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[Body, Mind & Spirit] The Only Reason To Do Anything Is for Love

Most Mondays I wake up raring to go. Some days I hit the ground running, but other days, the sheer number of things I want (and tell myself I “have” to do) paralyzes me. My best defense is to dump everything that’s swirling around inside my head onto the page. This morning my to-do list looked like…

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Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on March 20, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Marketing Tip: Link Your Blog Posts to Goodreads and Amazon

When it comes to author blogging, there are two questions I hear more than any others:

1.    What should I blog about?

2.    How can I get people to read my blog?

Regarding the content of your blog, that's up to you. For the most part, I like to blog about grammar, book marketing, and the writing process itself, but other authors take a more personal approach and share details about their daily lives. Those who write nonfiction often blog about the topics…

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Added by Maria Murnane on March 20, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] How to Come Up With a Book Title

I wasn’t too surprised when my publisher announced, after the copy edit had been complete, that she didn’t like my title, and she’d like to ask the copy editor to brainstorm a few ideas. I hadn’t been married to my working title “An Impossible Love, Revisited,” which a friend and I had…

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Added by Annette Gendler on March 20, 2017 at 9:49am — 10 Comments

Top 5 Ways Authors Can Use Instagram

Now that we’ve covered Facebook, Twitter, and…

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Added by Janay Lampkin on March 13, 2015 at 1:30pm — 21 Comments

Distribution 101

Proceed with caution: we’re about to wonk out on publishing.

 

Distribution is probably one of the least understood areas of book publishing. For starters, distribution, like a lot of words in book publishing, is used to describe a process. But as we all know, not all…

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Added by Brooke Warner on March 20, 2017 at 9:10am — 33 Comments

5 Questions for . . . Dan Blank (on the release of his new book, Be the Gateway)

Last week, Dan Blank, founder of WeGrowMedia and friend of SheWrites.com, released his new book,…

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Added by Brooke Warner on March 15, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Watch Those Dangling Participles

If there is one grammar term that I never understood until recently, it was "dangling participle." Now that I finally know what it means, I thought I'd explain it here.

participle is a form of a verb. For example, writing and written are participles of the verb to write. 

  • I am writing this blog post (present participle)
  •  I have written this blog post (past participle)

 

dangling…

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Added by Maria Murnane on March 13, 2017 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

How Screenwriters Helped my Memoir



You’re a writer; you know the feeling. Your palms are sweaty and you’re tapping a pencil on your desk. You’ve got an article…

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Added by Betty Hafner on March 13, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Simplify Your Book-Writing Process with a Book Style Guide

Want to save time in your book-writing process?

  • Tired of trying to remember the breed of your protagonist’s neighbor’s dog?
  • Sick of flipping back and forth to figure out how you formatted that previous infographic caption or citation?
  • Do you keep…
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Added by Bernadette Geyer on March 11, 2017 at 8:33am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Challenges of Reconstructing the Past

The Challenges of Reconstructing the Past

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Nancy R. Hinchliff

 

 Before I wrote my first memoir, I had been writing mostly journal articles and personal essays in-between running a bed and breakfast. The idea to write a memoir came from…

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Added by Nancy Hinchliff on March 6, 2017 at 10:40am — 4 Comments

Marketing Tip: Ask Your Fans to Promote You

If you're like most authors, promoting your work doesn't come naturally to you. The same goes for the vast majority of your readers. They may love your book(s), but it would never occur to them to actively spread the word. And even if they want to help get the word out, they probably don't know how. That's why marketing is so hard!

One way to get your fans to help you is to create a list of easy ways they can promote your work. Then, when readers tell you they enjoyed your…

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Added by Maria Murnane on March 6, 2017 at 10:24am — No Comments

Why I'm Choosing To Self-Publish



Before I became a writer (or a wife or a mother), I was a ballet dancer. I danced in Europe for most of my career—in Iceland, Italy, Germany, and Austria. For nearly six years I stitched together gigs here and there, which required a mix of talent, timing, and connections. I thought I’d finally cracked the code when I landed…

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Added by Janine Kovac on February 28, 2017 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

Judging a Book by Its Cover

Can you judge a book by its cover? If so, I don’t know how I feel about being on the jacket of my book.  My first reaction when my publisher sent me the cover concept for Gap Year Girl asking for my feedback on “the direction,” was wow (!), I’m on the cover. You put me on the cover? Really? Not sure that’s something I’m comfortable with. At all.

To get the creative process rolling, I’d sent She Writes Press several book covers…

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Added by Marianne C. Bohr on February 28, 2017 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

THE JOY OF WRITING

            “You must have so much discipline!” non-writers exclaim when they discover my profession. “Do you write every day?” They gaze in wonder.

            “A writing day is a good day,” I say. “The hardest part is not writing. When there’s too much else I have to do, so my mind won’t settle down. I’m not happy then.”

            “Oh, I could never get myself to write regularly.” But each woman who says this to me could fill herself with satisfaction if she found the…

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Added by Joan Steinau Lester on February 27, 2017 at 9:20am — No Comments

7 Ways To Improve Your Amazon Author Page

Your author page on Amazon is a prime opportunity to sell yourself to a new potential reader, induce them to indulge in your book or enlighten a potential new publisher to exactly who you are – so you best make it as enticing as possible. In a literary sea of life stories and a superfluous universe of author platforms, being the stand out author isn’t always an easy feat, but She Writes is on your side. Here are five quick ways to improve your Amazon author page so every reader has…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 24, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Understanding the Traditional Publishing Model – 5 Facts

When publishing a book, writers always come across a pivotal publishing decision that will change the course of their writing careers forever: self-publish or go the traditional publishing route. In order to make that decision, She Writes wants to demystify the traditional publishing model and dish a dose of reality so you can make a more secure decision for your book’s future. Here are five facts that will help you understand the traditional publishing…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 25, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] American Family by Catherine Marshall-Smith

            I didn’t write American Family; it burst from my chest like the alien in the movie by the same name starring Sigourney Weaver. It was also produced by the clash of politics, law and faith that swirled around LGBTQ rights at the beginning of the millennium.

            American Family began writing itself years before I even knew I was going to write it. When I try to figure out when my novel began, a…

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Added by Catherine Marshall-Smith on February 22, 2017 at 5:11pm — No Comments

5 Creative Ways to Find More Time to Write

The most challenging part about writing – especially for aspiring writers – is simply finding the time to do so. For those with an exhausting daily grind, the key to carving out those precious creative hours is scoping out the out of the ordinary times to do it. Here are five brilliantly creative ways to find more time to write – and trust us, you’ll want to add these to your schedule.

 

Make it a Date

Usually us writers view writing time as a luxury, not as a…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 22, 2017 at 9:47am — 1 Comment

The 7 People It Takes to Write a Book

Let all us writers acknowledge one universal fact forever: Writing a book is not a one-man show; it takes a village.

While you may be the creative power behind every word of prose in your literary masterpiece, you likely weren’t alone in collecting inspiration. The support network – whether online or physical – is also an incredibly critical aspect of the writing process. No author is alone in perfecting their books or propelling them to publishing success. Here are the five people in…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 21, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Creative Courage

I love to ski, but seem to come to it with more injuries every year. Right knee, upper back, right wrist, left foot. I got a cortisone shot in my heel this time, determined not to miss out. My sister puts it somewhere between crazy and brave. Poised above an icy run at the top of Jackson Hole, for the first time I…

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Added by Ellen T. McKnight on February 20, 2017 at 11:42am — No Comments

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