Featured Blog Posts – July 2011 Archive (23)

I Followed Beckett To My Dream

            When I first began to work on IF I BRING YOU ROSES, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of my ambition.  I recall how I stood in the middle of my office surrounded by all the books that I loved. How could I ever hope to achieve what Anton Chekhov, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald had? I was a mere mortal.  I couldn’t think of how to start so I prayed—for guidance to research and learn all that I needed to know to tell my story and—for the talent to…


Added by Marisel Vera on July 27, 2011 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Apples from Women" by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant is a freelance writer and editor who also writes nonfiction books for children and book reviews for Quill & Quire. She is the author of Dazzling Women Designers, Backyard Circus, Making Shadow Puppets, Amazing Women Athletes, and many others. She freelances for Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and several other publishers. Visit her site at http://jillbryant.ca/…


Added by Niranjana Iyer on July 27, 2011 at 6:58am — 1 Comment

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Added by Mary Keating on July 26, 2011 at 6:41pm — No Comments

What is Fictionpress.com? My Fictionpress.com Success

The rise of the Internet has resulted in the rise of self-publishing. We frequently discuss this phenomenon on She Writes, covering everything from the navigation of its pitfalls to the diminishing lists of the big publishing houses. What we forget, however, is that there are levels of self-publishing. There are platforms like iUniverse and Lulu, which give you a finished hard copy…


Added by Isabel Farhi on July 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — 12 Comments

Blurb Is a Verb: 5 Things Your Bookseller Wants to Hear When You Propose a Bookstore Event

A great advantage of blogging about book publicity is that I get to ask booksellers questions from a vantage point other than that of desperate author. 

Jenn Northington has the kind of job that book nerds everywhere find glamorous.  She is the events manager at WORD, a truly wonderful indie bookstore in Brooklyn.  (Motto: EAT SLEEP READ)  Author readings, signings and…


Added by Sarah Pinneo on July 25, 2011 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

My First Assignment: Characters and the World They Live In

As I have been blogging about very loudly lately (can one blog loudly?), I am trying to get back into the swing of writing after years away from the daily habit of doing the work.  As some of you know, I don't feel, when I've written a blogpost, that I've…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 21, 2011 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

No Book Tour For You

Countdown to Publication—Week Two


             Eighteen years ago, six weeks after giving birth to my son, a friend and I took the train to downtown Chicago to meet Oscar Hijuelos on his book tour for THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE.   I was so excited…


Added by Marisel Vera on July 20, 2011 at 6:49pm — 12 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Embodiment, Voice, and Literature" by Sayantani DasGupta

Sayantani DasGupta is a writer, physician, mother and academic. Originally trained in pediatrics and public health, she now teaches in the Master's Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University as well as the Graduate Program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the co-author of The Demon Slayers and Other Folktales (Interlink, 1995), the author of a memoir, Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor (Ballantine, 1999), and the… Continue

Added by Niranjana Iyer on July 20, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

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Added by Mary Keating on July 19, 2011 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Blurb is a Verb: In Which I am Saved by Cookies. And a Publicist.

I should have been happy.  Instead I was scared.

The bookstore had requested Tina (my co-author) and me for a book signing.   Stacks of our freshly minted cookbook covered a small table just…


Added by Sarah Pinneo on July 15, 2011 at 6:00am — 26 Comments

Yellow Journalism: Joys and Perils in Britain

Amidst Murdoch’s excesses, Sarah Glazer finds restrictions on journalists more worrying

One of the joys of moving to London 5 years ago was my morning perusal of the local newsstand. As I read the…


Added by State of the Art on July 15, 2011 at 12:46am — No Comments

How To Turn Wishes Into Words -- What's Your Plan?

It was so wonderful to read all of your wishes in response to my birthday post for She Writes, where I shared my hopes for the my upcoming writing year.  I especially appreciated the encouragement and support you offered me and one another (and loved your idea, @RYCJ, of checking in with ten of the other…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 14, 2011 at 12:00pm — 32 Comments

The Skill of Adaptation: Your She Writes Interns on the Final Harry Potter Film

We don’t know what your plans are for tonight, but Isabel and I (the two She Writes interns) have had the tickets booked for a month- we’re both going to say goodbye to Harry Potter, and more symbolically, to the period in our lives in which we can still read children’s fiction as children. Okay, so that time has probably passed for both of us; but we’re willing to extend the fantasy a little longer and savor this final glimmer of childhood.

Despite our enthusiasm, we aren’t…


Added by Margaret Traylor on July 14, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Family Stories Enrich Your Story

Countdown to Publication: Week Three


            We took my mother to visit her sister in Bangor, Michigan this past weekend and we were talking about the old days at the kitchen table when my mother mentioned how years ago when she visited Spain, she had…


Added by Marisel Vera on July 13, 2011 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Pink Hearts and Motoboards" by Rosy Thornton

Rosy Thornton is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Her academic interests include landlord and tenant and housing law, real property and trusts, as well as feminist approaches to law; she has written and published in those fields. She has also published four novels: More Than Love Letters (2007), Hearts and Minds (2008), Crossed Wires (2009) and The Tapestry of Love (2010).…


Added by Niranjana Iyer on July 13, 2011 at 6:34am — 6 Comments

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Added by Mary Keating on July 12, 2011 at 7:53pm — No Comments

A Day in the Life of an OpEd (or, How This Busy Mama Writer Woman Somehow Managed to Get It All In!)

Say yes I wasn’t planning on spending a day and a half turning around an op-ed. But when editors from certain venues call, I jump. Some opportunities are just too good to turn down.

Colleagues—especially, often, academics, and especially, often, fellow writing mamas—sometimes ask me how it’s possible to turn something around with the speed that today’s media requires when you've got so much ELSE, er, going on. So I thought I’d break it down, blow by blow, in an effort to…


Added by Deborah Siegel on July 8, 2011 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Why there should always be bookshops

I buy a lot of books, a LOT of books, always have and probably always will.
Back in my youth the only place I could do this was in a bookshop, nowhere else. I used to get on the bus, head into the city and spend the whole day exploring the bookshops. I usually had very limited…

Added by jackie edwards on July 7, 2011 at 11:48am — 7 Comments

One Journey To A Novel

Countdown to Publication: Week Four


I feel like the poster child of learning to write on-the-job—and I like it.  One of the most gratifying aspects of writing the Countdown to Publication blog has been the support of my sister (and brother) writers on She Writes. My journey to…


Added by Marisel Vera on July 6, 2011 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "The Womanly Art of Blogging" by Kerry Clare

Kerry Clare is an editor, fiction-writer, essayist, book reviewer, literary critic and writing instructor, and has been blogging since 2000, maintaining the literary blog Pickle Me This since 2006. Her essays, short fiction and criticism have appeared in magazines including The New Quarterly, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Canadian Notes & Queries, and Readers Digest. Her essay “Love is a Let-Down” was featured by the UTNE Reader, and shortlisted for a 2011 National…


Added by Niranjana Iyer on July 6, 2011 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

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