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[Making the Leap] Backaches, Climbing Mountains and Writing Persistance

A funny thing happened when I turned 49. My back went out. OK, maybe more ironic than funny. On the day of the first day of my last year in my 40s (did you follow that?), my back went into a spasm of stiffness and pain, and I made old lady noises all day like, “oyyyy” and…


Added by Julie Luek on August 6, 2013 at 8:08pm — 43 Comments

Journey to Publication

I sat across the room from my manager. I knew her look of compassion to be sincere, yet that comforted me little when she said, “I’m terminating you.”

I had just finished a 12-hour night shift in the cardiac ICU, and despite the adrenaline streaming through my veins, all I felt was fatigue. I walked…


Added by Annette Drake on August 5, 2013 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Use adverbs sparingly, especially in dialogue

Adverbs are words used to modify verbs or adjectives. For example:


  • He is highly paid.
  • She reacted negatively.
  • We cheered wildly.
  • She is extremely friendly.


(A trick to identifying adverbs is that they can't stand alone. You can say "She is friendly," but you can't say "She is extremely.")…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 6, 2013 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Tales of a Literary Heathen: Marketing a Taboo Subject

On her journey to self-publication, Sikivu Hutchinson, author of Godless Americana: Race and Religious…


Added by How She Does It on August 6, 2013 at 10:21am — 5 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Muses Male and Female

I have always been fascinated by stories of artists and their muses, many of which are about male painters inspired by female models.  In the first chapter of my novel The Geometry of Love, to be published by She Writes Press in spring of 2014, Julia, a poet with writer's block, reflects:



Added by Jessica Levine on August 3, 2013 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

She Writes Press News: Announcing FLIP-FLOPS AFTER FIFTY by Cindy Eastman

The collection of essays in Flip-Flops After Fifty will immediately amuse, enlighten, and provoke the reader to think about the topics that affect all of us. This writer has experienced some of life’s painful jabs and has come through it all with strength, humor, and having learned a lesson or two. And she’s happy to share these lessons with others. Who hasn’t dealt with the emotions from family events, stress from lousy jobs, or the bittersweet feelings when the kids leave home? Not…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on August 4, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Three Lessons I’ve Learned from My First Year as Publisher of She Writes Press

She Writes Press is already over a year old. Last time this year we were just signing new authors.…


Added by Brooke Warner on August 4, 2013 at 1:30pm — 31 Comments

No Guts, No Story: How Braving a Job Change Launched a Writing Career

Christine Montross, author of Body of Work and Falling Into the Fire (just out from The Penguin Press today!), worried that changing careers would compromise her writing. Here, she tells how taking a…


Added by How She Does It on August 1, 2013 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] “New-Wave Feminists,” starring Jane Austen

I've long been enamored of new-wave movies since they changed my life, and so it was a treat to see feminists referred to as “new wavers” in a spirit of excitement. A lot has been going on this summer by activists of feminism’s fourth wave. For one thing, due to campaigning by feminist activists,…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 1, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

[What's Next?] Let's Get Messy

I’ve been making some huge progress with my revision the last two weeks (exciting!), and while I’m revising I’m also adding to and filling out the story in a lot of ways. As I write, I keep thinking back to the workshops I took in college. I remember there were some where everyone had to share and some where it was volunteer. There were others where you had an assigned time to share, so you knew ahead of time that your writing would be seen by your peers.…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 31, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 6 Days

Words Matter

My new novel comes out in six days and for some reason the other day seemed like a really good time to complicate my life even more and buy a new cell phone. There’s no news here except something about the new keyboard has me ending all my…


Added by Susan Conley on July 30, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

[REALITY CHECK] "Critics Be Damned" or "Life After a Book Review"


“Critics! Appalled I ventured on the name.

Those cutthroat bandits in the paths of fame.”

—Robert Burns


Critics can be enlightened and insightful or as dim as the anal crevice they talk through when tearing…


Added by Zetta Brown on July 31, 2013 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Capturing Memories: 4 Tips for Biographers and Memoirists

Four years ago, an old family friend who I’ve known as long as I’ve known my own parents called me out of the blue. “Do you know my story?” Sal Wainberg asked.

I had no idea what he was talking about.

I didn’t know that he was once a boy named Szulim living in a Polish shtetl, or that he narrowly…


Added by Deb Levy on July 30, 2013 at 4:30am — 7 Comments


By the time I was ready to submit my memoir, Loveyoubye, for publication I was already burned out from my efforts to get my two YA African-based novels, Monkey’s Wedding and Mine Dances, published. A real sob story, that one. At the last moment my publisher merged with another house and I was…


Added by Rossandra White on July 29, 2013 at 8:00am — 34 Comments

Why I Host Literary Salons & 10 Reading/Performance Tips

Often people don’t recognize the value of their creative expression until they share it.

That’s why I host literary salons featuring my students and their…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on July 29, 2013 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

She Writes Press News: Announcing THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE by Jessica Levine

Why is it easier for a woman to be a muse than to have one? Are security and inspiration mutually exclusive? Can one be fully creative—in art or life—without the inspiration of erotic love? These are the questions asked in THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE, a novel set in New York in the 1980s, then fast-forwarding to Northern California 20 years later.

Julia, an aspiring poet, is living with her British boyfriend Ben, a restrained professor at Princeton, when she is thrown off-balance by a…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on July 28, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist]: DOES She Forgive Him? Or How CAN She Forgive Him?

There I was all set to report on the doings around the Royal Baby, when an item about Anthony Weiner popped up as the head column in the International pages of the distinguished left-wing newspaper, The Guardian: …


Added by Nancy K. Miller on July 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 7 Things I Take to Writers' Conferences

If you’re heading to BlogHer ’13 the (mostly female) blogging conference in Chicago today, email me. I’d love to meet you! Meanwhile, I’m packing my bags and these are a few things I’m taking:

1. Business…


Added by Meghan Ward on July 25, 2013 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

[Making the Leap] Writing Through The Seasons, Part IV: Retired, Writing and Loving Life

In a four-post series, through the months of June and July, I will be exploring how we make the leap…


Added by Julie Luek on July 23, 2013 at 9:00pm — 17 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 13 Days

How Do We Get Our Books Out There in the World? The Book Tour Isn’t Dead

What I’ve learned about book publishing in the last four years is that no one out there really, truly knows how to sell books. Not the publishers and their small armies…


Added by Susan Conley on July 23, 2013 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

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