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Cover Your Eyes and Press ‘Submit’

Regretsy: I turned five marked-up drafts into a fun photo shoot! How's that for DIY?

Submitting your writing is kind of like applying to all the best colleges and then waiting on pins and needles for six or more…

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Added by Kerina Pharr on February 15, 2012 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

What It Means to Have Style

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” –Kurt Vonnegut

When it comes to an author’s writing, style can only mean one of two things—one can…

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Added by Ellie Maas Davis on February 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Editors Can Change the Face of Self-Publishing

Last week, the Huffington Post published this article about why indie (i.e.: self-published) authors still aren’t taken seriously, despite runaway successes like …

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Added by Lacey Louwagie on February 6, 2012 at 6:35pm — 9 Comments

Writing Memoir? Make Your Argument and Include Transcendence

It’s our sixth day together, meaning it's time for the last two points of my ten-point Memoir Manifesto. Ready to wrap things up, She Writers? I suspect you are. You’ve got work to do.

Make your argument

Every piece of non-fiction is an argument. Maybe your argument is simply, "life is better when you garden,"…

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Added by Marion Roach Smith on February 18, 2012 at 5:48am — 8 Comments

If Men Shared Half the Childcare, Would Women Achieve Equality?

Sarah Glazer Looks at Motherhood in the Norwegian Paradise and is Envious

 How often do you call up a male economist to find out he’s too busy feeding his 11-month old and his kindergartener to come to the phone for an interview? I’m not just talking about helping out. This economist is in the 3rd month of his 6-month parental leave while his wife is back at work.

 Ok it’s a trick question. This economist lives in the Nordic Nirvana of Norway. He and his wife were…

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Added by State of the Art on February 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Writing Memoir? Use the Algorithm and Act Like Galileo in Walmart

Earlier in the week, a She Writes reader made an astute comment on one of my posts.

“Much of what you say I've heard before," wrote Julie Farrar.  "I don't mean that in a negative way.  It is just universal writing wisdom -- if you want to write, then just write.”

Julie is absolutely correct in this comment. The first six points of my Memoir…

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Added by Marion Roach Smith on February 17, 2012 at 7:28am — 11 Comments

Epistolophilia: A Few Thoughts on the Occasion of a Book's Birth

The day before yesterday I received a note from my publisher saying that copies of my book had arrived in the warehouse, and that I could begin announcing its publication. Though my official date of publication is March 1, 2012, the baby’s come early. It’s a strange and great feeling to know that my book is now ready for readers.



The process of…

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Added by Julija Sukys on February 16, 2012 at 5:50am — 8 Comments

Keywords For Authors by Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist

Although it may be true that incoming links reign for pulling traffic to an author’s website, a writer still needs to have desirable content to get those links.  So what is it, exactly, that makes content desirable?  Is it subject matter?  Writing style?  Graphics?  Formatting? 

It is none of these.

The most desirable content is that which draws traffic for its author.

Think of it this way.  If offering content…

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Added by Stephanie Barko on February 15, 2012 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Writing Memoir? Pack Light, and Ask Yourself: "What is this About?"

It’s Day Four in my guest editing week at SheWrites, and it’s time to let you in on a little secret. The topics we cover today are the least favorites of my students. Nobody likes these, which suggests that these are the most important of all ten points on my Memoir Manifesto.

So let’s master them, shall we?

Pack…

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Added by Marion Roach Smith on February 16, 2012 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Writing Memoir? Write What You Know From the Small Moments of Life

On Monday, I began my week as the visiting editor at SheWrites by publishing my Memoir Manifesto, a ten point list of what I like to think of as suggestions for memoir writers, though given the word “manifesto,” these might sound more like demands. You decide.

No matter what you call them, these points were hard-won, coming out of writing four books, countless magazine pieces, and more than a dozen National Public Radio essays, all of which include a large dose of memoir.

I…

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Added by Marion Roach Smith on February 15, 2012 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

The importance of staying organized

Book marketing is a lot like sales, and as any successful salesperson will tell you, it's often a numbers game. In other words, the more people you contact, the better chance you have of getting a response. However, before you fire off a bunch of emails, I strongly recommend creating a system to track your efforts. It will keep you organized, and it will also keep you from inadvertently…

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Added by Maria Murnane on February 14, 2012 at 8:55am — 5 Comments

How to Write Memoir? 1. Forget Writing Prompts and Exercises 2. Stake Out Your Territory

NO MORE WRITING EXERCISES. I mean it. If you are going to learn to write memoir, you need to learn to write with intent. To do so, the first step is to chuck out any writing prompts or exercises you are using, and write for real.

When you practiced with prompts, something always flowed, though all of it remains in some notebook. Much like playing tennis with a pro who hits every shot right to you, those exercises convinced you that you had this writing thing nailed. But then you found…

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Added by Marion Roach Smith on February 14, 2012 at 7:07am — 9 Comments

Want to Write Memoir? Let Me Introduce Myself and My Manifesto. Maybe We can Help.

There is an old saying that most men would rather have you hear their story than grant their wish. I’m fairly sure that can be said of all of us, especially when I see how much memoir is being written these days. I’m also fairly sure that those writers who struggle when writing memoir do so because while they desire to tell their stories, they try to tell too much too fast.

Maybe I can help.

I’ve been teaching memoir writing for about 15 years, at last count to more than one…

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Added by Marion Roach Smith on February 13, 2012 at 1:00am — 11 Comments

My Book Went Out of Print, Now What?

When I learned that my publisher decided to let One Person/Multiple Careers go out of print just a few months after its second printing, I didn't know what to make of it. The book hadn't sold millions of copies, but it had sold thousands, had a loyal following -- and garnered continuous media attention around the world.

As someone who spends a lot of time talking about the book business with other…

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Added by marci alboher on February 11, 2012 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Word City Studio: It's a Garden

Word City Word Lab prompt:

"I've never been here before..."

Full disclosure: both Kathleen Sweeney and I have secret hiding places in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Most likely we can blame The Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which both of us read somewhere between Ramona and Harriet the Spy. I’ve been coming here since fifth grade,…

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Added by Rachel Aydt on February 11, 2012 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

In Memoriam--Christa Wolf

A short while ago, on Facebook no less, I happened on the news that the writer Christa Wolf had died—on December 1, in Berlin, at the age of 82. I am still reeling from the shock, not just the shock of her death but the shock of my not having known about her death for over six weeks. How could this have happened? Christa Wolf, originally of the GDR, is a writer whose words I have lived by, more or less consciously, for almost thirty years. No other living writer did as much to shape my…

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Added by Lise Weil on February 6, 2012 at 8:14pm — 1 Comment

Word City Studio: Found Language

Out of our Word City Studio collaborations, sometimes an appreciation for inspiring fragments would hit suddenly. For Kathleen Sweeney, this would often translate into a video doodle of sorts. Says Kathleen: "NYC is one of those places you can never fully know. First of all, it's too big. That's the obvious part. Then there's the ever-changing nature of the architecture. Something new is always under construction. But even on those streets you think you know, even in those grid-sequences you…

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Added by Rachel Aydt on February 10, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

I could only write my memoir…After my mother had died

I teach a family memoir class at NYU and, year after year, it’s always over-enrolled. The twenty year-olds carry around a limitless store of tales about their parents, their siblings, and the wrongs they’ve been done. But will they publish them? Probably not right away. A public airing of past struggle can be therapeutic in a class, but terrifying in the broader arena of publication—especially when that struggle implicates the living. Relatives, after all, are easily hurt or angered, they…

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Added by Cris Beam on February 8, 2012 at 8:30pm — 35 Comments

Word City Studio: Below Our Feet

Word City Studio found ourselves looking for the Poet's Walk, a series of plaques embedded in cracked sidewalks which was created by the New York Public Library in Midtown, NYC. Thousands of people pour over every day without taking the slightest notice. What better place to stop in our tracks to observe and…

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Added by Rachel Aydt on February 9, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Around She Writes, February 7, 2012

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week

 

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