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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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.…Continue
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 …Continue
A friend of mine was recently accepted into a select, rigorous creative writing masters program. I received the news with a mix of…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Well, in case you haven't noticed, the name of this blog is [REALITY CHECK], and what I said above is anything…Continue
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.…Continue
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?…Continue
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"Labors of the months - Fuldascher Kalender" by Unknown - cf. license. Licensed under Public domain via…
“…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.
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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…Continue
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.
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,…
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…Continue