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[MAKING THE LEAP] Writing Through The Seasons, Part I

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…


Added by Julie Luek on June 11, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Your Fiction Platform in a Nutshell

Any time I speak to a group of writers, someone in the audience always, without fail, asks about how to build a fiction platform.

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 …


Added by Brooke Warner on June 11, 2013 at 10:00pm — 22 Comments

Should you have multiple endings to your book?

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…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 11, 2013 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Story Behind The Stories in Our Love Could Light The World.

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…


Added by Anne Leigh Parrish on June 8, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

How I Attracted 800 FB Fans in Two Months

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…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on June 9, 2013 at 9:30pm — 53 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing Cleans Up Nicely by Linda Dahl

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…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 9, 2013 at 2:03pm — 2 Comments

She Writes Press News: Our Love Could Light the World gets a Kirkus Recommendation!

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:

Parrish weaves linked, darkly humorous tales of aging, death, love and alcoholism using the gothic tropes of Southern…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 9, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How Giving a TEDx Talk Changed My Life

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…


Added by Deborah Siegel on June 6, 2013 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Is Twenty-Seven Old?

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…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on May 30, 2013 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

[What's Next?] Separation Anxiety

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…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 5, 2013 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Publishing for Profit -- It’s Gonna Get Harder

If someone puts their mind to it, anyone can sit down and write a book. Physical limitations are no barrier if the author can make adaptations to write or hire a ghost writer.

Anyone can get published. Don’t fool yourself in thinking you can’t. Self-publishing has always been an option, in fact,…


Added by Zetta Brown on June 5, 2013 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

Ads on She Writes

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…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 4, 2013 at 12:19pm — 6 Comments

More word mix-ups

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:



Added by Maria Murnane on June 4, 2013 at 8:07am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Jill Di Donato's Key Points to Publishing an Indie Novel

This blog is about my experience writing and publishing …


Added by Jill Di Donato on June 3, 2013 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Make the Decision To Do the Hard Work Before You Start to Write a Book

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…


Added by Madeline Tasky Sharples on June 3, 2013 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How to Convert Your Followers into 1000 True Fans

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…


Added by Meghan Ward on May 30, 2013 at 7:56am — 11 Comments

Copyeditor Delivers Unexpected Gift

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.”

Thirty-five people…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on May 29, 2013 at 10:00am — 16 Comments

[Making the Leap] Have You Experienced The Writer's Learning Curve?

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,…


Added by Julie Luek on May 28, 2013 at 5:00pm — 40 Comments

What Noise Level Works Best for Your Writing?

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…


Added by Maria Murnane on May 28, 2013 at 8:33am — 35 Comments

Truth in Memoir

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…


Added by Shannon Huffman Polson on May 28, 2013 at 10:15am — 13 Comments

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