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[TIPS OF THE TRADE:] In which Hirsh Leib opens my eyes....

Recently, in a family newsletter from the 1930’s, I came across a passage that seemed to speak directly to me as a writer. 


The little sheets, typed up and mimeographed in Philadelphia and distributed to an extended Jewish family scattered on several continents, were the proud chronicle of immigrants…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on May 16, 2013 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

[MAKING THE LEAP] 8 Goal-Setting Tips for Summer

Why is it our motivation sometimes wavers this time of year? Do you feel like the Little Engine That Could losing steam up a big pull? Maybe it’s the close of school and the beginning of summer. For some of us, that means a change in routine with kids home. Or maybe it’s that we’re five months into the year, and the…


Added by Julie Luek on May 14, 2013 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

How the book I wound up writing is not the book I intended ... and why that's a very good thing

Six years ago, I made a phone call that changed my life.

The call was to Thomas G. Palaima, a MacArthur-winning classics professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Tom founded…


Added by Margalit Fox on May 14, 2013 at 5:00am — 11 Comments

Help Your Friends to Help Your Book Go Viral

If you haven’t impregnated a Kardashian, toppled Wall Street, or starred in your own syndicated un-reality show, you may not have an instant platform for promoting your newly minted book. Let’s face it, for most first-time authors—and even for many of the multiply published among us—the first…


Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on May 7, 2013 at 6:00pm — 23 Comments

Kindle Singles and Why You Want One

Earlier this week Howard VanEs, who I’m partnering with on our June 1-2 Self-Publishing Summit, presented a webinar, "6 Ways to Profit from Your Unfinished Book," that…


Added by Brooke Warner on May 10, 2013 at 4:00pm — 26 Comments

What's In A Name? (Or, "Right Ho, Jeeves!")

Have any of you read P.G. Wodehouse?  I am devouring the Jeeves books right now (on "The Inimitable Jeeves" and just finished "Right Ho, Jeeves"), and one of the most delicious things about these books, which are like crack if you are a fan of British humor, is the names.  Gussie Fink Nottle.  Bingo Little.  G. D'Arcy…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on May 3, 2013 at 10:30am — 30 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] THE LAKE HOUSE Hits the Shelves Today - Excitement and a Broken Toe

Today is my pub day, and to celebrate my publisher Gallery/ Simon & Schuster is giving away two copies of The Lake House, to She Writes members. Just leave a comment to win.

The moment I've dreamt about is here. Ever since I was a little girl, sitting in the library tucked between the shelves with my nose in a book, I've imagined what it would be like to have my book published.

In the last few months, there's been so much anticipation, hard work, things I…


Added by Marci Nault on May 7, 2013 at 10:42pm — 25 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] Bookstores: Are They the Enemy?

Have you ever tried to get your book into a bookstore—chain or independent—but was turned down cold?


Here you are, a local author with a novel. Your book may be fiction or nonfiction, it may have local significance or not, but it would be nice if at least your area bookstores would…


Added by Zetta Brown on May 1, 2013 at 7:00am — 14 Comments

Where is your favorite place to write?

I used to write in coffee shops, but now I write almost exclusively at my desk, which is located in a tidy corner of my living room. It's not a separate office, but it works just great for me. I thought it would be fun to ask some author friends where they feel most productive. Here's what they had to say:



Added by Maria Murnane on May 7, 2013 at 6:29am — 9 Comments

The Anatomy Of A Writing Career

The journey began in 2007, when I left my stable, lucrative career as a physician to pursue my dream of being a professional writer.  My behavior seemed pretty reckless to those who loved me. I gave up a six figure income and my house in San Diego with a view of the ocean and cashed in my retirement account…


Added by Lissa Rankin, MD on May 6, 2013 at 10:00am — 18 Comments

Writing is a Humiliation Banquet

One day, needing to vent, I wrote and sent this piece to my friend and fellow writer Carole Geithner, the author of the lovely book If Only. Carole and I have commiserated often about the trials and tribulations of the writer’s life since our recent books came out in tandem. Carole urged me to share my…


Added by Sara Mansfield Taber on May 6, 2013 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] 10 Things You Should Know About GoodReads

You probably know that Amazon bought GoodReads at the end of March. A week before that, I had the pleasure to meet Patrick Brown, Director of Community at GoodReads, when he came to lunch at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Brown spoke about the…


Added by Meghan Ward on May 2, 2013 at 1:00am — 15 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 7 Days Until THE LAKE HOUSE Hits the Shelves and How to Throw a Great Launch Party

To celebrate The Lake House arriving in stores my publisher, Gallery/ Simon & Schuster, will be giving away copies next week to She Writes members. So check in next Wednesday for more details.

Last Thursday I did my first reading of, The Lake House, at a…


Added by Marci Nault on April 30, 2013 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

[Making The Leap] Building a Platform: The Scaffolding to Success?

Blogs, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook… My guess is you are familiar with and use at least one of these formats of social media among,perhaps, others. I also have a hunch if you are a writer you are at least somewhat savvy about the concept of building a platform. According to Christina Katz, author of…


Added by Julie Luek on April 30, 2013 at 7:19pm — 11 Comments

What is a platform?

A platform is the publishing industry's term for how you will market your work. No matter what type of book you write or who publishes it, it's important to develop a platformIf you have a traditional publishing contract, you may get some marketing support, but if you go the indie route, it's all up to you. (However, most traditionally published authors still must spend a great deal of time working to build up their own platforms. I'm a good example of this.)…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 30, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

5 Questions for...Joan Lester

Joan Lester, author and diversity educator, has just published a riveting new novel, Mama’s Child, which focuses on the deeply entrenched conflicts between a white mother and her biracial daughter, and which both…


Added by Five Questions on April 29, 2013 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

"Literary Change Agent" April Eberhardt: A New Kind of Book Agent

On June 29, I will be moderating a panel at digi.lit in San Francisco. This is Litquake’s digital publishing conference, and I’m excited to be in the company of some awesome and progressive…


Added by Brooke Warner on April 26, 2013 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

"why now? why poetry?"

A Room of Her Own's Kate Gale asks Gift of Freedom winner Diane Gilliam, "In a world where almost anyone would rather be involved in commerce or consumer culture or interaction with the screen, why poetry?  It's not as active as football, not as immediate as…

Added by A Room of Her Own Foundation on April 25, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How Do We Write What We DON'T Know?

Back in January, I had a bad fall.  I broke my collar bone so badly, in fact, that it was smashed into three pieces, and when the orthopedist looked at it, he walked out of the room, whistled to the x-ray technician and said, "Wooh, that's a nasty injury!"  Surgery, right away, was the only way to fix it.…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on April 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — 23 Comments

[What's Next?] If I Had A Hundred Dollars

Last week I received a real, concrete deadline from the universe that forced me to do something. The school that I work for has an annual artsy publication where faculty and staff can submit photos, articles, artwork, and fiction. This is a cool idea and great for morale, but I probably would have ignored if it weren’t for the $100 reward you get if your work is published.



Added by Caitlyn Levin on April 24, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

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