Featured Blog Posts – January 2012 Archive (60)

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ShePublishes: A Celebratory Giveaway

Added by Sarah Pinneo on January 22, 2012…

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Added by Mary Keating on January 31, 2012 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Electrifying Winners!

What electrifies me? You! I have been utterly, deeply inspired and moved by the response to my book giveaway. Thank you, everyone, for sharing your passions, for sharing what makes you tick as writers and women, for giving me windows into your lives, into your fiery, electric hearts. I so loved reading about how you are inspired by truth, by connection, by food, by the body, by nature, by…

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Added by gayle brandeis on January 31, 2012 at 1:29pm — 2 Comments

ShePublishes: A Celebratory Giveaway

The Adventures of a Query Queen

By Sarah Pinneo

Today it is finally true. After years of work, two manuscripts, and who knows how many queries, my novel hits bookstore shelves, published by Plume, an imprint of Penguin USA.

Julia's Child is a Cinderella story about a mom who wants very much to see…

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Added by Sarah Pinneo on January 31, 2012 at 9:24am — 48 Comments

You know more than you think you do

A smart way to get the word out about your book is to position yourself as an expert in a particular subject. You can write a regular blog, contribute articles to magazines and websites, speak at events, and even make yourself available to the press to help with their stories.

However, when I suggest this approach to authors I'm often surprised at the response, which is usually something…

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Added by Maria Murnane on January 31, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

What? It's possible to keep writing after a kid?

The first ever writing retreat I attended was in 2002. I’d been married for five years, had a poetry chapbook published the previous year, my husband was applying for business school, and we had just broached the subject of having kids once he had earned his MBA.

 

At the retreat, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the organizers, Christina Daub, about being a writing parent. While Tina was not the first poet I’d ever met who had to juggle writing with parenting, she is…

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Added by Bernadette Geyer on January 31, 2012 at 5:38am — 2 Comments

Social media challenge...marketing for authors

by Sherrie Wilkolaski

Let’s get real about social media.  It’s like exercise, right?  Not everyone is as focused on their social media footprint as they would like.  It takes time and effort.  So I thought, why not do it together.  I ran this blogging campaign at Infinity Publishing and it was a huge hit, so I'm bringing it here to www.shewrites.com.  This is your opportunity to make some viral waves in the world of…

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Added by Sherrie Wilkolaski on January 30, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

On Art Colonies (What Works, What Doesn't)

I'm happy to serve as a guest editor for the SheWrites blog this week--especially knowing we can create some precious creative space for co-founder Kamy Wicoff to work on her own book. Go, Kamy, go! Today, I thought I would give you a glimpse of where I am; each day this week I look forward to featuring a…

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Added by Sandra Beasley on January 30, 2012 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

Guest Post #7: Take it To Go

Creativity used in tandem with the power of community is what makes the social web tick, and what is usually the most rewarding way for each of us to share, promote, correspond, and learn online. 

This week's cross-section hints that there are as many ways to personalize our social tech use as there are goals we're…

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Added by Julia Barry on January 28, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Guest Post #6: Words + Social Tech = Oomph

I had an obvious realization. There just aren't enough days in this week to highlight even half of the outstanding women and women's causes who are using social media and technology to get their voices heard!

So let's treat these posts as a "starter kit," from where you can branch out to the topics and people who interest you. Taking a few minutes to follow their Twitter followers, or check out what pages women they "like" on Facebook can be…

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Added by Julia Barry on January 27, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Guest Post #5: Jennifer Pozner Amplifies WIMN's Voices

As you can probably tell, I'm really big on the internet as a platform for activism, especially for women. Women across the world who never would have been able to meet can now organize as communities. This means they can brainstorm, complain, organize, critique, help, encourage, and act together--like we do on She Writes!

She Writes knocks my socks off because it's a safe enclave of support for…

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Added by Julia Barry on January 26, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

"Let us now praise famous men": On Breaking Conventions and Women's Biography

Alexander Solzhenitsyn by openDemocracy



This morning I read a really interesting conversation with Michael Scammel, the biographer of Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn and Arthur Koestler. A lot of what Scammel said about his path to biography resonated with me. He describes having wanted to become a fiction writer in his twenties…

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Added by Julija Sukys on January 26, 2012 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Guest Post #4: Beth Kanter's Social Media & Non-Profit Scoop

Many of us on SheWrites care about women's issues or work in the non-profit world. Beth Kanter writes a really helpful, clear blog with the tagline, "How Networked Nonprofits Are Using Social Media to Power Change."…



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Added by Julia Barry on January 25, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Keep track of your successes

In a recent post, I emphasized the importance of writing down your ideas quickly so you won't forget them. Today, I strongly suggest you also write down something else: your successes. Marketing a book isn't easy, especially if you are independently published, but if you work hard at it, eventually you're going to experience some cool things. You may speak at a local library or bookstore, or…

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Added by Maria Murnane on January 24, 2012 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Guest Post #3: Share This! Deanna Zandt's Book Gets Us Going Online



Yesterday we got psyched about the power of curiosity. Now let's get that curiosity interacting online with a book by social media guru and zany feminist, Deanna Zandt: …

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Added by Julia Barry on January 24, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Guest Post #2: Curiosity Saved the Cat

Curiosity didn't kill the cat. I think it made its life richer, more interesting, adventurous, and possibly even longer than it would have been. Why? Yesterday, we were talking about the power of questions. And when you label the fire that motivates questioning, you find...

CURIOSITY.…



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Added by Julia Barry on January 23, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Guest Post #1: The Power of Questions

I'm thrilled to be your guest blogger this week! I'll share inspiration of all sorts that combine women, writing, and tech. I'll throw in some of my thoughts too, and I'm especially interested to hear yours. 

Let's start off with the power of ASKING QUESTIONS.

If you're like me, many of your thoughts start with "what if?" or "how to?". I…

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Added by Julia Barry on January 22, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Writer's Self Promotion

Self Promotion

The topic of promoting oneself brings to mind several aspects and related personalities of the past. There must be a huge ego thing with politicians for their self promotions which is not denied and which is a way of life for them. It could also be true for rock stars and others in the entertainment business. In the writing and publishing business, just look at the giants from the large presses and literature world. Where are the centers? They are: New York City,…

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Added by Timothy Desmond on January 22, 2012 at 4:44am — 1 Comment

What Electrifies You? Tell us and win!

Every once in a while, a student will come to my office, saying she doesn’t know what to write.

“What gets your heart pumping?” I’ll ask her. “What takes your breath away? What makes the hair on your arms stand up on end?”

And she’ll look up into the air until something dawns upon her, and then a smile (or pained expression) will spread across her face. Her brother’s…

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Added by gayle brandeis on January 20, 2012 at 9:40am — 77 Comments

Kicking It on Kickstarter!

Kickstarter, called "the people's NEA" by The New York Times, recently sent out their 2011 round-up of success stories on their crowdsourced fundraising site, with women filmmakers taking significant applause on the roster, including Dee Rees' Pariah, which won the Excellence in…

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Added by Kathleen Sweeney on January 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Women of Arab Spring

Sarah Glazer wonders what will happen to the women of Arab Spring after the revolution is over.

 Are we getting the whole story about the part women are playing in the Arab Spring turmoil and its aftermath? That was the question in my mind as I headed for a panel discussion in London last month with women activists from Libya, Bahrain and Iran.

 The first thing that struck me was…

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Added by State of the Art on January 20, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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