Featured Blog Posts – April 2014 Archive (38)

Let Your Smartphone Help You Keep Your Book on Track

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:



Added by Maria Murnane on April 29, 2014 at 8:22am — 5 Comments

Superstar Author Events: Discoverability on Steroids

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…


Added by Brooke Warner on April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

6 Tips To Get the Best From Your Writers Retreat

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…


Added by Aine Greaney on April 28, 2014 at 6:30am — 11 Comments

She Writes Press News: New Titles Coming this Fall!

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,…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on April 27, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

[SWP: Behind the Book] Launch Party Tips

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…


Added by Jessica Vealitzek on April 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 36 Comments

When Friends Beg to Differ

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…


Added by Meg Bortin on April 25, 2014 at 2:00am — 23 Comments

[What's Next?] First Feedback

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.…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on April 24, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

From the First Self-Publishing Summit to a First Self-Published Book, Part 3

Prize-winning authors Kim Chernin and Renate Stendhal talk about The Do’s and Don’ts of Proper Writer’s Etiquette.

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…


Added by Renate Stendhal on April 23, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

When is it time to stop reading about writing and just write?

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…


Added by Glo Gray on April 23, 2014 at 9:00am — 13 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Print vs. Digital Magazine Publishing by Sally Whitney

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…


Added by Zetta Brown on April 23, 2014 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Three Easy Marketing Ideas

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:



Added by Maria Murnane on April 22, 2014 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] How to Deal With Rejection

How to deal with literary rejection?

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…


Added by Cindy Eastman on April 21, 2014 at 6:30pm — 20 Comments

What Would Diane Lockhart Do? And Why It Matters to Writers

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:…


Added by Jill Jepson on April 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] How Many Readers is Enough?

How many readers is enough? 


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…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on April 17, 2014 at 12:30am — 12 Comments

How Journaling Propels Me Forward

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…


Added by Elaine Soloway on April 16, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

From the First Self-Publishing Summit to a First Self-Published Book, Part 2

Baby Steps in Platform Shoes…


Added by Renate Stendhal on April 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

[Making the Leap] Singing Like Amy

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,…


Added by Julie Luek on April 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Avoid Tangents in Your Story

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. found them entertaining enough to include simply because I'd…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 15, 2014 at 8:52am — No Comments

Self-Published Authors Don’t Need a New Term

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…


Added by Brooke Warner on April 14, 2014 at 10:00pm — 21 Comments

Planning a Book Launch, Month by Month

(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 …


Added by Anjali Mitter Duva on April 14, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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