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What's In A Name? (Or, "Right Ho, Jeeves!")

Have any of you read P.G. Wodehouse?  I am devouring the Jeeves books right now (on "The Inimitable Jeeves" and just finished "Right Ho, Jeeves"), and one of the most delicious things about these books, which are like crack if you are a fan of British humor, is the names.  Gussie Fink Nottle.  Bingo Little.  G. D'Arcy…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on May 3, 2013 at 10:30am — 30 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] THE LAKE HOUSE Hits the Shelves Today - Excitement and a Broken Toe

Today is my pub day, and to celebrate my publisher Gallery/ Simon & Schuster is giving away two copies of The Lake House, to She Writes members. Just leave a comment to win.

The moment I've dreamt about is here. Ever since I was a little girl, sitting in the library tucked between the shelves with my nose in a book, I've imagined what it would be like to have my book published.

In the last few months, there's been so much anticipation, hard work, things I…


Added by Marci Nault on May 7, 2013 at 10:42pm — 25 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Bookstores: Are They the Enemy?

Have you ever tried to get your book into a bookstore—chain or independent—but was turned down cold?


Here you are, a local author with a novel. Your book may be fiction or nonfiction, it may have local significance or not, but it would be nice if at least your area bookstores would…


Added by Zetta Brown on May 1, 2013 at 7:00am — 14 Comments

Where is your favorite place to write?

I used to write in coffee shops, but now I write almost exclusively at my desk, which is located in a tidy corner of my living room. It's not a separate office, but it works just great for me. I thought it would be fun to ask some author friends where they feel most productive. Here's what they had to say:



Added by Maria Murnane on May 7, 2013 at 6:29am — 9 Comments

The Anatomy Of A Writing Career

The journey began in 2007, when I left my stable, lucrative career as a physician to pursue my dream of being a professional writer.  My behavior seemed pretty reckless to those who loved me. I gave up a six figure income and my house in San Diego with a view of the ocean and cashed in my retirement account…


Added by Lissa Rankin, MD on May 6, 2013 at 10:00am — 18 Comments

Writing is a Humiliation Banquet

One day, needing to vent, I wrote and sent this piece to my friend and fellow writer Carole Geithner, the author of the lovely book If Only. Carole and I have commiserated often about the trials and tribulations of the writer’s life since our recent books came out in tandem. Carole urged me to share my…


Added by Sara Mansfield Taber on May 6, 2013 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 10 Things You Should Know About GoodReads

You probably know that Amazon bought GoodReads at the end of March. A week before that, I had the pleasure to meet Patrick Brown, Director of Community at GoodReads, when he came to lunch at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Brown spoke about the…


Added by Meghan Ward on May 2, 2013 at 1:00am — 15 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 7 Days Until THE LAKE HOUSE Hits the Shelves and How to Throw a Great Launch Party

To celebrate The Lake House arriving in stores my publisher, Gallery/ Simon & Schuster, will be giving away copies next week to She Writes members. So check in next Wednesday for more details.

Last Thursday I did my first reading of, The Lake House, at a…


Added by Marci Nault on April 30, 2013 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

[Making The Leap] Building a Platform: The Scaffolding to Success?

Blogs, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook… My guess is you are familiar with and use at least one of these formats of social media among,perhaps, others. I also have a hunch if you are a writer you are at least somewhat savvy about the concept of building a platform. According to Christina Katz, author of…


Added by Julie Luek on April 30, 2013 at 7:19pm — 11 Comments

What is a platform?

A platform is the publishing industry's term for how you will market your work. No matter what type of book you write or who publishes it, it's important to develop a platformIf you have a traditional publishing contract, you may get some marketing support, but if you go the indie route, it's all up to you. (However, most traditionally published authors still must spend a great deal of time working to build up their own platforms. I'm a good example of this.)…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 30, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

5 Questions for...Joan Lester

Joan Lester, author and diversity educator, has just published a riveting new novel, Mama’s Child, which focuses on the deeply entrenched conflicts between a white mother and her biracial daughter, and which both…


Added by Five Questions on April 29, 2013 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

"Literary Change Agent" April Eberhardt: A New Kind of Book Agent

On June 29, I will be moderating a panel at digi.lit in San Francisco. This is Litquake’s digital publishing conference, and I’m excited to be in the company of some awesome and progressive…


Added by Brooke Warner on April 26, 2013 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

"why now? why poetry?"

A Room of Her Own's Kate Gale asks Gift of Freedom winner Diane Gilliam, "In a world where almost anyone would rather be involved in commerce or consumer culture or interaction with the screen, why poetry?  It's not as active as football, not as immediate as…

Added by A Room of Her Own Foundation on April 25, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How Do We Write What We DON'T Know?

Back in January, I had a bad fall.  I broke my collar bone so badly, in fact, that it was smashed into three pieces, and when the orthopedist looked at it, he walked out of the room, whistled to the x-ray technician and said, "Wooh, that's a nasty injury!"  Surgery, right away, was the only way to fix it.…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on April 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — 23 Comments

[What's Next?] If I Had A Hundred Dollars

Last week I received a real, concrete deadline from the universe that forced me to do something. The school that I work for has an annual artsy publication where faculty and staff can submit photos, articles, artwork, and fiction. This is a cool idea and great for morale, but I probably would have ignored if it weren’t for the $100 reward you get if your work is published.



Added by Caitlyn Levin on April 24, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 14 Days Until THE LAKE HOUSE Hits the Shelves and How Promotion Can Help Your Community

Every day brings more excitement as my publication date comes closer. The invitations for my launch party arrived today. Postcards created by Gallery Books are being shipped with the orders from my online bridal business www.elegantbridaldesigns.com.…


Added by Marci Nault on April 23, 2013 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Guest post by Gynger Fyer - "My Dirty Little Secret"

Hi everybody!

This week on [REALITY CHECK], author Gynger Fyer shares her experience with something I'm sure everyone here can relate to. 

Gynger Fyer, also known as the “Romance Arsonist,” started her…


Added by Zetta Brown on April 24, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Seal Press Contest: We Have a Winner!

We’re thrilled to announce Elizabeth Enslin, author of Night of Vishnu, as the winner of our Seal Press Publishing Contract Contest!

Night of Vishnu: A Journey Through Marriage, Motherhood, and Rebellion in Nepal is Elizabeth’s story of how she persevered through self-doubt and prejudice to risk a…


Added by Brooke Warner on April 23, 2013 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

Three tips for engaging your readers online

If you want your fans to talk about your books and/or read your future works, it's important to engage with them on a regular basis. In addition to having your own website, here are three suggestions:

1. Author Page on Amazon.com

Setting up an author page on Amazon is super easy and provides a great way for readers to learn about you. You can upload your bio and photo, include…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 23, 2013 at 8:35am — 3 Comments

The One Question Every New Writer Wants Answered

On the last day of the quarter, I often ask students in my memoir class to write down on an anonymous slip of paper a question about writing.  When I did this recently, I received a number of questions about the legal implications of writing about others, how one finds an agent, how to decide on the structure of a book...all good questions.  But then there was one question that stood out from the bunch.  On a torn piece of lined notepaper, the writer asked simply, "Am I good?"…


Added by Theo Pauline Nestor on April 22, 2013 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

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