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The Blank Page: 3 Tips for Starting Something New

My first novel, Wishful Thinking, came out in late April, but as any of you who have published books traditionally know, that…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 29, 2015 at 3:07pm — 6 Comments

What Is A Book Worth? (And Three Reasons I Am Deeply Discounting Mine)

A few months ago, I had drinks with the publisher of a major imprint at Hachette. We were discussing the matter of ebook pricing, as fraught and contentious an issue as there is at the moment in the publishing world. As a party to the Hachette deal with Amazon, he wasn't free to discuss the terms of their…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 16, 2015 at 9:00pm — 21 Comments

Publishing First-Time Fiction Over Forty: I Did It, And You Can, Too.

SheKnows.com recently asked me to write about being a debut fiction writer over forty -- a distinction that puts me in good company, as Randy Susan Meyers pointed out…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on August 18, 2015 at 7:33am — 43 Comments

Why We Need She Writes Press. (Just The Facts, Ma'am.)

I had coffee recently with a woman who founded a literary organization. I'd been looking forward to it for a while: two writerly founders, getting together, talking shop. We had an enjoyable round of getting-to-know-you, and then she asked me, with a look of only faintly concealed, puzzled disdain, why…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on August 6, 2015 at 2:00pm — 28 Comments

How Long Is The Life Of A Book?

I am on the mailing list for She Writes Press author Kelly Kittel, and on May 17th of this year I got a newsletter with the heading, "Breathe is One!" It was a wonderful celebration of Kelly's first year as an author (…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 13, 2015 at 10:05am — 12 Comments

If She Writes Has Meant Something To You, Please Support Me Today.

Dear She Writers,

Six years ago today, June 29th, Deborah Siegel and I opened the virtual doors of this community, She Writes. Our vision was simple: in the rapidly changing, head-spinningly complex world of publishing, writers--and women writers in particular--needed a place to come together to share…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 28, 2015 at 5:30pm — 27 Comments

Who's Going to BlogHer? I've Got A 30% Discount For You.

In a month, I'll be attending one of my favorite conferences on earth, BlogHer, right here in New York City. If you aren't familiar with it, check out the agenda for this year and have your mind blown. This year, I'll be attending…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 21, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Has She Writes Had An Impact On Your Writing Career? Tell Us How!

In just a few weeks, on June 29th, it will be six years since Deborah Siegel and I opened the doors of this virtual community. We started with forty founding members, including Gretchen Rubin, Francine Prose, Amy Sohn, Hope Edelman, and Christina Baker Kline, just to name a few, and we are now more than…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 8, 2015 at 11:30am — 15 Comments

Do Bookstore Events Sell Books? Who Cares. They're Awesome.

Last Wednesday, I took a 6:40 a.m. flight home from San Francisco. Why so early? So I could land in New York in time to have dinner with my kids. (This month, I really needed the in-two-places-at-once time travel app I gave the main character in my novel!) In just four weeks, I'd been to…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on May 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Meet Other She Writers: Join the SWP Spring Tour

The night before my official pub date, I joined She Writes Press authors Hollye Dexter and Jo Ivester for the first official event of my book tour and of the She Writes Press tour at large. We were in Phoenix, home of SparkPoint Studio (the parent company of She Writes Press), at the big, bustling, fabulous indie bookstore Changing Hands. The three of us read from…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on April 29, 2015 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

The Most Personal Thing I've Ever Published

You'd think I'd bared it all: In 2006, I published a book about my wedding, and the rocky, tumultuous and sometimes painful journey I took as a bride. But when my publicist for…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on April 12, 2015 at 5:30pm — 20 Comments

Writing About Your Life: It Doesn't Have To Be (And Sometimes Shouldn't Be) A Memoir

Everyone has heard the expression, "Write what you know." The real question is, write what you know...how? For some writers this isn't a difficult question. If you are writing fantasy or historical fiction, you write what you know by drawing from your life experiences with love, loss, and conflict to give your…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 31, 2015 at 10:00am — 19 Comments

Tell Me Three Things (About Your Book).

In the first post I wrote for my author website blog, I decided to tell readers three things about three of the main themes in my book; first a quote from the book itself, then two more things on the same subject that are more general, link-tastic fun. (If you want to check out the format I used for…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 17, 2015 at 5:30am — 37 Comments

Five Tips On How To Ask People For S*** So They Will Say YES. (And A Giveaway! Say Yes!)

Even as I was typing the subject line for this post, I was wondering if I was qualified to write it. I thought about calling it "Five Tips On How To Ask People For S***...From Someone With A Moderate Success Rate." But asking people for things is like batting in the major leagues:…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 9, 2015 at 11:00am — 38 Comments

In Praise of Indies: They're Baaaaack!

I'm still swooning. On February 10th, I was one of eighty-some-odd authors who had the great good fortune to appear at the American Booksellers Association's Annual…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 23, 2015 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Why Literary Citizenship Matters

From the day of She Writes' launch--June 29th, 2009--Lori A. May has been here. She was one of the first people to join who I didn't already know personally, and it has been such a pleasure to get to know her here and in our correspondence since then. (She is the founder of the…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 29, 2015 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Introducing...Wishful Thinking, Chapter One.

For the past two and a half years, I've been sharing my thoughts, fears, questions, and a few (very few?) answers, as I have worked to complete my first novel at the ripe old age of forty-two. It has been so wonderful, and truly life-saving, at times, to have this community to turn to in a creative endeavor that…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 15, 2015 at 2:30pm — 13 Comments

Exciting News About She Writes and She Writes Press

Dear She Writers,

It’s been more than five years since Deborah Siegel and I pushed the “live” button and launched this incredible community into the public sphere. From our first days we were joined by a generous, talented group of writers who instantly seeded our site with the…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 6, 2015 at 10:00am — 39 Comments

Five Things I Learned About Writing in 2014

1) Revision! Revision! (Sing to the tune of "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof.) In December of 2013, my dear friend and editor of many years Amy Fox gave me notes on a manuscript I thought only needed polishing. As it turns out, it needed to be cut by 25,000 words.…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on December 18, 2014 at 11:00am — 18 Comments

It's 3AM. Do You Know Where Your Blurbs Are?

I woke up this morning at 3AM, and the moment my brain achieved consciousness, I thought, "Blurbs!" and then I thought, "Readings!" and then I thought, "Reviews!" and then I thought, "I'm doing everything wrong and nobody is ever going to read this book and even though it's only December 4th and my book…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on December 4, 2014 at 10:30am — 23 Comments

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