Featured Blog Posts – February 2014 Archive (37)


How many times have you found yourself reading a book’s synopsis or thumbing through the pages, trying to decide if that book was for you? What if, instead, you could read the first few chapters…


Added by Tracey Barnes Priestley on February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST] Bad Boys, Encore?

You have to wonder what kind of anxiety about masculinity drives the editors at The New York Times. Last week it was “bullish on boyish-boys,” a survey of current talk show hosts. This week it’s a…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on February 27, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

[What's Next?] Spring Is In the Air

This week I find myself distracted by the promise of warm weather. I’m in the Northeast, so it’s not like we’ve been lucky in this arena, particularly lately. But last weekend we got up to 50 degrees (!!!) and now all I can think about is taking walks through the woods and lounging in Adirondack chairs.



Added by Caitlyn Levin on February 27, 2014 at 5:00am — 11 Comments

VIDA Count 2013 - DO YOU COUNT?

Poets Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu joined forces in 2009, along with several other writers, after growing weary of sensing that women's voices were neglected in major publications. They wanted to find out if their suspicions were true, and from this…


Added by Amy King on February 27, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

In the Company of Women.

Yesterday morning, I took a shuttle and a ferry boat to Whidbey Island--the home, for twenty-five years now, of the Hedgebrook Writers' Colony, a retreat for women writers. I am here for a pre-AWP pow wow with Brooke Warner, the publisher of She…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 26, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Writing Reality Check

This week on [REALITY CHECK], She Writer Amy Neftzger shares words of wisdom to those writers who are in a hurry and feel that being published is a quick, easy way to earn a buck. She gives several examples of famous authors and their "day jobs" to show that greatness often comes from humble…


Added by Zetta Brown on February 26, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Use Beats to Show, Not Tell

Beats, which are a description of a character's action, are a great way to exercise show vs. tell. If you aren't familiar with show vs. tell, it's a fundamental rule of good writing. (See my post using the analogy of online dating to learn why it's so important.)



Added by Maria Murnane on February 25, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Nomads, Sentinels and Persephone

I don’t know anyone outside of monks and Charles Manson who spends as much time alone as I do. I’m sure they exist but they’re not within [my] earshot or sight line. Even the homeless are out there meeting new people every day.

I nearly always feel as though I am…


Added by Ana Maria Jomolca on February 24, 2014 at 11:30pm — 12 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Still Friends

Sometimes I like Joan Didion and other times I don’t. I like her when I’m feeling like a Writer and can be confident in my work and my goals. “Well, we are practically the same,” I think to myself when I read her work. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, because I am just publishing my first book at…


Added by Cindy Eastman on February 24, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Breathe, Part One

When the piles of snow outside my window finally melt here in Rhode Island and the crocuses dare to show their little purple and yellow heads, it will be seven years since I began writing my memoir,…


Added by Kelly Kittel on February 24, 2014 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing PEANUT BUTTER AND NAAN by Jennifer Magnuson

Fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants mom Jennifer Magnuson knew her spoiled suburban brood needed a wake-up call—she just couldn’t find the time to fit one in. But when her husband was offered a position in India, she saw it for what it was: the perfect opportunity for her family to unplug from their over-scheduled and pampered lives in Nashville and gain some much-needed perspective. What she didn’t realize was how much their time in India would transform her as well.

A combination of…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on February 23, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments


A while back, She Writes Press authors were given a great opportunity to gain exposure for their books through the online platform JukePop Serials. This is a place to post a part of your book--the first three chapters, for instance, or in my…


Added by Anne Leigh Parrish on February 20, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Make Friends, Not Followers

Last week, after the release of my memoir about fashion modeling, I was asked to participate in a reading this Tuesday. I eagerly accepted and then went out of town for the long weekend. When I returned, I had a message from the coordinator. "See you…


Added by Meghan Ward on February 20, 2014 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] The Persistence of Boy Power

“Bullish on Boyish for Late-Night TV” reads the headline of the lead article in this week’s Sunday Times “Arts and Leisure section” (the print edition).

Seven talking-head faces are featured: 6…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on February 20, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] AWP Writers’ Conference: I’m on my way

The AWP Conference is coming up in Seattle next week (February 26-March 1), and I’m in a bit of a frenzy getting ready for it. 



Added by Ellen Cassedy on February 20, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

[Making the Leap] Write Like An Archaeologist

Type, backspace, type, read, reread, delete. Type some more. Sigh in frustration. Self-talk, turn off the critic. More inner chatter, something is missing. Keep going. Sound familiar? 

I am working on a nonfiction idea for a book. I’ve written a few of the obligatory rotten first chapters.…


Added by Julie Luek on February 19, 2014 at 8:30am — 24 Comments

Is It "I" or "Me"? Use the Switcheroo Technique to Get It Right

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know I'm a stickler for proper grammar. Lately, the widespread misuse/overuse of "I" has come to my attention, so I thought I'd take today's blog to clear up confusion and provide a little trick for remembering the correct usage.…


Added by Maria Murnane on February 18, 2014 at 11:47am — 12 Comments

The New Era of Publishing

I spent this past week in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, a city that earned itself the title of Best City in the World in Conde Nast this year. There's no question about it: San Miguel is a special town.…


Added by Brooke Warner on February 17, 2014 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing WHERE HAVE I BEEN ALL MY LIFE? by Cheryl Rice

Where Have I Been All My Life? is a compelling memoir recounting one woman’s journey from grief and a profound feeling of unworthiness, to wholeness and healing. It begins with the chillingly swift death of Cheryl’s mother, and is followed by her foray into the center of mourning with poignant visits back to her childhood, and a sometimes hilarious yet powerful experience of erotic transference with her therapist.

With wisdom, grace, and humor, Cheryl recounts the grief games…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on February 16, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments


A handful of She Writes Press authors, including me, have been posting our books--one chapter at a time--over at JukePop this past couple of months. Have you checked it out yet? Here's a little preview of what you can find there. Click the "keep reading" link down at the bottom to…


Added by Jennifer Richardson on February 14, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

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