Featured Blog Posts – February 2010 Archive (22)

Steal My Book?

Should I let you steal my work? More and more, that’s a question most writers will face.

Take a writer who said “Yes” with astounding results ...

In 1999, the agent for Brazilian author Paulo Coelho returned from Russia with bad news. Coehlho's novel “The Alchemist” had sold fewer than 3,000 copies and the publisher had decided to discontinue publication.

A second Russian language publisher was found but the republication was held up by supply… Continue

Added by Sarah Glazer on February 27, 2010 at 9:58am — 12 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 34 Days---Pushing Your Reader Off the Rainbow

I'm going to give you an excerpt this week from the book I'm knee-deep in editing right now. It's a kind of overview of how I see the fiction author's relationship to their reader. (I tend to talk a lot about pushing readers around when I talk about fiction):

Your work as a writer is to create a world your reader can believe in. You go into it the way you’d step into thin air, blindly, in unavoidably two-dimensional faith.

There is nothing between you and… Continue

Added by Victoria Mixon on February 26, 2010 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

Nominate Women Writers to Be 2011's Best American Anthology Editors!

"I don't care who does the electing so long as I get to do the nominating." -- Boss Tweed

The man has a point. So She Writers, let's do the nominating! My proposal for our community action in response to the all-white-dudes chosen to edit every single Best American anthology in 2010? Nominate a woman writer for the job for next year. And email your nominees to our good pal Lori Glazer, Executive Director of Publicity at HMH (her email is listed below), who was quoted in the… Continue

Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — 17 Comments

What Racism and Sexism? It's Just a Coincidence!

I am just going to let this s--- speak for itself: herein, Houghton Harcourt Mifflin's response to the all-white-dude lineup of editors for the 2010 Best American series, as reported by Patricia Cohen in her NYT article today about my blogpost on the subject.

"Lori Glazer, executive director of publicity at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, wrote in an e-mail message, 'the process for choosing the guest… Continue

Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 25, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Five Questions for... Heidi Durrow

This week, She Writes members novelist Heidi Durrow and poet Tara Betts sit down to discuss Durrow's first novel The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, published this month by Algonquin:

1) How did you start writing and developing a community of writers to support you and your work? Who influenced you and helped guide you as a writer?

I don’t have an MFA or a degree in creative writing—my background is as a journalist and lawyer. So, I found fellowship… Continue

Added by Five Questions on February 25, 2010 at 3:07pm — 7 Comments

Countdown to Publication: 5 Days - Panic Phase I

FIVE days! Well, it's officially begun. The panic.

(I should say that my state of mind is also impacted at the moment by the fact that my home is turned upside down because we're packing/moving over the next couple of days. Did I mention: do NOT schedule to move the week before your book release!)

Seriously, though; I realize that this is the time when it's important to get real. Expectations can get weirdly inflated around this time, and I think that can be… Continue

Added by Sonya Chung on February 25, 2010 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

Hey Girls! Meet the White Men Who Were Just Named A Jury Of Your Peers!

Last week, Barbara Jones, the visionary and all-around fabulous Editorial Director of Hyperion Books and Voice (the imprint of books for women) that published She Writers Julie Metz and Deborah Kogan), sent me an email with the subject line "women are apparently not fit to judge this year." In the… Continue

Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 24, 2010 at 9:00am — 24 Comments

Countdown to Publication - Lunch in Paris: 3 weeks ago

Hi Everyone. Wow I’m tired, and full. I flew back from Australia straight into San Francisco this past week to do a reading at Book Passage in the Ferry Building - and I managed some serious foodie tourism (Chili lamb at Burmastar, French toast at Mama’s, bosc pears at the farmers market, and a Persian feast prepared by a friend of the family) along the way. The event was small - serious Francophiles all. Talking to readers – performing parts of the… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Bard on February 23, 2010 at 11:50pm — 3 Comments


The first article about us as authors, back when we wrote Exposures as Marie Joyce, appeared in a newspaper called The New York Press. It was generated because WE sent out a press release. We had had a great editor, but there was no publicity or marketing budget for that book. Hell, our entry level—read minute—advance (divided in half, paid out in thirds) was barely enough for dinner out and a cab ride home from the restaurant, so we were left to our own devices to create… Continue

Added by Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant on February 23, 2010 at 6:00am — 8 Comments


My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton.

Hello all! Thanks so much for the welcoming response to my last "countdown" entry. I thought I'd switch gears and post on a practical topic. Specifically: let's say you snag an opportunity to promote a book of yours--whether through a reading, a print excerpt, or a guest-blog post. What are… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on February 22, 2010 at 12:26pm — 4 Comments

Member News February 19th, 2010

We love to hear that the great things you've been working on have finally come to fruition. It is particularly exciting seeing these Member News updates growing so exponentially over the past few months. So, please do take the time to congratulate some of your fellow She Writers on their recent successes and of course, as always, send us your news for next week!


The She Writes Team

Last month's Countdown to Publication author… Continue

Added by Member News on February 19, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: Let's Say 41 Days---Indie Publishing

I spent yesterday morning in a fascinating conversation, a twenty-minute interview that ballooned into an hour and a half. I was talking to She Writes member Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, author of the independently-published Silent Sorority.

I've begun interviewing indie-published authors for my blog, as I work my way through the research on independent publishers for my book. (My interview with Pamela will go up… Continue

Added by Victoria Mixon on February 19, 2010 at 1:00am — 9 Comments

Pamela Redmond Satran On Digital Rights, Turning a Blog Into a Bestselling Book, and More!

Kamy interviews Pamela Redmond final.mp3

Yesterday afternoon, I did my first interview for She Writes Radio (using the Blog Talk Radio Ning app) with the journalist, novelist, humorist, blogger and new-media-expert extraordinaire Pamela Redmond Satran, who kindly agreed to be my guinea pig. Good thing she is… Continue

Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 18, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Countdown to Publication: 12 Days - Reviews

I've received two pieces of interesting advice about reviews: 1) Don't read the bad reviews; 2) Don't read the good reviews.

There is wisdom here, as strange as it may sound. Because as wonderful as it is when people praise your work, and as disappointing as it is when critics point out flaws, you find that these opinions don't hit you as hard or as deep as you might fear or expect. I remember when I was reading the final-final pages of… Continue

Added by Sonya Chung on February 18, 2010 at 5:06am — 4 Comments

If 22 more people buy a copy of the Bell Jar ($10) at this link, a NYC high school can start reading a book by a woman

ReadThis is trying to help a needy Brooklyn public high school get a full set of books so the students might have the unique experience of reading a whole book together. The teacher would like to teach The Bell Jar and The Wisdom of Insecurity.

Already 28 copies of the Bell Jar have been purchased. If 22 more people buy one copy, the students can start… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Mitchell on February 16, 2010 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment


We are best friends who’ve been co-writing women’s fiction for twenty of our twenty seven years of friendship. Uptown is our seventh novel. For more information about who we are, what we do and/or to read an excerpt of Uptown please visit http://deberryandgrant.com.

About 100 years ago, or more accurately in1996, when we were in pre-pub for Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made, which was technically our second book, but the first under our own… Continue

Added by Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant on February 15, 2010 at 3:57pm — 2 Comments

From book to movie in 2 years

My first novel Orange Mint and Honey has been adapted for the small screen. It will air on LMN (Lifetime Movie Network) this Sunday at 8 pm EST.…


Added by Carleen on February 15, 2010 at 9:00am — 19 Comments


My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton.

I've been trying to figure out where to begin. Galleys? Reviews? Readings? Book trailers? But you all hardly know me yet. So I thought I'd start with a story.

My first collection of… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on February 15, 2010 at 8:26am — 5 Comments

Five Questions for Nona Willis Aronowitz

When Nona's Girl Drive arrived in our office we all practically squealed with delight. She Writes VP Deborah Siegel had helped Nona with the book, guiding her to a number of feminists she eventually interviewed and Community Manager Wilson Sherwin knew Nona from their mutual downtown NYC childhoods. To be sure, we both felt a stake in the book and its story. Turns out, it's even better than we could have imagined! Girl Drive is the brainy, boozy,…


Added by Five Questions on February 12, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Clearing the Shelves

I spent a good part of last weekend clearing my shelves of books to give away to Good Will. This was long overdue, but until that moment, I had been unable to do it, even though i haven't touched many of those books for years, if ever. At least 85% of my wall of books was devoted to past professional eras --a vestige of sorts, of my life as an academic specialist on international relations and the former Soviet Union. I realized that while I have clearly moved on, and haven't worked in that… Continue

Added by Shari Cohen on February 11, 2010 at 7:39am — 4 Comments

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