We've all heard it: authors need platform. This word was new to the authorial lexicon in the mid-aughts, when my vision for She Writes was just coming into focus, but I knew that it meant trouble for writers. How could authors, whose true job (and true nature) is to devote themselves to their writing, possibly write AND put in the endless energy and time needed to create online "followings" sufficient to impress publishers and build audiences for their work?
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Imagine if, in high school, you had had a mentor working with you every week on your writing, thoughtfully reading your words, providing feedback and encouragement, and supporting you on on your journey as a writer through high school to college and beyond.
How life-changing would it have been for you?
Now imagine you are a girl of color in one of New York City's five boroughs, living in a low-income neighborhood, attending an underfunded, overcrowded school, and facing…Continue
My first novel, Wishful Thinking, came out in late April, but as any of you who have published books traditionally know, that…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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 (…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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:…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue