Instead of focusing on my writing this week, I want to talk about something that sort of continues our discussion from last time. In my last post I talked about editing digitally versus editing on hard copy. Last week Gizmodo posted this opinion piece about e-books versus the “old-fashioned” print versions, and I thought to…Continue
Thank you, She Writes, for giving me this opportunity to share my experience as a debut novelist nearing her publication date. I’m hoping by sharing my story, my weaknesses and strengths, that I can help other authors in the same situation. Writing can be lonely. Coming to publication, even though I have a…Continue
Those of you who have read my post about Publishing & Professional Courtesy will know that when it comes to having a professional attitude, it goes both ways. We are…Continue
No matter where you are in the process of becoming an author, attending a writers conference can be a valuable experience.
If you've completed your manuscript or book proposal, you can:
Every week literary agents receive hundreds of query letters from aspiring writers who are hoping to interest the agent in their project. Why then, would agents take time from their busy schedules to go to a writers conference and meet yet more writers in person?
As co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, I’ve been organizing the Backspace Writers Conferences held twice-annually in New York City for…Continue
Last night I attended a cocktail party (an event designed to raise the profile of the charity I chair, Girls Write Now, with women in publishing), and fell into conversation with one of my favorite leaders, innovators and prognosticators in the publishing…Continue
An essay that ran in Salon Tuesday titled “I’m a self-publishing failure” recounts how one writer, John Winters, spent countless hours and dollars promoting his book online only to sell a handful of copies. Where did John go wrong? How can you avoid becoming a self-publishing failure?
1. First of all, start early.
Susana H. Case, author of Salem in Séance and Elvis Presley’s Hips & Mick Jagger’s Lips, built her poetry career one chapbook at a time before going on to publish full-length collections. Here, she tells her…Continue
I have so many lofty goals with writing. Do it. I want to write a book, but don't know how to start. Do it. I want to be published... or start a blog... or keep a journal... or write touching letters. Do it.
I wish I could figure out how to embed a video in this post. I keep trying, but I just can't seem to make it…Continue
Congratulations to the five finalists for the Seal Press publishing contest.
This contest is being judged by the Seal editorial staff, who narrowed down 85 submissions to 18, and then 18 to a final 5. The final five finalists are now being reviewed by the editorial board, and we will announce the winner on Tuesday, April 23.
A few weeks ago, I asked my buddy Raymond Bean, author of both the School Is a Nightmare and Sweet Farts series, to share his thoughts on what it takes to write a children's book. This week, I asked him for some tips on marketing a children's book. Here's what he had to say:…Continue
Christina Baker Kline is the author of the new novel Orphan Train, the story of two women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and a troubled teenage…Continue
A recent book review in the New York Times began with this: “No subject offers a greater opportunity for terrible writing than motherhood.”
That review reminds me that writing about mothering is just like mothering itself – fraught with judgement, whether it’s from family or neighbors or the media. It’s right up there with education as media’s go-to when we’re not in the midst of an election or scandal or disaster or tragedy.
And so, at the Associated Writing Program’s annual…Continue
Hello again everyone! Thanks so much for all of your comments on my last post about revision. I was reading through them and found a lot of helpful advice, and so I have made a decision.
Today, I will print my manuscript in hard copy.
Last year I was lucky enough to do an internship at Random House Books for Young Readers. This encompassed a lot of different things, but my favorite was probably evaluating manuscripts. This is something that happens at all…Continue
The spring sun is starting to warm my alpine home to reasonable temperatures. After a winter of elliptical workouts, I am finally able to take my workouts outdoors. Yesterday, my dog danced at my feet as I put on my shoes and mittens. He knows the routine and is anxious to be out again too. As we headed down the hill, my mind was churning on all the writing I needed to do before I left for spring break vacation. I knew my internet availability would be limited, and I had a couple of posts…Continue
A few weeks ago there was a considerable stink raised in some literary circles about what makes a “real author.” Some of the blog posts were downright insulting and vitriolic whereas others presented a more calm and measured argument. I’m sure many of you out there know what I’m talking about— and the…Continue
In last week’s post I offered tips for getting that manuscript done. Here are a few more:
1. Be flexible
If you thought your novel was going to go one way…Continue
1. Use your name/brand as your Twitter handle. For the same reason that you want your name on your blog and your Facebook page, people won’t realize that Kiala Givehand is “supercoolwriter,” whose Tweets they follow and love, when they see her book in the bookstore, and they won’t buy it. Unlike on Facebook,…Continue
Last week Betsy Morais wrote a piece for The New Yorker called “A Book Is a Start-Up,” in which she writes about some of the new publishing business models coming out of the …Continue
Even for a seasoned author, a writers’ conference can be daunting. Making your way into the hall crowded with chattering conferees…Continue