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Who are you writing for?

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…


Added by Karen Hodges Miller on July 9, 2012 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Books, books, and . . .

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.…


Added by Lauren B. Davis on July 2, 2012 at 8:57am — 39 Comments

On Writing My First Novel: When To Let Go

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!



Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 6, 2012 at 7:00am — 18 Comments

And That’s A Fact: A Journalist Cum Novelist's Tips On Moving Between Fact & Fiction

The Cover of My Debut Novel, Semi-Charmed Life (Just Published on July 3rd!)

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…


Added by Nora Zelevansky on July 5, 2012 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

Countdown to Publication: The Salt God's Daughter - 62 Days

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…


Added by Ilie Ruby on July 3, 2012 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

I feel bad for writing this...

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…


Added by Maria Murnane on July 3, 2012 at 9:20am — 2 Comments

And the Award Goes To…Socially Engaged Fiction

Are you writing a novel about "the world as it is with an eye for how it could be”? If so, Barbara Kingsolver may have a prize for you.  Check out the submission guidelines for the PEN/Bellwether…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 27, 2012 at 6:38am — 16 Comments

Meet the She Writes Press team!

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…


Added by Brooke Warner on July 3, 2012 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Five Questions For...Patricia Dunn

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…


Added by Five Questions on July 2, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Writing ‘in-tense’ Memories

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…


Added by Carol Clouse on June 26, 2012 at 4:48pm — 5 Comments

Why She Writes Press, and Why Now

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…


Added by Brooke Warner on June 29, 2012 at 8:04am — 25 Comments

It's About Time: She Writes Press!

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…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 29, 2012 at 7:00am — 84 Comments

Why I Write YA

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…


Added by Melissa Kantor on February 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — 45 Comments

Forgive Me, For I Have Doubted

Countdown to Publication Blog -- Week 7.

 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…


Added by Marisel Vera on June 15, 2011 at 6:30pm — 48 Comments

Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Published My First Book

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…


Added by Tayari Jones on April 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — 93 Comments

The Daring Writers Guide, #1: Thirteen Things I've Learned in Thirteen Years

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…


Added by The Daring Writers Guide on April 6, 2011 at 9:00am — 43 Comments

How Do You Know if You Are a "Real" Writer?

How do you know?  This question has plagued me for a long time, and I saw it recently on a writing web site, so I am not the only one who has asked it.  For a long time, I was unpublished and wrote in the “closet.”  I was afraid if I admitted to doing it (writing, folks) I would have to face that dreaded question:  “Oh, what have you published?”  To which, I’d have to say, “Well, nothing… but my mother loves my… Continue

Added by Teresa K. Thorne on March 21, 2011 at 7:36am — 35 Comments

Do We Overshare When We Write about Our Kids?

Ever since their conception in a petrie dish, Deborah Siegel has felt the urge to write publicly about her children. She’s a writer. They’re her material. She can’t help herself. But is it fair?

The first few times, I did it without thinking. Like most parental musings conducted during that groggy first year, my early blog… Continue

Added by She Writes Fridays on November 5, 2010 at 6:00am — 49 Comments

Give and take

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…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 26, 2012 at 7:23am — 9 Comments

How Do You Become a Bestseller like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

Sarah Glazer disses the Swedish sensation but wonders how women can do the same.

Can someone explain to me how a novel as tedious as The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo became a bestseller?

Reading this so-called thriller reminded me of the experience of traveling by sailboat, aptly described as “hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror.”

I happily entered into my book club’s… Continue

Added by State of the Art on July 16, 2010 at 9:31am — 37 Comments

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