The Internet makes communication so easy that it has become a lifeline for a lot of us. However, you should still take care not to come across as so pushy and tactless that people wish they could pull your plug and stick a DNR- Do Not Resuscitate sticker on you.…Continue
I began my career as an indie author. Today, I'd like to share two mistakes I made when working with a professional designer that cost me a LOT of money. If you pursue the self-publishing route, I hope you can learn from my experiences and avoid making these mistakes with your book.…Continue
If you're going to self-publish and you don't have a clue about ISBNs, this post is for you.
ISBN is an acronym for International Standard Book Number. An ISBN is a 10- or 13-digit number given to every published book.…Continue
Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram are great for connecting with your friends and your fans, but how can you expand your reach to people who have never heard of you? Self-publishing stars like Amanda Hocking know the…Continue
Hi everyone -- this will be brief as I had a bad fall a few weeks ago and had to have surgery, so typing is a struggle, but after the lively debate over the past few days we thought we (Brooke Warner and Kamy Wicoff) would sponsor a brainstorming session tomorrow to generate ideas for making exciting and creative projects happen on She Writes Press! Please join us tomorrow at 4PM EST by using this link: …Continue
Take a look at this group. Formed in the city that is now Vilnius, Lithuania, before World War II, it called itself "Young Vilna." It went on to become one of the most famous writers’ groups in history.
Over the years, I’ve been a member of five writers’ groups, none of them famous. One had only two…Continue
I like to think of memoir as a genre in its adolescence. Before the publication of Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club (1995), Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes (1996) and Katherine Harrison’s The Kiss (1997), the memoir barely existed as a possibility. Following this logic, the contemporary memoir turns eighteen…Continue
One of my favorite movie scenes is from the film City Slickers. In the scene Jack Palance’s character, Curly, a grizzled cowboy with a cigarette dangling from his lips, is riding on horseback alongside Billy Crystal’s city character, Mitch, who is in the throes of a midlife…Continue
While I have a traditional book deal now, I began my career as a self-published author. As you indie authors out there know all too well, that meant that in addition to everything else, I had to do all the marketing on my own.
As part of my strategy, I reached out to both book clubs and bloggers early on. For clubs near me, I offered to come to their meetings if they chose my novel. For book bloggers, I offered to send them a copy in hopes that they would enjoy it and write favorably…Continue
Gosh, I'm sick of everyone accusing memoirists of being narcissists. For the last couple of weeks, there was another uproar of essays that mix up memoirists with journalists—AND narcissists--again. The topic comes forward every few months: there seems to be the opinion that somehow it is bad manners, bad writing, or narcissistic to spill personal details in memoir. But what's confusing to me is that most of the people being criticized, or doing the criticizing, were journalists. It…Continue
One of the primary struggles new memoirists face is the question of what to sacrifice in the telling of their memoir, or what to focus on. When a person decides to write a memoir, it’s inevitable that the experience of what they want to write about seems too big, too sprawling,…Continue
We hear that for many writers, the characters they create "come alive" during the writing process. But in what ways is that phrase more than a simple metaphor? And how is a writer supposed to manage the expanded household as it begins to fill up with progeny spilling over from the pages of a…Continue
My friend Karen McQuestion, whose best-selling novels include A Scattered Life, Easily Amused, and The Long Way Home, is my hero. Why? Because her fans LOVE her. I asked for her secret to connecting with readers, and here's what she had to say:…Continue
Emily Raboteau spent ten years traveling five nations in order to research her latest book, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora, a work of creative nonfiction about black people who left home to find the “Promised Land.” She lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at…Continue
I'm happy to introduce a guest author on She Self-Publishes today. Dava Stewart, fellow friend and writer from Smiling Tree Writing.
As a reader and a writer, I have watched as the rise of self publishing has rocked the world of book production. Watching the changes to how books are distributed, I wanted to learn more, so in August of 2012, I began…Continue
Okay, a few of you have actually inquired (thank you). After all, I spouted all over the Internet that it would be available on January 1, 2013. That was my publication date, and here I sit…Continue
Before the ink dries on your New Year’s resolutions, I want you to add one more to your list: BACK UP your data. Please. Do it now. And do it regularly.
If you’re like me, you wait until one computer dies before you buy another, which means you’re bound to lose some files in the…Continue
There are a multitude of writers’ workshops and conferences. Between the advertisements in writers’ magazines, websites, and even on the bulletin board of your local library, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the possibilities, and very hard to figure out exactly what they offer.
I’ve attended workshops as a participant and been the administrator for writers’ workshops, and I think I have some answers about how to figure out what workshops offer, and how to determine which conference…Continue
The town I live in is small--in population and actual size. A grocery outing is like the TV show Cheers: everyone knows your name, like it or not. One night each year during the holiday season, the town shuts down its main streets, sets up barricades manned by police cars with cheerfully flashing lights, and…Continue
While I'm no longer self-published, I began my career that way and am a big fan of indie publishing because it gives anyone the opportunity to fulfill his or her dream of becoming an author. However, authors must watch out for the unscrupulous types who prey on unsuspecting writers who are so eager to see their work in print that they get, for lack of a more gentle term, ripped off.…Continue