Featured Blog Posts – July 2016 Archive (12)

10 Fresh Fiction Picks for Fall

Provectus: Survival of the Fittest by M.L. Stover

David Mariani is a successful doctor in Beverly Hills. Just as he begins to suspect a big-pharma conspiracy related to a number of his young patients, a mysterious and beautiful woman sweeps into his life, turning it upside down—but then, just as quickly as she appeared, she disappears with her young daughter, and the mild-mannered doctor finds himself pulled…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 28, 2016 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writers Gonna Write

You have read this (essay, article, rant, post, blog) before: Girls may just wanna have fun, but writers just wanna write. It’s an easy lament to poke holes in, easy as teachers complaining about their jobs (You get summers off! You don’t work all day!!). In the case of writers, we get things like, “You get to work at Starbucks without the apron!” or “I wish I could sit at home all day in my pajamas to do my job.” An author I know recently posted on…


Added by Cindy Eastman on July 20, 2016 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

8 Inspirational Memoirs for the Soul

Catching Homelessness: A Nurse's Story of Falling Through The Safety Net, by Josephine Ensign

August 9, 2016

At the beginning of the homelessness epidemic in the 1980s, Josephine Ensign was a young, white, Southern, Christian wife, mother, and nurse running a new medical clinic…


Added by Lauren Wise on July 19, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Want to Write a Book? Get out of Your Own Way

Sometimes when people I encounter find out I'm an author, they share with me their own ambitions of writing a book. While some of these individuals go on to reach their goals, in my experience that's usually not the case. I've lost track of how many times an aspiring author has told me that he or she…


Added by Maria Murnane on July 18, 2016 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Behind the Book

The labor process leading up to the November 2016 birth of my nonfiction book is one of the most interesting adventures I’ve ever been on. In April, I spoke at the Writers’ Conference UW-Madison on why I ultimately chose a hybrid press for publication. I thought I’d share that information here with the She Writes community as well.

I was turned down by traditional publishers because my platform isn’t big enough. Even…


Added by Laurie Buchanan on July 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Are You Writing a Hybrid Book?

Hybrid concepts are all the rage in book publishing. She Writes Press is a hybrid press. There are hybrid authors (authors who publish traditionally and nontraditionally); hybrid publishing arrangements (where publishers and authors split costs and royalties in ways that work outside the traditional paradigm); and hybrid books (which cross or blend genres).

I first…


Added by Brooke Warner on July 14, 2016 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Fast-Track Advice for New Authors

After two years and two novels published, I'd like to share my top tips for new authors, with the hope that my experiences will save you time and minimize stress! Feel free to comment and/or add your thoughts!

Good editorial advice is precious. The editorial process can be long and painful, but a good editor will skillfully fine-tune your story so it resonates with readers. When faced with an editor’s suggested changes, ask…


Added by Kristen Harnisch on July 13, 2016 at 12:30pm — 9 Comments

Turn Over a New Leaf With These Fall Reads

Painting Life: My Creative Journey through Trauma

Carol K. Walsh

November 15, 2016

When Carol Walsh pulled her fiancé from the bottom of a diving well—dead from a massive heart attack—her life was turned upside down. Even though she was a psychotherapist working with clients suffering from trauma, this…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 9, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

What Book Clubs Are Teaching Me


My novel, Appetite, has been out in the world for three months, and I’ve met with two book clubs in person (not by Skype). Six more clubs have invited me to join them next fall and winter, including the club to which I’ve belonged for over ten years. (The woman who will facilitate my club’s discussion said to me, “At first I was reluctant to discuss a friend’s novel, but this is actually a good book.” High praise.) Although my two clubs…


Added by Sheila Grinell on July 7, 2016 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Is Your Website Easy on the Eyes?

A few weeks ago I received a nice email from a fan of my books. She said she's also an author and hoped I might check out her debut novel, which had recently been released. In her email signature she included a link to her website--good for her! I'm always looking for an interesting read, so I clicked on the link to have a look.

What I saw inspired me to write this post because, unfortunately, it was not pretty. Here's why: …


Added by Maria Murnane on July 5, 2016 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

How to Write a Memoir/Nonfiction Proposal

I got the deal for my memoir, The Good Shufu, through an unusually lucky process for a first-time author--one that made the prospect of writing a proposal both more and less overwhelming. One seemingly ordinary day in my life as a writer-without-a-book, an editor at Putnam (a hardcover imprint in the Penguin Random House group) saw a short piece I wrote in The…


Added by Tracy Slater on July 4, 2016 at 11:30pm — 24 Comments

Why I'm Getting Back into Writing

Even now, during my summer vacation, I feel like there are a thousand things I should be doing to prepare to become an excellent English teacher. I’m halfway through a two-year master’s program in the teaching of English, and I’m overwhelmed by all the resources out there: books about integrating linguistic diversity into the curriculum, videos about including dramatic performance in the classroom, articles about helping students read texts through…


Added by Alicia Holland on July 2, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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