Street. If you plan to…

Marketing Tip: Put Your First Chapter on Your Website

Making the first chapter of your book (or books) available on your website is a smart idea for two reasons:

 

1)    It gives potential readers who visit your website the opportunity to check out your work at no cost

2)    It gives you a tool for driving potential readers to your website …

Ladylike

Twirl the dress and dance,
No more stress to trance.
 Laughing whole heartily,…

Interview with Poet John Guzlowski (Part 1)

Posted Part 1 of a three-part interview with poet John Guzlowski. Today: Living the Stories: During and After the War.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/09/interview-with-poet-john-guzlowski-part.html ;

What Makes an Amazing First Chapter?

What Makes an Amazing First Chapter? | Jeni Chappelle This month, I’ve critiqued tons of ten-page samples, and most of them were the first pages of a novel. It’s reminded me how important the first chapter of your novel is. I know, I know—you’ve heard this a million times. But the first chapter represents the whole book. And if your first chapter isn’t fantastic, you may not get the chance to prove to a reader that the rest of the book…

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