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Guest Post #5: Jennifer Pozner Amplifies WIMN's Voices

As you can probably tell, I'm really big on the internet as a platform for activism, especially for women. Women across the world who never would have been able to meet can now organize as communities. This means they can brainstorm, complain, organize, critique, help, encourage, and act together--like we do on She Writes!

She Writes knocks my socks off because it's a safe enclave of support for…


Added by Julia Barry on January 26, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Guest Post #4: Beth Kanter's Social Media & Non-Profit Scoop

Many of us on SheWrites care about women's issues or work in the non-profit world. Beth Kanter writes a really helpful, clear blog with the tagline, "How Networked Nonprofits Are Using Social Media to Power Change."…


Added by Julia Barry on January 25, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Guest Post #1: The Power of Questions

I'm thrilled to be your guest blogger this week! I'll share inspiration of all sorts that combine women, writing, and tech. I'll throw in some of my thoughts too, and I'm especially interested to hear yours. 

Let's start off with the power of ASKING QUESTIONS.

If you're like me, many of your thoughts start with "what if?" or "how to?". I…


Added by Julia Barry on January 22, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Guest Post #2: Curiosity Saved the Cat

Curiosity didn't kill the cat. I think it made its life richer, more interesting, adventurous, and possibly even longer than it would have been. Why? Yesterday, we were talking about the power of questions. And when you label the fire that motivates questioning, you find...



Added by Julia Barry on January 23, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Women of Arab Spring

Sarah Glazer wonders what will happen to the women of Arab Spring after the revolution is over.

 Are we getting the whole story about the part women are playing in the Arab Spring turmoil and its aftermath? That was the question in my mind as I headed for a panel discussion in London last month with women activists from Libya, Bahrain and Iran.

 The first thing that struck me was…


Added by State of the Art on January 20, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

What Electrifies You? Tell us and win!

Every once in a while, a student will come to my office, saying she doesn’t know what to write.

“What gets your heart pumping?” I’ll ask her. “What takes your breath away? What makes the hair on your arms stand up on end?”

And she’ll look up into the air until something dawns upon her, and then a smile (or pained expression) will spread across her face. Her brother’s…


Added by gayle brandeis on January 20, 2012 at 9:40am — 77 Comments

Kicking It on Kickstarter!

Kickstarter, called "the people's NEA" by The New York Times, recently sent out their 2011 round-up of success stories on their crowdsourced fundraising site, with women filmmakers taking significant applause on the roster, including Dee Rees' Pariah, which won the Excellence in…


Added by Kathleen Sweeney on January 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why Free Was For Me

A little over a month ago, I made my novel, A Previous Engagement, free as an ebook. (Paperbacks aren’t free, sorry…LOL). You can download it just about anywhere: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, and iTunes. It was a risky…


Added by Stephanie Haddad on January 17, 2012 at 6:34am — 2 Comments

This is Who-Man: On Writing, Play, and Fun


This is Who-Man. My son and I invented him over breakfast this morning.

Who-Man is a superhero whose arch-enemy is a many-eyed monster called “Crime.” Who-Man wears a bumpy suit (as you can see in Sebastian’s rendition of him above). The suit can shoot fire, but our hero rarely has to use this weapon. He has other ways of…


Added by Julija Sukys on January 19, 2012 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Going to AWP? Located in Chicago? This event is for you.

Cate Marvin, co-founder of the critically important organization for women writers, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, had the fantastic idea to put together a panel for the upcoming …


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 19, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Why Self-Published Authors Know Best

This is a post from my blog from earlier this month, that writers seem to have found interesting. I hope you enjoy it as well.  M. Louisa Locke


I ran across this quote today, from a post that historical romance novelist Courtney Milan wrote this week as an open letter to…


Added by M. Louisa Locke on August 25, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

Knocking on Your Door (On Reframing Self-Promotion)

When I was 11 years old, I started a neighborhood newspaper (named, not so imaginatively, Neighborhood News). It was my first foray into self-publishing, if you don’t count the “novel” I wrote when I was eight. That 20 page homage to The Secret Garden (named, not so imaginatively, The Secret World) ended up in my school library, but that was because my teacher had the pages spiral bound within a laminated orange construction paper cover--I wasn’t involved in the publishing part. …


Added by gayle brandeis on January 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

More grammar pet peeves

In previous posts, I addressed random capitalization and the incorrect use of a possessive apostrophe to denote a plural. I enjoyed the fun reaction I got from readers, so here I go again with the grammar thing.

I spend a lot of time checking out various…


Added by Maria Murnane on January 17, 2012 at 9:30am — 31 Comments

Self-Publish(?) or Perish: The New Digital Imperative

Everybody loves a winner, an against-the-odds rise to the ranks of best-sellerdom, Darcie Chan the latest success story in the DIY digital publishing mode. It gives writers heart, not to mention hope. Yes we can. And, yet, the decision to self-publish is an individual one that raises questions with no easy answers.

Much has evolved since my own foray into publishing a digital…


Added by Deborah Batterman on January 17, 2012 at 7:09am — No Comments

Top 10 New Year's Marketing Tips for Authors

by Sherrie Wilkolaski

As an author, you MUST take control of marketing your book, your brand and your platform. With the New Year upon us, what better time to make a change for the better.  Whether you're a first time author or a seasoned professional writer, it's always a good idea to get focused on your…


Added by Sherrie Wilkolaski on January 16, 2012 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

And the winners are...

First of all -- a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered our first-ever "Young Adult Novelist" contest, with 100% of the entry fees going to support the important work of Girls Write Now.  It's such a worthy organization, I hope that the $3975 raised is some consolation to the 260 of you who didn't make this list.  The quality of the entries was mind-bogglingly good (hence our needing an extra day to decide), so please, continue…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 16, 2012 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

To Wait Or Not To Wait: The Self-Publishing Dilemma

Once upon a time there was no decision to make. Traditional publishing was the only option. Yes, there were vanity presses. But the process was big and cumbersome and costly. There was no internet filled with social networks. No Amazon to streamline the process. On-line retail was just a vision in the future. 

But now it’s all changed. There are choices. You don’t have to wait to get picked if you don’t want to. Yet many of us do. I did. 

I waited and I waited.…


Added by Joanne Tombrakos on January 14, 2012 at 8:48am — 3 Comments

If you are waiting on pins and needles...

Hold on just a little bit longer -- we need another day to decide on the five winners of our Girls Write Now sponsored "Young Adult Novelist" contest!  Stay tuned.  We will announce the winners on Monday, January 16th at noon EST.

Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 14, 2012 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Awesome Position for a Poet Now Available at the City College of New York

Hi folks, you'll find the posting below at …

Added by Mikhal Dekel on January 14, 2012 at 2:45pm — No Comments

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