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5 Reasons Why Your Book Isn’t Being Carried in Bookstores

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

Having worked my entire career for small presses, I’ve received the “why isn’t my book in the bookstore?” e-mail many many times from authors. Most new authors assume their books are going to be carried in any brick-and-mortar store they go into; savvier authors who’ve been around the block a few…

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Is Publishing a Book a Birthright?

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 9:30pm 18 Comments

A couple of years before my son was born, I was a guest on a radio show with a spiritually inclined host who was equating writing a book with pregnancy and childbirth—a metaphor you’ll hear a lot if you hang out with writers and authors. Maybe because I was sick of the comparison, or maybe because I hadn’t had a…

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The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know about Amazon

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 10:30pm 39 Comments

1. Your Amazon ranking has nothing to do with sales. Although many authors are obsessed with it and like to send out mass e-mails to friends and family when the number drops, unfortunately, all your ranking means is that people are looking at your page. While it might be argued that sales will inevitably rise…

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5 Tips for Scoring a Book Deal (on Top of a Little Luck)

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 9:30pm 19 Comments

This week I had two long-time clients score big time: One secured an agent after months and months of querying. The other landed a book deal and sent out the following stats in a celebratory group e-mail to the people who’d helped her along the…

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How Your Body Is a Gateway to Your Creative Expression

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 10:30pm 12 Comments

I read a stunning submission this week from one of my students that had all the elements of good storytelling minus one thing: body sensations. I found myself desperately wanting her to describe the sensations that must have been coming up for her as she wrote about what for her was a…

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Publisher of She Writes Press and founder of Warner Coaching Inc.
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What's Your Book? A Step-By-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author

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Nonfiction, Memoir
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Writing and publishing coaching/consulting: warnercoaching.com
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SheWrites.com; NAMW.org
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Kamy and many authors I've worked with over the years.

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Having worked my entire career for small presses, I’ve received the “why isn’t my book in the bookstore?” e-mail many many times from authors. Most new authors assume their books are going to be carried in any brick-and-mortar store they go into; savvier authors who’ve been around the block a few times know that…See More
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Having worked my entire career for small presses, I’ve received the “why isn’t my book in the bookstore?” e-mail many many times from authors. Most new authors assume their books are going to be carried in any brick-and-mortar store they go into; savvier authors who’ve been around the block a few times know that…See More
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At 9:35am on March 13, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Welcome to In Praise of Literature, Brooke!

Thrilled to have an insider's viewpoint in the mix! I bet others are as intrigued as I am about what the publisher reads... :-) No pressure!

Feel free to make book recommendations or cautions, start a discussion, or post links to reviews, articles, or blogs you think that everyone should read! Most important of all, please have fun!

I'm new to group moderating, and am bound to overlook something crucial, so please let me know if there's something I can add and I'll do my best to come through!

Glad to have you aboard!

Cheers,

CW

At 4:02pm on November 14, 2014, Cate Warren said…

I see on the news today that they've settled the case, but still, the article is well written and explains some intricacies of the publishing industry that people might not otherwise know about. I hope you enjoy it!

At 12:03pm on November 13, 2014, Cate Warren said…

Hi Brooke!

I just received this month's Vanity Fair in the mail and had to sit down right away to read an article that increasingly reminded me of one of your blogs from a couple months back: you'd quit your Amazon Prime account, and mentioned the battle between Amazon and Hachette, if memory serves. Well, this article, called The War of the Words might be of some interest to you and other She Writers. It really drives home just how the publishing industry is in a state of limbo, that everyone seems to be holding their breath, knives drawn, frozen and waiting to see what's going to happen next. If you don't read Vanity Fair, it's probably on their website. It sure is an exciting (yet confusing) time to be an unpublished writer!

Take care, CW

At 9:34am on July 15, 2014, Louise Canfield said…

Hello Brooke!  I attended your workshop on “scaffolding" in San Miguel last February.  I remembered that you mentioned She Writes but had not really understood what it is until yesterday when I encountered an author who had published with She Writes.  Really looking forward to getting to know this community. 

At 7:52am on June 1, 2014, Melanie Bishop said…

Hey Brooke! Yes, I got the post you sent me. Sorry I mistakenly remembered it as being you, not Kamy, who wrote it. Much appreciated! 

At 4:01pm on May 31, 2014, Melanie Bishop said…

Hi Brooke, Trying to find the original post from way back, where you explained why you were going to publish with SheWrites, rather than with one of the big publishing houses who'd offered you a contract. A friend of mine is inquiring about SheWrites Press, and I want to send her that post, because I think it's so helpful when considering these things. Thanks! Melanie Bishop

At 5:16am on January 29, 2014, Daya Wakens said…
Hi Brooke! One of my short stories is published in a contest and would really appreciate if you could post my request for support. The contest runs only next few days and the winner is based on the number of FB "Likes" and comments on my story page only. This would take no more than five minutes, I promise. Brooke, please excuse my typing here...We are coming home from our honeymoon and had to sleep in DC airport due to weather. Thank you in advance for any support you can provide.

Please vote for me at www.midlifecollage.com
Friends, I need your FB vote & comment on my story contest page "The Second Time Around." (With the Red High Heel)My pen name is Daya Wakens. Thank you so much for your support!
At 10:55pm on April 6, 2013, Hope Edelman said…

Hi Brooke,

Best way to reach me is through hopeedelman@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Hope

At 9:22am on July 26, 2012, Stephanie Volkoff Green said…

Most definitely! I think a play date is in order.

At 6:20pm on March 8, 2012, Hollye Dexter said…

Hi Brooke! Fancy meeting you here.  : )

xo

 
 
 

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