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The Reviews Come In: On Public Celebrations and Private Rants


The reviews of my book have started to come in, and to my relief and pleasure, they've been pretty great. You can read some of them here: Publishers Weekly; ForeWord Reviews;…


Added by Julija Sukys on March 29, 2012 at 4:30am — 10 Comments

Is a New Print Magazine a Bad Idea? - Sandra Knauf

My guest today is Sandra Knauf, creator and editor of Greenwoman Magazine.  Please see information and bio at the end!


I came across a two-page ad in More magazine the other day–an ad for magazines. The heading read:

Will the Internet kill magazines? Did instant coffee kill…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 28, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Top 10 (plus two extra) Fears of an Emerging Writer

Greetings SheWriters.

     As we look back through our writing lives, what kind of person do we see?  Is she confidant, plunging through crowds with her head held high, pen raised, agents begging at her heals?  Does she sit for 6 hours a day, fingers moving fluidly and in an organized fashion, hair perfectly coifed, rose petal smell emanating from her office?  (Of course she has a room of her own, right?!!) 

     Or is she engaged in fits of passion, clouds of self-doubt, all…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 27, 2012 at 9:30am — 25 Comments

Three Grassroots Marketing Tips to Put in Place Today

For many authors, both traditional and self-published, marketing a book is harder than writing one. If you don't have a background in marketing, you may feel confused, overwhelmed, and even a little freaked out by the idea of it. Plus you may equate marketing with advertising and immediately think, Marketing is expensive, there's no way I can do it! But the truth is you can. You just need to be clever about how you go about it.

Here are three things you can do today - for…


Added by Maria Murnane on March 27, 2012 at 7:50am — 19 Comments

Deborah Batterman - Autobiography in Fiction (What "to" do, and what not...)

Autobiography in Fiction



As a young girl growing up in a small Brooklyn apartment, I have strong memories of noise – aunts and uncles sitting and schmoozing around a table that sat nestled in an alcove just outside the kitchen. Cigarette smoke drifted across…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 26, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Guest Editor for the Week: Theme - What Not to Do

Hi Writers - I will be your guest editor of the week.  I am not even sure this is the right place to post, but here goes.         

   Many of my favorite pieces of advice come from lists of "what not to do" and how to avoid "rookie" mistakes at all costs.  One of my favorite books that illustrates this principal is The Forest For the Trees by editor Betsy Lerner.  In it, she glides between descriptions of how the…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 25, 2012 at 8:59pm — 6 Comments


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Five Questions for...KATHA POLLITT

asked by NANCY K. MILLER, author of the forthcoming"What They Saved: Pieces of A Jewish Past."

Writing itself is a feminist act, isn't it?

Q: It would…


Added by Five Questions on October 9, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

"I Just Wrote '50 Shades of Grey Area! (By Which I Mean, FanFic PAYS!)"

When is copying not the sincerest form of flattery? When the copier stands to make millions off someone else's characters! Without so much as an acknowledgment to the author of the original characters!


Added by Laura Zigman on March 23, 2012 at 6:49am — 2 Comments

Plus ça change... A Few Thoughts in the Wake of the Toulouse School Shooting

toulouse_013 by celine nadeau

A few months ago, a friend asked me before departing to France on sabbatical if she should be concerned about anti-Semitism there. "Oh no," I said, dismissing her concerns. Now, in the wake of the Toulouse Jewish school shooting, I see I may have been wrong to be so…


Added by Julija Sukys on March 22, 2012 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Around She Writes, March 20. 2012

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week


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Added by Mary Keating on March 20, 2012 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Special Offer for She Writers Only -- Hedgebrook Weekend Retreat

In the spirit of my renewed commitment to my own writing this spring, and in the hopes of giving other She Writers more tools and sources of inspiration to invest in their own writing projects, too, today I want to share a special offer made by the women writers' colony of…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 20, 2012 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

Unleashing Your Indie with Emlyn Chand

When Emlyn's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and juggles all of the social media…


Added by Mohana Rajakumar on March 20, 2012 at 11:06am — 11 Comments

How to throw a book launch party for free

No matter who is publishing your book, you should have a launch party! In fact, most traditional publishers don't throw launch parties unless the author is famous. For the rest of us, that means we're on our own.

Many authors think that book launch parties need to be elaborate, which translates into expensive. But that's not true! All you need to do is find a local watering hole with a friendly manager who is willing to give you a little space to sell books in exchange for…


Added by Maria Murnane on March 20, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Unlocking Your Uniqueness with Ann Benjamin

Ann Benjamin//annbebnjamin.wordpress.com//@ABenjaminAuthor

What inspired you to write your first book?

Everyone has a unique path towards their first book and I’ve always written (my Mom has a picture of me, age 6, with my spiral notebook…


Added by Mohana Rajakumar on March 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Finding My Voice (part one of Unlocking Your Uniqueness)

By Rachel Thompson


As a nonfiction writer, I find having a theme usually comes second to finding my voice. You may hear this phrase often but what does it mean exactly?


Each of us has our own process. I learned mine after turning my blog into my first book and then…


Added by Mohana Rajakumar on March 19, 2012 at 3:30am — 18 Comments

Beatrice App: In-Depth Author Interviews to Kickstart the Writing Life and Make Dreams Real

Ron Hogan loves interviewing authors ... and he’s an expert at it.

When he launched Beatrice.com back in 1995, he filled the site with in-depth Q&A pieces. For almost a decade, he published conversations with hundreds of fiction and nonfiction authors about the books they'd written, the craft of writing and living the writer's…


Added by Gretl Claggett on March 18, 2012 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Playing in the Sandbox

Wow.  What a fun week!  Thank you to Kamy and Cait for giving me the chance to play in such a fun sandbox, and to everyone else for playing with me and my passion for pitching!

Here is a quick round-up of the stuff I posted, in case you missed anything:

For Poets:

Interview with Poet Margaret Young

For Screenwriters:…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 16, 2012 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Jenny and T.S. Garp: The Nurse and the Goner

When I found out about this week's topic, I blushed. I'm not the best at writing sex scenes; in fact I try to avoid it at all costs. I did write several in an unpublished novel where the mother in the story lost her virginity in her basement, resulting in her getting pregnant. Her daughter (the result of basement sex) lost her virginity on the football field with her boyfriend. The big difference? Her daughter had the Pill, plus condoms. Rick Perry and Santorum would not…


Added by Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on March 16, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Interview with Writer/Director Lisanne Sartor

Lisanne Sartor is a screenwriter, director, mom and sometime child/puppy tamer. Her first movie of the week, CLEAVERVILLE, aired on Lifetime in 2007. She's currently adapting a children's book into a screenplay, prepping to direct a short she wrote and trying to find time to develop various other projects as a writer and director.


Laura Brennan: What is it as a writer that you do well?


Lisanne Sartor: I understand character-based structure well.  And I’m good…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 16, 2012 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Interview with Producer Suzanne Lyons

Award-winning Hollywood producer Suzanne Lyons has produced nine films over the last eight years, starring the likes of James Caan, Naomi Watts, Christopher Walken, and Brenda Blethyn.  Her how-to book on producing independent films hit the shelves last month, and she has an amazing video series on You Tube, with tips…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 16, 2012 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

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