Featured Blog Posts – March 2014 Archive (34)

Leveling the Playing Field—Why All Book Reviews Should be Pay-for Reviews

Like a lot of things in book publishing, the system by which books get reviewed operates on an antiquated system. In other words, books get reviewed how they’ve always been reviewed, which means that: (1) the system has yet to catch up to the times; and (2) there’s a propagation of the idea that an…


Added by Brooke Warner on March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — 21 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] One Month from Publication and I’ve Figured Out What's Important

As of this writing, I am one month from the publication of my first novel, The Rooms Are Filled. My To Do list grows ever longer, several planned events loom over me like a Most Embarrassing Moment waiting to happen, and I’ve started acting like a hyper version of myself.…


Added by Jessica Vealitzek on March 29, 2014 at 9:30am — 34 Comments

Resentful, moi?

Is it just me? Why do certain epithets remain attached to the term feminist, no matter how erroneous or out of date? Bra-burning, man-hating, angry, strident, and thanks to the twentieth anniversary of Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon, resentful is back.

In the Bookends section of…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on March 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

[What's Next?] Let It Go

Okay, everyone. This is it. I’m proud to report that, true to my…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on March 27, 2014 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Digital Age Publishing for Vintage Age Writers

I don't adjust to change very well. Although I'm not a complete technophobe like the Unibomber, I'm not too impressed with an overabundance of high technology when I can cope quite well without it.

Speaking as someone who remembers 8-track tapes, AM/FM radio, and rotary-dial telephones, I…


Added by Zetta Brown on March 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Spring Resolution: Get Writing!

Happy spring! Don't you just love this time of year? I do. It's time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and the boundless sense of possibility that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning and see what the day has to offer. 

As I'm writing this it's in the 30s in New…


Added by Maria Murnane on March 25, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] The Journey To Publishing Her Name Is Kaur

The story collection Her Name Is Kaur: Sikh American Women Write About Love, Courage, and Faith started as a seed of imaginative inspiration. As a Sikh American writer, I was curious about the lives of inspirational Sikh American women and men in the national community and wanted to hear their…


Added by Meeta Kaur on March 25, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

The Debut Author's Advantage

You only have one chance to be a debut author. Debuts are special in the world of publishing. While the experience of having gone through the publishing process can make you wiser--and therefore theoretically better at it--there are reasons to try to get it right the first…


Added by Gretchen Crary on March 25, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Scribbling Women

When I first heard this obviously derogatory reference to women, it was unknown. It was years ago and “damned mob of scribbling women” was penciled into a margin of a long ago journal. At the time it wasn’t familiar, and naturally I was going to…


Added by Cindy Eastman on March 24, 2014 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

Crowdfunding a Challenge For My Senior Set

"Please let me write you a check," Leah said. This was the third such plea I'd received from friends who had gotten my e-mail soliciting funds for my Kickstarter campaign. I'm using that crowdfunding platform to pay for the publishing and marketing of my upcoming memoir, Green Nails, And Other Acts of…


Added by Elaine Soloway on March 24, 2014 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How to back up your blog

One day I mentioned to my graphic designer friend Alta Peterson that I had never backed up my blog. Here was her response:


OMG you have never backed up??? This is bad...



Added by Meghan Ward on March 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST] Promoting Someone Else’s Self

Ann Beattie, a well-known writer and a vice president for literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has a problem: …


Added by Nancy K. Miller on March 20, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] Focus on the What: Critiquing with Compassion and Rigor

Fellow writers often ask me to comment on their work in progress, and I’m always looking for ideas about how to do it better.   


So at the huge…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on March 20, 2014 at 12:30am — 41 Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] Make Peace With The Platform

As writers, we are all encouraged to develop a platform—an online presence to help us market our work. But there can be a dark side to platform building that the experts rarely address.

Yesterday, I saw two Facebook status updates from writer friends lamenting the state of their followers. For one, it…


Added by Julie Luek on March 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — 36 Comments

IT'S Just an Apostrophe, but Don't Discount ITS Importance

I receive a lot of email from authors who have questions about how to market their books. When the emails are well-written, I naturally assume that their books are probably also well-written. I know we're never supposed to assume anything, but if the authors show attention to detail in their emails to me, it seems logical to presume their books have also been carefully edited - and thus worth reading.…


Added by Maria Murnane on March 18, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Winning a War through Self-Publishing

When I first launched into the idea of writing a book, it was with the intentions of creating a travel/food journal with recipes gleaned from my interviews with families in both Italy and France. But my life changed with my first interview, an interview…


Added by Carole Bumpus on March 17, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Catch-22 of Getting Traditionally Published

It’s been two years since I left traditional publishing, but I’m still very much in it in my day-to-day. First, my wife is a publisher at a traditional house—so there’s that. In my coaching…


Added by Brooke Warner on March 16, 2014 at 5:30pm — 19 Comments

Kickstarter Isn't For Wimps

When I told my publisher, Brooke Warner, that I was going to do a Kickstarter Campaign to fund the publishing and marketing of my memoir, "Green Nails, And Other Acts of Rebellion:…


Added by Elaine Soloway on March 14, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

What it Takes to Get Great Publicity for Your Self-Published Book

As a publicist, I get a lot of calls from folks who are interested in getting publicity for their self-published book.

The other day I got a call from a lovely older lady . . . we’ll call her Esther. Esther is an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor who has quite a heroic tale of survival and rebirth in America. She…


Added by Gretchen Crary on March 13, 2014 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

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