Featured Blog Posts – August 2015 Archive (29)

Marketing Tip: Offer to Send a Book

I often say that it's important to make it easy for people to help you promote your book. One great way to do that is to offer to send them a free copy! I know that sounds obvious, but given how many emails I receive from authors asking me to review their books without offering to send me one, I think it is worth repeating. (I've also said many times here that I don't review books, so now I'm wondering if anyone is actually reading my blog. Hmm....)

Anyhow, when reaching out to…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 31, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Coming Out as a Novelist

I've been lurking around SheWrites for a long time ... almost since its inception, I think? I've never been quite sure how to best use this community, though I have routinely found others' posts about writing, editing, publishing, and all of the craziness of the process helpful. 

Now, I'm at the beginning of a year-long sabbatical from teaching (religion and gender & women's studies, Illinois College) for  which a major goal is moving my next book toward publication. It's not…


Added by Caryn Riswold on August 28, 2015 at 9:30am — 8 Comments


Every month I feature a fellow author on my blog, Creating the WRITE Reality. Someone whose work I admire, and who I have met either in person or online that has enriched my life through publishing, writing, or just reading.

This month, I have a real treat for everyone.…


Added by Liz Gelb-O'Connor on August 27, 2015 at 7:11am — No Comments

We Write to Taste Life Twice

Added by Laurie Buchanan on August 26, 2015 at 11:39am — No Comments

Podcasting into Possibility

I first met Theo Nestor at Hedgebrook’s Winter Salon. Working to promote the event, I corresponded with Theo via email and was impressed by how timely and thoughtful her responses were.


My favorable impression of Theo resurfaced when I started reaching out for guests for a podcast I started earlier this year.


Like many people, my introduction to podcasts was Sarah Koenig’s Serial. I listened weekly, downloading the newest episodes as they became available.…


Added by Katie Woodzick on August 25, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Announcing: Elizabeth Gilbert Live event + exclusive discount

We have exciting news for the She Writes community! 

She Writes has joined Albert Flynn DeSilver and BrilliantWriter.com to present:

Elizabeth Gilbert Live 

This is the FIRST TIME EVER that bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert is offering a workshop. It's being…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on August 25, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Editorial Services Explained: How the Industry Thinks about Editing, and How You Should Think about It Too

This summer I listened in on an editorial panel at a writers’ conference where I’d been invited to speak. The room was packed with aspiring authors who wanted answers to their editorial questions. There were only four panelists, but ten minutes in, I started to feel the discomfort of the audience with what seemed…


Added by Brooke Warner on August 25, 2015 at 8:30am — 20 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - When You Get Outed As A Writer - by Kait Nolan

Has this happened to you?

It's happened to me. I was outed on the job by someone who worked in a different department, and considering the novel in question is an erotic romance, it made things weird. Especially since the person who found out said they would never read such "filth"...or did…


Added by Zetta Brown on August 25, 2015 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

8 Tips for Pitching Your First Book Proposal

So, you have a great idea for a nonfiction book. You know what you want to write, you have personal experience and expertise in your subject matter, and you are absolutely passionate about your topic. You believe in your writing talents. There’s just one catch. You’ve never actually written a book. What…


Added by Susan Walters on August 25, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Writing Tip: Be Careful, Don't Overuse Uncommon Gestures and Actions

I recently read a novel in which multiple people winked at the protagonist in the opening pages. I found this quite odd. When was the last time someone winked at you? When was the last time more than one person winked at you? I don't think anyone has ever winked at me. 

As I read on, the winking continued,…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 24, 2015 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

The Catch-22 of Memoir Writing

When I started to write The Butterfly Groove, which follows my search for answers among my mother’s mysteries from her past, a decade after losing her, I had a hope that I set too high on my list of Miracle Writer Tactics. Not only was I going to write a great book…


Added by Jessica Barraco on August 21, 2015 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

Grammergency #19: My Book Is Full of Curse Words. Am I in Trouble?

I was on a coaching call recently with a memoirist who had just read through her whole manuscript after we finished her developmental edit, and she sheepishly brought up…


Added by Annie Tucker on August 18, 2015 at 9:00am — 17 Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] 3 Strange Questions that Will Breathe Life into Your Characters

Remember the fictional character who seemed so real you forgot she wasn’t? You couldn’t pry yourself from the work until you found out whether she received justice or succeeded at her goal. You cried real tears when she was crushed by failure. You raged when she was treated unfairly—and cheered when she won…


Added by Jill Jepson on August 17, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Think Differently

Think different.

You just edited me didn't you?

I did the same thing each morning I walked into the computer lab in which I helped the upcoming generation navigate the dangers of the Internet and the vagaries of Microsoft Word. Those Apple Think Different posters hung on the…


Added by Cindy Eastman on August 17, 2015 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

She Writes the Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton

I've been eagerly anticipating the release of Meg Waite Clayton’s The Race for Paris, a novel in the same WWII genre of historical fiction as my novel Even in Darkness. While waiting, and in celebration of Meg's many contributions as a literary citizen, particularly to other writers, I recently indulged in the pleasure of re-reading The Wednesday Sisters, Meg's earlier novel about five women who formed a writer's group and then became best…


Added by Barbara Stark-Nemon on August 13, 2015 at 1:53pm — 6 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] What does it take to be an author in today’s market?

Photo: L.G. O'Connor (View from Bob Mayer's home at the Write On The River Retreat)

In June, I attended a writers retreat at the home of New York Times Bestselling author, Bob Mayer with three other writers. Bob generously shared his home for the weekend as we worked on taking a…


Added by Liz Gelb-O'Connor on August 13, 2015 at 3:00am — 18 Comments

[SWP News] Fresh Books for the Fall!

Just the Facts

When English major Nora Plowright finds herself staring at college graduation as if at the edge of a cliff, she decides to become a newspaper reporter—and right away, she manages to get a job at a local paper (which you could still do in 1978). Although fearful…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 12, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Asked for an Introductory Post

I was asked to start a blog about my writing experience. To be honest, I probably will not be writing a detailed and consistent blog. I'm really busy with writing, though I might post some of my thoughts or experiences.

I began writing in German at age six. I would sit down next to my mom and tell her a story. I would just make it up on the spot. I once thought up a three-minute rhyme and couldn't remember it when I started to write it down. That was my one foray into poetry. While I…


Added by Katrina Katzenbach on August 11, 2015 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Shaping the Novel: How I Trimmed a Manuscript from 150,000 Words to Fewer than 70,000 - by Libby Ware

Recently, Brooke Warner wrote "3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter Than 80,000 Words."

The main reason being that doing this can make your manuscript more…


Added by Zetta Brown on August 11, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Avoid This Marketing No-No

Yesterday I received a bulk email from an acquaintance about a book his son had recently self-published. The well-crafted, perfectly appropriate message explained that the son had asked his father to forward a note, written by the son, about the book. The father, conscious of spamming his friends,…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 10, 2015 at 6:00am — 12 Comments

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