"Thank you for your comments -- I love the idea of noting stumbles. I agree that we need to celebrate the flags our "mistakes" wave for us, they direct us often to the road less traveled! You have published with Coffee House Press? One of…"
"YES! I've been telling writers for many years to read their stories or memoirs or novels out loud and even better to record themselves--especially if there's no one around to hear. But even when there is someone to read to, it's still…"
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Certain People, Coffee House Press (stories)
The Daughter, Autonomedia (novella-in-stories)
The Playful Way To Serious Writing, Houghton Mifflin (writing workbook)
The Playful Way To Knowing Yourself, Houghton Mifflin (writing/self-help workbook)
The Dreaming Girl, Painted leaf (novel)
The Traveling Woman, Vehicle Editions (stories)
Fast Fiction, Story Press (writing guide)
Amazon Dream, City Lights (travel memoir)
Lost & Found: Stories of New York, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood Books
Heads & Tails: Heide Hatry, Charta Art Books
Up Is Up But So Is Down: New York's Downtown Scene 1974-92, NYU Press
Micro Fiction, W.W. Norton
Harp & Altar, Ellipsis Press
My writing is:
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
Small Workshops since 1991, also one-on-one
The New School 1992-
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
My professional associations:
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Thank you for your comments -- I love the idea of noting stumbles. I agree that we need to celebrate the flags our "mistakes" wave for us, they direct us often to the road less traveled! You have published with Coffee House Press? One of my heroines, Ann Waldman, is published with them! Peace, Niki
Hi, Roberta. Twitter may well be a good tool for you. The good stuff doesn't happen overnight, though, and you can't start out simply promoting yourself. You have to build up a following, which you do by being interesting, helpful, funny, etc--and that takes a while. Once you've got some relationships, you can throw the occasional promo tweet into the mix.
In addition to the webcast I did for SheWrites and The Twitter Book I co-wrote (both of which are paid resources), you can do some Googling to find free articles on using Twitter to build your personal brand. Best of luck.
I'm definitely interested in working with you -- right now I'm on the west coast with my grandparents who aren't well so I'm not sure when I'll be back or available to focus on my work, but I will be in touch!
You may not know me or my work, but I am the national bestselling, award winning novelist of six critically acclaimed novels who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
On Jan 9th, 2010 my debut novel, SUGAR will celebrate its 10th anniversary and in order to commemorate this milestone I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies between now and that date.
“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.”
I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And yes, KINDLE purchases count.
If you could help spread the word by blogging, twittering and Face-booking my campaign, it would mean the world to me.
"Great post! Here are tips I'd add from my experience at the San Miguel Writers Conference:
1. Block out a week (or 2!) after conference to implement what I learned. Treat those weeks as if I'm still out of town and refuse…"