Featured Blog Posts – August 2013 Archive (35)

[Diary of a Memoirist]: Memoirs by Men, or why bother?

Of course, not. What editor worth his salt would choose to group reviews of memoirs written by men under that title? No one. But Memoirs by Women, now that makes a lot of sense. Memoirs are by definition by men, so Memoirs by Men would be redundant. Memoirs by women, on the other hand, are, well, memoirs by women.…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 29, 2013 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

[What's Next?] How Do I Look?

Now that I’ve read through my manuscript a few times I’m starting to notice some little things that I never necessarily thought about during my first (or second or third) pass. I’m going through and carefully adding more layers to all of the characters so that they talk and feel like real people – complicated and varied the way we all know real people to be. During this process I can’t help but notice what may or may not be a big issue: I never described what my main character looked…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 28, 2013 at 5:00pm — 29 Comments

Going indie? Don't skimp on quality

In addition to writing my own novels, I help authors learn how to publish and market books, so I occasionally visit relevant LinkedIn groups to stay current on the industry. One particular group for indie authors was dominated by a self-published author who claimed to be an expert, so all the newbies deferred to him. This man was adamant that writers should not spend a single penny to self-publish. Not a penny.

I couldn't disagree more. After a few weeks of witnessing him dispense bad…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 27, 2013 at 12:27pm — 4 Comments

Be Smart not Taken: Red Flags to Heed When Seeking Self-Publishing Providers

I received a call several months ago from a potential client who wanted to discuss a possible “redo” of his book. The person who designed it claimed to know what he was doing; and editing … well, let’s just say there was virtually none. Worst of all, it was already listed on Amazon.

Upon meeting in person and seeing the book for myself, I was crestfallen that what this author had deemed acceptable—because I suppose he didn’t know any better—was nothing more than a bound first…


Added by Stacey Aaronson on August 26, 2013 at 2:00pm — 18 Comments

Writing on the Radical Edge

This post is adapted from a talk I gave on Saturday, August 24, at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island. The weekend was amazing, and I got to talk about empowering women writers. What a privilege. My fellow “Hedgetalk” plenary…


Added by Brooke Warner on August 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — 21 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing WATER ON THE MOON by Jean Moore

After her farmhouse in Greenwich, Connecticut is destroyed, Lidia is thankful her teenage twins, Carly and Clarisse, are unharmed and that her friend Polly Niven has taken them in. Lidia, whose husband left her and the girls for another man, lost her job in the financial crisis. She fears more bad news and…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 25, 2013 at 5:39pm — No Comments

What Readers Need to Know

“But you never say whether you found your brother’s bear. Readers will want to know,” my mother emailed me after reading “Silos,” a chapter from my book, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography. “Mom,” I wrote back, “that would be a different narrative arc, the ‘Did…


Added by Kayann Short, Ph.D. on August 25, 2013 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Performance of Writing, Publishing and Promoting Warrior Mother

Having my manuscript, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss, and Rituals that Heal, accepted for publication by She Writes Press about a year ago was an exciting and importance milestone. I’d traveled many miles for many years to arrive at…


Added by Sheila K. Collins on August 25, 2013 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist]: Back to School

I’m not going back to school in the way that “back to school” meant as a child (new clothes, new teachers), or as an adult who, after experimenting with life decides that she wants to go back to finish a degree, or start a new one. I’m going back to school as I have for decades -- to teach. My problem is not what to wear for the first day of class, or what course to sign up for, though I’m sure I will try on several outfits. I am wondering, though, how I’m going to teach what I already had…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 22, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How to Be a Little Less Introverted

First I want to announce the winner of a free copy of Guy Kawasaki's ebook APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur:


Congratulations, Patricia! Please email me at meghan@meghanward.com, so I can send you your…


Added by Meghan Ward on August 22, 2013 at 9:16am — 7 Comments

[Making the Leap] Five Reasons Every Writer Should Journal

I’m going to be bold and use a word I rarely dare to use: should. Deep breath. Here goes.…


Added by Julie Luek on August 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — 60 Comments

Writing takes discipline

The title of this post may sound extremely obvious, but it's important. I keep meeting people who tell me they want to write a book and/or are working on a book. Most of the time, unfortunately, their talk never turns into an actual book.


These folks, who I'm sure truly do want to become authors, remind me of the people I see packing the classes every January at the yoga studio I frequent. They've clearly made New Year's resolutions to get in shape, so they…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 20, 2013 at 1:13pm — 7 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing THE COMPLETE ENNEAGRAM by Beatrice Chestnut, PhD

The Enneagram-a universal symbol of human purpose and possibility-is an excellent tool for doing the hardest part of consciousness work: realizing, owning, and accepting your strengths and weaknesses. In this comprehensive handbook, Beatrice Chestnut, PhD, traces the development of the…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 20, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Why Publish With a Hybrid Press?

"Why do I write?" "What do I write about?" "What do I learn through my writing?" People don't tend to ask me these questions at parties, or in casual conversation. They ask, "Are you published?"


Do they ask to cut to the chase? Maybe they have heard of me, already read my writing. (Ah,…


Added by Tory McCagg on August 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

5 Questions for . . . Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn, author of…


Added by Five Questions on August 18, 2013 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Waiting, Wondering...And Freaking Out. (Just A Little Bit.)

Just before I left for a summer "vacation" with my boys (in quotes because sometimes I feel that when we are on "vacation," the boys have the time of their lives while I exhaust myself playing card games in airports and trying to remember I have a name other than Mommy), I did it.  I took the leap, I…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on August 16, 2013 at 10:30am — 22 Comments

[What's Next?] But Seriously with these E-readers

Hello everybody! Some of you might remember that I did a post awhile back on e-readers and how they don't make any sense to me.  Big news: they still don’t make sense to me, but I wanted to talk about it again this week because something happened that makes me want to further probe this question. I promise to talk about my actual writing next time, and I already have an…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 15, 2013 at 9:30am — 17 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Three Shades of Black

Summer Black, of course. No New Yorker needs persuading about wearing black in the summer―is there any other color?―but apparently London women need help, or at least encouragement to believe that black is still the new black. Hence the reassurance by style mavens that it’s more than OK to dress all in…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 15, 2013 at 7:49am — 8 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Four ways to share your work in progress – without showing the manuscript

I once heard about a woman (a mother, of course) who wrote an entire novel in secret – in the bathtub.  Every night she locked the…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on August 15, 2013 at 12:30am — 16 Comments

She Writers, Meet Ladydrawers

As someone immersed in the process of writing a graphic memoir, and a serious newbie, imagine my delight when I came upon the Ladydrawers Comics Collective. Imagine my further delight when I learned that this collective is based in my new hometown, Chicago. I waited all of three seconds before…


Added by Deborah Siegel on August 14, 2013 at 9:03am — 1 Comment

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