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How to Write a Memoir/Nonfiction Proposal

I got the deal for my memoir, The Good Shufu, through an unusually lucky process for a first-time author--one that made the prospect of writing a proposal both more and less overwhelming. One seemingly ordinary day in my life as a writer-without-a-book, an editor at Putnam (a hardcover imprint in the Penguin Random House group) saw a short piece I wrote in The…


Added by Tracy Slater on July 4, 2016 at 11:30pm — 24 Comments

[Path to Publication] Top Resources for a Deal with a Top Publisher

I always say that the thing that played the biggest part in my signing with one of the Big Five publishers was luck. Given how many incredibly talented writers and moving stories exist out there (and in here, on She Writes itself), I deeply believe that luck, more than anything, ignited the whole process of my deal with G.P. Putnam’s Sons (which I wrote about earlier,…


Added by Tracy Slater on January 10, 2015 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

[Path to Publication] A New Writer Gets a 1st Book Deal with a Big Five—When She Least Expects It

And Why You Don’t Need to Write Everyday To Be a “Real” Writer

In January of 2013, I signed a deal for my first book with G.P. Putnam's Sons, a hardcover division of Penguin Random House, one of the so-called “Big Five” publishing houses. The book is a memoir…


Added by Tracy Slater on November 11, 2014 at 12:30am — 14 Comments

Memoirists, help! Inviting tips on preparing to be naked

I don't know why I didn't think about this much when my first memoir came out 20 years ago. Maybe because it was mostly about my professional experience as a woman sportswriter blazing trails. (It's called "Lady in the Locker Room" and it was inspired mainly by my years covering the Oakland A's for the Sacramento Bee.) But one of Nancy Miller's posts got me…


Added by Susan Fornoff on November 7, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments


A few months ago, I showed the book jacket of my forthcoming memoir to a friend. This was a woman about my age, maybe a bit younger, a person and writer I admire but only know slightly. “You were pretty,” she said, with an air of perplexity. What did this mean, exactly, I wondered? That she found it hard to believe…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on November 5, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 31 Days


Added by Alma Luz Villanueva on September 5, 2013 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 13 Days

How Do We Get Our Books Out There in the World? The Book Tour Isn’t Dead

What I’ve learned about book publishing in the last four years is that no one out there really, truly knows how to sell books. Not the publishers and their small armies…


Added by Susan Conley on July 23, 2013 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

[Countdown to Publication] 41 Days

In Celebration of Sentences 

Last year the Indian American fiction writer Jhumpa Lahiri wrote a beautiful ode to the act of writing for the New York Times. It took the form of…


Added by Susan Conley on June 25, 2013 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

countdown to publication

March 1st is coming soon......

nervous, excited, busy

Added by Vicki Malits Addesso on February 19, 2013 at 5:06pm — No Comments

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For the past several years I have been lucky/fortunate/blest to be a member of a small, informal writing group with three other women. We meet every Thursday morning to read/share what we have been working on, and then critique each other's writing, giving one another the advice, suggestions, encouragement to keep at it, and develop a finished piece of writing. We vary in age, background, experience, and preferred genre. However, a few years ago, we serendipitously began bringing in memoir…


Added by Vicki Malits Addesso on February 9, 2013 at 10:08pm — No Comments

I have always believed in the power of the stories women tell about their lives. These are the stories that can soften landings, bolster new beginnings, and telescope dreams so that they appear withi…

I have always believed in the power of the stories women tell about their lives. These are the stories that can soften landings, bolster new beginnings, and telescope dreams so that they appear within reach. These are also the types of stories that were shared by our grandmothers and passed down to our mothers, the stories that came from the heartbreaks and revelations of our… Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on January 2, 2011 at 3:42pm — No Comments

New Mom to Three

When people ask how my life has changed since adopting 3 children from Ethiopia two years ago, I tell them it has changed in every way. Now in my 40s, with a 3-, 5-, and 10-year old, I am enrolled in Motherhood 101: the accelerated course. While most of my friends are staring at an empty nest, I am cultivating motherhood. Mastering three developmental stages simultaneously is rife with moments of epiphany, fierce doubt, hard knocks, and waves of…


Added by Ilie Ruby on December 10, 2010 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

The Hanukkah Bush and Hunt

I grew up in a rather nontraditional Jewish family, yet one with many traditions. Each year at holiday time my siblings and I experienced a unique fusion of Hanukkah rituals and Christmas festivities. Amidst the amalgamation of chaos, excitement, and dread of Santa’s reindeer and friends, I always looked forward to two customs, in particular, the “Hanukkah Bush” and “Hanukkah Hunt”. To call a spade a spade, the “bush” was a Christmas Tree, a blue spruce, always the biggest tree on the lot. It… Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on December 1, 2010 at 8:28am — No Comments

To Tell or Not To Tell: A debut novelist opens up at a book group, published in San Francisco Book Review's "Back Page"

10.11.10: To Tell or Not to Tell: A Debut Novelist Opens up at a Book Group By Ilie Ruby, author of The Language of Trees

Filed in Featured, The Back Page, Viewpoints: Weekly Columns on October 11, 2010

Whenever I attend a book group, there is a sort of magical author-fan experience that ultimately becomes a mutual fan-fan experience. It happens organically, as questions are being asked, as insights are being gleaned, as I marvel that I am surrounded by the smartest and most… Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on October 11, 2010 at 11:22am — No Comments

Countdown to Publication: + 2 mos "On the Road Again: Traveling with Kids on the Last Leg of the Book Tour"

This is my to-do list as I complete one leg of the book tour for THE LANGUAGE OF TREES (Avon) and begin another. Soon, it’s onto Los Angeles, my old stomping ground, on October 29th at the B&N Grove, but first, 3 events this month. Go, go, go…I’ve been chosen to read at the Reading Group Month event in Boston, donating books at fundraiser for Ethiopia, and appearing at Natick Open Studios, where I’ll be selling and signing books. In the meantime,….

Checklist for… Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on October 6, 2010 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Someone Saved My Life Tonight-A Review of The Language of Trees by April Sweazy

I want to give a shout out to a fellow SheWriter for writing this beautiful review of my book. It was just published on Joseph's Reviews! Review by April Sweazy

On Reading – A Book That Changed My Life

I read The Language of Trees not long after it was first published this past summer. The massive review in the local paper promised it would be a good read, and it did seem to be right along the lines of something I would normally pick off the shelf.

I came to… Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on September 20, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

To All the Girls Who Fought

All, I feel compelled to say this, based on a letter I received from a teenage girl thanking me for a section in my novel, “The Language of Trees”. So I need to send a message to a certain group of girls. And it is this:

To all the girls who ran wild at 17, that let their hair grow long and flung it boldly in the rain, who dyed their hair, who snuck out of windows and stayed out too late, who drank and smoked and danced too much, to those who may have hurt themselves, who may have… Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on September 6, 2010 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

Countdown +46 days When a Reviewer Spurs You On

After the blog reviews have come and gone and the flurry around the birth of the book into the world has begun to quiet, there comes a time when, still in mid book tour, a writer must face the blank page again. With all that has happened on this journey thus far, all the new people, the thoughts, the sharing and surprises, and all that is to yet to come, it's not surprising that getting back to the art of writing can feel somewhat foreign. Today, I thank "Sue B" for her blog review of my novel,… Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on September 6, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Countdown + 29 Days "Letter to My Daughter" Maya Angelou

Those of you who have been following me know that I have been traveling with my 10-year old daughter, almost 2 years home from Africa, on this book tour for "The Language of Trees." I came across this reading from Maya Angelou tonight and my daughter and I sat together and listened to this great poet read her piece titled "Letter to My Daughter". Maya Angelou had only a son, but what touched me is that all women were her daughters: "Black and… Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on September 3, 2010 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

Countdown to Publication: Day +29 It's Showtime! Your Novel is Born! (from The Writer's Life)

It’s Showtime! Your Novel is Born!

August 19, 2010

Guest blogger, Ilie Ruby

You’ve waited your whole life for this to happen. And now it’s finally here: the publication of your debut novel. You have given up everything for this book—men, jobs, nights out with the girls. You worked so damn hard on it—almost ten years, but you know that a lot of people work hard for things and never get them. You revel in it all. You feel unimaginable gratitude. But you remember… Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on August 18, 2010 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

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