Around She Writes - December 27, 2011
Written by
Mary Keating
December 2011
Written by
Mary Keating
December 2011

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week


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

Added by Julija Sukys on December 22, 2011


Show Me Your Novel and I'll Show You Mine

Posted by Meg Waite Clayton on December 31, 2009


Unpublished Writers: Just a Few Days Left and It’s Only Offered Every Two Years!

Added by Meg Waite Clayton on December 27, 2011


E-books by an unknown author - should we charge?

Posted by Sally Panayiotou on December 27, 2011


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

Added by Julija Sukys on December 15, 2011


Just Say It!

Added by Maria Murnane on December 20, 2011


Three Best Social Media Platforms for authors

Added by Majo Tinoco on December 16, 2011


Would you pay for writing feedback?

Posted by Miss Good on Paper on July 16, 2011


The Heart

Added by Samantha Blackwell on December 25, 2011


Is It the End of the Black American Narrative?

Posted by Dera R Williams on September 27, 2011



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On Writing


Less is More

Yesterday I read a great article in the Jan/Feb issue of Poets & Writers. It is the inspiration issue and it was phenomenal. I spent all day yesterday reading it. The article I want to focus on is “Inner Space: Clearing Some Room for Inspiration” by Frank Bures. In the article he talks about spending less time online in order to create room for inspiration. He cites a University of California study that showed “in 2008 Americans consumed thirty-four gigabytes of information per day, the…Continue

Added by Brandi Ballard on December 22, 2011 at 11:00am


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

Recently, a fellow writer (who publishes short essays and pieces of travel writing) told me about a book she’d just finished reading. It was an excellent book she said, but added with wide eyes: “It took him seven years to write! That’s crazy. I could never do…Continue

Added by Julija Sukys on December 22, 2011 at 4:00am


A Super Sweet True (Writing) Love Story

Before I started writing, I imagined published writers were folks who could leap tall literary buildings in single bounds, and I knew that wasn't me. I've written here before that the history of my writing started with a brown paper lunch bag- but that's really just the start of my putting words on paper. The fact is I…Continue

Added by Meg Waite Clayton on December 23, 2011 at 9:20am



On Publishing and Marketing


Free Promotion - Book Trailers!

Attn fellow shewriters!

I've started a new blog for book trailers (, if you have a book coming to market this year please let me know!

Just message me through shewrites and we can plan a post.

Happy 2012!

Added by Heather Harris-Brady on December 27, 2011 at 8:29am


Guest Blogs


Please Welcome Guest Blogger Apryl Baker, Author of The Promise

Good Lord, who doesn't enjoy a gooey yummy delicious treat?  That is what I think about when I think about books.  I love food and tend to use a lot of those references when describing what I'm reading or writing.  I grew up in a kitchen reading while my Gran showed me how to…Continue

Added by Shelley Workinger on December 21, 2011 at 9:49am


Please Welcome Guest Blogger Trisha Wolfe, Author of Destiny's Fire

Food in books. What an original topic! I don’t think I’ve ever read a post where the author talked about what their characters ate and what they like to eat. But hey, food is important. Hmm. I have to admit, Dez doesn’t eat too much during DESTINY’S FIRE. She spends a lot of time sparring…Continue

Added by Shelley Workinger on December 23, 2011 at 7:56am


 Christmas and New Years Posts



Noteworthy News


Latest edition of Breast cancer: Prevention and Root Cause

Dear Ladies,

With Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Successful and Healthy New Year 2012.

Just recently a study of mine was published by an Austro-Croation organization related to the Breast Cancer Epidemic, which study has collected the material incrementally throughout the past three decades.

I have been investigating and summarized about the breast cancer prevention issue in the following edition:

♦ Gjorgov AN. (2011). "AIDS Changed…Continue

Added by Arne N. Gjorgov, MD, PhD on December 26, 2011 at 10:27am


20 Top YA Books for 2011!!! (paranormal / fantasy / romance) Have you read them??

Here is a list I've compiled of some of the best paranormal / fantasy / romance combo YA books of 2011!! Most are geared toward a female audience. Please share your suggestions in the comments section! We always love to hear what you think!

 (In no particular order)

Stand-alone books / first books of a series:

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson…Continue

Added by Jan Fischer Wade on December 27, 2011 at 6:30am


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

Years ago I was a finalist for the Barbara Kingsolver-founded Bellwether Prize in Support of Literature of Social Change, which this year has become the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Even though I didn't win, it changed my literary life. A new agent sent out my manuscript and…Continue

Added by Meg Waite Clayton on December 27, 2011 at 5:01pm



Reviews, Interviews and Giveaways


Historical “Sweet” Romance Book Giveaway!

Book Give-Away Dec 21 - 27: To win the award winning historical “sweet” romance novel, Melinda and the Wild West, leave a comment with your e-mail. U.S. and Canada. To enter the contest, visit

 In 1896 Melinda Gamble—a very elegant, naïve young woman from Boston—decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West.…Continue

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on December 21, 2011 at 5:


Mid-Winter's Eve GIVEAWAY HOP!

This hop, organized by Oasis for YA, The Daily Harrell, and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, features almost 300 (!) participating blogs offering book-related giveaways!

Winner here at BWATE? gets a Signed Copy of either: "Solid" (Solid Series Book #1) or "Settling" (Solid #2)… Continue

Added by Shelley Workinger on December 22, 2011 at 12:58pm


International Giveaway for "Reading a Writer's Mind" - a helpful guide for writers

Hello my lovely friends,

I am close to 400 followers, I would really appreciate if you follow my blog through facebook, twitter, RSS or become a subscriber through e-mail since GFC is shutting down soon and I don't want to lose my lovely followers. Feel free to leave a comment/link to your blog so I can follow back! Thanks! xxx

I have just…Continue

Added by Komal Mansoor on December 22, 2011 at 11:23am


An Everlasting Meal

There's one book that's stood out to me in reviews this month, and after reading an excerpt I purchased a few copies to hand out to various extended family members who I still exchange with: An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace, by…Continue

Added by Rachel Aydt on December 21, 2011 at 9:30pm


Mystery & book fun in new KRL issue

This Christmas Eve morning Kings River Life has some more mystery fun. We have an article on Hawaii 5-0 then and now
And a mystery short story by author Dennis Palumbo
You can also find the great Christmas…Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on December 24, 2011 at 10:14am


Review: How I are Become a Very Much Gooder Author

How I are Becomed a Very Much Gooder Author
Sevastian Winters

How I are Becomed a Very Much Gooder Author is a practical guide on how you can produce a…Continue

Added by Jolie du Pre on December 23, 2011 at 12:03am


Book review: A Bad Kitty Christmas - Nick Bruel



"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring...Except for BAD KITTY."

A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not.…Continue

Added by Donna Brown on December 26, 2011 at 9:54am


Louisa Bacio, a Paranormal Writing Goddess ~ Interview & Giveaway

Paranormal erotic romance is my absolute favorite and Louisa’s newest series stars my top choices for characters ~ Vampire, Werewolf, a Witch and a really mean demon in an erotica romance adventure. Yummy.

Louisa is also offering a giveaway. See Louisa here:

 See you all…Continue

Added by Kay Dee Royal on December 26, 2011 at 4:41am


A Book Giveaway for my new memoir, A LETHAL INHERITANCE on Goodreads!

A Lethal Inheritance


Added by Victoria Costello on December 26, 2011 at 11:45am





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