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Why She Writes Press, and Why Now

When She Writes first emerged in 2009, I knew it was something special. I’d already been acquiring books at Seal Press for five years at that point, and I’d witnessed firsthand how women writers (both in print and online) thrive in communities and environments that support and honor women’s unique perspectives, stories, and truths, so I was thrilled by the spirit and energy propelling…


Added by Brooke Warner on June 29, 2012 at 8:04am — 25 Comments

It's About Time: She Writes Press!

Today I am thrilled, proud and downright giddy to announce the launch of a new venture: She Writes Press.

About six months ago, Brooke Warner, formerly the Executive Editor of Seal Press (one of my favorite presses, by the way), came to me with an idea.  What if, she asked, we started a press for authors who want to try their hand at publishing outside the…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 29, 2012 at 7:00am — 84 Comments

Why I Write YA

When people hear that I write novels for teenagers, they often respond with a question that I find ever so slightly disingenuous: “How can you remember all that stuff?”

I really shouldn’t accuse complete strangers of lying to my face. After all, it’s hard to think of something to say when someone tells you her profession (“You’re a lawyer? That must be so…interesting”), and people might feel that a simple, “Cool” will…


Added by Melissa Kantor on February 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — 45 Comments

Forgive Me, For I Have Doubted

Countdown to Publication Blog -- Week 7.

 She Writes amigas, I have a confession to make: I had a crisis of faith. It began with a question, sneaking up on me while I was doing something as ordinary…


Added by Marisel Vera on June 15, 2011 at 6:30pm — 48 Comments

Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Published My First Book

In twenty-eight days, my third novel, SILVER SPARROW will be officially released.  It’s been almost ten years since my debut LEAVING ATLANTA and I have learned a lot since then.  To give you a feeling for how long it has been, I am posting my very first author photo which was shot by a friend’s boyfriend against the…


Added by Tayari Jones on April 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — 93 Comments

The Daring Writers Guide, #1: Thirteen Things I've Learned in Thirteen Years

I'm Miriam Peskowitz, author. In thirteen years as a professional writer,  I’ve penned obscure academic books. I have written passionately about motherhood in…


Added by The Daring Writers Guide on April 6, 2011 at 9:00am — 43 Comments

How Do You Know if You Are a "Real" Writer?

How do you know?  This question has plagued me for a long time, and I saw it recently on a writing web site, so I am not the only one who has asked it.  For a long time, I was unpublished and wrote in the “closet.”  I was afraid if I admitted to doing it (writing, folks) I would have to face that dreaded question:  “Oh, what have you published?”  To which, I’d have to say, “Well, nothing… but my mother loves my… Continue

Added by Teresa K. Thorne on March 21, 2011 at 7:36am — 35 Comments

Do We Overshare When We Write about Our Kids?

Ever since their conception in a petrie dish, Deborah Siegel has felt the urge to write publicly about her children. She’s a writer. They’re her material. She can’t help herself. But is it fair?

The first few times, I did it without thinking. Like most parental musings conducted during that groggy first year, my early blog… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on November 5, 2010 at 6:00am — 49 Comments

Give and take

I received an email recently from a self-published author with a description of his book and a link to where I could buy it. I had never met the man, and the email was generic, so it was obvious that he was spamming a lot of people with the same message.

I replied politely, asking him if he had read (or even bought) my books. He replied sheepishly that he hadn't, and I never heard from him again. Big surprise there.

I decided to blog about the incident because it…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 26, 2012 at 7:23am — 9 Comments

How Do You Become a Bestseller like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

Sarah Glazer disses the Swedish sensation but wonders how women can do the same.

Can someone explain to me how a novel as tedious as The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo became a bestseller?

Reading this so-called thriller reminded me of the experience of traveling by sailboat, aptly described as “hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror.”

I happily entered into my book club’s… Continue

Added by State of the Art on July 16, 2010 at 9:31am — 37 Comments

10 Questions Never To Ask A Writer

I wonder how many of you have asked a writer of your acquaintance what you thought was a perfectly harmless question, one intended to show your interest in that person and what they do, only to be rewarded by a mumbled response, possibly a trembling chin, or, horrors, a glower. You walk away thinking, What’s wrong with these writer people? Have they no manners? Well, sadly, some of us don’t, but it’s more likely you’ve stumbled upon one of the questions likely to leave us at…well, a loss for… Continue

Added by Lauren B. Davis on January 5, 2010 at 6:00am — 58 Comments

We Are Three! Celebrating She Writes' Greatest Hits.

Hi everybody!  I am proud to announce that this Friday, June 29th, will mark the official third birthday of She Writes.  In keeping with the spirit of my sabbatical, we haven't attempted anything too ambitious on the organizing front (though please, do…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 25, 2012 at 7:13am — 12 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] Oink! A Report from BookExpo America

When my publisher wangled me an autographing session at BookExpo America, the publishing industry trade fair June 5-7  at the enormous Javits Convention Center in New York City, I was thrilled.  Plunging into the stream of booksellers, agents, librarians, bloggers, readers, and writers, I had two…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 22, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

The She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour

Hello, She Writers! I have a very exciting announcement to share with all of you. The She Writes group Southern Writers, is have a blog tour! Spearheaded by former guest editor and current Reality Check columnist…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 20, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Writing Video #4: Pay Attention to Detail Like Anne Lamott

Kendra Bonnett, She Writes Guest Editor and Co-Founder of Women's Memoirs

My business partner and co-author Matilda Butler and I have the great good fortune to work with many dedicated students in our writing classes. They not only have good basic writing skills but they take pleasure in writing. And that's a good thing because writing is work...

...unless it's something you love. We call it a labor of love, but it's not…


Added by Kendra Bonnett on June 21, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Writing Video #3: "Be Bold, be Free, be Truthful" and Write with Brenda Ueland as Your Guide

Kendra Bonnett, She Writes Guest Editor and Co-Founder of Women's Memoirs

Sorry I couldn't post a blog and video yesterday, but my own writing consumed my day. I'm making it up to you with this inspiring little video that my business partner and co-author Matilda Butler made to celebrate the writing genius of Brenda Ueland.

I love this video both for its sage advice and for the fact that Matilda brought me back to Ueland. I didn't know who Ueland was when Matilda first made…


Added by Kendra Bonnett on June 20, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] What Editors Do

This week on “Reality Check,” Elizabeth K. Burton, editor-in-chief and owner of Zumaya Publications, gives her insight on what…


Added by Zetta Brown on June 20, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Imply vs. Infer

In last week's post I explained the difference between recommend and refer, which people sometimes confuse. This week, I want to discuss imply and infer, which people OFTEN confuse. In fact, I hear these two words used incorrectly at least once a week and sometimes more than…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 19, 2012 at 7:45am — 1 Comment

Writing Video #2: Celebrate Your Writing Journey to Its Destination Like Annie Dillard

Kendra Bonnett, She Writes Guest Editor and Co-Founder of Women's Memoirs

I look at my slightly yellowed, dog-eared, highlighted, underlined and Post-it note-laiden copy of The Writing Life, and I say, "Kendra, you certainly got your money's worth out of this book."

And I have. For it was after first reading Annie Dillard's little book--little in length only--that I finally understood the idea that writing is a…


Added by Kendra Bonnett on June 18, 2012 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Writing Video #1: Practice Your Craft Like the Late, Great Ray Bradbury

Kendra Bonnett, She Writes Guest Editor and Co-Founder of Women's Memoirs

In preparation for developing our new book Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep, my co-author and business partner Matilda Butler and I spent a lot of time studying the writing advice of the masters of our craft.

Last week, Matilda shared the words and wisdom of Dorothy Parker. This week, I want to give you a…


Added by Kendra Bonnett on June 17, 2012 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

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