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 offers an additional layer of intimacy between the reader and character and even…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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,…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
Join She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers, founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, for the Magic of Memoir Conference this October. Register before July 1 and save $220!Continue
Added by Kristin Bustamante on June 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
Finishing your draft seemed like the hard part of writing a book, until you received revisions from your editor. WOW! Pages upon pages of red ink - either literal or digital - can be intimidating. But rest assured, everyone from your beta readers to your publisher has the same goal in mind: to make your book the best it can be. From debut to bestselling authors, our She Writes community is very experienced with revisions.
When it's time to begin revising your book draft, consider…Continue
Happy Monday, She Writers! I hope the weekend was refreshing and this week brings fresh inspiration and motivation for whatever writing project you have on-hand. Our members have been sharing so many incredible personal experiences and lessons through their blogs, we've rounded up just a few of the week's trending topics.
Take a look at this week's hot topics:…Continue
Lena Dunham, star of HBO's Girls and founder and brains behind the adored Lenny Letter, has surprised the world by releasing a brand new book, Is it evil not to be sure? We can't wait to dive into this collection of entries from…Continue
Just how does an internationally bestselling author write? We sat down with Laura Dave, author of Eight Hundred Grapes, to find out. Just released in paperback, the "impossible to put down" (Elle Magazine) novel Eight Hundred Grapes was named a best book of summer by Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire and US Weekly. Here's how Laura wrote this and her other novels!
Ever wonder how to increase your reads and feedback on Wattpad? Wattpad has more than 40 million members and is a great way to get your writing noticed. I even had the opportunity to work on a publicity campaign for Ashley Royer - 17-year-old winner of a coveted Watty award and author of her just released fan fiction to novel, Remember to Forget.…Continue
As the burden of promotion continues to fall more squarely on the author's shoulders, your author platform is becoming an essential piece of the publishing puzzle. It's not enough to (simply?) write an amazing book, work with a talented cover designer and send your book into the world. The most-likely truth is: No one knows who you -- and therefore, your book -- are.
We've rounded up a TON of tips…Continue
A huge congratulations to Girls Write Now mentee Jada Fitzpatrick for being honored with the highly coveted New York Times Scholarship, with substantial financial backing each semester and a summer job at the Times. As a company founded to give women a stronger voice in the male dominated industry of publishing, we are extremely honored to support Girls Write Now, the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for…Continue
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We had the opportunity to chat with Lindsay Cameron, author of BIGLAW. Lindsay's debut novel tells the story of a young NYC lawyer climbing the partner-ladder. It's been called the next The Devil Wears Prada and Harper's Bazaar recently named it a must-read. BIGLAW also won a 2015 USA Best Book Award and the film rights have been optioned. Way to go,…Continue
This post is part of a series with Elizabeth Gilbert leading up to our co-sponsored event with her: Writing, Truth and Community in Napa Valley on Nov. 7, 2015. Get all the event details and learn how to save 25% on your tickets...
Are you planning to participate in NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month? We thought this infographic from Stop Procrastinating was interesting and wanted to share. They surveyed 2000 NaNoWriMo writers to find out what kept them motivated to keep writing. Here's what they had to say:Continue
Diane Chamberlain is preparing to release her 24th novel, Pretending to Dance, on Oct. 6, 2015. We had the opportunity to chat with the author of acclaimed novels like The Silent Sister (I'm STILL talking about this one!) and Necessary Lies.
1. What was your biggest fear about writing and how did you overcome it?