Featured Blog Posts – April 2016 Archive (14)

Well-Meaning, But Annoying

Throughout your life people say things that are well meaning. When you're dating it's: when are you two getting married?; once you're married it's: when are you going to start a family? There's not a woman on earth who hasn't had to field one of these well-meaning, but annoying questions that seem designed to pressure you through every major life event. 

Once you get past that early phase of life it quiets down a bit, unless you're an author.…


Added by Robin Leemann Donovan on April 29, 2016 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

My Conversation with Gretchen Rubin on Happiness and Success

What is success? What makes you feel successful? And how can you tweak the definition so that you can feel successful even if you don't achieve everything you hope? Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with Gretchen Rubin - in person - and ask her about success.  I told her I write a humorous blog about redefining success, triggered by a midlife crisis. She was generous…


Added by Hope A. Perlman on April 29, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

Write What You Sort of Know

We writers get advice that can sound repetitive: Build your platform, consolidate your brand, write what you know. While I am not about to tell you that you should be starting in on a book about, say, nuclear fission if you are a romance kind of gal, I am going to urge you to start from a place of not too much knowledge, and move towards not too much consistency. And above all, have fun.


Today I am holding the ARC of my She Writes…


Added by Miriam Weinstein on April 28, 2016 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

How I Turned a Need into an Article

When I regularly taught an online poetry workshop, one of the exercises I assigned encouraged students to craft a poem that used the cross-cutting technique typically found in films. I desperately wanted to find a themed reading to go along with the assignment. I searched. And then I searched some more. I asked other poets.…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on April 28, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Building a Relationship with Your Characters


Characters are one of the most important things about a book, so it's important to connect with the people you've created in your head so they seem real to your readers.

 I thought that was a good opening line *pats self on the back* so now, let's get down to it!

 Basically, if you can't connect with your characters; how can you expect your readers to? Get comfortable with them, know them, describe them and their actions.…


Added by Ashley Earley on April 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Advice on Character Development

For the past year or so I've been working on a new novel, and this one has caused me a lot of angst--and stress. I realize now that the main reason I've had so many problems is that I didn't spend enough time thinking about the protagonist before I started writing. I figured (hoped) she would evolve into a believable, empathetic character as I wrote, but she never really did. The result was a first draft with a heroine who seemed...not real.…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 26, 2016 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

How Do You Decide What to Write Next?

If you are a writer, chances are there are characters, stories, plots and subplots floating around in your head. I know that’s the case for me. There are multiple characters and story lines clamoring in my brain demanding attention.

“Pick me! Pick me!” they shout.

How can I pick from among them?

Right now I have two equally intriguing ideas for books in my Dancing Through Life…


Added by Patricia Robertson on April 26, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

It’s Book Tour Time Again!

My carry-on is on my bed and I’m hyperventilating. Yes, you’ve guessed it: I’m getting ready for a book tour. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally excited to present to readers my new novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, about three generations of Indian women in a family--grandmother, mother and daughter--and the ways in which they love and support each other and also drive each other…


Added by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on April 25, 2016 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

6 Benefits of Blogging

Whenever I complain about not having enough time to do everything I think I need to do–family responsibilities, writing and publishing books, writing articles and submitting them to magazines, marketing, maintaining my website, and blogging—my husband, the accountant, asks:

“What has the potential to make the most money?”

“Well, my books.”

“Then do that.”

He has a hard time understanding why I put so much time and…


Added by Patricia Robertson on April 12, 2016 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Top 5 Ways Authors Can Promote Their Books

My latest and fourth book, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, publishes nationwide this week -- five years after Parentless Parents. In the time between book launches, the marketing landscape has shifted to such a degree that I’ve overhauled my entire PR and branding…


Added by Allison Gilbert on April 11, 2016 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] How To Launch A Book Campaign

I attended my first AWP conference and book fair this year, where I feasted on literary and writing business delicacies, along with over 12,000 other attendees. After reviewing over 550 offerings, I selected fourteen panels, which I attended over three days. It was a treat to see SWP Publisher Brooke…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on April 11, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

How to organize a blog tour for your new book’s release

No doubt about it, an outreach to bloggers in your niche is becoming an essential part of the publicity your book receives, especially now that the traditional, schlepping-around-the-country-tour is a thing of the past, except for the top tier authors—you know, the ones who need it least. Knowing that I've organized and participated in a few blog tours (most recently for The…


Added by Nava Atlas on April 8, 2016 at 9:30am — 24 Comments

When You Don't Want to Write That Memoir Yourself--

It's tough enough to get started.

Everyone says how easy it should be to write about your life. You can keep a journal and tell a good story at the dinner table, right? So it should be no problem to whip out a 60,000 word book.

If you've been believing that, then no wonder if you get stuck.

I'm here to tell you that it's brutally difficult to keep writing and let's just say it openly here--most of us don't know how to write that…


Added by Patti M Hall on April 7, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

How Copy Editing and Branding Go Hand-in-Hand

When you are establishing and maintaining a brand identity for your business, you need to pay close attention to your text across all of your digital and physical marketing materials. Consistency is of utmost importance in making sure potential customers have a clear understanding of your brand.


I've been copy editing longer than "branding" has been a buzzword. As a copy editor, I've seen the common problems small businesses have when they are trying to establish their brand…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on April 5, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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