Featured Blog Posts – April 2015 Archive (27)

Meet Other She Writers: Join the SWP Spring Tour

The night before my official pub date, I joined She Writes Press authors Hollye Dexter and Jo Ivester for the first official event of my book tour and of the She Writes Press tour at large. We were in Phoenix, home of SparkPoint Studio (the parent company of She Writes Press), at the big, bustling, fabulous indie bookstore Changing Hands. The three of us read from…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on April 29, 2015 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Why You Shouldn't Give Up on Your Book

I love hearing great speakers present a well-crafted message. I especially love presentations when the speaker is an author whose books I've read. Even if we've never met, it feels as if we have a connection. I’m eager to hear my favorite authors speak because their message has already intrigued, entertained, or inspired me.

So when I learned that Lysa TerKeurst was scheduled…


Added by Erin K Casey on April 27, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Writing Tip: Don't be Afraid to Cut

In my first job out of college, one of my assignments was to co-write an opinion piece for my boss. (In this case, "co-write" meant "write.") He told me the points he wanted to make, and my role was to turn those ideas into a clear, readable argument that a prominent magazine in our industry would accept. Both of us would get the byline, so I was excited!

I'll never forget my boss's reaction when I proudly showed him my masterpiece. He smiled at me, then sighed and said something…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 27, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

[SWP: Behind the Book] Remembering the Small Stuff--a Challenge of Writing Memoir

Yesterday a fellow Peace Corps alum who had just started reading my memoir asked, “How did you remember so many details from the Peace Corps?”

I laughed because I needed lots of help.

We all know that details make our writing more vivid, but what do you do when you just can’t…


Added by Eileen Flanagan on April 27, 2015 at 5:30am — 14 Comments

[What's Next?] Opening Up

Well everyone, I did it. I sat down and pushed through my final edits. I got to a place where I feel comfortable saying it: I’m done! Now, that said, I’m the type of person who thinks writing is never done—there’s always something you’ll want to change, always something that could be better. But I’m as done…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on April 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

3 Ways Writers Get Overwhelmed---And What To Do About It

The desire to write is a strong pull. Anyone who’s written a book or is currently writing a book knows intimately the power writing can wield over us. And as much as we want it and love it, our writing can start to feel like a “should,” and a bit like a spurned lover when we’re not giving it our…


Added by Brooke Warner on April 21, 2015 at 1:00pm — 17 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - 10 Lessons I Learned My First Year as a Hybrid Author by L. G. O’Connor

This week, my friend, fellow author, and She Writer L. G. O'Connor is summarizing her first year's experience of being a published author. The following blog post is what inspired me to start this blog a few years ago.

I published my debut novel in 2008 and…


Added by Zetta Brown on April 21, 2015 at 7:30am — 25 Comments

Marketing Tip: Are You Making the Most of Your Email Signature?

For quite some time now, I've been recommending that authors use their email signatures as an indirect way to promote their work. Apparently a lot of you are taking my advice, because almost all the emails I get these days from authors mention their book(s) in their email signatures.



Added by Maria Murnane on April 20, 2015 at 7:54am — 7 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Since I Signed with She Writes Press

Tomorrow is the pub date for my latest novel Play for Me, a good time to look back over the ten months since I signed with She Writes Press.

As I reflect on lessons learned, I’m struck by the fact that my volunteer literary activities, which I thought of as ancillary, have turned out to have been as important as my marketing plan. At the time, I simply got caught up in these projects; they weren’t part of any strategy.…


Added by Celine Keating on April 20, 2015 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

[Breakfast with the Muse] 3 Questions Never to Ask When You Start a Book

When a writer starts a book—or any long, complicated project—she's full of questions. Some of our questions are important ones—even essential. If we're writing fiction, we need to know the characters, their back stories, their motivations. For memoir, we may need to do a ton of research. We always have to get a feel for the voice in which we will be writing. There are many, many questions to be asked and answered as we launch our work. …


Added by Jill Jepson on April 19, 2015 at 6:43pm — No Comments

The Benefit of Face-to-Face Public Relations

In a world where social media and digital marketing is a cornerstone of any publicity campaign, it’s easy to lose sight of the basic nature of communication. The kind that allows you to really show your passion for who you are and what you do; the kind that doesn’t allow you to hide behind any computers or internet personas; the kind that puts you on the spot and it just so happens to be the foundation of any effective communications and public relations strategy: face-to-face interaction.…


Added by Sara Chambers on April 15, 2015 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

The Art of Submission: Committing to the Work

I did not go to AWP.

I am not one of those people who does not go to AWP and then passive aggressively links to articles and op-eds about how racist/sexist/capitalistic AWP is. I am one of those people who did not go to AWP because she could not afford to go to AWP.

But this isn’t…


Added by Emily Lackey on April 14, 2015 at 6:57pm — 8 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] My Glamorous Life

It has been a full year since my book, Flip-Flops After 50 was published. This past weekend, I sat anxiously at home, iPhone (and twitter feed) in one hand, glass of red wine in the other, waiting for Brooke Warner to let me know the results from the IBPA awards ceremony. My book was a finalist for Humor in the IBPA Ben Franklin Awards this year and it felt like a fitting cap to an amazing year: A golden award, a crowning achievement.

Except that I didn’t…


Added by Cindy Eastman on April 13, 2015 at 11:30am — 18 Comments

Grammergency #10: Who’s Zoomin’ Whom?

Virtually every time I log on to my Twitter page, I try to avoid looking at the upper-right-hand corner, where the words “Who to follow” appear. Is there no one at this multibillion-dollar company, I wonder, who can add one little “m” to turn this…


Added by Annie Tucker on April 13, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Active vs. Passive Voice

If you've never heard of "active voice" or "passive voice," don't worry, you're not alone. However, while you might not know the official terminology, I'm willing to bet you can easily spot the difference between the two.


In the active…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 13, 2015 at 8:26am — No Comments

Is Memoir Writing Therapeutic?

I recently read Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, which explores anxiety as experience, rather than pathology. In “A Conversation with…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on April 12, 2015 at 9:25pm — 32 Comments

The Most Personal Thing I've Ever Published

You'd think I'd bared it all: In 2006, I published a book about my wedding, and the rocky, tumultuous and sometimes painful journey I took as a bride. But when my publicist for…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on April 12, 2015 at 5:30pm — 18 Comments

From Laura Ingalls and Alicia Florrick to Elizabeth II: literary and historical women as role models

The more time I spend reading, writing, volunteering at the library, and exploring what I want to do with my life, the more I’ve learned that what I read and who I read about has influenced who I am and who I want to be. While I love Dickens, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, and Shakespeare, my…


Added by Jenna Sauber on April 12, 2015 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE:] Finding Flow

Garry Trudeau, the originator of the Doonesbury cartoon, is a brilliant creative force.  But when…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on April 10, 2015 at 1:24pm — 5 Comments

[Path to Publication] Creative Marketing Ideas that Pay Off

Sometimes, when people hear I'm publishing my memoir through Penguin Random House's Putnam imprint, they assume I won't have to do any marketing or publicity on my own. But unless you're a famous writer these days, you can pretty much expect to do at least some of your own publicity. From the literary series I run in Boston and Tokyo, Four Stories, I've known writers who have had New York Times best-sellers, won National Book…


Added by Tracy Slater on April 8, 2015 at 11:30pm — 18 Comments

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