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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…


Added by Brooke Warner on July 21, 2013 at 3:30pm — 26 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Can We Forgive Them? Jews in the News.

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

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Your Family Story Toolbox

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…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on July 18, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

[What's Next?] Have You Seen My Blog?

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…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 18, 2013 at 5:30am — 20 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 20 Days

What Territory Is Your Book Staking Out? Know the Answer Before You Try to Sell Your Manuscript

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…


Added by Susan Conley on July 16, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] RETREAT! - Where Authors Go to Hide

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…


Added by Zetta Brown on July 17, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Think You Can't Write a Book While Working a Full-Time Job? Think Again.

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…


Added by Maria Murnane on July 16, 2013 at 9:22am — 4 Comments

Self-Doubt, "Sacred Drift," and Submissions: An AROHO Feature with Melita Schaum

A Room of Her Own Foundation interviewed Melita Schaum, winner of AROHO's Fall 2010 …


Added by A Room of Her Own Foundation on July 16, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Writer to Writer: Understanding Yourself, to Better Understand Your Publishing Options

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.

I faced this conundrum when it was time to publish my novel, Duck Pond Epiphany. Though I had experience with traditional…


Added by Tracey Barnes Priestley on July 15, 2013 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing Bittersweet Manor by Tory McCagg

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…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 15, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Decisions and Revisions Which A Minute Will Reverse

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…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 14, 2013 at 7:00am — 12 Comments

Can You Hear Me in the Back? An Interview with Guy Kawasaki, Author, Entrepreneur, World Changer

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…


Added by Jean Ellen Whatley on July 12, 2013 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist]: Plus ça change, or are women people?

“Murray ends the 77-year wait for British win.” Ooops.

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…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on July 11, 2013 at 7:57am — 4 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Advice from the Experts: Digi.Lit, San Francisco's First Digital Literary Conference

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…


Added by Meghan Ward on July 11, 2013 at 3:22am — No Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 27 Days

To Sell Your Book You Need to Know (and I Mean Really Know)  What that Book of Yours Is All About

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…


Added by Susan Conley on July 9, 2013 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

[Making the Leap] Writing Through The Seasons, Part III: Midlife Writing Adventure

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…


Added by Julie Luek on July 9, 2013 at 7:00am — 12 Comments

What do you wish you knew before you wrote your first book?

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:



Added by Maria Murnane on July 9, 2013 at 10:35am — 2 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] Why I Chose to Self-Publish

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.…


Added by Lone Morch on June 18, 2013 at 11:30am — 14 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing Royal Entertainment by Marni Fechter

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…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 8, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 34 Days

Selling A Book Before You’ve Finished It:  A Lesson in Stubbornness

When I went out into the publishing market four years ago, I had a newfound agent, an incredible amount of naivete, and…


Added by Susan Conley on July 2, 2013 at 12:30pm — 19 Comments

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