Featured Blog Posts – January 2013 Archive (29)

[REALITY CHECK] Curb Your Enthusiasm...or Get Kicked to the Curb

The Internet makes communication so easy that it has become a lifeline for a lot of us. However, you should still take care not to come across as so pushy and tactless that people wish they could pull your plug and stick a DNR- Do Not Resuscitate sticker on you.…


Added by Zetta Brown on January 30, 2013 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

On Not Writing Every Day

I am a writer who doesn't write every day.

There are very few of us, the writers who will admit publicly to not valuing daily writing. Not just not doing it or scheduling it, but not seeing the point at all.

Let me back up. I know plenty of successful writers who are much more…


Added by Rita Arens on January 29, 2013 at 9:30pm — 30 Comments


Dear She Writers,

I’m excited to be writing a series of posts for She Writes, detailing the countdown to publication for my new novel, Oleander Girl.  One reason I’m pleased is because I’ve been reading (and learning from) other people’s countdowns, and I hope some of the things I share here will be helpful to you. But mostly it’s because sharing my hopes and anxieties for the novel, at which I’ve worked so long, makes this waiting period a little less scary and a little less…


Added by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on January 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — 26 Comments

Two Expensive Design Mistakes to Avoid

I began my career as an indie author. Today, I'd like to share two mistakes I made when working with a professional designer that cost me a LOT of money. If you pursue the self-publishing route, I hope you can learn from my experiences and avoid making these mistakes with your book.…


Added by Maria Murnane on January 29, 2013 at 9:36am — 1 Comment

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] My Mother, the Writer

I grew up with a writing mother, Sylvia Cassedy, whose fiction and poetry for children garnered critical acclaim and loyal readers.  Having a literary model right in the house was a great gift, which it set me on my own path…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on January 28, 2013 at 4:41pm — 11 Comments

[She Self-Publishes] 7 Common Questions About ISBNs

If you're going to self-publish and you don't have a clue about ISBNs, this post is for you.


What is an ISBN?


ISBN is an acronym for International Standard Book Number. An ISBN is a 10- or 13-digit number given to every published book.…


Added by Emily Suess on January 28, 2013 at 9:51am — 7 Comments

Brainstorming Session Tomorrow! New Publishing Models for She Writes Press

Hi everyone -- this will be brief as I had a bad fall a few weeks ago and had to have surgery, so typing is a struggle, but after the lively debate over the past few days we thought we (Brooke Warner and Kamy Wicoff) would sponsor a brainstorming session tomorrow to generate ideas for making exciting and creative projects happen on She Writes Press! Please join us tomorrow at 4PM EST by using this link: …


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 24, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Book Bloggers: The Secret to Book Marketing Success

Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram are great for connecting with your friends and your fans, but how can you expand your reach to people who have never heard of you? Self-publishing stars like Amanda Hocking know the…


Added by Meghan Ward on January 24, 2013 at 1:30am — 12 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: The Best Writers’ Group

Take a look at this group. Formed in the city that is now Vilnius, Lithuania, before World War II, it called itself "Young Vilna." It went on to become one of the most famous writers’ groups in history. 

Over the years, I’ve been a member of five writers’ groups, none of them famous. One had only two…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on January 23, 2013 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] Finding Your One Thing

One of my favorite movie scenes is from the film City Slickers. In the scene Jack Palance’s character, Curly, a grizzled cowboy with a cigarette dangling from his lips, is riding on horseback alongside Billy Crystal’s city character, Mitch, who is in the throes of a midlife…


Added by Julie Luek on January 22, 2013 at 5:30pm — 56 Comments

Book marketing tip: Hold on to your contacts

While I have a traditional book deal now, I began my career as a self-published author. As you indie authors out there know all too well, that meant that in addition to everything else, I had to do all the marketing on my own.

As part of my strategy, I reached out to both book clubs and bloggers early on. For clubs near me, I offered to come to their meetings if they chose my novel. For book bloggers, I offered to send them a copy in hopes that they would enjoy it and write favorably…


Added by Maria Murnane on January 22, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The Question Everyone is Asking: If You're a Memoirist, Are You Doomed to Be a Narcissist?

Gosh, I'm sick of everyone accusing memoirists of being narcissists. For the last couple of weeks, there was another uproar of essays that mix up memoirists with journalists—AND narcissists--again. The topic comes forward every few months: there seems to be the opinion that somehow it is bad manners, bad writing, or narcissistic to spill personal details in memoir. But what's confusing to me is that most of the people being criticized, or doing the criticizing, were journalists. It…


Added by Linda Joy Myers on January 21, 2013 at 9:32am — 3 Comments

Tinted Memoir Writing---and Why You Should Do It

One of the primary struggles new memoirists face is the question of what to sacrifice in the telling of their memoir, or what to focus on. When a person decides to write a memoir, it’s inevitable that the experience of what they want to write about seems too big, too sprawling,…


Added by Brooke Warner on January 19, 2013 at 10:00pm — 29 Comments

A Brief History of the Memoir

I like to think of memoir as a genre in its adolescence.  Before the publication of Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club (1995), Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes (1996) and Katherine Harrison’s The Kiss (1997), the memoir barely existed as a possibility.  Following this logic, the contemporary memoir turns eighteen…


Added by Theo Pauline Nestor on January 17, 2013 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Extended Family: When Fictional Characters Show Up in Your Living Room

We hear that for many writers, the characters they create "come alive" during the writing process. But in what ways is that phrase more than a simple metaphor? And how is a writer supposed to manage the expanded household as it begins to fill up with progeny spilling over from the pages of a…


Added by Nancy Kricorian on January 16, 2013 at 4:30pm — 15 Comments

5 Questions for...Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau spent ten years traveling five nations in order to research her latest book, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, a work of creative nonfiction about black people who left home to find the “Promised Land.”  She lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at…


Added by Five Questions on January 14, 2013 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

How to connect with your readers

My friend Karen McQuestion, whose best-selling novels include A Scattered LifeEasily Amused, and The Long Way Home, is my hero. Why? Because her fans LOVE her. I asked for her secret to connecting with readers, and here's what she had to say:…


Added by Maria Murnane on January 14, 2013 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

[She Self-Publishes] The Wide and Wild World of Self Publishing

I'm happy to introduce a guest author on She Self-Publishes today. Dava Stewart, fellow friend and writer from Smiling Tree Writing.

As a reader and a writer, I have watched as the rise of self publishing has rocked the world of book production. Watching the changes to how books are distributed, I wanted to learn more, so in August of 2012, I began…


Added by Emily Suess on January 14, 2013 at 5:55am — 3 Comments


Before the ink dries on your New Year’s resolutions, I want you to add one more to your list: BACK UP your data. Please. Do it now. And do it regularly.


If you’re like me, you wait until one computer dies before you buy another, which means you’re bound to lose some files in the…


Added by Meghan Ward on January 10, 2013 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

The Reluctant Self-Publisher's Update on THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION

So many of you have been writing to ask me why The Answer to Your Question is not for sale on Amazon yet! 

Okay, a few of you have actually inquired (thank you). After all, I spouted all over the Internet that it would be available on January 1, 2013.  That was my publication date, and here I sit…


Added by Paulette Bates Alden on January 10, 2013 at 10:59am — 19 Comments

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