Featured Blog Posts – May 2011 Archive (23)

Around She Writes, Wednesday June 1, 2011

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.  

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Added by Mary Keating on May 31, 2011 at 7:37pm — No Comments

More Than Just A Bookclub

This weekend, I traveled to Amelia Island, Florida to attend Mama Fancina's Fancy Hat Literary Luncheon. Simply put, it was a magical event. The host, Jennie Blue (wearing a white hat), explained that the annual event is named for her gradmother who loved reading-- and hats. Once a year, Jennie (aka Jay Bee) invites dozens of women wearing fancy hats to…

Added by Tayari Jones on May 31, 2011 at 5:05am — 4 Comments

Less Than Great Expectations

By M.J. Rose

I think the single most difficult and yet liberating moment I had in publishing was when I found out that ultimately my success depended not on me or the reader, not on my talent or the responsiveness of the audience, but…


Added by M.J. ROse on May 30, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Don't Miss Your Chance to Tell Your Encore Story! (And A Chance to Win A Free Book!)

Last week, blogger, pundit, mother and mistress of reinvention Joanne Bamberger asked She Writers -- "Did you reinvent yourself in midlife?  Have you had an "encore" career, as a writer or in some other form?  What is your story of rebirth?"…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on May 26, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Your Life, Your Rules, Your Values, Your Success

My publicist, Lauren Cerand, recently shared with me an email I sent her back in 2005 when we were first working together on PR.  She asked me to put together a wish-list that would serve as our working goals. With…


Added by Tayari Jones on May 25, 2011 at 2:30am — 26 Comments

Around She Writes, May 25, 2011

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.  Oh, and be sure to read the important note in the Noteworthy News section!


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Added by Mary Keating on May 24, 2011 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Keeping Silent about Rape

French Journalists’ Silence on IMF's Strauss-Kahn Reminds Sarah Glazer of Her Own Complicity

It’s an odd feeling to spend a month writing an article about the something as dry as the European currency union only to have it sensationalized the day of publication by an international sex scandal.


 “But what does it mean for Greece?” my editors queried, as the…


Added by State of the Art on May 20, 2011 at 12:36am — 79 Comments

You Can't Do It Alone: Asking for and Receiving Help


There is no way that you can successfully publish a novel without help.  Even if you publish with a traditional publisher and are assigned a publicist, she will have lots of books to work on and cannot make your book her reason for living. Further, if you self-publish or work with a very small press, you may feel like you are completely on your own. But the thing is, you’re… Continue

Added by Tayari Jones on May 18, 2011 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

The Big Shift: Is Midlife Just the Beginning? (A Writing Prompt -- and Contest -- for She Writes!)

Apparently, I was ahead of my time when it comes to reinvention.

We live in a world where everything is in flux -- jobs, families, life stages.  People have joked for years that 50 is the new 30, but in these times, there's some truth to…


Added by Joanne Bamberger on May 17, 2011 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Around She Writes - May 18, 2011

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.


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Added by Mary Keating on May 17, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Letter to She Writes

Dear all,


About a week ago, I wrote to the people who have formed the backbone of She Writes since its inception, including our Advisory Board members, bloggers, webineers and consultants, to update them on where things stand and where we are headed in the future.  I'm writing to all of you now to share with you what I shared with them -- including my excitement and optimism about what's next!


First, I have concluded, for a variety of reasons, that…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on May 17, 2011 at 3:30am — 7 Comments

Five Questions for Siri Hustvedt

SIRI HUSTVEDT is the author of five novels, including…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on May 16, 2011 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Five Questions for...Margaret Duarte

This week's winner of our new "15K" contest -- which features the writer who refers the most new members each week from now until we hit 15,000 -- is MARGARET DUARTE!  (WE LOVE…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on May 13, 2011 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

She Writes Needs Your Help!

It's hard to believe, but our SECOND ANNIVERSARY is around the corner, on June 29th, 2011.  Last year, we had an amazing response to our call to She Writers all over the world to meet up on that day, blow…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on May 12, 2011 at 12:30pm — 9 Comments

"Don't Let That Man Eat Your Career", and Other Preparations for Hitting the Road.

1.5/52 Vagabond in a nutshell..... The Silver Sparrow Tour will hit more than thirty cities this summer.  Of course I am thrilled to meet so many readers, but thirty is a lot of cities and eight weeks is a long time to be on the road.  To prepare, I am basically in training. For the next two months, I will be…


Added by Tayari Jones on May 11, 2011 at 4:30am — 19 Comments

Around SheWrites - May 11, 2011

Mother’s Day – shewriters love to talk about moms – take a look at what they have to say this year.

Also,  here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.


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Added by Mary Keating on May 10, 2011 at 5:31pm — 1 Comment

5 Questions for...Marianne Schnall

Marianne Schnall's interviews with powerful women have appeared in Glamour and In Style magazines, on numerous blogs, and on the website she founded fifteen years ago, feminist.com. Schnall's…


Added by Shelby Knox on May 9, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

STILL MORE Ways to Rejuvenate Your Writing Life - Our Mother's Day Gift to All Who Mother WORDS!

We think that Mother's Day should last all month long.  And that women who aren't mothers need a special day too.  And that women who are writers (some of whom are mothers) should be giving themselves gifts here and there to rejuvenate themselves…


Added by Deborah Siegel on May 6, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

So What's Your Book About: Learning To Talk About My Own Work

It has occurred to me, SheWriters, that I haven’t even told you anything about my new novel, SILVER SPARROW.  And this dovetails perfectly into my challenge for this week—How to talk about my book.  It’s a tricky proposition.  I want something punchy that people can remember, but I also want to do justice to my project.  When someone asks me "What's Your Book About?" I could answer…


Added by Tayari Jones on May 4, 2011 at 4:30am — 48 Comments

Around She Writes - May 4, 2011

There is great stuff on writing this week! Be sure to check it out. Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.


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Five Things I Wish I Had Known When…


Added by Mary Keating on May 3, 2011 at 6:18pm — 3 Comments

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