Featured Blog Posts – October 2013 Archive (41)

Taking Matters into Her Own Hands: A Novelist's Path to Self-Publishing

For the past eight years, Mohana Rajakumar--writer, mother, professor, and wife--has been living with her growing family in the Arabian Gulf country of Qatar. Her latest novel, An Unlikely…


Added by How She Does It on October 31, 2013 at 8:44am — 6 Comments


In my last post I chronicled the long and winding road I travelled to a contract for my new memoir. I feel incredibly lucky, but, as I’m sure you know, getting a book contract is only part of the publishing picture.

In the same message telling my wonderful agent that my memoir had been accepted, the kindly editor added a kind of warning, or at least a very strong…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on October 29, 2013 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

[Making the Leap] What's Your Writing Personality?

For over twenty years I worked in the field of higher education, much of that time spent working as a career counselor. One of the ways I helped students discover their major and career choice was by administering a personality inventory called the Myers Briggs Type Indicator…


Added by Julie Luek on October 29, 2013 at 2:30pm — 35 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing THREE MINUS ONE, edited by Sean Hanish and Brooke Warner

Three Minus One: Parents’ Stories of Love and Loss is a collection of intimate, soul-baring stories and artwork by parents who have lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, or neonatal death, inspired by the film Return to Zero.


The loss of a…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on October 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Book Marketing via Email: Blind Copy and Newsletters

Every month or so, I receive an email from a friendly indie author (whom I met just once) about an upcoming book signing for his novel. The events are always several thousand miles away from where I live, but I admire his efforts to promote his book.


Unfortunately, however, his messages regularly make me cringe.


Why? Because he sends them to dozens of people, all of us on the recipient line of the same email. This not only looks bulky and…


Added by Maria Murnane on October 28, 2013 at 7:27am — No Comments

3 Ways to Start to Hone Your Expertise

Earlier this month I had the privilege of moderating Deborah Siegel’s Thought Leadership for Writers webinar.


There were a lot of things that stood out for me about the three-week…


Added by Brooke Warner on October 27, 2013 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

When Writing Becomes Translation

Sarah Glazer mulls over the obscurity of techno-jargon

I’ve been thinking about how much…


Added by State of the Art on October 25, 2013 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

[What's Next?] Where Were We?

This weekend I had time to write in what was (I am horrified to say) the first time in nearly two months. This is my own fault in a lot of ways--because I wasn’t making the time for it, and also because I’m someone who prefers to write when I have a long chunk of time to do it. If learning to write in…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on October 23, 2013 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

One is Never Enough: How Childhood Games Turned into a Writing Career

Natalie Yoder, author of the One Minute Mysteries series, didn’t know as a little girl that adding a little mystery into her life would turn her into a published author before she was even out of middle school. Now…


Added by How She Does It on October 23, 2013 at 10:35am — 1 Comment


In about four weeks, Breathless: An American Girl in Paris, my new memoir, will be officially published. So soon, you say, didn’t you publish a book in 2011? Two years ago? What is this, speed writing? Yes and then no.

I’d be thrilled if I were the sort of writer who could produce a new book every…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on October 22, 2013 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Don't Forget Paragraph Breaks

I recently received an email from a new subscriber to my newsletter. The message was quite long and didn't contain a single paragraph break - not one. I found myself confused as I read, because the various points he was making began to blur together into an enormous block of text.…


Added by Maria Murnane on October 22, 2013 at 8:42am — No Comments

Avoiding the "Saggy Middle"

"Yay, no saggy middle issue!"--the words every author hopes to hear from their editors upon receiving revision notes. But how do we avoid a saggy middle when we have three hundred pages to fill?

Believe me, I feel the pain of that middle section of every book I write, just like everyone else...but with practice,…


Added by Jennifer Snow on October 21, 2013 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing HER BEAUTIFUL BRAIN by Ann Hedreen

Her Beautiful Brain is Ann Hedreen’s story of what it was like to become a mom just as her beautiful, brainy mother began to lose her mind to an unforgiving disease.

Arlene was a copper miner’s daughter who was divorced twice, widowed once, raised six kids singlehandedly, survived the turbulent ‘60s, and got her B.A. and M.A. at 40 so she could support her family as a Seattle schoolteacher—only to start showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease in her late fifties, taking Ann and…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on October 21, 2013 at 6:43pm — 2 Comments

[The Writer's Life] I am a Writer

Why do we do it?

Why do we put ourselves through the misery, which we ourselves create, day after day, year after year?  We don’t have to be writers. We could simply be moms, partners, baristas, teachers, social workers, clerks, raising our children--or not having children at all--be good community members,…


Added by Cindy Eastman on October 21, 2013 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Thanks but No Thanks, Big Five. I'd Rather Be At SWP.

As any of you who have read my recent blog posts know, I finished my first novel a few months ago, and, a few weeks ago, my agent submitted it to a fairly heady list of some of the biggest editors in the business.  And guess what? I got a deal! A good…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 21, 2013 at 9:00am — 39 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Doing the Write Thing and The Courage to Create

The other day I autographed my novel, Warming Up, published by She Writes Press, for a friend of a friend who I was told was a writer herself.  Since my novel is, in part, about talented artists who are unable, at the start of the book, to practice their art, I wrote, “because you have the courage…


Added by Mary Hutchings Reed on October 21, 2013 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Three Steps to Author Infrastructure

Prior to being published, every author must construct three pylons on which to build her book platform. These pylons become a foundational base for the author as well as a launching pad for her book.

The three pylons of author infrastructure are:

  • A…

Added by Stephanie Barko on October 21, 2013 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

The Book That Jumped Into My Lap

I didn’t seek this one out. I had all kinds of ideas for books, but this wasn’t one of them. Plus, I had several books-in-progress stewing: a memoir about traveling with and homeschooling my son, a collection of essays, a novel, a book of poems . . . a messy pot, with never enough time for cooking.

But when Gordon Haber’s research plane crashed into the mountains in Denali National Park, I dropped the pot. Gordon had studied the wolves of Denali and northeastern Alaska for over four…


Added by Marybeth Holleman on October 20, 2013 at 6:00pm — 20 Comments

[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST] This Sex Which Is Not One

Sound familiar?

Cast your mind back to Luce Irigaray’s essay (also book title). Sometimes I think everything important about women was written in the 1970s, and it’s been downhill ever since.

“Female sexuality,” the essay begins, “has always been conceptualized on the basis of masculine parameters.”

That is the sentence that jumped into my mind when…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on October 17, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Transmedia Storytelling: A Guide for Authors

A phrase that’s been buzzing around the Internet lately is “transmedia storytelling.” But what is it? And how does it affect you as a writer?

Transmedia storytelling is the technique of telling a single story using multiple platforms and technologies in order to expand your audience through multiple avenues of engagement. For example, a YA novel may have…


Added by Meghan Ward on October 17, 2013 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

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