Featured Blog Posts – July 2009 Archive (28)

Member News Week Of July 25

As the SHE WRITES membership reaches over 3,000 (and counting!), our members continue to pour in with their news. Here’s what you’re up to this week:



A.J. Walkley has just published her second book, Choice, which can be found on… Continue

Added by Alison Groves on July 31, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

"Twitter for Writers" - Registration Now Open!

I'm pleased to announce that registration is now open for our first live, interactive webinar, Twitter For Writers, which will take place on Aug. 13, 1-2pm ET. Led by Sarah Milstein, coauthor of The Twitter Book and a premiere Twitter consultant, the webinar will give you the information and guidance you need to use Twitter as an effective tool in your… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on July 30, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

COVER GIRL: Animal Magnetism



There seem to be a ton of beautiful, important looking literary fiction jackets out there that prominently feature an illustrated finch or a sparrow. Birds really seem to do it for people. Here's what I'm talking about:





































They're pretty and stuff, but I prefer pure manipulation in my animal covers. Go ahead and gimme puppy… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on July 29, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Tricks of the Trade: Three Questions for Sarah Milstein

On August 13 from 1-2pm ET, our first SHE WRITES webinar, Twitter for Writers, will be led by Sarah Milstein, a speaker, writer and consultant specializing in Twitter for business and careers. She's co-author, with Tim O'Reilly, of The Twitter Book. Here's Sarah!



DS: What is the single most important thing you think book authors… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on July 28, 2009 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Member Events - Week of July 27-Aug 2

As the SheWrites.com community grows by leaps and bounds, so do the opportunities for you to catch an awesome event in your area by one of your fellow community members. Here’s what’s going on this week across the country:



Clayton, CA



Tanya Egan Gibson will be on hand at… Continue

Added by Alison Groves on July 27, 2009 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Tricks of the Trade: Tell Us What Baffles You Most about Twitter!

Ok SHE WRITES members: time to 'fess up. What are you most burning to know about twitting and tweeting, professionally speaking, as authors and writers?



I ask because on August 13 from 1-2pm ET, Sarah Milstein, a speaker, writer and consultant specializing in Twitter for business and careers, and co-author of The Twitter… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on July 24, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Member Voices: MASHA HAMILTON and the AWWP

Sorry to miss last week's MEMBER VOICES post. (Debbie wasn't the only one who moved apartments last week.) Today I am honored to feature SHE WRITES author Masha Hamilton's post about the AFGHAN WOMEN WRITERS PROJECT. In Masha's words: "The project engages generous, talented women author/teachers here in the United States… Continue

Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 24, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Member News Week Of July 18

I’ve been asked to take over the duties of doing the Member News and Events Roundups every week, and I hope I can do it justice! Here’s what’s been going on this week with members of SheWrites.com:



Marianne Schnall published an interview with Margaret Cho this week at the Huffington… Continue

Added by Alison Groves on July 24, 2009 at 6:49am — No Comments

COVER GIRL: What If I Hate It?



Congratulations, about-to-be-published author, you sold your book. It's on schedule and the editorial process is well under way. You've had lunch with your editor or at least talked on the phone, and you feel like she gets it. Around this time in the game, sometimes way before you're ready or later than you think it should happen, an email appears in your Inbox, an email with a PDF attachment and a subject line that reads, "Cover Draft"… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on July 22, 2009 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Customize Your SheWrites.com Profile Page

We've had many questions from folks about how to customize their profile pages on the network, to do such things as showcase things they've written by displaying a cover or providing an excerpt. Like did you know a lot of the sections of your profile you can drag and drop to other places? Some of the items are fixed, but many of them you can drag around to really customize your page! No one would be better at telling you all that your page can do than Ning themselves, so here's a great place… Continue

Added by Alison Groves on July 21, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Member News Round Up - Week of July 13, 2009

This week's Member News Round Up is a bit delayed because...I moved! (Hullo to any SHE WRITES members living in Park Slope; I'm your new neighbor. Hey, where are the best cafes out here, with wireless, in which to write? Drop me a line, meet me there!) My books are in boxes and I have yet to buy a desk, but since when did not having a desk stop a writer on a mission, right? So here we go....your weekly dose of member news:



Zoe Nicholson won the "name the blog"… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on July 18, 2009 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

SheWrites.com Community

Hi folks!



Just a quick note to introduce myself...my name is Alison and I’ve been brought on to be the community manager for SheWrites.com. I’m so happy to be on board and excited to share my love of community and social networking with everyone here. This community has grown so fast so quickly, I think we’re all learning together to see where everything goes. If you need any assistance with anything, have a question, or just curious how something works, feel free to get in touch! I… Continue

Added by Alison Groves on July 17, 2009 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

COVER GIRL: Henry Sene Yee Knows What He's Doing



The first time I saw the jacket for Dave Cullen's COLUMBINE, I was stunned.





As an agent, I tend to notice when the author's name is not on the cover. But the vibe of the jacket is so haunting in its austerity, I soon began to think it was genius. Now I see it everywhere - its simplicity, its color scheme, its moody quality. I see these jackets and think of Columbine.…



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Added by Erin Hosier on July 15, 2009 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Salonniere (accent grave coming soon)

Two thousand two hundred and eighteen members in two weeks. From Eva Hoffman to Quirky Black Girl, Judith Warner to member number 2000, Fran Lee, an erotic… Continue

Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 13, 2009 at 8:14pm — 7 Comments

SHE WRITES Member Events, This Week!

This week SHE WRITES members have posted events from Chicago to Washington D.C., from LoDo (that's Denver for those of you who don't know) to Minneapolis. Please turn out for your fellow SWers (hm, not too catchy, that), or support them in any other way that you can as they do the work of getting their work known!!



CHICAGO

TONIGHT! If you are in Chicago don't miss Mishna Wolf reading at… Continue

Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 13, 2009 at 1:44pm — 1 Comment

Member Voices

Every week I will be sharing post from SHE WRITES that embodies our spirit and our community. Here is one that will inspire you to write, to work, and, in this case, to ACT: Amy Brill's Remembering Thembi.

Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 10, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Member News Round Up - Week of July 6, 2009

As our membership grows, so does our news!



Marilyn Yalom contributed to a discussion on Monday, July 6 at the New York Times Online about "clueless wives" ("The Clueless Wives Club") and would love to know what ya'll think.



Pre-publication sales for… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on July 10, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

TRICKS OF THE TRADE THURSDAYS: Social Networking—Love It, Hate It, Tweet It

I’ve been listening in on the groups and forums here and there’s so much collective wisdom posted on this site already I hardly know where to begin. So let’s just pick a theme, any theme, albeit one close to our hearts here at SHE WRITES: social networking. How are writers using it? Are tools like Twitter and Facebook best used by writers to connect, or to promote? Or wait--are connecting and promoting the same thing? Here’s what some of you are saying about this conundrum over at the… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on July 9, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

COVER GIRL: The Work of Jen Wang

Nobody doesn't care about book covers. The day I interviewed for my first job in publishing, my soon-to-be new boss gestured to a cardboard mock-up of a book jacket on her desk and asked me what I thought. Feeling really comfortable that I had the job, I took a breath and told the truth. The image was cliche in every way. Though it was an historical novel meant for epic impact, the design was magazine-y and cheap looking. The black and white image of… Continue

Added by Erin Hosier on July 8, 2009 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

What She’s Reading Now: Miriam Peskowitz

I’m thrilled to bring you this first installment of a new regular feature here at the SHE WRITES blog. Miriam Peskowitz is the author of several books, including The Daring Book for Girls (and the follow-up… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on July 8, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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