Dear She Writers,
I can't believe that in about 3 weeks Oleander Girl will hit the bookstores!
Sometimes I'm elated when I think this; at other times I'm overwhelmed.
My brain is a constant flurry of trying to remember the million things that must be done before starting book tour--guest blog posts written, email interview questions answered, facebook entries made, friends in different cities informed of my events, flights and hotels booked, publicity questions handled,…Continue
You don’t have to be a genius to love reading, but that doesn’t mean a genius won’t read your work. Bill Gates dropped out of college and Albert Einstein dropped out of high school. Both of these men went on to affect life on this planet today.
Ever wonder what books they…Continue
I don't write children's books, but my friend Raymond Bean does. He's the author of the popular Sweet Farts series, so I asked him to share his thoughts on the genre. Here's what he had to say:
I teach 4th grade by day and write children's books by night. I spend my days helping young readers sift through the book baskets and find the gems they'll want to read. Reading, writing, and sharing with my target audience has taught me a ton about the likes and dislikes of…Continue
First, an admission: I wrote this post a few months ago for my own author blog, so it's not original content... But after the lovely response to my post ‘How to finish the damn thing’ last week, I thought you might enjoy this, too.
(A quick thanks to everyone who read and commented on the HTFTDT post. It made me reflect how lucky we are, as writers, to have the connection and support offered by the internet in general, and She Writes in particular. We’re all in this…Continue
As an author, you'll probably hear a lot about email marketing. Like social media, it's seen as one of the essential marketing tools for promoting your current books, your future works, and building your personal brand and author platform.
In fact, email marketing is arguably more…Continue
Less than a month left now for Oleander Girl’s birthday! Things are heating up.
This is the week to fine-tune the book tour and plan media outreach, so I’m on the phone a fair bit with my publicist at Simon and Schuster, discussing strategy. We’re going over media that I’ve done before in cities where I’ve been on book tour, so that she can approach them (in addition to others that she’s approaching on her own). We’re discussing reviewer venues where finished…Continue
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Last summer while visiting my mom, we took a drive out to the country to stroll a farmer’s market. I drove her car and at one of the intersections she suddenly piped up, “Be careful here. It’s easy to get ham-boned.”
I looked at her a bit confused. “Do you mean t-boned?”
She started laughing. “Yes,…Continue
I'm on an email listserv for one of my alma maters, on which people initiate discussion threads on anything from politics and business ethics to job openings and apartments for rent. I pick and choose what I want to read, respond to, or delete.
There's one member of the listserv who has caught my attention, and unfortunately not in a good way. He's an aspiring novelist, and every two weeks or so he sends around an email with a negative headline and a link to his most recent blog post.…Continue
Starting a novel is the fun part.
All you have to do is decide what your characters want, and the challenges they need to overcome to get it. The plot, in other words.
Then keep playing until it sounds real. Make the story and the voice so true that when you’re writing, you’re not being ‘creative’, you’re just reporting things that really happened to people you know inside and out, in the most compelling, interesting and charming way possible. You want people to read one…Continue
Sarah Glazer, a fan of Katherine Boo, wonders if her technique is for everyone
“But does it work as a novel?” That question from a member of my London book club startled me as we discussed Katherine Boo’s compelling reporting on slum-dwellers of Mumbai,…Continue
Dear She Writers,
I’m writing to you from India, where –yes! –I did pick up some gorgeous saris and a black kurti top to wear for book tour events. Will post photos when I have better access to the internet. I also picked up some story ideas, which I try to do whenever I travel.
34 days to publication now. I’m getting excited and nervous, both! We’re putting the final touches on the book tour this week. And advance interviews are being set up, especially for monthly…Continue
As writers, we are very prone to the latest social networking craze that comes our way. How many times do we rush out to learn about a new tool someone has recommended to us? Do you know how many social networks you are on? If the answer is more than four, has it ever occured to you that perhaps you’re on too…Continue
I just finished reading a political thriller that could have been pretty interesting...if I hadn't been so confused much of the time I was reading it.
Avoid ambiguity in your dialogue!
Here's what rattled me: Over and over, the author had…Continue
When my memoir How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed came out, people would sometimes say to me, “Writing this must have been very therapeutic for you.” And I would, I have to admit, cringe.
Why the cringe? I cringed because I see the book as a story that I had worked long hours to craft and shape. I see writing as something I love, but it's also my job. When I think of "therapeutic…Continue
Essentially there are three editing phases: substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading. It's highly unlikely that you'll find an editor that does all three. In fact, you might be wise to run away from someone that offers to do all three…Continue
John McPhee has a piece called “Structure” in the Writing Life column of the January 14, 2013 issue of The New Yorker.
The last paragraph of the article keeps going round in my mind:
“People often ask how I know when I’m done—not just when I’ve come to the end, but in all the drafts and…Continue
Multimedia ebooks, enhanced books, enriched books, interactive ebooks—whatever you call them, they’re here to stay. As more companies make the foray into multimedia book publishing, authors have greater opportunities than ever to transform their static PDFs into living stories with the addition of audio, video, and graphics.
Below is a comparison of the top multimedia ebook publishers on the market, but keep your eyes peeled. There are new ones popping up every…Continue