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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 — 35 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

Contest! She Writes and JukePop Serials Want You.

Hi everybody! First of all a belated thanks, here on my blog, for all the good wishes and warm words on Brooke's and my trip to Nashville last week to meet with our distribution team at Ingram Publisher Services for the very first time. The sales reps were energized and excited by our cutting-edge…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on December 4, 2013 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Stop, Fellow Authors! Before You Take That Book Deal, Please, Read This.

Five Questions for the Traditional Book Deal

As any of you who have read my recent blog posts…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on November 12, 2013 at 7:30am — 49 Comments

Rally Around She Writes Press! (We Need Your Help!!)

Hi everybody! Brooke Warner and I will be traveling to Nashville next week to meet our team of sales representatives from Ingram Publisher Services, and tell them all about the fabulous books coming out next spring from She Writes Press. We will be introducing ourselves to these critical people for the first time, and telling the story of She Writes.com and the press. A big part of that story has to do with the power, engagement, and enthusiasm of this community, and we need YOU to take two…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on November 11, 2013 at 12:55pm — 28 Comments

Thanks but No Thanks, Big Five. I'd Rather Be At SWP.

As any of you who have read my recent blog posts know, I finished my first novel a few months ago, and, a few weeks ago, my agent submitted it to a fairly heady list of some of the biggest editors in the business.  And guess what? I got a deal! A good…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on October 21, 2013 at 9:00am — 39 Comments

What About the Criticism You Really Should Listen To?

A few weeks ago, I posted here about my struggle not to obsess over one piece of critical feedback about my novel, an obsession that almost prevented me from being able to…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 30, 2013 at 2:00pm — 18 Comments

Have the Best Writing Day of Your Life -- and Contribute to an Amazing Cause

Hi everyone! This coming Saturday, September 21st, I will be participating in one of the coolest writing-related events in the country: the New York Writers Coalition's annual Write-A-Thon.  The concept is simple, and powerful: dedicate to yourself to your writing for a full day as you would to…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 16, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

I Had To Do It. I Hope You'll Understand. (And Stay Tuned.)

Dear She Writers...

As you know, at the end of July (on July 24th to be exact), I finished a pretty-polished draft, or so I hoped, of my first novel. On August 16th, I shared my anxiety as I…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 13, 2013 at 3:00pm — 27 Comments

Surviving Criticism, One Step At A Time

A few years ago, my son played in a music recital at the school where he took guitar lessons. At age seven, he was playing a Pink Floyd song with fingering so complex it made my head spin just watching his little fingers attempt it.  He played incredibly well, though there was a stretch where he got lost.…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on September 2, 2013 at 5:30pm — 24 Comments

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