Featured Blog Posts – October 2016 Archive (12)

[SWP: Behind the Book] Do Mothers Have a Right to Write Their Own Story?

Recently, Elizabeth Bastos confessed in the New York Times that she has stopped writing about her children because she realized that her children had not given her permission to tell their stories. When they were young she made herself the main character in their tales, the hapless heroine who couldn’t get the overalls on her two-year-old or the math dunce who couldn’t figure out her…


Added by Maureen Murdock on October 31, 2016 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

Libraries Can Be Your Best Friend

My first library was a book-filled van parked outside the schoolyard. The bookmobile lady handed me four books, which seemed like a miracle to the third-grader I was at the time. Now, just approaching the entrance to this Scottsdale, AZ, library makes…


Added by Sheila Grinell on October 25, 2016 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] My Journey to Publishing An Address in Amsterdam: How the story of Amsterdam’s Jews became mine

Debut novelists are warned not to treat our books as if they were prized, long-awaited babies.  I’m guilty as charged – but, after all, I spent 13 years researching and writing and rewriting An Address in Amsterdam.  It’s the story of a young Jewish woman who joins the…


Added by Mary Dingee Fillmore on October 24, 2016 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

When to Use HE/SHE and When to Use HIM/HER

I've written more than once in this space about the maddening (yet seemingly ubiquitous) trend of using "I" when "me" is the correct pronoun. If presidential candidates can't even get it right, I wonder what hope there is for my good grammar crusade. But I refuse to give up! 

While not as common as the I/me error, nearly every day I hear someone make a similar mistake regarding she/her and he/him. Here's a refresher lesson about the difference:

"He" and "she"…


Added by Maria Murnane on October 24, 2016 at 7:41am — No Comments

Time for NaNoWriMo!

(writing table for NaNoWriMo, under supervision of Montana, my cat)

Coming up is the great celebration of writing, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Time for me to clear a writing space on the cluttered catch all table in my kitchen that I use during NaNoWriMo.



Added by Patricia Robertson on October 20, 2016 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] So I Had a Hard Life. Who Cares? The Process of Rediscovering Why I Wrote My Memoir

What was I thinking?

Months after I committed to publishing my memoir, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters, I was writhing in self-consciousness, wondering why I felt the need to do it. I obsessed about it when I woke up in the morning. I pondered it…


Added by Lizbeth Meredith on October 17, 2016 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Don't Make This Marketing Mistake

Yesterday I received a rather desperate email newsletter from an indie author in which he essentially begged for people to review his book on Amazon. I empathized with him because I know firsthand how difficult and frustrating it can be to get reviews, especially for self-published books. But then the author did something that made my jaw drop, and not in a good way. In his plea he encouraged us to give his book a positive review--even if we hadn't read it!

I didn't…


Added by Maria Murnane on October 17, 2016 at 6:51am — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Can You Write Something For Me?

I’m not picking on my brother-in-law, but he’s the latest person to have asked me this question: Can you write something for me? This familiar and frequent question is usually preceded by, “You’re the writer”… as if we writers are the only ones…


Added by Cindy Eastman on October 16, 2016 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

A 350-page novel in 35 words or less – Argh!

When people find out I’m working on a book, they invariably ask that question I dread.

“So, what’s it about?”

My wildly differing responses have ranged from the terse -- It’s about identity – to the rambling: It’s a young-adult novel about a teenage girl who loses…


Added by Pam McGaffin on October 11, 2016 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

How to Find a Book Editor

So you’ve written your magnum opus. You spent the better half of the last year (or two, three, four...) pouring your imagination and heart into writing a book and now you’re ready to find the perfect editor to, well,…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on October 9, 2016 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

How Being a Poet Made Me a Better Copy Editor

I think it's safe to say the mobile app developer I used to work for didn't hire me because of my experience as a poet, but because of my knowledge of social media and my prior experience with converting technical jargon into something the general public could understand. My official title was Senior Copy Editor and I spent most of my days reviewing text and providing suggestions for error messages, tutorials, infographics, and even occasionally for…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on October 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How to Frame a Journalistic Article

Tackling a writing project in a journalism class is an entirely different monster than working on a paper for an average English course. A clashing standard is expected from you, and you'll probably find that many of the rules you've been taught since you were in grade school are now flipped on their head.

There's nothing wrong with going through this process. It's going to be difficult, but you'll slowly learn how to market yourself in the…


Added by Alina Tytarenko on October 4, 2016 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

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