Featured Blog Posts – October 2012 Archive (28)

Whenever I hear this, it drives me nuts!

I've become a fan of both The Voice and The Biggest Loser. Yes, it is true. However, the grammar on both shows' latest seasons has me pulling my hair out.

Christina Aguilera has an amazing voice, but her word choice could use some…


Added by Maria Murnane on October 30, 2012 at 9:28am — 3 Comments

7 Free Tools to Market Your Book on Amazon

by Sherrie Wilkolaski

It's hard to find a needle in a haystack, not to mention a diamond in the rough, but if you look hard enough, you'll find that Amazon offers a menu of free marketing tools for authors to promote their books.  These are some real gems and the investment will last a lifetime.

Have you done all that you can…


Added by Sherrie Wilkolaski on October 30, 2012 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Five Questions for...Joanne C. Hillhouse

Joanne C. Hillhouse, who hails from Antigua and Barbuda, is the author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, and Oh Gad! (just…


Added by Five Questions on October 29, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

What’s What: How Understanding Your Publishing Options Makes You a Better, Savvier Writer

On Friday, November 2, Kamy and I will be talking with Linda Joy Myers, president of the National Association of Memoir Writers---at their FREE Fall Telesummit---about publishing. It’s a timely conversation on the heels of announcements this week about the downsizing and …


Added by Brooke Warner on October 27, 2012 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

The Future of Fiction?

Last week I attended “A Conversation with Twitter and The New Yorker on the Future of Fiction.” The event launched Twitter as a vehicle for fiction-writing, and asked writers to rise to the challenge using it as such. I’m not convince this is a challenge writers should spend their time undertaking.

The event was held at The New York Public Library, and was standing room only by the time Twitter’s Andrew Fitzgerald, Head of Editorial Programming, took to the podium to talk about…


Added by Jamie Brenner on October 24, 2012 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Interview with Margaret Riley - co-founder and publisher of Changeling Press LLC

This week my guest on [REALITY CHECK] is Margaret Riley of Changeling Press. Margaret gives you a good insight as to what she's looking for and how/where they can be found. If you ever bump into her or one of her reps at a conference,…


Added by Zetta Brown on October 24, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Hate book promotion? Three ways to make it work for you

How many times have you heard a writer say something like this? “I love writing, but I hate book promotion.  It’s just…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on October 23, 2012 at 12:30pm — 38 Comments

Avoid cliches in your dialogue

Think about the friends you find most interesting and why. Maybe it's the way they tell stories at dinner parties, or how they express themselves over email, or even how they craft their comments on other people's Facebook status updates. Chances are the people you enjoy being around the most tend to use colorful, descriptive language that makes you laugh, cry, think, or all of the above.

I highly doubt they use many clichés.

Clichés are boring, and using clichés makes…


Added by Maria Murnane on October 23, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Mixing Reality with Fiction

When I translated the prizewinning, international bestseller The 7th Woman by Frédérique Molay, I had the opportunity to discuss with the author how she mixes reality into fiction. I share those revelations below, and would be most interested in knowing how other writers out there weave reality…


Added by Anne Trager on October 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Writing as Adventure

For me, the greatest thing about writing is the process itself.  I love getting up in the morning with the next sentence in my head.  Or even a fuzzy idea that has taken firmer shape during the night while I was asleep. Best of all is the sense of adventure--that I don’t know at the start exactly where the book will…


Added by Marilyn Yalom on October 21, 2012 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

It's The Little Things: Share A Joyous Writing Moment!

Since I started blogging a few months ago about my experiences as a first-time novelist (at age forty, no less, but hurrah for that!), I have been very thorough on the topic of The Struggle.  You know the struggle I mean.  …


Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

Why I'd Give Up My Amazon Refund

Sarah Glazer worries that writers are getting shafted by Amazon

Like a lot of you, I got that “Dear Kindle customer” email from Amazon last week. It told me I was entitled to refunds on some past e-book purchases due to the settlement of a price-fixing case with publishers.

 I normally wouldn’t consider myself a fan of price-fixing, but I confess my heart…


Added by State of the Art on October 19, 2012 at 5:11am — 1 Comment


If you’re a blogger, you’ve probably heard the term “SEO,” short for “search engine optimization.” You may even know what SEO is (a method for improving your website’s ranking in Google and other search engine results). But why should you care about SEO? Because few people look past the first page of results when they do a web search. If your website doesn’t come up in the top page for a particular keyword (your name, your blog name, the title of your book, a product you are selling), you…


Added by Meghan Ward on October 18, 2012 at 12:30am — 11 Comments

The Art (and Craft) of Delayed Gratification: How I wrote my first e-serial

Almost exactly one year ago, I had the idea to write my fourth novel as an e-book serial – a book published in installments, every week for a set number of weeks.  As a lifelong soap opera junkie, I couldn’t imagine a better idea – the marriage of my two favorite things, trashy television and commercial…


Added by Jamie Brenner on October 16, 2012 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

Hey non-fiction writers: What's your marketing plan?

I recently had dinner with my friend Lauren Lyons Cole, a certified financial planner based here in New York City. She's gaining quite a following, as evidenced by this feature in the New York Times.

Lauren mentioned that…


Added by Maria Murnane on October 16, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments

Traveling from Memoir to Novel: This Time the Narrator isn’t Me

Five years ago I moved to China with my husband, two young boys and a mess of a book manuscript that’s recently become my forthcoming novel. Today the book is called Paris Was the Place, and it will come out with Knopf next July. But back in China I think it was titled The Shape of a Boy. I can’t be sure because it changed titles so many times during its short life. It also changed verb tense and point of view (from first person to third and back to first) and plot…


Added by Susan Conley on October 14, 2012 at 7:00pm — 12 Comments

What’s What—Proofreading (a look at SWP’s Track 1)

In previous weeks I’ve explained the editorial tracks offered by She Writes Press. We’ve covered …


Added by Brooke Warner on October 12, 2012 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

SWP’s First Book: An Inside Look at the Process and the Challenges—and a Chance to Win

I first decided to write What’s Your Book? in January of this year, when Kamy and I were just beginning to turn around the idea of what She Writes Press might look like. I…


Added by Brooke Warner on October 10, 2012 at 9:30am — 42 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Shouting VAGINA! in a Crowded Manuscript

This week on [REALITY CHECK], my guests are authors Jeanie Johnson and Jayha Leigh, who are…


Added by Zetta Brown on October 10, 2012 at 2:43am — 11 Comments

Dad To Daughter: "Your book is 'for women.'" Daughter to Dad: WTF?

This past weekend, I took my two little boys home for a trip to see my family in Texas.  About a month before, I did something that one writer friend, at least, thought was crazy: I sent the first third of my novel to my parents.  Why would I do such a thing?  I guess I just wanted some encouragement and…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 9, 2012 at 10:00am — 21 Comments

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