I’ve been wanting to take a short break from the weekly commitment I made to posting my diary entries when I got my new (gorgeous) website last spring. It’s the beginning of that time of year we academics call “the break”―the welcome end of classes for the semester. For me it also means the beginning of a winter interruption I have long loved in a cold and bright New York. With the crush of…Continue
Get Water, the game
Although the holiday season is a wonderful time, full of friends, family, food, gifts and get-togethers, it’s also an important time to reflect on how fortunate we are and how we can help those who are less fortunate. If…Continue
So the other day, while at a welcome-home get-together for a friend and her partner who have been wandering the world…
For several years, I’d been telling myself not to participate in any more submission calls or literary contests unless they helped move my memoir on Nepal forward. I’m too easily distracted and had to keep my focus on my book. So I refused to prepare any more submissions unless they inspired me to polish a scene…Continue
When I was writing my first novel, I was so excited to see my own words on the page that I ended up with several scenes that didn't have much at all to do with the main plot. After I signed with an agent, she pointed out this tendency to wander and had me cut a lot. I mean, a LOT. It was painful to hit the delete key, but I realized she was right. (Click here to read my post on what to do…Continue
A fire spreads across a California hillside above the town of Point Richmond and claims the lives of two children. When signs point to possible Ku Klux Klan involvement, homicide detective Oliver Wright throws himself into solving the crime—but in the midst of his investigation, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. As the…Continue
Holidays can be great, but they can also be challenging. Each person in every family has his or her own energy, plus the collective energy of the family itself. This is true for both nuclear families as well as extended families.
It’s easy to get drawn into old or stagnant family energies and stories that…Continue
Hi everyone! This week the writer in me is feeling a little guilty. I totally meant to do NaNoWriMo, but student-me was applying for graduate school and teacher-me was busy planning fun Thanksgiving and Hanukkah activities, and somehow writer-me got pushed to the back of the drawer with all the old socks I’ve been…Continue
Hi everybody! First of all a belated thanks, here on my blog, for all the good wishes and warm words on Brooke's and my trip to Nashville last week to meet with our distribution team at Ingram Publisher Services for the very first time. The sales reps were energized and excited by our cutting-edge…Continue
1) If you don’t toot your own horn, you shouldn’t expect anyone to do it for you.
2) I won’t have to do my forfeit and contribute to…
Having a newsletter is a great way to keep in touch with your readers, but you want to make sure it's something they look forward to and not just another addition to their already-full in-boxes. Here are some suggestions for how to do it right:
The holiday season is upon us. If you're wondering what last-minute gift you might get for your favorite author (or if your friends are asking you what they should get for you), here is a list of gifts that are sure to make any author happy--but which most authors won’t come out and ask for! Use the following suggestions as a cheat sheet…Continue
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I first hosted New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch’s on 1st Books when The One That I Want released in paperback from Broadway, a Random House imprint. I'm delighted to welcome her back today as she plunges headlong into the new adventure of doing the publishing herself. She has sold audio and large print rights…Continue
I read a lot of writers’ blogs. I follow a lot of writers on Facebook and Twitter. My conclusion? There are a plethora of posts, Tweets and status updates about the writing life. General consensus: it’s not always easy.
Writers put in long hours with lots of forehead-to-desktop action trying to come…Continue
The book launch. And what comes after that? Um…? You tell me.
The day after my last scheduled book event for 2013, I woke up with an odd feeling. Something was missing. I was missing the sense of anticipation that had had my adrenaline pumping for the last…Continue
My friend Sanjit Singh recently independently published a book called Are You Indian? A Humorous Guide to Growing up Indian in America. I asked him to share what has (and hasn't) worked in his marketing efforts, and here's what he had to say. (Disclaimer: I didn't realize he would mention me, nor did I ask him to do so.)…Continue
When I was a young girl, my dream of being a writer looked like this: Suggesting a young Audrey Hepburn, I would stroll down 5th Avenue into Washington Square Park with my hip, scuffed leather satchel slung over my shoulder, on the way home to my bohemian, third-floor flat. (Other people lived…Continue
After I read in the New York Times that The Golden Notebook author Doris Lessing, who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away this morning, I turned to rereading some of her writings and interviews. I hope you'll enjoy these little wisdoms I've collected:
SHE WRITES PRESS—A THIRD WAY
A couple of weeks ago I got into a heated discussion with a reporter who, even after I explained the She Writes Press model, insisted that we would be included in her round-up of “vanity publishers.”