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undertaking Memoir

“It helps if they are dead,” say many memoirists when asked about including family members in their work. Clearly, memoir is an undertaker’s profession: how to present the person so they look as natural as they did in life? Consider, for example, preparing the late Mickey Easterling, the infamous…

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Added by Patricia Reis on July 23, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Marketing tip: Use text in your hyperlinks

Including hyperlinks in your marketing materials is a great way to send people to your Amazon page, or your website, or your Facebook page, or anywhere you want them to go. But the actual links can be long and quite unsightly, so I suggest using the text function to make them look clean, pretty and professional.

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Added by Maria Murnane on July 22, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Vacation

I just got back from ten days in Italy. It was, in a word, amazing. And that’s not even a very good word. As I prepared to be away from my daily life for ten days, I considered what to do about my writing. I have a small, leather travel journal that I always pack with me, but a quick flip through the pages of past…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on July 22, 2014 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

I have to preface this post by noting how easy it is to make mistakes when you're on the road to becoming a published author. This is an emotional journey, and ego can sometimes get in the way. Then there's the many details you must hold, which even publishers get wrong from time to time. I've…

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Added by Brooke Warner on July 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

5 Questions for...C. Susan Nunn

C. Susan Nunn is the author of the new book Song of the Earth, which just became available on Amazon, print and Kindle, on July 18. Susan holds an MFA, with a dual concentration in fiction and creative nonfiction, from Antioch University Los Angeles, and is a Certified…

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Added by Five Questions on July 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

[1st BOOKS] Ellen Sussman: My Summer of Love

Ellen Sussman – my longtime writer-pal (since before either of our first novels released) and regular poker foe (see, e.g., my empty pocketbook) – has a wonderful new novel coming out next week! Christina Baker Kline calls Wedding in Provence “utterly charming and wildly romantic.” And…

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Added by Meg Waite Clayton on July 18, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: What makes a winning memoir? Hint: Try a logline.

Once upon a time, my favorite books were novels. All novels, all the time. In recent years, though, I’ve switched my allegiance to memoirs. 

 

Why, I’m not sure. Because memoirs have magnificently come into their own in our culture? Because…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on July 17, 2014 at 12:30am — 16 Comments

[What's Next?] Bread Loaf

Hello, everybody! I’m going to veer off topic today (I know, I never do …

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 17, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Rebounding from Rejections - by Alexandra Caselle

No one likes being told "no." Rejection hurts, and sometimes it doesn't matter if it's constructive or destructive criticism. You can't please everybody, so why should we care if someone doesn't like our work?

I'm sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of doctoral theses about how rejection affects us;…

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Added by Zetta Brown on July 16, 2014 at 7:00am — 23 Comments

Marketing Tip: Use Blind Copy

Engaging with your fans is a fundamental element of smart book marketing, and I'm all for it. However, there's a fine line between casual communication and inappropriate communication, and that line is often called "bcc" aka "blind copy."

 

In bulk emails, blind…

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Added by Maria Murnane on July 15, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] Find A Place For Your Words

Hi, allow me to take a few minutes of your reading time and reduce the complexity of your life to a mere circle.

This is your life (well, at least for the purposes of this post).

Actually this is a visual I employed when I was a…

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Added by Julie Luek on July 14, 2014 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Planning a book launch: Four months out

(Sixth in a series.)

Four months to go! In the month of June (which was four months pre-pub for me), the days get longer, the children’s bedtimes starts shifting as we linger at the dinner table outdoors amid the smells of neighborhood…

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Added by Anjali Mitter Duva on July 14, 2014 at 11:48am — 4 Comments

Best Author Websites: Let's Make A List!

As I slowly begin to turn my ahead away from my manuscript and look out towards the horizon of my pub date (April 2015, which alternately seems ages from now and too soon for me to ever prepare for), one of the first things that clearly needs attending to as I freshen up my public face is...my author website. Please don't look at it right now. If you look at it right now, I will feel not so much like you have seen me naked, but like we were meeting in person for the first time and I had to…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 14, 2014 at 2:30pm — 26 Comments

[BODY, MIND & SPIRIT] AFOG: What It Means & Why Writers Need To Know About It!

Recently one of my students, an attorney who represents death row inmates, responded to a comment I’d made in class about his writing: “Oh, I see,” he said, biting his lip and scratching his head. “This is an AFOG!”

“A what?” I asked.

“An AFOG,” he repeated. “Another fucking opportunity for…

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Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on July 13, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] A penance. A blessing. A deadline.

In anticipation of writing this blog post for BEHIND THE BOOK, I immediately sat down and wrote a whole craft essay instead. More of a memoir, actually. About waitressing. It really did apply, at least to much of this process. I wrote about being “in the weeds,” an old restaurant workers’ term for being too busy to…

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Added by Nina Gaby on July 14, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

[1st BOOKS] Meg Waite Clayton: In Praise of Writing Friends … and Publishing and Bookselling Ones, Too

No guest today. Just me, since it’s my paperback publication week for The Wednesday Daughters - a sequel of sorts to my New York Times and U.S.A. Today bestselling The Wednesday Sisters, a writing group novel. The Chicago Tribune, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the San Jose Mercury News recommend it for summer reading. I hope you’ll have a look at it. - …

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Added by Meg Waite Clayton on July 11, 2014 at 9:10am — 4 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Social Networking is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

A few years ago, some bloggers decided to take up "Slow Blogging" to combat the race to blog every day, Monday through Friday, week after week, month after month. They slowed their pace to one post a week. At…

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Added by Meghan Ward on July 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — 24 Comments

The Lone Writer

Recently, I wrote an article about some of the students I work with. I tutor writing and English at the local state college, and since I love the work, I was inspired to reflect my feelings on paper. When it was published, I proudly emailed it to my supervisors. Both of them took time out of their busy…

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Added by Laura Janis Thompson on July 7, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Why I Left A Dream Job For My Real Job

Not long ago, I was promoted to Associate Editor at the local Toronto magazine where I had been working as an Assistant Online Editor. Shortly after receiving the news, I cried at my desk. They were not tears of joy. No. These were snot-is-coming-out-of-my-nose-running-into-my-mouth tears. These were I-am-an-uglier-crier-than-James-Van-der-Beek…

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Added by Brianne Hogan on July 6, 2014 at 10:30am — 18 Comments

Marketing Tip: Know When to Be Concise

I'm a member of a listserv that includes many professional writers, a good chunk of whom are freelancers looking for work. Recently, someone posted a question asking what everyone in the group is currently doing to pay the bills, and the response was bigger than any I've seen. Overnight dozens and dozens of people replied, and after scrolling through the bulk of the messages, I was surprised at how few gave a concise, compelling description that would make me want to hire them. The…

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Added by Maria Murnane on July 8, 2014 at 10:36am — 4 Comments

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