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Taking Matters into Her Own Hands: A Novelist's Path to Self-Publishing

For the past eight years, Mohana Rajakumar--writer, mother, professor, and wife--has been living with her growing family in the Arabian Gulf country of Qatar. Her latest novel, An Unlikely…


Added by How She Does It on October 31, 2013 at 8:44am — 6 Comments

One is Never Enough: How Childhood Games Turned into a Writing Career

Natalie Yoder, author of the One Minute Mysteries series, didn’t know as a little girl that adding a little mystery into her life would turn her into a published author before she was even out of middle school. Now…


Added by How She Does It on October 23, 2013 at 10:35am — 1 Comment

Tales of a Literary Heathen: Marketing a Taboo Subject

On her journey to self-publication, Sikivu Hutchinson, author of Godless Americana: Race and Religious…


Added by How She Does It on August 6, 2013 at 10:21am — 5 Comments

No Guts, No Story: How Braving a Job Change Launched a Writing Career

Christine Montross, author of Body of Work and Falling Into the Fire (just out from The Penguin Press today!), worried that changing careers would compromise her writing. Here, she tells how taking a…


Added by How She Does It on August 1, 2013 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Starting Small: How to Find Publishers and Make a Poetry Career

Susana H. Case, author of Salem in Séance and Elvis Presley’s Hips & Mick Jagger’s Lips, built her poetry career one chapbook at a time before going on to publish full-length collections. Here, she tells her…


Added by How She Does It on April 4, 2013 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Kindness of Strangers: New Writing Life with Kickstarter

When novelist Charlotte Watson Sherman realized that she might not get to finish her book--her passion project--if she didn't reach out for help, she challenged her old-school mindset and--with the help of…


Added by How She Does It on November 15, 2012 at 9:53am — 7 Comments

A Group Effort: Kickstarting a Book--and a Community

When Niki Tulk couldn't find a publisher for her book, she used the experience she'd gained as an indie music producer to create a Kickstarter campaign--and it exceeded her wildest expectations.…


Added by How She Does It on September 27, 2012 at 9:04am — 13 Comments

Changing Our Lives (& the World), One Book at a Time

When She Writer Patricia Dunn and her agent and friend, Alexandra Soiseth, became disillusioned with the traditional system, they decided to seize control of their publishing destiny--and they founded Alikai Press.…


Added by How She Does It on July 19, 2012 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

On the Road with Bestsellin', Freewheelin' Jenna Blum

Jenna Blum, author of The Stormchasers, takes a breather from the storm of promotion to share tips for living in motels, changing tires, and joining the Writers' Protection Program.

Ironically, I almost missed the deadline for this column about life on the road because I’m…on the road. I’m writing from an AmericInn in Sarasota, where I’m promoting my second novel, THE STORMCHASERS. I’ve been on the road… Continue

Added by How She Does It on December 1, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Failing Fruitfully: How One She Writer Left Her Husband and Found Her Voice

Candace Walsh, co-editor of the new anthology Dear John: I Love Jane: Women Write about Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press), comes to understand her true desires and, in the process, discovers her writing voice.

Right before I got married to my (now ex-) husband in the spring of 2000, my office’s secretary offered to read my palm. “Okay,” I said. She held my hand in hers, atop the gray Formica… Continue

Added by How She Does It on November 18, 2010 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Authors Behaving Badly: What NOT to Do at Your Bookstore Event!

Publishing consultant Carol Hoenig peers behind-the-scenes of bookstore events.

Even though my counterparts worked from the Borders Group, Inc. corporate office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the big wigs felt it was important to have a connection based out of Manhattan working directly with the publishers and their authors. Therefore, I was hired as a national event specialist, but worked out of the Borders… Continue

Added by How She Does It on October 21, 2010 at 8:00am — 17 Comments

Writing Erotica: A Little Steam May Be Just What You Need

Karen T., owner of, explores how a little erotica could be just the thing for your career.

This summer I launched a website,, which features a monthly short story erotica contest with a bit of a twist. In short, every month I… Continue

Added by How She Does It on October 14, 2010 at 7:43am — 7 Comments

Connecting Authors (You!) with Book Bloggers--It's Easier Thank You Think

There are some book bloggers out there who have made it their business - literally - to bring authors and bloggers together. Florinda Pendley Vasquez (of The 3 R's Blog) introduces She Writers to a few of them.

I met She Writes' co-founder Kamy Wicoff when we both spoke on the… Continue

Added by How She Does It on October 7, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Risking It All for Her Book: A Journey Through a Generation

Courtney Martin, author of Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, shares her dynamic journey with young activists.

I woke up on the morning of my new book’s publication feeling like I was marking the end of a wild and surprising journey. Which is strange, of course, since the day a book officially comes out is the day it’s… Continue

Added by How She Does It on September 30, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Half a Dozen Unsolicited Pieces of Advice about Running a Small Press

Kathleen Rooney (left), co-founder of Rose Metal Press, an independent not-for-profit publisher of books in hybrid genres, with Abby Beckel (right), offers a few pieces of advice on running a small press.

Almost five years and ten books later, we’re still around, and are in the process of releasing our eleventh title,… Continue

Added by How She Does It on September 23, 2010 at 7:58am — 2 Comments

How to Write a Better Rant

BlogHer's Catherine Connors embraces her love for the rant, and outlines six constructive tips for making your rant the best it can be.

I love a good rant. I love to read them, and I love to write them. I love to read them, because a good rant is smart and energetic and inspiring and often funny. I love to write them, because I get to practice creating something smart (and energetic and inspiring and funny),…


Added by How She Does It on September 16, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Power of Perseverance

Laura Munson, the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness, discusses rejection, the power of perseverance, and the hunger it all takes.

I love She Writes. It is such an important community for writers and one I wish I’d… Continue

Added by How She Does It on September 9, 2010 at 9:37am — 15 Comments

How To Engage Social Media To Find Your Target Audience

Twanna A. Hines, sex, dating & relationships writer and social media consultant, explains how "whoring it up" helps build your career. Don't worry. It's not what you think.

I started a sex & relationships blog, FUNKY BROWN CHICK®, in June 2005. Five years… Continue

Added by How She Does It on August 26, 2010 at 8:16am — 2 Comments

Join the First She Writers Launch Party!

How She Writer Kathy Jordan came up with the idea for a She Writes Twitter party, and how it’s all gonna work.

I’m excited to be hosting She Writers Launch Party, She Writes’ new monthly publication launch parties on Twitter. What exactly is She Writers Launch Party? It’s a chance to get together via Twitter to support and celebrate all of the members of our community who have published this month.… Continue

Added by How She Does It on August 18, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

From Self-Published to Book Contract: or How to Take Ten Years Off Your Life

Author Cathie Beck took the digital road when promoting her memoir--with some interesting results.

Striking a book deal with VOICE Books in November of 2009 and then watching my memoir, Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship hit bookstores across the country on July 20, 2010 is a saga that looks a lot like many other book authors’… Continue

Added by How She Does It on August 12, 2010 at 6:30am — 14 Comments


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