Featured Blog Posts – March 2012 Archive (56)

When In Doubt, Read it Out (Loud) - Julie Hammonds

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,…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 31, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Ten Lessons Learned by Author/Agent Natalie Essary


Hi She Writers!  Today I have a bonanza, so keep checking back.  Thanks, Natalie, for these words of wisdom!


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…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 31, 2012 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Bella Stander on "What Not to Do at a Book Festival or Writers Conference"

(picture, courtesy of VABook Fest)


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…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 30, 2012 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Five Questions About Michele Harvey's Poetry Fan Page

As promised, my second feature today: Michele Harvey and her Poetry Fanpage: Poetry for Living an Inspired Life 


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…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 29, 2012 at 5:53pm — No Comments

New Facilitator for the Submission Mission chats

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…


Added by Nichole L. Reber on March 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Kathy Leonard Czepiel - Five Questions

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…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 29, 2012 at 9:16am — 3 Comments

The Reviews Come In: On Public Celebrations and Private Rants


The reviews of my book have started to come in, and to my relief and pleasure, they've been pretty great. You can read some of them here: Publishers Weekly; ForeWord Reviews;…


Added by Julija Sukys on March 29, 2012 at 4:30am — 10 Comments

Is a New Print Magazine a Bad Idea? - Sandra Knauf

My guest today is Sandra Knauf, creator and editor of Greenwoman Magazine.  Please see information and bio at the end!


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…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 28, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Top 10 (plus two extra) Fears of an Emerging Writer

Greetings SheWriters.

     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…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 27, 2012 at 9:30am — 22 Comments

Three Grassroots Marketing Tips to Put in Place Today

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…


Added by Maria Murnane on March 27, 2012 at 7:50am — 17 Comments

Deborah Batterman - Autobiography in Fiction (What "to" do, and what not...)

Autobiography in Fiction



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…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 26, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Guest Editor for the Week: Theme - What Not to Do

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…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 25, 2012 at 8:59pm — 6 Comments

"I Just Wrote '50 Shades of Grey Area! (By Which I Mean, FanFic PAYS!)"

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!


Added by Laura Zigman on March 23, 2012 at 6:49am — 2 Comments

Plus ça change... A Few Thoughts in the Wake of the Toulouse School Shooting

toulouse_013 by celine nadeau

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…


Added by Julija Sukys on March 22, 2012 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Around She Writes, March 20. 2012

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week


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Added by Mary Keating on March 20, 2012 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Special Offer for She Writers Only -- Hedgebrook Weekend Retreat

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…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 20, 2012 at 11:43am — 2 Comments

Unleashing Your Indie with Emlyn Chand

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…


Added by Mohana Rajakumar on March 20, 2012 at 11:06am — 11 Comments

How to throw a book launch party for free

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…


Added by Maria Murnane on March 20, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Unlocking Your Uniqueness with Ann Benjamin

Ann Benjamin//annbebnjamin.wordpress.com//@ABenjaminAuthor

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…


Added by Mohana Rajakumar on March 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Finding My Voice (part one of Unlocking Your Uniqueness)

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…


Added by Mohana Rajakumar on March 19, 2012 at 3:30am — 18 Comments

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