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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 (…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 17, 2015 at 5:30am — 38 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:…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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