Publishing has never been easier than it is these days, and it's because of the growing popularity (and acceptance) of self publishing. But just because things have gotten easier, it doesn’t mean things have gotten better.
There’s still a lot of subpar work being produced and published. Sometimes…Continue
I'm still swooning. On February 10th, I was one of eighty-some-odd authors who had the great good fortune to appear at the American Booksellers Association's Annual…Continue
My new book (Wait for the Rain) came out this week-- I'm so excited! On Saturday evening I had a launch party, and it didn't cost me a thing. All I did was ask the manager of a local bar if I could have an area to sell and sign books for a couple hours in exchange for bringing in paying customers, and he quickly agreed. He was happy to have the…Continue
If you are an author, you are an authority. If you expect people to come to your website, read your essays, buy your books, or pay the slightest attention to anything you write, you must become an authority and write like one. This includes us fiction writers. We may feel like we don’t have to…Continue
When my last book was published in 2009, I wrote a post that got more traffic than any I had written in years of blogging. Called…Continue
Not all literary agents are created equal. Agent Kristin Nelson and author Karen Dionne have seen the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. In this article series, “Think Like an Agent,” they pool their expertise.
Simply put, a literary agent is the person an author hires to manage his or her…Continue
A writer friend of mine says that when she begins a writing project, she has no idea whatsoever where she’s headed. All she’s about is her love of language. She doodles and she noodles. She delights in words, their sounds and their senses.
Out of that playful, trancelike state, a way forward emerges. Before…Continue
Last week, I spent four days at the San Francisco Writers Conference, meeting with fiction and nonfiction authors in various stages of the writing and publishing process. One of the most frequent questions people asked me was, “What does an editor do, and what kind of editor do I need?” So I thought I’d dedicate…Continue
My mother always says she wishes she hadn’t taught my brother, my sister, and me to be so nice--because, she explains, you don’t make any money being nice and people take advantage of you. She wishes she’d taught us to be accountants, so we’d at least all be making a nice living now. Sometimes I think she shouldn’t have taught us to write.…Continue
The other day, I received a notification that I had a new subscriber to my monthly newsletter. As I always do, I e-mailed her to ask why she'd signed up. She replied that while she hasn't yet written anything, she has a lot of stories she wants to share when she retires from her job as a police detective, so she thought she could learn from me.
Isn't that COOL? (Not the learning from me part, the police detective part!)
Just think of all the interesting…Continue
“When you take a risk you may lose. When you don’t take a risk, you always lose.”
-A line from the protagonist, Hélène, from the movie Queen to Play.
In the fall of 2011, I attended a book launch party in New York. My editor from Portfolio was there (she’d worked on the hosts’ book), and we got to talking about potential projects. I mentioned a recent blog post that had done quite well. Called “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast,” it…Continue
Added by Laura Vanderkam on February 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
It’s no secret that marketing is among an author’s least favorite professional tasks. It feels pushy, impersonal and foreign to those used to spending most of their time surrounded by artistic endeavors.Continue
Typically when I read for fun, I read fiction. I have always been this way. I love information, so it seems like I should be naturally drawn to nonfiction, but that’s never been the case. I like the idea of made-up worlds, and I like that things generally work out in a positive way in those worlds. Nonfiction is not always so positive because, well, it’s real, and you can often predict the ending. That said, I’ve recently been reading two memoirs, which is new for me. Correction: I’m reading…Continue
In today's [REALITY CHECK], Trisha reveals her tips on how to break into the still-lucrative magazine article writing…Continue
This week I had two long-time clients score big time: One secured an agent after months and months of querying. The other landed a book deal and sent out the following stats in a celebratory group e-mail to the people who’d helped her along the…Continue
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Today, social media is an important component of a writer’s life, but it’s equally important to know when to turn it off. For some of us, this is no easy task, which…Continue
I live near downtown Brooklyn, where sidewalks are lined to the gills with what can best be described as "random stuff" for sale. On any given stroll one can find an array of sunglasses, fruit, CDs, jewelry, clothing, cell phone cases, skin creams, and, last but not least, books.…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on February 9, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
The story of how I came to publish my second novel, Play for Me, with She Writes Press relates in a surprising way to the feminist theme in the novel. But I didn’t see that until I sat down to write this essay.
Like most people who write serious fiction, I wanted to be a published author…Continue
According to the gnostic gospels, if you bring forth what’s inside you, it’ll save you; if you do not bring forth what’s inside you, it’ll destroy you. Many writers ache to bring forth what’s inside them, but are challenged by inner…Continue