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