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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…


Added by Alissa Johnson on October 24, 2014 at 7:30am — No 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…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 33 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…


Added by Melissa Studdard on October 22, 2014 at 10:30pm — 8 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…


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…


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…


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…


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


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…


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…


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…


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

[Path to Publication] Rooting Your Book Launch in Community

Giveaway alert! I will be gifting 5 lucky commenters my new book, While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal. Post a comment by October 29, 2014, and 5 of you will be randomly selected to receive a copy. Visit sealpress.com/rules for more information. Winners announced by October 30,…


Added by Elizabeth Enslin on October 15, 2014 at 10:12am — 14 Comments

Marketing Even an Author Can Love

Last fall, author Neil Gaiman gave a very special talk at the Digital Minds Conference at the London Book Fair. It wasn’t received with much enthusiasm by the audience — mostly publishing industry folks — but it lit up the twitterverse. If you missed it, you can watch it…


Added by Sharon Lynn Fisher on October 15, 2014 at 4:30am — 15 Comments

Use a Blogroll to Promote Your Work

My friend and fellow author Karen McQuestion recently invited me to participate in a blogroll. My first reaction was "What is a blogroll?" But once I learned the answer, I quickly agreed to participate, because I knew it was a good opportunity to get potential readers to come to my website and …


Added by Maria Murnane on October 14, 2014 at 8:40am — 3 Comments

When Should You Change Your Book for an Agent or Editor?

Every so often (fairly frequently, actually) I get an email from an author telling me that an agent or editor really loves their work, but . . .


From here any number of scenarios ensues. The agent has suggested that a multiple point-of-view novel be changed to single point of view; that a memoir be…


Added by Brooke Warner on October 13, 2014 at 9:00pm — 34 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] Gifts of Spirit: Knowing When to Write, When to Pause & When to Begin Again

My mother-in-law died this week. It wasn’t unexpected. She was under the care of hospice, and had been declining in health since her husband’s death in 2011. My mom died in 2012. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, for close to two years I’ve been embroiled in a family fight over money that has created…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on October 12, 2014 at 8:00pm — 15 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] What Is Found, What Is Lost

What Is Found, What Is Lost, like most (if not all) novels, is about a number of different things: First, it gives us…


Added by Anne Leigh Parrish on October 12, 2014 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

[What's Next?] Getting Graphic

Hi everyone! This week I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about other forms of media. I work with middle school kids and we have this cool thing in the library called an Awesome Box--an idea thought up by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. The idea is that if a kid checks out a book and thinks it's awesome, instead of returning it normally, they…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on October 8, 2014 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

[SWP News] New Titles Coming this Spring!

100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women is a comprehensive look at effective, low-cost solutions for helping women in the Global South out of poverty. Most books on this subject focus on one problem and one solution; author Betsy Teutsch instead spreads her net…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on October 8, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] "Why I Chose to Co-Author" by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson was one of the first friends I made on She Writes. At the time she was moderator for the Southern Writers group. As I participated in that group, we got to know each other, and when the Gulf oil spill…


Added by Zetta Brown on October 8, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

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