Featured Blog Posts – July 2015 Archive (24)

[REALITY CHECK] – Amazon’s Kindle Lending: Pennies or Progress? by Jim Brown

Could the days of making big (if not easy) money selling your ebooks through Amazon be over? 

If you have ebooks on sale through Amazon and participate in Kindle Unlimited  and/or the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, chances are you have become aware of the change with regard to your Kindle…


Added by Zetta Brown on July 28, 2015 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

Engaging with Jon Krakauer

A best-selling author, Jon Krakauer, writes a nonfiction book around acquaintance rape--the subject of my novel, Again and Again. He gets rave reviews. Feminists note that they’ve been making the same points he did for the last several decades, but the media acts as if he’s discovered the subject. The author himself is candid about his late arrival into this sphere--in fact, he’s ashamed that it took him so long to realize how prevalent and harmful acquaintance rape is in our…


Added by Ellen Bravo on July 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — 22 Comments

Writing Tip: Stay Committed to the Process

Last week I went out for a drink with a friend of mine who works in finance. His career is based on facts and figures, so he's fascinated that mine relies entirely on my imagination. How do you write an entire book? He wanted to know. How does it work?

I explained to him that often when I'm working on a manuscript I don't exactly know what I'm doing or where I'm going, but that I keep at it day after day, week after week, and…


Added by Maria Murnane on July 27, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Will Traditional Publishing Retain Its Dominance by Mandating That Its Authors Keep Their Distance from Self-Published Authors?

Imagine my dismay this week to discover that one of the Big Five houses has a policy that bars its authors from endorsing print-on-demand books. Sadly, it’s not surprising. Traditional publishing actively works to position itself against nontraditional publishing yet has no issue whatsoever with scooping up…


Added by Brooke Warner on July 27, 2015 at 6:00am — 24 Comments

The Art of Submission: How to Make Social Media Work for You

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about the things in my life that bring me joy. Consider it an aftereffect of all of this talk about The Life-Changing Power of Tidying Up. I haven’t read it, but I have had it explained to me, which may as well be the same thing when it…


Added by Emily Lackey on July 21, 2015 at 8:30am — 31 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writing as Nourishment

I once wrote about writing as compared to a long, cool drink of water:


“Writing [now] is like taking a long cool drink of water after a walk down a hot dusty road--revitalizing.  I often forget to do that--take a long cool drink of water, literally. When I’m tired or stressed I look to some…


Added by Cindy Eastman on July 20, 2015 at 3:23pm — 6 Comments

Happy 3rd Birthday, She Writes Press!

Dear She Writes Press,

You’re three this month, and what a fast three years it’s been. You are a success story already, since most new businesses fail within the first year. So congratulations on making it to toddlerhood! We’ve had a wild first three years together. First, you grew up faster than I…


Added by Brooke Warner on July 20, 2015 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

Beyond the Book: Breathe Turned One!

I used to say I was a fish biologist undergoing metamorphosis into an author and I think it’s safe to say that thanks to She Writes Press, I’ve completed my transformation. Now that my first book has fledged and taken wing, I can simply title myself Author.

In the past year…


Added by Kelly Kittel on July 20, 2015 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Why Animals Matter to Writers--and What We Can Do for Them

The world is waking up to animals. As people become aware of the horrors of factory farms, puppy mills, zoos, circuses, and various forms of racing, concern for animal welfare is growing. As cruel as human begins are to animals, I still have faith that most of us care about the beings with whom we share the Earth.…


Added by Jill Jepson on July 20, 2015 at 8:30am — 23 Comments

Restocking Fees for Book Returns

I think the industry should adopt a restocking fee standard for all book returns.  This is increasingly common for electronics and other items which actually only have use if you keep them, so why not for books, which have the asymmetrical seller disadvantage of consumer use based on personal access to the book- the ability to copy, use as needed etc and then return.  With a 50% restocking fee on "paper" books and higher on e-books, most customers will be careful to only purchase books they…


Added by Nathalie Thandiwe on July 17, 2015 at 5:56am — No Comments

Apply Now for the 2016 Writers in Residence Program at Hedgebrook! Deadline: July 28, 2015

Women writers from around the world come to Hedgebrook’s Whidbey Island retreat to take part in a multitude of programs focused on mastering their work. Applicants for the Writers in Residence program are selected based on the quality of their writing and strength of their proposals—not whether they have been published.


"We're very proud of our 27 year commitment to supporting women writers, and the extraordinary diversity of our community. More than 50% of the…


Added by Hedgebrook on July 15, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Dealing with Negative Feedback


Every writer has dealt with negative feedback.

 It doesn't matter if you write poetry, short stories, reviews of books, or books. Not everyone is going to like your work. Not everyone is going to agree with your opinions.

 Negative feedback can come from anyone. A publisher, editor, agent, even a friend. Anyone can say that they don't like your book, and that's okay because that is their opinion. They have a right to have an…


Added by Ashley Earley on July 14, 2015 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Dialogue Tips For Characters From a Similar Background by Patricia Robertson

Writing the words your characters say may be easy, but it isn't always easy conveying your character's "voice." I have edited a lot of writers whose characters all sound the same, and if you get a group of them in a single scene, it can be confusing to keep track of who says what.

What your characters…


Added by Zetta Brown on July 14, 2015 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

Putting an End to Returns: Utopian Publishing Dream or Eventual Reality?

It’s time to blog about returns. Not because it’s a glamorous subject, but because it’s an important piece of the book publishing business that too few authors (and readers) understand.

The fact that books are returnable in the first place is cause for frustration, and it…


Added by Brooke Warner on July 13, 2015 at 11:00pm — 29 Comments

Pros and Cons of Using a Pen Name

Sometimes when people find out that I'm an author, they ask if I write under my own name or if I use a pseudonym. Given how hard it is to generate awareness about my books using the name I've had my entire life, this question always makes me laugh. However, I do think for some authors a pen name isn't necessarily a bad idea, so I thought it was worth writing a blog post on the subject.




Added by Maria Murnane on July 13, 2015 at 11:30am — 21 Comments

How Long Is The Life Of A Book?

I am on the mailing list for She Writes Press author Kelly Kittel, and on May 17th of this year I got a newsletter with the heading, "Breathe is One!" It was a wonderful celebration of Kelly's first year as an author (…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 13, 2015 at 10:05am — 12 Comments

Top 10 Editing Tips for your Final Draft

You’ve read all the great editing books, went through the manuscript at least a dozen times, fixed the largest gaping plot holes and checked your grammar (manually). The beta readers have even given their blessing. Think your epic novel is finally ready? Before you hit the send button, check out these ten pointers to ensure your novel is really ready for publication.

#10 Look for excessive detail of mundane…


Added by Kat Stiles on July 13, 2015 at 8:30am — 42 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] How To Unlock Your Truth

Last week I made my annual trip to Claremont, CA, to teach my Write Where You Are Workshop at Camp Scripps, a four-day summer camp run by and for alumnae of Scripps…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on July 12, 2015 at 8:30am — 14 Comments

Editing Your Book

To me, there's more work put into editing than writing a book.

When editing you correct grammar, add sentences and scenes to make your book make more sense, take scenes out, rewrite things, fix the format of the book, etc., etc...So much effort is put into editing a book. And you can't do it just once.

I just finished editing the last novel I wrote, and I'm about to start phase two of editing it. I've changed the way I edit. I edited…


Added by Ashley Earley on July 11, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

It's all in the details

When I was in elementary school, my parents would check my homework each night. Math problems, language arts, all of it. They’d point out errors (before there was a thing called typos) and make me go back and fix it, until I had a clean assignment to turn in. While it would sometimes frustrate me, it…


Added by Jenna Sauber on July 10, 2015 at 3:33pm — 4 Comments

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