Featured Blog Posts – May 2013 Archive (29)

[Diary of a Memoirist] Is Twenty-Seven Old?

At some point in the interesting new movie Frances Ha someone declares: “Twenty-seven is old.” In his enthusiastic review film critic A.O. Scott observes: “while that may in some sense be…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on May 30, 2013 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How to Convert Your Followers into 1000 True Fans

If you’ve been reading blogs for a while, you have probably come across the term “1000 true fans.” Kevin Kelly first wrote about this idea on his blog Technium. The number 1000 is an estimate, of course, but the rationale goes that all you need to succeed in your field are 1000 true fans, a “true fan” being defined as someone who will buy everything you have to sell. In other words—every book you…


Added by Meghan Ward on May 30, 2013 at 7:56am — 11 Comments

Copyeditor Delivers Unexpected Gift

Last week I posted this on my Facebook fan page: “If I’d realized as a child that stars were never scolded for shinning, I might not have been embarrassed by—or ashamed of—my own light.”

Thirty-five people…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on May 29, 2013 at 10:00am — 16 Comments

[Making the Leap] Have You Experienced The Writer's Learning Curve?

In my Life Before Writing, I worked at a college learning center.  We spent many appointments working with students on studyskills. As obvious as learning sounds in a college setting, it’s amazing how many young adults successfully made their way through high school ill-equipped to learn. Unfortunately,…


Added by Julie Luek on May 28, 2013 at 5:00pm — 40 Comments

Truth in Memoir

A few thoughts after sending North of Hope into the world:

Memoir is a subcategory of non-fiction, even if creative non-fiction or literary non-fiction. Memoir tells a true story.

Except: if you and I have dinner one week, and recall that dinner the following week, it’s likely we both will recall something different, about the light, the music playing or not, the family at the table across from us, the food. Memory is molded by who we are, the genes we carry, the experiences…


Added by Shannon Huffman Polson on May 28, 2013 at 10:15am — 13 Comments

What Noise Level Works Best for Your Writing?

In my previous two posts, I asked some of my author friends where and when they most like to write. This week I asked them about preferred background noise. Personally, I alternate between complete silence and the kind of soft music they play at fancy spas. I can't have…


Added by Maria Murnane on May 28, 2013 at 8:33am — 35 Comments

How to Throw a Book Launch Party by Cross-Promoting - Or the Best Night of My Life

In February of 2013 I was returning from South America and I found myself watching the "Sex in The City" episode where Carrie has her book launch. Done in Hollywood style, the party was held in a swanky two-story ballroom with all the top socialites from New York City. The major papers were in attendance, taking her photo and getting quotes.

When I reached New York City the next day and met with my fabulous publicist at Gallery Book/ Simon & Schuster we laughed about the party…


Added by Marci Nault on May 28, 2013 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing The Hedgebrook Cookbook

Hedgebrook is a literary nonprofit that supports the work of visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Founded in 1988, Hedgebrook hosts a global community of writers through residencies and…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on May 26, 2013 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Return to Zero—Championing Indies

This post is putting the horse before the cart in a way. On Thursday, May 23, the following post went out in the She Writes newsletter:

If you lost your baby mere weeks before it was to be born, what would you do? Perhaps more importantly, what would it do to you?

Return to Zero is the first film ever created with stillbirth as its central theme. It has an amazing cast (Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Kathy Baker, and more), but…


Added by Brooke Warner on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

[What's Next?] What Are You Looking At?

While reading through my first draft, one thing has become abundantly clear: What I have here isn’t a draft at all. What I have is a really, really detailed outline.

Part of the reason for this is that my main goal while I was writing was to just finish. I really wanted to get from point A to point B and wrap things up. While I was working I just kept pushing forward, trying to think of events that could occur to keep the story moving and grow these characters, until they reach…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on May 23, 2013 at 4:30am — 14 Comments

Am I still that person?

A few weeks ago, my friend and former jogging partner Ellen Sweet sent me this snapshot that she had just discovered while scanning old photographs into her computer. I remembered the picture, and I may even have a copy of it somewhere, but it was something of a shock to see it illuminated on my…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on May 21, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

When are you most productive?

In my last post (sorry for missing a week- I was on vacation!), I asked some author friends where they like to write. This week I asked them when they prefer to write. While I tend to be the most productive in the middle of the day and late afternoon/early evening, their answers were quite different:…


Added by Maria Murnane on May 21, 2013 at 7:08am — 4 Comments

VORTEXT 2013: The Second Gathering

In a couple of weeks, Hedgebrook’s second Vortext Salon for women writers will take place on Whidbey Island: three extraordinary days of workshops and conversation, in a beautiful setting, led by six renowned writers and teachers: Dorothy Allison, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth George, Jane Hamilton, Ruth Ozeki and Gail Tsukiyama.


Vortext was just a gleam in Karen Joy Fowler’s eye a year ago, when she came to us with…


Added by Amy Wheeler on May 20, 2013 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing The Book of Simple Human Truths, by Molly Friendenfeld

Many of life’s treasures remain constant in the state of simplicity—a lesson that author Molly Friedenfeld learned when she began her journey in search of ancient wisdom. When Friedenfeld moved from her head down to her heart, it became clear: Love is simple. Truth is simple.…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on May 20, 2013 at 9:43am — No Comments

Did You Have A Mentor In Your Life?

A few weeks ago, Girls Write Now held its first-ever annual benefit and awards.  It was a perfect evening--as authentic, inspirational and moving as the organization, and worthy of the girls and the wonderful…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on May 17, 2013 at 1:07pm — 6 Comments

Ali Smith's "Artful"--Is it A Successful New Literary Form?

Sarah Glazer takes a second look at her reaction to an experiment.

I’m still not sure if I like novelist Ali Smith’s Artful. It has been marketed as a writing…


Added by State of the Art on May 17, 2013 at 4:35am — 4 Comments

The Many Paths to Publishing—Which One’s Right for You?

So many choices…so few guidelines or clear answers. How’s an author to choose?

With the proliferation of publishing options—traditional publishing, self-publishing, partner publishing, package publishing, e-books, p-books, and so on‑-many authors find themselves stymied by which route is best for them and…


Added by April Eberhardt on May 16, 2013 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments


Inspired by Dane Golden's guest post on YouTube videos, I have begun a new series of YouTube videos, the second of which answers the question "Should all authors (published or not) blog?" Check out the video below for my answer. Also, one announcement: Litquake, San Francisco's literary conference, is introducing Digi.lit, a one-day digital publishing conference that will take…


Added by Meghan Ward on May 16, 2013 at 8:15am — 2 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE:] In which Hirsh Leib opens my eyes....

Recently, in a family newsletter from the 1930’s, I came across a passage that seemed to speak directly to me as a writer. 


The little sheets, typed up and mimeographed in Philadelphia and distributed to an extended Jewish family scattered on several continents, were the proud chronicle of immigrants…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on May 16, 2013 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] 8 Goal-Setting Tips for Summer

Why is it our motivation sometimes wavers this time of year? Do you feel like the Little Engine That Could losing steam up a big pull? Maybe it’s the close of school and the beginning of summer. For some of us, that means a change in routine with kids home. Or maybe it’s that we’re five months into the year, and the…


Added by Julie Luek on May 14, 2013 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

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