Around She Writes, March 20. 2012
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Mary Keating
March 2012
Written by
Mary Keating
March 2012

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April Eberhardt: Literary Agent for Change

Added by Susan Bearman on March 13, 2012


Finding My Voice (part one of Unlocking Your Uniqueness)

Added by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar on March 19, 2012


Loglines Become You

Added by Laura Brennan on March 13, 2012



Added by Laura Brennan on March 14, 2012


Our Published Novels!

Posted by Meg Waite Clayton on January 16, 2010


For anyone who feels like setting fire to the end of their rope!

Posted by Cate Russell-Cole on March 18, 2012


Talking for Writers

Added by Laura Brennan on March 12, 2012


Unleashing Your Indie with Emlyn Chand

Added by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar on March 20, 2012


Is it best to Self-Edit or Hire an Editor?

Posted by T. S. Johnson on March 18, 2012


Planting & Nurturing My Gardens

Added by Marie Cicogni on March 14, 2012


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Special Offer for She Writers Only -- Hedgebrook Weekend Retreat

In the spirit of my renewed commitment to my own writing this spring, and in the hopes of giving other She Writers more tools and sources of inspiration to invest in their own writing projects, too, today I want to share a special offer made by the women writers' colony of…Continue

Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 20, 2012 at 11:43am



On Writing


Post-Publication Projects: On Returning to Small Forms

I'm leading a writer's workshop on the personal essay in the fall. I'm happy about it, because the essay is a form I love.

I tend to write essays at the beginning of a bigger project, and use them as a way to test out ideas and to work through central questions of longer projects. But since I've been, on the one hand, shepherding out… Continue

Added by Julija Sukys on March 15, 2012 at 7:00am


Lessons I’ve Learned About Memoir Writing – Guest Post by Jenny Hansen

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jenny Hansen as part of the Literary Genres Blog Series. Jenny’s letting us in on how to write a memoir and what makes someone’s life events memoir-worthy. 

What an honor to be part of this…Continue

Added by Nicole Basaraba on March 14, 2012 at 2:01pm

Writers and The Reasons To Write

It can be difficult to be a writer these days. The pressures to publish and to build a platform continue to grow on a daily basis to a point that it is quite easy to become obsessed with these and forget the real reason you write.

It keeps happening to me. I keep finding myself more concerned with the business side of writing when I should be focused on improving and perfecting my writing…Continue

Added by Carrie A Golden on March 16, 2012 at 7:08am

Unlocking Your Uniqueness with Ann Benjamin

Ann Benjamin//

What inspired you to write your first book?

Everyone has a unique path towards their first book and I’ve always written (my Mom has a picture of me, age 6, with my spiral notebook…Continue

Added by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar on March 19, 2012 at 1:30pm


I've just read a great post by Karen Hodges Miller - 10 Tips to Finish Your Book! I especially loved the idea of an Accountability Partner and I am sitting here asking myself why this has never…

I've just read a great post by Karen Hodges Miller - 10 Tips to Finish Your Book! I especially loved the idea of an Accountability Partner and I am sitting here asking myself why this has never occured to me before.

I am a runner. And when you run and train for marathons and events, having someone there doing it with you, pushing you forwards and sharing experiences is invaluable. You both have highs and lows, moments of utter joy and despair. You know the complete happiness…Continue

Added by Laura Milsom on March 19, 2012 at 11:33am


10 Tips to Finish Your Book!

A recent survey showed over 80 percent of Americans would like to write a book – but most never will.

In fact, in my experience, of that 80 percent who WANT to write a book, only about ten percent will ever start – and only about one percent of those who start will finish! After years of helping writers to complete their books, I’ve learned that the best way to finish is to schedule two to three two-hour blocks of time each week to work on it.

Think you don’t have that time?…Continue

Added by Karen Hodges Miller on March 19, 2012 at 11:02am


On Publishing and Marketing


Do Writers Need Press Releases?

A press release used to be the prerogative of the commercial domain, i.e., big businesses who launched a new product, opened a store, or went public… to give you a few examples. Things have dramatically changed in the publishing world as we all have experienced. We all know the predicament: self-pub’d authors know that they have to do their own marketing − even before they even have published their oeuvre. Fellow writers, we’re here because we’re networking, using different platforms to get…


Added by Siggy Buckley on March 14, 2012 at 9:00am


Loglines Become You

My post, “Talking for Writers,” seems to have gotten writers talking – at least about loglines.  So here are some further thoughts on those pesky, but crucial, marketing tools.

First, they are insanely useful.  If you’ve ever hemmed and hawed at a cocktail party or family reunion – “So, dear, what is this little book you’re writing again?” – loglines are lifesavers.  They are also highly structured, and that’s good news, because it means that, to some extent, you can…Continue

Added by Laura Brennan on March 13, 2012 at 4:52pm

Why SnapTags Should Be In Your 2012 Budget

One of my favorite marketing tricks is the Quick Response (QR) code. I love the fact that it’s simple and inexpensive for a company to create, and it lets consumers use their beloved smartphones (which is probably what they’re doing when they see advertisements anyway). For someone like me who has zero eyes for good… Continue

Added by Amanda DiSilvestro on March 15, 2012 at 12:33pm

To market or to write???

It always feels ssssooooooo good to finish a title (latest: Sarah's Journey) and upload it to my website, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.... then comes the hard part: finding time to market. Today is filled with marketing, marketing, marketing the foreclosure cleanup business line that has permitted me, in great part, to live a "writer's life" -- …Continue

Added by Cassandra Black on March 15, 2012 at 10:36am


How to throw a book launch party for free

No matter who is publishing your book, you should have a launch party! In fact, most traditional publishers don't throw launch parties unless the author is famous. For the rest of us, that means we're on our own.

Many authors think that book launch parties need to be elaborate, which translates into expensive. But that's not true! All you need to do is find a local watering hole with a friendly manager who is willing to give you a little space to sell books in exchange for…Continue

Added by Maria Murnane on March 20, 2012 at 7:30am



Noteworthy News and Just For Fun


If You Want To Fall In Love Fast

Check out this short video about Girls Write Now...

Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 16, 2012 at 7:30am


The Delightful 'Fantastic Flying Books'

If you find yourself in need of a break today, take a moment to watch the 15-minute short, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore". It's an absolute delight.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 15, 2012 at 7:03am




Brave Little Blogger Contest Encourages Bloggers to Write About Censorship


What's the theme?

The theme for this year's contest is CENSORSHIP, and the goal is to get bloggers thinking…Continue

Added by Emily Suess on March 16, 2012 at 8:00am


As you all know Great Minds has now become an Independent Publishing House as well as a Literary Community. You also know that it is Spring at last and great things happen in Spring.. such as flowers blooming, love blossoming and birds singing. 
So we have decided to do some singing , flower showering, and sharing of love as well! 
The same services received by authors that publish with Great Minds are now…Continue

Added by GreatMinds LiteraryCommunity on March 15, 2012 at 1:36pm

New Online Lit Mag seeking writers

A new online literary magazine is looking for fiction and poetry submissions by writers who follow Christ BUT whose writing is not necessarily religious. If interested, email for more info at [email protected]

Added by Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts on March 20, 2012 at 9:37am



Reviews, Interviews and Giveaways


Publishers Weekly Gives Epistolophilia a Starred Review

Of the publishing industry’s four major trade magazines (the other three include Kirkus, Booklist, and Library Journal), Adelle Waldman writes at Slate that “Publishers Weekly, or PW, is the biggie—it plays Coke… Continue

Added by Julija Sukys on March 20, 2012 at 2:00am



Interview with poet Margaret Young

Margaret Young is a poet, a teacher, a mother, an actress, a playwright, an essayist, and a dear friend.  Her first poetry collection, Willow from Willow was published in 2002, and her most recent one, Almond Town, in late 2011. 

Laura Brennan: You're a poet, but you've also…Continue

Added by Laura Brennan on March 13, 2012 at 11:31am


Interview with Playwright Jennifer Maisel

Jennifer Maisel has written for theater (winning, amongst other things, the Kennedy Center’s Charlotte Woolard Award for Promising New Voice in American Theatre), television (Related), film, and TV movies (her romantic comedy Double Wedding for Lifetime re-airs on March 26th).  She has…Continue

Added by Laura Brennan on March 14, 2012 at 11:07pm


Interview with Writer Colette Sartor

The award-winning Colette Sartor has seen her work appear in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Kenyon Review Online, Printers Row Journal, The Drum, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Harvard Review, Fugue, Quarterly West, and too many other places to name.  She is also a freelance editor for both fiction and nonfiction and a teacher at USC and UCLA Extension.  I don’t know when she sleeps.  But she graciously took the time to chat with…Continue

Added by Laura Brennan on March 15, 2012 at 9:03pm


Spinsterlicious, The Book. (What's a Single Woman To Do?)

I'm sooo excited.  My very first book --  The Spinsterlicious Life: 20 Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Childfree-- has been published and is now available on…Continue

Added by Eleanore Wells on March 15, 2012 at 10:00am


Interview with Producer Suzanne Lyons

Award-winning Hollywood producer Suzanne Lyons has produced nine films over the last eight years, starring the likes of James Caan, Naomi Watts, Christopher Walken, and Brenda Blethyn.  Her how-to book on producing independent films hit the shelves last month, and she has an amazing video series on You Tube, with tips…Continue

Added by Laura Brennan on March 16, 2012 at 11:38am


Historical “Sweet” Romance Book Giveaway!

Historical “Sweet” Romance Book Giveaway!

ADVENTURE... HUMOR... HISTORY… ROMANCE… COURAGE! Book Giveaway March 17 - 22: To win one out of FIVE BOOKS in a Historical Sweet Romance Series written by Linda Weaver Clarke, visit

Good Luck, Everyone!

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on March 18, 2012 at 3:12pm


Publisher and Author, Kitty Bullard shares the secrets of a Great Mind.
Today, I have decided to take the road less travelled here on Author Sunday. It is the path of the Indie Publisher. Why taint the hallowed sanctity of the…Continue

Added by GreatMinds LiteraryCommunity on March 18, 2012 at 8:43am


St. Patrick's Day short story, reviews, giveaway, Awake & more in new KRL issue

New issue of Kings River Life is up and we have a St. Patrick's Day mystery short story by Gary Hoffman

We also have a review of Kit Sloane's mystery novel "Close Up" & a chance to win a copy…Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on March 17, 2012 at 3:45pm



Hello Chance, thank you so much for this great opportunity. It seems by reading your bio that you have done quite a bit of traveling. Can you tell us about some of the places you've been and the inspiration it has given you in regards to your writing?
Hi Kitty! Please allow me first to say how grateful I am…Continue

Added by GreatMinds LiteraryCommunity on March 17, 2012 at 2:54pm


The Groovy Superstar Giveaway of I Woke Up In Love This Morning!

Davy Jones' death got me thinking of many things: time passing, plus how everyone--especially women--reacted. It truly didn't matter how old you were. Davy was so cute, the boy you could dance with in the gym and man, could he move.

Writing the title story of…Continue

Added by Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on March 19, 2012 at 9:49am

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