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She Writes Press News: Announcing Loveyoubye by Rossandra White

Loveyoubye opens when Rossandra White’s husband of twenty-five years disappears, leaving behind a cryptic, hastily-written note on the kitchen counter, and then returns weeks later, offering few details about where he went. This sequence of events has played out before. Despite knowledge of at least one affair, she trusts he is being true to her and that their tumultuous marriage will endure. But this time is different. A subsequent confluence of crises rattles Rossandra’s core,…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 30, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

I FINISHED! A draft. Time for a modest celebration.

While writing my first novel has been an adventure extraordinaire (who knew that characters would sometimes appear to be writing their own stories, while this author was left to catch up), there came a moment last week when I was glad this wasn't my first rodeo.  I wrote the last sentence of my book.…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 30, 2013 at 12:58pm — 28 Comments

Status Updates: Navigating the Newest Literary Genre

A couple weeks ago I posted “How I Attracted 800 Facebook Fans in Two Months.” I’ve since picked up 535 fans. I’ve also counseled a writer friend who’d been stuck at 100 fans and now, three…

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Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on June 28, 2013 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 5 Google Reader Alternatives

If you read many blogs, you probably use an RSS reader, and chances are that RSS reader is Google Reader—or was. Google Reader will be obsolete as of Monday, July 1, so you’ve got three more days to get your feeds transferred to a new reader before you lose all your data. Here are my favorite…

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Added by Meghan Ward on June 27, 2013 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Platform Vs. Portfolio

Almost every week I meet with a prospective new client whose writing is fantastic but who is lacking in the platform department. Whether you realize it yet or not, lack of a platform is the curse of most aspiring-to-be-published writers. Increasingly it’s a fact that in order to be taken on by an agent or a publishing…

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Added by Brooke Warner on June 24, 2013 at 11:00am — 26 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 41 Days

In Celebration of Sentences 

Last year the Indian American fiction writer Jhumpa Lahiri wrote a beautiful ode to the act of writing for the New York Times. It took the form of…

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Added by Susan Conley on June 25, 2013 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

[Making the Leap] Writing Through The Seasons, Part II: The Writing Mom

In a four-post series, through the months of June and July, I will be exploring how we make the leap from different stages in our life. As women and writers, each chapter has its own unique joys and challenges. I have invited four different writers,…

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Added by Julie Luek on June 25, 2013 at 1:41pm — 4 Comments

What is article marketing?

A new trend in book promotion is "article marketing" in which authors submit unpaid content to websites such as ehow.com in hopes that it will lead to Internet exposure and eventually book sales. Personally, I'm not a big fan of that approach because the articles on those sites (often called "content farms") tend to be very generic, not well screened, and often produced through what seems to be translation software. However, the concept behind article marketing is excellent. I spent…

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 24, 2013 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

[SWP: Behind the Book] Three Things I Would Have Done Differently In Hiring A Publicist.

Prior to publishing my food memoir, Tasting Home, with She Writes Press (in March of 2013), I had published…

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Added by Judith Newton on June 23, 2013 at 2:00pm — 55 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing Seasons Among the Vines by Paula Moulton

The second edition of Seasons Among the Vines has added enlightening pieces of the international world of wine exposing some of the most riveting old world style secrets to the new world. After spending nearly ten years of her life rebuilding her world after her husband is killed in a car accident and three days before the release of her first edition of Seasons Among the Vines in 2003, Paula Moulton decides to embark on an enchanting and courageous adventure enrolling in a…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 23, 2013 at 7:56pm — No Comments

Trying to Read Angela Carter

Sarah Glazer asks why this feminist novelist doesn’t translate well to America

 How does it feel when you can’t see the greatness in a writer reputed to be one of England’s major feminist novelists?

 A little lousy, frankly. That was my feeling after tackling Angela Carter’s last novel, Wise Children, published in…

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Added by State of the Art on June 21, 2013 at 4:35am — 2 Comments

[What's Next?] We Got the Beat

Hello, everyone! I am excited to announce this week that I have officially finished reading through my manuscript and am now ready to begin making changes!

The biggest (and most difficult) changes for me are going to be structural. I have a lot of the main events I want somewhere in there on the page, but the order in which they happen doesn’t always make sense, and there are places where I need to insert…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 20, 2013 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Writer on Vacation: Five Great Ideas

No, unlike some writers, I don’t actually write on vacation.  (Unless you count postcards.)  But I do use my vacation time to restore myself, improve my craft, and advance my career.  Here’s what I do:

 

1.  Draw.  Instead of writing, what about permitting yourself to dip into…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 20, 2013 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Creating Profitable Boundaries for Your Business - by Mary Caelsto

This week's [REALITY CHECK] comes courtesy of author/publisher Mary Caelsto.

With over a decade in publishing as an author (over 50 books/novellas published under a…

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Added by Zetta Brown on June 19, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

A few reasons to have a website

I give consultations on book marketing, and one of the first things I tell my clients to do is put up a website, preferably in the form of yourname.com. If you have a common name, I suggest seeing if yournameauthor.com or yournamebooks.com is available. I prefer this to thenameofyourbook.com, because what if you end up writing another book?…

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 18, 2013 at 9:28am — 4 Comments

She Writes Press Celebration and First Self-Publishing Summit 2013 in Berkeley

When She Writes comes to my doorstep to celebrate and teach, I put on bells and whistles to be there. It’s a rare joy to be connected not just online, but live, in a room with colleagues, other She Writers, editors, and She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner.

At an elegant Berkeley hotel, there were the…

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Added by Renate Stendhal on June 17, 2013 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing The Belief in Angels by J. Dylan Yates

Jules Finn and Szaja Trautman know that sorrow can sink deeply, so deeply it can drown a soul.

Growing up in her parents’ crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules’ imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. Somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother.

David, Jules’…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 17, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

The "Admiring B[l]og!"

We live in an age of self-promotion: Twitter, Facebook–-need I add blogging? A blog post by Nancy K. Miller on She Writes about how Emily Dickinson might feel about our era’s publicity-consciousness got me thinking about how Constance Fenimore Woolson (another 19th-century writer I am writing a biography about) felt about her own literary celebrity. She loved it and hated it…

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Added by Anne Boyd Rioux on June 17, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] If Emily Dickinson tweeted…

I’m Nobody! Who are you?

Are you―Nobody―Too? (c. 1861) 

Despite Dickinson’s well-known gift for concision, these lines and the ones that follow in the poem, suggest that Dickinson would not have been out there performing the acts of (shameless) self-promotion that writers today have…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on June 8, 2013 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How Much Should You Share on Social Media Networks?

The leak of the NSA’s Prism program has everyone thinking about online privacy. In addition to wondering whether your emails to your grandmother are being monitored by the…

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Added by Meghan Ward on June 13, 2013 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

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