I don't have the best memory, so when I'm working on a book, I've learned to use my phone to keep me from forgetting a good idea if I'm not at my desk. My first preference is to use sticky notes, but I don't always have them (not to mention a pen) with me. I almost always have my phone, however. Here are three tricks you can use:
So here’s something exciting in the world of publishing. Oprah is launching a fall tour—The Life You Want Weekend Tour!—that features a roster of celebrities, yes, but these are…Continue
I'm on deadline for part of a book and a brand new essay and oh, yes, I need to catch up on some emails. So I did what always works: I packed up my notebooks, laptop, books, pens and sweat pants and booked myself a room at my favorite retreat for artists and writers. This is Day 3 and the last night of my short residency.
I've been here…Continue
When Colleen Haggerty lost her leg in an accident during her senior year of high school, she could have retreated from life and let her disability become her defining quality—and no one would have blamed her for it. Instead, she went the opposite way. In the years following her accident,…Continue
Since my launch party for The Rooms Are Filled a couple of weeks ago, I’ve received a lot of questions from fellow writers and also from people just curious to know what goes on behind the scenes for a book launch. Based on the questions I’ve gotten, here are my…Continue
I'm not a novelist, but from what I hear the characters in a novel are often composites of people the author knows or has observed, among them friends – who may or may not be content with a portrait in which they see aspects of themselves. It's a risk the author takes but, as the work is fiction, there is…Continue
Some of you may remember my last blog post, where I announced that I had sent out my manuscript (the second draft!) to some trusted readers. I’ve started to get some responses back, and I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised.…Continue
Renate: Thanks to the Supreme Court decision in California, we had a topic for our new book: lesbian marriage. And, thanks to She Writes, we had the…Continue
Added by Renate Stendhal on April 23, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
These are interesting times to be a budding writer. Thanks to the boom of self-publishing and the Internet, it is more than easy to research how to write, how to get published, how to self-market, etc. There is barely a writing-related topic that doesn’t have a good few articles written about it.
The wisest of new writers and aspiring authors will take advantage of this and allocate some time for reading about writing, reading about publishing--basically just learning about their…Continue
I've wanted to be a published author since I was a kid. My dream came true when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the junior college I attended. My next success came a few years later when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the university I…Continue
In a previous post, I recommended doing one thing per day, every day, to promote your book. If you took that advice to heart, you're probably currently in the process of building a "marketing checklist" and might also be wondering what to put on it. In addition to the items I suggested, here are three additional ideas to include:
Easy. I’m not going to.
That question was the subject line of an email that taunted me from my inbox. At first I didn’t want to look at it. After the official launch of my first book, I was riding high on the positive waves of the newly published. There had been an…Continue
Last week I had a few bad days. A conflict at work was niggling at me. Things weren’t going well with an editor. Work on my latest book was dragging. The stress turned into a giant migraine, making me cancel my classes for a day—something I detest doing.
I spent Thursday nursing my headache and feeling sorry for myself, saying dumb things like, Why is everything going wrong? Then I asked myself a question:…Continue
Five panelists at the AWP conference in Seattle (February 26-March 1, 2014) posed this question and tried to answer it.
“How many readers will it take to feel I…Continue
Every morning, after rising and making coffee, I sit on my couch with a 6" x 8" spiral notebook and a Pilot Razor Point Extra Fine pen. For at least a half hour, I record a diary of what I did the day before, dreams and nightmares, wounds and applause, plus tasks due that day. As of this writing, I'm up to page…Continue
Baby Steps in Platform Shoes…Continue
When I was younger, like in high school younger, I used to sing a lot. I wasn't all that bad, back in th’ day. Of course, when I sang with the school choir, I sang with my choir voice. When I sang alone in my bedroom using the hair brush as a microphone (oh come on, you did it too,…
When I was writing my first novel, I was so excited to be WRITING A NOVEL that I ended up writing a lot of scenes that had nothing to do with the actual plot. But I didn't care because it was so fun to be WRITING A NOVEL! When I finished the first draft I was so thrilled to see my own words on the page that I didn't consider that readers might be confused by the superfluous scenes sprinkled throughout the manuscript. I found them entertaining enough to include simply because I'd…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on April 15, 2014 at 8:52am — No Comments
A couple weeks ago I had an article published in Publishers Weekly about third-way publishing, something I’ve blogged about here at She Writes. A lot of the…Continue
(Third in a series on month-by-month preparations in the year before a book launch. In this case, the book launch is in October 2014, with She Writes Press. These are some of the things to think about, questions to ask oneself, and issues to research in the course of this complex process which these days involves more and more of the author's time and savvy. Previous posts are …Continue