Featured Blog Posts – November 2010 Archive (43)

What She’s Reading Now – Newser Edition

Deborah Siegel shares highlights from her RSS feeds, inbox, and more. What's in YOUR feed, She Writers?



I have yet to finish the novel that’s been sitting on my nightstand for the past four months (Katheryn Stockett’s The Help). I’m two months behind in What to Expect: The Toddler Years. But last month my twins turned one and the milestone created slightly more bandwidth in my brain for online reading. Yes I’m starting to read again, and… Continue

Added by Deborah Siegel on November 30, 2010 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Titles and Tips for Revision from an Editor (Now Agent!) Who Knows

Literary agent Lea Beresford takes us inside her process as she helps Passion Project winner Monique Fields title her book and restructure her sample chapters. Pay attention, She Writers: Do NOT save your best line for page 52!



Last week, Amanda Johnson Moon brought up some wonderful points in her post (… Continue

Added by Passion Project on November 30, 2010 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

Member News Week Ending November 27, 2010

Marianne Schnall's new book, Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness, and Finding Your Own Voice is now available.



Elena Schwolsky's essay Searching for Pina in Havana is included in the anthology Storied Dishes: What Our Family Recipes Tell… Continue

Added by Member News on November 29, 2010 at 6:02am — 1 Comment

NaNoWriMo Takeaway Edition: 8 Great Lessons from the Race against the Word

Andrea Collier, our unfailing and unflailing NaNoWriMo Correspondent, hits the mark with time to spare and shares her last few tips for getting it--meaning, writing, not merely NaNo--done. JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING HER!



DAY 29: It isn’t November 30 yet, but I am officially done. 51,000 NaNoWriMo words placed in a file that will become a novel.… Continue

Added by SheWriMo Shares All on November 29, 2010 at 5:53am — 3 Comments

Give Thanks to A Woman Brave Enough to Tell You Her Story.

Added by The Salonniere on November 25, 2010 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Editors' Picks: Thanksgiving Holiday Edition!

Weekly highlights from the Community Blog.



We're loving all the holiday writing that's going on. So we've selected some writerly treats for you to enjoy, along with your turkeys or tofurkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. Happy Thanksgiving, She Writers! May your food be tasty and not overly salted, your loved ones close, and your pen never far.



(Special gratitude to She Writes Editorial Analyst… Continue

Added by Editors Picks on November 24, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

10 Reasons Writers Can Be Thankful

Libraries: Librarians recommend our books, buy our books, shelve our books, and provide forums for us to discuss our books. Now we can support the libraries by joining Authors for Libraries, a program of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundation.



Social Media for Readers: The explosion of sites where readers can gather, share… Continue

Added by Randy Susan Meyers on November 24, 2010 at 11:10am — 11 Comments

Inspired by the Women of She Writes today

Who wrote so beautifully and well about perseverance. Tell us a time when you felt like giving up...and made it through. Contribute to our new discussion thread: Stories of Keeping Going.

Added by Kamy Wicoff on November 23, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Writing in the Wilderness

Tayari Jones's work-in-progress had been rejected by a dozen publishers, but she finished the novel anyway.



About three years ago, my agent contacted me to see how things were coming along with my new novel, SILVER SPARROW. I told her that is was going well and she asked me if I had a hundred clean pages that we could submit to publishers. I was very excited. Who wouldn’t want a new contract and the… Continue

Added by Surviving the Draft on November 23, 2010 at 6:30am — 23 Comments

The Art of Revision: Six Ways to Polish Your Book Proposal Before Sending It Off

Editor Amanda Moon pulls back the veil on how an editor works with an author (Passion Project winner, Monique Fields!), sharing strategy along the way.



It’s a real delight to be working with Monique Fields on her proposal for a book currently entitled Raising Simone and Nadia. I remember reading her entry at the early stages of the She… Continue

Added by Passion Project on November 23, 2010 at 6:06am — 2 Comments

NaNoWriMo: Stumbling Upon Six Lessons in the Craft of Writing At Warp Speed

Andrea Collier, our NaNoWriMo correspondent, hits 45,800 words. With less than 5,000 words to go she takes stock of the lessons that NaNo has offered her: write with your senses, take advantage of the beats, believe you can write a novel more than you can fail at writing a novel, plus more.



Day 22: One of the miraculous things about this is that I have been able to tackle it without severe… Continue

Added by SheWriMo Shares All on November 22, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Member News Week Ending November 20, 2010

The Painted Boats a poem by Sharanya Manivannan was published in the onlilne journal deuce coupe.



Mary E. McIntyre's essay Love Letters was published in the anthology, Saying Goodbye to people, places, and things… Continue

Added by Member News on November 19, 2010 at 9:47am — 2 Comments

Suddenly You Breathe Differently: Little Gidding

Sarah Glazer goes back to the source of a favorite poem and muses on the power of poetry—and other great writing.



I think of myself as a prose person. I read novels for plot (yes I skipped all the descriptive passages when I devoured Dickens at age 12 and had a perfectly good time doing so). I write non-fiction as a journalist, where “facts” are checked as presumably fixed truths and hawk-eyed editors… Continue

Added by State of the Art on November 19, 2010 at 7:42am — 9 Comments

This Would Be Funny if it Weren't So Infuriating

So while I would like to forget about the whole Wasserstein Prize thing, I just can't. Partly because the Director of Communications for the Theater Development Fund, David LeShay, emailed me the day after my blog post about the fund's decision not to award a prize this year because none of the 19 finalists selected by THEIR process was good enough for it. (And yes, they blamed the playwrights, not their own process, until they ran into a firestorm of protest and suddenly changed their minds.)… Continue

Added by The Salonniere on November 18, 2010 at 12:00pm — 28 Comments

Failing Fruitfully: How One She Writer Left Her Husband and Found Her Voice

Candace Walsh, co-editor of the new anthology Dear John: I Love Jane: Women Write about Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press), comes to understand her true desires and, in the process, discovers her writing voice.



Right before I got married to my (now ex-) husband in the spring of 2000, my office’s secretary offered to read my palm. “Okay,” I said. She held my hand in hers, atop the gray Formica… Continue

Added by How She Does It on November 18, 2010 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Adoption as a Second Language: A She Writes Roundtable with Lanita Andrews, Ilie Ruby, Kate St. Vincent Vogl, and Jodi McIsaac Martens





To honor National Adoption Month here at She Writes, Lanita Andrews tapped three She Writers—a Birth Mother, an Adoptee, and an Adoptive Mother—to tackle the thorny subject of adoption and words.




As writers, we have an intimate relationship with words; we feel their weight and recognize their significance on a daily basis. For those of us touched by adoption, this relationship becomes… Continue

Added by Lanita Andrews on November 18, 2010 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

NANOWRIMO: Back At It, Plus Seven Tips to See You Over the Finish Line

Andrea Collier, our NaNoWriMo correspondent, sets her eyes on the big finish and asks you: "what's next?"



DAY 18: Okay this is scary. I am at 38,000 words. And I can see the end in sight. I am Dorothy with my ruby slippers headed toward home. And guess what? Taking the weekend off for some mental health did not do me in. I came back to work happy and ready to be reunited with the chaos… Continue

Added by SheWriMo Shares All on November 18, 2010 at 5:21am — 3 Comments

Five Reasons the National Women’s Studies Association Matters to Women Who Write

Alison Piepmeier returns from NWSA’s annual conference to reveal what’s hot in feminist books and scholarship, the joy of gender-neutral bathrooms, and what it’s like to work out next to Angela Davis at the gym.



The… Continue

Added by Alison Piepmeier on November 17, 2010 at 7:22pm — 2 Comments

Editor's Picks--Week of November 17

This week's highlights from the Community Blog



With a fitting nod to the recent Veteran's Day, we have: On Second Chances and Role Models: A Tribute to my Father on Veterans Day, by M. Louisa Locke

I just returned from the melancholy task of moving my father into the… Continue

Added by Editors Picks on November 17, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Playwrights, Cheesemongers, and Vampires Weigh Down Our She Writes Nightstand

She Writers are certainly readers, and nothing on the shelf will escape their reach. Check out this week's picks of what's topping the wonderful nightstands of our fellow She Writers!



We're loving the feedback to our call for shots-- and info-- of what you've got on literary deck. Keep it coming! (And for our complete submissions guidelines, please click here).



Our first feature of the day?… Continue

Added by What She's Reading on November 17, 2010 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

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