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Books By Their Covers -- Have You Dreamed Of Yours?

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on September 22, 2014 at 7:30am 13 Comments

TA DA! Last Friday I got the final front and back cover art for the novel I have been working on since October of 2011 (not that anyone is counting), a wondrous journey I have shared with all of you. It's called Wishful Thinking. What do you think??

It won't pub until April 2015, but as many of you know, books have to be finished months beforehand in order to get a crack at long-lead press (like women's magazines), at certain reviews, and to better the chances of getting blurbs from readers who like to hold a paper copy in their hands rather than perusing a PDF. She Writes Press also has a longer turnaround time from finished manuscript to published book than self-published authors do because we are distributed by Ingram Publisher Services,…

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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Word by Word

Posted by Cindy Eastman on September 22, 2014 at 6:00pm 1 Comment

Now that I’ve gotten my first book published, one of the questions I try to duck the most is, “Are you working on another book?” The last time I was asked this question, I did a quick inventory of my recent productivity and realized that the last thing I had written was literally one word in a Word document, which I then quickly saved and closed so I could get to the next thing on my to-do list. I answered honestly, “Yes. Word by word.”

Actually (and thanks for asking), I am working on two books. There is the second collection of essays I’m working on, and I am also putting together a book on co-parenting. Of course, I have not given up my day job as a supervised visitation coordinator and parenting course…

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Marketing tip: Create a master spreadsheet

Posted by Maria Murnane on September 23, 2014 at 7:52am 0 Comments

No matter who publishes your book, it's important to do what you can to promote it. That means reaching out to many different organizations, which takes time, energy, and a lot of following up.

 

A spreadsheet will help you keep track of your hard work

To keep track of your efforts (and your progress), I suggest creating a master spreadsheet with a separate page for each type of organization you contact (e.g., alumni groups, book clubs, bloggers, press, etc.). The fields can be very basic, including details such as name, organization, email address, website, and status.

 

Once you begin your outreach, color coding can help you keep track of your progress. For example, let's say you contact…

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[SWP: Behind the Book] Letting Go into Perfect Love

Posted by Gwen Plano on August 14, 2014 at 3:00pm 2 Comments

When I began writing my book, Letting Go into Perfect Love, I expected to simply tell my story: a farm girl goes to the big city, falls in love, marries, experiences tragedy, falls in love again, marries but then knows abuse, and along the way has four beautiful children. As the pages unfolded though, I realized that my story was everyone’s story. The details of my journey are unique to me, of course, but the emotions accompanying those details are universal. We all know sorrow, fear, or regret; and, we all travel through life trying to make sense of it all.

Maya Angelou wrote that, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside…

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Cover reveal for Freaks of Nature

I'm very proud and excited to reveal the cover for Wendy Brotherlin's new book FREAKS OF NATURE. It just so happens that I am the cover designer!

The global Ebola-X pandemic of 2022 lasted five months, two weeks and six days before a cure could be found. In its wake, it left a generation of psionic freaks who can turn a single thought into a weapon… or worse.

Fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams is one of those freaks, but…

Amanda Giracca is a former student of mine. Reposting her news here.

Hello SheWrites Community! I'm an editor at Vela Magazine--an online publication of creative nonfiction and longform journalism written by women.

We started three years ago to address the gender byline gap by providing a space for women writers. We've just launched our first …

Are You Just Going Through the Motions?

Are you just going through the motions when it comes to a client or customer? Are you just trying to “sell” them something; a “one size fits all” kind of thing without spending the time to listen to their personal needs and desires? Are you too busy talking about how terrific you are…

Book Review: Noddy in Wonderland

Noddy in Wonderland is a unique fantasy novel for all ages. It will keep the reader turning those pages. It is filled with romance and magic. What a great combination for a novel!

 

     Noddy in Wonderland is a multifaceted drama, imbued with philosophical, social and psychological implications. Yet, one of the greatest aspects of the novel is that it never makes its connection with that genre completely explicit. I love the freshness and uniqueness of this…

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    What's the absolute best use for new writing material?

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    My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue

    She Writes Press News: Announcing Hysterical, by Rebecca Coffey

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    There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue

     
     
     

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