Featured Blog Posts – March 2016 Archive (20)

[SWP: Behind the Book] Fiction and the Joy of Research

I tend to be obsessive about research. Before I began writing my first novel I had published, through traditional publishers, two editions of a textbook and a nonfiction case-study book for the general reader on my neuropsychological patients. During my career as a university professor and clinician I had also written around 60 scientific articles for psychology and medical journals, and a number of book chapters. I couldn’t wait to let all those…


Added by Jenni Ogden on March 29, 2016 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

[SWP: Behind the Book] How Not to Promote Your Book!

If writing a book and getting it out into the world isn't difficult enough, along comes promotion. For writers who love to grab a megaphone and shout out to the world, promotion is probably a lot of fun. But if you're like me, an introvert, nothing could be more challenging, especially with a topic that's emotionally charged.

Introvert or not, to get your book read, you have to do a lot of talking. So it…


Added by Irene Allison on March 24, 2016 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

5 Platform-building Steps for Writers Who Are Ready to Get Noticed

“I don’t want to be the poster girl for dysfunctional relationships,” my client told me. And yet her memoir was about a past dysfunctional relationship. She’d just spent a weekend at a writers’ conference where agents and editors she’d met with had helped her to brainstorm…


Added by Brooke Warner on March 23, 2016 at 1:00pm — 19 Comments

Orchestrating Tension: Writing Workshop

I'd like to invite Chicago-area She Writers to join me for my workshop on April 7, 2016, on the art of Orchestrating Tension.

Tension may well be the storyteller’s deepest magic. Tension is the secret to…


Added by Ellen T. McKnight on March 21, 2016 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Grammar Tip: Sometimes It's Okay to Use "Me"

A lot of people out there are afraid to use the pronoun "me." I think the aversion must start in elementary school, when you proudly declare "Me and Gloria are best friends!" and your mom shakes her head and says, "Gloria and I are best friends."

Mom is right because in that instance "I" is a subject. However, "me" is correct when you need an object. 

Here are some examples of how to use "I" and "me"…


Added by Maria Murnane on March 21, 2016 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] What I Learned about Describing Characters from Donna Tartt

I read on two levels. On the one hand, I’m a reader, along for the ride, lost in the story. Meanwhile, another part of me steps back, asks questions, and analyzes. Why does the author introduce this plot point here? Why did he include this detail? How is she keeping the pace lively? What techniques are being used here. Are they working?

Get my free ebooklet: Calling Up the Writer Within: Writing at 50 & Beyond…


Added by Jill Jepson on March 21, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

What is LinkedIn Telling Your Connections about You?

LinkedIn — the social networking tool for professionals — introduced a new feature in 2015, called Mentioned in the News. LinkedIn’s tool searches for online articles and matches names found with names of people with LinkedIn profiles. If your name is found in an online article, LinkedIn sends a note to your connections, with a brief summary and a link if you want to read…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on March 21, 2016 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Are you a Perfectionist?

Being a perfectionist can often mean you get stuck or don’t complete tasks because you never feel they are up to your own set of standards. A writer…


Added by Romi Grossberg on March 19, 2016 at 8:52pm — 6 Comments

Katrina's Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Book Festival

I recently attended the Tucson Festival of Books, the fourth largest book festival in the country. The event drew 400 authors from around the country and 130,000 people. Every writer I know who participated sold a lot of books. I can only speak to the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB), which is within 125 miles of my house, and well worth the drive. Just as I think every writer…


Added by Katrina Shawver on March 18, 2016 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Writing Memoir

Like so many others, I've always written; Julia Cameron says its the most natural and instinctive thing for human beings to do, (though I think singing comes first - even babies do it when they're only days old.) I wrote poetry and hid it when my marriage and my life were falling…


Added by Victoria Chames on March 17, 2016 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Mirror, mirror

As a writer trying to live a writer’s life, I’ve had to make some hard decisions about what I keep on my plate and what I scrape off. For me, the definition of living a bona fide writer’s life is that most of my daily work is focused on writing. My writing. This definition includes generating most of my income from my work, but that has yet to be realized. So, to put gas in the car and get the mortgage in on time, I turn to those other things on my…


Added by Cindy Eastman on March 16, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

The Truth About Revisions

I’m just going to say it: revising SUCKS.

It’s hard enough to go from idea to story to finished rough draft, but once you’re there, then you have to edit. And edit some more. And I promise you, it’s…


Added by Chelsea Greer on March 15, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Marketing Tip: A Personal Touch Goes a Long Way

I recently received an email from an author named S.J. (That is a purposefully androgynous pen name.) S.J. was doing a blog tour to help promote the launch of his/her first novel and wanted to know if I would consider letting him/her do a guest post on my personal website.

I'd never had anyone do a guest post, but S.J. mentioned that he/she had read all my books, so I wanted to help. Why wouldn't I? S.J. had supported me, so I wanted to support…


Added by Maria Murnane on March 14, 2016 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

SCN Online Class Starts Tomorrow: Finding Your Story Through Therapeutic Writing

Class Title: Finding YOUR Story through Therapeutic Writing

Instructor: Jennifer…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on March 13, 2016 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Scheduling Social Media Posts to Increase Your Reach

Where are your Twitter followers? Your Facebook page Fans?


If you are in a different time zone than they are, you need to think about the timing of your posts in order to maximize the number of people who will be able to read them.


Facebook pages allow you to schedule when your Status Update will be posted on the page, and made available for folks to read. In your Facebook page’s “Insights”, when you click on “Posts”,…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on March 7, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Four Virtues that Will Support Your Writing Life

Lovingkindness. Compassion. Equanimity. Empathetic joy.
These are the four virtues I learned about in a single lesson from a Buddhist teacher. It was so many years ago, I can no longer remember the teacher’s name, but his lesson has stayed with me all this time, and I have never stopped trying to incorporate the four virtues into my life. When I am at my best, these virtues guide my actions, shape my decisions, and help me understand…


Added by Jill Jepson on March 7, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

[SWP News] Final Spring Roundup

Eliza Waite by Ashley Sweeney

"Sweeney’s debut novel is a beautifully written work of historical fiction tracing one woman’s life in…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on March 6, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Competing with Myself

My biggest challenge as a writer is that I make my living as a writer. Dream come true, right? Yes and no.

I own a writing and editing consulting firm where I specialize in medical and science writing. I also teach writing to nonwriters (scientists, physicians, and engineers) who write for their jobs. I love my work and I've built a profitable business.

I also have had some success as…


Added by Hope J Lafferty on March 6, 2016 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Arc of my Arcs


            My manuscript, after many months of working with the publisher, the editor, the team, now almost fledged, has arrived in the form of bound copies, called in the business, ARCs – Advanced Readers’ Copies. I was certain that seeing my book in genuine, legitimate print would be a high point among my various satisfactions, but when the box arrived, slightly before or after Christmas, and slightly smaller than…


Added by Hollis Giammatteo on March 5, 2016 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Partnership Publishing: My Journey With She Writes Press


First time novelist (with no literary credits, no MFA, no website or social media platform) seeks agent to represent her.

At some point in your writing career, many of you probably fit at least part of this description. And I bet, if you began to investigate the world of traditional publishing (as I did; I’m a trained journalist), you learned the following: You need an agent. You need to put together a concise query letter and a list of agents…


Added by Linda Kass on March 1, 2016 at 9:00pm — 21 Comments

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