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Unleashing Your Indie with Emlyn Chand

When Emlyn's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and juggles all of the social media…


Added by Mohana Rajakumar on March 20, 2012 at 11:06am — 11 Comments

How to throw a book launch party for free

No matter who is publishing your book, you should have a launch party! In fact, most traditional publishers don't throw launch parties unless the author is famous. For the rest of us, that means we're on our own.

Many authors think that book launch parties need to be elaborate, which translates into expensive. But that's not true! All you need to do is find a local watering hole with a friendly manager who is willing to give you a little space to sell books in exchange for…


Added by Maria Murnane on March 20, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Unlocking Your Uniqueness with Ann Benjamin

Ann Benjamin//annbebnjamin.wordpress.com//@ABenjaminAuthor

What inspired you to write your first book?

Everyone has a unique path towards their first book and I’ve always written (my Mom has a picture of me, age 6, with my spiral notebook…


Added by Mohana Rajakumar on March 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Finding My Voice (part one of Unlocking Your Uniqueness)

By Rachel Thompson


As a nonfiction writer, I find having a theme usually comes second to finding my voice. You may hear this phrase often but what does it mean exactly?


Each of us has our own process. I learned mine after turning my blog into my first book and then…


Added by Mohana Rajakumar on March 19, 2012 at 3:30am — 18 Comments

Beatrice App: In-Depth Author Interviews to Kickstart the Writing Life and Make Dreams Real

Ron Hogan loves interviewing authors ... and he’s an expert at it.

When he launched Beatrice.com back in 1995, he filled the site with in-depth Q&A pieces. For almost a decade, he published conversations with hundreds of fiction and nonfiction authors about the books they'd written, the craft of writing and living the writer's…


Added by Gretl Claggett on March 18, 2012 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Playing in the Sandbox

Wow.  What a fun week!  Thank you to Kamy and Cait for giving me the chance to play in such a fun sandbox, and to everyone else for playing with me and my passion for pitching!

Here is a quick round-up of the stuff I posted, in case you missed anything:

For Poets:

Interview with Poet Margaret Young

For Screenwriters:…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 16, 2012 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Jenny and T.S. Garp: The Nurse and the Goner

When I found out about this week's topic, I blushed. I'm not the best at writing sex scenes; in fact I try to avoid it at all costs. I did write several in an unpublished novel where the mother in the story lost her virginity in her basement, resulting in her getting pregnant. Her daughter (the result of basement sex) lost her virginity on the football field with her boyfriend. The big difference? Her daughter had the Pill, plus condoms. Rick Perry and Santorum would not…


Added by Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on March 16, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Interview with Writer/Director Lisanne Sartor

Lisanne Sartor is a screenwriter, director, mom and sometime child/puppy tamer. Her first movie of the week, CLEAVERVILLE, aired on Lifetime in 2007. She's currently adapting a children's book into a screenplay, prepping to direct a short she wrote and trying to find time to develop various other projects as a writer and director.


Laura Brennan: What is it as a writer that you do well?


Lisanne Sartor: I understand character-based structure well.  And I’m good…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 16, 2012 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Interview with Producer Suzanne Lyons

Award-winning Hollywood producer Suzanne Lyons has produced nine films over the last eight years, starring the likes of James Caan, Naomi Watts, Christopher Walken, and Brenda Blethyn.  Her how-to book on producing independent films hit the shelves last month, and she has an amazing video series on You Tube, with tips…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 16, 2012 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

Interview with Writer Colette Sartor

The award-winning Colette Sartor has seen her work appear in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Kenyon Review Online, Printers Row Journal, The Drum, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Harvard Review, Fugue, Quarterly West, and too many other places to name.  She is also a freelance editor for both fiction and nonfiction and a teacher at USC and UCLA Extension.  I don’t know when she sleeps.  But she graciously took the time to chat with…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 15, 2012 at 9:03pm — No Comments



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Hello Lauren, thank you so much for allowing us to interview you. It says in your bio that you have been reading since the age of four. Can you remember any of the first books you ever read and how they may have inspired you?

Gosh! My parents read me a lot of Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry, and Sesame Street. I moved on…


Added by GMTA PUBLISHING on March 15, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

Why SnapTags Should Be In Your 2012 Budget

One of my favorite marketing tricks is the Quick Response (QR) code. I love the fact that it’s simple and inexpensive for a company to create, and it lets consumers use their beloved smartphones (which is probably what they’re doing when they see advertisements anyway). For someone like me who has zero eyes for good…


Added by Amanda DiSilvestro on March 15, 2012 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

Post-Publication Projects: On Returning to Small Forms

Different sizes by Funchye

I'm leading a writer's workshop on the personal essay in the fall. I'm happy about it, because the essay is a form I love.

I tend to write essays at the beginning of a bigger project, and use them as a way to test out ideas and to work through central questions of longer projects. But since I've been, on the one hand, shepherding out…


Added by Julija Sukys on March 15, 2012 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Interview with Playwright Jennifer Maisel

Jennifer Maisel has written for theater (winning, amongst other things, the Kennedy Center’s Charlotte Woolard Award for Promising New Voice in American Theatre), television (Related), film, and TV movies (her romantic comedy Double Wedding for Lifetime re-airs on March 26th).  She has…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 14, 2012 at 11:07pm — 2 Comments


I was just interviewing short-story writer Colette Sartor for a post later this week and she was saying how hard it is to talk about her strengths as a writer.  Which is astounding to me, because she is such a lovely writer and so insightful; I would have no problem talking all afternoon about her strengths.  But as Colette pointed out, it's cultural.  Women are not supposed to brag, not supposed to put themselves forward. 

And if you don't believe me, check out the comments on my…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 14, 2012 at 7:26pm — 9 Comments

Planting & Nurturing My Gardens

PLANTING MY GARDEN ... The Vegetable Kind

I'm so excited! Spring Equinox is only 10 days away - Daylight savings has sprung forward, and we are fast approaching that day of equal day and night before racing towards the Summer Solstice. My fingers are itchy to get back in the soil and I would say that Spring has been teasing forever, but I think we just plain skipped Winter this year.   Even as I look out my office window, what is termed by the national weather service…


Added by Marie Cicogni on March 14, 2012 at 2:11pm — 2 Comments

April Eberhardt: Literary Agent for Change

This post was originally published on Write It Sideways on 2/28/12.

by Susan Bearman. Reprinted here with permission.



Added by Susan Bearman on March 13, 2012 at 12:02pm — 18 Comments

Around She Writes - March 13, 2012

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week


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Added by Mary Keating on March 13, 2012 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Loglines Become You

My post, “Talking for Writers,” seems to have gotten writers talking – at least about loglines.  So here are some further thoughts on those pesky, but crucial, marketing tools.

First, they are insanely useful.  If you’ve ever hemmed and hawed at a cocktail party or family reunion – “So, dear, what is this little book you’re writing again?” – loglines are lifesavers.  They are also highly structured, and that’s good news, because it means that, to some extent, you can…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 13, 2012 at 4:52pm — 4 Comments

Interview with poet Margaret Young

Margaret Young is a poet, a teacher, a mother, an actress, a playwright, an essayist, and a dear friend.  Her first poetry collection, Willow from Willow was published in 2002, and her most recent one, Almond Town, in late 2011. 


Laura Brennan: You're a poet, but you've also…


Added by Laura Brennan on March 13, 2012 at 11:31am — No Comments

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