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…
Fiction writers tend to be a little more stymied on platform, and not without reason. The world of what I refer to as the “Almighty Author Platform” in …Continue
I recently received this e-mail from Sara, a loyal subscriber to my newsletter:
I'm nearing the end of my book, and it has possibilities for three different endings. I'm considering asking people I know to read all three versions and give me feedback on which one they like best, and why they prefer one over another. I'm also considering publishing this as a novella in three different versions, with each version having one of the three endings. Would you consider this to be a good…Continue
Our Love Could Light The World is a collection of twelve linked short stories about a sloppy, unorganized, yet endearing family, the Dugans. The book begins with the final story in my first collection, All The Roads That Lead From Home (Press 53, 2011). After bringing this family to the page, I decided to…Continue
Last Friday I reached a milestone: 1,000 Facebook “likes.” Back in November, an agent told me my book proposal was excellent, but my platform wasn’t big enough. “If you build your platform,” she said, “I’d be happy to take another look.” When I asked her how many Facebook fans would constitute a decent following, she…Continue
When twenty-something artist Erica Mason moves from laid-back Mexico to Manhattan in the mid-1970s, she finds a hard-edged, decadent, and radically evolving art scene. Peppered with characters who could only come from the latter days of the “turn-on-and-drop-out” ’60s in then-crumbling New York (a…Continue
We are proud to announce that Anne Leigh Parrish's OUR LOVE COULD LIGHT THE WORLD has been named by Kirkus as a recommended book in their Indie category! Kirkus writes:
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In February 2013, I gave a TEDx talk at TEDxWindyCity about the gendering of childhood in the earliest years of life. TEDx events, for those who may not know what the “x” stands for, are independently…Continue
At some point in the interesting new movie Frances Ha someone declares: “Twenty-seven is old.” In his enthusiastic review film critic A.O. Scott observes: “while that may in some sense be…Continue
I’ve wanted to write about one of my personal weaknesses as a writer for a while now, and it just so happens that it’s particularly relevant this week for all of you who may watch and/or read Game of Thrones. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything for you, I hate spoilers. That being said, you might get a little nervous when you see what my post is about.
I hate killing my characters.
Now, nothing that I’ve written has been so intense that anyone needed to die, but…Continue
Anyone can get published. Don’t fool yourself in thinking you can’t. Self-publishing has always been an option, in fact,…Continue
When I started She Writes with Deborah Siegel almost four years ago, we had some pretty grand plans. I hoped to raise venture capital to build a publishing platform for writers that would be what Flickr is to photographers, or what Etsy is to the makers of handicrafts. (Someday I may still try to do that.) We offered you, our members, services like webinars and editorial help--two things you can now find at…Continue
A few posts back, I pointed out some common words and phrases I've seen writers get mixed up. Today I'd like to point out a few more:Continue
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I’m sure you’ve heard this before. But I need to tell it to you again. Book revision and editing are harder and take longer than the actual writing of your book. So be prepared to stay with it for the long haul before you start.
Here’s a true story. After I wrote the first draft of my memoir I hired an editor who helped me prepare it for submittal to interested agents and presses. This took about a year. Then once I had a book contract, my…Continue
If you’ve been reading blogs for a while, you have probably come across the term “1000 true fans.” Kevin Kelly first wrote about this idea on his blog Technium. The number 1000 is an estimate, of course, but the rationale goes that all you need to succeed in your field are 1000 true fans, a “true fan” being defined as someone who will buy everything you have to sell. In other words—every book you…Continue
Last week I posted this on my Facebook fan page: “If I’d realized as a child that stars were never scolded for shinning, I might not have been embarrassed by—or ashamed of—my own light.”
In my Life Before Writing, I worked at a college learning center. We spent many appointments working with students on studyskills. As obvious as learning sounds in a college setting, it’s amazing how many young adults successfully made their way through high school ill-equipped to learn. Unfortunately,…Continue
In my previous two posts, I asked some of my author friends where and when they most like to write. This week I asked them about preferred background noise. Personally, I alternate between complete silence and the kind of soft music they play at fancy spas. I can't have…Continue
A few thoughts after sending North of Hope into the world:
Memoir is a subcategory of non-fiction, even if creative non-fiction or literary non-fiction. Memoir tells a true story.
Except: if you and I have dinner one week, and recall that dinner the following week, it’s likely we both will recall something different, about the light, the music playing or not, the family at the table across from us, the food. Memory is molded by who we are, the genes we carry, the experiences…Continue