Around She Writes - October 12, 2011
Written by
Mary Keating
October 2011
Written by
Mary Keating
October 2011

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


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Share Your Twitter Handle! Twitter roll call for all She-Writers!

Added by Jan Fischer Wade on October 7, 2011


Authors: List of Popular Book Review Blogs!

Added by Jan Fischer Wade on October 6, 2011


To kick things off

Posted by samantha stacia on June 28, 2011


She Writes Video Moment #3: Art Morphs!

Added by Kathleen Sweeney on October 4, 2011


Grab Readers' Attention with Your Hook

Added by Maria Murnane on October 4, 2011



Groups - Most Active



On Writing


Playwriting: Five Tips for Getting Active

Posted by Laura Annawyn Shamas, Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 at 6:30am

Often, we’re told, as playwrights, to focus on crafting dialogue, plot, character, theme, stage spectacle, conflict, and action, cast size and transformation. We’re encouraged to attend panels about creating theater in the 21st century, to join writing groups, and to read books about how to be a playwright. All of these are worthwhile endeavors. But some “out of the box” reminders may also be of value as you hone your playwriting skills.

1. Be part of the audience; think about the audience.
Playwriting is about writing for live performance. That means when you write a play, you do it to connect with a community present in a social environment/the space (either the audience, or your fellow artists, hopefully both). You get a strong sense of community by being a part of one—in the audience. At each performance, a temporary collective assembles, hoping to be entertained, provoked, challenged—to laugh, to cry, together. The audience pays to be “affected”…Continue


5 Questions for Priscilla Gilman: On the Art of Memoir Writing about Motherhood and her Journey of Self-Discovery

Priscilla Gilman, whose book, The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy, was published by Harper in May 2011, is a former professor of English literature at Yale University and Vassar College.  She writes…Continue

Added by Cori Howard on October 4, 2011 at 10:30pm


Author Jenna Blum tells Blurb is a Verb: How Book Clubs Saved My Life

SheWriters, I bring you an incredible success story by New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum.  She helped march her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers up the charts in the most amazing way.  I get shivers reading this.  Jenna, take it away! —Sarah P.

By Jenna Blum

When my first…Continue

Added by Sarah Pinneo on October 11, 2011 at 6:30am


List of Words that Sparkle! Jazz up your Writing / Pitch / Synopsis (List of blah words to search for too!)

Adjectives and adverbs can make or break a manuscript, pitch or synopsis. 

"Sparkle" words transform a piece of writing from boring to breathtaking, and give the reader more details.
Read more: …Continue

Added by Jan Fischer Wade on October 11, 2011 at 5:30am


Turn Inward: Make Your Own Noise

It’s been awhile since I’ve presented my Reasons To Write series…mostly because I have been writing and working and a lot of other things, so it’s good.

But lately I’ve been feeling the strain of information again upon me—the strangely addictive cycle of spending lots of time on Facebook, reading my tweetstream, getting most of my news, and lots of interesting articles on the arts, even reading books online or on my SmartPhone. After too much of this, I begin to feel like Gulliver…


Added by Jordan E. Rosenfeld on October 11, 2011 at 6:00pm



On Publishing and Promotion


Lesson learned from American Idol

Posted by Maria Murnane on October 11, 2011 at 8:38am

In last week's post, I talked about the importance of creating a brief, compelling description of your book as you begin your marketing efforts. In addition to your hook, I also recommend creating a longer description - a paragraph or so - that provides a bit more detail.

Just don't tell me how amazing your book is!

People don't like to be told what to think. We like to be presented with the facts so that we may form our own opinions from there. If you tell readers how great your book is, why should they believe you? You're much better off telling them what your book is about and letting other people do the praising for you through reviews or testimonials. That's called third-party endorsement, and it helps to establish credibility.

To give a few examples, I'm of the mind that the following adjectives should not be a part of your book…Continue


Author Jenna Blum tells Blurb is a Verb: How Book Clubs Saved My Life

Posted by Sarah Pinneo on October 11, 2011 at 6:30am

SheWriters, I bring you an incredible success story by New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum.  She helped march her novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers up the charts in the most amazing way.  I get shivers reading this.  Jenna, take it away! —Sarah P.

By Jenna Blum

When my first novel, THOSE WHO SAVE US came out, I was underwhelmed to learn I’d have to participate in my own publicity.  For years I’d heard writers bemoan the legwork they had to do to promote their novels and I’d thought smugly: I’ll never be like that.  

 Then THOSE WHO SAVE US was published and I ranted to my agent:  Why hadn’t the novel been reviewed by the New York Times? Why had my publicist confessed, “I haven’t actually read your book”?  When my agent advised me to think…Continue


A bad review of my novel (how writers deal with praise and blame)

"A bit disappointing. The story ambled along for ages, giving no indication of where it was going, with lots of rather pointless looks at the main character's youth. There's also the mysterious letters that have no purpose in the story until the very end, when the reason for them is revealed totally out of the blue."
Is that…Continue

Added by Fiona Robyn on October 6, 2011 at 6:56am


Making a Book Trailer – A Brief How-to with the Costs for a Movie Trailer-Look

There still seems to be much debate about the value of book trailers. I, for one, love them and think they are very useful to be able to add a link in blog posts and emails and to embed on my website and blog. I know some teachers and school librarians use them to encourage children to read, and they are becoming far more widespread. An author-made book trailer can’t compete, of course, with a big-budget trailer produced by a professional at a publishing company, but I think we can still…Continue

Added by Dee Garretson on October 9, 2011 at 4:03am




Connecting the dots

The plot for my novel came to me suddenly, and I feverishly began sketching out the details, characters and the general timeline, all in my head. So I have the general idea in place, I know all my main characters and I also know who is doing what to further the story. My only problem is...what comes in between all those major events that connect the story and form the plot? What conversations am I supposed to give these people? In other words - how do I connect the dots?

Added by Pooja Pillai on October 6, 2011 at 10:13pm


Noteworthy Posts


She Writes Video Moment #3: Art Morphs!

Posted by Kathleen Sweeney on October 7, 2011 at 9:00am

If you have never time-tripped through this video morphology of Western Art, you are in for a visual eye-pop. Wowness quotient at its best on the tech side, this display reveals a great deal about 500 years of Western beauty definitions and our learned attraction to a certain type of blue-eyed symmetry, even as Dali and Picasso enter the vernacular. While definitely a guy genius view of womanhood and "the muse", it offers fly-bys and window views on perspective, a key to writing in any genre....and for those of us prone to notebook-ing it through museums, here's a pathway to The Met, The Louvre and The Uffizi in just a few minutes. At over 11 million YouTube views, the video has "aura" and staying power for re-clicks....enjoy the ride!… Continue


Mini-Vacations for Poor Authors

I ran across a blog recently at that got me thinking.  I’m a compulsive worker.  So rarely do I get up from my desk, that I have back and hip problems because of it.  I am now in the process of compiling a list of things to do during the day—mini-vacations—that will refresh my mind and body, and bring fresh vigor to my…


Added by G.G. Vandagriff on October 11, 2011 at 9:34am




New online course for fall 2011

I'm teaching an online course for 24PearlStreet, the new online program for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.  This is a 4-week, intermediate level workshop course (advanced beginners also welcome).  The course runs from November 7 - December 2.  Please spread the word!  And here's the link:

Taking Charge: The World of Your Story—Anne.

Added by Anne Sanow on October 5, 2011 at 1:52pm



It's my favorite day of the week so I'm celebrating by holding my first ever Improbable Caption Contest.
The winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card -- ABSOLUTELY NO STRINGS ATTACHED.
This is purely my way of celebrating creativity and having fun. All you have to do is take a look at this Thursday's Picture of the Week and submit your best caption into the comment box.  Here's the link to clicik:… Continue

Added by Becky Green Aaronson on October 6, 2011 at 9:15am



Looking for more readers and followers in your blogs? Exposure 99% weekday hop gives you the chance to Link up your Blogs, Reviews, Giveaways, Twitter, Facebook pages and many more. Don't miss out!

Have a great week...Continue

Added by MayMay on October 9, 2011 at 11:45pm



Reviews, Interviews and Giveaways



Susan Conley is interviewed on blogger Kristin Bair O'Keefe's 'Writerhead Wednesday', a weekly feature in which "a brilliant, charming, remarkable author answers three questions about her/his writerhead… a precious opportunity for looky-loos around the world to sneak into the creative noggins of talented writers and (ever so gently) muck…Continue

Added by Susan Conley on October 5, 2011 at 12:29pm


Mary Ann Bernal - author interview

Author Interview
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I must admit that I am an incurable romantic anglophile who has a passion for ancient European history, from the rise of the Roman Empire through the Dark and early Middle Ages. I am a New Yorktransplant, having moved to Omaha, Nebraska in… Continue

Added by Mary Ann Bernal on October 5, 2011 at 6:39am


Nancy Holzner Talks about Likeable Characters ~ Giveaway

Does a protagonist have to be likeable for readers to connect with the character? This question came up in my writing group recently.

Join Nancy to find out more about characters & to enter her giveaway here:

See you all there, Kay Dee Royal…Continue

Added by Kay Dee Royal on October 7, 2011 at 4:13am


Book Review: Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

Triangles is about three women whose lives intersect cleverly, written in poetry, with a play on triangles and parallel and intersecting lives.  Each of the three women is dealing with a midlife crisis:  there is stay at home mom Holly who, outwardly, is living the perfect life with a big…Continue

Added by Coreena McBurnie on October 8, 2011 at 6:02pm


Mystery conference & vampire reviews in new issue of KRL!

New issue of Kings River Life is up and we have a great article on Bourchercon by Sandra Murphy
and a review of Charlaine Harris' "Sookie Stackhouse Companion" and an anthology that she edited with Toni L.P. Kelner, "Home Improvement: The Undead Edition" … Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on October 8, 2011 at 10:20am


My Review of 'The House' by Anjuelle Floyd

Dealing with the imminent death of someone you have spent the majority of your adult life with, knowing you would rather be anywhere, but with that person and having to sort through varied emotions could be mind boggling. I know I… Continue

Added by Ey Wade on October 8, 2011 at 9:16am


She Writes author Marisel Vera has written a lovely book you must read.

"If I bring you roses" is so incredibly beautiful I can't do it justice.

But here's part of my review:

You will love the story of Felicidad and Anibal, because it is seductive without being overwrought, beautifully told without its author, Marisel Vera trying too hard to write beautifully and a page-turning love story about aspiration, the cruel realities of an immigrant’s life but mostly about the betrayal of love and, if possible, any redemption from the failings of…Continue

Added by J. Victoria Sanders on October 9, 2011 at 6:43pm


NEW RELEASE, by Amber Creek, Amazon, Kindle: GAMBLING IN PARADISE

Gambling in Paradise, ASIN: B005OLDMU0 -- GAMBLING IN PARADISE is the story of Sandy Stillbirth's move to a tropical island after divorcing her abusive husband of ten years. Her only child is of age and is heading off to the military. Sandy is finally in a position to live the life she's always dreamed of. But living in The Tropics is not all it's cracked up to be. She confronts demons within that take her down an…Continue

Added by Cassandra Black on October 9, 2011 at 9:30am


Alchemist: Review

Paulo Coelho’s creation is an allegorical novel which centers around the story of a shepherd boy, Santiago, and his quest to find his personal legend. Personal legend has been being used in the book as a reference to achievement of a person in which he/she excels and finds ultimate satisfaction. The author takes us through Santiago’s quest for personal legend which starts out from looking for treasure and ends with finding love. 

Few recurring themes of the book which are…Continue

Added by Probas Adak on October 9, 2011 at 8:45am


Interview with Author Clint G Cox

Book Give-Away October 10 - 17: To win Christmas Notes, leave a comment about this interview with your e-mail. International.

"Christmas Notes is an emotional life-pondering story that teaches a grand Christmas message." --Merrill Osmond, Entertainer

Bah! Humbug! That is Max’s attitude toward everything, including Christmas. The reason for it is uncertain but it has been building up inside him for a long time. When his wife wants to take an orphan… Continue

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on October 10, 2011 at 8:57am


Announcing: GIFT!

I'm thrilled to be able to officially share the "top secret" project I've been working on behind the scenes for some time now! My publisher announced the news in Frankfurt this week. Here's the press release and a few early links:

(PRESS RELEASE) Open Road Integrated Media announced today that it will publish Andrea J. Buchanan's Gift, a…Continue

Added by Andi Buchanan on October 12, 2011 at 7:00am


Interview with Author and Poet, Elizabeth Cunningham

Join us live on October 17th as we interview Elizabeth CunninghamContinue

Added by Donna Baier-Stein on October 11, 2011 at 9:14am

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