Around She Writes, March 6, 2012
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March 2012
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March 2012

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Looking Back: The Role of Musing in Memoir ... by Janice Gary

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LOOKING FOR THE HORIZON: Why I write, edit and publish books ... by Alexandra Saville

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On Writing


#MotivationMonday 5 ways to find story ideas

 Isn't it always the way? You sit down at the computer, a rare and precious hour at your disposal, and you go blank. You have no ideas to write about and, if you think back, you haven't had any ideas for quite a while.
Don't worry, it happens. Sometimes you're overwhelmed with stories to write and other times you draw a blank. Not to worry. These five tips are designed to get your mojo flowing in no time.
1. People watch

Added by Icess Fernandez Rojas on February 27, 2012 at 10:30am


Don't Be Afraid to Use Pronouns

Imagine you're having coffee with your friend, Julie, and she says "Oh my gosh, I have the funniest story to tell you about that guy John I've been seeing!"

You smile and sip your pumpkin spice latte, ready to listen.

Then imagine that Julie begins her story like this (read aloud for full effect):

"I knocked on John's door, and when John opened it, he smiled and gave me a hug. Then John asked me to come in, so I did. John and I sat down on his couch, and then John…Continue

Added by Maria Murnane on February 28, 2012 at 8:34am


What To Expect When You’re Expecting: A Book

  1. Conceptualize: Read. Try. Be bold. Make mistakes. Try everything and anything. Talk about writing. Read about writing. Write. Mostly, write. Germinate. Find a community.
  2. The early months: Nurture. Follow directions. Gather instructions. Listen. Write. Don’t talk too much about it. Be superstitious. Just a little. Ideas need space to grow. Honor your process. Nurture that space. Until your ideas have formed.
  3. The middle months: Prepare. Reach out.…Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on February 28, 2012 at 12:00am


LOOKING FOR THE HORIZON: Why I write, edit and publish books ... by Alexandra Saville

Alexandra Saville is a true trailblazer. That's why I thought she'd be the perfect person to kick off this week's feature pieces ...

I grew up in a small, seaside town in Massachusetts. My father always said, “Red Skies at night are a sailor’s delight.” These words become part of the soundtrack to my childhood, and later, to my career. For me, this mantra meant that the next day would bring new challenges, adventures, and opportunity. Even…Continue

Added by Gretl Claggett on March 4, 2012 at 9:13pm


Between you and ME

In my last post, I discussed the importance of using pronouns. This week, I'd like to address the importance of using the correct pronouns. One particular - and extremely common - pronoun error that drives me crazy is the misuse of I.

At some point, most children get chastised for using the pronoun "me" instead of "I." For example, a little kid might announce that…Continue

Added by Maria Murnane on March 6, 2012 at 7:30am


We Want to Make You Scream: Writing Horror by Barbara McDowell

I am pleased to welcome guest, Barbara McDowell for the Literary Genre Blog Series running through February, March and into April. Barbara is going to let us in on the Horror genre, what the subgenres are and how to really make the readers’ hair stand on end. I’m slowing backing away, its all your Barbara.

Why Horror? For…Continue

Added by Nicole Basaraba on March 4, 2012 at 4:08am


Downton Abbey: Lessons on Creating Powerful Dialogue

This post appeared originally at on March 2, 2012

It was a little after nine p.m. when I decided I’d try out an episode of Downton Abbey. The series was already in its second season, but I hadn’t seen any of it so I logged into Netflix and watched the first episode of season one. This made my stomach knot up (in a good way), and as it was still early, I thought I’d indulge in one episode more. But shortly after the second episode ended, I discovered that…Continue

Added by Leslie Greffenius on March 3, 2012 at 10:00pm



On Publishing and Marketing


Beware of the Big, Bad, She-Wolf Agent

Recently on my quest to find an agent an interesting thing happened. On January 13, I emailed a query to a certain literary agency; I’ll call the Big Bad Wolf Literary Agency. On January 30, I received an email back from them saying, they’d love to read my entire manuscript.

 Wow! Was I excited? I wasn’t crazy about the fact that they wanted me to mail them a hard copy, but I burned The Color of My Heart onto a CD and hurried it down to my buddies at the local copying…Continue

Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on February 27, 2012 at 9:57am


How Long Does it Take? (to find an agent, sell the book, get published?)

Recently, a thread in an online writer’s community popped up, beginning with someone (who hadn’t begun querying) asking why folks sent query letters to so many agents.

Did they have that many “dream…Continue

Added by Randy Susan Meyers on February 27, 2012 at 5:16am


Do your characters have a Twitter account?


I just wrote a blog post about characters, social media and themes.



Added by Anita Chapman on February 28, 2012 at 8:24am


Social Media and Writers

Every writer I know who still has a breath left in her acknowledges how vital, rewarding and consuming social media can be. Most still strive for balance. I asked some friends how they navigate social media and find time to write. This is what they told me (and I appreciate their candor):

  • "The hardest thing about social media is staying…Continue

Added by Ilie Ruby on February 29, 2012 at 12:00am


Is There Still Room in Our Lives for Good Books?

Yes, argues Hilary Claggett, Senior Editor at Potomac Books, and good books start with good proposals. Hilary offers great advice on how to ensure that your nonfiction book proposal gets the attention it deserves:

I acquire books for the one of the most elusive audiences on the planet—the educated general reader. We are a dying breed. Those of us who were, at one time, wont to pick up a book to inform ourselves about some aspect of public policy or foreign…Continue

Added by Gretl Claggett on March 5, 2012 at 9:13pm


Being a self published author...

Eight years ago I wrote my first book. It had not been something I had planned to do. One day the thought just came into my head, I want to write my own book, six months later the first draft was finished. Writing a book was the beginning of my journey. Once the book was finished what to do next? Well this had not been something I have studied before so there was a lot for me to learn. Research is something all writers have to do, and it makes life a whole lot easier if you love doing. For…


Added by Joleen Eide-Johansen on March 6, 2012 at 5:00pm



Noteworthy News


The Page Davidson Clayton Poetry Prize

I read the most extraordinary poem yesterday, "what you'd find buried in the dirt under charles f. kettering sr. high school (detroit, michigan)" by francine j. harris. It made me cry when I read it, and later when I was talking to Mac about it, and this morning when I'm thinking about it again. It's by an emerging poet, and it has just been awarded…Continue

Added by Meg Waite Clayton on February 26, 2012 at 9:55am





Submissions for Loving For Crumbs - Anthology

Only one month left to get submissions in for the new anthology Loving For Crumbs.

Guidelines and information

Deadline April 1st 2012

Added by Jonna Ivin on March 6, 2012 at 2:56pm


Reviews, Interviews and Giveaways


Cendrine Marrouat announces new eBook on blogging

"The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips" offers tried and true advice for bloggers of all levels.


 PRLog (Press Release) - Feb 15, 2012 - Today, journalist, blogger and author Cendrine Marrouat announces the upcoming release of her new eBook. "The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips" will be available for purchase on Tuesday, March 6,…Continue

Added by Cendrine Marrouat on February 23, 2012 at 8:00pm


NEW Review for The Sin Eaters Prince - 4.5 Stars!

New Review for THE SIN EATER'S PRINCE, Vampire, Werewolves, Witches set in Historical Wales! From Manic Readers and The Romance Reviews 4.5 Stars!

Amazon KINDLE Read More Reviews Here:…Continue

Added by Keta Diablo on February 23, 2012 at 3:10pm


Road to Left Coast, mystery, giveaways & more in new KRL issue

New issue of Kings River Life Magazine is up and filled with mystery fun & giveaways!
We have an interview with mystery author Carola Dunn, a review of her latest book "Gone West", and a chance to win a copy of the book--all part of our Road to Left Coast Crime 2012 series as Carola will be at LCC
A review of Avery Aames latest Cheese Shop mystery series, a…Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on February 25, 2012 at 11:39am


Interview with Historical Fiction Author Thomas Blubaugh

Book Give-Away lasting until March 5: To win an ebook, Night of the Cossack, leave a comment about this interview with your e-mail. International.

“This book can only be described as a rare gem. Truly a work of art! I couldn't put it down. You won't find another book like it on the shelf these days.” -- Salena Stormo

This story is about Thomas Blubaugh’s maternal grandfather, who was a Cossack soldier in Russia. Cossacks were members of several peasant groups of…Continue

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on February 27, 2012 at 11:05am


A Roaring Twenties Sweet Romance Novel Receives Excellent Reviews

Elena, Woman of Courage: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho (ISBN: 978-1-58982-545-1) creates the mood of the “roaring twenties” and is filled with courage, romance, and humor.

 “Ah, the good old days!” wrote Susan Ortlieb of Suko’s Notebook. “Doctors made house calls, rode on horseback to remote areas, and stayed up all night with ailing patients if necessary, bringing patients and family members needed care, comfort, and relief."

 "As the men conversed,…Continue

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on February 27, 2012 at 11:01am


John Green's The Fault in our Stars

Up for grabs: a signed copy of the book everyone's been talking about. Giveaway ends on March 7, 2012. 
U.S. residents only, please. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond. 
Who can enter? Anyone who follows LitStack…Continue

Added by Jennifer O. on February 29, 2012 at 4:43pm


Mystery, fantasy and more in new KRL issue

The new issue of Kings River Life is up and we have a lot of mystery fun as always.  

We have a tribute to mystery/spy author Dorothy Gilman whose memorial service is today

A mystery short story by Sybil Johnson…Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on March 3, 2012 at 10:19am


Interview with Sweet Romance Author Emily Mah Tippetts

Book Give-Away March 5 - 12: To win Someone Else’s Fairytale, leave a comment about this interview with your e-mail. International.

Protagonist, Chloe Winters, doesn’t just not care about celebrities, she’s got good reasons to avoid them. Suffice it to say, she’s got some unusual scars and cops recognize her immediately when they hear her name. The movie star is Jason Vanderholt, star of the New Light franchise, a series of gladiator movies that made him so famous he can’t set foot…Continue

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on March 5, 2012 at 12:29pm

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