Well everyone, I did it. I sat down and pushed through my final edits. I got to a place where I feel comfortable saying it: I’m done! Now that said, I’m the type of person who thinks writing is never done—there’s always something you’ll want to change, always something that could be better. But I’m as done…Continue
This week, my friend, fellow author, and She Writer, L. G. O'Connor is summarizing her first year's experience of being a published author. The following blog post is what inspired me to start this blog a few years ago.
When a writer starts a book—or any long, complicated project—she's full of questions. Some of our questions are important ones—even essential. If we're writing fiction, we need to know the characters, their back stories, their motivations. For memoir, we may need to do a ton of research. We always have to get a feel for the voice in which we will be writing. There are many, many questions to be asked and answered as we launch our work. …Continue
Added by Jill Jepson on April 19, 2015 at 6:43pm — No Comments
For quite some time now, I've been recommending that authors use their email signatures as an indirect way to promote their work. Apparently a lot of you are taking my advice, because almost all the emails I get these days from authors mention their book(s) in their email signatures.
The desire to write is a strong pull. Anyone who’s written a book or is currently writing a book knows intimately the power writing can wield over us. And as much as we want it and love it, our writing can start to feel like a “should,” and a bit like a spurned lover when we’re not giving it our…Continue
In a world where social media and digital marketing is a cornerstone of any publicity campaign, it’s easy to lose sight of the basic nature of communication. The kind that allows you to really show your passion for who you are and what you do; the kind that doesn’t allow you to hide behind any computers or internet personas; the kind that puts you on the spot and it just so happens to be the foundation of any effective communications and public relations strategy: face-to-face interaction.…Continue
As I reflect on lessons learned, I’m struck by the fact that my volunteer literary activities, which I thought of as ancillary, have turned out to have…Continue
If you've never heard of "active voice" or "passive voice," don't worry, you're not alone. However, while you might not know the official terminology, I'm willing to bet you can easily spot the difference between the two.
In the active…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on April 13, 2015 at 8:26am — No Comments
Sometimes, when people hear I'm publishing my memoir through Penguin Random House's Putnam imprint, they assume I won't have to do any marketing or publicity on my own. But unless you're a famous writer these days, you can pretty much expect to do at least some of your own publicity. From the literary series I run in Boston and Tokyo, Four Stories, I've known writers who have had New York Times best-sellers, won National Book…Continue
I recently read Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, which explores anxiety as experience, rather than pathology. In “A Conversation with…Continue
I did not go to AWP.
I am not one of those people who does not go to AWP and then passive aggressively links to articles and op-eds about how racist/sexist/capitalistic AWP is. I am one of those people who did not go to AWP because she could not afford to go to AWP.
But this isn’t…Continue
It has been a full year since my book, Flip-Flops After 50 was published. This past weekend, I sat anxiously at home, iPhone (and twitter feed) in one hand, glass of red wine in the other, waiting for Brooke Warner to let me know the results from the IBPA awards ceremony. My book was a finalist for Humor in the IBPA Ben Franklin Awards this year and it felt like a fitting cap to an amazing year: A golden award, a crowning achievement.
Except that I didn’t…
The more time I spend reading, writing, volunteering at the library, and exploring what I want to do with my life, the more I’ve learned that what I read and who I read about has influenced who I am and who I want to be. While I love Dickens, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, and Shakespeare, my…Continue
Not all literary agents are created equal. Agent Kristin Nelson and author Karen Dionne have seen the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. In this article series, “Think Like an Agent,” they pool their expertise.
You'd think I'd bared it all: In 2006, I published a book about my wedding, and the rocky, tumultuous and sometimes painful journey I took as a bride. But when my publicist for…Continue
My friend “Carol,” a school principal, got the call at lunch time just as she was leaving for the hustle-bustle of the cafeteria. The caller identified himself as an investigative reporter who’d tracked Carol down because she’d been good friends in college with a woman raped by a fellow student. That guy had gotten off scot free and was now a candidate for the U.S. Congress. It was up to Carol to stop him, the reporter insisted. The reporter happened to be from a Republican news outlet; the…Continue
This week on [REALLITY CHECK] and in honor of the tax season, we will be discussing one of the less-glamorous topics to be found in publishing: taxes! Or, to be more specific, the European Union Value Added Tax aka EU VAT.
If you are an independent author or a small publisher and sell ebooks online, you need to…Continue
It’s strange, but this word—“hybrid”—is somewhat controversial in some publishing circles. I guess, like a lot of terms, there are certain people and even factions who want ownership of it, and others who want to distance themselves from it. I came across a guy online who claimed to have…Continue
Social media has many raisons d’être—to advertise, to entertain, to build relationships with other people—and every now and then there’s an opportunity to use it for a greater good, whether to raise money for a great cause or to help a fella out. This is one of those opportunities.