Featured Blog Posts – July 2013 Archive (35)

[What's Next?] Let's Get Messy

I’ve been making some huge progress with my revision the last two weeks (exciting!), and while I’m revising I’m also adding to and filling out the story in a lot of ways. As I write, I keep thinking back to the workshops I took in college. I remember there were some where everyone had to share and some where it was volunteer. There were others where you had an assigned time to share, so you knew ahead of time that your writing would be seen by your peers.…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 31, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] "Critics Be Damned" or "Life After a Book Review"


“Critics! Appalled I ventured on the name.

Those cutthroat bandits in the paths of fame.”

—Robert Burns


Critics can be enlightened and insightful or as dim as the anal crevice they talk through when tearing…


Added by Zetta Brown on July 31, 2013 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 6 Days

Words Matter

My new novel comes out in six days and for some reason the other day seemed like a really good time to complicate my life even more and buy a new cell phone. There’s no news here except something about the new keyboard has me ending all my…


Added by Susan Conley on July 30, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Capturing Memories: 4 Tips for Biographers and Memoirists

Four years ago, an old family friend who I’ve known as long as I’ve known my own parents called me out of the blue. “Do you know my story?” Sal Wainberg asked.

I had no idea what he was talking about.

I didn’t know that he was once a boy named Szulim living in a Polish shtetl, or that he narrowly…


Added by Deb Levy on July 30, 2013 at 4:30am — 7 Comments

Why I Host Literary Salons & 10 Reading/Performance Tips

Often people don’t recognize the value of their creative expression until they share it.

That’s why I host literary salons featuring my students and their…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on July 29, 2013 at 9:00am — 6 Comments


By the time I was ready to submit my memoir, Loveyoubye, for publication I was already burned out from my efforts to get my two YA African-based novels, Monkey’s Wedding and Mine Dances, published. A real sob story, that one. At the last moment my publisher merged with another house and I was…


Added by Rossandra White on July 29, 2013 at 8:00am — 34 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE by Jessica Levine

Why is it easier for a woman to be a muse than to have one? Are security and inspiration mutually exclusive? Can one be fully creative—in art or life—without the inspiration of erotic love? These are the questions asked in THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE, a novel set in New York in the 1980s, then fast-forwarding to Northern California 20 years later.

Julia, an aspiring poet, is living with her British boyfriend Ben, a restrained professor at Princeton, when she is thrown off-balance by a…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 28, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist]: DOES She Forgive Him? Or How CAN She Forgive Him?

There I was all set to report on the doings around the Royal Baby, when an item about Anthony Weiner popped up as the head column in the International pages of the distinguished left-wing newspaper, The Guardian: …


Added by Nancy K. Miller on July 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 7 Things I Take to Writers' Conferences

If you’re heading to BlogHer ’13 the (mostly female) blogging conference in Chicago today, email me. I’d love to meet you! Meanwhile, I’m packing my bags and these are a few things I’m taking:

1. Business…


Added by Meghan Ward on July 25, 2013 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

[Making the Leap] Writing Through The Seasons, Part IV: Retired, Writing and Loving Life

In a four-post series, through the months of June and July, I will be exploring how we make the leap…


Added by Julie Luek on July 23, 2013 at 9:00pm — 17 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 13 Days

How Do We Get Our Books Out There in the World? The Book Tour Isn’t Dead

What I’ve learned about book publishing in the last four years is that no one out there really, truly knows how to sell books. Not the publishers and their small armies…


Added by Susan Conley on July 23, 2013 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Vealitzek

The Rooms Are Filled is the 1983 coming-of-age story of two outcasts brought together by circumstance: nine-year-old Michael Nygaard, a Minnesota farm boy transplanted to suburban Chicago after his father dies, and his proper, young teacher, Julia Parnell, a closet lesbian trying to begin again after a failed attempt to live openly.…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 21, 2013 at 8:03pm — 2 Comments

Build Your Platform Through Community

When I coach writers about how to create a compelling book proposal, one of the first things I focus on is the fact that it’s a selling tool, and that its specific job is to showcase what you’re doing and will do to market yourself and eventually your book. I also like to remind any…


Added by Brooke Warner on July 21, 2013 at 3:30pm — 26 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Can We Forgive Them? Jews in the News.

Back in New York for a few days, and reading the Times (on paper, of course), I’m reminded how publicly Jewish a city New York is―compared, say, to London or Paris, the only other cities I know well, where Jews and Jewishness do not (except for Israel and Palestine) make news.



Added by Nancy K. Miller on July 18, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

[Behind the Book] An Author’s Dream-Come-True Moments

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

~Gloria Steinem


On a sunny February afternoon in 2013, a big brown UPS truck pulled up in front of my house. My husband and I…


Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on July 18, 2013 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

[What's Next?] Have You Seen My Blog?

Today I’m going to do a really meta blog post about blog posts. I’m relatively new to this whole blogging scene. I’ve always helped others with their own projects–-setting everything up, figuring out the formatting, helping to increase exposure with social media and networking–-but until somewhat recently I’d never really had a blog of my own. Now that I do, I’m realizing that there are a whole slew of challenges that never occurred to me.

When you have your own blog, it’s…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 18, 2013 at 5:30am — 20 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Your Family Story Toolbox

One day I rolled out a piece of butcher paper on the dining room table and asked my mother to draw me a family tree.  She was shocked.  When she was growing up, her parents had referred to all those Levines and Singers, born in small towns in Lithuania and Belarus, as “pitseles.”  Little people.  Little…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on July 18, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] RETREAT! - Where Authors Go to Hide

My birthday is next week. I’m feeling old, tired, practically uninspired, but I need to write. In fact, I have no less than four WIPs. But thinking about the actual work that I must do to complete them (i.e. write) just makes me tired.

I want and need to get away and rejuvenate, but I have…


Added by Zetta Brown on July 17, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 20 Days

What Territory Is Your Book Staking Out? Know the Answer Before You Try to Sell Your Manuscript

When I was working on the final, final, final draft of my novel it already had a title, but this working title only got me so far in…


Added by Susan Conley on July 16, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Think You Can't Write a Book While Working a Full-Time Job? Think Again.

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Mark Norell, chairman of the paleontology department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. (He was once called "the coolest dude alive" by the Wall Street Journal.) In addition to being a world-renowned scientist, Mark is also an established author, with several books to his name. I asked him how he manages to write…


Added by Maria Murnane on July 16, 2013 at 9:22am — 4 Comments

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