Around She Writes, August 9, 2011
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Mary Keating
August 2011
Written by
Mary Keating
August 2011

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Entrants to the contest: Introduce Yourselves Here!

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on August 2, 2011


She Writes' First-Ever "We Love New Novelists!" Contest!

Added by Kamy Wicoff on July 30, 2011


The Importance of Ironing

Added by Cathy Kozak on July 31, 2011


Flash Fiction Freewrites

Posted by Isabel Farhi on August 2, 2011


Book Blog Tours - Essential Info for your upcoming Release!! Set one up and get prepared!!

Added by Jan Fischer Wade on July 26, 2011


Big News for Novelists


She Writes' First-Ever "We Love New Novelists!" Contest!

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on August 2, 2011 at 11:00am Stop Featuring 1 Comment 3 Likes +1

The other day I was talking with Rita Arens, a long-time She Writes member and a emerging novelist (who also happens to be BlogHer's Assignment and Syndication Editor), who has been hard at work on her first novel for several years now. (I was lucky enough to read some of it last summer, and it's great.) We were discussing the difficulties of the current publishing system -- namely, that is very hard for first-time authors who aren't "connected" to get the kind of access they need to literary agents and editors. Unfortunately there is a "you have to know somebody" aspect to submitting work to agents and editors, as much as everyone…Continue



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On Writing


5 Questions For...Gina Barreca

Posted by Five Questions on August 8, 2011 at 7:00am Stop Featuring 0 Comments 3 Likes +1

Gina Barreca's books, which have been translated into seven languages, include They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted, Babes in Boyland, and It's Not That I'm Bitter. Her new book is Make Mine A Double, a collection of essays
published by UPNE in September. She has appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, NPR, The Today Show, Joy Behar, and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her books, Gina is a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut. Here, she…


Blurb is a Verb: What's It Worth To Have TV Exposure for your Book?

Posted by Sarah Pinneo on August 8, 2011 at 7:44am Stop Featuring 1 Comment 1 Like +1

Television is a powerful promotional tool. If you’ve ever idly wondered what a little TV promotion would be worth to your writing, I give you this story by SheWriter Deborah Lee Luskin.  She was made to consider this very question last year, just after the publication of her award-winning novel Into the Wilderness.  This incident made my jaw drop, which probably only proves that I'm naïve.

Sarah  P. 

Enticement & Integrity, By Deborah Lee Luskin  Continue


On Blogging


BlogHer 2011 - Stories From the Front #2

She Writers, I am humbled. Indeed, I am in awe of the many talented people I am meeting here at BlogHer '11, who have blogs with a purpose.
One blogger I met writes about infertility and the struggle to get pregnant. Another writes about children with special needs. I met Karen, who writes for cats and about cats. Imagine that. I also met Trey who writes a blog called Daddy Mojo. Dominque has written a book and it's about to come out in paperback. It's called, "Slow Love - How I Lost… Continue

Added by Monica Medina on August 5, 2011 at 2:00pm


BlogHer 2011 Diaries – Stories From the Front #3

Posted by Monica Medina on August 5, 2011 at 11:30pm Stop Featuring 1 Comment 4 Likes +1

Having spent my first day at BlogHer 2011, and returned home exhausted and full—because, frankly, there was too much to eat—here are my random thoughts and observations on Day One:

 Everything seemed well organized, except maybe the speed dating during the morning session. But perhaps it’s too much to expect 3,000 or so participants to form proper lines and switch to the next person every couple of minutes. Plus, it was hard to hear the instructions above all the chatter.

 Men are BlogHers, too.  They represent a small percentage of… Continue


BlogHer 2011 Diaries – Stories From the Front #4

Posted by Monica Medina on August 7, 2011 at 4:00pm Stop Featuring 2 Comments 1 Like +1

And so, my first ever conference for bloggers comes to a screeching halt. 


I was just beginning to learn at the feet of giants!  And by this I mean, bloggers who have been blogging way longer than I and who have far more experience than this gal from Queens, aka, me. Though, true, today does mark my one-year anniversary of blogging. Hooray for me!

 But I was beginning to recognize that Mommy Bloggers--of which I am not one--are the new Soccer Moms, and they sure have a lot of clout!  Witness all the private parties, luncheons, spa treatments, hosted by big-ticket sponsors—just for them! From what I could tell, Mommy Bloggers represent 75% of all bloggers.  But that is solely based on how 2 out of 3 bloggers I met were MB’s.

 Here’s what else I discovered:

 Bloggers are very supportive of each other:  I met many a blogger willing to answer my questions and offer… Continue


I Love Linkups and Writing Prompts...Do You? Here is a list of ones i have found!

Hi everybody.

I have only been blogging with conviction for about 7 months! As a professional visual artist i have been blown away by how much i am loving's becoming, dare i say it, a passion!

This blogworld is such a new discovery as are writing prompts and bloghops and linkups! i adore them.

Firstly, i am always amazed by how a random prompt will delve into my memory bank of long forgotton moments and…Continue

Added by [email protected] on August 4, 2011 at 2:08am — 1 Comment


10 Reasons why Writing Matters (Even Before You Publish)

I think it’s safe to say that I am on a mission. As is typical of me, I didn’t know I was on one until I was deep into it. It has been inspired by working with writers for the past decade, and watching the publishing industry suffer its growing pains, not always in a very pretty or predictable way. The fallout is that writers seem to get more discouraged more often than they used to when I first started editing and coaching. It’s gotten me to thinking a lot about the purpose and power of…Continue

Added by Jordan E. Rosenfeld on August 3, 2011 at 10:41am — 3 Comments


Online book tours


Five Tools to Help You Plan Your Online Book Tour

Online book tours are an obvious way to promote your book in an efficient, cost effective way. In my obsessive search for the easy way to do things I've come across a few useful tools I'd like to share with other SheWriters, from a Blog Tour Wizard, to a super affordable Ebook, to an upmarket (and somewhat more pricey) full service package.  Read the full post …Continue

Added by Karen Banes on August 5, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments


Book Blog Tours - Essential Info for your upcoming Release!! Set one up and get prepared!!

This post will take a closer look at book blog tours. 


Soon after your book is released, so viewers can click a button and go buy it!!!  …Continue

Added by Jan Fischer Wade on August 5, 2011 at 6:00am


Noteworthy Notes


Author Platforms

Terrific column about author platforms:

Added by Betsy Robinson on August 5, 2011 at 4:45am


Where to Publish a Short Book or Long Article

Longer than a magazine feature, shorter than a book, faster than a speeding bullet ... where to publish it:

Added by Betsy Robinson on August 6, 2011 at 4:37am




Summer Giveaway HOP!

This hop, organized by Book Hounds, Forever Young, and I Am A… Continue

Added by Shelley Workinger on August 4, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments


2011 Write to Inspire Conference

If you are writing with the goal of publication, you are going to be excited about this opportunity:

ACFW and Inspire Christian Writers
proudly announce:

2011 Write to Inspire Conference

August 26 & 27, 2011

At First Baptist Church
8939 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove,… Continue

Added by Lynn Squire on August 4, 2011 at 3:21pm


Registrations now open for 2011 Museonline FREE Writers Conference

Registrations are now open for the FREE Museonline Writer's Conference 2011.
Follow the link to register.
It's an amazing conference with a ton of workshops and chats, plus pitch sessions.
Last year there were around twelve different publishing houses represented.
Museonline FREE Writer's Conference

Added by Rosalie Skinner on August 7, 2011 at 4:53pm


Story Contest--Love

Past Loves Day Story Contest. Prizes: $100/75/50. Deadline: Aug. 17.

Added by Betsy Robinson on August 8, 2011 at 4:51am


Poetry Contest--War & Social Justice

Consequence Prize in Poetry for poems addressing WAR & SOCIAL JUSTICE. Prize: $200. Deadline: Oct. 1. See details:

Added by Betsy Robinson on August 9, 2011 at 4:11am


Reviews, Interviews and Giveaways


Chick Lit Giveaway *International* Open Till 20th August, 2011

 Hello friends,

I am having chick lit giveaway on my…Continue

Added by Komal Mansoor on August 5, 2011 at 5:24pm


Bravo for LA Blues: Review by Suzetta Perkins

L.A. Blues is Maxine Thompson’s masterpiece. Told in first person by main character, “Z” short for Zipporah Saldono, you were witness to life in the mean streets of modern day Los Angeles with its overwhelming serving of gangs and drugs and, of course, a corrupt police department. You couldn’t help but root for “Z” with the opening scene, a young lady trying to move past her generational curse by bettering herself but is almost raped in an environment that had claimed her family, although…Continue

Added by Dr. Maxine Thompson on August 7, 2011 at 12:26pm


Reviews/giveaways/TV & more in new KRL issue

New issue of Kings River Life is up and we have the delight of having an interesting guest blog by mystery writer Clare O'Donohue talking about her work in TV and how it relates to her new series. There's also a review of her new book "Missing Persons" & a chance to win a copy of the book
We also have a review of the new…Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on August 6, 2011 at 10:27am


Interview with Christian Author Janet Perez Eckles

E-Book Give-Away August 8 - 15: To win an e-book (pdf), Simply Salsa, leave a comment about this interview with your e-mail. International.
 “With a bit of sassiness, a touch of humor, and an amiga-to-amiga style, Simply Salsa encourages women to accept God’s call to dance!”
When Tough times touch our lives, God’s hand whispers comfort, His power ushers peace and His promise makes all things possible. Blindness and other tragedies didn’t stop this author from helping others.… Continue

Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on August 8, 2011 at 9:15am


Interview with e-published author Jana Richards

Self-publishing may have taken off like a rocket, but there are many authors who are publishing with e-publishers and reaping the benefits. E-publishers provide editing and marketing support and guide the writer to a safe path. Read the full interview of successful e-published author Jana Richards here.  

 E-publishers will give less royalty on your books but in…Continue

Added by Sabine A.Reed on August 8, 2011 at 12:47am


the Chronicles of Caleath now have a release day...

Exiled: Autumn's Peril book one in the Chronicles of Caleath will be released on 2nd September 2011 by Museitup Publishing.…Continue

Added by Rosalie Skinner on August 8, 2011 at 10:03pm


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