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Meet our She Writes University instructors

She Writes University is a seven-week series of online writing workshops and courses, led by bestselling authors and publishing experts. The team here at She Writes has put a lot of focus on curating a semester lineup that meets the needs of both beginning and established writers, even in a single class, and offers up curriculum designed to work with any genre. In fact, She Writes University has been over a year in the…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 13, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

5 Authors who are doing Twitter, Facebook and Instagram right

The gift of a writer is certainly the extraordinary ability to create magic with their fingertips on the keyboard or with pen on paper – unfortunately, none of that matters in the publishing world unless your social media game is strong (AKA: an integral part of a writer’s platform).

Some of us bards are gifted with social media savviness while admittedly, some of us are caught in the winds of digital awkwardness. Our inconsistent attempts of inviting our readers into the cocktail of…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 13, 2017 at 1:18pm — No Comments

What's your BHAG this year?

It's a new year and if January is any indication, there's no slowing down! With all the changes we're experiencing right now, it's easy to get overwhelmed and lose sight of our goals - especially the loftier ones that are sometimes tied to our writing. I loved this post by our She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner - 5 Ways for Writers to "Dig In" in 2017.…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 8, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments

How to Submit a Query Letter

Submitting a query to an agent is the first step to propelling your book toward international success. Once you’ve perfected your one-page query letter masterpiece, it’s time to submit it to the right people and we at She Writes are thrilled to give the insider tips for making this part of your literary dreams as smooth and stress-free as possible. Here are the six steps to take when submitting your query letter.  


Customize Each Letter for the Appropriate…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 2, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Three People Every Writer’s Critique Group Needs

When it comes to seeking constructive criticism and feedback on your written works, it’s always an emotionally harrowing process for any creative professional. The goal when going to a critique group is to walk away with a more solid understanding of the actionable points needed to make your magnum opus even more brilliant.

The only way to achieve that understanding is through surrounding yourself with balanced cocktail of writers that support and deconstruct your book in a way that…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on February 1, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Set (and Achieve) Writing Goals

Setting you writing goals is the single most important aspect of the book writing process. It's the first part (and potentially only part) of a book's completion and overall success. Writing too little or getting lost in distractions and daily grinds is an unfortunate tendency for many writers, but creating an irresistibly doable list of writing goals is achievable with a pinch of patience and an extra dose of work ethic. So what are the tricks to creating writing goals? Here are five tips…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 31, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

She Writes University gives you access to bestselling authors

Earlier this week, we announced the launch of SHE WRITES UNIVERSITY. This online, webinar-based writing program is the first online writing program to be back by a community of nearly 30,000 female writers (psssst, that's YOU!). In an effort to help you all reach your writing and publishing goals, we've launched our very first semester with SEVEN classes from SEVEN diverse and inspiring…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 30, 2017 at 3:23pm — No Comments

The 7 People It Takes to Write a Book

Let all us writers acknowledge one universal fact forever: Writing a book is not a one-man show; it takes a village.

While you may be the creative power behind every word of prose in your literary masterpiece, you likely weren’t alone in collecting inspiration. The support network – whether online or physical – is also an incredibly critical aspect of the writing process. No author is alone in perfecting their books or propelling them to publishing success. Here are the five people in…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 30, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Publish a Book Traditionally

So you decided that self-publishing is not your game and have invested more professional faith in the traditional route. What are the next steps? Here are the five simple actions to take to publish your book traditionally – but caveat: these steps and endless amount of patience and a boundless determination to never forsake hope on your dreams.


Determine the Genre of Your Book

Before one can go forth with sending query letters to agents, aspiring authors must…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 27, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

How to Self Publish a Book

Congratulations! If you’re reading this article, you have taken the single most important step to making your publishing dreams a reality: you decided to self-publish. The differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing are vast, but one of the many perks about about the self-publishing process is that you have complete control over every creative decision and the overall success of your book. For type-A author’s, this is the best case scenario. With the self-publishing world…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 26, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Literary Fiction vs. Commercial Fiction

At some point, every aspiring author asks a very simple but important question: what is the difference between literary fiction and commercial fiction? She Writes is here to demystify the two types of writing and highlight the critical differences in writing each type. Feel free to stow away this knowledge for your next writing event; you’re officially a publishing guru.


What is commercial fiction?

Commercial fiction, what most mainstream publishers are…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 25, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

5 Tips For Writing Better Dialogue

One of the greatest writing crafts to conquer is creating engaging and unforgettable dialogue between your characters. Every writer faces the dialogue struggle at some point and often battles through self-criticism until they Google or consult their writing resources with one critical question: how do I write better dialogue? In addition to practice and rewriting, it’s important to absorb a few tricks to add to your writing tool box. Here are five easy ways to write better dialogue, no…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on January 24, 2017 at 9:45am — No Comments

How to Choose the Right Perspective for Your Book

Before an any author dives into the creative process, it’s important to spend time reflecting on the best perspective and point of view for your prose. Each point of view offers a different art of storytelling and is worth exploring while you outline you novel. Here are some tips on each perspective to help you choose the right one for your magnum opus:  


First Person

First person offers an additional layer of intimacy between the reader and character and even…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on December 20, 2016 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

5 Differences Between Traditional and Self-Publishing

Debating whether to go the traditional or self-publishing route to make your book publishing dreams come true? Every author was in your shoes at one point or another, unsure of which publishing path was the right one. We are here to share with you the five key differences that will help you make an…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on December 15, 2016 at 12:03pm — No Comments

How to Write a Compelling Summary of Your Book

Wondering how to write your book synopsis for the back cover and Amazon pages? Don’t worry, many aspiring authors find themselves in a near nervous breakdown when reaching this part of the writing process. Most writers agree on one point: it’s easier to write too much than it is to condense your entire masterpiece. Summarizing your book, however, is the most important sentences about you’re book you’ll ever write and is your solo opportunity to sell your book to a reader. We’ve…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on November 22, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

How to Find a Book Editor

So you’ve written your magnum opus. You spent the better half of the last year (or two, three, four...) pouring your imagination and heart into writing a book and now you’re ready to find the perfect editor to, well,…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on October 9, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Why you should submit to writing contests

We chatted with Eden Werring, writer and nonfiction contest editor for LUMINA, about how writing contests, while scary, can actually be a great tool. Here's what she had to say:

As a writer, you might live on the inside. Alone, most of the time, with your own imagery, stories, ideas. But then there’s the urge to bring your writing into the world where others can experience it. When you feel this way, consider submitting…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on August 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

15 Online Writing Courses Every Writer Should Take

If there was ever an activity to never give up on, it’s learning. As a writer our lives consist of absorbing inspiration and constantly improving our craft, and there is no better (or more convenient) way to refine talent and creativity than through an online writer’s workshop. We’ve rounded up 15 best online writing classes every author will find educational refuge in – and trust us, these are lessons which will last page after page.…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on July 29, 2016 at 8:48pm — No Comments

5 Ways to write a better author bio

In a digital universe saturated with quirky and attention-grabbing bios, creating a compelling one for your author website, media kit or Amazon is officially a competition – or at least it feels that way.

Searching for short bio inspiration on social media or websites of fellow authors can induce a wave of creative anxiety. Truthfully, they are all fabulous and standing out is nothing more than the delicate art of brilliant…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on July 29, 2016 at 8:38pm — No Comments

The Science of Writing with Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda is the author of the young adult novels FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, VENGEANCE, SOULPRINT, and THE SAFEST LIES. Her first novel for adults, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, will be released on June 28, 2016 and I will officially be calling in "binge reading" to work! I can't wait to get my hands on this thriller that's being likened to THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, two of my…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on June 21, 2016 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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