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The Mindsets that Keep You From Starting (and Finishing) Your Book: Part III

You've written your book. You made it through the first few chapters and all the way to the end. You read and revised it, and now you're ready for someone to read it. This is a big moment—your book is no longer an idea in your head; it's a story that someone can read and experience. Talk about a…

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Added by Alissa Johnson on October 31, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Planning a book launch: Launch Day!

It happened! That day that loomed up ahead for almost a full year, that long-awaited, exhilarating day took place. In the days leading up to it, people asked me if I was nervous, and I looked at them funny, wondering why they were asking such a thing. Little by little, their…

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Added by Anjali Mitter Duva on October 30, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] What are you afraid of?

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I've been thinking about fear lately. When I attended the BlogHer '13 conference in Chicago, Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook and author of Lean In) urged us to "Write down what you are afraid of, then go do it." I thought about what I wanted to do but was too afraid to do. At the moment it was to blog about race. My fear was that, as a white person, I would be…

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Added by Meghan Ward on October 30, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Life Between the Pages

I was twelve years old when I first read The Magnificent Barb, written by Dana Faralla. As so often happens with great characters and young readers, the Barb and the Fitzgeralds instantly became my friends. My desire to be part of their world was closely connected to my girlhood longing for my own…

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Added by Laura Janis Thompson on October 27, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

[The Art of Submission] It's Not You It's Me

A week ago, a high school senior e-mailed me about my life as a writer. Her teacher is a friend of mine from grad school, and he suggested she get in touch with me for her senior project on writing fiction.

 

I didn’t respond for eight days. I watched the e-mail get pushed down…

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Added by Emily Lackey on October 29, 2014 at 6:00am — 46 Comments

The Future of Book Distribution

As a representative of the hybrid publishing arena, I attend a lot of conferences and sit on a lot of panels. In the Q&A portion of these events, the question of distribution always comes up. I wrote a post called "Distribution…

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Added by Brooke Warner on October 27, 2014 at 9:30pm — 11 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] A Rocky Relationship

I have a blog due today and I have not written it. I started a great one two weeks ago, well in advance of today’s deadline (she wrote while simultaneously patting herself on the back) but I went away for the weekend and when I returned to the piece, Writing wouldn’t talk to me. Apparently we were on a break,…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on October 28, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Grammar Tip: Have GONE, Not Have WENT

The other day my mom, from whom I inherited my attention to grammar, sent me an email with a subject line that said "THIS CAN'T POSSIBLY BE RIGHT, RIGHT?" 

I clicked to open the attachment, which was a photograph of a newspaper article about a sports team. The article said that "the team had sort of went down the drain over the season." Wow. I can't believe grammar that bad made it to publication in a major newspaper, but that's another story. …

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Added by Maria Murnane on October 27, 2014 at 1:12pm — 9 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] My Cross-Country, Whistle Stop Book Tour with Flash Readings!

What possessed me to create a cross-country, Whistle Stop Book Tour with Flash Readings? 

To begin, who am I? For one, a She Writes Press author. My novel Bittersweet Manor came out in May 2014. I had the usual pre-publishing angst. (See my previous post “Did that really happen?”…

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Added by Tory McCagg on October 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

The Mindsets that Keep You From Starting (and Finishing) Your Book: Part II

Last week we talked about the "I Don't Knows"—how the weight of everything you think you need to know before you write your book can keep you from starting. In reality, you can write your way to answers, replacing "I don't know" with "Let's figure it out." Once you've trained yourself to spot the I Don't Know mindset, overcoming it is…

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Added by Alissa Johnson on October 24, 2014 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

What Makes A Book A Success?

A year after my first book came out, a then-friend said to me, over dinner at an Italian restaurant on a cold winter night: "Your book was a failure." My friend didn't say it harshly--though perhaps it's no surprise that we are not friends anymore. He said it matter-of-factly, as in, the things you hoped for when…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 35 Comments

Before Order: A Poet’s Tale

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” —A. A. Milne

 

I wrote my novel by the seat of my pants. I created characters I was in love with, and I let them tell me what they wanted to do. It…

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Added by Melissa Studdard on October 22, 2014 at 10:30pm — 18 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Self-Publishing: Adventures in Editing! by Patricia Robertson

I don't care if you are self-published, indie-published, or NYC-published. Speaking as an editor, author, and publisher, it doesn't matter how many times you go through something you've written, you will either find a mistake or some minor thing you wish you could correct.



Perhaps the hardest thing when…

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Added by Zetta Brown on October 22, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Why Grammar Matters

I recently began watching "The Wire" (yes, I realize I'm 12 years late), and I love it! So far it has lived up to the hype. It also gave me a good idea for this blog post. In one of the early episodes, one of the main characters (a police officer) spends a lot of time preparing a report about possible criminal activity at a housing project in Baltimore, and then presents it to a judge in hopes of gaining authorization for a wiretap. In this particular scene, we see the police officer sitting…

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Added by Maria Murnane on October 21, 2014 at 8:06am — No Comments

[Breakfast with the Muse] Don't Have Enough Time To Write? This 4-Step Process Will Get You on Track

Finding the time to write. What do you do? There are so many options! You can neglect your family. Cut back on sleep. Stop exercising. Eat at your desk.

Or you can take four do-able steps that will help you create time by reducing distractions, eliminating time-wasters, and getting you into writing mode…

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Added by Jill Jepson on October 20, 2014 at 10:50am — 4 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Why I'm Telling Secrets

I grew up as the peace-keeper middle child, wanting everyone to get along. I don’t like to ruffle feathers or stir the pot. And if conflict does happen, I’m the one who plays mediator, ensuring everyone’s viewpoint is heard. 

This all comes from my desire to be liked. I really want people to like me.  And yet…

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Added by Colleen Haggerty on October 20, 2014 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Experience Required: Be All the People You Can Be

(Originally posted on bloom-site.com, an excellent literary site featuring authors who first published over the age of 40. As they say, "Late" according to whom? )

In my grandparents’ dining room in a suburb of Boston, there was a shelf devoted…

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Added by Anjali Mitter Duva on October 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

The Mindsets that Keep You From Starting (and Finishing) Your Book: Part I

Perhaps this sounds familiar: You have an idea for a book, and writing it feels like your next step as a writer. But you think about it more than you write. You can’t get past the first few pages, or you’re sidetracked by questions (memoir or fiction? real names or aliases?). Maybe you can see how it ends, but…

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Added by Alissa Johnson on October 17, 2014 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

[Tips of the Trade] What Makes a Perfect Book Party? Count the Ways

When my friend Jackie hosted a book party for me at her home near Chicago, she did everything right. 

 

No surprise, given her background. As the director of The Midwest Academy, Jackie spent years teaching people how to organize for social…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on October 16, 2014 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Instantly Increase Your Followers on Instagram

Over the past month and a half, I've given you tips on using LinkedIn and…

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Added by Meghan Ward on October 16, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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