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[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] What are you afraid of?

Posted by Meghan Ward on October 30, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

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I've been thinking about fear lately. When I attended the BlogHer '13 conference in Chicago, Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook and author of Lean In) urged us to "Write down what you are afraid of, then go do it." I thought about what I wanted to do but was too afraid to do. At the moment it was to blog about race. My fear was that, as a white person, I would be criticized by people of color for not knowing anything about race. I still haven't done it, but I plan to one day (I'll have to now that I've posted it publicly!)

When it comes to networking, a lot of people fail to act because they are afraid. They are afraid to introduce themselves to people they don't know at literary events and conferences. They fear they don't know enough about social media to get started. They worry they will come off as too self-promotional if they post links…

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Life Between the Pages

Posted by Laura Janis Thompson on October 27, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

I was twelve years old when I first read The Magnificent Barb, written by Dana Faralla. As so often happens with great characters and young readers, the Barb and the Fitzgeralds instantly became my friends. My desire to be part of their world was closely connected to my girlhood longing for my own horse and a host of other emotions we are hard pressed to define when we are young. As the years went by, I continued to read it over and over, each time recapturing the magic in my all too vivid imagination.        

The Magnificent Barb is the story of a young boy and his family who live on a horse farm in Georgia. The farm, Mare’s Nest, saw its horse racing glory days long ago. Despite the fact that the farm has fallen on hard times, Kevin and his family are happy and don’t seem to…

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[The Art of Submission] It's Not You It's Me

Posted by Emily Lackey on October 29, 2014 at 6:00am 27 Comments

A week ago, a high school senior e-mailed me about my life as a writer. Her teacher is a friend of mine from grad school, and he suggested she get in touch with me for her senior project on writing fiction.

 

I didn’t respond for eight days. I watched the e-mail get pushed down further and further in my inbox and tried to think of what I had to share with this writer. This very new writer.

 

I finally wrote something this morning. I answered her questions, but I also rambled, unsure of what to say or how to say it or what wisdom would be helpful to her as she begins her writing life. Do you have a writing routine? she asked. Do you have any helpful writing exercises?

 

They were good questions, questions that people often…

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The Future of Book Distribution

Posted by Brooke Warner on October 27, 2014 at 9:30pm 11 Comments

As a representative of the hybrid publishing arena, I attend a lot of conferences and sit on a lot of panels. In the Q&A portion of these events, the question of distribution always comes up. I wrote a post called "Distribution 101" in February about distribution in which I laid out the what’s what of distribution. If you don’t understand what distribution is, you might want to start there.

If you do understand distribution, this is a more advanced post to explain why, when it comes to print, there’s distribution--and then there’s distribution.

Ingram seriously complicates the distribution conversation for authors because it has two parts to its business—Ingram Wholesale and Ingram…

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Are You Underestimating Yourself?

Are you underestimating yourself? Are you underestimating your talents while overvaluing what others can do?

For example, maybe you’re a great interior decorator, and people, over the years have come to you for advice and everything you’ve told them has been exactly what they…

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