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The Science of Writing with Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda is the author of the young adult novels FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, VENGEANCE, SOULPRINT, and THE SAFEST LIES. Her first novel for adults, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, will be released on June 28, 2016 and I will officially be calling in "binge reading" to work! I can't wait to get my hands on this thriller that's being likened to THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, two of my…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on June 21, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

[SWP: Behind the Book] My Biggest Critic Became My Biggest Fan!

Success. Some writers see it as big and showy: big book, big publisher, big bucks. Or so the dream goes. But for me, a series of small, unexpected successes have fuelled my path on this long and arduous but wonderful journey.


One such early success gave me a whole new world, a world with my…


Added by Irene Allison on June 17, 2016 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

How I Turned a Need into an Article

When I regularly taught an online poetry workshop, one of the exercises I assigned encouraged students to craft a poem that used the cross-cutting technique typically found in films. I desperately wanted to find a themed reading to go along with the assignment. I searched. And then I searched some more. I asked other poets.…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on April 28, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments


Everyone knows that you don’t pass up a kid’s lemonade stand. When you come upon a handmade sign, a wobbly card table and an icy pitcher of lemonade, you buy a cup. If the beverage looks a little sketchy, you don’t say, “no thanks, I’m not thirsty,” you say, “Yum. I think I’ll save this for later,” and you walk…


Added by Cindy Eastman on June 20, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Save $220 on Magic of Memoir conference this October

Join She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers, founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, for the Magic of Memoir Conference this October. Register before July 1 and save $220!

Get all the details and register…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on June 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Inside the Writing Retreat: Part One

Maybe you’ve read articles about them—writing retreats. Perhaps a college professor or colleague went off to one for the summer, or you’ve come across a grateful mention made in the Acknowledgements section of your favorite book. For me, McDowell Colony is the one that first springs to mind, followed by other famous retreats like Yaddo, Caldera, Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain.

For years I found the prospect of applying to be too…


Added by Rachel E. Pollock on May 28, 2016 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Feeling Discouraged? Read This!

I receive a lot of emails from authors who read this blog, and by far their biggest reason for getting in touch is to express how discouraged they feel about their book sales. To let all you know that you're not alone, I thought I'd share a personal story.

A couple weeks ago I received a text message from one of my best girlfriends. I won't quote it directly, but in it she said that she was embarrassed to tell me that she'd finally read my…


Added by Maria Murnane on May 9, 2016 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Top 5 Ways Authors Can Promote Their Books

My latest and fourth book, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, publishes nationwide this week -- five years after Parentless Parents. In the time between book launches, the marketing landscape has shifted to such a degree that I’ve overhauled my entire PR and branding…


Added by Allison Gilbert on April 11, 2016 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Katrina's Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Book Festival

I recently attended the Tucson Festival of Books, the fourth largest book festival in the country. The event drew 400 authors from around the country and 130,000 people. Every writer I know who participated sold a lot of books. I can only speak to the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB), which is within 125 miles of my house, and well worth the drive. Just as I think every writer…


Added by Katrina Shawver on March 18, 2016 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] How to Find Happiness as a Writer

Slow down. Make time in your busy life to turn inward for answers. You are not a headless chicken; you are a reservoir of wisdom. Dip into your own well. Take time each day to make a meaningful connection with yourself first, and then with others.

Be where you are. Learn how to be more present in your life. Trust that you have everything you need and that things are unfolding perfectly in their own time. Replace desperate…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on June 10, 2016 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

How to Create an Author Newsletter

It probably seems like all anyone tells you is what you need to do more of: Facebook, tweet, link people in, create a website, don't neglect that Facebook page! At the risk of adding one more thing to your never-ending list, however . . . it's a really good idea to create an author newsletter.

An author newsletter isn't just one more thing on your list of daily networking to-dos. It's an invaluable tool that lets you selectively…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on March 4, 2015 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Since I Signed with She Writes Press

Tomorrow is the pub date for my latest novel Play for Me, a good time to look back over the ten months since I signed with She Writes Press.

As I reflect on lessons learned, I’m struck by the fact that my volunteer literary activities, which I thought of as ancillary, have turned out to have been as important as my marketing plan. At the time, I simply got caught up in these projects; they weren’t part of any strategy.…


Added by Celine Keating on April 20, 2015 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

Lit Life | The Value of an Online Community

I’ve been a proud member of She Writes since the website launched in 2009. As a full-time writer, one who is often tucked away in my office from dusk ‘til dawn, I have come to rely on social media and online forums as a way to connect with others. I’m an extroverted introvert: when I am out in the world promoting books or attending writers’ conferences, you’d think I was a naturally sociable soul. That’s my ‘outside voice.’ More often, I spend…


Added by Lori A. May on February 14, 2016 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Writing Tip: Save Deleted Scenes and Language

It goes without saying that when it comes time to revise the first draft of your manuscript, much of it is going to end up on the cutting room floor. Whether it's due to shifting plotlines, characters that no longer work, or scenes that are too long, removal is part of the process. (And of course, some of what we all write the first time around is simply...awful.)

The delete key doesn't have to mean the end,…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 6, 2016 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

[BREALFAST WITH THE MUSE] Three Ways to Take Care of Yourself--and How They Can Improve Your Writing

One of the first questions I ask my clients who are bogged down, overwhelmed, or stuck is, “How do you take care of yourself?” Most cannot answer. Many have never thought about it. Some think the question is silly or self-indulgent.  

If you’re a writer who seldom thinks about self-care, ask yourself…


Added by Jill Jepson on June 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

5-minute Facebook Face Lift

Summer is here. The kids are out of school, vacations have commenced, and your Facebook page has officially made it's way to the back burner, because let's be honest - our Facebook…


Added by Janay Lampkin on June 7, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hot topics - week of June 6, 2016

Happy Monday, She Writers! I hope the weekend was refreshing and this week brings fresh inspiration and motivation for whatever writing project you have on-hand. Our members have been sharing so many incredible personal experiences and lessons through their blogs, we've rounded up just a few of the week's trending topics.

Take a look at this week's hot topics:…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on June 6, 2016 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

How to Turn Your ‘Off’ Writing Days Into ‘On’ Days

When it comes to the discipline of writing, there’s a lot of talk about showing up. Butt in chair. Schedule the time. Keep your dates with yourself. All of this is good advice, and the most successful and prolific authors have the disposition or the drive or the self-governance required to stay the course on the long and arduous journey of writing a book, or multiple books.…


Added by Brooke Warner on May 27, 2016 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

My Conversation with Gretchen Rubin on Happiness and Success

What is success? What makes you feel successful? And how can you tweak the definition so that you can feel successful even if you don't achieve everything you hope? Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with Gretchen Rubin - in person - and ask her about success.  I told her I write a humorous blog about redefining success, triggered by a midlife crisis. She was generous…


Added by Hope A. Perlman on April 29, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] How To Navigate the Chaos of the Experts

For the past week I’ve been watching daily video interviews with coaches, speakers, therapists, and social media gurus on a free online summit called “Write Because it Matters,” hosted by Dawn Montefusco.


Some of what I’ve seen has inspired me. It’s great to see fellow coaches getting…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on May 6, 2016 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

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