Featured Blog Posts – January 2010 Archive (32)

It's My Book Launch Party, and if I Cry, My Mascara will Run

For weeks before my book launch, I obsessed about the party I was giving. Maybe it was because it was a hard bricks and mortar thing—I was facing people in person—or maybe because it was easier to worry about facing an empty restaurant than worrying about reviews. Whatever the reasons, I had many (and conflicting) fears about my launch party:



Nobody will come.

Too many people will come.

I’ll choke when I try to read.



However, that night, like Goldilocks, I was… Continue

Added by Randy Susan Meyers on January 29, 2010 at 9:30am — 22 Comments

Five Questions For...

A Little Bit Married uncovers and spotlights a major trend in dating today: the long-term unmarried relationship. In it, She Writes member Hannah Seligson sheds light on a phenomenon that everyone does, knows someone who does, or is related to someone who does, but no one has named. Blending advice with the context of why young… Continue

Added by Five Questions on January 26, 2010 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Without a bookstore

When I first moved to Hoboken, what I loved was that it was an artsy city that was a subway stop (and 7 minutes) from Greenwich Village, that it was bustling and urban and filled with brownstones and artists and writers, and it had three bookstores. Not for long, of course because Barnes and Noble came in and forced them all out of business. But gradually, my family began to spend more and more time there. We loved hanging out, drinking tea, reading, buying books. When my son was born, we spent… Continue

Added by Caroline Leavitt on January 25, 2010 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Writers You Should Know and Read

Did you know that there was was a summer resort in Ohio that catered to slave masters and their negro mistresses? Well this is the backdrop of Dolen Valdez- Perkins debut novel Wench



Debut novelist Heidi W. Durrow draws on her on life for The Girl Who Fell From the Sky which tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family… Continue

Added by Bernice L. McFadden on January 22, 2010 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

What We Learned (Collectively!) about Writing in 2009

So many of you responded to my New Year’s Eve request to share what you learned about writing in 2009. Collectively, we’ve learned much—about technique, publication, generosity, acceptance, and the importance of sitting ass in chair. We've learned about reaching out and reaching in, the importance of community, and what to do when the words won't come. I’ve culled my 10 favorite lessons, gleaned from your wisdom.… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on January 20, 2010 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Does this Launch Make Me Look Fat?

Countdown to Publication – THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS





Days remaining to publication—1: The Murderer’s Daughters is a novel about Lulu and Merry, sisters who witness their father murder their mother and struggle with the aftermath for the next thirty years—always aware that someday he may be released from jail.



Amazing. Here I am, about to realize my longest-held-dream—publishing a novel—and my biggest… Continue

Added by Randy Susan Meyers on January 18, 2010 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Member News, January 15th

This week you have really outdone yourselves! My inbox was just absolutely FLOODED with your updates including articles in Ebony Magazine, More Magazine, the Best Gay Romance anthology, self published books you've sold to publishing houses, articles in national newspapers, awards and loads of poems. I am just thrilled by the enormous diversity and talent in our community, on display here. Be sure to take the time to read some of your fellow She Writers' articles, buy a book, congratulate… Continue

Added by Member News on January 15, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

More Ways to Give Speedily to Haiti

To follow on Wilson's excellent post on giving to Haiti, I had to post these two links that came my way, in case anyone is looking for a women's group to donate to, or a quick way to donate online or from a cell phone:



http://codepink4peace.org/blog/2010/01/how-you-can-help-in-haiti/…



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Added by Ramola D on January 14, 2010 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Edwidge Danticat's Reading List on Haiti

One of the reasons I am so passionate about reading (and publishing) literature in translation is this: I believe it enhances not only our knowledge of other cultures, but our ability to identify and empathize with members of those cultures; it enlarges our souls as well as our minds.



After making a donation to the relief effort in Haiti (which, as Wilson suggested in her earlier post, has to be the first priority), She Writes members might want to take a look at the… Continue

Added by Jean Casella on January 14, 2010 at 6:08pm — 6 Comments

Countdown to Publication – THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS

Days remaining to publication—5: The Murderer’s Daughters is a novel about Lulu and Merry, sisters who witness their father murder their mother and struggle with the aftermath for the next thirty years—always aware that someday he may be released from jail.



Writers tell us stories, share their lives, provide hope and examine evil. I try to remember, as I get closer to my book releasing, of the importance of truth-telling.



Miep Gies, who late in life wrote her story, died… Continue

Added by Randy Susan Meyers on January 14, 2010 at 9:23am — No Comments

Buy Books by Women/Help Pine Ridge Reservation Students!

Last year we discussed the importance of buying books by women, and many of us went out and bought a bunch. Here's another chance to do it again, and it's a twofer: not only help a woman writer (albeit in this case writers who are already selling plenty of books!) but also, and more important, help provide classroom copies of books for the Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge Reservation.



As you probably know, Pine Ridge is one of the poorest places in the US, with many serious… Continue

Added by Katha Pollitt on January 13, 2010 at 3:23am — 2 Comments

Countdown to Publication – THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS

Days remaining to publication—7: The Murderer’s Daughters is a novel about Lulu and Merry, sisters who witness their father murder their mother and struggle with the aftermath for the next thirty years—always aware that someday he may be released from jail.





Writing is a lonely profession in many ways: you work alone for hours upon hours, wearing the nastiest of outfits. Your closest companions are characters you’ve invented—who become more real each day. If you’re obsessive… Continue

Added by Randy Susan Meyers on January 12, 2010 at 9:13am — No Comments

What I learned about writing in 2009

What I learned about writing in 2009 is books sell by word of mouth, and that you're responsible for your own publicity, no matter how good your publicist is (or if you have one at all.) Know your reading material, practice it. Plant a question in the audience for Q&A to get the ball rolling. Every time you travel, call the bookstores there to see if they have your book, and come by to sign stock. Make friends with bookstore owners. Write thank you notes. And blog, blog, blog. Toot your own… Continue

Added by jessica handler on January 8, 2010 at 11:29am — 7 Comments

5 Questions for Pamela Tanner Boll

“In a half changed world, women often feel they need to choose: mothering or working? Your children’s well-being or your own?” Sound familiar? These are the questions that drive much of Who Does She Think She?, a documentary feature released this year. It essentially explores the lives of five diverse women who refuse to choose. She Writes caught up with director/producer Pamela Tanner Boll, to ask a bit about her process. The film is now available as a… Continue

Added by Five Questions on January 7, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Countdown to Publication – THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS

Days remaining to publication—13: The Murderer’s Daughters is a novel about Lulu and Merry, sisters who witness their father murder their mother and struggle with the aftermath for the next thirty years—always aware that someday he may be released from jail.



Right now, I’m thinking about the character of the mother in my book, The Murderer’s Daughters. Perhaps it’s because today I thought about how happy my own mother would be to see my book coming out. Although she never… Continue

Added by Randy Susan Meyers on January 7, 2010 at 10:19am — No Comments

New Year's Member News

Victoria Rosner had a fantastic Modern Love column in the New York Times this past Sunday



Julie Metz will be on Oprah January 8th at 4pm talking about her book Perfection. Be sure to tune in!…



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Added by Member News on January 6, 2010 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

10 Questions Never To Ask A Writer

I wonder how many of you have asked a writer of your acquaintance what you thought was a perfectly harmless question, one intended to show your interest in that person and what they do, only to be rewarded by a mumbled response, possibly a trembling chin, or, horrors, a glower. You walk away thinking, What’s wrong with these writer people? Have they no manners? Well, sadly, some of us don’t, but it’s more likely you’ve stumbled upon one of the questions likely to leave us at…well, a loss for… Continue

Added by Lauren B. Davis on January 5, 2010 at 6:00am — 58 Comments

Three things I recognized and accepted while writing a sequel (to Super in the City) in 2009

1) Instead of being embarrassed by my various random, messy ways of pseudo organizing characters, plot lines, and ideas, I decided to accept this chaotic mix as My Method. It’s amazing what capital letters will do to validate one’s habits. Sometimes I start a wall chart (hidden on the wall of my closet) with post-its, sometimes I use my notebook, sometimes I outline on the computer: instead of letting this make me feel unprofessional and uncommitted to a method, I recognized that this mélange… Continue

Added by Daphne Uviller on January 4, 2010 at 1:22pm — 9 Comments

Countdown to Publication – THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS

Days remaining to publication—16: The Murderer’s Daughters is a novel about Lulu and Merry, sisters who witness their father murder their mother and struggle with the aftermath for the next thirty years—always aware that someday he may be released from jail.



One of the unexpected joys of (soon!) publishing a novel is how, like heat and comfort- seeking missiles, you find friends on the same path. Some you… Continue

Added by Randy Susan Meyers on January 4, 2010 at 6:49am — No Comments

Five Things I Learned about being a Writer/Publisher in 2009

I'm both pleased and proud of 2009. As the resident writer and co-owner of an extremely niche publishing house (we publish plays for student performers) I was stunned to find out it was one of our better years. We've worked hard on our online presence and our physical presence; the two have played hand in hand toward our success.



Here's what I learned in 2009.



1. Effort pays off. Effort will get you want you want. Effort is equal to twelve to fourteen hours a day.… Continue

Added by Lindsay Price on January 2, 2010 at 5:13pm — 2 Comments

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