Featured Blog Posts – September 2012 Archive (24)

Art Finds a Way: Confessions and Celebrations of a Former Publishing Snob

First, the confession. For years--decades even--I've harbored a small, secret, but acrid judgment about the self-publishing world. I confess this now, red-faced in front of my dear friends and esteemed authors who have gone the self publishing route. Please forgive me. I'm confessing a dirty secret here and I've developed a new outlook. And even you fine self-published writers with beautiful, well-written books have to admit that the self-publishing process has created a certain percentage…

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Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on September 29, 2012 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

What’s What—Copyediting (a look at SWP’s Track 2)

In today’s post I want to talk a little bit about the difference between copyediting and proofreading and how we are making the determination at SWP about which manuscripts require a copyedit before moving forward into the She Publishes Package.

We include proofreading in our package, but proofreading truly is a spot-check. It should be the final pass on an already-copyedited manuscript, a last opportunity to find…

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Added by Brooke Warner on September 28, 2012 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

A Group Effort: Kickstarting a Book--and a Community

When Niki Tulk couldn't find a publisher for her book, she used the experience she'd gained as an indie music producer to create a Kickstarter campaign--and it exceeded her wildest expectations.…

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Added by How She Does It on September 27, 2012 at 9:04am — 13 Comments

Self-Doubt and Back Seat Driving on the Road to Publication (+ a Giveaway!)

(Second of a three-part series)



I turned the corner on the street where I live and saw a young, pony-tailed woman standing in my front yard. She was wearing Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses which cost more than I spend in two weeks on groceries. She was sporting a pink tee-shirt, appropriately with the word “Pink” blinged across her generous, propped up breasts elevated to the perfectly perky height allowing for approximately 2.5 inches of cleavage. This made me…

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Added by Jean Ellen Whatley on September 26, 2012 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Interview with Jan Janssen, Executive Editor for Torrid Books

Over the next several weeks on [REALITY CHECK] until the end of the year, I'm going to share interviews and guest blog posts from various publishers and authors to add more perspectives to the realities of publishing today. If nothing else, you may be introduced to various publishers whom you may consider…

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Added by Zetta Brown on September 26, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Writing a sequel: three things I've learned

Sequels can be tricky. I just finished the fourth in a series of novels, and I'd like to share a few things I've learned along the way.

1.  Some backstory is required.

Not everyone who reads a sequel will have read the original, so you must include some backstory.…

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Added by Maria Murnane on September 25, 2012 at 7:53am — No Comments

Butt In Chair. Book In Hiding.

Well,two weeks ago, I was all fired up to shed my bad summer habits (and perhaps even a few pounds) and kick off this fall with a renewed…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 21, 2012 at 7:00am — 32 Comments

Is Historical Fiction Irresponsible?

Sarah Glazer confesses her weakness for historical fiction even as some historians bash it.



I learned most of my history from historical fiction—at least at first. Mary Renault’s The Persian Boy hooked me on Alexandrian Greece.  Shakespeare’s history plays, on public television during my childhood, thrust me into a fascinating world of intrigue and assassination among…

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Added by State of the Art on September 21, 2012 at 4:30am — 16 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] DOES SOCIAL MEDIA SELL BOOKS?

The $64,000 question when it comes to social media is: Does it sell books? Many authors have written blog posts attempting to answer this question, and the consensus seems to be that yes, done right, social media does sell books, but in modest quantities. In other words, a rock star social media platform does not (necessarily) a bestseller make.



Nathan Bransford, author of the Jacob Wonderbar novels, has more than 100,000 Twitter followers and 6000 Facebook followers and is…

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Added by Meghan Ward on September 20, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

All You Need is Nudge: How She Writes Helped Me Go Off the Leash and on the Road to Publication (+ a Giveaway!)

(First of a three-part series)

Affirmation is to writers what shoes are to Imelda Marcos. If we’re honest with ourselves, we admit we want it. We need it. We love it. We sometimes feel like we simply can’t go on without one little crumb of recognition and approval.



In the long, lonely hours which define the writing life, hunched over…

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Added by Jean Ellen Whatley on September 18, 2012 at 11:30pm — 22 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: What's Your Interview Style?

As a former newspaper columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, and as a freelance…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on September 18, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Meet Bel Kaufman, 101-year-old Writer and Teacher

"All the time I was teaching, I was also writing short stories. I poured out everything," says bestselling writer Bel Kaufman.



In this video, Kaufman speaks about her initiation into an American classroom, when she enrolled in a New York City public school after immigrating with her family from Russia. Although Kaufman couldn't speak English, her teacher treated her kindly, and Kaufman was inspired to become a…

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Added by Laura on September 18, 2012 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

What should authors tweet?

Twitter can be a great marketing tool, but many authors have no idea what to tweet after they've announced that their book is available. On the flip side, many authors tweet all day long about things that are so irrelevant and/or annoying that it makes me not want to read their books.

Here's my advice for how to do it right:

If your book is non-fiction, a smart marketing strategy is to position yourself as an expert in a particular area, and Twitter can help…

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Added by Maria Murnane on September 18, 2012 at 7:58am — 5 Comments

Ladies in Noir: French Female Crime Fiction Authors

I remember sitting down for a meal at a mystery writer’s conference once and chatting with some other mystery folks. When I said I was living in France, someone chimed in with, “Oh, yes, I know a French writer, she’s that woman with a man’s name.” She was referring to Fred Vargas (Frédérique is…

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Added by Anne Trager on September 18, 2012 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

how two SHE WRITERS "fell in love" ... and got a book published

(From Amy Ferris)

Hollye and I met through She Writes.

It's one of those girl writer meets girl writer and falls in love (in the best friend AND let’s write a book together kinda way) stories.

A wonderful tale.

Both Hollye and I are pretty all-out…

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Added by Amy Ferris on September 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

What’s What—Developmental Editing & Coaching (a look at SWP's Track 3)

She Writes Press is offering three tracks to writers who submit their work to us, and quite a few people have asked me to clarify what the various tracks offer, which is, in essence, the difference between a proofread, a copyedit, or a developmental edit. So I’m starting today with a look at Track 3—Developmental…

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Added by Brooke Warner on September 14, 2012 at 5:51am — 4 Comments

How I Went from Wanting to Being

When I was a junior in high school, the boy who sat next to me in Honors English—and who would the next year be named the valedictorian of our graduating class of five hundred—asked me what I was planning to do when I graduated. This boy, the future valedictorian, didn’t often speak to me. Usually, in the five or ten minutes we sat waiting for the teacher to arrive, I assumed some mindless Zen state, or read a novel. He…

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Added by Mary Jo Bang on September 13, 2012 at 4:30am — 16 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Dare to be Different – or “How a Loser Became a Winner and Got Published.”

Have you ever received a rejection letter because your story was too original? That’s often code for something that can’t be easily categorized and pigeonholed.

Then it occurred to me that there are lots of authors out there whose works are being rejected simply because they have dared to go against the norm. The following is a case in point.

A few weeks ago for my…

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Added by Zetta Brown on September 12, 2012 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Online reviews: just say...nothing

Once your book is out there for the world to enjoy, some of your readers are going to express their opinions via online reviews. Their comments might be glowing, savaging, or somewhere in between. Read them if you want (I don't recommend this), but tempting as it may be, do not comment on them.

I repeat: do NOT comment on reviews. Why? Because no matter how you slice it, it doesn't make you look good.

  • Responding to a negative review looks petty.…
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Added by Maria Murnane on September 11, 2012 at 11:41am — 6 Comments

Five Questions for...Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener is the co-author of Time to Make the Donuts, which she wrote with Dunkin' Donuts founder Bill Rosenberg, and a frequent contributor to The Boston Globe…

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Added by Five Questions on September 10, 2012 at 8:23am — 9 Comments

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