As promised, as an addition to my Bonanza today, a repost from Julie Hammonds. Her blog: Words4Wildlife: Notes from the field.
I worked on a piece of writing over the past weekend. It was the first new writing I’ve done, of any substance,…Continue
TEN BEST LESSONS LEARNED THE HARD WAY:
1. Write what you know. Writers get sick of hearing this, but successful authors keep repeating it, because it's true. I spent (wasted) a lot of…Continue
Greetings Shewriters - Get out your highlighters for some sound advice!
Bella Stander is the proprietor of Book Promotion 101 and publisher of Bella Terra Publishing. For the past dozen years she’s worked with the Virginia Festival of the Book, where she…Continue
Why start a fan page as a poet?
I recently wrote a self-help book called, From Confusion to Clarity. The book blends genres as it includes narrative non-fiction with…Continue
Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 29, 2012 at 5:53pm — No Comments
After participating for six months, April marks the first month I’m officially taking over the reigns as facilitator for the monthly Submission Mission chats.
A lot has happened since discovering the chats: my first piece as a literary writer was accepted. The ninth cloud is mine to ride as I await the actual publication of “Burqa to the Loo”, a memoir about the liberation found in wearing hijab…Continue
Added by Nichole L. Reber on March 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Greetings Shewriters - I am so grateful for our authors answering questions today. We have Kathy Czepiel and later I will be posting a poet: Michele Harvey
Kathy Leonard Czepiel is the author of A Violet Season, forthcoming in July 2012 from Simon & Schuster. The novel, set on a Hudson…Continue
I came across a two-page ad in More magazine the other day–an ad for magazines. The heading read:
Will the Internet kill magazines? Did instant coffee kill…Continue
As we look back through our writing lives, what kind of person do we see? Is she confidant, plunging through crowds with her head held high, pen raised, agents begging at her heals? Does she sit for 6 hours a day, fingers moving fluidly and in an organized fashion, hair perfectly coifed, rose petal smell emanating from her office? (Of course she has a room of her own, right?!!)
Or is she engaged in fits of passion, clouds of self-doubt, all…Continue
For many authors, both traditional and self-published, marketing a book is harder than writing one. If you don't have a background in marketing, you may feel confused, overwhelmed, and even a little freaked out by the idea of it. Plus you may equate marketing with advertising and immediately think, Marketing is expensive, there's no way I can do it! But the truth is you can. You just need to be clever about how you go about it.
Here are three things you can do today - for…Continue
As a young girl growing up in a small Brooklyn apartment, I have strong memories of noise – aunts and uncles sitting and schmoozing around a table that sat nestled in an alcove just outside the kitchen. Cigarette smoke drifted across…Continue
Hi Writers - I will be your guest editor of the week. I am not even sure this is the right place to post, but here goes.
Many of my favorite pieces of advice come from lists of "what not to do" and how to avoid "rookie" mistakes at all costs. One of my favorite books that illustrates this principal is The Forest For the Trees by editor Betsy Lerner. In it, she glides between descriptions of how the…Continue
When is copying not the sincerest form of flattery? When the copier stands to make millions off someone else's characters! Without so much as an acknowledgment to the author of the original characters!
A few months ago, a friend asked me before departing to France on sabbatical if she should be concerned about anti-Semitism there. "Oh no," I said, dismissing her concerns. Now, in the wake of the Toulouse Jewish school shooting, I see I may have been wrong to be so…Continue
Added by Mary Keating on March 20, 2012 at 8:16pm — No Comments
In the spirit of my renewed commitment to my own writing this spring, and in the hopes of giving other She Writers more tools and sources of inspiration to invest in their own writing projects, too, today I want to share a special offer made by the women writers' colony of…Continue
When Emlyn's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and juggles all of the social media…Continue
No matter who is publishing your book, you should have a launch party! In fact, most traditional publishers don't throw launch parties unless the author is famous. For the rest of us, that means we're on our own.
Many authors think that book launch parties need to be elaborate, which translates into expensive. But that's not true! All you need to do is find a local watering hole with a friendly manager who is willing to give you a little space to sell books in exchange for…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on March 20, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
What inspired you to write your first book?
Everyone has a unique path towards their first book and I’ve always written (my Mom has a picture of me, age 6, with my spiral notebook…Continue
By Rachel Thompson
As a nonfiction writer, I find having a theme usually comes second to finding my voice. You may hear this phrase often but what does it mean exactly?
Each of us has our own process. I learned mine after turning my blog into my first book and then…Continue