Featured Blog Posts – January 2017 Archive (25)

She Writes University gives you access to bestselling authors

Earlier this week, we announced the launch of SHE WRITES UNIVERSITY. This online, webinar-based writing program is the first online writing program to be back by a community of nearly 30,000 female writers (psssst, that's YOU!). In an effort to help you all reach your writing and publishing goals, we've launched our very first semester with SEVEN classes from SEVEN diverse and inspiring…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 30, 2017 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Are You Confusing These Words?

The following words are super easy to confuse with each other, so here's a quick explanation of the difference:

Complement/Compliment, Complementary/Complimentary

To complement (verb)is to complete or make whole

  • That necklace really complements your outfit

complement (noun) is something that completes or makes whole

  • That necklace is a great…

Added by Maria Murnane on January 30, 2017 at 12:27pm — 4 Comments

An Author’s Guide to Book Subtitles

A conversation about book subtitles should always start with genre, as best practices for subtitling vary from genre to genre. Recently, a memoirist I’m working with presented me with a long list of things her…


Added by Brooke Warner on January 27, 2017 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

How to Publish a Book Traditionally

So you decided that self-publishing is not your game and have invested more professional faith in the traditional route. What are the next steps? Here are the five simple actions to take to publish your book traditionally – but caveat: these steps and endless amount of patience and a boundless determination to never forsake hope on your dreams.


Determine the Genre of Your Book

Before one can go forth with sending query letters to agents, aspiring authors must…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 27, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Literary Fiction vs. Commercial Fiction

At some point, every aspiring author asks a very simple but important question: what is the difference between literary fiction and commercial fiction? She Writes is here to demystify the two types of writing and highlight the critical differences in writing each type. Feel free to stow away this knowledge for your next writing event; you’re officially a publishing guru.


What is commercial fiction?

Commercial fiction, what most mainstream publishers are…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 25, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

5 Tips For Writing Better Dialogue

One of the greatest writing crafts to conquer is creating engaging and unforgettable dialogue between your characters. Every writer faces the dialogue struggle at some point and often battles through self-criticism until they Google or consult their writing resources with one critical question: how do I write better dialogue? In addition to practice and rewriting, it’s important to absorb a few tricks to add to your writing tool box. Here are five easy ways to write better dialogue, no…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 24, 2017 at 9:45am — No Comments

Scouting locations for book launch parties

Last August I met up with a friend to visit a store I wanted to describe for a scene in the novel I was writing at the time. It was dreadfully hot that day, so after I'd finished my research we made a beeline for a quiet (and air conditioned!) pub on a random side street in Manhattan. After we ordered our drinks I looked around and thought to myself, This would be a great spot to have a book launch party. I didn't even know what the place was called, and it would be months and…


Added by Maria Murnane on January 23, 2017 at 2:22pm — No Comments

What if you could hire a literary agent by the hour?

Starting another inspiring day writing in community at a woman’s co-working space in Mill Valley, CA, I double-click the She Writes’ book contract to open it. If I want a Spring 2017 publication date, I have 72 hours to sign it. I scan it briefly. It’s the Thursday before a three-day…


Added by Thais Derich on January 23, 2017 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] She Writes Press? Yes!

Sometimes inner guidance sounds more like a whisper than a growl. It might stalk you from behind a flowering Camellia bush and distract you with red blossoms. It might tap you on the shoulder and then run away. It may wonder how many times or in what ways it needs to tell you the…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on January 22, 2017 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Moving from Wordpress.com to Wordpress.org

A few months ago I made the move from a wordpress.com website to a wordpress.org website. After three years of attending WordPress meet-ups, the members of the meet-up said I was probably the most prepared person ever to do this switch. While it wasn’t a seamless transition, it was relatively easy.

WordPress.com is great for beginners who are afraid of technology and doing something to “break” their website. That was me. No coding is necessary. You pick a theme and a…


Added by Patricia Robertson on January 18, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments


My book died last week.

The funeral was this morning; it was a sombre affair, everybody dressed…


Added by Judith Chambers on January 17, 2017 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

riding the wave of a contest submission

Last fall I won the writing contest for The Magic of Memoir. This was a first time I entered a writing contest and a first win for anything that had to do with my writing. A win at anything says it all, a handshake in welcome, validation that you’re writing well, and self-confidence to keep going and…


Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on January 17, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

When to Pull the Plug on Your Book

Last spring I did something I never thought I'd do: I pulled the plug on a novel I'd been working on for more than a year. It was sad and painful and caused me a great deal of stress to make that decision, but you know what? I should have done it a lot earlier for two reasons:

1.    It wasn't an interesting story

If I've learned anything about writing novels, it's that you have to have an interesting story to tell. In my case I'd just finished a previous novel…


Added by Maria Murnane on January 16, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments

Using Twitter as Content Promotion Tool

The whole purpose of using Twitter as a promotion tool is learning how to enhance your popularity. The larger you get at increasing your popularity, the more consumers you have to introduce your product to. 

There are indeed guidelines prepared by …


Added by Alina Tytarenko on January 12, 2017 at 12:37pm — No Comments

How You (Yes, You) Can Find Time to Write

Maybe you’ve got a day job. Maybe you’ve got kids. Yet you have aspirations to write that novel. Your problem is that you’re not sure when you can make the time.

It’s a common dilemma, and one I’ve spent the past few years studying. From 2013-2014, for a book I wrote called I Know How She Does It, I…


Added by Laura Vanderkam on January 12, 2017 at 11:55am — 8 Comments

Part II, The Problem with Memoirs

I can understand Genzlinger’s irritability with the memoir genre becoming over-inflated. Memoirs seem to be riding the wave of too much sharing and providing an over-supply of personal information. In Part I from a previous post, I shared Genzlinger’s guidelines to would-be memoirists from his essay, “The Problem with Memoirs,” published in The New York Times. He felt that 3 out of the 4 memoirs he had read did not need to be written. Over the years of tilling the soil of my memoir,…


Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on January 12, 2017 at 9:47am — 3 Comments

Five Reasons She Writes Is The Place Every Writer Should Call Home

Why should you make She Writes your online writerly home? As the founder of She Writes and as a woman who spends a lot of her time with writers and in the world of publishing, I have seen a lot of online offerings for writers. Here are five things that set She Writes apart from the rest. 

1) Community. Most websites for writers provide information and tips, but have not created a community where you can get to know other…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 10, 2017 at 11:02am — 6 Comments

Writing Right: How to Make Your Site Content Count

Writing content for the internet is nowhere near the same as creating content for any other medium. But why? The answer is simple: People digest information differently online.

Good writing is good writing, but you still need to tell a story that entertains your target…


Added by Eileen O'Shanassy on January 10, 2017 at 10:29am — No Comments

Three Writerly Resolutions For 2017

2016 was quite a year, and in many ways, it's a year I would like to forget. But what will 2017 bring? In the new world order that will be ushered in this January 20th, what can we as women writers resolve to do to meet our obligations both to the wider world and to ourselves? How can we nurture those around us while nurturing our writing, as well?

I have three resolutions for 2017 to share. Feel free to post your own in the comments, or in a post on your own blog here on the…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 9, 2017 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Pruning Your Prose

Every year we have the stunning Japanese maple in our back yard trimmed by a gifted gardener. Each time, I’m astonished to see the graceful structure of the tree’s inner limbs, their beauty revealed after excess branches have been cut away.


One of the great joys of writing, for me, lies in revision, especially cutting words, sentences, even paragraphs, from my own breathless prose. Though there’s satisfaction in that first draft, where I face the blank page and let ideas fly,…


Added by Joan Steinau Lester on January 9, 2017 at 2:23pm — 11 Comments

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