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Why there should always be bookshops

I buy a lot of books, a LOT of books, always have and probably always will.
Back in my youth the only place I could do this was in a bookshop, nowhere else. I used to get on the bus, head into the city and spend the whole day exploring the bookshops. I usually had very limited…

Added by jackie edwards on July 7, 2011 at 11:48am — 7 Comments

Without a bookstore

When I first moved to Hoboken, what I loved was that it was an artsy city that was a subway stop (and 7 minutes) from Greenwich Village, that it was bustling and urban and filled with brownstones and artists and writers, and it had three bookstores. Not for long, of course because Barnes and Noble came in and forced them all out of business. But gradually, my family began to spend more and more time there. We loved hanging out, drinking tea, reading, buying books. When my son was born, we spent… Continue

Added by Caroline Leavitt on January 25, 2010 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Ebook Returns - the Free eBook Reads You DIDN’T Want to Know About

Howdy She Writers!


It has been an honor for me to be the guest editor this week and I want to thank Kamy Wicoff for the opportunity and Caitlyn Levin for the help and support making this possible. I am truly grateful.


I hope the blog posts featured this week have been informative…


Added by Zetta Brown on February 24, 2012 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Authors! Can't find your book in a bookstore? You may be luckier than you think!

Authors dream of finding their book on sale in bookstores. It's something to brag about, and rightly so! Authors should feel proud to see their work on sale. There's a sense of pride that something you created has made it into the marketplace for others to enjoy.


But what if your titles can't be found in a bookstore? Is that really a bad thing?



Added by Zetta Brown on March 15, 2011 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Lessons Learned - Two Years in the Publishing Industry

It took me a very long time to go from starting out with a dream of getting a book published to actually seeing my first on the shelf-twelve years on and off, to be exact. Now that it’s happened, I look back on how little I knew versus how much I thought I knew, and I wanted to share…


Added by Dee Garretson on October 27, 2011 at 6:14am — 4 Comments

AWP and She Writes

Hi everybody!  I just wanted to connect with anyone who will be at AWP next week in Chicago.  (For those of you who don't know, AWP stands for Associated Writers' Programs, and every year the meeting features lots of…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 23, 2012 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Never Say Never!

Never say.

Don’t bother to enter those contests. No one ever wins. Because I did and I have the book to prove it!

The contest was sponsored by Writer’s Digest and Abbott Press and was called #Pitch2Win Writing and Publishing Contest. I discovered it on Twitter, and it sounded simple enough - in a single tweet of 140 characters or less, pitch your novel.…


Added by Rebecca Elswick on January 18, 2012 at 3:13pm — 7 Comments

Song of the Book Tour: Making Your Time on the Road Count!

“Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune…”

Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road



Added by Valerie Nieman on February 22, 2012 at 6:33am — 11 Comments

Take Your Writing Seriously, So That Others Will, Too

Here is your main take-away from this post:

Serious writers should strive NOT to be junk peddlers.  Self-published/Indie authors have the worst reputations for being junk peddlers. 

If you're going to make a business of your writing, it's very important that you do your part to change that perception.  Do your best to make your writing worth someone's time and…


Added by Regina Y. Swint on January 15, 2012 at 4:00pm — 24 Comments

Want to be a speaker? Plan ahead!

Public speaking is a wonderful way to get the word out about your book. However, you'd be surprised at how much advanced planning is involved in setting up even the smallest of events. Coordinating with a local book club or business group could take months, and major conferences select their speakers up to a year in advance!

If you want to secure speaking…


Added by Maria Murnane on February 21, 2012 at 8:48am — 1 Comment

The Do's of Publishing

There are many articles on the web about what not to do if you want to get published, but there are fewer telling you what to do. I hope this article will help you in your quest to find a publisher that is right for you and your manuscript.


  1. Research. Take the time to research the publisher. Review the website, read some excerpts and blurbs, even buy some books, talk to other authors. Does the publisher have the type of books you write? Do they have a…

Added by Marci Baun on February 20, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

What About The Words? The Real First Step To Getting Published.

A few weeks ago, I went to an evening of talks about Getting Published, given by women with various jobs in the publishing industry. The women were entertaining, the talks interesting, and the atmosphere comradely. Chatting to the organiser in the bar afterwards, I mentioned that I noticed, though they had a great deal to say about making your work sound as appealing as possible to an agent or publisher, no one mentioned writing. "I know," she said. "I did say something about how important the… Continue

Added by Kate Gould on August 26, 2010 at 4:09am — 3 Comments


Small publishing houses work for me because I can't seem to resist the urge to put my two cents in on how the publishing house works. I'm sure Simon & Schuster or Random House could care less about what I think on the way they run things, but I've had two publishers now who value my opinions. Let me tell you, it's a heady feeling.

When my current publisher was backed up by the onslaught of query letters, I volunteered to lend a hand. Not that I know anything about acquisitions… Continue

Added by Sunny Frazier on December 5, 2010 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

6 Steps to Republish Your "Out-of-Print" Book

Last week when I blogged about my decision to republish a book that went out of print, I promised to follow up with a post outlining the various steps required to release a book in an e-version and print-on-demand (POD) format. Jayme Johnson, a publishing consultant, handled that process for me so I…


Added by marci alboher on February 19, 2012 at 8:25am — 4 Comments

“If you can get a job, you can get published”: One editor’s advice to manuscript submissions

Regardless of economic climate, anyone who has gone out, applied for a job, and got hired should be able to see the correlation here.

When I first started trying to get my work published, I was intimidated by the many different guidelines various places required. From subject matter to word count and…


Added by Zetta Brown on February 20, 2012 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

Book Promotion Without Guilt


If you're big on book promotion, chances are there may be days when you feel guilty about it. Worst, fellow authors may be contributing to your guilt. I've read about situations where authors get annoyed with other authors for being heavy promoters.

However, what is the one thing I notice about the heavy promoters? They're successful at what they do. Their books sell, and they get a steady stream…


Added by Jolie du Pre on February 18, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Community Branding

Upfront, let me tell you I love this guy: Joe Konrath, self-publishing wizard, in-your-face blogger of all things useful to the writer in the age of e-books.  Read his column.

But read this first.

He writes here about how he does a lot of publicity and rarely sees any spike in his book sales from it.  The reason?  He has become…


Added by Laura Brennan on February 18, 2012 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Writer's Self Promotion

Self Promotion

The topic of promoting oneself brings to mind several aspects and related personalities of the past. There must be a huge ego thing with politicians for their self promotions which is not denied and which is a way of life for them. It could also be true for rock stars and others in the entertainment business. In the writing and publishing business, just look at the giants from the large presses and literature world. Where are the centers? They are: New York City,…


Added by Timothy Desmond on January 22, 2012 at 4:44am — 1 Comment

Cover Your Eyes and Press ‘Submit’

Regretsy: I turned five marked-up drafts into a fun photo shoot! How's that for DIY?

Submitting your writing is kind of like applying to all the best colleges and then waiting on pins and needles for six or more…


Added by Kerina Pharr on February 15, 2012 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

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