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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…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 29, 2015 at 3:25pm — No 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…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on January 15, 2015 at 2:30pm — 11 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…

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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.…

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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…

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

Imagine A World Where These Girls' Stories Went Untold. (I Don't Want To.)

As many of you know, I have long been an ardent supporter of the NYC nonprofit Girls Write Now. (I just stepped down as board chair, after a two-and-a-half-year term, this summer.) Girls Write Now pairs high-need, high-ability girls from all five boroughs with professional women writers as their mentors, and the results are stunning. Girls who are up against every -ism you can think of--classism,…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on December 2, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Blank Screen: If You Don't Have Anything to Blog About, Should You Blog Anyway?

There is the blank page. We all know about that one. The void all intrepid writers face when we are about to begin a full-length writing project, the intimidating primordial blankness which, at the start, appears as insurmountable and pitiless as The Wall in Game of Thrones. Then there is the blank screen, which,…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on November 18, 2014 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Product Placement in Books--What Do You Think?

This is less a blog post than an invitation to a discussion--a salon online, if you will. Imagine we are all gathered around a long candlelit dinner table together, or reclining on chaises in my Parisian living room. (You will definitely have to use your imagination, since my kitchen table is only big enough…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on November 4, 2014 at 7:30pm — 25 Comments

What Makes A Book A Success?

A year after my first book came out, a then-friend said to me, over dinner at an Italian restaurant on a cold winter night: "Your book was a failure." My friend didn't say it harshly--though perhaps it's no surprise that we are not friends anymore. He said it matter-of-factly, as in, the things you hoped for when…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 39 Comments

Out of the Binders: Five Keys to Writerly Entrepreneurship

This weekend, I will be speaking on a panel called "If You Build It, They Will Come," at BinderCon, a symposium to empower women and gender non-conforming writers with tools, connections and strategies to advance their careers. (Talk about if you build it,…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 6, 2014 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

If You Are In NYC (Or Anywhere Nearby): Free Coffee And Free Books from SWP!

Save the date! Friday October 17th, from 11AM to noon, you can enjoy a free coffee on Keurig--which will be previewing its most advanced brewing system October 15-17 at the Keurig® 2.0 Café--AND meet and mingle with eleven SheWrites Press authors who will be giving away a whopping fifty-five signed copies of their books (five of each author's title) to the first fifty-five people to arrive. The event will take place at 915 Broadway, @21st Street. If you plan to…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 30, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Books By Their Covers -- Have You Dreamed Of Yours?

TA DA! Last Friday I got the final front and back cover art for the novel I have been working on since October of 2011 (not that anyone is counting), a wondrous journey I have shared with all of you. It's called Wishful Thinking. What do you think??…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 22, 2014 at 7:30am — 17 Comments

Be An Ally: Read in Peace Today For Michael Brown And The People of Ferguson, Missouri

A week and a half ago, I was reading Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" to my boys, and came across this passage about the barbaric "order" of medieval life, which boiled down to who could kill whom with impunity. 

"A master might kill his slave for nothing: for…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on August 25, 2014 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

Best Author Websites: Let's Make A List!

As I slowly begin to turn my ahead away from my manuscript and look out towards the horizon of my pub date (April 2015, which alternately seems ages from now and too soon for me to ever prepare for), one of the first things that clearly needs attending to as I freshen up my public face is...my author website. Please don't look at it right now. If you look at it right now, I will feel not so much like you have seen me naked, but like we were meeting in person for the first time and I had to…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 14, 2014 at 2:30pm — 32 Comments

Who Says Bleak House Isn't A Beach Book? (What's On Your Summer Reading List?)

I've been reading a lot of my friends' books lately, and it's been a delight. I finally read Orphan Train. (Thank you Christina Baker Kline, for writing something so beautiful--not to mention that the phenomenal success of that book could not have happened to a better person.) I just finished reading…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 30, 2014 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

My Book Sucks. It Must Be Done.

In a recent interview I read with the writer Lorrie Moore, she observed, “How a novel finishes is, there’s a moment when you know it has problems, and you don’t know how to…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on May 5, 2014 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

In the Company of Women.

Yesterday morning, I took a shuttle and a ferry boat to Whidbey Island--the home, for twenty-five years now, of the Hedgebrook Writers' Colony, a retreat for women writers. I am here for a pre-AWP pow wow with Brooke Warner, the publisher of She…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 26, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

Kill Your Darlings. All of Them.

Recently JK Rowling made an admission that had Harry Potter fans all atwitter (and a-Twitter, too): Hermione should have ended up with Harry, not Ron. Why didn't the more obvious--and frankly more believable, to my mind--romantic pairing happen?  According to Rowling, it was "for reasons that have very little…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on February 12, 2014 at 4:30pm — 30 Comments

Holiday Book Buying Guide, By...YOU!

Hi all! I know that the super-organized among us may have already taken care of the holiday shopping, but I am such a book-buying addict that I find I will still buy books for people even when I've already bought somebody (for instance my mom) a gift certificate to Talbot's. (I just bought her…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on December 17, 2013 at 10:16am — 8 Comments

Please Help The Girls of Girls Write Now Become the Women Writers of Tomorrow

Like some of you, I have been outraged, moved, inspired and deeply saddened by the series by Andrea Elliot in The New York Times this week, "Invisible Child." Elliot spent a year with a young girl named Dasani, homeless like 22,000 other children in one of the wealthiest cities on the planet, and told her story. Reading this series, however, also renewed my deep commitment to one of the…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on December 14, 2013 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

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