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[SWP: Behind the Book] The un-Book Tour

Posted by Ann Hedreen on December 19, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

I’m not new to writing, but I am brand-new to being an author. It’s a word I’ve longed to claim my whole life, and this September, I did, with She Writes Press's publication of my memoir, Her Beautiful Brain.

I understood—and my freelance publicist gently worked with me on this—that as a non-famous, first time book author, it did not make sense to attempt to book what you’d call a tour with a capital T. So I decided to start out with one big, morale-boosting hometown event: a launch reading at Elliott Bay Book Company, the Seattle bookstore I’ve loved since I was a girl. All summer long, I spread the word, and on September 7 at 3 p.m., people…


The Importance of a Great Author Headshot

Posted by Sara Chambers on December 16, 2014 at 6:30pm 4 Comments

So . . . you wrote a book from the comfort of your fuzzy bunny slippers and your beautiful, well-lit room with a view. Now that it’s time to put your hard-earned words out into the world, it’s time to think of things like platform building and publicity. I’m sure that you’d much rather upload a photo of Kate Middleton and call it a day so you can catch up on the months of sleep you've missed out on without a thought to how you look. The truth, though, is that you need an author photo. Correction: you need a great author photo.

The quality of your author photo may seem insignificant, but I can assure you that the face you put on your work matters. Much like an incredible cover image can be the decision between someone picking up your book or not, your author photo also gives potential readers a visual to attach to your book. If your author photo looks blurry and unprofessional, they might assume that the work inside was also left unpolished.

If you’re not sure…


[REALITY CHECK] The Trials and Tribulations of an Authorpreneur by Liz Gelb-O'Connor

Posted by Zetta Brown on December 16, 2014 at 7:30am 3 Comments

This is probably the best time in history to be a writer. There are so many options for writers seeking to publish their work. They can go the "traditional" route via an agent, the small press route where you submit (usually) directly to the editor or publisher, the self- publishing route where you do everything yourself (with little or no outside help), or there's the "hybrid" route that takes bits and pieces from all of the above.

But regardless of the route you take, if your aim is to publish or be published, you will have to concern yourself with the business of publishing.

While there is nothing wrong with getting your work published for your own sense of accomplishment, publishing is a business, and with it comes everything that being in business…


What Are E-Books Worth?

Posted by Brooke Warner on December 15, 2014 at 10:30pm 21 Comments

For the past few months, our distributor (Ingram) has been encouraging She Writes Press to price our e-books above $9.99. Because we are distributed by Ingram, we will not be penalized by Amazon for pricing above this price point, and publishers experimenting with higher e-book prices are reporting that sales aren’t dropping when they’re publishing e-books at $12.99, or $14.99, or even at  $16.99 for a $16.99 paperback. Interesting.


At She Writes Press we’re going to start experimenting with higher price points for e-books this spring. Pricing your e-book at exactly what your print book is priced at is called “parity pricing,” and it’s something that gets bandied about a lot by bigger publishers. I’ve …


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New Class Starts 1/7- Turnin' Around!


 Is it time for a new you? All newly designed class “Turning Around” helps you use the Law of Attraction to make your life just the way you want it to be.

This 3 week class is online; includes one (30) min. phone…

Good Morning!

Good morning all and it is a sparking morning! It feels like a day full of opportunity; a day to work towards the things you want to accomplish. Each day, if you take even a small step it will still take you where you want to go:)
(photo courtesy of Tiffany &…

. a lighter sky .

we have a clean white bed, slept late,

a shock to break the ritual. a treat

on a major scale. probably ten.

i think i may like to travel to small places,

old and full of history. deep aged fabrics

stained with the words of time. to touch.

feel the textures, the threads, know that when

all things are sad, there is a happiness to be

found, in these places.

. it has been a happy time.


My first first chapter

Hi Everyone,

I am so grateful to have found a resource like Shewrites. I am currently teaching English in Saudi Arabia and don't know of any writer groups near me. One of the things I've been doing to fill my time is to pursue my dream of writing my own book. I've finished the first chapter of a story idea I had when I was in high school. I will post it here and I appreciate any kind comments of encouragement or constructive…


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