Featured Blog Posts – January 2014 Archive (37)

[Diary of a Memoirist] Faces in a Crowd

On my way to work this morning, winding my way through the crowded streets of the garment district, I looked up to see three New York City policemen mounted on horseback.

It’s not as though I’d never seen mounted police before, but it was startling on this brilliant and freezing morning to come upon three…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on January 30, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Hedgebrook Cookbook Excerpts, Part IV: Nothing is Off the Table

We hope you've enjoyed these excerpts from the Hedgebrook Cookbook, a work of love created by Hedgebrook in partnership with She Writes Press. All sales of the Cookbook benefit Hedgebrook--and the recipes really are delicious! Learn more about the book…

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Added by Hedgebrook on January 30, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - What They Don't Tell You: Writing the Story is Only the Beginning

This week my [REALITY CHECK] guest Reese Ryan touches on a subject that inspired me to start this column in the first place. After your book is written...then what? As an author, I've learned the importance of being a self starter when it comes to marketing and promoting. As a publisher, I've seen books that deserve to have a huge audience suffer because the author no longer has time or interest in promoting themselves or their…

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Added by Zetta Brown on January 29, 2014 at 7:00am — 15 Comments

Promote your book with Goodreads

Goodreads is a smart (and free) way for authors to reach avid readers. With 20 million members, 570 million books, and 24 million reviews, it is now the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. Here are a few tips for how to use it:…

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Added by Maria Murnane on January 28, 2014 at 10:42am — 9 Comments

[The Writer's Life] A Writer's Challenge

There are many challenges for a writer, but this particular challenge came in the form of a Facebook page on January 1st: Write 500 words a day for the next month.…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on January 27, 2014 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing ALL THE LIGHT THERE WAS by Nancy Kricorian

On the day the Nazis march down the rue de Belleville, fourteen-year-old Maral Pegorian is living with her family in Paris; like many other Armenians who survived the genocide in their homeland, they have come to Paris to build a new life. The adults immediately set about gathering food and provisions, bracing for the deprivation they know all too well. But the children—Maral, her brother Missak, and their close friend Zaven—are spurred to action of another sort, finding secret and…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on January 26, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] My journey to She Writes Press…

My interesting and satisfying journey to SWP...

I can tell you this with all honesty and a straight face. After I finished the first draft of the first novel in my four-book Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance…

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Added by Liz Gelb-O'Connor on January 26, 2014 at 4:56pm — 9 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Six Ways to Build Your Author Platform

Tuesday night, I had the privilege of attending Sin and Syntax author Constance Hale’s class The Book Biz from A to Z at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. One of the topics that arose was…

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Added by Meghan Ward on January 23, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Dream Reader, Nightmare Reviewer

This weekend brought two radically different responses to my new memoir that caused joy and despair, the alternation of outcomes my friend Carolyn used to refer to as the “swings and the roundabouts”―what you lose on the one (the swings), you gain on the other (the roundabouts). Things balance out in the end. In this case, though, it started with the roundabouts: a friend forwarded…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on January 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Hedgebrook Cookbook Excerpts, Part III: The Backward Step

Zen Buddhist priest and novelist Ruth Ozeki is adept at paying attention to how her mind works. So while she was ensconced at her desk in Meadowhouse, during her Hedgebrook residency a few years ago, she made a fascinating discovery that led to a breakthrough in her novel A Tale for the Time Being. She said…

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Added by Hedgebrook on January 22, 2014 at 1:54pm — 6 Comments

[Making the Leap] The Writing Path

This past fall, I took my dog, Blue, out for a hike near Colorado's Curecanti National Recreation Area on a trail called Dillon Pinnacles. I've done the hike before but not for several years. Maybe because it had been so long since I'd walked it,…

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Added by Julie Luek on January 22, 2014 at 6:00am — 15 Comments

Working with Book Cover Designers

Your book cover is important for making a positive first impression with potential readers. At a recent industry conference I got to chatting with a professional book designer named Susan Newman. My publisher does my covers for me, but I know that many authors who read my blog are going the indie route and have to create the jackets on their own, so I asked her about working with cover designers. Here's what she had to…

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Added by Maria Murnane on January 21, 2014 at 11:56am — 4 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Cover

The first cover I saw was gorgeous, but I knew immediately it was not right for my book. And that certainty made my heart sink, because this is my very first book and this was the first and most important step in the design process and right out of the gate, I was going to have to be the bad…

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Added by Ann Hedreen on January 20, 2014 at 12:08pm — 6 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing SAY IT OUT LOUD by Roberta Dolan

Extensive media exposure of high-profile sexual abuse cases has shattered the wall that 213,000 victims hide behind each year—but breaking the silence is only the first step. What happens next? For most survivors, wounds are left to fester, slowly destroying lives.

Say It Out Loud: Revealing and Healing the Scars of Sexual Abuse exposes the emotional scars of sexual abuse and explains the process of healing. In this inspirational work of prescriptive nonfiction—a unique blend…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on January 20, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Women of the Fifties: Were They All Unambitious?

Sarah Glazer looks back at her own memories of the fifties

As a child of the 1950s whose family didn’t own a TV, I loved watching…

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Added by State of the Art on January 17, 2014 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Does Size Matter?

It depends.

I’ve been struck by the attention media has lavished on the size of two women writers: Lena Dunham and Jennifer Weiner.

Does Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham’s character in the hugely (oops) successful television series Girls, have the right to appear naked on a regular basis? Is she …

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on January 16, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: The Kite, the Beach Ball, and the Stone: Six Ways to Set Your Own Pace After Publication

As my publication date was approaching, I thought of my book as a kite.

 

If I grabbed onto the string and ran really fast, I thought, the book would lift off and soar into the sky.  Then all I’d need to do was give it a little…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on January 16, 2014 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Should I Do My Own Ebook Conversions? – The Pros and Cons

Howdy, She Writers, and Happy New Year!

 

This year on [REALITY CHECK], I will be inviting other She Writes members to share their bouts of reality with you. Over the next several months you will be getting a wide range of topics covering pre- and post-publication.

 

I kick things off…

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Added by Zetta Brown on January 15, 2014 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Watch for errors in your marketing materials

After speaking at a conference a few weeks ago, I met an author who had done something quite smart to promote his novel: He created a bookmark about it. The front had the cover, title and his name, and the back included a brief plot description, the author's email address and website, and where to buy the book.

The bookmark included a lot of great information, and overall it looked very professional. Unfortunately, it also included a grammatical error that jumped out at me and…

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Added by Maria Murnane on January 14, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

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