Featured Blog Posts – September 2013 Archive (39)

What About the Criticism You Really Should Listen To?

A few weeks ago, I posted here about my struggle not to obsess over one piece of critical feedback about my novel, an obsession that almost prevented me from being able to…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 30, 2013 at 2:00pm — 18 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 10 Days

Let's Dream Together…


Added by Alma Luz Villanueva on September 30, 2013 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

SWP News: Announcing A TIGHT GRIP by Kay Rae Chomic

Some people might say Jane “Par” Parker is too old to win golf tournaments at age forty-six, too old to be a car stalker, too old, after twenty years, to be burdened by heavy grief over the murder of her father, and definitely too old to fear her mother. But Par has an obsessively tight grip on the past, and no one can tell her there might be a better way to live—not even her three…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on September 29, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

[What's Next?] Time Crunch

Some of you may have noticed that you didn’t hear from me two weeks ago on my usual day to post. The reason is one I’m sure you are all familiar with, and one I’m hoping you can help me solve. The truth is, as much as I hate to say it, I just haven’t had the time to write. And I don’t mean I haven’t had the time in…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on September 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — 20 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Dressing for Success?

Walking from the subway to the Graduate Center, where I teach, I pass by the shop window of the Garment Center, or at least what it's become since its heyday. Some of the stores sell only wholesale (Al Por Mayor, bilingually); others tempt passers-by with clothing racks strategically positioned outside the store, heterogeneous tops and bottoms, all for $10. I peer inside and try to…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on September 26, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] – Oh, for the love of reading!

This week I thought I’d talk a little about the love of reading the written word.

I’m often amazed at how little some people read, especially if they are involved in the publishing industry in any way. In this business, reading is the business. Although I must admit I have little time to read…


Added by Zetta Brown on September 25, 2013 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Pulling it Together

Before I finally took the plunge and sent my manuscript off to She Writes Press for review, I had been peddling my collection of…


Added by Cindy Eastman on September 24, 2013 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

More tips for completing your manuscript

In previous posts, I've shared tips for how to finish a manuscript, and today I'd like to share two more. I'm currently in the final stages of writing my sixth novel, and this time around I created two documents that have proved to be extremely helpful throughout the process.…


Added by Maria Murnane on September 24, 2013 at 7:15am — 9 Comments

Writing To Heal

 Writing To Heal



Write something you’d never show your mother or father

~ Lorrie Moore


This quote is at the beginning of my latest release,…


Added by Rachel Thompson on September 22, 2013 at 10:30pm — 24 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing THE GREAT HEALTHY YARD PROJECT by Diane Lewis, M.D.

Who knew gardening could be so important? With 80 million pounds of pesticides being used on residential lawns in America every year, changing the way we care for our yards is indeed very important. In fact a 2013 study released by the United States Geological Survey found the chemicals that we are putting in our yards are now in every stream, river and lake and half of our well water. Together, these are the sources of our drinking water. So what, exactly, are these chemicals and what do…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on September 22, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Is Amazon Good or Bad for Authors? 10 Ratings from the Publisher of She Writes Press

Love it or hate it, publishers and authors can’t live without Amazon—and they know it. Earlier this summer I participated in digi.lit. in San Francisco, LitQuake’s one-day digital conference that highlighted a number of…


Added by Brooke Warner on September 22, 2013 at 3:30pm — 41 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 17 Days

Buddha's Laughter

When I first visited San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, at Christmas with my youngest son, Jules, I was…


Added by Alma Luz Villanueva on September 22, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist]: Alpha Females Tell Us How to Do It All

Why do women who have what they think other women want–the magical trifecta of ALL: husband, kids, big job―feel the need to tell women who don’t “have it all” (whether they want it or not) how to have (or “do”) this elusive ALL?

And why invent or repurpose words like “leaning in” or “satisficing”…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on September 19, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 5 Easy Ways to Promote Your Writing Online

Last week I wrote about how NOT to promote your book. This week, I want to talk about a few ways you SHOULD promote your book and other writing.


1. Include your website, Facebook page, Twitter handle, etc. in the signature on all your emails.

Include your…


Added by Meghan Ward on September 19, 2013 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] The Wisest Words I've Ever Heard

The  most important words of wisdom I’ve ever heard about being a writer – or living a life, for that matter – came out of the mouth of my friend…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on September 19, 2013 at 12:30am — 11 Comments

[Making The Leap] No Such Thing As Writer's Block (Maybe You Just Need To Moodle)

I admit it. I'm guilty. I have pulled out the notebook or the blank page in Word, stared at it, sighed, typed, backspaced, scratched out and then given up claiming I have a bad case of...writer's block. I can't think. I can't create. My mind is a blank. I guess I'll go eat worms. 


But the…


Added by Julie Luek on September 17, 2013 at 4:30pm — 32 Comments

Avoid word repetition

A couple weeks ago, I heard from an old friend who is in the middle of writing her first novel. She asked if I'd be willing to read the first chapter and give her my thoughts. I was reluctant to say yes because I feared a potentially awkward situation if I didn't love it, but she promised she wouldn't be upset and wanted my honest feedback. So I agreed.


I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed her writing, and I found myself interested in the story. However, what…


Added by Maria Murnane on September 17, 2013 at 7:19am — 2 Comments

5 Questions for...Leza Lowitz

Leza Lowitz is an award-winning poet, translator, essayist, screenwriter, and novelist, among other things. Her many books include Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By, the short story…


Added by Five Questions on September 16, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Have the Best Writing Day of Your Life -- and Contribute to an Amazing Cause

Hi everyone! This coming Saturday, September 21st, I will be participating in one of the coolest writing-related events in the country: the New York Writers Coalition's annual Write-A-Thon.  The concept is simple, and powerful: dedicate to yourself to your writing for a full day as you would to…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 16, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

How (and Why) I Made a Book Trailer

My first book was published this month with Seal Press, and like most first-time authors, I’ve been groping my way through book promotion. I don’t have a big budget to spend on marketing, so when a friend suggested I produce a book trailer, I initially balked. So much time! So much money! And anyway, does anyone even watch book trailers?

Yes, actually, they do. It turns out that a lot of people…


Added by Katrina Alcorn on September 16, 2013 at 5:00am — 12 Comments

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