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Helen Gallagher commented on the blog post '[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 10 Things You Should Take to Every Writers Conference'
"I always add a small notebook, for the ideas and flashes of inspiration, as well as writing names of new contacts, perceptions, and for journalling during the moments between sessions. Loved the Dickinson Quiet Room at AWP!"
May 7, 2015
Helen Gallagher commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] “Not-Nearly-Ready-WriMo” – or, NaNoWriMo for Procrastinators'
"I guess I was feeling your pain. Earlier today I posted a little inspiration break for NANOWRIMO-weary writers. Hope it helps you too... NANOWRIMO Inspiration from Sven Birkerts."
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Helen Gallagher commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] Self-Publishing: Adventures in Editing! by Patricia Robertson'
"The "high accountability" Patricia refers to is less stressful if you think of it as what it really is.... ownership. And that is a high achievement, worth every effort."
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Helen Gallagher commented on the blog post '[PATH TO PUBLICATION] That Awkward Promotion Phase'
"Hello Elizabeth, I'm a total introvert, but I find the author promotion role easy, online and in-person. I tell myself that my books help people, and they are happy to have found someone with the solution to their problem. Helen Gallagher"
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Helen Gallagher commented on the blog post 'The Pen. Is It Still The Tool For Writers?'
"Nice, thoughtful piece, Morgan. As writers, I guess we're lucky to have so many great tools and choices available."
Jun 17, 2014
Helen Gallagher replied to the discussion 'Question: When You Get Someone to Endorse Your Book Through A Quote is it Necessary for Them to Review Your Manuscript?'
"Best common-sense post I've ever seen! Right on, Rosanne."
May 24, 2014
Tasneem Abu Ali commented on the blog post 'Summer brightens my days'
"I never knew that summer was the writing season. Good to know."
Sep 1, 2013
Helen Gallagher replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"I posted yesterday about a Languid Summer Saturday with time to read. If you've read The Waves, by Virginia Woolf, you'l relate...  releaseyourwriting.blogspot.com Thanks for asking! Helen Gallagher"
Aug 25, 2013
Helen Gallagher posted a blog post

Summer brightens my days

Writing in winter, I'm rushing to catch the light. It's too cold by the window, and the temptation of tea and afghans make me lazy; convinced that reading is just as important as writing. So an escape to a cafe soon becomes a dark afternoon and a day with no writing.But summer - that's when writing becomes magic. Summer writing starts with a wake-up call from the birds outside my window. Yes, 4:30 is early to be up, but when you're a bird, the coming of dawn is a happy, promising time.Because…See More
May 25, 2012
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Let's use this place to share links and resources related to the craft of writing. Share something you have written about craft or links to other great resources. (Please do not post your latest blog entry unless it is specifically about the craft of writing.)Use the following format:topic: specific link or URL, site (date)Example:Metaphor: Think Backward to Write Meaningful Metaphors, Write…See More
May 8, 2012
Helen Gallagher left a comment for Marie-Eve S. Kielson
"You're too quiet here, Marie-Eve. Lost your password? Helen"
Mar 23, 2012
Helen Gallagher commented on the blog post 'ShePublishes: A Celebratory Giveaway'
"Listen up, folks, because Sarah is right. There is a mystique to the magic of queries, but as she says, there is "No other part of the publication journey is nearly as orderly." Starting is the best way to finish! Helen"
Feb 1, 2012
Helen Gallagher commented on the blog post 'Keep track of your successes'
"Good point, Maria. We need to celebrate all our successes. I use a separate writer's calendar (bylinescalendar.com) for all my writing projects, which in itself is motivating and keeps me on track. I also use it to record every small success on…"
Jan 24, 2012
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Self-Publishing in 2012

The new year brings a surge of interest in publishing, especially self-publishing. If you worked all through 2011 on a book project, you don't want to let it languish or read about the difficulty in attracting an agent.So you toy with the idea of releasing an ebook one night and waking up rich tomorrow. Well that could happen but it is probably not what you had in mind.Take a fresh look at self-publishing, not by turning your book and your money over to an anonymous staffer at a big POD firm,…See More
Jan 18, 2012

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Who I am:
www.releaseyourwriting.com,
www.releaseyourwriting.blogspot,com,
www.pajamamarketing.wordpress.com
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Social Media Handbook
Release Your Writing: Book Publishing Your Way
The World Is a Kitchen (Travelers' Tales)
Computer Ease
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Macfadden Performing Arts Media
SeniorWire
OpenSalon.com
BlogCritics.org
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Journalism, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
books
Services I offer to other writers:
Publishing advisor for those deciding on a path to publication, also book proposals, and author marketing services.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
yes
My professional associations:
American Society of Journalists & Authors
International Women's Writing Guild
Midwest Writers Association
National Book Critics Circle
New York Journal of Books
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Summer brightens my days

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

Writing in winter, I'm rushing to catch the light. It's too cold by the window, and the temptation of tea and afghans make me lazy; convinced that reading is just as important as writing. So an escape to a cafe soon becomes a dark afternoon and a day with no writing.

But summer - that's when writing becomes magic. Summer writing starts with a wake-up call from the birds outside my window. Yes, 4:30 is early to be up, but when you're a bird, the coming of dawn is a happy, promising…

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Self-Publishing in 2012

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 3:10pm 0 Comments

The new year brings a surge of interest in publishing, especially self-publishing. If you worked all through 2011 on a book project, you don't want to let it languish or read about the difficulty in attracting an agent.

So you toy with the idea of releasing an ebook one night and waking up rich tomorrow. Well that could happen but it is probably not what you had in mind.

Take a fresh look at self-publishing, not by turning your book and your money over to an anonymous…

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FTC rules affect bloggers.

Posted on December 3, 2009 at 7:03pm 0 Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on the Internet and the integrity of information posted. But they are taking am at bloggers, for having opinions, and it especially affects those of us who write reviews.



The full FTC ruling is here: http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm



In summary, bloggers who promote their customers or who endorse products and services must disclose that fact. If you're positioned… Continue

No Women On Top?

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 7:30am 0 Comments

In their top-ten selection criteria, Publishers Weekly's 11/02/09 news item states: "We ignored gender and genre and who had the buzz. We gave fair chance to the “big” books of the year, but made them stand on their own two feet. It disturbed us when we were done that our list was all male."



Let's make it a point to buy the books further down the list written by women, like those who almost made the list:



Fiction

Dark Places

Gillian… Continue

Book review: The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House

Posted on July 8, 2009 at 6:12am 1 Comment

Most writers lust after the opportunity to attend a workshop and meet our heroes. Here in one book, The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House, is a taste of the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, held in Portland, OR since 2003. This intimate guide includes discussion of writing techniques, and includes a CD with two of the workshop panels. Seventeen authors are represented here, including Dorothy Allison, Kate Bernheimer, Matthea Harvey, Anna Keesey, Margot Livesey, and those… Continue

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At 12:52pm on May 5, 2011, Susan Bearman said…

Great presentation today @OCWW. Thanks so much, Helen. You do the work so we don't have to (or something like that).

 

Susan Bearman

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At 6:27am on March 27, 2011, Michelle McGrath said…
Thank you, Helen! Although writing is a very solitary act, it's hard writing in a vacuum. I am going to need feedback in order to improve. I appreciate your encouraging words!
At 1:21pm on December 3, 2010, Lyn Jensen said…
Thanks for the greeting! I plan to be posting some blogs but right now I'm fighting a seasonal flu or virus. Good luck with your writing ideas!
At 8:18am on August 30, 2010, Tena Loveland Russ said…
Hi Helen,

So good to see you here! I'm looking forward to reading your posts.

Tena
At 6:10pm on May 22, 2010, Kathleen Maher said…
Helen, Thank you much for naming my blog in your post on http://pajamamarketing.wordpress.com/ as an example for fiction bloggers interested in posting serial fiction.
It made my day, to say the least. Just glancing at the comment beneath mine, I see you play a generous and active generous role boosting spirits and encouraging artists.
The advice you offer writers is enticing, straightforward, and well said. Count me as your fan, a status I would have claimed sooner had I discovered you before you found me: Big up to all, Kathleen
At 1:14pm on April 4, 2010, Jack O'Keefe said…
Helen,
Thanks much. I'm making my way through Famine Ghost one last time (I hope). The story is good. I keep trying to tell the story through the narrative, a delicate and frustrating series of judgment calls.
Jack
At 7:18am on April 4, 2010, Mylene Dressler said…
Thank you, Helen, for your lovely comment on my video. May you have the roundest, sweetest of Easters.--MD
At 12:18pm on February 3, 2010, Cheryl Greenfield said…
Thank you, Helen for commenting on my page as I am an artist and have to add my own input in all I do. Love learning something new and will, no doubt, learn from your experiences which are different than mine. How wonderful to be able to connect with talented individuals via the internet to exchange information with and with whom we can learn from for that is what I am doing in this season of my life (just attaining a BA degree in 2000 and have 25 towards an MS degree in Human Resource Development... although that is not where I really need to be...it was the "age" thing that led me that direction,lol).
At 5:34pm on December 15, 2009, Marcia Fine said…
Thanks for the warm welcome!
Marcia
At 12:06pm on December 13, 2009, Bernice L. McFadden said…
Happy Holidays!

On Jan 9th, 2010 by debut novel SUGAR will celebrate it's 10th Anniversary in print!


"Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying."

Praise for the novels of Bernice L. McFadden:

"Searing and expertly imagined." - Toni Morrison

"Vivid." - The New York Times

"Eloquent..." (McFadden) is a talent worth watching." - The Washington Post

I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And yes, KINDLE purchases count.

Please spread the word!
Available at Barnes&Noble and Amazon.com

Peace & Light,

Bernice L. McFadden
 
 
 

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