Hello again everyone! Thanks so much for all of your comments on my last post about revision. I was reading through them and found a lot of helpful advice, and so I have made a decision.
Today, I will print my manuscript in hard copy.
Last year I was lucky enough to do an internship at Random House Books for Young Readers. This encompassed a lot of different things, but my favorite was probably evaluating manuscripts. This is something that happens at all…Continue
A few weeks ago there was a considerable stink raised in some literary circles about what makes a “real author.” Some of the blog posts were downright insulting and vitriolic whereas others presented a more calm and measured argument. I’m sure many of you out there know what I’m talking about— and the…Continue
In last week’s post I offered tips for getting that manuscript done. Here are a few more:
1. Be flexible
If you thought your novel was going to go one way…Continue
A recent book review in the New York Times began with this: “No subject offers a greater opportunity for terrible writing than motherhood.”
That review reminds me that writing about mothering is just like mothering itself – fraught with judgement, whether it’s from family or neighbors or the media. It’s right up there with education as media’s go-to when we’re not in the midst of an election or scandal or disaster or tragedy.
And so, at the Associated Writing Program’s annual…Continue
Last week Betsy Morais wrote a piece for The New Yorker called “A Book Is a Start-Up,” in which she writes about some of the new publishing business models coming out of the …Continue
1. Use your name/brand as your Twitter handle. For the same reason that you want your name on your blog and your Facebook page, people won’t realize that Kiala Givehand is “supercoolwriter,” whose Tweets they follow and love, when they see her book in the bookstore, and they won’t buy it. Unlike on Facebook,…Continue
Even for a seasoned author, a writers’ conference can be daunting. Making your way into the hall crowded with chattering conferees…Continue
The spring sun is starting to warm my alpine home to reasonable temperatures. After a winter of elliptical workouts, I am finally able to take my workouts outdoors. Yesterday, my dog danced at my feet as I put on my shoes and mittens. He knows the routine and is anxious to be out again too. As we headed down the hill, my mind was churning on all the writing I needed to do before I left for spring break vacation. I knew my internet availability would be limited, and I had a couple of posts…Continue
When people find out I've written four novels, they often ask, "How in the world can you write an entire book?" For many aspiring novelists, the idea of writing hundreds of pages is so daunting that it keeps them from writing even one, which is a shame.
Here are some tips for how to get it done:…Continue
It’s Day 4 of my book tour, and I’ve slept in a different bed every night so far. A leaky air mattress on a floor in Mountain View, a couch in Marin, and a comfy spare bedroom in San Francisco. Luckily my other hubs will involve only two or three cities near each airport instead of seven!
My first event was basically a warm-up, a talk over dinner with some Stanford students at a co-op house where 50 students live. Half the students left as soon as they finished their vegan burgers…
Today, as I sit at my corner desk looking out at the Vancouver rain, I struggle with the words for my latest blog post. It’s been five years now. A big anniversary. My blog is five years old. That’s years younger than my children, but it’s also years longer than I imagined I’d be writing a blog.
When I first started, it wasn’t even my idea. I was teaching memoir writing for moms and one of my tech-savvy students suggested I needed a website and a blog. When she saw the skepticism…Continue
I have been told on good literary authority that there are certain aspects of March that make it a month to be cautious of … Ides, for instance. Nevertheless, March has been a month of celebration and relief, to stand on the summit of a mountain I have been climbing for over 12 years.
I launched my novel. To be more precise, I stood amongst my community as we placed our hands on it and pushed it into the ocean, and cheered as it floated and caught the tide.
If you’ve read my…Continue
It is now a matter of hours, of breaths.
I am about to start on my journey, bearing Oleander Girl to her readers.
Yes, I’m elated.
Yes, I’m terrified.
Above all, I feel a strange quiet. I’ve done everything I could. I've written the best book I knew how to write. It’s now in larger hands than mine. The hands of the Universe.
In the coming months I will depend on the kindness of friends—and sometimes strangers. And on…Continue
Hello, ladies! I am so excited to begin my new bi-weekly blog here on She Writes, What’s Next? I’ll be posting here every other Thursday and am eager to jump in and share with all of you, just as you have been sharing with me!
A little while ago (read: three months ago) I finished the first draft of my first novel and to be honest, it was highly anti-climactic. There was…Continue
This week on [REALITY CHECK], my friends Jeanie Johnson and Jayha Leigh of Beautiful Trouble Publishing are here to share insight into something you may have experienced--or…Continue
I recently finished reading a novel that wasn't terrible, but I never really got into it because I just didn't care about any of the characters. Not one.
If you want readers to become invested in your writing, they must become invested in your characters. I'm not suggesting that all your characters need to be charming, or even particularly nice, and I'm certainly not suggesting that you can't have villains. But there has to be something in at least one of your characters that…Continue
We've already talked about…Continue
When I heard the words “nationwide book tour,” I used to imagine working an hour or two every day for several weeks and spending evenings in fancy hotels, all the while being hounded by adoring fans. Sounded pretty sweet.
Well, it may be that way for the superstars, but for the rest of us, a spring book tour begins in November, with planning, research, pitch letters, and reaching out to friends and contacts in various cities.
So there I was in November staring at a…
It wasn't easy getting there. A blizzard hit Boston the day I flew in, and it took me five hours to get from New York to New England when it should only have taken me one. I landed in a whiteout on a runway covered in snow, and thought, "Oh AWP, when will we meet in Miami?" It was an exhausting journey, but boy, the destination was worth every minute it took me to get there.
Entering the cavernous, windowless exhibition hall at last, I admit I was feeling pretty flat. But seeing…Continue
In the old days, publishers sent out bound galleys or proofs to a limited number of reviewers, journalists, film and translation scouts, and booksellers in the hopes of drumming up early interest in an upcoming title. Now there is Net Galley, a platform where a publisher can upload an electronic version of the galleys that provides early access to reviewers, bloggers, journalists, librarians, booksellers,…Continue