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[SWP: Behind the Book] Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story—18 Months after Publication

In 1973 when I was 20, I drove cross-country in a beautiful, orange (borrowed) karmann ghia coupe with my friend Beth to see her father, who was a major entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles. We stuffed our marijuana inside our bras…

Added by Rebecca Coffey on November 26, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

8 Things That Can Go Terribly Wrong at a Book Event (And How to Avoid Them)

Is your first book launch coming up? Do you have a signing scheduled? Are you ready to go on tour?


If you are planning to do a physical book tour, you’re likely racked with nerves and excitement. Going store to store isn’t for everyone, but if you’re planning to get some face time in with your audience, don’t fall victim to these unfortunate (and common) mishaps.…


Added by Christelle Lujan on November 12, 2015 at 2:37pm — 4 Comments

Best Practices for Selling Your Book to Agents and Editors (or How to Avoid Being Delusional about Getting Published)

Deciding you’re ready to publish is a huge deal; it’s also the point where you hand over control to someone else, putting the power in the hands of an agent, an editor, the universe.

Most writers have traditional publishing aspirations. They want an agent to fall in love with their project and champion…


Added by Brooke Warner on November 19, 2015 at 1:01pm — 7 Comments

Countdown to Publication -- THE HAPPINESS PROJECT.

Days remaining to publication date – 8.

The Happiness Project is an account of the year I spent testing the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. This is my fourth book (or my fifth book, if you include a book I did in collaboration with an artist).

My pub date…


Added by Gretchen Rubin on December 20, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Low-Pressure Goals Allow Your Writing Future To Evolve

Set an imperfect goal as your first step.

A strange thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago after reading a short article online. Ever have the experience of reading a health article and thinking to yourself  “but I thought everyone was like this”? I came away understanding my experience of the world is somewhat different than the norm; more like a tuning fork for sound and…


Added by Alonna Shaw on August 7, 2015 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Body of Work

There was a pile of 3.5 floppy disks safely protected in a wooden box on the bookshelf I was dismantling to make room for...well, nothing. We just wanted more roominess in our home office. Judging from the labels, there didn’t appear to be anything really earthshaking housed on those thin…


Added by Cindy Eastman on November 18, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Introducing One of My Muses

A seventeen-year-old girl, corseted, bored, bursting with constrained energy, sits at a dining room table amid the clink of teacups and the sounds of male conversation. The year is 1856. The girl is Sarah Goff,  Lady Sarah Goff, as she is constantly reminded by her uncle Robert, who has raised her.…


Added by Jill Jepson on November 16, 2015 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Self-Publishing Romance: How Short Justifies a $2.99 Price Point?

I was reading this post on The Passive Voice (great self-publishing blog, by the way) about the recent changes to Amazon’s KU payout structure, when I ran across the following comment, which inspired this post.

What Is a Short Story, a Novella, a Novel?

Here are the limits one writer’s organization uses.

***Short Story: less than 7,500…


Added by Yuwanda Black on November 16, 2015 at 9:29am — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Two Steps Forward & A Huge Hurdle Ahead - by NancyKay Sullivan Wessman

NancyKay Sullivan Wessman is the author of Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero. This week, she tells of her [REALITY CHECK], which is basically, what do you do after you have written your book?

Like Karl Malden used to ask: "What'll you do? What WILL you…


Added by Zetta Brown on November 17, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Slow Lessons in Kickstarter Times

There are many paths to publishing today, some more circuitous than others, and in my experience, you need to explore and discover which way is the best for you and your book. 

I hybrid-published my first…


Added by Lone Morch on November 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

3 Lessons I Learned about Podcasting to Build My Author Brand

As a new author, I knew I would struggle to get more eyes on my writing in an already highly competitive environment. I was already blogging and using videos, but I wanted a medium that would put me “on a new playing field” as an author, help me grow my platform and reach a larger audience.

Let me just say that from the minute I started podcasting back in 2013, I loved it! honestly, I didn’t think I would initially, mainly because I thought of myself…


Added by Dorit Sasson on November 8, 2015 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - 5 Branding Tips for Authors by Zetta Brown

Stephen King, Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, and Tom Clancy. Even if you’ve never read their work, you know that King writes horror, Rice writes paranormal (mostly vampires), Roberts writes romance, and Clancy writes espionage thrillers.


Despite the different genres, these authors all have something in common. They are brands—personal brands—and their names have become synonymous with what they write. You can do the same…


Added by Zetta Brown on November 3, 2015 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

What Do You Do When a Character Isn't Working?

When I finished the first draft of my most recent novel Wait for the Rain, there was one character who just didn't fit into the story the way I'd imagined--or hoped--that she would. I liked a lot about her, however, so I wasn't sure what to do. At a loss, I…


Added by Maria Murnane on October 26, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Grammergency #25: Five Shortcuts to Self-Editing Like a Pro

Writing a book is a goal that a lot of people have but do not all achieve. So if you’re one of the courageous souls who are forging ahead with a manuscript, congratulations. Now you get to go out and tell your friends and relatives and even perfect strangers what you’re up to, and then you get to bask in the glow of their exclamations of delight and envy. And you deserve your moment in the sun, because writing is sexy and mysterious…


Added by Annie Tucker on November 10, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Book Marketing Is an Emotional Roller Coaster

I get a lot of emails from authors who are discouraged because they aren't having much luck with their marketing efforts. They want to know what my "secret" is because they think I have it all figured out.


Can I tell you something?

My "secret" is that I get discouraged too! 

Let me share a true story: A few months ago I began chatting with the organizer of a book club that wanted to read my latest novel, …


Added by Maria Murnane on November 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

No One Glorifies the Grind Because It Sucks

It’s human nature to compare ourselves to our peers. It starts in grade school, or even earlier among siblings. We look to others to see whether or not we measure up. We do this in school, in jobs, in parenting, and in our creative endeavors.


Last week a writer I’m…


Added by Brooke Warner on November 4, 2015 at 4:30pm — 12 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Mindful Editing and Revising

A  term used for a particular stage in  Buddhist meditation practice, Mindfulness is referred to as sati, a  form of remembering, perhaps suggestive of  “memoir” which also derives from “remembering".

In a state of Mindfulness, the meditating individual checks in with herself to just listen and see, in order to reconnect with her mind and feelings, ensconced in the world around her.  A state of active, open…


Added by Diana Y. Paul on November 6, 2015 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

The Art of Submission: Accepting the Writer You Are

I think that each of us probably has an idea in her head of what a real writer looks like. For me, she looks like some combination of Dorothy Parker and Sylvia Plath—dedicated, devoted to language, sharp as a tack, and always surrounded by an air of tragedy. She wakes up when the sky is still black and writes, the words spreading across the page like the sun across the sky.

I also think that each of us probably has an idea of what a real writer looks…


Added by Emily Lackey on October 28, 2015 at 6:00pm — 17 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] The Myth of Perfection

If you haven’t already done so, treat yourself to this gift: Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book,…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on November 1, 2015 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

Liz Gilbert Interview, Part 2: Own your place in this world!

This post is part of a series with Elizabeth Gilbert leading up to our co-sponsored event with her: Writing, Truth and Community in Napa Valley on Nov. 7, 2015. Get all the event details and learn how to save 25% on your tickets...



Added by Kristin Bustamante on October 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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