Featured Blog Posts – December 2014 Archive (29)

The Art of Submission: When to be Thankful

My mother is the type of person who sends a thank-you card for every occasion. She sends one for every gift received, every letter sent, every event attended. Just a few weeks ago she sent me a thank-you note for inviting her to my thesis reading, something I should clearly be thanking her for.

I’m not quite…

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Added by Emily Lackey on December 30, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

52 Things—Ideas for Writers for 2015

A couple years ago my friends and I made a list of 52 goals we wanted to accomplish, the equivalent of a bucket list for a year's worth of achievable things. Most of them were simple goals, but measurable. For instance, you couldn’t just write “Read more” as a goal. It had to be…

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Added by Brooke Warner on December 29, 2014 at 9:00pm — 27 Comments

The One Resolution to Make for 2015

“Who do you want to be in the coming year?” asked my friend on Facebook. “List three things that describe the person you're going to try to be this coming year.” And the answers came. I want to be wise, one person posted. Brave, said another. Aware. Compassionate. Kind, wrote others.…

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Added by Jill Jepson on December 26, 2014 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 5 Great Ways to Network Over the Holidays

While the holidays are a great time to take a break from the usual craziness of daily life, they're also a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and family you've been neglecting while busy working and parenting and writing all year. If you're traveling to see family, use this time to reconnect with those who…

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Added by Meghan Ward on December 24, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The un-Book Tour

I’m not new to writing, but I am brand-new to being an author. It’s a word I’ve longed to claim my whole life, and this September, I did, with She Writes Press's publication of my memoir, Her Beautiful Brain.

I understood—and…

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Added by Ann Hedreen on December 19, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Christmas Presence

While I don’t have facts or figures for this statement, I will bet that writing about writing, and specifically making time for writing, is one of the top writing topics. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting somebody’s essay, blog…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on December 19, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Five Things I Learned About Writing in 2014

1) Revision! Revision! (Sing to the tune of "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof.) In December of 2013, my dear friend and editor of many years Amy Fox gave me notes on a manuscript I thought only needed polishing. As it turns out, it needed to be cut by 25,000 words.…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on December 18, 2014 at 11:00am — 18 Comments

Author Headshot Tips: The Importance of a Great Author Headshot



So . . . you wrote a book from the comfort of your fuzzy bunny slippers and your beautiful, well-lit room with a view. Now that it’s time to put your hard-earned words out into the world, it’s time to think of things like platform building and publicity. I’m sure that you’d much rather upload a photo of Kate Middleton and call it a day so you can catch up on the months of sleep you've missed out on without a thought to how…

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Added by Sara Chambers on December 16, 2014 at 6:30pm — 11 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] The Trials and Tribulations of an Authorpreneur by Liz Gelb-O'Connor

This is probably the best time in history to be a writer. There are so many options for writers seeking to publish their work. They can go the "traditional" route via an agent, the small press route where you submit (usually) directly to the editor or publisher, the self- publishing route where you do…

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Added by Zetta Brown on December 16, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

What Are E-Books Worth?

For the past few months, our distributor (Ingram) has been encouraging She Writes Press to price our e-books above $9.99. Because we are distributed by Ingram, we will not be penalized by Amazon for pricing above this price point, and publishers experimenting with higher e-book prices are reporting…

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Added by Brooke Warner on December 15, 2014 at 10:30pm — 21 Comments

Marketing Tip: Choose Your Book's Title Wisely

When you're thinking about a potential title for your book, I strongly recommend that you do the following:

1) Check on Amazon to see if other books already have that title

I'm surprised by how often I come across an article or blog post…

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Added by Maria Murnane on December 15, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Outskirts of Hope

In 1967, when I was ten years old, my father quit his pediatric practice in Boston to help found a clinic in a small, all-black town in the impoverished Mississippi Delta. My mother, although stunned by his decision, put up a brave front and assured my two brothers and…

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Added by Jo Ivester on December 14, 2014 at 2:00am — 11 Comments

[Breakfast with the Muse] Six Ways to Give the Gift of Writing

This is the season of giving. Unfortunately, that can also mean it’s the season of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, of trudging through malls with long lists of gifts to buy, of searching anxiously for the perfect sweater or set of napkin rings, and using credit we won’t pay off until March.

But for writers, there…

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Added by Jill Jepson on December 13, 2014 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

[SWP News] New titles available for pre-order!

In her professional life, Shary Hauer was a confident, successful, high-caliber executive coach who advised big-time corporate leaders around the globe—but her personal life was an entirely different matter. When it came to love, she was insecure, clingy, desperate,…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on December 13, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 3 Tips for Attending Writing Conferences

I had the fortune to attend the BlogHerPro conference in Redwood City with Shebooks last week. What fun! I'll be sharing what I learned about blogging in the…

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Added by Meghan Ward on December 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Is Your "Research" a Form of Resistance?

There's a particular form of writing resistance I struggle with. I call it "research." Not actual research, but research-with-scare-quotes. Faux research, if you will. 

I know it's not actual research, because instead of supporting my writing, it stops me cold. It looks…

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Added by Lauren Bacon on December 10, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

On Joan of Arc (+ a Giveaway!)

**Giveaway alert! Kathryn and her publisher, Doubleday, have generously offered to send a copy of Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured to five lucky She Writers who comment on this post. Be sure to join the conversation!

Here’s how dinner goes at my house: One of…

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Added by Kathryn Harrison on December 9, 2014 at 9:01am — 12 Comments

[The Art of Submission] A Fortress of Support

The other week I went to a reading by Tom McNeely, and during the question and answer session I asked him if he had ever had lulls in his career—periods of rejection, of not writing—and how he recovered from them. He said he had, of course. There were periods of extended rejection. There were…

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Added by Emily Lackey on December 9, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Grammergency #1: "Lay" vs. "Lie" – Let's Put This Issue to Bed!

As a book editor, I frequently come across misuse of the verbs “lay” and “lie” in the manuscripts I work on. But authors aren’t the only ones who are fuzzy on this subject; in fact, just about everyone seems to wrestle with it sometimes. Because part of my job is to help people understand how to write and speak…

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Added by Annie Tucker on December 8, 2014 at 2:30pm — 14 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Taming the Beasts

It took me ten years to write and publish my first novel, A Tight Grip. The first seven years, I wrote the story, became intimate with the characters, edited it continuously, created a plot treatment, and deleted lengthy flashbacks…

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Added by Kay Rae Chomic on December 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

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