You may be so enthusiastic about starting your book that you can’t wait to put your fingers to the keyboard and start to write your first chapter. But before you begin there are a few things you need to think about. Taking some time before you begin to organize your work and your thoughts will not only make it easier to write, it will greatly increase your chances of writing a book that sells.
If you’ve spent any time at all in business you’ve heard the phrase, “find your target…Continue
I was teaching a writing workshop on Saturday and the subject of reading came up, as it often does. Students are not surprised when I suggest that, if they really want to be writers, they also have to be readers. What does seem to surprise some of them, though, is how much reading I suggest they do as a minimum requirement for the writers' life: a book a week for life.…
In these posts, which will run every other Friday until I finish the darn thing (months? years?), I plan to share questions that come up for me as I write my first novel. Please take a minute to share your experiences and your answers, since I can use all the help I can get!
If you’ve ever written a personal essay or memoir or even retold an elaborate story that relies on memory to a rapt group at a…Continue
Days remaining to publication: 62
Hello She Writers,
It’s been two years since the release of my first novel, The Language of Trees (Avon HarperCollins). I ushered it into the world right here on She Writes—a book ten years in the making had its debut in this glorious, then-newly-christened…Continue
But I don't feel bad enough to write badly.
I have a friend who has a pet phrase. When she feels compassion or sympathy for a person, she often says "I feel badly." I bite my tongue every time she says this, because it's wrong. (By the way, my friend went to Harvard, so don't feel bad if you are guilty of this error too.) As demonstrated in the previous sentence, the correct way to express sentiment is "I feel bad."
To understand when to use bad vs. badly, let me give…Continue
Thank you all so much for your support and warm words of encouragement last week around the launch of the press—and for your good questions. We welcome the dialogue!
Today I want to introduce you to our team. You all know Kamy Wicoff, our passionate and talented founder. I want to extend a personal thank you to her for her creativity and dedication to women writers, and for partnering with me in this venture. As the publisher of She Writes Press, I bring thirteen years in the…Continue
Patricia Dunn is the author of the YA novel Rebels by Accident, which will be released by Alikai Press in August 2012. Patricia is the former managing…Continue
Writing ‘in-tense’ Memories
By Carol Clouse
I remember when I was only seven years old and my grandmother took me to the park. There was a gentle stream with green headed ducks, and we would feed them bread. I toss pieces out into the water, and watch them float briefly until a duck plunges into the water and smacks his bills and swallows my soggy duck treat. They fight over the morsels, as wings flap and flutter. And this…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue