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She Writes Press News: Announcing WATER ON THE MOON by Jean Moore

After her farmhouse in Greenwich, Connecticut is destroyed, Lidia is thankful her teenage twins, Carly and Clarisse, are unharmed and that her friend Polly Niven has taken them in. Lidia, whose husband left her and the girls for another man, lost her job in the financial crisis. She fears more bad news and…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 25, 2013 at 5:39pm — No Comments

What Readers Need to Know

“But you never say whether you found your brother’s bear. Readers will want to know,” my mother emailed me after reading “Silos,” a chapter from my book, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography. “Mom,” I wrote back, “that would be a different narrative arc, the ‘Did…


Added by Kayann Short, Ph.D. on August 25, 2013 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist]: Back to School

I’m not going back to school in the way that “back to school” meant as a child (new clothes, new teachers), or as an adult who, after experimenting with life decides that she wants to go back to finish a degree, or start a new one. I’m going back to school as I have for decades -- to teach. My problem is not what to wear for the first day of class, or what course to sign up for, though I’m sure I will try on several outfits. I am wondering, though, how I’m going to teach what I already had…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 22, 2013 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How to Be a Little Less Introverted

First I want to announce the winner of a free copy of Guy Kawasaki's ebook APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur:


Congratulations, Patricia! Please email me at meghan@meghanward.com, so I can send you your…


Added by Meghan Ward on August 22, 2013 at 9:16am — 7 Comments

[Making the Leap] Five Reasons Every Writer Should Journal

I’m going to be bold and use a word I rarely dare to use: should. Deep breath. Here goes.…


Added by Julie Luek on August 20, 2013 at 5:00pm — 60 Comments

Writing takes discipline

The title of this post may sound extremely obvious, but it's important. I keep meeting people who tell me they want to write a book and/or are working on a book. Most of the time, unfortunately, their talk never turns into an actual book.


These folks, who I'm sure truly do want to become authors, remind me of the people I see packing the classes every January at the yoga studio I frequent. They've clearly made New Year's resolutions to get in shape, so they…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 20, 2013 at 1:13pm — 7 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing THE COMPLETE ENNEAGRAM by Beatrice Chestnut, PhD

The Enneagram-a universal symbol of human purpose and possibility-is an excellent tool for doing the hardest part of consciousness work: realizing, owning, and accepting your strengths and weaknesses. In this comprehensive handbook, Beatrice Chestnut, PhD, traces the development of the…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 20, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

5 Questions for . . . Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn, author of…


Added by Five Questions on August 18, 2013 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Why Publish With a Hybrid Press?

"Why do I write?" "What do I write about?" "What do I learn through my writing?" People don't tend to ask me these questions at parties, or in casual conversation. They ask, "Are you published?"


Do they ask to cut to the chase? Maybe they have heard of me, already read my writing. (Ah,…


Added by Tory McCagg on August 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Waiting, Wondering...And Freaking Out. (Just A Little Bit.)

Just before I left for a summer "vacation" with my boys (in quotes because sometimes I feel that when we are on "vacation," the boys have the time of their lives while I exhaust myself playing card games in airports and trying to remember I have a name other than Mommy), I did it.  I took the leap, I…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on August 16, 2013 at 10:30am — 22 Comments

[What's Next?] But Seriously with these E-readers

Hello everybody! Some of you might remember that I did a post awhile back on e-readers and how they don't make any sense to me.  Big news: they still don’t make sense to me, but I wanted to talk about it again this week because something happened that makes me want to further probe this question. I promise to talk about my actual writing next time, and I already have an…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 15, 2013 at 9:30am — 17 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Three Shades of Black

Summer Black, of course. No New Yorker needs persuading about wearing black in the summer―is there any other color?―but apparently London women need help, or at least encouragement to believe that black is still the new black. Hence the reassurance by style mavens that it’s more than OK to dress all in…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 15, 2013 at 7:49am — 8 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Four ways to share your work in progress – without showing the manuscript

I once heard about a woman (a mother, of course) who wrote an entire novel in secret – in the bathtub.  Every night she locked the…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on August 15, 2013 at 12:30am — 16 Comments

She Writers, Meet Ladydrawers

As someone immersed in the process of writing a graphic memoir, and a serious newbie, imagine my delight when I came upon the Ladydrawers Comics Collective. Imagine my further delight when I learned that this collective is based in my new hometown, Chicago. I waited all of three seconds before…


Added by Deborah Siegel on August 14, 2013 at 9:03am — 1 Comment

Show vs. Tell: Do you know the difference?

"Show vs. tell" is a cardinal rule of writing, yet most first-time authors don't quite understand what it is. After years of trying to explain this concept, I believe I've finally come up with the perfect analogy: online dating!

Let your readers draw their own…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 13, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

I'm Scooped. But There's Still Plenty More to Say.

Hearing about last week’s Time Magazine cover story on “The Childfree Life” was one of those moments writers dread. The book idea I’ve been contemplating for a decade is now trending big time, no thanks to…


Added by marci alboher on August 12, 2013 at 8:00am — 27 Comments

Help, I Need Somebody/Help, Not Just Anybody - Using Experts To Enrich A Novel

I recently met the rector of a local church to discuss a zealous missionary character in my WIP. I want the missionary to be extreme, but not a caricature, and I wanted the rector to confirm I've gotten it right. Soon, I plan to talk to a reporter who whose recent non-fiction book relates to another topic in my WIP…


Added by Julie Lawson Timmer on August 12, 2013 at 5:30am — 7 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Twitter and Trolls

The FEMEN movement has warned London and Britain that an offensive on the city is in the works. Inna Shevchenko whose face inspired a new image for Marianne, the female symbol of the French Republic as portrayed on French stamps, is proud of her activism, especially if it provokes Right-wing Christian groups to fits of…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 8, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 5 Things I Learned at BlogHer '13

The weekend before last I attended BlogHer '13 in Chicago along with 5000 other (mostly female) bloggers. We heard keynotes by Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, social media guru Guy Kawasaki, Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg, and Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd. Queen Latifah…


Added by Meghan Ward on August 8, 2013 at 10:00am — 15 Comments

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The Middle Ground: the Boundary Region Where Fiction and Non-Fiction Live

Ever wonder why some of our favorite fictional characters read like real, historical figures? Or why the best memoirs we've read unfold cinematically--as rich and lavish…


Added by Susan Conley on August 7, 2013 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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