“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
― Paulo Coelho
For any of you out there that have read other posts on She Writes or just about anywhere else that writes about writing, you will have read about the self-doubt, about fear, and finally as Susan Jeffers describes it, about “feeling the fear and doing it anyway.”
I had a dream of writing a book for many years; of getting published, of talking about…Continue
Imagine one hundred women, seated in a hotel meeting room, anticipating a weekend of writing, learning, and camaraderie. That is where I found myself at the Keynote session of the Story Circle Network’s Stories from the Heart 2016 conference in Austin, Texas. I gazed around the room, marveling at the women present, a wide range of ages, with open welcoming…Continue
Added by Jude Walsh Whelley on May 4, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
Next week is book launch for Even in Darkness and before that it's Passover and preparing a seder for 14 people. So what else would I be doing at 11:00 at night but hopelessly trying to organize both the computer and wooden desktops to trick myself into feeling like it's all going to roll out beautifully!
Then I found this... a snippet I wrote almost exactly a year ago, and which has rested on my desktop, always…Continue
Added by Barbara Stark-Nemon on April 1, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
When my last book was published in 2009, I wrote a post that got more traffic than any I had written in years of blogging. Called…Continue
Brooke Warner, fearless co-founder of She Writes Press, writes smartly about the role of “platform”…Continue
I was excited as I drove to visit Ellie, a member of my writer’s group, who had offered to read the first draft of my memoir. On the phone, she’d said she was enjoying it, so I was ready for a big ego boost, like that scene in the film Sophie’s Choice when Nathan is so impressed with the…Continue
In anticipation of writing this blog post for BEHIND THE BOOK, I immediately sat down and wrote a whole craft essay instead. More of a memoir, actually. About waitressing. It really did apply, at least to much of this process. I wrote about being “in the weeds,” an old restaurant workers’ term for being too busy to…Continue
This is a question that’s been on my mind this week as I’m struggling to start my second book. This spring I made a bold decision that I would start taking Fridays off to write. I was going to start the first Friday in April. That Friday I spent the whole day catching up on e-mail and running errands. The second…Continue
Earlier this month I had the privilege of moderating Deborah Siegel’s Thought Leadership for Writers webinar.
There were a lot of things that stood out for me about the three-week…Continue
She Writes Press is already over a year old. Last time this year we were just signing new authors.…Continue
It is truly a journey to begin to write your life story. If you have started writing, you know how exciting, inspiring, and at times challenging it can be. As a workshop leader for many years, I have heard so many stories from writers about launching into their story--or wanting to…Continue
Added by Linda Joy Myers on September 4, 2012 at 5:08pm — No Comments
We’ve had a couple write-ups in the media this week, on Paid Content and Shelf Awareness. It’s been wonderful to get the support of the community and of so many writers, AND a lot of questions have been coming up, too. We encourage them, and we’re growing our…Continue
Thank you all so much for your support and warm words of encouragement last week around the launch of the press—and for your good questions. We welcome the dialogue!
Today I want to introduce you to our team. You all know Kamy Wicoff, our passionate and talented founder. I want to extend a personal thank you to her for her creativity and dedication to women writers, and for partnering with me in this venture. As the publisher of She Writes Press, I bring thirteen years in the…Continue
When She Writes first emerged in 2009, I knew it was something special. I’d already been acquiring books at Seal Press for five years at that point, and I’d witnessed firsthand how women writers (both in print and online) thrive in communities and environments that support and honor women’s unique perspectives, stories, and truths, so I was thrilled by the spirit and energy propelling…Continue
For those of you who missed my first Mightybell experience, here are the tips I offered, which are still relevant of course!
Note that my new experience, "How to Create a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal," is live and way more comprehensive, full of real examples that went on to get published by Seal Press.
This experience is about getting yourself…Continue
Added by Brooke Warner on April 25, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments
Writing a nonfiction book proposal is critical to getting a nonfiction book deal. Your book proposal is a tool. The work it does is invaluable in that it helps your editor and agent sell your work.
The chain of events goes like this: You send your proposal to an agent, who, upon signing you, uses that proposal to shop your book to an editor. Your editor uses that proposal to sell…Continue
•I am grateful to Kamy Wicoff for inviting me to be a guest blogger on She Writes this week.
•I am grateful for my guest contributors who made blogging twice a day this week possible.
•I am grateful to She Writers for being so supportive of one another.
•I am grateful that I get to work with women writers and publish women writers.
•I am grateful for groups of women who support each other to…Continue
Women who write face a unique kind of challenge. It’s already hard to be a woman. We are simply stretched too thin. Women are supreme multitaskers. We are efficient time managers. We are effective compartmentalizers of time. We know how to steal little moments and still be fully present to all the demands that are placed upon us—even those that are self-imposed. We are the date-keepers, chauffeurs, planners, and executers. We have jobs, tend to our social networks, spend time with our kids.…Continue
Other than not having enough time, the inner critic is the #1 thing that holds most writers back from doing what they say they’re going to do, want to do, are capable of doing.
I love doing inner critic work with writers because it’s a place to turn something that’s weighing them down into something fun. I work with my clients to name their critics (yes, we all have many!) and describe what they look like. They’re he’s, she’s, and it’s; they’re smelly, huge, yellow, agitated,…Continue