Around She Writes, January 3, 2011
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Mary Keating
January 2012
Written by
Mary Keating
January 2012

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Unpublished Writers: Just a Few Days Left and It’s Only Offered Every Two Years!

Added by Meg Waite Clayton on December 27, 2011


10 Tips to a Happier 2012

Added by Jill Starishevsky on December 28, 2011


10 Reasons Not to Discuss Child Sexual Abuse in 2012

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Added by Cynthia Hartwig on December 29, 2011


First lines.

Posted by Robert Edward Fahey on September 4, 2010


If You Build it, They Will Come: On Blogging, Service and Platform-Building

Added by Julija Sukys on December 15, 2011


Show Me Your Novel and I'll Show You Mine

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Advertising For Your Novel

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How Long Should a Book Take to Write? (On a Writer's Natural Rhythms and Pace)

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On Writing


Show Me the Money: Where to Find Writers' Grants

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I couldn’t have written Epistolophilia without writers’ grants and research fellowships. A number of different arts agencies and…Continue

Added by Julija Sukys on December 29, 2011 at 7:30am


The Challenge of Writing Historical Fiction

“The historian, if honest, gives us a photograph; the storyteller gives us a painting.” (Leon Garfield) The photograph shows us the historical facts. The storyteller takes these facts and creates a story surrounding a fictional family. I have learned so much about our country and the revolution by reading historical fiction. When writing this genre, you must be accurate when it comes to history. Writing historical fiction or historical romance can be a challenge but a lot of fun. First, you…Continue

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on December 31, 2011 at 10:00am


Writing Tip #13: Be Clear/Be Real/Connect

Great writing is clear writing. Clear writing isn’t fancy or even that “smart” but the intelligence of well done writing becomes obvious when we read it and more obvious when we attempt to write that way ourselves. Writing in the clearest way possible is hard. When a writer nails that clarity, a direct and penetration connection is made with the reader.

Here are a few examples of clear writing that connects.…Continue

Added by Jennifer Lauck on January 1, 2012 at 4:51pm


Becoming A Writer by Orna Ross

A writer is a person who writes.

A writer is a person whose writing is worth reading.

A writer is a person in service to the ineffable creative spirit in us all that can - sometimes - be contained and expressed and passed on by the right words in the right order.

So which are you?

If you…Continue

Added by Fiona Robyn on January 1, 2012 at 2:00pm


Writing Tip #16: The So-Called "Time Lack" Delimma

From: Jennifer Lauck @

You don't have time to write.

Is it true?

So often, too often, this is the mantra of the would-be writer. Unfortunately, when we say a thing over and over again, guess what? The thing comes true.

You may be a person who has…Continue

Added by Jennifer Lauck on January 2, 2012 at 11:03am



On Publishing and Marketing


Literary fiction author Karen Glick on nationwide virtual book tour

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Karen Glick's Questions in the Silence Virtual Book Tour 2012beginning on January 3 and ending on January 27 2012. Karen will be on hand during her worldwide tour promoting her book and giving us candid interviews and guest posts where we learn more about the author, she will have her first Twitterview and AuthorVid, both implemented by Pump Up Your Book, as well as giving her fans an opportunity to talk to her live via Pump Up Your…Continue

Added by Dorothy Thompson on December 30, 2011 at 12:45pm



Noteworthy News



Does anyone else use photography to add to your observational skills in writing? I take my pocket-size Canon S95 with me wherever I go. Caught this mundane scene of a traffic cop directing people out of a garage on a gray day in Seattle. The light gathering of this camera is awesome, but even better, it made me "see" the scene with new eyes. Love to see your work if you're doing this.…Continue

Added by Cynthia Hartwig on December 29, 2011 at 12:06pm


2012 recipient of the Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship is...

The 2012 recipient of the Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship at the San Francisco Writers Conference is Poet Anna-Marie McLemore of Sacramento, California. Ms. McLemore is a grand slam winner, whose fiction and non-fiction entries were also blind selected for top honors in the annual writing contest. Ms. McLemore is a 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow in fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous Cleis Press anthologies.

Runners up included fiction writer Katrina Anne Willis, of…Continue

Added by Victoria A. Hudson on December 30, 2011 at 5:10pm


Guest Blogger


Please Welcome Guest Blogger Janet Fox, Author of Faithful & Forgiven

Food Fit For...Everyone

The ice cream cone. Such a universal, charming, easy sweet. It was born (according to some lore) at the Exposition in St. Louis, 1904, when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and turned to a neighboring vendor for a…Continue

Added by Shelley Workinger on December 28, 2011 at 7:25pm


New Year Posts


Happy 2012! New Social Media & Tech Goodies

Happy New Year! It's a great time to try something new.

I'm psyched to launch social media and tech goodies on She Writes--with you!

 As creatives and business professionals, most of us work, share, learn, and converse online, but we struggle to find time to do it all. I developed these goodies to help streamline, inspire, and heighten your online presence and real-life career. I will also be writing a weekly tech…Continue

Added by Julia Barry on January 3, 2012 at 7:30am





Time Out for Writers Faculty: Sara Fugimura

Sara Fujimura ( will teach two classes at the 20th Annual ANWA Conference February 23 - 25.
Contracts, Kill Fees, and Serial Rights, Oh My! (A crash course in magazine writing.)Learn how to read editorial guidelines, write an attention-getting query letter, and protect your intellectual property, all while working on your writing craft and making a little extra money.
Cooking Up Some Chicken Soup…Continue

Added by Margaret on December 28, 2011 at 6:30am


Join our January Mindful Writing Challenge

Deliciousness. Vivid colours. Sharp smells. Fresh insight.

This is how we experience the world when we pause for long enough to engage with it.

Sliminess, too. Unease. The familiar sad pang of acknowledging impermanence. All this is part of life.

If we're not careful, we skip past so much. We…Continue

Added by Fiona Robyn on December 29, 2011 at 1:00pm


Time Out For Writers: Friday Night Panel Discussion And Meet and Greet Opportunity

The 20th Annual ANWA Writers Conference: Time Out for Writers will be held Thursday - Saturday February 23rd, through Saturday February 24th, 2012. The venue is the Hilton Hotel Mesa on 1011 W. Holmes in Mesa, Arizona 85210.
Hotel Reservations:
Panel… Continue

Added by Margaret on January 2, 2012 at 3:00pm


Reviews, Interviews and Giveaways


Book Review: The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt


The Mason Jar written by James Russell Lingerfelt is a coming of age love story that will stay with me for a very long time. The author’s writing style drew me in right away. I finished reading the book in one day.

The story read like a long beautiful poem with vivid descriptions that made me feel like I was there in person. The story chronicles the main character Finn's first relationship with a fellow student named Eden. Finn fell madly in love…Continue

Added by Nicole Weaver on December 29, 2011 at 9:45am


Book review: Brilliant Prey - Brenda Wallace

Blurb; Even a genius can be played for a pawn by a cunning and deadly manipulator.

Lauren James is a former psychiatrist, still reeling from her husband’s suicide and the subsequent miscarriage that swept away her tidy life the year before. On the anniversary of his death, she opens what she hopes to be a "Welcome to Mensa" envelope and pulls out a threatening puzzle along with the identical suicide note she had burned the previous year. Unraveling the twisted…Continue

Added by Donna Brown on December 29, 2011 at 5:08am


Book Review: The Last Page in the Diary by Colleen L.Reece

I love reading books that can teach children valuable lessons.  The Last Page in the Diary is a great read for both adults and children.   It is a book that will help teach about the evils of prejudice.  Below is the review I have written of this timeless book.  …Continue

Added by Nicole Weaver on December 28, 2011 at 2:06pm


Desirea....Pattimari's Published book

Added by pattimari sheets-diamond on December 29, 2011 at 5:18pm


Becky's Book Review: The Tale of Murasaki

"The Tale of Murasaki" by Liza Dalby is an historical fiction novel based on a real Japanese writer, Lady Murasaki, who wrote the most popular book in Japanese literature. She was also a prolific poet and diary writer, and the book is based extensively on these real works.

She was the daughter of a prominent scholar, and so well-educated that she was pretty much deemed unmarriable. This didn't bother her, because she had such a mind of her own…Continue

Added by Becky on December 30, 2011 at 8:56am


Mystery, vampires and more in new KRL issue

The last issue of Kings River Life in 2011 is up and filled with mystery fun. We have an article on some of the Sherlock Holmes books that have come out in 2011

And a whole big group of mystery book reviews for your 2012 reading list including Ian Rankin's latest…Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on December 31, 2011 at 5:08pm


Interview with Tessa Afshar author of Pearl in the Sand

Recently I have had the honor to do a written interview with one of my favorite authors Tessa Afshar, Author of PEARL IN THE SAND. Once I received the answers to my questions I will say I was inspired. The purpose of this interview is of course to get to know the author but also to inspire new authors or aspiring authors to not give up. Why do I say this? As you will see from the interview this is Tessa's first novel (a very beautifuly written novel that you must read), she persisted and did…Continue

Added by Evangheline Farcas on December 31, 2011 at 6:26am


Love Is Blind ~ Book Tour

I am proud to be hosting my first blog tour and interviewing T.J. Chester on my blog.

Author T.J. Chester will be interviewed about her book

 "Love Is…Continue

Added by Melissa Love on January 1, 2012 at 8:28pm


Buy one get one free, and signed: special sex book offer, this week only!

Happy New Year! As a special 2012 offer, this week only, buy my new book Best Sex Writing 2012 and I'll send you any of my Cleis Press anthologies in print free, and signed! Offer good through Friday, January 6th, midnight EST, US only. You can preorder the ebook or purchase the print book from any store selling it, or directly from the publisher, Cleis Press (some helpful links are below); send proof of purchase to…Continue

Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on January 1, 2012 at 7:02pm


Selected as Book of the Month, January 2012!

What a wonderful way to start the new year! Just received the news that my edited collection, Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema, is selected as "Book of the Month" (the Arts) for January 2012!

Wishing everyone a very happy 2012 filled with much joy and success!…Continue

Added by Marcelline Block on January 1, 2012 at 10:26am


My Novel Pegasus

Widowed at thirty, Hannah Bradley is a successful journalist focusing on animal abuse issues. An accidental meeting introduces her to lawyer, Winston Caughfield III. Drawn to Hannah’s gentle beauty and fierce commitment to her work, Win joins her in a fight to save wild mustangs from slaughter. Together they rescue a badly injured horse with a mysterious background. Hannah’s search to discover the animal’s true identity leads them into a web of black marketeering and… Continue

Added by Marilyn Holdsworth on January 2, 2012 at 12:11pm


Interview with Historical Fiction Author April Gardner

Book Give-Away January 2 - 9: To win Wounded Spirits, leave a comment about this interview with your e-mail. U.S. and Canada.

“Wounded Spirits is a powerful story of love, loyalty, the effects of war, and faith in God. The writing is vivid and compelling. The characters were so real I felt I knew them, and I was caught up in their lives and compelled to read on. The ending was sweet yet realistic. The story and its characters will stay with me for a long time.” --Author Melanie…Continue

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on January 2, 2012 at 11:28am


Chair Glue for Writers

Lawrence Hill, a good friend and hugely successful writer, wrote to me recently to congratulate me on the success of my recent novel, OUR DAILY BREAD, which has been named to the Boston Globe and and The Globe & Mail as one of the best books of the year.  (Yea!) Published by Wordcraft of Oregon, a independent press in the United States, it is also soon to be published by Harper Collins Canada.  (Who originally turned the book…Continue

Added by Lauren B. Davis on January 3, 2012 at 7:46am







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