Featured Blog Posts – March 2010 Archive (39)

The Salonniere: Why SHE Writes? Tackling The Man Question.

The first man to join She Writes was my founding partner Deborah Siegel's dad. (Sorry, Dr. Siegel, for outing you here!) The best part is, I was the one to approve him, and I had absolutely no clue who he was. This was in the first week of She Writes' explosive entry into the world of cyberspace, and we were approving hundreds of members a day. But when I saw the name "Allen Siegel" it stopped me in my tracks. Why on…


Added by The Salonniere on March 31, 2010 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments

The Techie: How Not to Be Boorish, Boring, or Bored on Twitter

Mia Eaton taps into her Twitter knowledge, with Margaret Atwood as spokeswoman. And this is only Part I.

Twitter is too vast a subject to cover in one post, but let's begin like this. Try to think of Twitter as a salon—a thoughtfully curated gathering of voices, news, and opinions from people with whom you choose to share your time. It is a place to contribute your thoughts, your humor or sensitivity, your unique… Continue

Added by The Techie on March 31, 2010 at 6:00am — 19 Comments

The Motivator: Why Being an Ally Empowers All Writers

BK Loren celebrates diversity of reading, writing and living.

Last weekend the 10th Annual National Black Writers Conference took place at Medgar Evers College. I would have attended if I could (travel costs prevented). I consider it one of the nation's most… Continue

Added by The Motivator on March 30, 2010 at 6:00am — 16 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: 6 Days (Juggling Genres)

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.

Less than a week to go! I should be getting a haircut. Stocking up on champagne. Hanging the streamers. Except that instead of focusing on an exciting debut, I'm pondering a looming deadline. The next portion of my memoir, Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life,… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on March 29, 2010 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

The Agent: FSG & The Doucheoisie

Wherein sometime winner-at-snacking Erin Hosier bitches about all time loser at originality, The Penis Review

Men: they've come a long way, haven't they? Sometimes it's just nice to sit back and enjoy their successes, especially in publishing. Take the recent announcement that Farrar Straus & Giroux's favorite son, Lorin… Continue

Added by The Agent on March 29, 2010 at 12:57pm — 5 Comments

Five Questions for...Areva Bell Martin

This week, Ginger Chavers asks Areva Bell Martin five questions on advocacy, publishing, motherhood, and juggling it all. The two attended Harvard Law School together "longer ago than either of us can believe," and now, over twenty years later, are both first-time authors.

1. You are a wife, mother of three, full-time attorney,… Continue

Added by Five Questions on March 29, 2010 at 8:14am — 3 Comments

She Writes on Fridays: Writing Memoir, and Living It, Too

In beginning to write more memoiristically, Deborah Siegel asks how much distance to put between the moment and its memory.

A few weeks ago, my parents gave me a City Mini double stroller—a mercy gift, intended to replace the clunky Double Snap 'N Go babytrain I had pushed through snow and ice. Now, between meetings in the city and rushing home to take care of the babes, I can venture into stores… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on March 26, 2010 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

The Writer-Entrepreneur: Hunting Down a DIY Creative Business Education

In which Miriam Peskowitz falls in love with Copyblogger and ponders writing's financial middle ground.

Copyblogger.com is where I turn for my informal entrepreneurial MBA. That’s right. When I decided to launch… Continue

Added by The Writer-Entrepreneur on March 26, 2010 at 8:00am — 5 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.

Let's talk about community. Let's talk about generosity. In mid-March, I sent out my biannual "news" note, an email of updates that goes out to about 450 folks hand-sifted from all the correspondence I've accumulated over the previous six months. It's an exhaustive gesture, because I assemble… Continue

Added by Sandra Beasley on March 24, 2010 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

The Salonniere: Are You A "Self-Promoter"? Take My Quiz and Find Out!

Last week I declared my intention to engage our community in a discussion: Where To, She Writes? and raised a series of issues I wanted to share my thoughts on, and get your feedback about.

The first had to do with what I often hear referred to on the site (in grumbling terms) as "self-promotion," which means different things to different people, but generally seems to refer to… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on March 24, 2010 at 7:30pm — 40 Comments

The Techie: Procrastination Station

Mia Eaton addresses the two biggest questions writers have about websites, and the real answer is procrastination.

image: 13th century map with dragons and an asp and a basilisk For many writers who don't already have an online home, the general feeling about blogs and websites is "here be dragons." My goal as both techie and fellow writer is not to show you how to slay dragons, but… Continue

Added by The Techie on March 24, 2010 at 5:00am — 13 Comments

Five Questions For...Roxana Robinson

This week, Christina Baker Kline asks Roxana Robinson five questions on style, technology, and motherhood.

1) Your work is often praised as an exemplary example of traditional realistic fiction. Do you feel constrained by this categorization, or does it feel true to you? Are you ever tempted to try a more experimental style—magical… Continue

Added by Five Questions on March 23, 2010 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Up Next at She Writes: Christina Baker Kline on Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal That SELLS

This week, we're delighted to introduce She Writers to another of our Preferred Providers--that small group of consultants we've hand picked to guide us all through. Join host Kamy Wicoff on She Writes Radio this Friday at 1:30pm ET as she interviews… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on March 22, 2010 at 2:03pm — No Comments

The Motivator: Scream Till You Can't Scream, and Then....

The Marina Abramovic Retrospective opened recently at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. I haven’t seen it, but I’ve read that a film of the performance in which Abramovic screamed incessantly until she lost her voice is one of the most disturbing aspects of the show. It occurs to me that screaming like this could be a good practice for writers.

Of… Continue

Added by The Motivator on March 22, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

The Agent: What Just Happened?

The big news in publishing this week was the defection of Bob Miller from the experimental HarperCollins imprint HarperStudio in favor of running things over at Workman (also home to Algonquin and Artisan). The highly respected Miller shook things up two years ago by launching the imprint, whose innovation was to take an indie approach to profit sharing with its authors (a modest cash advance in… Continue

Added by The Agent on March 22, 2010 at 9:39am — 2 Comments

The Writer-Entrepreneur: Meredith Broussard’s Superhero Writer Financial Plan

One day I was complaining about money--and the lack of it, to my writer-friend and pal Meredith Broussard. Meredith knows many things, like how a writer can make a personal financial plan. In real life, she writes books like The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, publishes articles in Harpers about peanut allergies and the culture of fear, and teaches writing at Penn. But in… Continue

Added by The Writer-Entrepreneur on March 19, 2010 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

She Writes (More) on Fridays: Through the Maternal Looking Glass

There’s a feisty debate taking place among women writers at the New York Times this week about judgmental motherhood. And the momosphere is ablaze with judgments about another Times piece (“Honey, Don’t Bother Mommy. I’m Too Busy Building My Brand”), prompting SW member… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on March 19, 2010 at 9:30am — 19 Comments

She Writes on Fridays Mash-up: Here's Where YOU Write Best

Last week, I asked She Writers where you wrote best. Thirty of you responded. You write best on comfy chairs, while jogging, and on water. In a cabin, the Rose Reading Room, the Adirondacks, the Fine Arts Work Center in Cape Cod. Under a tree in Central Park, on a terrace along the Gulf of Mexico, in Starbucks, in the car, in the kitchen, in bed. And oh yes, a few… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on March 19, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

State of the Art: The Scribe Meets Anxiety

I have a confession to make. I have technology anxiety. Remember math anxiety? The symptoms are the same—rapid heartbeat, panic, and most of all, inability to think clearly and solve your problem. I know because I had it this morning. I kept getting a frightening black screen every time I tried to restart my computer. And this was the day I was supposed to write my newly tagged blog, “Where the Scribe Meets Modernity.” The part I haven’t told you—and almost wasn’t going to—is that I… Continue

Added by State of the Art on March 19, 2010 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

The Salonniere: Where To, She Writes?

In my Salonniere column (an homage to my role in the salon of women writers that gave rise to She Writes), I will be talking about the growing intersection between creativity and community. How do social media tools impact writers? And what are the challenges and opportunities these intersections present?

But before I do that, I am going to do a series of posts focused on this community right here: our growing community of women writers. It's been about eight months since… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on March 18, 2010 at 6:00am — 27 Comments

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