Featured Blog Posts – September 2014 Archive (30)

If You Are In NYC (Or Anywhere Nearby): Free Coffee And Free Books from SWP!

Save the date! Friday October 17th, from 11AM to noon, you can enjoy a free coffee on Keurig--which will be previewing its most advanced brewing system October 15-17 at the Keurig® 2.0 Café--AND meet and mingle with eleven SheWrites Press authors who will be giving away a whopping fifty-five signed copies of their books (five of each author's title) to the first fifty-five people to arrive. The event will take place at 915 Broadway, @21st Street. If you plan to…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 30, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Marketing Tip: Put Your First Chapter on Your Website

Making the first chapter of your book (or books) available on your website is a smart idea for two reasons:


1)    It gives potential readers who visit your website the opportunity to check out your work at no cost

2)    It gives you a tool for driving potential readers to your website …


Added by Maria Murnane on September 30, 2014 at 8:20am — 2 Comments

What Makes an Amazing First Chapter?

This month, I’ve critiqued tons of ten-page samples, and most of them were the first pages of a novel. It’s reminded me how important the first chapter of your novel is. I know, I know—you’ve heard this a million times. But the first chapter represents the whole book. And if your first chapter isn’t fantastic, you may not get the chance to prove to a reader that the rest of the book…


Added by Jeni Chappelle on September 30, 2014 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Your Author Platform Is Not Your Social Media Following

I’ve spent the past five or six years not only educating authors about how to build an author platform but also about how to position themselves in such a way that the platform they already have truly shines.

So this week, when I received multiple e-mails asking what I thought about an article on Creative Nonfiction called …


Added by Brooke Warner on September 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — 29 Comments

A Niche to Call Our Own: Building Vela Magazine

It all started with a need for a home.

In the summer before the second year of my MFA program, my friend and colleague Sarah Menkedick wrote me a long and frantic e-mail.

“I feel split between worlds,” she wrote. “Between internet world and print…


Added by Amanda Giracca on September 25, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - This week's topic is [BLANK]

I recently encountered an obstacle in the way of my creativity that prevented my expressing myself in a literary manner.

In other words, I got tripped up by writer's block. I'm not ashamed to say it. I'm not one of these people who go about smugly and say, with a patronizing tone, "Writer's…


Added by Zetta Brown on September 24, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Marketing tip: Create a master spreadsheet

No matter who publishes your book, it's important to do what you can to promote it. That means reaching out to many different organizations, which takes time, energy, and a lot of following up.


A spreadsheet will help you keep track of your hard…


Added by Maria Murnane on September 23, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Word by Word

Now that I’ve gotten my first book published, one of the questions I try to duck the most is, “Are you working on another book?” The last time I was asked this question, I did a quick inventory of my recent productivity and realized that the…


Added by Cindy Eastman on September 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

Books By Their Covers -- Have You Dreamed Of Yours?

TA DA! Last Friday I got the final front and back cover art for the novel I have been working on since October of 2011 (not that anyone is counting), a wondrous journey I have shared with all of you. It's called Wishful Thinking. What do you think??…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 22, 2014 at 7:30am — 17 Comments

The 3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Blog

This past Monday I finally launched my blog, When The Noise StopsIt took a while to get here, almost a year. The reason it took so long: I didn’t know much about what a blog was. When I look back, there are…


Added by Pat Roa-Perez on September 20, 2014 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] Mistakes, Missing Links, and Other Wonderful Problems



I was carving a linoleum block at a summer art class. Everything was going great, but suddenly the knife slipped and I made a mistake. An unfixable mistake.


Ugh! Now the whole thing was ruined! 


Then my instructor hurried over with some…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on September 18, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

[The Art of Submission] What We Can Control

This weekend I submitted four stories to over twenty different journals. The stories were ready to go out. They had either been rejected and needed to be resubmitted or had been finished recently and had to be sent out. I watched my Submittable list…


Added by Emily Lackey on September 17, 2014 at 9:00am — 13 Comments

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Genre

Have you heard this one? A witch and a vampire walk into a bar and have a drink. They fall in love, but are forbidden to have a relationship. A conflict ensues and they spend the next three books trying to overcome prejudice, political malice, and murderous…


Added by Evette Davis on September 17, 2014 at 8:00am — 16 Comments

"Myself" Is Not a Substitute for "I"

In last week's post, I explained when to use the pronouns "I" vs. "me." Today, I'd like to discuss when to use the pronoun "myself," which I've been hearing used incorrectly quite a bit.…


Added by Maria Murnane on September 16, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Where Does Your Story Begin?

I am not someone who sits in front of the blank page agonizing trying to think of things to write. My brain is an ADD thought processor on steroids, with more characters and story lines pumping per minute than I could possibly use. The challenge for me is knowing how to shape my unwieldy imagination into a…


Added by Joanell Serra on September 16, 2014 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Planning a Book Launch: One to Two Months Out

Deep breath. The launch is in four weeks. The events I lined up several months ago are suddenly just around the corner. The to-do lists are spinning out of…


Added by Anjali Mitter Duva on September 16, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

7 Tips for the Uninspired

I’m in Maui this week, on a family vacation I’ve long been anticipating for all the things Hawaii conjures up: relaxation, letting go, even inspiration. But for too-busy people, letting go can be a lot like detoxing, and instead of feeling inspired, I’ve felt unexpected longings—for…


Added by Brooke Warner on September 16, 2014 at 12:00am — 11 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Criticism and Perseverance

I was excited as I drove to visit Ellie, a member of my writer’s group, who had offered to read the first draft of my memoir. On the phone, she’d said she was enjoying it, so I was ready for a big ego boost, like that scene in the film Sophie’s Choice when Nathan is so impressed with the…


Added by Eileen Flanagan on September 14, 2014 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

[What's Next?] Asking the Right Questions

Hi everyone! I’m really excited about this week’s post for a lot of reasons, but there’s a biggie that’s the main source of my enthusiasm: The final early readers are done with my book, and they’re ready to sit down with me and talk about it.

I’ve had some initial comments from them, of course.…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on September 10, 2014 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] The Publisher-Author—the Reality vs the Dream by Marci Baun

This week it is my pleasure to have my friend Marci Baun as my guest. Marci is the owner of two publishing houses, Wild Child Publishing and Freya's Bower. She is also an…


Added by Zetta Brown on September 10, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

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