I remember thinking that her novel had a lot going for it. It wasn’t very good yet, but it had promise—a…Continue
I have, and I don't like it. Some readers and fans love pointing out mistakes--like Trekkies, for…Continue
Added by Zetta Brown on January 27, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments
I read a stunning submission this week from one of my students that had all the elements of good storytelling minus one thing: body sensations. I found myself desperately wanting her to describe the sensations that must have been coming up for her as she wrote about what for her was a…Continue
Book descriptions can be an effective marketing tool, but they can also be tricky. Here are three keys to writing a good one:
Social Media: Sigh. We know we need to do it in order to build our author platforms so we can get agents and book deals and make money selling those books, but it can be exhausting. And it never ends. You tweet and you post and you circle and you link and you connect and you Instagram, and then you wake up the next morning and have to do it all over again. When are you supposed to spend time with your family and (IRL) friends? When are you supposed to get…Continue
Added by Yvette Heyliger on January 22, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
My path to writing began with reading. I think that great writers always stem from great readers, and while I would not say I have become the former, I definitely spent a good deal of time mastering the latter. When I was in middle school, I was the kid who had hair that often looked dirty and clothes that had never…Continue
According to Wikipedia, an Italian publisher named Aldus Manutius the Elder (1449–1515) is credited for having invented the semicolon. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, however, states that the first known use of the semicolon didn’t occur until the year 1644. Whatever the facts are, the first person responsible for stacking a period atop a comma probably had no idea how many centuries’ worth of confusion would result from that seemingly simple act.
In the year 2015, the…Continue
My tendency in all things is to go quickly, to get it out of the way, to get it over and done with already. This mentality comes in handy with certain things: moving boxes, cleaning houses, putting away laundry, anything that requires physical strength, really.
But my boyfriend…Continue
For the past two and a half years, I've been sharing my thoughts, fears, questions, and a few (very few?) answers, as I have worked to complete my first novel at the ripe old age of forty-two. It has been so wonderful, and truly life-saving, at times, to have this community to turn to in a creative endeavor that…Continue
Much has been made of the analogy between publishing a novel and giving birth to a child. Having given birth to two children and published three novels, I can say the two things have very little in common. One of the traits they do share is that the pain involved is quickly forgotten, almost…Continue
My upstairs neighbor Alexandra, who is a big fan of my books, recently read one of my newest titles, Cassidy Lane. She told me she loved it, but she'd also lost track of how many times in the story Cassidy "walked home slowly." I thanked her for her honesty because I hadn't noticed my tendency to overuse that phrase.
Neither had the developmental editor.
Or the copyeditor.
Or the proofreader.
But my neighbor had, and…Continue
Every day, we’re told, we must chain ourselves to our desks and not get up until our daily quota of 500 or 1,000 or 2,000 words is complete.
The German word “sitzfleisch”—literally, “buttocks”—means the…Continue
Hashtags are frequently overlooked by social media users, perhaps because they seem confusing or unnecessary. But believe it or not, they are integral to the way…Continue
The morning of January 10, 2015, Lindalou Richards quietly took her last breath. Her contributions to this world were enormous, though, like the billions who never had the good fortune to enjoy the deep belly laughs that surrounded her like an announcement, she never seemed to appreciate her own value.
"I will publish 3 articles in national magazines."
"I will complete the first draft of my novel."
"I will get an agent by June."
"I will get my memoir PUBLISHED this year!"
We are halfway through the first month of 2015...how many of you still have resolutions? Don’t feel bad if you’ve fallen off the wagon. My resolution is, “No resolution shall go unbroken.”
But I will say that I’m doing something different this year that I…Continue
I always say that the thing that played the biggest part in my signing with one of the Big Five publishers was luck. Given how many incredibly talented writers and moving stories exist out there (and in here, on She Writes itself), I deeply believe that luck, more than anything, ignited the whole process of my deal with G.P. Putnam’s Sons (which I wrote about earlier,…Continue
A few posts back I blogged about author Cathy Livingstone's effective approach to soliciting reviews for her book. Today, I'd like to share a smart strategy for attracting readers to your blog.
Recently a savvy author by the name of Marlene Cullen contacted me via my website to tell…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on January 12, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
As a writing coach and publisher, I’m not supposed to take sides when it comes to genres. I work on all kinds of books—novels, how-to books, essay collections, anthologies, and even poetry collections; but memoir is my true love, and for me the most rewarding of all genres—to edit, to…Continue