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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
(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…
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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…
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…
(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…
As a former newspaper columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, and as a freelance…Continue
"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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
(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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue