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The Importance of a Great Author Headshot

So . . . you wrote a book from the comfort of your fuzzy bunny slippers and your beautiful, well-lit room with a view. Now that it’s time to put your hard-earned words out into the world, it’s time to think of things like platform building and publicity. I’m sure that you’d much rather upload a photo of Kate Middleton and call it a day so you can catch up on the months of sleep you've missed out on without a thought to how you look. The truth, though, is that you need an author photo.…

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Added by Sara Chambers on December 16, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] The Trials and Tribulations of an Authorpreneur by Liz Gelb-O'Connor

This is probably the best time in history to be a writer. There are so many options for writers seeking to publish their work. They can go the "traditional" route via an agent, the small press route where you submit (usually) directly to the editor or publisher, the self- publishing route where you do…

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Added by Zetta Brown on December 16, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

What Are E-Books Worth?

For the past few months, our distributor (Ingram) has been encouraging She Writes Press to price our e-books above $9.99. Because we are distributed by Ingram, we will not be penalized by Amazon for pricing above this price point, and publishers experimenting with higher e-book prices are reporting…

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Added by Brooke Warner on December 15, 2014 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Marketing tip: Choose your book's title wisely

When you're thinking about a potential title for your book, I strongly recommend that you do the following:

1) Check on Amazon to see if other books already have that title

I'm surprised by how often I come across an article or blog post…

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Added by Maria Murnane on December 15, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Outskirts of Hope

In 1967, when I was ten years old, my father quit his pediatric practice in Boston to help found a clinic in a small, all-black town in the impoverished Mississippi Delta. My mother, although stunned by his decision, put up a brave front and assured my two brothers and…

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Added by Jo Ivester on December 14, 2014 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

[SWP News] New titles available for pre-order!

In her professional life, Shary Hauer was a confident, successful, high-caliber executive coach who advised big-time corporate leaders around the globe—but her personal life was an entirely different matter. When it came to love, she was insecure, clingy, desperate,…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on December 13, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

[Breakfast with the Muse] Six Ways to Give the Gift of Writing

This is the season of giving. Unfortunately, that can also mean it’s the season of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, of trudging through malls with long lists of gifts to buy, of searching anxiously for the perfect sweater or set of napkin rings, and using credit we won’t pay off until March.

But for writers, there…

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Added by Jill Jepson on December 13, 2014 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 3 Tips for Attending Writing Conferences

I had the fortune to attend the BlogHerPro conference in Redwood City with Shebooks last week. What fun! I'll be sharing what I learned about blogging in the…

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Added by Meghan Ward on December 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Taming the Beasts

It took me ten years to write and publish my first novel, A Tight Grip. The first seven years, I wrote the story, became intimate with the characters, edited it continuously, created a plot treatment, and deleted lengthy flashbacks…

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Added by Kay Rae Chomic on December 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Grammergency #1: "Lay" vs. "Lie" – Let's Put This Issue to Bed!

As a book editor, I frequently come across misuse of the verbs “lay” and “lie” in the manuscripts I work on. But authors aren’t the only ones who are fuzzy on this subject; in fact, just about everyone seems to wrestle with it sometimes. Because part of my job is to help people understand how to write and speak properly, every time a yoga teacher instructs me to “lay back” on my mat, or a friend tells me, “I need some sun; I’m going to lay out,” or I hear a pet owner telling his dog to “lay…

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Added by Annie Tucker on December 8, 2014 at 2:54pm — 14 Comments

[Path to Publication] How to Write a Memoir/Nonfiction Proposal

As I alluded to in an earlier Path to Publication post, I got the deal for my memoir,…

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Added by Tracy Slater on December 8, 2014 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

[The Art of Submission] A Fortress of Support

The other week I went to a reading by Tom McNeely, and during the question and answer session I asked him if he had ever had lulls in his career—periods of rejection, of not writing—and how he recovered from them. He said he had, of course. There were periods of extended rejection. There were…

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Added by Emily Lackey on December 9, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Is Your "Research" a Form of Resistance?

There's a particular form of writing resistance I struggle with. I call it "research." Not actual research, but research-with-scare-quotes. Faux research, if you will. 

I know it's not actual research, because instead of supporting my writing, it stops me cold. It looks…

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Added by Lauren Bacon on December 10, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] Not My Mother’s Christmas: Navigating the Holidays

My mother gave from her heart all year long, but tripled her efforts during the holidays. She loved everything about the season: baking, cooking, cards, caroling, shopping, wrapping, giving to charity, hosting and attending parties, and decorating. “You need a little bit of Christmas in every room,” she’d…

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Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on December 7, 2014 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Affect vs. Effect

A single letter separates affect and effect, but that one letter makes a big difference. Here's a quick explanation between the two words:

 

Affect is (usually*) a verb. It means to have an…

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Added by Maria Murnane on December 8, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

On Joan of Arc (+ a Giveaway!)

**Giveaway alert! Kathryn and her publisher, Doubleday, have generously offered to send a copy of Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured to five lucky She Writers who comment on this post. Be sure to join the conversation!

Here’s how dinner goes at my house: One of…

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Added by Kathryn Harrison on December 9, 2014 at 9:01am — 12 Comments

It's 3AM. Do You Know Where Your Blurbs Are?

I woke up this morning at 3AM, and the moment my brain achieved consciousness, I thought, "Blurbs!" and then I thought, "Readings!" and then I thought, "Reviews!" and then I thought, "I'm doing everything wrong and nobody is ever going to read this book and even though it's only December 4th and my book…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on December 4, 2014 at 10:30am — 23 Comments

[What's Next?] Blank Slate

I have been plugging away at my final revisions and I’m getting to a scene that needs to be, basically, redone. The character isn’t working, and in talking with my beta readers I’ve realized that the character just needs to be different. When I make her different, the scenes in which she interacts with people are also going to be different and, I hope, better.…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on December 3, 2014 at 2:49pm — 7 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Editing and Slaughter: The Joys of (Self) Editing with Helen Rena

Season's Greetings, y'all!

Well, November and NaNoWriMo have disappeared...but the Thanksgiving turkey lingers on.

No, I didn't win NaNo this year, but I'm not beating myself up for it. I did get some writing done and will continue to do so. But now, like many of you out…

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Added by Zetta Brown on December 3, 2014 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

5 Things I Wish Every Author Knew

In my work with authors I see every kind of personality, and I’ve seen firsthand all the ways writers trip themselves up. In my book,…

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Added by Brooke Warner on November 25, 2014 at 6:30am — 33 Comments

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