Nan Gefen
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  • Berkeley, CA
  • United States
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Nan Gefen commented on the blog post '[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: What makes a winning memoir? Hint: Try a logline.'
"Excellent post, Ellen--thanks for being so clear about what's needed in writing a memoir. I agree, a story line and well-developed characters really make it zing. I especially like memoirs that are organized around a central theme. I remember…"
Jul 17
Nan Gefen commented on the blog post 'Thanks but No Thanks, Big Five. I'd Rather Be At SWP.'
"Kamy, congratulations! I am really pleased you're going with SWP, and WELCOME. It's been fascinating and helpful to read the twists and turns of your decision-making. Thanks."
Oct 21, 2013
Nan Gefen liked Kamy Wicoff's blog post Thanks but No Thanks, Big Five. I'd Rather Be At SWP.
Oct 21, 2013
Nan Gefen commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"Tracey, good for you with your promotion efforts! I'm wondering how you got your book read by book clubs? This is something I'd love to do. Thanks for any advice you (or anyone else) can give me."
Sep 20, 2013
Nan Gefen commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"Judith, this is so helpful. Thanks!"
Jun 3, 2013
Nan Gefen commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"Yes, a wonderful event. And thanks to Brooke for being such a help and inspiration to us all. Betsy, I'd love to get a copy of your "blue sheet" that tells readers how they can help publicize our books. Could you please send to my…"
May 3, 2013
Nan Gefen commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"And don't forget the brunch for us authors at 9:30 am on Friday at the Durant Hotel, 2600 Durant, one block from the Bancroft Hotel. This will be a great opportunity to talk about how we're promoting our books, etc.  See you soon."
Apr 14, 2013
Nan Gefen commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"This sounds good, Brooke. I've had experience with Ingram in the past, and they do an excellent job. "
Mar 19, 2013
Nan Gefen commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"Congratulations to all of you! I'm sorry to miss this exciting evening, but I'll be there in spirit."
Mar 1, 2013
Nan Gefen commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"The catalog is really excellent--congrats to Brooke. I'm excited about the variety of authors and subjects, and it looks like SWP is off to a great start!"
Feb 26, 2013
Nan Gefen commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"It's so helpful to have these discussions. I'm also doing a print run of 500 or maybe more. I'm a little unclear about the process of distribution after that. I assume they go to the fulfillment place in Seattle? And then orders, e.g.…"
Feb 8, 2013
Nan Gefen liked Niki Tulk's blog post Read-Aloud, Anyone?
Feb 7, 2013
Nan Gefen replied to the discussion 'Getting to Know Us' in the group SWP Authors!
"Hi everybody, I live in Berkeley, CA, where I currently am the publisher of Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women over Sixty. My website is My book, Clear Lake, will come out in late April-early May.…"
Dec 18, 2012
Nan Gefen commented on the blog post 'What Would Emily Dickinson Do?'
"Another thing to add to the list: driving by myself. I've found that my mind opens during longer drives--at first I have the usual list-making thoughts, but then my mind quiets as I settle into the rhythm of the road. I start thinking about the…"
Dec 13, 2012
Nan Gefen commented on the group 'SWP Authors!'
"Betsy, somehow your wonderful email about Book Passage agreeing to launch your book didn't show up here. But congratulations anyhow! You were so creative in arranging that. I'm inspired by your persistence--good for you in taking their…"
Dec 12, 2012
Nan Gefen left a comment for Jennifer Richardson
"Jennifer, welcome--glad you're joining us. "
Dec 12, 2012

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Who I am:
Publisher of Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women over Sixty. Check it out at
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Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
Editorial consulting
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Bay Area Women Writers Salon
I found out about She Writes from:
Kamy, when she asked for an interview about my magazine, Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty

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At 4:21pm on August 16, 2010, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Nan, Adding my voice to the welcome! If you’re looking for a place to jump in, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists – Struggling or Not group or in Publishing Industry News.

Hope you enjoy the site!

Meg Waite Clayton
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Author of the national bestseller, The Wednesday Sisters
At 12:44pm on August 16, 2010, Kate Hanselman said…
Welcome to She Writes Nan! So glad to have you here.
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