Featured Blog Posts – December 2012 Archive (22)

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Social Media: How to Avoid Burnout

Happy Holidays!

Something we don't talk about very often in the world of online networking is the importance of taking a break. We hear a lot about the value of posting to our blogs, Facebook and Google+ pages, and Twitter accounts frequently and consistently. We read about the necessity of blogging on a schedule. The most successful bloggers will tell you they "have never missed a scheduled post." But what few people talk about is the importance of setting your social media…

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Added by Meghan Ward on December 27, 2012 at 9:00am — 23 Comments

Book marketing tip: Be resourceful!

Book marketing doesn't have to be expensive, but it should be done professionally. Here are two tips for how to do it right without breaking the bank:

1) Barter for a high-quality headshot: You can write, and photographers need copy for their websites. I got my most recent headshot (below) taken at no charge in exchange for editing the site of a photographer I met in a women's networking group. She needed my help as much as I needed hers, so it was a…

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Added by Maria Murnane on December 26, 2012 at 1:21pm — 4 Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] A Little Ruminating

I've been ruminating.

The dictionary defines ruminating as "to go over in the mind repeatedly and often casually or slowly", or the more gross and picturesque, "to regurgitate partially digested food and chew again". Uh huh, like a cow. Moo. And that's exactly what I have spent the last two months…

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Added by Julie Luek on December 25, 2012 at 10:00pm — 11 Comments

Memoir: The Story of the Transformation of the Self

Memoir: The Story of the Transformation of the Self

By Theo Pauline Nestor

This spring I’ll be hosting the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat in Washington state’s Cascades Mountains (keynote speaker: Cheryl Strayed, author of WILD; see below for She Writes member discount code). In some ways, this retreat feels like a culmination of the work I’ve been doing…

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Added by Theo Pauline Nestor on December 23, 2012 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Finding Inspiration

Last weekend my partner and I were invited up to Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island, Washington, for an amazingly luxurious purpose: to taste food. (She Writes Press is publishing The Hedgebrook…

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Added by Brooke Warner on December 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — 16 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Ten Ingredients for a Successful Book Talk

1.  Find the best venues for you.  Look around your local community for bookstores, community centers, and other places where authors speak.  Ask a friend to host a book party for you.  Then expand to other locales farther afield.  I’ve spoken at dozens of venues – houses of worship, universities, a book…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on December 19, 2012 at 5:36pm — 13 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Interview with EJ Gilmer, co-owner and managing editor at Amber Quill Press, LLC

Hello All!

This will be my last [REALITY CHECK] for 2012 so I'd like to close out the year with another interview from another "editor-in-the-know" and introduce you to a press you may not know of...yet.

 

EJ Gilmer has been involved with words as long as she can remember and…

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Added by Zetta Brown on December 19, 2012 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

The Reluctant Self-Publisher: Part 6--Ebook Marketing 101: Give Away Thousands of Your Book for Free! HUH?

Now that I have everything just about in shape for a January, 2013, publication of The Answer to Your Question on Amazon as an ebook and Print on Demand paperback, I am reluctantly turning my attention to marketing.  I actually had to look up the term “marketing,” uncertain of the difference…

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Added by Paulette Bates Alden on December 18, 2012 at 7:00pm — 16 Comments

Book marketing tip: Make it easy for your fans to help you

Even if readers love your book, it might never occur to them to tell other people about it. That's why it's important to make it easy for your fans to spread the word.

One great way is to create a fan page on your website. (If you don't have a website, stop reading NOW and go make one.) You can direct readers to this link, especially those who proactively tell you they enjoyed your book.…

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Added by Maria Murnane on December 17, 2012 at 12:09pm — 5 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Interview with She Writes Press Publisher Brooke Warner

Today I'd like to welcome Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and founder of Warner Coaching. Brooke is here to talk to us today about self-publishing and the changes going on with the Big…

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Added by Meghan Ward on December 13, 2012 at 2:00am — 10 Comments

The Reluctant Self-Publisher: Part 5--Text, Sighs, and Videotapes

Mobi Dick

Text: How do you convert a 300 page Word document into an ebook or Print on…

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Added by Paulette Bates Alden on December 11, 2012 at 7:57pm — 10 Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] Name That Fear!

Back in the 70s, when I was very young (of course), I used watch a game show called, Name That Tune. The theme of the show involved contestants bidding against each other to name a title of a song in as few notes as possible.

"I can name that tune in eight notes,Tom," one contestant would…

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Added by Julie Luek on December 11, 2012 at 6:00pm — 22 Comments

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Self-publishing a Print Book

In last week's post I asked Joel Friedlander, an award-winning book designer and the author of A Self-Publisher's Companion: Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish, for the three most common mistakes he sees indie authors make with e-books. Today, I asked him the same question about print…

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Added by Maria Murnane on December 11, 2012 at 8:19am — 1 Comment

Seal Press Publishing Contract: Contest Guidelines

Kamy and I are very excited to be able to bring the community this offering from Seal Press to win a publishing contract for your nonfiction book project.

This contest is open to She Writers who are writing in the categories that Seal Press…

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Added by Brooke Warner on December 10, 2012 at 10:00pm — 50 Comments

[She Self-Publishes] The Steps In Self-Publishing

 

Last time on She Self-Publishes we talked about paying a company to get your book in print. This time, we're talking about taking a more independent approach. In this kind of scenario you might do a lot of the legwork yourself while contracting professional designers and editors to handle anything you don't…

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Added by Emily Suess on December 10, 2012 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

What Would Emily Dickinson Do?

Why do I avoid sitting down to write? Why do I fight something that “feels right” once I am actually doing it? I turned to Emily Dickinson -- my usual source of inspiration and whose 182nd birthday is today -- and a look at her process to figure out how she moved past her resistance. What I found was intriguing. Emily Dickinson transformed her writing barriers into a door to her work.

 

Emily Dickinson’s first writing strategy arrived in the form of a shaggy dog.…

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Added by Aífe Murray on December 9, 2012 at 8:00pm — 18 Comments

Why I Write

It started with trips to the library––my mother loading my brother and me into the family station wagon and carting us over to the neighborhood branch where I’d indulge in stories ranging from children living in boxcars or attics to a girl sleuthing and solving mysteries. With each book I’d slip into a world far from the one I knew, journeying along with the characters. The adventures showed ways and shades of life I could never have imagined without the aid of…

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Added by Connie L. Stambush on December 8, 2012 at 6:00am — 12 Comments

The Delicate Balance between Advance Publicity and Giving Away Too Much Too Early

Any aspiring author who has their sights set on getting published knows the value of an author platform. It’s practically drilled into you if you read writing blogs or attend a writers’ conference. Build your platform. Build your platform.

So you gear up and you get into it and…

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Added by Brooke Warner on December 6, 2012 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - What I Learned in Epublishing - by Stephanie Kelsey of Mojocastle Press LLC

Stephanie Kelsey, owner/publisher of Mojocastle Press LLC is my guest today and she talks about some of her successes and battle scars of this thing called epublishing.…

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Added by Zetta Brown on December 5, 2012 at 12:07pm — 4 Comments

The Reluctant Self-Publisher: Part 4--Copy Editing: The Best Money I Ever Spent (Or is it Copyediting?)

 

Chapter One: JeanInga

Call me Inga.  I remember the dark and stormy night Ben was born,…

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Added by Paulette Bates Alden on December 4, 2012 at 7:30pm — 36 Comments

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