Featured Blog Posts – October 2011 Archive (25)

Blurb is a Verb: An Entrepreneur Tackles Book Publicity

In May, Kaira Rouda published her debut novel Here, Home, Hope (Greanleaf Book Group 2011).  She has a background in business and is the author of a book about female entrepreneurship.  So I had to ask Kaira: how had her experiences in entrepreneurship prepared her for the hustle that is book publicity?  Is it easier to be “out there” with your fiction if you’ve learned to put yourself “out there” already?
—Sarah…
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Added by Sarah Pinneo on October 31, 2011 at 5:32pm — No Comments

She Writes Video Moment #6: Shadows and Light

If you have yet to see Miwa Matreyek's extraordinary interweave of video, animation and live shadow play, you are in for a dose of awe. The illusions are so seamless, it's difficult to discern where projections and performance begin and end.

This is the world of wordless poetics, so seemingly simple it enters the realm of epiphany.

Added by Kathleen Sweeney on October 28, 2011 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

If You Would Do Me The Honor...I'd Be Very Grateful.

Not to be too blatant about it, but what the heck: if you ever wanted to say thanks for She Writes, I'd love it if you did in the form of a vote for me in …

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 27, 2011 at 8:30am — 44 Comments

Lessons Learned - Two Years in the Publishing Industry

It took me a very long time to go from starting out with a dream of getting a book published to actually seeing my first on the shelf-twelve years on and off, to be exact. Now that it’s happened, I look back on how little I knew versus how much I thought I knew, and I wanted to share…

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Added by Dee Garretson on October 27, 2011 at 6:14am — 4 Comments

The plural of book is NOT book's!

I have a new grammar pet peeve: the use of a possessive apostrophe to denote a plural. In just the past few weeks, I’ve seen the following on signs, menus and posters around New York City:

  • Great gift idea for teacher’s
  • Open Sunday’s and Monday’s
  • We print on tank top’s!
  • Banana’s and mango’s on sale this week…

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Added by Maria Murnane on October 26, 2011 at 6:43am — 37 Comments

Around She Writes - October 25, 2011



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Added by Mary Keating on October 25, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

What do writers want?

This morning, the pale sky was draped with a grey sheet of clouds. They moved from left to right, as if someone was pulling them into a roll. 

Our cat Fatty snoozed on the chair next to me. My mind drifted to what I was going to write this morning - what I was going to tell you. You're writers. What would you…

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Added by Satya Robyn on October 25, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments

Blurb is a Verb: Working With Book Bloggers, And A Little Help from Jen Karsbaek

There's been a lot of chatter on SheWrites lately about the importance of book bloggers, and the amazing power they have to help get a book "out there." But it’s one thing to appreciate book bloggers and quite another to actually harness this new force in the universe.  Book bloggers are a diverse bunch.  It’s intimidating. So I asked book blogger Jen Karsbaek to weigh in on working with them. Here’s what she had to say.                  
—Sarah…
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Added by Sarah Pinneo on October 23, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

She Writes Video Moment #5: #OccupyWallStreet

     Last Friday, I took the #4 train down to Fulton Street to video-explore the real time history-in-transit that is #OccupyWallStreet at Zuccotti Park/Liberty Square. Though I had been following the stories, the tweets, the memes and viral videos as they traversed social media, I had yet to head south and experience the events firsthand.

     While I expected police personnel, signage, dancing, drumming, tarps and tents, there were many other unexpected observations that met the…

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Added by Kathleen Sweeney on October 21, 2011 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Tell Us: Why Do You Write?

Today is The National Day On Writing.  No, really, it is.  It was officially declared to be so by the Congress, so you know it's for real, and it's sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.  To mark the day, they have posed a…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 20, 2011 at 7:30am — 182 Comments

Around She Writes - October 19, 2011



Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.  I am a day late, image if you will, a writer with more deadline than hours in the day – yikes – and I am turning a year older this week. Not only am I growing older, my writing is getting bolder or perhaps just busier!!!  Have a…

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Added by Mary Keating on October 19, 2011 at 8:26pm — No Comments

A Radical Act

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? 

 The world would split open.” 



― Muriel Rukeyser

 

 

Twenty years ago, Anita Hill sat in front of a Senate hearing and told her truth at the intersection of race and gender.  She was publically pilloried by a panel of white men. This weekend, at Hunter College, Anita Hill was celebrated by a sold-out, star-studded…

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Added by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto on October 18, 2011 at 8:41am — 19 Comments

Am I telling the truth? How to add power to your writing

Recently, I judiciously used the f-word in a blog post.

I was feeling frustrated with myself for not writing my truth. I was suffering. But, more importantly, my writing was suffering. It had…

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Added by Satya Robyn on October 18, 2011 at 4:45am — 14 Comments

She Writes Video Moment #4: At Land

When I first saw Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren, it was as if a window flew open in all the houses I ever inhabited. Yes, that kind of weather event.

Visually, Maya Deren broke open the rules on experimental narrative. The links between images create unexpected sentences of allusion and visual epiphany. So what does this mean for writers? A whole host of possibilities for poetics,…

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Added by Kathleen Sweeney on October 14, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Eight writing tips to help you come alive (and kittens)

As I type, a seven-week old kitten is chewing my toe. Roshi and his sister Tsuki have been living with us for a week now, and they embody exactly the kind of 'coming alive' I'm talking about.

Everything is a toy to them. They are endlessly curious about the world, each other and us. They…

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Added by Satya Robyn on October 13, 2011 at 3:07am — 3 Comments

NaNoWriMo Columnist Wanted!

November is National Novel Writing Month! She Writes is looking for a brave participant to blog about her experience taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge -- writing a complete novel within a one month time period -- and that person…
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Added by Caitlyn Levin on October 12, 2011 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Around She Writes - October 12, 2011



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Added by Mary Keating on October 12, 2011 at 8:03am — 2 Comments

Lesson learned from American Idol

In last week's post, I talked about the importance of creating a brief, compelling description of your book as you begin your marketing efforts. In addition to your hook, I also recommend creating a longer description - a paragraph or so - that provides a bit more detail.

Just don't tell me how amazing your book is!

People don't like to be told what to think. We like to be presented with the facts so that we may form our own opinions from there. If you tell readers how…

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Added by Maria Murnane on October 11, 2011 at 8:38am — No Comments

Author Jenna Blum tells Blurb is a Verb: How Book Clubs Saved My Life

SheWriters, I bring you an incredible success story by New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum.  She helped march her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers up the charts in the most amazing way.  I get shivers reading this.  Jenna, take it away! —Sarah P.

By Jenna Blum
When my first…
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Added by Sarah Pinneo on October 11, 2011 at 6:30am — 18 Comments

Rip Van Winkle Parties at Girls Write Now: After the Countdown to Publication

The pub date of September 1 came and went minus fanfare. Understatement: absolutely nothing happened. I wasn’t devastated because I hadn’t expected anything. At least I hadn’t admitted to myself that I had the slightest anticipation of—I don’t even know what, something. Still, faced with the nothing of the day, I did feel a bit downcast, since I had not succeeded in fooling myself. (Yes, I confess that I was hoping for a miracle, even though I don’t believe in them.) But a few short weeks…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on October 8, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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