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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
Call me Inga. I remember the dark and stormynight Ben was born,…