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The Curious Case of The Writer's Life: How Characters Teach Us How To Listen

The writer’s house sits at a crossroads. To her left is the sea of opportunity, new ideas and characters being channeled by her very own Long Island medium, her muse. To her right is the black pavement of ideas and characters stuck in concrete,…

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Added by Alexandra Caselle on July 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - “Amazon Ate My Ebook!”: The Truth About What Amazon Can and Can’t Do With Your Ebook

When you're an author, not only do you have to stay on top of your craft, you have to stay on top of the market and the publishing industry.

As I've said several times on this blog, the publishing business is a business. Being a published author isn't all writing, social media, cozy coffee…

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Added by Zetta Brown on July 31, 2014 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Claiming the Name of Writer

I did not consider myself a writer until I started working for Hedgebrook.

 

I was an actor who wrote occasionally, a theatre major who had gravitated toward non-profit communications, but not a writer.

 

When I was introduced to new people, the conversation would often go something like this:…

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Added by Katie Woodzick on July 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Thank You Letter to My Book

Dear Book,

After carrying the dream of you inside of me for what feels like forever, we are a scant ten weeks shy of your official launch into the world. While I’m not quite ready to say goodbye, I am ready and eager to thank you, for no matter what happens after you leave the nest, you have already given me…

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Added by Cheryl Rice on July 30, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] The Long and Grueling Birth of a Book

When I was ten years old, distressed about my life circumstances, I wrote a little book about my crisis on a pocket-sized Hello Kitty notepad and hid it inside a rock wall, hoping some kindred spirit would find it and that we would be forever connected through that common understanding. I…

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Added by Hollye Dexter on July 29, 2014 at 11:30am — 10 Comments

Are These Four Beliefs Keeping You from Starting Your Novel?

Few endeavors are as complex, challenging, exciting, terrifying, joyful, exhausting, frustrating, and just plain fun as writing a novel. Few bring as many tears—or as much fulfillment. And very few are as hard. For many new writers, the biggest challenge is getting started. First-time novelists…

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Added by Jill Jepson on July 29, 2014 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Writing Tip: When You Get Stuck, Use ALL CAPS and Move On

I'm currently working on my seventh novel, and one of the most valuable lessons I've learned about the writing process is when to hit pause on a particular scene/sentence/description and move on. If you're a perfectionist or Type-A personality, that can be hard to do, but it's extremely important. Trust me!

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Added by Maria Murnane on July 28, 2014 at 4:32pm — 5 Comments

Waiting for the Fruit

In 2008, as my agent started sending my memoir out to editors, Lehman Brothers closed up shop and so the Great Recession began. Homeowners, wannabe homeowners and the middle- and…

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Added by Mel Ryane on July 20, 2014 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

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 — 12 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 — 9 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 — 3 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 — 26 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

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