Featured Blog Posts – June 2014 Archive (32)

Who Says Bleak House Isn't A Beach Book? (What's On Your Summer Reading List?)

I've been reading a lot of my friends' books lately, and it's been a delight. I finally read Orphan Train. (Thank you Christina Baker Kline, for writing something so beautiful--not to mention that the phenomenal success of that book could not have happened to a better person.) I just finished reading…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 30, 2014 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Three Seeds of Inspiration

Sometimes inspiration comes when you least expect it. You may not understand its value at the time, but if you are lucky you plant the seed and curiously await the results. That happened to me a few years back, and planting those seeds has made all the difference.

Before I decided to write my debut…

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Added by Carole Bumpus on June 30, 2014 at 6:00am — 9 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 10 Reasons to Start Blogging NOW



Every now and then you read a gloom and doom post about blogging like "Is blogging dead?" or "Where are all the bloggers?" Blogging is far from dead. Some people who were blogging five days a week four years ago may have slowed down or quit because they got burned out, and there's no question that there are more bloggers than ever…
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Added by Meghan Ward on June 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Time to Quit...Again

It was May, 1984. I was fifteen years old, sitting in a sophomore history class at Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Mo. My history teacher read the daily bulletin. First up in the school announcements were the names of my fellow classmates who would be inducted into the National Honor Society. I held my breath,…

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Added by Annette Drake on June 24, 2014 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Cindy the Writer

I went to get my blood drawn at the local lab in town. (And now Im thinking about how best to draw blood; pen and ink? Colored pencils?) It was soon after my pub date, so I was giddy with the newness of being a published author, and maybe slightly lightheaded from the pre-bloodwork fasting. When the 20-something technician asked me my occupation, I blurted, “I’m a writer. My book just came out!” She was sweet and said, “That’s cool!…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on June 24, 2014 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

5 Reasons to Wait and Slow Down When It Comes to Publishing Your Book

Among the many differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing is the turnaround time from book completion to book publication. A common distinction you hear between the two publishing options is that authors have to “hurry up and wait” in traditional publishing,…

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Added by Brooke Warner on June 24, 2014 at 6:00am — 17 Comments

Misuse of Pronouns

I'm obsessed with the World Cup. Are you? I love it! I also love the Olympics, and I spent a good chunk of February sitting on my couch watching the games - so fun! I love cheering on the athletes, no matter what their nationality, and it's entertaining to hear the informed commentary that accompanies the competition.

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 23, 2014 at 12:51pm — 6 Comments

Literary Rejection: Overcoming the Hurt, Recognizing the Blessings (+ a Giveaway!)

Let's put a positive spin on everyone's least favorite subject — rejection — with a giveaway. Win a signed copy of The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life, a look at the writing lives of twelve classic women authors. In their own voices, authors that most of us revere demonstrate the…

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Added by Nava Atlas on June 22, 2014 at 7:00pm — 23 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Whose Voice is it Anyway?

When faced with the inevitable – that I must write a memoir (the “must” propelled by an inner transmission that just wouldn’t shut off) – I did what I’m sure others have: questioned my sanity. How could I, who perfected the art of invisibility, write a book that…

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Added by Rita Gardner on June 19, 2014 at 3:00pm — 11 Comments

[What's Next?] WriteItNow

This week I’m continuing to forage my way through the world of organization software with a program I had never heard of before: WriteItNow. It’s produced by a company called Ravens Head Services, and to be honest, the website looks a little bit…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 19, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Searching for a Publisher: Seven Tips and a Slice of Apple Cake

The other day, at our neighborhood café, I got together with a woman who has just finished writing a memoir about her girlhood in war-torn Europe. It’s time to look for a publisher.  Do I have any…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 19, 2014 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

Planning a Book Launch: Six Months Out

Five to six months to go:



Wow! Book available for pre-order!

Amazingly, with still six months to go before actual publication, the book became available for pre-sale. I…

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Added by Anjali Mitter Duva on June 18, 2014 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Adventures in Editing by Joanne C. Hillhouse

As writers, we get so caught up in the task of committing words to paper (or computer screen) that we often fail to consider what happens after we get everything written. The task of writing is just part of the starting phase with only the idea of the story coming first.

Whether…

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Added by Zetta Brown on June 18, 2014 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

[Making the Leap] To Bleed On Paper or Not To Bleed? That is The Question.

I have a confession. I love to scroll through Pinterest during my evening television time. And because I try to justify this little time-waster as platform building, I have a board titled Writing. I usually pin writing quotes, pithy inspirations, or beautiful writing settings. But lately, I haven’t been pinning much of anything on that board. In fact, lately, I’ve been avoiding any writing-related pins at all.

When you’re in a writing slump, sometimes the last thing you want…

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Added by Julie Luek on June 17, 2014 at 9:00pm — 27 Comments

Putting on the Fiction Dress

Seeing someone wear a fiction dress, I thought how beautiful, glamorous and very sexy. Of course I wanted to have a dress like that!  I had all the material at hand, reams of material in fact, from dense brocade and velvet to transparent silk chiffon. Like some unpaid, third-world  garment worker, I became the…

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Added by Patricia Reis on June 17, 2014 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

What You Can Learn at a Book Festival

Book festivals don't offer the same networking opportunities as writers conferences, but they can still be a good learning experience. (Click here for my post on why it's a good idea to attend a writers conference.) Most book festivals are free, and many offer panel discussions with the same topics as those at writers conferences, so for that reason alone they are worth attending. For…

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 17, 2014 at 7:56am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Near the Finishing Line

I have been researching my book, 100 Under $100: the Global Women's Toolkit, for nearly two years. This has included curating over 120 stunning photographs of developing world women hard at work, a project all by itself. The photo is me with my…

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Added by Betsy Teutsch on June 16, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] What I Learned About Networking By Publishing a Book

Last month I posted an interview with SheBooks co-founder Laura Fraser. This month I want to tell you what I learned by publishing my first book and…

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Added by Meghan Ward on June 12, 2014 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

What I’ve Learned in the Past Eight Months, Part One

Author’s Note: I wrote this post last month, just before my memoir, Breathe, launched on May 14, 2014. And, just as I expected, I then became too busy to post it! So before it becomes woefully out of date, here, in two parts (brevity not being part of my vocabulary) is what I’ve learned in the past eight months.

Part, yes, One

Last…

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Added by Kelly Kittel on June 11, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Want to Improve Your Writing? Read!

I love reading. I read on the subway, before I go to sleep, while waiting for various appointments - all the time! I read both fiction and nonfiction in a variety of genres. I'm not the fastest reader, but I'm always reading something. Not only do I read for education and entertainment, but also because reading other people's work makes me a better writer.

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 10, 2014 at 8:34am — 5 Comments

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