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Why Free Was For Me

A little over a month ago, I made my novel, A Previous Engagement, free as an ebook. (Paperbacks aren’t free, sorry…LOL). You can download it just about anywhere: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, and iTunes. It was a risky…


Added by Stephanie Haddad on January 17, 2012 at 6:34am — 2 Comments

This is Who-Man: On Writing, Play, and Fun


This is Who-Man. My son and I invented him over breakfast this morning.

Who-Man is a superhero whose arch-enemy is a many-eyed monster called “Crime.” Who-Man wears a bumpy suit (as you can see in Sebastian’s rendition of him above). The suit can shoot fire, but our hero rarely has to use this weapon. He has other ways of…


Added by Julija Sukys on January 19, 2012 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Going to AWP? Located in Chicago? This event is for you.

Cate Marvin, co-founder of the critically important organization for women writers, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, had the fantastic idea to put together a panel for the upcoming …


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 19, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Why Self-Published Authors Know Best

This is a post from my blog from earlier this month, that writers seem to have found interesting. I hope you enjoy it as well.  M. Louisa Locke


I ran across this quote today, from a post that historical romance novelist Courtney Milan wrote this week as an open letter to…


Added by M. Louisa Locke on August 25, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

Knocking on Your Door (On Reframing Self-Promotion)

When I was 11 years old, I started a neighborhood newspaper (named, not so imaginatively, Neighborhood News). It was my first foray into self-publishing, if you don’t count the “novel” I wrote when I was eight. That 20 page homage to The Secret Garden (named, not so imaginatively, The Secret World) ended up in my school library, but that was because my teacher had the pages spiral bound within a laminated orange construction paper cover--I wasn’t involved in the publishing part. …


Added by gayle brandeis on January 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

More grammar pet peeves

In previous posts, I addressed random capitalization and the incorrect use of a possessive apostrophe to denote a plural. I enjoyed the fun reaction I got from readers, so here I go again with the grammar thing.

I spend a lot of time checking out various…


Added by Maria Murnane on January 17, 2012 at 9:30am — 31 Comments

Self-Publish(?) or Perish: The New Digital Imperative

Everybody loves a winner, an against-the-odds rise to the ranks of best-sellerdom, Darcie Chan the latest success story in the DIY digital publishing mode. It gives writers heart, not to mention hope. Yes we can. And, yet, the decision to self-publish is an individual one that raises questions with no easy answers.

Much has evolved since my own foray into publishing a digital…


Added by Deborah Batterman on January 17, 2012 at 7:09am — No Comments

Top 10 New Year's Marketing Tips for Authors

by Sherrie Wilkolaski

As an author, you MUST take control of marketing your book, your brand and your platform. With the New Year upon us, what better time to make a change for the better.  Whether you're a first time author or a seasoned professional writer, it's always a good idea to get focused on your…


Added by Sherrie Wilkolaski on January 16, 2012 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

And the winners are...

First of all -- a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered our first-ever "Young Adult Novelist" contest, with 100% of the entry fees going to support the important work of Girls Write Now.  It's such a worthy organization, I hope that the $3975 raised is some consolation to the 260 of you who didn't make this list.  The quality of the entries was mind-bogglingly good (hence our needing an extra day to decide), so please, continue…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 16, 2012 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

To Wait Or Not To Wait: The Self-Publishing Dilemma

Once upon a time there was no decision to make. Traditional publishing was the only option. Yes, there were vanity presses. But the process was big and cumbersome and costly. There was no internet filled with social networks. No Amazon to streamline the process. On-line retail was just a vision in the future. 

But now it’s all changed. There are choices. You don’t have to wait to get picked if you don’t want to. Yet many of us do. I did. 

I waited and I waited.…


Added by Joanne Tombrakos on January 14, 2012 at 8:48am — 3 Comments

If you are waiting on pins and needles...

Hold on just a little bit longer -- we need another day to decide on the five winners of our Girls Write Now sponsored "Young Adult Novelist" contest!  Stay tuned.  We will announce the winners on Monday, January 16th at noon EST.

Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 14, 2012 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Awesome Position for a Poet Now Available at the City College of New York

Hi folks, you'll find the posting below at …

Added by Mikhal Dekel on January 14, 2012 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Email signatures: What's in a name?

If you're an author, do you include a signature at the end of your personal emails? If not, you should! Adding a signature is a fantastic way to promote your book. A few posts back, I talked about the importance of coming up with a compelling hook, and your email signature is great example of how to put that hook into action.

The signature doesn't have to be anything fancy.…


Added by Maria Murnane on January 10, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

She Writes Video Moment #13: #OccupyCollaboration

Filmmaker Audrey Ewell and her partner Aaron Ailes are collaborating on a crowdsourced film project about #Occupy Wall Street called "99% (The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film)". As I write, they have pushed past their original goal of $17,500, so success is now a given.

Check out their video on Kickstarter, where they now have 10 hours to raise funds…


Added by Kathleen Sweeney on January 13, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Call for Open Submissions! Theme: Self-Publishing

Hello, She Writers!

I'm writing to announce that next week, January 16th through January 20th, She Writes will be having an "open submission" period for content to be featured on the site! The week's theme is Self-Publishing.

If you'd like to share any insights, stories, or advice, simply make a post on your She Writes blog and send me a message on She Writes with a link to your post! I'll be reading through them and selecting some to feature…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on January 13, 2012 at 9:45am — 11 Comments

Addicted to Love: The Twitter Connection

Can a tweet change the world?  I believe so. In a previous post on The Viral Media Lab, called "Having a Sandwich at 3:04 pm," I talked about ambient awareness, via Deanna Zandt‘s …


Added by Stephanie Spiro on January 12, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Pet Pardons

I know when I see those commercials asking for money to help animals, my heart melts. But what if people don't have the means to send $18 a month to the Humane Society? I don't want this to be taken as yet another animal rescue thing. Pet Pardons is a new site that works with shelters…


Added by Arwen Dewar on January 12, 2012 at 12:24pm — No Comments

What Are Your Six Degrees of Separation?

When I was young, I didn’t understand the expanse connectivity of the world. I attended a competitive private high school and enjoyed many luxuries like summer camp, horseback riding lessons, and private tutoring. All undoubtedly gave me depth but the idea of being…


Added by Emilia Giordano on January 11, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

In Praise of University Presses: How They Work, What They Publish, and Why You Might Consider Them

Typography good enough to print by RellyAB

For almost ten years now, there’s been growing anxiety in the writing community about the “publishing crunch.” Essentially, what’s happened is this: publishers find themselves in increasing financial peril; they need to make money, so they try to make safe bets.


The result for readers is a …


Added by Julija Sukys on January 12, 2012 at 3:00am — 19 Comments

The Marilyn Monroe Manifesto



Recently, I started a happiness and creativity project for The Viral Media Lab. I asked the resurrected icon, Marilyn Monroe, to channel the…


Added by Stephanie Spiro on January 9, 2012 at 10:56pm — No Comments

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