Featured Blog Posts – May 2010 Archive (37)

Five Questions For...Sofia Quintero

This week, Rachel Kramer Bussel--senior editor at Penthouse Variations, SexisMagazine.com columnist, and editor of over 30 erotic anthologies, most recently, Please, Sir and Please, Ma'am--asks Sofia Quintero--author of many novels for "women who love hip hop even when hip hop fails them" under the pen name Black Artemis, and most… Continue

Added by Five Questions on May 31, 2010 at 7:07am — 1 Comment

Editors' Picks

This week's highlights from the She Writes groups and the Community Blog.



Show me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine, from the Novelists Struggling or Not group…



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Added by Deborah Siegel on May 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The BEA Report

The writer's need-to-know on the book industry, by Miriam Peskowitz.



Those who know me know you won’t often catch me deciding to go to a big convention like Book Expo America. The hordes of people. The bad convention center air. The massive amounts of overstimulation, deals being made, and info transferred about.…



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Added by The Writer-Entrepreneur on May 28, 2010 at 12:46pm — 2 Comments

She Writes on Fridays: Give a Gal Some Feedback on Work-in-Progress This Week

Deborah Siegel is hungry for writerly feedback--and senses others here are too.



In my first ever post on She Writes last June, titled um, sparingly, "From Deborah", I wrote that my motto was this: Friends don't let friends write alone. I stand by it. So let's try an experiment here. Give a fellow She Writer… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on May 28, 2010 at 9:30am — 13 Comments

Member News: Week Ending May 28, 2010

Pamela Mahoney Tsigdignos was interviewed by the Globe and Mail about her book Silent Sorority. Read the article here: When Couples Come To Terms with Infertility.

"As Pamela Tsigdinos cheered for her nephew at a… Continue

Added by Member News on May 28, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Help Wanted! Looking for She Writers to Organize Local Meetups to Help Us Celebrate: She Writes is Turning One!

On June 29, 2010, She Writes will turn one. First birthdays are big. In many cultures, a child's first birthday is cause for a whole lot of rejoicing, because the first year of life is so fragile and fraught with dangers that getting a child to one is an achievement the whole community can celebrate: as a team, they have successfully shepherded a new life through its delicate first twelve months. When a child is one, something has been proved: he or she is viable, and hearty enough to… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on May 27, 2010 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

The Techie: By Popular Demand!

Back by popular demand, it's the Twitter tutorials from The Techie, all in one place:



How Not to Be Boorish, Boring, or Bored on Twitter



Twitter, Part Two



Writers on Twitter Speak for Themselves



For more… Continue

Added by The Techie on May 25, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

BEA Bound She Writers - Tell Us What You're Learning, Here!

BookExpo America -- Mia's strapping on her walking shoes, Erin's sitting it out. Love it, hate it, if you are among those attending it this week, we want to hear from you. Please use the comments section of this post to share insights gleaned, lessons learned, and… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on May 24, 2010 at 8:49pm — 3 Comments

The Agent: I'd Rather Pound Sand Than Attend the BEA

Erin Hosier is looking forward to not attending publishing's biggest trade show.



As Mia Eaton wrote about last week, this Tuesday-Thursday in NYC is the BEA (Book Expo America), which for the uninitiated is basically a giant trade show for publishers.… Continue

Added by The Agent on May 24, 2010 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Five Questions for...Lauren B. Davis

This week poet Diane Lockward asks award-winning novelist Lauren B. Davis five questions about The Radiant City. A native Canadian, Lauren lived in France for a decade. She now makes her home in Princeton, NJ, where she is Writer-in-Residence at Trinity… Continue

Added by Five Questions on May 24, 2010 at 3:39am — 2 Comments

Member News: Week Ending May 21, 2010

Laura Vanderkam's new book, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio), hits stores on May 27. The book is about how people spend the 168 hours we all have each week, and how we can all spend them better.



Kathleen Guler's novel A LAND BEYOND RAVENS, won the 2010 National Indie… Continue

Added by Member News on May 21, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

State of the Art: Selling One Story at a Time on the iPhone

Sarah Glazer explores the new iPhone app for short stories and sees a new audience for undiscovered writers.



Want to read a story by Hilary Mantel for $2.99? Want to sell your own story the same way songs are sold on the iPhone? Now there’s a way to do both with a new app on the iPhone that sells short stories and essays one at a time.



It’s hard to believe but until recently there hasn’t been a way to… Continue

Added by State of the Art on May 21, 2010 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

She Writes on Fridays: Notebook Mash

Deborah Siegel mixes two parts notebook and one part words.





Reading about your notebooks--pictured here--made me rather hungry to dip back into mine. Thanks to all who responded to last week's prompt ("What's in YOUR Notebook")--especially Kelly Jo, Tania Prputniewicz, Cheryl Wright, and Emily Cross. And to… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on May 21, 2010 at 7:24am — 4 Comments

Are You Self-Published, Or Do You Have a 3-Book Deal at S&S? Does It Matter, As Long As You Try? (And I Mean Really Try)

In which Kamy Wicoff asks She Writers to give a shout out to She Writers who pour their hearts, souls and sweat into becoming better at what they do, women who aren't afraid to try.



I am a big Crystal Bowersox fan. For those of you who don't know, Crystal is one of the last two contestants left on this season's… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on May 19, 2010 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

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What Did You Blog About Today?

from the Bloggers, Let's Make It Work! group



The Big Flood in Three Acts

by Julie Jeffs

Act 1…

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Added by Deborah Siegel on May 19, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION: It's a book! A real book! (26 days)

Well, books started arriving in people's hands this week, as Amazon received their stock and started shipping out to everyone who pre-ordered. (While incredibly exciting, it also makes me a little woozy. Oh God, people are actually going to read it… Continue

Added by Deanna Zandt on May 19, 2010 at 5:28am — No Comments

The Techie: Getting Ready for BEA2010

Mia Eaton straps on her walking shoes and preps for BEA.



BookExpo America happens next week, and for anyone not already familiar with it, BEA is a massive publishing convention, dominated by the sales, marketing, and distribution of books, taking place in the nexus of publishing, New York City. Only half-jokingly called a "big top event" it really can be a… Continue

Added by The Techie on May 18, 2010 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

The Editor: The Unbearable Lightness of Editing

Beth Wareham considers those people who sit in little rooms and cubes, making books better.



A friend who works at a large corporate publishing company once said to me, “Shoot, it’s all the same job.” And now that I look at it, he seems to be right: you're expected to tweet, blog, squawk, and Facebook for your projects. You have to pitch to your magazine friends and producer friends. As an editor, you search for… Continue

Added by The Editor on May 17, 2010 at 8:09am — 6 Comments

Five Questions for...Courtney E. Martin

Courtney E. Martin, co-editor of the new anthology Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists and author of the forthcoming book Do It Anyway, about young activists, answers five questions from Chloe Angyal, feminist blogger and contributor at Feministing.com, and talks… Continue

Added by Five Questions on May 17, 2010 at 7:22am — 6 Comments

She Writes on Fridays: What’s in YOUR Notebook?

Deborah Siegel wants to know.



I used to hunt for the perfect notebook. Then I realized my hunt was not about the notebook, of course, but rather some idealized notion of what I thought a “writing process” should be. Real writers had a system. Real writers used index cards, or leather journals, or spiral notebooks–whatever it was, I imagined it was consistent, like one’s sense of style or… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on May 14, 2010 at 10:00am — 25 Comments

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