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how two SHE WRITERS "fell in love" ... and got a book published

(From Amy Ferris)

Hollye and I met through She Writes.

It's one of those girl writer meets girl writer and falls in love (in the best friend AND let’s write a book together kinda way) stories.

A wonderful tale.

Both Hollye and I are pretty all-out…


Added by Amy Ferris on September 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

What’s What—Developmental Editing & Coaching (a look at SWP's Track 3)

She Writes Press is offering three tracks to writers who submit their work to us, and quite a few people have asked me to clarify what the various tracks offer, which is, in essence, the difference between a proofread, a copyedit, or a developmental edit. So I’m starting today with a look at Track 3—Developmental…


Added by Brooke Warner on September 14, 2012 at 5:51am — 4 Comments

How I Went from Wanting to Being

When I was a junior in high school, the boy who sat next to me in Honors English—and who would the next year be named the valedictorian of our graduating class of five hundred—asked me what I was planning to do when I graduated. This boy, the future valedictorian, didn’t often speak to me. Usually, in the five or ten minutes we sat waiting for the teacher to arrive, I assumed some mindless Zen state, or read a novel. He…


Added by Mary Jo Bang on September 13, 2012 at 4:30am — 16 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Dare to be Different – or “How a Loser Became a Winner and Got Published.”

Have you ever received a rejection letter because your story was too original? That’s often code for something that can’t be easily categorized and pigeonholed.

Then it occurred to me that there are lots of authors out there whose works are being rejected simply because they have dared to go against the norm. The following is a case in point.

A few weeks ago for my…


Added by Zetta Brown on September 12, 2012 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Online reviews: just say...nothing

Once your book is out there for the world to enjoy, some of your readers are going to express their opinions via online reviews. Their comments might be glowing, savaging, or somewhere in between. Read them if you want (I don't recommend this), but tempting as it may be, do not comment on them.

I repeat: do NOT comment on reviews. Why? Because no matter how you slice it, it doesn't make you look good.

  • Responding to a negative review looks petty.…

Added by Maria Murnane on September 11, 2012 at 11:41am — 6 Comments

Five Questions for...Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener is the co-author of Time to Make the Donuts, which she wrote with Dunkin' Donuts founder Bill Rosenberg, and a frequent contributor to The Boston Globe…


Added by Five Questions on September 10, 2012 at 8:23am — 9 Comments

I Got Out of Writing Shape! My Plan To Kick My Own Butt.

For me, summer is a season of indulgences.  

I don't put on extra pounds at the holidays; I do it in August, July and June.  In the hot summer months, I never say no to a hotdog at the baseball game, a donut for breakfast at the beach, or smores after dinner.  (I don't always look great in my bathing…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 7, 2012 at 9:07am — 23 Comments


Recently on a writers’ listserv to which I subscribe, a woman asked for advice about turning her nonfiction book into a blog. She has queried agents to no avail and is anxious to get her message out to the public, book deal or no book deal. Another writer suggested she read How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book One Post at a Time by San Francisco author Nina Amir. After all,…


Added by Meghan Ward on September 6, 2012 at 9:30am — 24 Comments

Countdown to Publication—Your Book's Birthday—Day 1

Dear SheWriters, Today marks my final Countdown post here on SheWrites. After several weeks of blogging about the pre-publishing experience I am thrilled and relieved that my second novel, The Salt God's Daughter, officially hit the shelves yesterday, September 4th. While this book is in many ways an American coming-of-age story, it is at first glance a complicated pitch (I knew that going in)—it is feminist, it is mythic and all too real.

Like many of you,…


Added by Ilie Ruby on September 4, 2012 at 11:00pm — 13 Comments

A synopsis can be quite helpful

When you first begin a novel, it's fairly easy to remember what you've written so far. However, the deeper you get into that word count, the harder it is to keep track of everything, and you could easily find yourself amidst a jumble of confusion regarding various characters and storylines. When did she last speak to that guy? How did those two characters leave their last meeting? What month did her mom come visit?

Going back and rereading specific sections will of…


Added by Maria Murnane on September 4, 2012 at 1:21pm — 10 Comments

Are You an Idea Hoarder?

Recently I’ve heard academics say the kind of thing I once heard only from wildly amateurish writers: “I don’t want to reveal too much about my work, because I’m worried about people taking the premise/title/idea/template for themselves.” I’m worried that scholars are being encouraged to be hoarders of ideas.

The academic version of  Hoarding: Buried Alive goes something like this: You had a terrific, groundbreaking idea for a conference paper in 1997. Let’s call it the “Vortex…


Added by regina barreca on August 29, 2012 at 9:22am — 4 Comments

Countdown to Publication: Who is on your team? Finishing touches - 6 days

Greetings All, On the heels of last week's mini tornado, and in the midst of preparation for The Salt God's Daughter, this week has brought some nice developments. While reviews are not the be-all-end-all, and reviewers are under no obligation to either care about the work or to craft reviews that take care with language, I will tell you that a beautifully written review is a lovely thing. Receiving a review like this from a…


Added by Ilie Ruby on August 28, 2012 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - Grammar & Punctuation – The “Rules” are Meant to be Broken

Language is not static. Language evolves over time. Words come en vogue (or are invented) and some words become passé or archaic. As language changes, so do the “rules” of its use.

For example: someone says to you that “every sentence ends with a period and that rule will…


Added by Zetta Brown on August 29, 2012 at 7:30am — 20 Comments

What a difference a hyphen can make

Recently I went to dinner with a friend. As we perused the menu, I noticed the following section:


french fries

sweet potato fries

vidalia onion rings

spicy broccoli rabe & parmesan

brussels sprouts with orange and sage

jalapeno cheddar grits

I pointed to the list and asked my friend, "If…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 28, 2012 at 9:37am — 5 Comments

Five Questions for...Chitra Divakaruni

Chitra Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet and teacher whose books have been translated into 29 languages. Her themes include women, immigration, the South Asian experience, history, myth, magical realism and…


Added by Five Questions on August 27, 2012 at 9:15am — 2 Comments

What’s What---Why Authors Still Need Printed Books

With the explosion of digital publishing, a lot of authors are choosing to publish ebook-only editions of their work, and sometimes for legitimate platform-building or business reasons. However, for the vast majority of authors, the value of the print book cannot be overstated. Print is still king.

This post is inspired by a reader response to last week’s post asking about the difference between She Writes Press and…


Added by Brooke Warner on August 24, 2012 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] How to Fill an Empty Room

One of the great pleasures of being an author is reading from and signing your book at a bookstore, library, or other community venue.  But unless you’re famous, even a bookstore (in fact, especially a bookstore) is just an empty room – and it’s your job to fill it.  

Here’s my…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on August 14, 2012 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Hashtags: How to Use Them Without Abusing Them

After @KristenLambTX decided to reclaim her hashtag, #myWANA, by announcing that she would block anyone who prescheduled tweets using it, I had to ask myself: Have I been abusing hashtags, too?

For those of you new to Twitter, a hashtag is a searchable keyword that you attach to a tweet using the pound sign. For example, this tweet…


Added by Meghan Ward on August 23, 2012 at 4:00am — 27 Comments

Countdown to Publication: What is your story? No, really. 13 Days

Well, I am not ashamed to tell you that I spent the better part of today tied up in knots. At 4 am last night I finished typing the essay that was to appear in this space, and when my daughter woke me up at 7 am to begin the camp prep and shuttle, I quickly logged on, and zap, the essay was gone. It burns, doesn't it? The glare of that big blank screen shadowed with words that you only faintly remember?

Actually I had written two essays during my marathon work day, both now lost, and…


Added by Ilie Ruby on August 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Learning on the Job: Book Promotion

With our book Hungering and Thirsting for Justice due for release next month, my co-editor and I recently received some distressing news. The booksellers that usually carry presenters' books at the national November Call to Action conference will not be setting up a table in the exhibition hall this year. That means that our book won't be available for sale throughout the duration of the conference, but only during times that we're…


Added by Lacey Louwagie on August 20, 2012 at 12:11pm — No Comments

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