WRITING

Sex, Lies & Scotch Tape: Exposing Secrets & Healing Wounds WITH Your Characters’ Help

Sex, Lies & Scotch Tape: Exposing Secrets & Healing Wounds WITH Your Characters’ Help

Successful albeit intensely secretive husband wires all of your money out of the country, forges your name, abandons you and your two young children, leaving you with less than $1 in your bank account, and then he vanishes—never to be seen nor heard from again. It’s as though he never existed … A page-turner, right? […]

September 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Symmetry and Picasso: What I’ve Learned From My Third Grade Art Students About Writing

Symmetry and Picasso: What I’ve Learned From My Third Grade Art Students About Writing

Every year I present a week-long program at my kids’ elementary school called “Art Goes to School.” It’s a wonderful idea sponsored by the local art institute. I meet with volunteers weekly throughout the fall to study a portfolio (which changes annually) of about 20 reproductions of pieces located in art museums throughout the world. […]

September 23, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
Pieces Of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

Pieces Of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

“You should be glad you didn’t get your girls back yet,” a friend told me while we were in line at a coffee shop. “Your book will be that much better.” It was 1995, and I had just returned to Alaska from Greece after my first failed attempt to rescue my kidnapped daughters, taken by […]

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HOW TOs and TIPS

Shouting From The Rooftops: Self Promo

Shouting From The Rooftops: Self Promo

Way back in the mists of time (2000) at the instigation of author Margaret Murphy I was one of seven northern crime writers who clubbed together to launch Murder Squad. We created a website, produced a brochure and were soon appearing at libraries and festivals throughout the country to promote our work. The impetus for […]

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
How to Write about Something You Know Nothing About

How to Write about Something You Know Nothing About

I recently began taking piano lessons as an adult, and I can now tell you this for certain: I am no musician. On the first day, when I told my piano teacher that I wanted to learn to play ragtime, she said: “Why does everyone always want to tackle the hardest music first?” I didn’t […]

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lessons Learned From The Brooklyn Book Festival

Lessons Learned From The Brooklyn Book Festival

Never having been a vendor at a book festival, I jumped at the chance to share a booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival with two other She Writes Press authors, Sande Boritz Berger, author of The Sweetness, A Novel and Liz Gelb O’Connor, author of The Angelorum Chronicles and Caught Up in Raine—romantic women’s fiction. […]

September 25, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

AGENTS

Q&A with  Nancy Cleary, Founder, Designer, Chief Hand-Holder and Cheerleader  at Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

Q&A with Nancy Cleary, Founder, Designer, Chief Hand-Holder and Cheerleader at Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing is an award-winning independent press nestled on the Oregon coast in a tiny town called Deadwood. Nancy Cleary has spent over twenty-five years as a professional graphic designer and author branding expert. Wyatt-MacKenzie has published hundreds of products over the last 18 years with a special focus on mom writers. They traditionally publish […]

July 27, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Q&A with Erin George, Senior Associate Editor of Henery Press

Q&A with Erin George, Senior Associate Editor of Henery Press

ABOUT ERIN: After graduating with honors and a B.A. in English, Erin George, now a Senior Associate Editor, found a home at Henery Press. Her interest in publishing stemmed from a lifelong dream of reading fabulous books all day, every day, and editing was a perfect fit. She currently lives in Dallas, TX with her […]

May 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Literary Agent  Leigh Eisenman  of Hannigan Salky Getzler “HSG” Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Leigh Eisenman of Hannigan Salky Getzler “HSG” Agency

Leigh is a junior agent with Hannigan Salky Getzler (“HSG”) Agency. After ten years of practicing law, she decided to follow her dream of becoming part of the New York City literary landscape. She worked for a year at Folio Literary Management prior to moving to HSG in the fall of 2015. Leigh is also […]

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MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

Shouting From The Rooftops: Self Promo

Shouting From The Rooftops: Self Promo

Way back in the mists of time (2000) at the instigation of author Margaret Murphy I was one of seven northern crime writers who clubbed together to launch Murder Squad. We created a website, produced a brochure and were soon appearing at libraries and festivals throughout the country to promote our work. The impetus for […]

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

Three years ago the opportunity came my way to interview Fay Weldon for the Historical Novel Society. To say I seized on the chance would be an understatement. Weldon is a household name, a woman whose writing career spans 5 decades, who has written 34 novels and many short story collections, TV dramas and plays […]

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Asking Questions, Finding Community

Asking Questions, Finding Community

“You ask the best questions,” Kristy Woodson Harvey exclaimed, if you’ll lend me the liberty of saying people can exclaim via email. Working at home as a writer can be a lonely business, and I’ll take human contact and emotion in any form I can get some days!  But through the beautiful world of the […]

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SHORT STORIES

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s why. You slump, shrink, curl down in your seat, never stand up straight. As if an arrow might pick you off. Not an arrow, a bullet. Not a bullet, a blow. Not a blow, words. Not words, looks. Here’s why. You’re a freak. Four inches in one year? Your father’s colleague says he keeps […]

May 20, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

“Where are you off to? “ Sally had asked me. I felt a bit guilty I must admit. I was supposed to be home boning up for my job interview in the morning. I really wanted the job at Kelly and Hart Publishing and I don’t know where my head was when I agreed to […]

February 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

He wanted you to have this. It was written with exaggerated clarity on a scrap of paper, as if the author was unsure of the reader’s grasp of English. The torn paper, rather than a proper card, another signal from the sender. It was signed Elaine, with a rounded, buxom capital E. On the padded […]

January 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

INTERVIEWS

Q&A with Ella Joy Olsen

Q&A with Ella Joy Olsen

Ella Joy Olsen is the debut author of ROOT, PETAL, THORN (Kensington, 2016) and two-time contributor to WWWB. Do not send your manuscript anywhere until you’ve read this piece: “Look Away. You Don’t Want To See This.” As I read it, I cringed, hung my head, and then thanked her. I might have related just […]

September 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Melanie Gideon

Q&A with Melanie Gideon

Celebrated New York Times best-selling writer Melanie Gideon’s talent seems to translate to every genre. (Not jealous, not jealous…J) Her work includes young adult fantasy, memoire, adult contemporary, and with her latest, VALLEY OF THE MOON, she dips her toe into the pools of time-travel, magical realism, and historical fiction. Her “Modern Love” column for […]

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Secret Ingredient of Wishes: A Conversation with Susan Bishop Crispell

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes: A Conversation with Susan Bishop Crispell

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell  transports readers to a Nowhere, NC, where wishes appear on a breeze and pies have secret powers to influence more than a diner’s waistline.  The touching magic illuminates the choices we make in matters of the heart, while we watch Rachel Monroe learn what it takes […]

September 6, 2016 | By | Reply More

Recent Essays

Why I Wrote Les Parisiennes

Why I Wrote Les Parisiennes

In an early – and discarded – draft of the prologue to my book  I wrote how one of the most common questions every author is asked when publishing a book is: ‘How long did it take you to write?’ If it did not sound so arrogant, I might this time be tempted to reply […]

September 19, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Science and Writing

Science and Writing

The spot I chose for my first ever experience of wild camping was on a Scottish cliff top overlooking the North Sea. It was the third day of my camping holiday and, although the previous two campsites had provided running water and toilet facilities, I’d had very little sleep for 62 hours. There was a […]

September 17, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
Deciding What To Write

Deciding What To Write

The feeling a writer has when deciding what to write about is extremely exhilarating, but also very nerve-bending. At least it was for me. I knew I wanted to write something that would be especially appealing to women in midlife – my own age group. But what story? I love to brainstorm, sometimes throwing the […]

September 16, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
On Cultural Appropriation

On Cultural Appropriation

I read about an author who had approached an agent to represent her novel about slavery in the U.S.  and the agent told her although the story was well done, he would have a hard time selling it to publishers because, and I paraphrase here: it’s hard to sell a book these days about slavery […]

September 13, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
I Can’t Believe You Said That- Using Dialogue to Build Conflict

I Can’t Believe You Said That- Using Dialogue to Build Conflict

Dialogue is a critical component of your novel. It shows character, provides an opportunity to move the plot forward, and increases your pacing by breaking up large narrative blocks. This article focuses on how dialogue can also help build the conflict in your novel. All novels require conflict. Agents, editors, and readers rarely feel that […]

September 11, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Dealing With Serous Issues with Humor and Wit

Dealing With Serous Issues with Humor and Wit

A couple of years ago, I was pitching my first novel, WOLF (KAOS press June 2016), in New York City, and when I told a group of young women authors about the subplot and themes of date rape, party rape, and rape drugs, and I said it was a humorous mystery, some of them were […]

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