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Grammar tip: She and I, not her and I

I go to the store. She goes to the store.

She and I go to the store.

Simple, right? Apparently not, because everywhere I go, and every time I turn on the TV, I hear people say things such as "Her and I go to the store" or "Her and I have been friends since college" or "Him and I get along great."

Why is this grammar mistake so common? You would never say "Her went to the store," right? So…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 16, 2013 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

Bundling: A Win For Authors and Readers

As any self-published author knows, as difficult as the writing process is, getting people to buy and read your work is ten times harder. How do you make your book stand out from the 1,000 other indie novels getting released around the same time as yours when they also have promising reviews, a good…


Added by Jason Chen on April 16, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

5 Questions for...Laurie Edwards

From an early age, because of a rare respiratory disease that makes breathing difficult, Laurie Edwards has spent weeks of her life in the hospital and endured dozens of surgeries. But the 32-year old teacher,…


Added by Five Questions on April 15, 2013 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Supporting indie bookstores in the new publishing era

I have a love/hate relationship with Amazon, as most authors either do or should. There are a lot of things not to like, as is the case with any monolithic entity. They were founded on selling books, and yet their practices aren’t very author friendly. Their discounts and other pricing and advertising practices are so extreme that they’ve enraged publishers from the beginning. Most independent bookstores will not carry books created from …


Added by Brooke Warner on April 15, 2013 at 7:00am — 13 Comments

[What's Next?] Digital v Print - The Battle Continues

Instead of focusing on my writing this week, I want to talk about something that sort of continues our discussion from last time. In my last post I talked about editing digitally versus editing on hard copy. Last week Gizmodo posted this opinion piece about e-books versus the “old-fashioned” print versions, and I thought to…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on April 10, 2013 at 3:00pm — 25 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 28 Days until THE LAKE HOUSE Hits the Shelves

Thank you, She Writes, for giving me this opportunity to share my experience as a debut novelist nearing her publication date. I’m hoping by sharing my story, my weaknesses and strengths, that I can help other authors in the same situation. Writing can be lonely. Coming to publication, even though I have a…


Added by Marci Nault on April 9, 2013 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] The Butt Nekkid Truth by Jeanie Johnson and Jayha Leigh

Those of you who have read my post about Publishing & Professional Courtesy will know that when it comes to having a professional attitude, it goes both ways. We are…


Added by Zetta Brown on April 10, 2013 at 7:30am — 14 Comments

Should you attend a writers conference?

No matter where you are in the process of becoming an author, attending a writers conference can be a valuable experience.

If you've completed your manuscript or book proposal, you can:

  • Get sections critiqued from agents, editors, and other attendees
  • Learn from industry professionals (in a session) or your author peers about the best ways to market it
  • Pitch it to a literary agent or an acquisitions editor from a…

Added by Maria Murnane on April 8, 2013 at 10:42am — 5 Comments

Why Literary Agents Attend Writers Conferences (It's Not What You Think)

Every week literary agents receive hundreds of query letters from aspiring writers who are hoping to interest the agent in their project. Why then, would agents take time from their busy schedules to go to a writers conference and meet yet more writers in person?

As co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, I’ve been organizing the Backspace Writers Conferences held twice-annually in New York City for…


Added by Karen Dionne on April 2, 2013 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Battle For The Title: Do Authors Know Best?

Last night I attended a cocktail party (an event designed to raise the profile of the charity I chair, Girls Write Now, with women in publishing), and fell into conversation with one of my favorite leaders, innovators and prognosticators in the publishing…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on April 5, 2013 at 12:39pm — 25 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How to Avoid Becoming a Self-Publishing Failure

An essay that ran in Salon Tuesday titled “I’m a self-publishing failure” recounts how one writer, John Winters, spent countless hours and dollars promoting his book online only to sell a handful of copies. Where did John go wrong? How can you avoid becoming a self-publishing failure?

1. First of all, start early.



Added by Meghan Ward on April 4, 2013 at 2:30am — 15 Comments

Starting Small: How to Find Publishers and Make a Poetry Career

Susana H. Case, author of Salem in Séance and Elvis Presley’s Hips & Mick Jagger’s Lips, built her poetry career one chapbook at a time before going on to publish full-length collections. Here, she tells her…


Added by How She Does It on April 4, 2013 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] Be a Shoe Slogan, Do It

I have so many lofty goals with writing. Do it. I want to write a book, but don't know how to start. Do it. I want to be published... or start a blog... or keep a journal... or write touching letters. Do it.

I wish I could figure out how to embed a video in this post. I keep trying, but I just can't seem to make it…


Added by Julie Luek on April 2, 2013 at 4:55pm — 30 Comments

And the 5 finalists are . . .

Congratulations to the five finalists for the Seal Press publishing contest.

This contest is being judged by the Seal editorial staff, who narrowed down 85 submissions to 18, and then 18 to a final 5. The final five finalists are now being reviewed by the editorial board, and we will announce the winner on Tuesday, April 23.

Drum roll…


Added by Brooke Warner on April 2, 2013 at 9:30am — 18 Comments

How to market a children's book

A few weeks ago, I asked my buddy Raymond Bean, author of both the School Is a Nightmare and Sweet Farts series, to share his thoughts on what it takes to write a children's book. This week, I asked him for some tips on marketing a children's book. Here's what he had to say:…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 2, 2013 at 7:46am — 2 Comments

5 Questions for...Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is the author of the new novel Orphan Train, the story of two women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and a troubled teenage…


Added by Five Questions on April 2, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

My Son is Perfect: How to Write (Honestly) About Our Kids

A recent book review in the New York Times began with this: “No subject offers a greater opportunity for terrible writing than motherhood.”

That review reminds me that writing about mothering is just like mothering itself – fraught with judgement, whether it’s from family or neighbors or the media. It’s right up there with education as media’s go-to when we’re not in the midst of an election or scandal or disaster or tragedy.

And so, at the Associated Writing Program’s annual…


Added by Marybeth Holleman on March 25, 2013 at 3:30pm — 15 Comments

[What's Next?] Put it in Print

Hello again everyone! Thanks so much for all of your comments on my last post about revision. I was reading through them and found a lot of helpful advice, and so I have made a decision.


Today, I will print my manuscript in hard copy.


Last year I was lucky enough to do an internship at Random House Books for Young Readers. This encompassed a lot of different things, but my favorite was probably evaluating manuscripts. This is something that happens at all…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on March 27, 2013 at 3:00pm — 25 Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] Loosening The Creativity

The spring sun is starting to warm my alpine home to reasonable temperatures. After a winter of elliptical workouts, I am finally able to take my workouts outdoors. Yesterday, my dog danced at my feet as I put on my shoes and mittens. He knows the routine and is anxious to be out again too. As we headed down the hill, my mind was churning on all the writing I needed to do before I left for spring break vacation. I knew my internet availability would be limited, and I had a couple of posts…


Added by Julie Luek on March 19, 2013 at 7:56pm — 22 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] – Are You For Real? – or “Do You Need an Advance to be Legit?”

A few weeks ago there was a considerable stink raised in some literary circles about what makes a “real author.” Some of the blog posts were downright insulting and vitriolic whereas others presented a more calm and measured argument. I’m sure many of you out there know what I’m talking about— and the…


Added by Zetta Brown on March 27, 2013 at 7:30am — 18 Comments

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