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Pros and Cons of Using a Pen Name

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 13, 2015 at 11:30am 7 Comments

Sometimes when people find out that I'm an author, they ask if I write under my own name or if I use a pseudonym. Given how hard it is to generate awareness about my books using the name I've had my entire life, this question always makes me laugh. However, I do think for some authors a pen name isn't necessarily a bad idea, so I thought it was worth writing a blog post on the subject.

 

If you've already published a book, then you've learned first-hand how much effort goes into promoting it, no matter who your publisher is. And if you've read my blog with any regularity you'll see that many of my suggestions for book marketing involve tapping into personal and professional networks. College alumni magazines and alumni groups, fraternity/sorority connections, business associations, social media accounts - these all offer receptive, credible channels for getting news about your book out to…

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Grammergency #16: Authors’ Top Ten Misused Phrases

Posted by Annie Tucker on July 7, 2015 at 9:00am 14 Comments

One of the things I like most about being an editor is my exposure to a wildly diverse array of books. Over the years, I’ve worked on everything from novels to prescriptive nonfiction to memoir to cookbooks, and I’ve learned something new from each manuscript I’ve touched.  

Despite the variability of the content I’ve edited, however, what remains a constant is authors’ misuse of certain phrases and expressions in their writing. Sometimes called eggcorns, these terms retain their original intended meaning but employ the wrong words to do so. I’ve been keeping a tally of the ten most common examples of these errors, and while I’m no etymologist, I’d love to know where things went awry for the…

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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writing as Nourishment

Posted by Cindy Eastman on July 20, 2015 at 3:23pm 3 Comments

I once wrote about writing as compared to a long, cool drink of water:

 

“Writing [now] is like taking a long cool drink of water after a walk down a hot dusty road--revitalizing.  I often forget to do that--take a long cool drink of water, literally. When I’m tired or stressed I look to some restorative function to pick me back up again. It used to be cigarettes, can sometimes be alcohol, could always be chocolate, occasionally a nap and, surprisingly these days, exercise. But of all those times, a glass of water can usually do the trick. And I never remember that.

 

I also forget that when I am agitated of the soul and hurried of the mind and I look to those resuscitative devices again, it’s the figurative long cool drink of water I need. I need to write.…

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Beyond the Book: Breathe Turned One!

Posted by Kelly Kittel on July 20, 2015 at 9:52am 6 Comments

I used to say I was a fish biologist undergoing metamorphosis into an author and I think it’s safe to say that thanks to She Writes Press, I’ve completed my transformation. Now that my first book has fledged and taken wing, I can simply title myself Author.

In the past year I’ve changed out of my pajamas, put on make-up, and attended over thirty events from readings to book signings to book clubs. I’ve spoken at conferences, been interviewed in print and on radio talk shows, and had essays published on websites and in anthologies. Breathe went on a thirteen-stop blog tour and received rave reviews. It has 120 fabulous reviews on Amazon where it was ranked Number One for Books on Dysfunctional Families and Number One on Kindle for Motherhood, Family, Women’s…

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I’m often asked to give keynote speeches to various groups because I have a gift for storytelling and I can use silly finger puppets and a bag of cheap props to make even the crabbiest audience laugh for a few minutes. Every public speaker has…

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