Featured Blog Posts – August 2011 Archive (40)

Women Doing Literary Things: "Sometimes a Moment" by Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn is a poet and essayist with four collections of poetry, the most recent being Lost Gospels (Brick Books, 2010). She was Poet Laureate for Halifax from 2005-2009, and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her collection of essays on grief and loss will be published this fall by Hagios Press.



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Added by Niranjana Iyer on August 31, 2011 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

Around She Writes, August 31, 2011



Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.  DON'T MISS THE the winning entries in the We Love New Novelist Contest! 

 

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Added by Mary Keating on August 31, 2011 at 9:27am — No Comments

Sentencing a Book: The Tough Task of Writing the Pitch Sentence/Paragraph

The writing of a book and the writing of a haiku are two different things, but the sad truth is that to sell a book, we have to be able to describe it succinctly.



Seriously, every reputable agent out there is hoping to find the next great American writer. You don’t need connections (with rare exceptions). You just need to write a really… Continue

Added by Meg Waite Clayton on August 31, 2011 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

Is Fear Keeping You From Doing What You Love? The Typewriter Doctor can Help You With That.

Last week I blogged about my plan to write my new novel of a sixty-year Smith Corona. I bought the machine on Etsy and the ad promised that it “works.” Well, it did work, a little bit. It worked enough to type my name, but it wasn’t in true working order. The seller thought I just sort of wanted the typewriter as a conversation piece. She didn’t understand that I was actually going to use the… Continue

Added by Tayari Jones on August 31, 2011 at 6:33am — 1 Comment

Why Did You Have To Make It So Hard!!?? Announcing "We Love New Novelists!" Contest Winners!

Well, we were absolutely thrilled, and a tad bit overwhelmed, when no fewer than 407 of you entered your novel synopses and first 2,000 words to our first-ever "We Love New Novelists!" contest.  I can't stress enough how proud each and every entrant should feel of herself for being ready, willing and able to share her work at this level; She Writes members are terrific, and the quality of the work we read was really outstanding.  More on that after I get to the goods, as you would all be…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on August 30, 2011 at 12:00pm — 40 Comments

Momoirs – The importance of memoir writing for moms

Here’s how it started: a conversation with a stranger in a park, pushing our babies on the swings. In one of those rare, soul sister moments, our chatter turned quickly to the deep stuff: our post-baby struggles with our marriages, our mothers, our sex lives, our careers, our identities. And in that one brief moment, I realized that mothers need this kind of conversation, like they need air, and for the most part, they weren’t easily getting it.

 

So I put together a book…

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Added by Cori Howard on August 29, 2011 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Blurb is a Verb: Hurricanes, Snowstorms & Bookstore Events

I love The Onion. But recently the comic geniuses at my favorite faux news service turned their laser beams on a novelist's worst fears with: "Author Promoting Book Gives It Her All Whether It's Just 3 People or a Crowd of 9 People."
 
All effective humor is based in truth,…
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Added by Sarah Pinneo on August 29, 2011 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Five Questions for Diana Spechler

 

This week, novelist Diana Spechler, author of the recently published novel…

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Added by Cristina F. Connors on August 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Why Self-Published Authors Know Best

This is a post from my blog from earlier this month, that writers seem to have found interesting. I hope you enjoy it as well.  M. Louisa Locke

 

I ran across this quote today, from a post that historical romance novelist Courtney Milan wrote this week as an open letter to…

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Added by M. Louisa Locke on August 25, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

Rip Van Winkle Flogs Her Blog

So what would I rather do? Work on my Facebook page, as I’ve promised Claire Fontaine, my “social media” assistant, that I would do today, or find a new faucet for my bathroom sink? Yes, those of you who have read my…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 25, 2011 at 7:30am — 22 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Reading Between the Lines: Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives" by Victoria Best

Dr. Victoria Best (aka blogger Litlove) is a Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge. She was a lecturer in French at Cambridge for 10 years, and now focuses on study support for the students and on writing. She has published three books of literary criticism: Critical Subjectivities: Identity and Narrative in the work of Colette and Marguerite Duras (2000), An Introduction to Twentieth Century French Literature (2003) and co-authored with Martin Crowley, The New Pornographies;…

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Added by Niranjana Iyer on August 24, 2011 at 8:17am — No Comments

Coping With Rejection: Keep Writing Anyway.

Edan Lepuki has a great post up over at The Millions about a book she wrote that she hasn't been able to publish. If you are in this situation, I definitely recommend that you read the article. Here is the line I like best: "Lastly, these months of rejection have taught me the… Continue

Added by Tayari Jones on August 24, 2011 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Around She Writes, August 24, 2011



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Added by Mary Keating on August 23, 2011 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Blurb is a Verb: Sexy Scenes and Book Signings

Liz Michalski’s novel Evenfall is beautiful and moving.  I’ve read it.  Even that scene.  (Especially that scene.)  In chatting with Liz, I discovered an…

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Added by Sarah Pinneo on August 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Countdown to Publication: Rip Van Winkle Steps Out With Her Sandwich Board

I wish I could report that my anxiety level has moved down a notch since my first installment, but I’m starting to think that it’s asking too much of a writer to work on promoting her book by believing, or, if not believing, somehow pretending that making her book known is an integral part of…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 18, 2011 at 7:00am — 12 Comments

From Social Community Manager to Consultant -- Saying goodbye (well, sort of) to She Writes

Hello, wonderful She Writers!

 

I want to thank you for all you've done to make She Writes the strong, supportive community that it is. As She Writes Social Community Manager this past year, I've enjoyed getting to know many of you, reading your…

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Added by Julia Barry on August 17, 2011 at 1:31pm — 12 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Talking About Women in the Middle East" by Jillian Schedneck

Jillian Schedneck is the author of Abu Dhabi Days, Dubai Nights, a travel memoir that will be published by Pan Macmillan Australia in March 2012. Her work has also been published in Brevity, Wet Ink, The Common Review, Fourth River, among others. She is also a PhD candidate in Gender Studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, where her research focuses on the relationship between gender, national identity and creative expression.…



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Added by Niranjana Iyer on August 17, 2011 at 8:27am — 5 Comments

How to Build a Book Group Audience for Your Book

The biggest market of readers these days seems to be book groups. The question for most authors isn't whether they want to reach this market, but how. Some of the ways to reach book club readers are out of an author's hand. Your publisher is going to decide whether your book is appropriate for, say, the Random House… Continue

Added by Meg Waite Clayton on August 17, 2011 at 7:30am — 43 Comments

T-Minus 6 And Counting...

Hi everybody!  I just wanted to say a quick word of encouragement to all of the wonderful first-time novelists who have entered our first-ever "We Love New Novelists!" contest thus far -- and of course to all of you who are busily completing your entries as I write this.  We have already received hundreds of submissions, so the competition will be stiff, and in light of this I want EVERYONE to know that each of you who has found the spirit, passion and focus to polish a 2,000 word excerpt of…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on August 16, 2011 at 3:20pm — 3 Comments

Blurb is a Verb: Author Tanya Eby's 'In Praise of the Awkward Book Tour'

Tanya Eby writes romantic comedy, including a book which has the most awesome title I’ve ever heard: Blunder Woman.  She’s also the only person I know who has…

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Added by Sarah Pinneo on August 15, 2011 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

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