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Where Are We in Relation to the Last Scene? Tracking Time in Memoir

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 11:30am 6 Comments

Lately, with my memoir students and clients, I find myself writing the following query into nearly every submission: Where are we in relation to where we just were? As the writer of your memoir, it’s critical to remember that you lived the experiences you’re writing about, and that you must slow down and anchor the reader again and again and again as to where they are in your timeline—multiple times in a single chapter.

I encourage my…

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5 Platform-building Steps for Writers Who Are Ready to Get Noticed

Posted on March 23, 2016 at 1:00pm 19 Comments

“I don’t want to be the poster girl for dysfunctional relationships,” my client told me. And yet her memoir was about a past dysfunctional relationship. She’d just spent a weekend at a writers’ conference where agents and editors she’d met with had helped her to brainstorm…

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Which Authors Get to Be "Indie"?

Posted on March 4, 2016 at 7:30am 18 Comments

When you hear the term "indie author," who comes to mind? Do you think of an author published by a small but traditional independent publishing house, or do you think of a self-published author? Or maybe either/or?

As the world of publishing shifts beneath our feet, so does the language of publishing. The term "indie" was at one point reserved for independent small presses. It was a label that distinguished them from their bigger corporate…

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How White People Can Respond to Book Publishing's Lack of Diversity

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 6:30pm 30 Comments

On Wednesday night (February 10), I sat on a panel to kick off the 2016 San Francisco Writers Conference. Its title was "Celebrating Diversity: Opportunities for Writers of Color in Today's Publishing Landscape." Weeks ago, when the panel was finalized and I realized I was the only white panelist, I figured I'd been invited because I identify as lesbian, and because I'm aware of publishing's…

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5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand about Book Cover Design

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 11:30pm 27 Comments

We all know that books are, in fact, judged by their covers. Because of this, and because the marketplace is so crazy competitive, your cover can make or break your book. But there’s a bit of a rub where cover design is concerned, which is that many authors fancy themselves book designers. But being the expert on your book does not necessarily make you the expert on your book’s design.



I’ve worked in book publishing—and therefore…

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Who I am:
Publisher of She Writes Press and founder of Warner Coaching Inc.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.shewritespress.com
www.warnercoaching.com
facebook.com/warnercoaching
twitter/brooke_warner
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing

What's Your Book? A Step-By-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author

Visit amazon.com/author/brookewarner
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir
Services I offer to other writers:
Writing and publishing coaching/consulting: warnercoaching.com
My professional associations:
SheWrites.com; NAMW.org
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy and many authors I've worked with over the years.

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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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