Featured Blog Posts – April 2010 Archive (37)

She Writes on Fridays: Who Is She When She's Not Writing a Book?

Deborah Siegel owns her writerly angst.



A few weeks ago, I proclaimed my new status of not-writing-that-next-book. I declared my peace with the decision, heart-wrenching though it was, and announced my intention to move on. The books amassed for the ex-topic are still gathering dust on my shelf—haven’t had the courage to pack them away—but my heart is healed and already I’m… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on April 30, 2010 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

The Writer-Entrepreneur: Amy Tiemann’s Mojo for Independent Publishing

In which Miriam Peskowitz interviews Amy Tiemann about her new book Courageous Parents, Confident Kids: Letting Go So You Both Can Grow, and about e-book publishing as a book launch tool.



Amy Tiemann, author of… Continue

Added by The Writer-Entrepreneur on April 30, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Put A Poem In Your Pocket

Kamy Wicoff wants She Writers to put poems in their pockets today, and to spread them all over town. Today my six-year-old son is going to school with a poem in his pocket. It's the last day of National Poetry Month, and every child in his kindergarten class will travel that way this morning, carrying words arranged in lines against their bodies. I love to think that he awoke with poetry on the brain (he wrote his own,… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on April 29, 2010 at 8:00am — 17 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: Postcards from the edge (47 days)

This week I wanted to share some more tools and strategies I've already been working with -- on the heels of last week's self-promotion and collaboration post.



The cover of my book was finished (what seemed like) pretty early in the process -- we finalized everything last December. I was lucky to have been able to talk directly to… Continue

Added by Deanna Zandt on April 28, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Techie: Light Switches and Rotary Phones

Mia Eaton wants luddites to stop being so hard on themselves.



Kids these days, they don't know what "dial" literally means, do they? There's a story I've told my grandmother, a story I tell anyone who says, "oh, I just don't get these things the way you people do." It's about a man back in the late 1990s who installed rotary phones in a children's summer camp. The children, bright young things,… Continue

Added by The Techie on April 28, 2010 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

The Motivator: Guest Post by Clara Paulino

Clara Paulino faces her fear and rediscovers her passion for writing.

Earlier this year I felt bold enough to ask:

Could I still write?

Could I write in a language that is not my own?



These questions had been hammering at my heart’s door for some time before I found She Writes, or rather, before She Writes found me. Without She Writes I doubt that the answer would have been so clear,… Continue

Added by The Motivator on April 27, 2010 at 6:04am — 4 Comments

The Editor: How Does it Feel?

Beth Wareham comes onto the scene as The Editor:



Almost never, an editor meets a writer and the experience is so intimate, so winning, you don’t care if he or she wrote at Yaddo or Riker’s. Clouds open, bad coffee thickens and you sit entranced, in love, in a conference room come to be known as “The Hurt Locker." If things went horribly wrong in that room, your personal affects were always packed up by an assistant and shipped home.



Some summers ago, I fell… Continue

Added by The Editor on April 27, 2010 at 6:02am — 10 Comments

The Agent: I No Longer Know the Meaning of No

Erin Hosier is very, very confident.

For two weeks now I have been practicing "The Secret," aka The Law of Attraction. After several years of being beaten down by publishers with a constant barrage of rejections and undependable, exceedingly disappointing excuses, I have decided to respond to the pain in a different way than that to which I'd become accustomed—crying, hitting pillows with a whiffle ball bat… Continue

Added by The Agent on April 26, 2010 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

Five Questions for...Stacy Morrison

This week, Madeline Wheeler, author of the autobiographical, social action play, Revealing Frankie, asks Stacy Morrison, author of Falling Apart in One Piece, five questions about coping, process, voice, and embracing it all—even the hard… Continue

Added by Five Questions on April 26, 2010 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

She Writes on Fridays: The Heroine Meme

In which Deborah Siegel starts the first-ever She Writes meme (scroll down!).



“It is not megalomaniacal to want to be significant; it is only human,” writes once-professor of mine Rachel Brownstein in Becoming a Heroine , a… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on April 23, 2010 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

The Writer-Entrepreneur: Writers: Don’t Go It Alone!

In which Miriam Peskowitz interviews Lori Tharps about how and why she created the WordSpace writers group.

In 2006, after publishing Hair Story, enjoying a successful career in New York as a magazine writer, and moving to Philadelphia,… Continue

Added by The Writer-Entrepreneur on April 23, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Writing Classes On She Writes? Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

In which Kamy Wicoff asks, are writing classes something She Writers want?



Today I was supposed to address question four from my "Where To, She Writes?" series, about how, whether and how and when you like to see "She Writes" in your inbox. But screw it, I have something more pressing on my mind. Do you like the idea of a She Writes classroom? Cause we built one, but not many of you have come. (Big thanks to our… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on April 22, 2010 at 9:30am — 26 Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: Tools, tips & tricks for self-promotion, collaboration (54 days)

It's a crazy week here-- I spoke at Social Business Edge on Monday, and am attending 140 Characters Conference, a two-day Twitter conference -- so I'm forgoing an update on the book marketing to share some quick ideas and tools that might be useful to other writers and authors for both external marketing and internal communication (with… Continue

Added by Deanna Zandt on April 21, 2010 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

The Techie: Writers on Twitter Speak for Themselves

Mia Eaton interviews novelist Nick Harkaway, and lets writers on Twitter speak for themselves. With my third and final Twitter post (for now), my hope is that you'll become comfortable and familiar with the whole shebang. So now, I'm going to step out of the way and let… Continue

Added by The Techie on April 21, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

A marketplace of ideas

I'm honored and delighted to have been invited on the University of Iowa's International Writing Program's Souk Ukaz 2010, or "marketplace of ideas," a delegation of writers from the U.S. and elsewhere traveling in Jerusalem and Fes, immersing ourselves in the cultures, interacting with local artists, activists, professors, and others, and writing about our observations. Come check out who we are and what we're doing, and follow our… Continue

Added by Sarah Saffian on April 20, 2010 at 4:10am — 3 Comments

The Motivator: Clara Paulino, Selected Work from She Writes Studio

BK Loren highlights work from She Writes Studio.

This week, the first She Writes class, Word Yoga (TM), ended. At the end of every class, the She Writes' teacher of the course and I will select one writer and feature her work on the front page. Alma Garcia did a wonderful job teaching… Continue

Added by The Motivator on April 19, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Five Questions for...Suzanne Braun Levine

This week, Pamela Redmond Satran—author of the New York Times bestselling book How Not To Act Old, creator of the online serialized novel Ho Springs, and the developer of nameberry.com—asks… Continue

Added by Five Questions on April 19, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Agent: On Falling in Love

Erin Hosier is trying to figure out how to deliver your soulmate every damn day.



A book is a relationship. Or at least it represents one for a lot of people, not just between reader and writer or writer and writer's significant other, but for all the other people involved in the "making-of" process. So it's no wonder that when we go about doing our jobs, agents and editors like to use and abuse the… Continue

Added by The Agent on April 19, 2010 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

She Writes on Fridays: Let Your Mind Bend and Stretch

Deborah Siegel raffles away a $99 value for free.



Word. Yoga. Word Yoga. Just the phrase makes my mind want to unbend. And oh do I need it.



For today’s She Writes on Fridays prompt, I give you an exercise straight out of mastermind BK Loren’s Word Yoga course offered through our… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on April 16, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

State of the Art: Schmoozing in London

Sarah Glazer explores her London salon and the benefits of being a cheeky American.



Writing is such a solitary profession that it’s not surprising to find writers’ salons catching on in the United States. But in London, it’s still a relatively foreign idea. Bringing together total strangers to express openly their doubts and fears about writing? Getting to meet that art critic you’ve admired from afar? Approaching a writer whose specialty is now the subject of… Continue

Added by State of the Art on April 16, 2010 at 9:21am — 8 Comments

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