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
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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
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
1. Get a writing gym partner. Find someone who’s going to care whether or not you show up to write. Here on She Writes you can find someone in a heartbeat. Here’s what you set up with your partner:
•Permission to send them emails when you start writing and when you sign off.
•Permission not to respond to every email or you probably won’t have a partner for too long.
The point is not that they respond and cheerlead you. The point is to be accountable to someone…
There are about ten things going on in my mind to blog about today, so bear with me as I ramble. I am so thankful for my busy days and stacks of to-do-stuff. Without those stacks I would become a bit worthless. Every pile of notes and printed out paper have some kind of valuable information inscribed on it. As I look around my workspace I can count six different mounds of information. Each with an identity of it’s own. Do this, do that, call, email, fax… it is never ending. I must be the…Continue
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