Featured Blog Posts – August 2014 Archive (29)

[SWP: Behind the Book] Write Through This

Wow. I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks and I have to say: reliving the creation of my book? Not as easy as I thought it would be.  Probably because while writing a memoir about losing my brother to suicide was incredibly healing, it was also slow and raw and painful, like digging glass…


Added by Kelley Clink on August 30, 2014 at 4:30pm — 18 Comments

The Best Summer of My Life

I joined She Writes in 2010.


At the time, I was a newspaper novice looking to network. I was a few years out of J-School. I had already befriended a handful of aspiring writers, and conversations with all of them INSPIRED me. Really. I had a number of great discussions with people who, like…


Added by Lindsey Lewandowski on August 27, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Q&A with Kelly Sundberg, Author of “It Will Look Like a Sunset”

On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few…


Added by Melanie Bishop on August 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Kindle Pre-orders: How it Works and What You Need to Know!

We're going a little off schedule this week on [REALITY CHECK]. In Jim's previous post about what Amazon can (and can't) do with your ebook (see "Amazon Ate My Ebook!"), he said, "Later…


Added by Zetta Brown on August 27, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Grammar Tip: Who vs. That

No matter who publishes our books, we authors typically write our own bios, especially those that go on our websites, LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages, and so on. I read a lot of them that begin something like this:


  • Jane Doe is a nurse that always wanted to write…

Added by Maria Murnane on August 26, 2014 at 2:32pm — 3 Comments

Be An Ally: Read in Peace Today For Michael Brown And The People of Ferguson, Missouri

A week and a half ago, I was reading Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" to my boys, and came across this passage about the barbaric "order" of medieval life, which boiled down to who could kill whom with impunity. 

"A master might kill his slave for nothing: for…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on August 25, 2014 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Comfort Zone

There was a documentary on TV recently about the making of Green Day’s Broadway musical, An American Idiot. The early part of the film showed the auditions for the lead singers. One young woman stepped up to the mic and began singing. (I’m always impressed with singers, since I couldn’t carry a tune in a…


Added by Cindy Eastman on August 25, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Behind the Book? Popcorn!

Behind the book Say It Out Loud is a very crazy author! I’m fifty days from my pub date, and eighteen days from my daughter’s wedding. I’ve taught children with special needs my whole life, but I never dreamed I’d be needing strategies for my own mind going haywire. I’m quite sure this is what ADD…


Added by Roberta Dolan on August 25, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Two Authors, Sixteen Readers, and Ten Days in Peru

When author Allison Gilbert called me with an “exciting idea,” I knew to be ready for anything. Allison has been a close friend since she contacted me years ago regarding her writings about adult orphans, and I’ve learned to think of her as an idea…


Added by Hope Edelman on August 23, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 13 Ways to Improve Your Presence on LinkedIn

It's easy to get caught up with Facebook and Twitter and forget all about your LinkedIn account until you're out of a job. But LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network, with 300 million users, and the fifth largest social network in the United States,…


Added by Meghan Ward on August 21, 2014 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Turn Your Book Talk into a Multimedia Presentation

Speaking about my book – at bookstores and book clubs, synagogues and genealogy societies, universities, writing conferences, writing classes, and adult education centers – is one of my favorite activities as an author. Being in contact with audiences feeds…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on August 21, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Marketing Tip: Make Sure Your Outreach Has a Purpose

I recently received a tweet that left me scratching my head. A woman tweeted (to me, not to the world), a photo of herself holding a book. There was no accompanying note, no greeting or explanation, nothing. And she wasn't holding up one of my books, so it clearly wasn't a fan tweet.





Added by Maria Murnane on August 19, 2014 at 8:46am — No Comments

Why I Canceled My Amazon Prime Account (following Amazon's Spamming of My Inbox)

For those of you who follow publishing news, or who are KDP authors, you know that on August 9, Amazon sent a very bizarre email to all of its KDP customers, which has been dissected best, in my opinion, …


Added by Brooke Warner on August 18, 2014 at 9:30pm — 22 Comments

How The Wilderness Act Helps Me Write

Fresh out of college, I visited my older sister, a ceramic artist teaching in West Virginia. She beckoned me to her yard to see her latest creation—a six-foot oblong curved shape, slightly hollow in the center. It was unlike anything I’d seen, and yet also strangely familiar. “It’s beautiful,” I said. She beamed, and walked over to another shelf, picking up a piece of wood, weathered and shined by time. “It was inspired by this,” she said, “that you gave me.” I didn’t remember this remnant…


Added by Marybeth Holleman on August 18, 2014 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

Planning a Book Launch: Three Months Out

Many people who are not involved in the publishing world have asked me why it takes so long between the announcement of a publishing contract and the actual book-on-the-shelves moment. As is the case with anyone unfamiliar with the inner workings of a given industry, it can seem bizarre that it takes so long to get a…


Added by Anjali Mitter Duva on August 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Facing my Fear

After I decided to publish with She Writes Press, one of my first tasks was to email other writers I know and ask them to endorse my book. At first I was delighted that ten people agreed to read my book for an endorsement. And then, when I realized I need to actually send them my manuscript and that they…


Added by Colleen Haggerty on August 18, 2014 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Letting Go into Perfect Love

When I began writing my book, Letting Go into Perfect Love, I expected to simply tell my story: a farm girl goes to the big city, falls in love, marries,…


Added by Gwendolyn Plano on August 14, 2014 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

[WHAT'S NEXT?] Tropes

Tropes. Idioms. Allegories. We see them every day, and we make use of them for a variety of reasons in our writing. For me, I use them to fill in information I don’t want to bother explaining – what malls look like, for example. Have you ever read a novel with a detailed description of a mall? I hope you haven’t, because nearly every mall in America has a similar feeling, look, and smell. It’s part of the…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 14, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - The Dumbing Down of America: "Am I Part of the Problem?" by Patricia Robertson

When I was a little brat in elementary school, English class was called "Language Arts." As a kid, I didn't even know what "language arts" meant until I reached middle school where it was simply called English class. 

I wondered why the powers-that-be called it "Language Arts" in the first place.…


Added by Zetta Brown on August 13, 2014 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Women Write Out of the Binders

When I was young I had the hardest time learning to tie my shoes. My mother assured me with the wise words of “you know, you could eat an entire bear by yourself. Just take one bite at a time.” Her words helped me leave Velcro behind long ago, but I also thought of them again recently, in relation to my writing life.…


Added by Cynthia Manick on August 12, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

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