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Writing is a Humiliation Banquet

One day, needing to vent, I wrote and sent this piece to my friend and fellow writer Carole Geithner, the author of the lovely book If Only. Carole and I have commiserated often about the trials and tribulations of the writer’s life since our recent books came out in tandem. Carole urged me to share my…

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Added by Sara Mansfield Taber on May 6, 2013 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 10 Things You Should Know About GoodReads



You probably know that Amazon bought GoodReads at the end of March. A week before that, I had the pleasure to meet Patrick Brown, Director of Community at GoodReads, when he came to lunch at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Brown spoke about the…

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Added by Meghan Ward on May 2, 2013 at 1:00am — 15 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 7 Days Until THE LAKE HOUSE Hits the Shelves and How to Throw a Great Launch Party

To celebrate The Lake House arriving in stores my publisher, Gallery/ Simon & Schuster, will be giving away copies next week to She Writes members. So check in next Wednesday for more details.

Last Thursday I did my first reading of, The Lake House, at a…

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Added by Marci Nault on April 30, 2013 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

[Making The Leap] Building a Platform: The Scaffolding to Success?

Blogs, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook… My guess is you are familiar with and use at least one of these formats of social media among,perhaps, others. I also have a hunch if you are a writer you are at least somewhat savvy about the concept of building a platform. According to Christina Katz, author of…

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Added by Julie Luek on April 30, 2013 at 7:19pm — 11 Comments

What is a platform?

A platform is the publishing industry's term for how you will market your work. No matter what type of book you write or who publishes it, it's important to develop a platformIf you have a traditional publishing contract, you may get some marketing support, but if you go the indie route, it's all up to you. (However, most traditionally published authors still must spend a great deal of time working to build up their own platforms. I'm a good example of this.)…

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Added by Maria Murnane on April 30, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

5 Questions for...Joan Lester

Joan Lester, author and diversity educator, has just published a riveting new novel, Mama’s Child, which focuses on the deeply entrenched conflicts between a white mother and her biracial daughter, and which both…

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Added by Five Questions on April 29, 2013 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

"Literary Change Agent" April Eberhardt: A New Kind of Book Agent

On June 29, I will be moderating a panel at digi.lit in San Francisco. This is Litquake’s digital publishing conference, and I’m excited to be in the company of some awesome and progressive…

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Added by Brooke Warner on April 26, 2013 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

"why now? why poetry?"

A Room of Her Own's Kate Gale asks Gift of Freedom winner Diane Gilliam, "In a world where almost anyone would rather be involved in commerce or consumer culture or interaction with the screen, why poetry?  It's not as active as football, not as immediate as…
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Added by A Room of Her Own Foundation on April 25, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How Do We Write What We DON'T Know?

Back in January, I had a bad fall.  I broke my collar bone so badly, in fact, that it was smashed into three pieces, and when the orthopedist looked at it, he walked out of the room, whistled to the x-ray technician and said, "Wooh, that's a nasty injury!"  Surgery, right away, was the only way to fix it.…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on April 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — 23 Comments

[What's Next?] If I Had A Hundred Dollars

Last week I received a real, concrete deadline from the universe that forced me to do something. The school that I work for has an annual artsy publication where faculty and staff can submit photos, articles, artwork, and fiction. This is a cool idea and great for morale, but I probably would have ignored if it weren’t for the $100 reward you get if your work is published.

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on April 24, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 14 Days Until THE LAKE HOUSE Hits the Shelves and How Promotion Can Help Your Community

Every day brings more excitement as my publication date comes closer. The invitations for my launch party arrived today. Postcards created by Gallery Books are being shipped with the orders from my online bridal business www.elegantbridaldesigns.com.…

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Added by Marci Nault on April 23, 2013 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Guest post by Gynger Fyer - "My Dirty Little Secret"

Hi everybody!

This week on [REALITY CHECK], author Gynger Fyer shares her experience with something I'm sure everyone here can relate to. 

Gynger Fyer, also known as the “Romance Arsonist,” started her…

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Added by Zetta Brown on April 24, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Seal Press Contest: We Have a Winner!

We’re thrilled to announce Elizabeth Enslin, author of Night of Vishnu, as the winner of our Seal Press Publishing Contract Contest!

Night of Vishnu: A Journey Through Marriage, Motherhood, and Rebellion in Nepal is Elizabeth’s story of how she persevered through self-doubt and prejudice to risk a…

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Added by Brooke Warner on April 23, 2013 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

Three tips for engaging your readers online

If you want your fans to talk about your books and/or read your future works, it's important to engage with them on a regular basis. In addition to having your own website, here are three suggestions:

1. Author Page on Amazon.com

Setting up an author page on Amazon is super easy and provides a great way for readers to learn about you. You can upload your bio and photo, include…

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Added by Maria Murnane on April 23, 2013 at 8:35am — 3 Comments

The One Question Every New Writer Wants Answered

On the last day of the quarter, I often ask students in my memoir class to write down on an anonymous slip of paper a question about writing.  When I did this recently, I received a number of questions about the legal implications of writing about others, how one finds an agent, how to decide on the structure of a book...all good questions.  But then there was one question that stood out from the bunch.  On a torn piece of lined notepaper, the writer asked simply, "Am I good?"…



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Added by Theo Pauline Nestor on April 22, 2013 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

5 Questions for...Amy Brill

Amy Brill is a writer and producer whose articles, essays, and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Salon, Guernica, Redbook, Real Simple, Time Out New York, and The Common. A Pushcart Prize nominee and…

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Added by Five Questions on April 22, 2013 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Contently: Building Your Brand the Fortune 500 Way

If you’re a journalist looking for a way to display your clips on your website, look no further. Contently.com offers a “build-your-own portfolio” site tool that is quick and easy to use and that you can embed into your own…

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Added by Meghan Ward on April 18, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Are You a World-Changer?

“I arise in the morning,” E.B. White wrote, “torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”

I used to be torn, too – tormented, in fact.  For years, I didn’t allow myself to be a writer (except of leaflets, manifestos, platforms, and speeches). …

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on April 18, 2013 at 1:30am — 14 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 21 Days until THE LAKE HOUSE Hits the Shelves

The doorbell rang just as I was sitting down to write this blog. I went downstairs and found a large box from Gallery Books on my doorstep. I ran to my neighbor’s house with the heavy item, because this moment couldn’t be done alone, and opened up the large container. A rush of emotion filled me - seven years of…

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Added by Marci Nault on April 16, 2013 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

[Making the Leap] Beauty in the Disappointment

The other day, in the midst of spring, or so the calendar indicates, our mountains received a layer of snow. I’m itching to pull my bike off its hook from the garage, lower my kayak from where it's hoisted for the winter, and slide on my hiking shoes for a walk by the lake, watching my dog lope without either of us getting chilled. But I know better. Spring is slow to emerge, if at all, at our elevation. Sometimes we skip the season altogether and just launch into summer.…

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Added by Julie Luek on April 16, 2013 at 7:30pm — 14 Comments

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