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[SWP: Behind the Book] Criticism and Perseverance

I was excited as I drove to visit Ellie, a member of my writer’s group, who had offered to read the first draft of my memoir. On the phone, she’d said she was enjoying it, so I was ready for a big ego boost, like that scene in the film Sophie’s Choice when Nathan is so impressed with the…


Added by Eileen Flanagan on September 14, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

[What's Next?] Asking the Right Questions

Hi everyone! I’m really excited about this week’s post for a lot of reasons, but there’s a biggie that’s the main source of my enthusiasm: The final early readers are done with my book, and they’re ready to sit down with me and talk about it.

I’ve had some initial comments from them, of course.…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on September 10, 2014 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] The Publisher-Author—the Reality vs the Dream by Marci Baun

This week it is my pleasure to have my friend Marci Baun as my guest. Marci is the owner of two publishing houses, Wild Child Publishing and Freya's Bower. She is also an…


Added by Zetta Brown on September 10, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

I vs. Me

I often hear people use the pronoun "I" when they should be using "me." Here's a quick lesson on the difference between the two.


"I" is a subject pronoun, which means it should be…


Added by Maria Murnane on September 9, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

[Path to Publication] On Signing Books

My first book releases from Seal Press in exactly two weeks, and once again I start the day by scanning my to-do list, adding more items than I cross out: reserve a keg for my book launch, decide on room arrangement, respond to emails, set up Facebook events, make a hair trim appointment, answer questions for three different online interviews, upgrade wardrobe, order bookplates, clean the book…


Added by Elizabeth Enslin on September 9, 2014 at 9:11am — 6 Comments

Open Letter: We must take action now to preserve Net Neutrality and protect women’s and girls’ voices online

The FCC’s current attempt to eviscerate Net Neutrality is a direct threat to our work and could have disastrous consequences for women & girls. With the public comment deadline looming, and a final decision from Chairman Wheeler and the FCC coming soon after that, it’s time to take…


Added by Women, Action & the Media on September 9, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] A Book, A Baby, A Beer Bottle House

My goal was a daunting, flashing light: delivering a manuscript in six months. There’s nothing like a deadline to focus one’s attention.  I was off, writing every available moment. My laptop became an extension of my body; I went to bed turning phrases over in my head, pondering transitions, and…


Added by Betsy Teutsch on September 6, 2014 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] Answering The Call To Write

I did not choose to be a writer; writing chose me. It took a long time to realize this. For years I believed I’d chosen this occupation. I sensed it might be hard. At times I worried I would not succeed, or that I might not be smart enough, or have anything interesting to say. I spent days, months, and years doubting…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on September 8, 2014 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Getting Good at Goodreads

Two weeks ago, I  talked about how to improve your presence on LinkedIn. Today I want to talk about how you can make the most of your Goodreads account.


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Added by Meghan Ward on September 4, 2014 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

[The Art of Submission] Why We Submit

I think it’s important, in my first blog post about submitting to literary journals, that I admit something from the start…

I have no idea what I am doing.

But here’s the thing: I don’t think most people know what they are doing when it comes to submitting work to literary journals.…


Added by Emily Lackey on September 2, 2014 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

She Writes Press News: New Titles Coming Soon!

France, 1940. Nazi forces march towards Paris. Lili Rosenswig's wealthy and eccentric family is ensconced in their country chateau with their sumptuous collection of arts and antiques. The beloved Matisse portrait of Lili's mother has been brought from their Paris salon for safety. It is the day before young…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on September 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Grammar Tip: Don't Overcapitalize

In last week's post, I discussed a grammatical error authors tend to make when writing their own bios. Another common mistake I see in author bios is the capitalization of the titles they hold/held in their current or previous day jobs.



Added by Maria Murnane on September 2, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments

Discrimination against Print-on-Demand Books Is Out of Touch and Bad for the Environment Too

When I think about the publishing community at large, my mind doesn’t immediately gravitate toward images of excess, waste, and environmental unconsciousness. And yet, unfortunately, because of the nature of book manufacturing and the routine destruction of books for tax write-offs, this image…


Added by Brooke Warner on September 1, 2014 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Write Through This

Wow. I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks and I have to say: reliving the creation of my book? Not as easy as I thought it would be.  Probably because while writing a memoir about losing my brother to suicide was incredibly healing, it was also slow and raw and painful, like digging glass…


Added by Kelley Clink on August 30, 2014 at 4:30pm — 17 Comments

[1st BOOKS] From Factory to Bestselling Author

If you think you have an excuse not to write, I have little doubt that today's guest post by bestselling author Jean Kwok will disabuse you of that and send you to your writing chair. I've known Jean's writing since the fabulous success of her first novel, Girl in Translation, an award-winning New York Times bestseller which has been published in 17 countries…


Added by 1st Books on August 29, 2014 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

The Best Summer of My Life

I joined She Writes in 2010.


At the time, I was a newspaper novice looking to network. I was a few years out of J-School. I had already befriended a handful of aspiring writers, and conversations with all of them INSPIRED me. Really. I had a number of great discussions with people who, like…


Added by Lindsey Lewandowski on August 27, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Kindle Pre-orders: How it Works and What You Need to Know!

We're going a little off schedule this week on [REALITY CHECK]. In Jim's previous post about what Amazon can (and can't) do with your ebook (see "Amazon Ate My Ebook!"), he said, "Later…


Added by Zetta Brown on August 27, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

A Q&A with Kelly Sundberg, Author of “It Will Look Like a Sunset”

On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few…


Added by Melanie Bishop on August 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Grammar Tip: Who vs. That

No matter who publishes our books, we authors typically write our own bios, especially those that go on our websites, LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages, and so on. I read a lot of them that begin something like this:


  • Jane Doe is a nurse that always wanted to write…

Added by Maria Murnane on August 26, 2014 at 2:32pm — 3 Comments

Be An Ally: Read in Peace Today For Michael Brown And The People of Ferguson, Missouri

A week and a half ago, I was reading Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" to my boys, and came across this passage about the barbaric "order" of medieval life, which boiled down to who could kill whom with impunity. 

"A master might kill his slave for nothing: for…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on August 25, 2014 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

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