Featured Blog Posts – November 2016 Archive (21)

20 Apps for Writers Who Want to Get Serious

Technology can often be seen as an interruption to the creative process. Shy of the keyboard needed to type your next masterpiece, many think tech devices and apps will just get in the way. That doesn’t have to be the case though. These apps for writers will make your job easier and also keep you on task so that your writing can flourish.…


Added by Christelle Lujan on November 30, 2016 at 8:57am — 4 Comments

The Positive Effects of Writing on Your Health

Did you know that writing can do the following:

  1. Help you sleep better
  2. Improve your mood
  3. Boost your immune system
  4. Help you heal faster and
  5. Improve your mental health?

If you’re in college you have probably…


Added by Jennifer Lockman on November 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Marketing Tip: Connect With Book Bloggers

When I speak with indie authors about their marketing efforts, one thing I hear quite often is that they have no idea how to find people who will review their books. For many this is a huge source of frustration, not to mention disappointment, which is completely understandable given all the time and effort they spent writing the book.

If you're in that boat, one great way to secure reviews is to reach out to book bloggers. Book bloggers love reviewing books, and most of them…


Added by Maria Murnane on November 28, 2016 at 8:38am — 2 Comments

Forget Amazon Rankings and Just Write!

Book sales are very important to an author. It’s a nice feeling to see a book into which you’ve poured heart, soul and an incredible amount of time, produce healthy sales. The problem is that not all places that put up sales and author rankings are equal or tell the whole truth. A good example of this problem is Amazon.

I know an author who measures his…


Added by Kristen Houghton on November 28, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

How to Write a Compelling Summary of Your Book

Wondering how to write your book synopsis for the back cover and Amazon pages? Don’t worry, many aspiring authors find themselves in a near nervous breakdown when reaching this part of the writing process. Most writers agree on one point: it’s easier to write too much than it is to condense your entire masterpiece. Summarizing your book, however, is the most important sentences about you’re book you’ll ever write and is your solo opportunity to sell your book to a reader. We’ve…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on November 22, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] Tips for Reading Excerpts from Your Novel or Memoir

A few months ago, soon after I’d finished writing my memoir, Raw: A Midlife Quest for Health & Happiness, I had the opportunity to share five minutes of my work at a reading. While…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on November 21, 2016 at 11:23am — 16 Comments

Have You Created Your Amazon Author Page Yet?

Did you know that you automatically have an Amazon Author Page if you have a book for sale on Amazon.com? To find yours, do a search on the site for your book's title, then click on your name, which appears directly under the title. If you haven't touched your Author Page yet, you'll see just a list of your book(s), but you have the option of adding things like the following for your current (and future!) fans to enjoy:

  • Your bio—Tell your readers something interesting about…

Added by Maria Murnane on November 21, 2016 at 9:49am — 10 Comments


Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on November 20, 2016 at 9:52am — No Comments

You've Published Your Blog Post, Now What? -- A Handy Checklist

I write a lot about blogging because I see it as one of the best ways to demonstrate your value to potential clients. Blogging takes effort. After you click publish, you want to make sure folks see it – and you want to extend its life beyond the hour and day that it is…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on November 16, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Magic of Memoir 2016

The Magic of Memoir 2016

When I first saw the announcement about the 2016 Magic of Memoir Conference hosted by Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers, I had an immediate two-fold reaction. I want to go to this/I can’t possibly go to this.

I made note of the early-bird registration date and let the idea simmer. I’d wait to see how things at home unfolded and where the energy settled.

I wanted to meet the women who played such an integral part in the…


Added by Dhana Musil on November 15, 2016 at 11:43pm — No Comments

My Magic in "The Magic of Memoir"

My memoir writing journal unfolded without an analytical thought granted to the actual writing process. I had been a journaler, starting when I was fifteen when my mother showed me a pink book with shiny darker pink letters “My Journal” were engraved on the cover. She handed me the book telling me, “It’s yours.” I eyed the clasp as I took it from her, acknowledging my words could be sealed, closed within its pages with a click of its fastening.

My earliest recollection of my writing…


Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on November 15, 2016 at 9:34am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Mermaid and Me

Keep Her began in a place where many of us writers go to think, to write, and to caffeinate – that ubiquitous coffee shop,  Starbucks. If you stop and look up from your own latte or laptop, there’s always a lot going on there, teens doing homework, people on their first date, prospective hires being interviewed, chess matches, even mini book groups. And then – there is The Mermaid. Everyone knows her. She’s got that enigmatic Mona Lisa…


Added by Leora Krygier on November 14, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Are You Mixing Up These Words?

Some words are hard to remember. I have to look up "supercilious" every time I come across it. Others are confusing. I still don't get what "camp" means when used as an adjective. Others are hard to remember and confusing. For the life of me, I don't know how to use "cheeky" correctly.

Then there are the dreaded words, or pairs of words, that are so similar it's easy to mix them up. Here are some common ones:

Affect & Effect

For the…


Added by Maria Murnane on November 14, 2016 at 9:46am — No Comments

Behind the Book: Motherlines: Love, Longing, and Liberation





When my third marriage ended in 1978, I immediately salvaged my family name and began a journal. I never kept journals during the marriages. Like silence and speech, marriage and private thought could not coexist—not because I feared someone would read my words without permission, but because I feared hearing my own voice.

Many writers have relied on journals and letters to help them to experiment with…


Added by Patricia Reis on November 12, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

NaNoWriMo Week 12: What NOT to Give Up

Last week, I wrote a post with tips for clearing more time for novel writing. This post is the counterbalance to that one — these are the things I recommend you DO continue to make time for, even in the midst of your novel-writing frenzy. You’ll be glad for the investment once the madness is over in December.…


Added by Lacey Louwagie on November 10, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

What Do You Do When Your Dreams Are Shattered?

Hillary Clinton certainly knows about broken dreams. The dream of being the first woman president, one I suspect she held throughout her life, has been shattered after a brutal campaign.

And then there are all of those women and girls who dreamed of a woman president and role model. Those dreams aren’t gone for good as some day it will be realized, just not this year. Hillary has helped to pave the way for a future generation, just as…


Added by Patricia Robertson on November 10, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Post Election Reflection for Women

Dear She Writes Community:
I am stunned by Trump's win, but I am inspired by the example Obama continues to set in executive leadership by ushering in a peaceful transfer of power, saying that it is "one of the hallmarks of our democracy". He is so classy and gracious and generous; always thinking about what is best for…

Added by Yvette Heyliger on November 9, 2016 at 1:09pm — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Why She Writes Press has Been the Perfect Publisher for Me

Psychologist Henry Murray, founder of “personology,” is quoted as saying  “All men are in some ways like all other men, in some ways like some other men, and in some ways like no other men.” The same is true of women. And the…


Added by Roni Beth Tower on November 8, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Pros and Cons of Book Awards

I'm a big fan of applying for book awards. My first novel (Perfect on Paper) was originally self-published, and I believe that one of the reasons it got picked up by a traditional publisher was that it won multiple awards. However, like every book marketing strategy, applying for awards has its drawbacks. I…


Added by Maria Murnane on November 7, 2016 at 9:39am — 9 Comments

'Failing' at NaNoWriMo Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to My Writing

Tayari Jones wrote an eloquent post entitled, NaNoWriMo? It's Not For Everyone.

I couldn't agree agree more. NaNoWriMo is definitely not for everyone. Initially, I thought I was one of those people. I am a painstakingly slow writer. I labor over blog posts (which is why I've blogged sporadically, at best, over the past four years), articles…


Added by Roxanne on November 6, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

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