I read a lot of writers’ blogs. I follow a lot of writers on Facebook and Twitter. My conclusion? There are a plethora of posts, Tweets and status updates about the writing life. General consensus: it’s not always easy.
Writers put in long hours with lots of forehead-to-desktop action trying to come…Continue
The book launch. And what comes after that? Um…? You tell me.
The day after my last scheduled book event for 2013, I woke up with an odd feeling. Something was missing. I was missing the sense of anticipation that had had my adrenaline pumping for the last…Continue
My friend Sanjit Singh recently independently published a book called Are You Indian? A Humorous Guide to Growing up Indian in America. I asked him to share what has (and hasn't) worked in his marketing efforts, and here's what he had to say. (Disclaimer: I didn't realize he would mention me, nor did I ask him to do so.)…Continue
When I was a young girl, my dream of being a writer looked like this: Suggesting a young Audrey Hepburn, I would stroll down 5th Avenue into Washington Square Park with my hip, scuffed leather satchel slung over my shoulder, on the way home to my bohemian, third-floor flat. (Other people lived…Continue
In November 1963 I was living in Paris and teaching American English in a lycée for girls. The…Continue
Added by Nancy K. Miller on November 21, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
The ability to let go of one project and start another is vitally important for any writer. It’s not all that different from editing your own work. Only now, instead of…Continue
Okay everyone, I have a confession: my geek is going to be showing for this post today. To tell you the truth, I am way too excited about the premier of Catching Fire (I’m going tonight at midnight!!) to blog about anything other than that. If I’m really being honest, I’m too excited to really think about…Continue
Added by Caitlyn Levin on November 20, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Some of you may have heard of this sage advice from personal finance experts like Suze Orman. I heard about it from my dad when I was a kid but never really understood it...until years later when I heard Suze Orman repeat…Continue
Added by Zetta Brown on November 20, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
A couple posts back, I clarified the difference between "there," "they're" and "their."Today, I'd like to address two additional common mix-ups:
1. It's vs.…Continue
SHE WRITES PRESS—A THIRD WAY
A couple of weeks ago I got into a heated discussion with a reporter who, even after I explained the She Writes Press model, insisted that we would be included in her round-up of “vanity publishers.”
The October/November issue of Poets & Writers has an article called “The Power of Self-Publishing,”…Continue
This book is not new-age magic: no candles, incense, or sage were used in the production of this work. Nor is it a religious treatise: anyone can benefit from this book’s teachings, regardless of their faith, culture, or background. What this book is—what it has to offer—is a set of tools and techniques…Continue
Added by Caitlyn Levin on November 17, 2013 at 6:25pm — No Comments
I've been a published writer for almost 20 years, but until I self-published this year, I was reluctant to call myself a real writer. The whole process was expensive and tiring, like pushing a boulder up a steep mountain in an evening gown and pumps.
Part of the problem was that I had…Continue
For months, it had been dedicated, quite satisfactorily, to my paternal grandparents and their…Continue
Hi She Writers!
Here's word of a new literary journal launched by Goddard College. I invite you to take a look, and submit. And happy writing!
Here is the mission statement:Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate. How do we understand our place in the world, our responsibility to it, and our responsibility to each other? Clockhouse is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life—a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new… Continue
It’s even in two bookstores in Brooklyn. For the first time in my life (as a Manhattanite), I wish I lived in Brooklyn. I’d love to walk by a bookstore window and see my book lined up in the company of other books. A paper object to hold and touch that someone might choose to pick off…Continue
My working method as a novelist has become clearer to me with each new book. Like a bird building a nest, I collect scraps and fragments of stories from people who have lived through a particular historical moment. A memory is encoded…Continue
It’s been two years since I made this leap into the writing world. Two years since I left a semi-lucrative career to follow this heart-dream. But the decision wasn't made without considerable deliberation. Before I quit, my husband and I sat down and looked at our budget. It would be tight, but if we made a few…Continue
Last spring, I won the She Writes to Seal Press Publishing Contest for my memoir, Night of Vishnu: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal (tentative title). I went on to negotiate and sign the contract, gather feedback on chapters from amazing classmates and faculty at Squaw Valley and Breadloaf, and submit the final manuscript to Seal Press. Now, as I wait for edits and…Continue
As any of you who have read my recent blog posts…Continue
If you want to promote your book on Twitter, I suggest not tweeting about your book - or at least not very often. Here are two things you should do instead:
Don't bombard your followers with tweets about your…Continue