Featured Blog Posts – November 2013 Archive (32)

[Making the Leap] Be A Thankful Writer

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…


Added by Julie Luek on November 26, 2013 at 6:00pm — 50 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Down for the count? Breathless is out!

What comes after the Countdown to Publication?

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…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on November 26, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Looking for Marketing Tips? Here's What's Working for One Indie Author - and What Isn't

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.)…


Added by Maria Murnane on November 26, 2013 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

[The Writer's Life] Living the Dream

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…


Added by Cindy Eastman on November 25, 2013 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Where were you when you learned that President Kennedy was shot?

What does a memoirist really remember? Mortifying to confess, I remember where I was when I heard the news of the event in relation to my love life. That was the main event when I was twenty-two.

In November 1963 I was living in Paris and teaching American English in a lycée for girls. The…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on November 21, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] Talking Turkey: When to Let Go of a Writing Project

How do you decide your work in progress is not progressing? When do you declare it a turkey and move on?


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…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on November 21, 2013 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

[What's Next?] Dinner and a Movie

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…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on November 20, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Loyalty Can Increase Your Royalty

“Pay yourself first.”


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…


Added by Zetta Brown on November 20, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

It's vs. Its, You're vs. Your

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.…


Added by Maria Murnane on November 19, 2013 at 8:34am — 3 Comments

Not Self-Publishing, but Not Traditional Publishing: What Is the 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,”…


Added by Brooke Warner on November 18, 2013 at 6:30am — 17 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing Think Better. Live Better. by Francine Huss

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…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on November 17, 2013 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Real writers self-publish: How publishing my work helped me validate a 15-year career unlike anything else

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…


Added by Joshunda Sanders on November 17, 2013 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Did That Really Happen? The Nebulous Line Between Fact and Fiction.

Recently I spent a few sleepless nights in five-alarm mode over the dedication of my novel, Bittersweet Manor, coming out on She Writes Press on May 6, 2014.

For months, it had been dedicated, quite satisfactorily, to my paternal grandparents and their…


Added by Tory McCagg on November 16, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Call for Submissions, a new literary journal

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…

Added by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto on November 15, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist Coundtdown] Breathless Is Out! Read Chapter One Today. (Please?)

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…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on November 13, 2013 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Bourj Hammoud: Fiction as Restoration Project

Sanjak Camp, Bourj Hammoud (7/12)

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…


Added by Nancy Kricorian on November 13, 2013 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

[Making The Leap] Simplifying the Writing Life

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…


Added by Julie Luek on November 12, 2013 at 9:17pm — 31 Comments

[Path to Publication] Lost & Found

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…


Added by Elizabeth Enslin on November 12, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Stop, Fellow Authors! Before You Take That Book Deal, Please, Read This.

Five Questions for the Traditional Book Deal

As any of you who have read my recent blog posts…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on November 12, 2013 at 7:30am — 53 Comments

Tips for Promoting Your Book on Twitter

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…


Added by Maria Murnane on November 12, 2013 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

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