Featured Blog Posts – May 2014 Archive (29)

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] The Inspiration for Royal Entertainment

In 2006, after fifteen years in the non-profit sector, I found myself working for famed party designer Philip Baloun. I had blown the whistle on my previous boss for embezzling money, lost my job, and Philip had hired me to produce the kind of extravagant parties only he could envision. Philip’s home…


Added by Marni Fechter on May 31, 2014 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Interview with Shebooks co-founder Laura Fraser

My memoir, Runway: Confessions of a not-so supermodel, was recently released by a new company called Shebooks, which publishes high-quality 10,000-word ebooks written by women. This week I want to share with you an…


Added by Meghan Ward on May 29, 2014 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Kindle Tale: How A Landmark Book on Immigration Became New Again - Part Two

Just my luck. I was trying to write two simple posts.

One about reviving my out-of-print book MUDDY CUP with an updated second edition, available only as an E-book.

The other about the process of putting it on…


Added by Barbara Fischkin on May 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Lessons from a Lost Garden

I bought my first house many years ago. It was a modest bungalow, with three miniature bedrooms, no closets, and the steepest stairs I’ve ever seen in a house—built long before the city strengthened its building codes.



Added by Jill Jepson on May 27, 2014 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

Marketing idea: Encourage your fans to spread the word

If your biggest fans aren't authors themselves, there's a good chance they have no idea how much you need their help to spread the word about your work. So why not tell them? I created a "buzz" page on my website. It lists easy ways to spread the word about my novels, and anytime I interact with fans on a personal level, I ask them to check out that page.…


Added by Maria Murnane on May 27, 2014 at 9:35am — 5 Comments

Not All Subsidy Presses Are Created Equal: My Beef with Author Solutions

As the publisher of She Writes Press, a publishing model that falls under many categories—partnership publishing; hybrid publishing; subsidy publishing; self-publishing—I am often asked how we’re different from …


Added by Brooke Warner on May 26, 2014 at 10:00pm — 34 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Will Write for Food

Vocation (Latin: vocātiō  a call, summons) is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which they are suited, trained, or qualified.

A friend of mine was recently accepted into a select, rigorous creative writing masters program. I received the news with a mix of…


Added by Cindy Eastman on May 26, 2014 at 10:58am — 2 Comments


Finishing the writing of your book and finally putting it to bed, the thrill of holding your first advance copy and having it in the She Writes Press catalogue, should be the perfect excuse for a little self-congratulatory down time before hitting the reset button. But some of us are already…


Added by Susan Winkler on May 25, 2014 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Notes From Underground

We all are familiar with that moment in a new relationship when, no matter how well things seem to be going, we feel the need to stop and analyze it. Does he/she really love me? Is this just a fling or something more lasting? Do we have what it takes to go the distance?

Yes, and we’re just as familiar with that…


Added by Meg Bortin on May 23, 2014 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

[What's Next?] Getting Organized

Now that I have time to start looking at new work, I’m realizing that I don’t really have the best system for keeping track of ideas for stories. I’m a post-it person, and I’m beginning to realize that’s a problem, because post-its are not sticky forever, and when they’re not sticky they become little pieces of paper that get stuck to your shoes and fall in the trash accidentally. The walls around my desk look like those walls that serial killers have in detective shows—post-its all over the…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on May 22, 2014 at 4:30am — 20 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - The Unglamorous Road to Publication by Sheana Ochoa

The easiest way to make quick money is to write a book and get it published. All you have to do is write a book, turn it in to a publisher, and sit back and wait for the royalty checks to arrive.

Well, in case you haven't noticed, the name of this blog is [REALITY CHECK], and what I said above is anything…


Added by Zetta Brown on May 21, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

[Making the Leap] The Power of Words

When I first started writing, I had goals: start a blog, be published, build a platform. Sure as writers, we are focused on our latest or next project—the book we want to complete, the idea that is tumbling in our heads finding its polish, or the article we want to query.  But it’s not all about us, all the time. Many writers I know are also very aware of giving back. They believe there is a way to use their words--their gift--to help others.…


Added by Julie Luek on May 20, 2014 at 8:00pm — 13 Comments

How's your elevator pitch?

When someone asks, "What's your book about?" it's important to be able to answer in a sentence or two. This is often described as an "elevator pitch," because you should be able to explain your book during a short elevator ride. Who knows what Hollywood producer might happen to ask - or be listening?…


Added by Maria Murnane on May 20, 2014 at 11:18am — No Comments

Planning a book launch: eight months out

"Labors of the months - Fuldascher Kalender" by Unknown - cf. license. Licensed under Public domain via…


Added by Anjali Mitter Duva on May 19, 2014 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Kindle Tale: How A Landmark Book On Immigration Became New Again - Part One

“…about twenty-eight years ago, I hugged and held on to a thirty-something newspaper reporter as tightly as I think I have ever held on to another human being” 


From a new epilogue by Mauricio J. Almonte,  in the second edition of Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in a New America by Barbara Fischkin.


 By Barbara…


Added by Barbara Fischkin on May 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How Not to Be a Writer

I was thrilled, after a very scary year of unemployment, to be hired as a part-time writing tutor at a local community college. The job was a perfect fit for me, and I felt right at home. Unfortunately, after months of devoting all my time to writing, my productivity began to suffer right away. I…


Added by Laura Janis Thompson on May 14, 2014 at 11:00am — 19 Comments

Tips for Managing Writer's Block

I'm no stranger to writer's block, which at times can feel paralyzing. And stressful. And did I say stressful? I recently began writing my seventh novel, and this time around I'm prepared to battle this dreaded affliction with three strategies I've learned from my previous bouts.



Added by Maria Murnane on May 13, 2014 at 8:22am — 2 Comments

[Path to Publication] Headshots on the Farm

I figured the scariest part of publishing While the Gods Were Sleeping would be receiving critical feedback from editors or negotiating cover design. But, no. So far, the task that has filled me with the greatest dread has been the author headshot.

The request came from my publisher in mid-winter. I live 45 miles from a small town, several hours from mid-size towns (Pendleton,…


Added by Elizabeth Enslin on May 12, 2014 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

What Motivates Us To Write Books?

This is a question that’s been on my mind this week as I’m struggling to start my second book. This spring I made a bold decision that I would start taking Fridays off to write. I was going to start the first Friday in April. That Friday I spent the whole day catching up on e-mail and running errands. The second…


Added by Brooke Warner on May 11, 2014 at 2:00pm — 42 Comments

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