Since I received so many inquires about LinkedIn on my last post, Im going to try to give a quick and dirty explanation of LinkedIn and why every author should have a profile. Of all social media networks, LinkedIn is the most business-oriented. It is a great network to extend your…Continue
From the day of She Writes' launch--June 29th, 2009--Lori A. May has been here. She was one of the first people to join who I didn't already know personally, and it has been such a pleasure to get to know her here and in our correspondence since then. (She is the founder of the…Continue
Virginia Wo olf’s nineteenth-century declarative essay, “A Room of One’s Own,” has been the founding tenet of contemporary female authorship. In her assertion that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,”…Continue
Imagine the thrill of that first published book: your name on the cover, your words filling each page. Who needs a major publisher to promote and distribute when you are brimming with enthusiasm and have put aside a small sum for travel expenses? My novel, The Bone Weaver, semi-self-published by a small indie press, was going to sell; I would make that happen. And there would be bookstore readings and signings, flashbulbs (we're talking 2001, so no cell phone shots) and fans lining…Continue
Have you ever read a book and become annoyed or disgusted by some anachronistic error that totally broke the spell of the book, or some bit of incorrect detail that snapped your suspension of disbelief?
I have, and I don't like it. Some readers and fans love pointing out mistakes--like Trekkies, for…Continue
As a non-traditional teacher, the quote above has always dogged my teaching experience. I even go so far as to refer to myself as an “educator” rather than a “teacher” so as not to mislead anyone that I am…Continue
I read a stunning submission this week from one of my students that had all the elements of good storytelling minus one thing: body sensations. I found myself desperately wanting her to describe the sensations that must have been coming up for her as she wrote about what for her was a…Continue
Book descriptions can be an effective marketing tool, but they can also be tricky. Here are three keys to writing a good one:
I remember thinking that her novel had a lot going for it. It wasn’t very good yet, but it had promise—a…Continue
Social Media: Sigh. We know we need to do it in order to build our author platforms so we can get agents and book deals and make money selling those books, but it can be exhausting. And it never ends. You tweet and you post and you circle and you link and you connect and you Instagram, and then you wake up the next morning and have to do it all over again. When are you supposed to spend time with your family and (IRL) friends? When are you supposed to get…Continue
Added by Yvette Heyliger on January 22, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
My tendency in all things is to go quickly, to get it out of the way, to get it over and done with already. This mentality comes in handy with certain things: moving boxes, cleaning houses, putting away laundry, anything that requires physical strength, really.
But my boyfriend…Continue
Added by Emily Lackey on January 21, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
My path to writing began with reading. I think that great writers always stem from great readers, and while I would not say I have become the former, I definitely spent a good deal of time mastering the latter. When I was in middle school, I was the kid who had hair that often looked dirty…Continue
According to Wikipedia, an Italian publisher named Aldus Manutius the Elder (1449–1515) is credited for having invented the semicolon. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, however, states that the first known use of the semicolon didn’t occur until the year 1644. Whatever the facts are, the first…Continue
My upstairs neighbor Alexandra, who is a big fan of my books, recently read one of my newest titles, Cassidy Lane. She told me she loved it, but she'd also lost track of how many times in the story Cassidy "walked home slowly." I thanked her for her honesty because I hadn't noticed my tendency to overuse that phrase.
Neither had the developmental editor.
Or the copyeditor.
Or the proofreader.
But my neighbor had, and…Continue
Much has been made of the analogy between publishing a novel and giving birth to a child. Having given birth to two children and published three novels, I can say the two things have very little in common. One of the traits they do share is that the pain involved is quickly forgotten, almost…Continue
Hashtags are frequently overlooked by social media users, perhaps because they seem confusing or unnecessary. But believe it or not, they are integral to the way…Continue
For the past two and a half years, I've been sharing my thoughts, fears, questions, and a few (very few?) answers, as I have worked to complete my first novel at the ripe old age of forty-two. It has been so wonderful, and truly life-saving, at times, to have this community to turn to in a creative endeavor that…Continue
Every day, we’re told, we must chain ourselves to our desks and not get up until our daily quota of 500 or 1,000 or 2,000 words is complete.
The German word “sitzfleisch”—literally, “buttocks”—means the…Continue
We are halfway through the first month of 2015...how many of you still have resolutions? Don’t feel bad if you’ve fallen off the wagon. My resolution is, “No resolution shall go unbroken.”
But I will say that I’m doing something different this year that I…Continue