When I coach writers about how to create a compelling book proposal, one of the first things I focus on is the fact that it’s a selling tool, and that its specific job is to showcase what you’re doing and will do to market yourself and eventually your book. I also like to remind any…Continue
Back in New York for a few days, and reading the Times (on paper, of course), I’m reminded how publicly Jewish a city New York is―compared, say, to London or Paris, the only other cities I know well, where Jews and Jewishness do not (except for Israel and Palestine) make news.
Added by Nancy K. Miller on July 18, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
One day I rolled out a piece of butcher paper on the dining room table and asked my mother to draw me a family tree. She was shocked. When she was growing up, her parents had referred to all those Levines and Singers, born in small towns in Lithuania and Belarus, as “pitseles.” Little people. Little…Continue
Added by Ellen Cassedy on July 18, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments
Today I’m going to do a really meta blog post about blog posts. I’m relatively new to this whole blogging scene. I’ve always helped others with their own projects–-setting everything up, figuring out the formatting, helping to increase exposure with social media and networking–-but until somewhat recently I’d never really had a blog of my own. Now that I do, I’m realizing that there are a whole slew of challenges that never occurred to me.
When you have your own blog, it’s…Continue
When I was working on the final, final, final draft of my novel it already had a title, but this working title only got me so far in…Continue
My birthday is next week. I’m feeling old, tired, practically uninspired, but I need to write. In fact, I have no less than four WIPs. But thinking about the actual work that I must do to complete them (i.e. write) just makes me tired.
I want and need to get away and rejuvenate, but I have…Continue
I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Mark Norell, chairman of the paleontology department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. (He was once called "the coolest dude alive" by the Wall Street Journal.) In addition to being a world-renowned scientist, Mark is also an established author, with several books to his name. I asked him how he manages to write…Continue
Added by A Room of Her Own Foundation on July 16, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
The publishing world has exploded, making it a truly exciting time for today's authors.
The challenge? Deciding on exactly which publishing option will work best for you.Continue
After a four month estrangement, thirty-two-year-old Emma Michaels returns to The Harbor View Assisted Living Home to tell her grandmother that she is selling her inheritance: the family property. Gussie, however, intends to move back. On the dock of Poquatuck Village, Connecticut, looking across the harbor to their ancestral home, the two women debate. Their conversation lays the framework for the book, which flows back over the decades to Gussie's youth and marriage, and the…Continue
Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 15, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
As I was so proud to share two weeks ago -- I have a draft! After letting it rest for two weeks, however (like a cooked turkey), I have spent the last week marking it up. It is a strange experience, reading your own book with a critical eye. At one point I found myself frozen, pen hovering over the paper, about to write a note but unable to begin because I couldn't figure out how to address myself. I wanted to write, as I would have when editing…Continue
Have you ever sat through a motivational speech from somebody preaching the “risking-everything-you’ve-got-to-acheive-your-dreams” gospel while making snarky comments to yourself, “Easy for you to say, dude, you’re a millionaire!”? In my former day job as a corporate video producer, I heard the best and the worst of the “follow your passion” pitches from many an effete…
The headline misses the fact that Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977. But she won in women’s singles. Feminist writer Chloe Angyal tweeted the now much retweeted egregious omission: “Murray is indeed the first Brit to win Wimbledon in 77 years unless you…Continue
June 29 I had the pleasure of participating on the Author Branding & Marketing Panel at Digi.Lit, Litquake’s first digital literary conference. I also attended several other sessions and live tweeted them.
Here are some…Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on July 11, 2013 at 3:22am — No Comments
So let’s say you write a book. Or you write the first or second draft of a manuscript that’s well on its way towards being a book. You live in the weeds 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, from various…Continue
You know the saying: hindsight is 20/20. Writing and publishing a book is an experience from which you've probably learned or are learning a lot, and it's nice to pass those lessons along to authors just starting out. I love learning from other writers, so I asked four of my author friends (some indie, some with traditional contracts) what they wish they knew before writing their first books. Here's what they had to say:
Dear friends and fellow writers,
I've gotten a lot of questions regarding self-publishing my memoir Seeing Red; I hope this blog post will inspire you and answer some of the questions you may be carrying as you consider how best to publish your work.…
When bleeding heart Melody Frank blows the whistle at her social services job, she gets fired. Enter the fabulous Charles Ribbon, premier party producer for New York's rich and famous at Royal Entertainment; his assistant is out of commission and he wants Melody to start right away. She is suddenly…Continue
Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 8, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments
When I went out into the publishing market four years ago, I had a newfound agent, an incredible amount of naivete, and…Continue