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Pamela Olson commented on the blog post '[TIPS OF THE TRADE] Focus on the What: Critiquing with Compassion and Rigor'
"When I was first writing -- just blog posts from my travels -- I got a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the few hundred people following my writings. This empowered me to believe I could write a book. (Well, that along with a compulsion…"
Mar 21
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'The Catch-22 of Getting Traditional Published'
"Self-publishing was the best thing I ever did. After two years of incredibly hard work touring and speaking and publicizing my first book, I ended up with a new agent and a traditional publishing deal. I took the deal in large part because I wanted…"
Mar 19
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'Nomads, Sentinels and Persephone'
"This is my favorite thing I've read in a while. Thanks for sharing a piece of your solitude with us. I feel what you describe often. My "drug of choice" to keep from experiencing it (and thus from finishing the books I'm working…"
Mar 17
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'Anonymity and Misogyny online and How It's Pushing Us Out'
"Reminds me of a quotation we have in the South: "Never wrestle with a pig. You just get dirty, and the pig likes it.""
Mar 11
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'Anonymity and Misogyny online and How It's Pushing Us Out'
"Another technique I have is responding to a troll by simply listing what stupid/inappropriate thing they did and following that with *ignores troll.* Example: Hophmi: "Baseless accusation featuring false equivalency" Pamela: *Ignores…"
Mar 11
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'Anonymity and Misogyny online and How It's Pushing Us Out'
"I lived in Palestine for two years and wrote a book about it. One Amazon reviewer wrote that my mother must be ashamed of me for "cavorting with terrorists" or something to that effect. My mom immediately commented that she had visited me…"
Mar 11
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post '[Making the Leap] Well Begun is Half Done'
"I'm working on a novel that, at first blush, sounds pretty crazy. And it's easy to get discouraged. What if I work for hours and hours and hours, and it all comes to nothing? But, of course, there's only one way to find out..."
Feb 11
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post '[Diary of a Memoirist] Dream Reader, Nightmare Reviewer'
""Well it's all right now I've learned my lesson well. You know, you can't please everyone so you've got to please yourself." Of course, this is easier advice to give than to take.  We need to invent a good…"
Jan 23
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] Should I Do My Own Ebook Conversions? – The Pros and Cons'
"I agree that unless your book has seriously complicated formatting, you shouldn't pay more than $100 for conversion. In fact, you shouldn't pay anything. If you just want a perfectly nice eBook with pictures, clickable links, and a…"
Jan 16
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post '7 Words that Changed My Author's Platform Forever'
"I'm lucky that I started out as a (very) amateur travel writer, just sending emails to a short list of friends and family. As I met people, and they asked to be added to the list, soon it was in the hundreds. By the time my first book was…"
Jan 14
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'Publishing A Book Won’t Change Your Life (At Least Not The Way You Think)'
"If some of y'all are Zen masters, that's cool -- others of us are still working things out. :)"
Dec 26, 2013
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'Publishing A Book Won’t Change Your Life (At Least Not The Way You Think)'
"Yep -- after you just climbed Mt. Everest, people don't come up to you and say, "So, when are you gonna climb it again?" As you are lying in bed after giving birth, no one says, "Wow, so when are you gonna have another…"
Dec 24, 2013
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'Publishing A Book Won’t Change Your Life (At Least Not The Way You Think)'
"Wow, Patty Cogen -- you really hit the nail on the head!! Thanks for articulating something I've been trying to articulate to myself for quite some time..."
Dec 24, 2013
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'Publishing A Book Won’t Change Your Life (At Least Not The Way You Think)'
"I definitely had a little "post-partum depression" after the publication of my first book. I felt like Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride: I had avenged my father (or in my case, published a book). Now what? Well, of course, bask in…"
Dec 24, 2013
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'Writers, Photos, Fear, and Me: Getting Back in the Picture'
"I'm in my early 30s (my profile pic is from 2006, I'm just too lazy to change it), and I rarely like more than one out of 100 photos taken of me. My poor husband had to take well over 100 pictures of me to get the one I eventually used on…"
Dec 17, 2013
Pamela Olson commented on the event 'Hedgebrook Writers Colony and She Writes Press Holiday Party!'
"Hoping I can make it -- looking forward if so!"
Dec 5, 2013

Profile Information

Who I am:
I'm from small-town Oklahoma, studied at Stanford, spent a semester in Russia, worked a summer in China, and began to realize travel, writing, and politics were my passion. I recently published my first book, Fast Times in Palestine, a work of travel adventure memoir journalism about my years as a young journalist in the Middle East. Read more about it here: I blog at
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Facebook: pamolson4
Twitter: PamelaJOlson
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Book I've written: Fast Times in Palestine, Simple eBook Formatting for the Technophobic Author

Book I've contributed to: Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Media outlets that I currently write for:
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir, Journalism, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
Freelance editing, ghostwriting
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Not yet, but I'd like to find one
I found out about She Writes from:
Nancy Kricorian

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At 9:23am on August 14, 2013, Deborah Siegel said…

So nice to "meet" you Pamela! Thanks for your sweet note. I'm doing a reading at Women and Children First Sept 19 on some similar themes as my TEDx talk - would love to meet you live, if you're in Chicago! Hope you're doing well.

At 3:49am on June 18, 2013, Niki Tulk said…

I'll definitely keep you posted! Peace ...

At 9:50am on February 9, 2013, Kamy Wicoff said…

Glad you are here, Pamela!

At 4:52pm on January 26, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Pamela, congrats on the book coming out. For 1st Books, I'm afraid I'm booked on into the summer. Sorry!


At 1:14pm on January 24, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Pamela, Welcome to the novelist group. If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion.

We do a live chat at 1 EST on the first Wednesdays of each month, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one.

I hope you’ll enjoy the group.

Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator
Author of The Wednesday Sisters (a nationally bestselling writing group novel) and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (Random House/Ballantine)

At 7:07pm on January 11, 2013, Geena Bean said…

Thanks, I had the same experience regarding my children's picture book.  At times, my design team didn't provide quality control of the book, but when I called to address the issue, they fixed it.  Even though it took them quite a few times!  But I'm very happy with the outcome of my book.  I'm hoping that now I can begin my mission as a children's book author, leader and mentor with my self-published work.

At 5:26pm on July 24, 2011, Jill Starishevsky said…

Hi Pamela,


Welcome to SheWrites. Feel free to reach out if you need anything. 


Jill Starishevsky

Author, My Body Belongs to Me

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Book Tour USA: Week One (+Giveaway)

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

It’s Day 4 of my book tour, and I’ve slept in a different bed every night so far. A leaky air mattress on a floor in Mountain View, a couch in Marin, and a comfy spare bedroom in San Francisco. Luckily my other hubs will involve only two or three cities near each airport instead of seven!

My first event was basically a warm-up, a talk over dinner with some Stanford students at a co-op house where 50 students live. Half the students left as soon as they finished their vegan burgers…


Nationwide Book Tour: A Peek Inside the Sausage (+ Giveaway)

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 11:30pm 18 Comments

When I heard the words “nationwide book tour,” I used to imagine working an hour or two every day for several weeks and spending evenings in fancy hotels, all the while being hounded by adoring fans. Sounded pretty sweet.

Well, it may be that way for the superstars, but for the rest of us, a spring book tour begins in November, with planning, research, pitch letters, and reaching out to friends and contacts in various cities.

So there I was in November staring at a…


From Self-Published to Published: A Highlight Reel

Posted on March 3, 2013 at 11:30pm 30 Comments

It’s possible I got published because I liked somebody’s hat.

Let me back up a little.

I was 23 when I unexpectedly found myself in Palestine. Two years later, when I returned to the US, I was desperate to write about my experiences. But every time I thought about sitting down to write a book, I felt like I was standing at the base of Mt. Everest staring up into the the vastness. And the task was not to scale the mountain but to eat it.

Two years later I was…


Early reviews of my book, Fast Times in Palestine

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 12:36pm 0 Comments

 The first reviews of my book Fast Times in Palestine have been coming in, and I always cover my eyes a little bit, wondering what each verdict will be. Luckily it's been mostly good news so far.

Publishers Weekly calls it one of the…


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