Featured Blog Posts – September 2010 Archive (47)

A Book About Writing That Will Change Your Life

Erin Hosier endorses Betsy Lerner and the She Writes Live event October 6th.

It's no secret that Betsy Lerner is to me what Emerson was to Thoreau, de Kooning was to Rauschenberg, and what Rabbi Shmuley was to Michael Jackson. (Okay, maybe what Madonna is to Lady Gaga might be a more apt example.) I have often told the story of… Continue

Added by The Agent on September 30, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Risking It All for Her Book: A Journey Through a Generation

Courtney Martin, author of Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, shares her dynamic journey with young activists.

I woke up on the morning of my new book’s publication feeling like I was marking the end of a wild and surprising journey. Which is strange, of course, since the day a book officially comes out is the day it’s… Continue

Added by How She Does It on September 30, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

What He's Reading Now: Kyle Lukoff Explores Mockingjay

Kyle Lukoff delves into the dystopian world of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games.

I used to work in the kid’s section of Barnes and Noble, and borrowed a copy of Suzanne Collins’ the Hunger Games right after it first came out. It looked pretty good—post-apocalyptic future America, governmental oppression, and a girl who saves the day.

I got home and cracked it open, expecting to read a… Continue

Added by What She's Reading on September 29, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Editor's Picks--Week of September 28

This week's highlights from The Community Blog.

Banned Books Week by Jodi McIsaac Martins

“I disagree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Voltaire

Banned Books Week is back! The annual event, held the last week of…

Added by Editors Picks on September 29, 2010 at 5:29am — No Comments

Countdown to Publication 7 days out: Greyhounds and Prelaunch Strategies

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done to sell your books?

I hadn’t ridden a Greyhound bus since I was 14, traveling across Texas with my friend Elsie to visit my grandmother. But there i was last Sunday, rolling along from Burlington VT to Boston because it was impossible to get to my meeting in Boston any other way today.

I'd squeezed in an appearance at the Burlington Book Festival. I didn’t quite “move a mountain of books” as Ric, the Fair’s ebullient organizer,… Continue

Added by GloriaFeldt on September 29, 2010 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

It's Gonna Hurt, But In A Good Way

Tayari Jones on how to take criticism from an editor.

I’ve just finished a new novel, The Silver Girl. For this post, I am going to share with you something I wrote when I received my editorial letter. It’s is a long document-- about five pages, single spaced, telling the writer what to do to make the book stronger. Some of it is praise, but most of it is criticism. No matter how much you know that… Continue

Added by Surviving the Draft on September 28, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Just the Boost She Needed

Passion Project winner Monique Fields is off to a running start with Christina Baker Kline--one of many to giver her a boost--and is one step closer to her dream.

First, I should say how excited, overwhelmed and even a bit scared I am to be the first-ever Passion Project winner.… Continue

Added by Passion Project on September 28, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Five Questions for...Maria Ross

This week, Rebecca Rodskog--founder of Rodskog Change Consulting--asks Maria Ross, author of Branding Basics for Small Business and founder of Red Slice--five questions… Continue

Added by Five Questions on September 27, 2010 at 5:40am — No Comments

Member News Week Ending September 25, 2010

Lois Roelofs' career memoir Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor's Journey of Faith and Self was released last week.

Mona Washington's play The Mason Jar will be read October 4th at 8 pm, as part of the Bleecker Street Theatre's new play development series.

After 3 years and 74 rejections from editors and agents,… Continue

Added by Member News on September 24, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

Who Is Your WRITING Heroine?

Deborah Siegel reveals her writing heroine--and asks you to share yours.

In anticipation and celebration of the Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Heroines panel She Writes will be co-hosting with author Teri Coyne on September 30 at Women and Children First bookstore in Chicago, I offer a fresh take on an old meme that fell dead… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on September 24, 2010 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

Come and Word-Play, She Writes!

Over the years, I have had an extremely clever, utterly delightful list of words forwarded to me accompanied by a variety of subject lines -- sometimes it's the Washington Post Mensa Invitational, sometimes the Style Invitational, sometimes just "I never forward things like this, but I couldn't resist!"

Have you seen it too? It's a list of words given alternate definitions, and it is indeed hilarious.

Some choice bits:

Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on September 23, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Half a Dozen Unsolicited Pieces of Advice about Running a Small Press

Kathleen Rooney (left), co-founder of Rose Metal Press, an independent not-for-profit publisher of books in hybrid genres, with Abby Beckel (right), offers a few pieces of advice on running a small press.

Almost five years and ten books later, we’re still around, and are in the process of releasing our eleventh title,… Continue

Added by How She Does It on September 23, 2010 at 7:58am — 2 Comments

Editor's Picks--Week of September 20

This week's highlights from The Community Blog.

A City of Crumpled Paper by Lauren B. Davis

During my prison writing class this week, one of my students approached me and said he wanted to talk. Like all the men, he wears khaki scrubs and enormous khaki lace-up… Continue

Added by Editors Picks on September 22, 2010 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Countdown to Publication 14 days out: Queries!

Goddess willing and the crick don't rise, my long- delayed website—the one I’ve been angsting about on these pages for several weeks--will soft launch Friday 9/24 and be fully public by the date of my next newsletter blast 9/28. (If you want to sign up for my newsletter, by the way, just e-mail me.) Check back next week for the urls. (Hooray! Corks about to pop!)

Meanwhile…are you signed up for… Continue

Added by GloriaFeldt on September 21, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Five No-Longer-Secret Steps to a Book Proposal that Sells

Editor and author Christina Baker Kline starts off Passion Project winner Monique Fields' journey to publication with a few tried and true lessons based on what agents and editors look for in a book proposal these days.

After talking to Monique Fields, who used the pseudonym Honeysmoke when she submitted her work to the SheWrites contest, I am even… Continue

Added by Passion Project on September 21, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Keep Your Head Down

Tayari Jones helps on how to defend yourself against all the distressing news about women writers.

I’ve been having a hard time writing lately and I have been trying to figure out why. At first, I thought it was because school has started. Being on the faculty of a newly instituted MFA program is pretty demanding. But although my job does eat up my writing time, it… Continue

Added by Surviving the Draft on September 21, 2010 at 3:30am — 6 Comments

Five Questions for...Gayle Brandeis

This week, Gayle Brandeis and Lea Beresford discuss Gayle’s first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns, and writing for readers of all ages. Gayle is also the author of… Continue

Added by Five Questions on September 20, 2010 at 4:51am — No Comments

Member News Week Ending September 18, 2010

Phoebe Wilcox's first novel, Angels Carry the Sun is now availabe via Lilly Press.

J. M. Kelley's first novel Drew in Blue has been accepted for publication by Lazy Day Publshing.

McKenzie the first in a series of three novels… Continue

Added by Member News on September 17, 2010 at 7:20pm — 3 Comments

BBAW 2010: Day 5 Recap and Closing Remarks

Another fun-filled Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW)has come to its bittersweet end. Florinda (of The 3 R's Blog) reports on the final day of festivities.

Some glitches on the Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW)… Continue

Added by Book Blogger Appreciation Week on September 17, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Way Out of the Literary Jungle

Sarah Glazer says it's a jungle out there for women writers, but a new kind of success might be offered through self-publishing and book-review blogs.

The furor over Jonathan Franzen's seeming favoritism by the New York Times recently came up in my living room in London when award-winning novelist Maggie Gee came to speak to my Salon.

It’s a jungle out there, she told us, where the… Continue

Added by State of the Art on September 17, 2010 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

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